Humane Society rescues 59 animals in Saline County
The Human Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 59 animals from a private property outside of Marshall on Thursday, Dec. 8. According to a press release from the Humane Society, the animals -- consisting of 49 dogs, five potbellied pigs, three miniature horses, two horses and one goat -- were "living outdoors in dilapidated, trash-strewn, pens and enclosures."...
County Treasurer summarizes end-of-year tax totals
Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith read a summary of county taxes received during December and 2016 at the county commission's regular meeting Thursday morning, Dec. 8. Both sales and law enforcement taxes were reported up from last month, but down from the same time last year. ...
Director updates Parks Board on Lyon Bowl project, Day in the Park additions
While waiting for what spring will bring with the renovation of the Lyon Bowl fields drawing closer to starting, Marshall Parks and Recreation also continues to add to its summer hit, Day in the Park. Parks Director Jeff Stubblefield announced Wednesday, Dec. 7, two likely additions had been made to the 2017 festivities, scheduled for Saturday, July 22...
Two felony child molestation charges filed against Marshall man
A Marshall man faces two class B felony charges of child molestation, first degree, from incidents occurring on or near Sept. 1 and Sept. 29. The charges were filed against Marciano A. Linares-Flores, 43, Tuesday, Dec. 6. According to the probable cause statement in the case, Linares-Flores admitted to playing with his 1-year-old son's penis during bathing and diaper changes, claiming it was an El Salvadorian tradition. ...
Marshall Sonic employee reports end of shift mugging
Marshall police are investigating a reported assault and robbery of an employee at Sonic Drive-in Tuesday evening, Dec. 6. The alleged incident occurred as the employee was leaving work for the night just before midnight and transporting garbage to the dumpster behind the drive-in. ...
Man injured in I-70 crash
A Gladstone man was seriously injured Tuesday evening, Dec. 6, after the vehicle he was driving traveled off of the interstate. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the crash occurred at 8 p.m. at the 68.2-mile marker on I-70. The 2006 Chevrolet, driven by Jean Junior G. ...
Mason wins state FFA Fall Speaking Competition at Tan-Tar-a
Sydnee Mason of the Marshall FFA Chapter competed at Tan-Tar-a Sunday, Dec. 4, with her fall speech in the Teach Ag division.
MPD investigating reported vehicle theft
A reported vehicle theft Friday, Dec. 2, remains under investigation by Marshall police. The vehicle, a copper 2003 Chevrolet Impala, reportedly went missing after being last seen where the owner left it Wednesday, Nov. 30, on the 600 block of West Porter Street. ...
Annual Fitzgibbon Tree of Life ceremony honors patients lost to illness
Patients, families and staff members honored those lost to illness during Fitzgibbon Hospital's annual Tree of Life ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 6. "The Tree of Life ceremony is a very special meaning, and it's why we use it in this ceremony," Dr. Darin Haug, president and CEO of Fitzgibbon, said. "There's a spiritual meaning for many and a mystical meaning as well."...
Four Slater council seats open in next election, council talks about utilities, sewer pipe repairs
Mayor Stephen Allegri announced during a regular Slater City Council meeting that four city council seats will be open for the April 2017 municipal election. The positions of Brenda Smith, Terry Jordan, Matt Campbell and Crystal Wiseman will be open. Candidates must file for the positions by Thursday, Jan. 19...
Registered Marshall sex offender charged with four felonies
Four felony charges were filed against Claudie Y. Dertinger, 32, of Marshall, Friday, Dec. 2, for allegedly failing to meet Missouri Sex Offender Registration requirements. According to the probable cause statement in the case, dated July 27, Dertinger violated registered sex offender requirements by living within 1,000 feet of three public schools, not filing a change of address, and managing four Facebook accounts, some under her children's names or aliases -- none of which were reported in her sex offender registration. ...
Oregon man allegedly caught transporting more than 20 pounds of marijuana
A Portland, Oregon, man was charged by the Saline County Prosecutor's office with a class B felony of distribution, delivery, manufacture or production or possession with the intent to distribute, deliver, manufacture or produce a controlled substance Saturday, Dec. 3...
Marshall man charged in storage unit burglary
The Saline County Prosecutor's office filed one count of second degree burglary and two misdemeanor charges of theft/stealing less than $500 and second degree property damage against a Marshall man Friday, Dec. 2. William R. Sanders, 24, of Marshall, was charged with those offenses following a reported break-in at a storage unit on the 1700 block of West Arrow Street that occurred prior to Nov. ...
Gilliam man charged with felony property damage, four misdemeanors after domestic disturbance
Jeremy K. Smith, 25, of Gilliam, faces one felony and four misdemeanor charges after an incidence that occurred at his residence the evening of Friday, Dec. 2. The charges filed against Smith on Saturday, Dec. 3, include property damage first degree, a class D felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of domestic assault third degree, resisting / interfering with arrest, and two counts of assault or attempted assault (against law enforcement, corrections officer, emergency personnel, highway worker in a construction zone, utility worker or parole and probation officer) in the third degree.. ...
County Clerk's office begins preparation for April 2017 election
The Saline County Clerk's office is already preparing for the next election, County Clerk Debbie Russell announced during the county commission's regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 6. The next municipal election is set for April 4, 2017. "Candidate filing for those positions such as board members on the school board and any entities that have any of their board members that are up; that's what this election is for," Russell said...
City of Marshall appoints administrator to MSDC board, contract decisions left pending
The next representative of the city of Marshall to the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation's board will come from within the city government. The city council voted Monday, Dec. 5, to approve the appointment of City Administrator David Haugland to fill a one-year term on the board. The city's annual $25,000 payment to MSDC allows it to choose one representative to serve on the board...
More than 300 nativities displayed at MMA's Nativity Festival
Nativities of all shapes and sizes lined tables at Covenant Presbyterian Church for the return of the Nativity Festival, hosted by the Marshall Ministerial Alliance, on Sunday, Dec. 4. More than 300 nativities were showcased during the festival. "It is amazing and it is a community effort," Rev. Melanie Dees Campbell of Ark Ministries said. "It's the people in town bringing in their nativity sets to share. Some people have more than one collection, and a lot of times it's family history."...
Orchestra, chorus present Christmas concert for Marshall community
In front of an audience seated in the Bueker Middle School auditorium Sunday, Dec. 4, Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Kevin Lines extoled the Marshall community for its support of music and instrumentalists. "Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know if you really realize how fortunate Marshall is," he said. ...
KCPL substation fire causes outage in Blackburn
A KCP&L substation in Blackburn ignited Monday morning, Dec. 5, and a company spokesperson said they are currently working to restore power.
Slater School Board hears estimated $4.6 million energy-efficiency upgrade proposal
Members of the Slater School Board of Education gathered for a special meeting to hear a presentation by 360 Energy Engineers on Friday, Dec. 2. 360 Energy Engineers is a mechanical engineering firm with offices in Kansas and Colorado, that typically works with existing structures, new and old, to provide an energy-efficient system projected to last 20 to 25 years...
Newscope: American Legion 478 hosts Breakfast with Santa
American Legion Post No. 478, in Blackburn, is hosting a Breakfast With Santa event from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. There is no charge; however, the post is accepting free-will donations to help cover breakfast expenses. There will be biscuits, gravy, sausage and fresh scrambled eggs, in addition to drinks and cookies. ...
Thanksgiving Food Drive
During an annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, the staff of Fitzgibbon Hospital, in Marshall, collected more than a half-ton, or 1,139 pounds, of food which has been delivered for distribution via the Saline County Holiday Project. The annual drive originated several years ago as part of a national focus on Rural Health Day, which is celebrated nationally to recognize the unique challenges of healthcare in rural settings...
Columbia Vet Center to host outreach event in Marshall
Tuesday, Dec. 6, the Columbia Vet Center will host an outreach event from 9am to 1 p.m. at the Walmart in Marshall. It is open to combat veterans and their families, as well as the general public. This event is designed to discuss Veteran's benefits, meet Vet Center staff members, learn more about Vet Centers and obtain information on services provided to Veterans and their families...
United Way seeking final month boost to reach annual goal
A recent letter from United Way of Saline County asks for contributions to help the organization reach its annual fundraising goal before the end of the year. If successful in reaching its $75,000 goal in 2016, the 25th year of service for the organization, it would be the first time the goal has been met since 2013. ...
Marshall High School band members participate in honor band
On Nov. 20 and 21, the following students participated in the 66th annual North Central Missouri Band Association's Honor Band: Ashlee Robbins, ninth chair flute; Isabelle Guthrey, 20th chair clarinet; Ashlyn Robbins, seventh chair French horn; Connor Dunlap, third chair trumpet; and Mason Allison, eighth trombone...
Marshall house fire under investigation
A small house fire that ignited Thursday afternoon, Dec. 1, is still being investigated, according to the Marshall Fire Department.
Community invited to 'Journey Through Bethlehem'
First United Methodist Church and Cumberland Presbyterian Church will present a "Journey through Bethlehem" on Friday, Dec. 9, from 6-8 p.m. According to a press release, the New Life Center at First United Methodist Church will be transformed into a recreation of the town of Bethlehem on the night of the first Christmas...
Slater native to march in 58th Presidential Inauguration
Once a teen who had no plans after graduating high school, Master Sgt. Eric Hayes is set to participate in the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20. Now the First Sargent for the United States Air Force Band, Hayes was born and raised in Slater and finished his education at Community College of the Air Force...
Public Works Board greenlights $1.73 million warehouse construction project, approves equipment upgrades
Marshall Municipal Utilities was both a buyer and a seller entering into the final month of 2016. The Board of Public Works voted Thursday, Dec. 1, to approve six spending or purchasing actions, as well as two selling actions. The largest expense approved was the $1.73 million construction project that includes both a new warehouse and a new maintenance building...
MVC student named S-MSTA Officer of the Year
Missouri Valley College senior Anissa Abrego, of San Benito, Texas, received the Student Missouri State Teachers Association (S-MSTA) 2016 Officer of the Year award. According to a press release, students must serve in a leadership role in their local S-MSTA chapter, contribute to the facilitation of chapter activities and service projects, and be nominated by their advisor or fellow officers in order to be eligible for the award...
LammTech, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre present 'A Christmas Carol'
LammTech, partnered with the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, will present Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" Dec. 14-23, at the theater. LammTech, a regional information technology firm in Sedalia, has sponsored the show for the past three years. "We are very excited to be able to bring this great classic to Mid-Missouri, while supporting a great organization," Robert Lamm, president of LammTech, said in a press release...
County celebrates new bridge over Salt Fork Creek
The county celebrated the completion of a new bridge over Salt Fork Creek on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Construction originally began in August and was completed Nov. 26, with final bridge inspection during the ceremony. Rich Rhodes, of Rhodes Engineering Company, Inc,. spoke and expressed his thanks during the ribbon-cutting...
One juvenile charged in China Inn burglary
A 15-year-old Marshall juvenile faces a felony charge of second degree burglary, resulting from a break-in at China Inn restaurant in the early morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 24. The juvenile also faces two misdemeanor charges of theft / stealing (value of property or services less than $500) and second degree property damage from the incident. ...
Thanksgiving burglary at China Inn, MPD says investigation ongoing
China Inn restaurant, located on the square in Marshall, reports a break-in occurred at the business in the early morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 24. China Inn posted photos to Facebook on Nov. 25 of two suspects from its surveillance cameras, seemingly both juveniles with their faces partially covered. One image is blurry, which the restaurant credits to the suspects "attempting to burn the camera lens."...
Philharmonic orchestra, community chorus to perform Christmas Concert
Attention Music Lovers: "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!" The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and the Marshall Community Chorus will present their annual joint Christmas Concert this Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium of Bueker Middle School...
Marshall Schools to seek bids for $2 million in roof repairs, weigh financing options on projects (Updated at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 30)
Repair projects for three Marshall Public School building roofs were approved by the Marshall Board of Education Tuesday, Nov. 29. The board voted to seek bids for repairs to the roofs of the Marshall High School, the Saline County Career Center and the IA building, located between the two. ...
YMCA collects almost 300 pounds canned goods for food pantry
Salt Fork YMCA hosted its annual Turkey Trot on Saturday morning, Nov. 26. The trot had approximately 60 registered participants, each of which brought two canned good items as a registration fee. The trot and the Y's "Thankful Thursdays" program resulted in more than 100 pounds of canned goods, all to be donated to the Marshall Community Food Pantry. (Contributed Image)...
County Surveyor position to remain unfilled, bridge project completion
The Saline County Surveyor position will remain unfilled until the 2020 November election, County Clerk Debbie Russell said during the county commission regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 29. Russell said she and the county have "gone through all of the process we should to verify any of the candidates that were write-in candidates . . . and there were no qualified candidates in Saline County."...
Parade brings Santa back to Marshall square Dec. 2
Santa Claus will visit the children of Saline County Friday Dec. 2, on the Marshall town square during the annual Community Christmas parade. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. with a theme of "Christmas Around the World." The Vox Box and KMMO's John Wilson will serve as Grand Marshals. ...
Slater cheerleader performs in Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade
Madisyn Beeler, daughter of Bobbie Jo and Shawn Coleman and Eric and Kirsten Beeler of Slater, returned home early Saturday morning, Nov. 26, after representing Slater High School in the Houston, Tex., Thanksgiving Day parade. In June 2016, the Slater High School Cheer Squad participated in a cheerleading camp held in Warrensburg, Mo. ...
Shoppers nab discounts on Black Friday, holiday weekend
Every year, crowds flock to certain retail locations, waiting for doors to open and merchandise to be displayed during the year's "Black Friday." Stores open earlier and earlier, with some now opening as early as 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, enabling customers to get the best deals of the holiday season...
MHS DECA hosts 'Hope for the Hungry'
The Marshall High School DECA group will host "Hope for the Hungry," a project benefitting the Marshall Community Food Pantry, on Saturday, Dec. 10. The group, along with sponsors Wood & Huston Bank, Cargill Meat Solutions, ConAgra Foods, Dairy Queen and Walmart, will offer a free dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Marshall High School Commons, located at 805 S. Miami Ave...
Students learn about native habitats by trading desks for acreage
In a cultivated field at the entrance of Blind Pony Lake Conservation Area, 38 fourth-grade students from Sweet Springs Elementary School picked up more than a fishing pole. Instead, they learned about conservation in a "habitat pollinators youth project" this past Friday...
Community Progress Feature Stories
Each year in late winter, The Marshall Democrat-News publishes a series of special sections that include stories featuring local businesses, organizations and projects that represent the community's progress over the preceding year or so.