Local students take part in Government Day in Saline County
Students from Malta Bend, Marshall, Santa Fe, Slater and Sweet Springs sit in the audience as Steve Olson, coordinator for this year's event, prepares to speak on Friday, March 7. The event is sponsored by the county Legion Posts which include Charles E. ...
Saline County fire departments come together for training
On Saturday, March 8, five Saline County Fire Departments met in Slater to participate in a training exercise. "The class was Structural Fire Fighting Techniques," Slater Fire Chief Levi Dennis said. "It was a two-day class consisting of a four-hour classroom setting on Friday night and an eight-hour live burn training with full turnout gear."...
Slater City Council approves changes to ordinances
The Slater City Council approved three ordinance changes at the Tuesday, March 4, meeting. Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith noted the cemetery board met around four weeks ago to discuss the columbarium and pricing. "It had been five years since we looked at pricing for the lots and grave openings," Griffith said...
Slater superintendent implementing changes to improve school district
Slater Public Schools Superintendent Terry Lorenz has implemented a leadership team in which a selected person covers a specific subject to determine what needs to be improved upon and changes that would enhance academics. "The mindset of the district is the biggest thing. It's just in a process of change, a leadership of change," Lorenz said. "I put a leadership team together (and) they hadn't done something like that before."...
Kansas City Southern builds new depot in Slater
The Slater Depot that sits at the end of Main Street has long been a part of Slater's geography, but as old buildings sometimes do, it outlived its purpose for Kansas City Southern. KCS has since built a new depot right next door. "The old depot needed extensive repairs and upgrades, so we opted to build a new modular building to house local employees," C. Doniele Carlson, assistant vice president of corporate communications and community affairs with KCS, said...
CLARCOR Inc. acquires GE in Slater
According to a news release, CLARCOR Inc., based in Franklin, Tenn., completed the acquisition of the air filtration business of General Electric Company's Power and Water division for approximately $265 million, on Dec. 16, 2013. "With over 700 employees around the world and trailing 12 month annual revenues of approximately $230 million, the business is a leading supplier of air filtration systems and filters used in gas turbine applications, as well as industrial air filtration products and membranes. ...
Lifeguards raise money to improve Slater City Pool
On July 17, 2013, the Slater City Pool lifeguards held a fundraiser to buy a new slide. Kaylee Holt and Bailey Griffith were two of the lifeguards who helped with the fundraiser and presented the results to the city council. "They raised around $3,000," Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith said. "The slide was right at $2,700 so we bought a new shoot for the old one. That was $400. We're looking to get some lounges or something. We hope they have another fundraiser."...
Slater Board of Education accepting bids for summer bleacher installation
Slater School District Board of Education met for its regular meeting Wednesday, Feb. 19, to put out bids for the bleacher project. With a $30,000 donation from CLARCOR, Superintendent Terry Lorenz said he hopes to offer a clear selection for the board to approve at the next regular school board meeting. With hopes for a summer installation, the bleacher project will consist of a three-phase plan...
Allegri gives state of the city address
Mayor Stephen Allegri gave his annual state of the city address at the Slater City Council meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 18. "Since first being elected your mayor, I have felt that once a year I should report to the citizens of Slater the state of the city," he said. "I am happy to report the state of their city is good."...
Red Cross responds to fire in Slater that displaced family of 4
American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting a four-member Salter family whose home burned Monday, Feb. 10. The Red Cross received a request to assist the family, two adults and two children, ages 4 and 7, as the fire was happening...
Babcock, Leimkeuhler named Slater's Courtwarming Royalty
Seniors Shay Babcock and Noah Leimkuehler were presented as the 2014 Slater Courtwarming Queen and King during ceremonies at halftime of the Wildcats' basketball game Jan. 17 against Paris. Babcock is the daughter of Joe and Madeline Giger and is active in softball, basketball, track and cheerleading. ...
Slater superintendent announces candidates running for board seats
Slater School District held its Board of Education meeting Wednesday night, Jan. 22, and announced the candidates for the three open seats up for election in April. Superintendent Terry Lorenz revealed the eight following names running for election on April 8: Jayme Young-England, Karen Rezabek, Tina Brown, Tedd Wiseman, Mechelle Richards Pannell, Rebecca Barnett, Annie Latimer and Abbey Hemeyer. All three seats serve three-year terms...
Slater City Council approves water rate increase
The Slater City Council raised water rates for the first time in 4.5 years at the Tuesday, Jan. 21, meeting. Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith noted he'd been warning the council this would be needed for close to six months. "The auditors told us the past couple years the rates weren't ample to cover depreciation and maintain the system," he said. "We've gone 4.5 years since the last water rate increase."...
Slater resident proves he has 'The Right Stuff'
James "Jimmy" Whitener, of Slater, faced each competition and challenge in the Pursuit Network's reality show "The Right Stuff" and proved he had the qualities by taking first place. Whitener reveled in having the opportunity to represent Missouri and the National Guard, and forming a competitive camaraderie with the contestants throughout the filming of the show...
Slater City Council approves budget, placing extensions of 2 taxes on ballot
The Slater City Council approved the 2014 fiscal year budget at the Monday, Dec. 30, meeting. Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith noted the city would operate on a $4,315,550 budget in 2014, which is $53,800 more than in 2013. Griffith noted that despite all their efforts to try to reduce operating costs, expenses like Kansas City Power & Light rates, insurance costs and trash rates increase...
Red Cross responds to fire in Slater that displaced family of 8
American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting a Slater family after fire damaged their home Monday, Dec. 16. Volunteers met with the family and provided financial resources for them to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food and clothing. They also received comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items and stuffed animals for the children, and referrals to local partner agencies...
Slater establishes official name for school district
The Slater School District's Board of Education met Tuesday, Dec. 17, to approve the official name for the district when "doing business as." Superintendent Terry Lorenz said the school has accounts in many names. They ran into a conflict with a person who didn't know who they were because account names didn't match up...
Slater Elementary holds winter concert
Slater Elementary held its winter concert for kindergarten through fifth-grade students Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Alexander Auditorium at the school. The program was directed by Cassie Ross. Kindergartners sang "Snow Cow" by David and Anne Ellsworth. First graders sang "The Sounds of Santa's Workshop" by John Riggio. And the classes partnered together to sing "O Come Little Children" adapted and arranged by John Riggio...
Tourism Commission approves all grants requested
Marshall Tourism Commission held a meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the city offices to mull over the grants requested by various groups and organizations for 2014. All grants were approved by the commission with little to no pause. The total funds requested were $74,107.75...
Santa kicks off the Christmas season with the lighting of downtown Slater
Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri, right, introduces Santa Claus on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the Slater Christmas Decoration Lighting. (Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)
Slater School District authorizes superintendent to prepare upcoming election
Slater School District held its Board of Education meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, and authorized Superintendent Terry Lorenz to prepare for the upcoming election in April. Lorenz announced three openings will be on the ballot with filing beginning Dec. 17 and ending Jan. 21 for the ballot on April 8 municipal election...
Slater students donate school supplies to Afghan children
After hearing some stories about the lack of resources in Afghanistan, Slater Elementary School's fifth graders started a project to ask other classes in their school to donate school supplies for children in the war-torn country. Both classes of Nancy Williamson and Stacey King were reading a story about a person in a refugee camp whom didn't go to school until he was 18...
Slater City Council announces municipal election
Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri announced there will be a municipal election on April 8, 2014, for mayor, which is a four year term, and each ward has a council seat open, which are all two year terms. Candidates may file for the offices from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17, 2013 through Jan. 21, 2014, at the city offices...
Ex-Slater history teacher discusses JFK assassination
Bill Westbrook, retired Slater High School history teacher, hosted a discussion about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, to a packed audience at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Marshall Public Library. "Fifty years ago this coming Friday, John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas," Westbrook said, as he started the lecture after acknowledging the Slater alumni who attended his classes in the past...
CLARCOR acquires air filtration business from GE, Slater City Council announces McCaskill town hall
Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri announced at the Tuesday, Nov. 5, meeting that CLARCOR Inc. has agreed to acquire the air filtration business from GE Power and Water. According to a news release from CLARCOR, the acquisition cost $265 million and the company plans to continue to supply gas turbine air inlet filtration systems and filters to GE...
Marshall Chrysler supports Slater High School
On two different afternoons, Slater Booster Club teamed up with Marshall Chrysler in fundraising efforts to support student activities at Slater High School. Both events were a huge success. Once again the family members, friends and community showed their support of our students...
Slater School District appreciates alumni contributions to music
Slater School District held its Board of Education meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, and recognized a few of its alumni for their donation of musical instruments. Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz, took time to appreciate the alumni that donated a French horn and a saxophone to the school...
Slater City Council discusses insurance renewal, upcoming events
Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri brought up insurance renewal to the city council roughly six months before they typically discuss the issue at the Tuesday, Oct. 15, meeting. "This isn't something we normally talk about this time of year, but because of the Obama affordable health care plan we have been approached by our insurance company," he said. ...
Allegri notes teleconference with Congressman Cleaver, Slater City Council receives awards
Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri noted at the Tuesday, Oct. 1, city council meeting that he and Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith spoke with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II about the government shutdown. "The general feeling from us (the people Allegri had spoken with) was that we would just as soon have the congressmen and senators go home without pay and let the people that are working for a living and actually provide us with a service go back to work," Allegri said. ...
Lil Mr. and Miss Slater announced at fall festival
Lil Mr. and Miss Slater were announced on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Slater Fall Festival.
Slater Board of Education discusses new scoreboards, 'Pink Week'
Next week is homecoming for Slater, which will allow the high school to show off its new football scoreboard added last week. The school board also discussed the basketball program is adding a scoreboard for their upcoming season at its Tuesday, Sept. 17, meeting...
Slater prepares for Fall Festival, main street already closed
Mayor Stephen Allegri noted the upcoming Slater Fall Festival is this coming weekend at the Slater City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17. Superior Equipment, the carnival company, has already begun setting up for the festivities on Main Street. Allegri said businesses on Main Street would be opening their back doors to be more accessible to patrons...
Habitat for Humanity looking for applicants
The Habitat for Humanity program in Saline County will be holding meetings this week for anyone in need of applying for a new home. Applicants can attend meetings Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 225 E. Arrow St. in Marshall or at Slater Methodist Church at the corner of Emma and Morgan Streets in Slater or 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the same locations...
Slater City Council sets tax rate, discusses September events
The Slater City Council approved an ordinance for the 2013 fiscal year tax levy at its Tuesday, Sept. 3, meeting. The tax rate went up .007 cents, now totaling 1.2108. The tax rate hearing was held at the end of August, but the council needed to approve the rate...
Hunter education classes offered in Slater
Hunter education training is a form of life insurance; only rarely is anyone who has had such training involved in any kind of firearms or hunting incidents. Missouri's hunter education program is undergoing a make-over in 2013, giving participants options to complete their mandated requirement. ...
Slater Council swears in Brenda Smith as ward two councilmember
Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith swore in Brenda Smith as ward two representative at the Tuesday, Aug. 20, meeting. The council welcomed Smith as she took her seat and thanked her for representing her ward. Kaylee Holt and Bailey Griffith were also present to present the board with the results of the lifeguard fundraiser held July 17...
Brenda Smith appointed as new Slater City Council member
Brenda Smith was appointed to the Slater City Council to fill the empty seat at the Tuesday, Aug. 6, meeting. Smith will be filling the seat vacated by Brownell Bryant, who resigned on Aug. 1. Mayor Stephen Allegri noted in his report to the council that the tractor pull on Aug. 3 was a success, with two tracks running until close to midnight...
Newscope: Slater Optimist & Mid-America Tractor Pullers Association Antique Pull
On Saturday, Aug. 3, there will be an antique tractor pull at the Airport Industrial Park in Slater. There will also be a brush pull, which is when you can bring whatever vehicle you choose and classes would be set up. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is free to the public. There will be a concession stand provided...
Safe routes to school grant to be awarded to Slater
The Slater City Council voted to accept a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation for the Safe Routes to School program.
Tenth Annual Bear Creek Blues Fest has large turnout despite scattered showers
The 10th annual Bear Creek Blues Festival had about 750 people in attendance, according the committee member Gene Griffith.
Bryant and Cronan to resign from Slater City Council duties
Council member Brownell Bryant and City Attorney Pat Cronan both turned in their resignations at the Tuesday, July 2, Slater City Council meeting.
Slater City Council discusses increased trash rates
Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith announced the trash rate would be going up 50 cents on Slater residents next bill at the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 18. Griffith said the reason for the increase is the agreement with the company, WCA Waste Corporation. ...
Slater City Council hears update on affordable housing, sidewalk project
The Slater City Council heard an update from Mayor Stephen Allegri about the affordable housing available in Slater at its meeting on Tuesday, June 4. There are currently two houses under construction and for sale through the project. The mayor also noted several people have been inconvenienced by the sidewalk project, but the weather is to blame, not the project itself...
Slater school board gets encouraging finance news
Slater School District Superintendent Terry Lorenz said state funding is taking a slight upturn at the end of the fiscal year. That, along with conservative management of finances throughout the year, put the district in a good position. He said legislation that potentially would reduce state income by $800 million over the next few years is still a concern...
Slater Council hears update on Bear Creek Blues Festival and Steve McQueen Car Show
In the mayor's report at the Tuesday, May 21, meeting, Mayor Stephen Allegri noted the Bear Creek Blues Festival would be Saturday, June 29, and the Steve McQueen car show would be made up that day.
Slater Council hears updates on upcoming events, ordinance to go into effect
The Slater Council heard updates on the Steve McQueen Car Show and a reminder about the pet ordinance that will go into effect on May 1 at the Tuesday, April 16, meeting.
Slater Board of Education approves salary freeze for 2013-2014 school year Updated 11:43 a.m. April 5
The Slater Board of Education special meeting was called to order and immediately moved into closed session on Thursday, April 4, to discuss personnel and legal matters. The board approved freezing the salary schedule where it is currently and the master class schedule for the 2013-2014 school year.
Allegri updates Slater Council on congressman's staff visit and Steve McQueen Days
Allegri updates Slater Council on congressman's staff visit and Steve McQueen Days By KELSEY ALUMBAUGH Staff writer Mayor Stephen Allegri informed the council of a visit from Kyle Wilkins, which is Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II's rural representative, at the its meeting on Tuesday, March 19...
Slater City Council discuss snow removal and 2013 goals
Mayor Stephen Allegri of Slater thanked the city crews for their efforts towards snow removal over the past couple of weeks at the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 5.
Slater Board of Education recognizes students, Board recognized by MSBA and Slater CTA
At the Slater Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17, Superintendent Terry Lorenz recognized Katlynn Shaw and Kaylee McEachern, vocal music students of Nancy Thompson, for being selected for the 2013 National Women's Honor Choir as part of the American Choral Directors Association national conference held in Dallas, Texas, in March.
Slater Council puts use tax on April ballot
The Slater City Council approved an ordinance to put the "use tax" on the ballot for the April 2, municipal election.
C&R Markets in Slater opening day goes well
On Thursday, Jan. 10, C&R Markets in Slater had a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m.
C&R Market to open in Slater
Tom and Katie Boehner, who were the owners of Slater Foodlane, were at the Slater City Council meeting Thursday, Dec. 27, to announce they were in the process of selling their business to C&R Markets.
Slater Board of Education supports adding Harrisburg to Lewis & Clark Conference
The Slater Board of Education met Tuesday, Dec. 18, to discuss adding two new schools to the Lewis & Clark Conference, along with a slew of other administrative issues.
Slater Council discuss Slater Foodlane closing and fluoride at water plant
Mayor Stephen Allegri brought to the council's attention at the Slater Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, that the Slater Foodlane will be closing.
GE Ribbon Cutting in Slater celebrates expansion, new jobs
General Manager of GE Power and Water's Air Filtration business Keith White, Dr. Stephen Allegri, mayor; and Gene Griffith, assistant administrator of the City of Slater cut the ribbon at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the New Gas Turbine Inlet Filtration Production Center in Slater on Friday, Nov. 30.
Slater council members hear about use tax
Slater city council members heard a presentation on the proposed use tax on out-of-state purchases, during their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Saline County Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings and Northern District Commissioner Norvelle "Brownie" Brown spoke about the 1.625 percent tax which will be on the county's November ballot.
Slater board approves 2012-2013 calendar (Updated 10:32 a.m.)
The Slater Board of Education approved the 2012-2013 calendar during the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, March 20. School will begin on Aug. 21 for students and Aug. 14 for staff members. In the 174 day-schedule, the last day of school is set for May 23, 2013. Christmas Break will begin on Dec. 21, and school will resume on Jan. 3...
Slater board approves 2012-2013 calendar
The Slater Board of Education approved the 2012-13 calendar during the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, March 20. School will begin on August 21 for students and August 14 for staff members. In the 174 day schedule the last day of school is set for May 23, 2012. Christmas Break will begin on Dec. 21, and school will resume on Jan. 3...
Slater woman hurt when vehicle collides with cow
A Slater woman suffered minor injuries Thursday, Dec. 22, when the vehicle she was riding in struck a cow, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Danna L. Tweedy, 29, was taken by Saline County Ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment...
Leigh Lenoir, 84, of Gilliam, died, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at his home. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. ...
New regime crowned at Slater Fall Festival
The City of Slater crowned Remington Durhan and Tyler Fizer Little Miss and Mister Slater on Friday, Sept. 23, at the Slater Fall Festival. The crowd greeted the new regime with cheers as the duo received crowns and flowers to honor the occasion.
Grace Marlyn Duffer
Grace Marlyn Duffer, 80, of Marshall, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Big Bend Retreat in Slater.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Marshall with Rev. Wayne Doolin officiating.
Slater man hurt in 1-vehicle crash Friday
A Slater man suffered moderate injuries Friday in a one-vehicle crash on state Highway 240, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. David M. Derboven, 33, was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital for treatment. The crash occurred at 11:12 a.m. as Derboven was traveling eastbound two miles west of Route P...
Slater welcomes Fire Cracker Classic
The "city of festivals" welcomed another event to their calendar at the Salter City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. Brandon Adcock and several members of the Freedom of Road Riders approached the council to request use of the high school football field for the Fire Cracker Classic. The event was scheduled July 8 and 9 at Stump Island Park in Glasgow but will need to be moved to higher ground due to expected flooding...
Deputies apprehend man wanted by 2 states on felony charges
Saline County Sheriff's deputies apprehended a man in Slater Monday, May 2, who had active felony arrest warrants from Kansas and Iowa for kidnapping and sexual assault. Michael W. Gillum, 36, first identified himself by an alias when approached by deputies, according to the report. But deputies noted his resemblance to the man wanted in the warrants, including general features and a facial scar...
3 hurt in 1-vehicle crash on Highway 240 early Sunday
Three Slater residents were hurt, while the driver escaped uninjured, in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday, March 20, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Matthew D. Campbell, 29, and Katie E. Lee, 31, suffered moderate injuries, and Candice M. Campbell, 23, suffered minor injuries in the crash, troopers said...
Slater woman hurt in 1-vehicle crash Monday
A Slater woman suffered moderate injuries Monday, March 14, in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 65 near Arbor Driver in Saline County, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Debbie R. Reed, 32, was take by Saline County Ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall...
Sounds of Slater concert to be held Saturday
This time of year, the Slater High School gym is typically quiet on a Saturday night, but that won't be the case Saturday, March 12, according to a news release from school officials. The gym will be full of music, people, and memories for the first ever "Sounds of Slater" concert...
Slater council appoints Reeves to complete Romine's term
Still saddened by the loss of long-time council member Ruby Romine, Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri recommended Tuesday, Jan. 18, that Delores Reeves be appointed to serve the rest of Romines term. The council unanimous agreed. Romine was killed in a traffic accident in Marshall Jan. 3...
City of Slater loses council member in accident
Slater City Council member Ruby Romine died Monday, Jan. 3, reportedly after being involved in a traffic accident.
Her death was a tough blow for her fellow council members to bear.
Dean Martin, 84, of rural Slater, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at the Big Bend Retreat Nursing Home in Slater. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Slater. Rev. David L. Duncan will officiate. ...
Saline County Century Farm: John Black family settles here following Civil War
It was 1865 and the end of the Civil War when John L. Black moved his family to Saline County in the middle of the night, leaving from his Knox County farm in northern Missouri. "They loaded up one night in the darkness and they came down here and they bought the farm," said his great grandson John S. ...
Slater youngster struggles to overcome serious conditions | Benefit Dinner for John Hass will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 19 in Slater
For seven-year-old John Hass, today's birthday will be difficult. For his parents, it is another day they get to spend with him. John was born pre-maturely at 33 weeks. Since that day he has fought gastroschisis and Prune Belly Syndrome -- both serious medical conditions that are frequently fatal --and the other conditions that came about because of those conditions...
Slater plans to 'light up Saline County' with growing holiday festival
Slater is known as the "city of festivals," for its numerous events. And now it has added a new title.
"Slater is fast becoming known as 'The Plaza of Mid-Missouri,'" said Mayor Stephen Allegri during the City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 19, referring to the regionally famous holiday lights display at The Plaza shopping area in Kansas City. "The whole town looked great last year."...
Slater man charged with 2 felonies after traffic stop
A Slater man two felony charges as Saline County Sheriff's deputies stopped him for allegedly crossing the center line of the highway three times late Friday, Oct. 8. Brian E. Lunn, 48, was later charged with class D felony driving while his license was revoked and class C felony driving while intoxicated, according to unofficial online court records...
(Updated 8:06 a.m.) Slater school board approves budget
The Slater School board approved a "conservative" 2010-2011 budget narrative during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21, which reflected a slight increase in the district's assessed valuation from the previous year. This year's valuation is $18,049,309 which Superintendent John McEachern wrote in the narrative would "benefit our school during a time of state budget reductions." After an adjustment from the Board of Equalization the assessed valuation in 2009-2010 was $17,695,445.. ...
Judson H. Audsley Jr.
Judson H. Audsley Jr., 82, of Slater died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at his home. Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. Rev. David L. Duncan will officiate. Bethany Weiker organist will play How Great Thou Art and Just A Closer Walk With Thee. ...
Slater schools benefit from gifts
Slater Superintendent of Schools John McEachern had good news and bad news for the Slater School board members during the board meeting held at noon on Friday, Sept. 3. He told the board that during the first part of construction for the new Early Childhood Center, contractors had to dig down "35 inches to soil that is suitable for building upon," on the southern side of site. That is deeper than was covered in the contract, although in some areas it will still be less...
Slater man charged with statutory rape, sodomy
A Slater man has been charged with two class C felonies -- second-degree statutory rape and second-degree statutory sodomy, according to unofficial online court records. Donald L. Fizer Jr., 22, was arrested Tuesday, July 27, after sheriff's deputies received a complaint from the 16-year-old victim's parents. According to sheriff's reports, the alleged sexual activity took place in the early morning hours of July 4 in Slater...
Bids give school board pause
Bids for the Early Childhood Center were slightly out of reach for the Slater Board of Education. Monday, July 19, the board opened bidding at 2 p.m. and discussed propositions at its meeting that evening. The lowest three bids came in at $1.4 million, $1.44 million and $1.4955 million and left board members with food-for-thought...
2010 Bear Creek Blues Festival: Exotic instruments and lack of mud mark blues fest (UPDATED with video: June 29 at 5:42 p.m.)
That was the first unusual thing about the 2010 Bear Creek Blues Festival Saturday, June 26, at Slater's football field. The festival the previous two years took place in soggy conditions.
Slater Board of Education dispels dual-credit myths
Public concerns about the future of dual credit courses were voiced by members of Slater School Board during its meeting Tuesday, June 22. Members clarified that dual credit courses are classes in which a student can earn college credit hours in addition to satisfying high school credits. A misconception of these classes is that students are overloaded with a combination of high school and college curriculums, whereas dual credit provides one curriculum and rewards students with college credits...
Breaking News: Slater announces plans to build new medical clinic
While standing at the future site on Front Street, Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri announced today that the city will soon be accomplishing a long term goal -- building a new medical clinic and heliport. "Since I've been a councilman and mayor this is one of the most important things that has come about for Slater in many years," he said during a press conference held at noon on Thursday, June 3 where the facility will be located...
Slater council approves change of cable franchise
The Slater City Council approved the transfer of the city's cable franchise from Longview Cable to Citizen's Telephone of Higginsville during their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 18 in the city office building. Mayor Stephen Allegri said that he had spoken to the company over some of the concerns brought up at the last council meeting...
Slater City Council discusses city events, approves liquor licenses
Events past and future were discussed at the Slater City Council meeting Tuesday evening, May 4. Mayor Stephen Allegri said about 1,000 people attended Steve McQueen Days, held April 23-24. "Despite the rain, (it) was actually a tremendous success," he said...
Slater woman hurt in crash early Friday
A Slater woman suffered minor injuries early Friday, April 23, in a one-vehicle accident on state Highway 240, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Brittany T. Terry, 22, of Slater, declined medical treatment at the scene, troopers said...
Slater school board hears from students and parents
The Slater School Board had a large audience of parents and students during their meeting on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. The Adventure Author Book Club which recently traveled to Warrensburg for the Children's Literature Festival gave a presentation to the board, talking about the authors they met and showing the posters and cereal boxes they made for after the event...
Slater school board votes for tuition increase
The Slater School Board certified results from the April 6 election and two board members were sworn in at their meeting held on Friday, April 9 in the school library. Incumbent Joey Gochenour was reelected with 142 votes and newcomer Darla Arni joined the board after receiving 122 votes. Russell Kirby received 121 votes followed by incumbent Larry Skinner Jr. with 103 votes...
Slater council approves city health insurance renewal
At their meeting Tuesday evening, April 6, Slater City Council members approved a renewal of the city employee health insurance plan. Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City will continue to provide coverage when the policy renews May 1. Nothing has changed except the 8.6 percent premium increase, insurance representative James Duncan said...
Newscope: Fund set up for Vincent-McGuire
A fund has been established at State Bank of Slater for Keri Vincent-McGuire, a 34-year-old Slater alumna. She has three children and recently gave birth to triplets, two boys and one girl. She has also been diagnosed with breast cancer. In November, she underwent a modified radical mastectomy and will begin chemotherapy treatments in April. Her husband is currently unemployed. Any donations would be greatly appreciated...
Slater man seriously hurt in tractor accident
A Slater man suffered serious injuries Tuesday morning, March 30, when he was run over by a tractor, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Kenneth Vogl, 53, was taken by air ambulance to a Columbia hospital. The accident occurred about 9:10 a.m. in a field near 2622 Poplar Ave. (formerly County Road 127)...
USDA, Slater officials commemorate new storm siren
Representatives from United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development and the city of Slater gathered there Thursday, March 25, to commemorate a new early warning storm siren. In 2009, Slater was awarded an $8,445 USDA Community Facilities Grant to purchase the siren and two controller boxes, which replaced a broken siren in the southeast part of the city. In total, the siren cost $12,750, and the remaining costs were paid by the city...
Slater school board hires new elementary principal
The Slater School board has announced they have hired a new elementary principal for the 2010-11 school year, Sarah Marriott, currently with the Blackwater District. Marriott will replace Ragena Mize, who announced her resignation earlier this year...
Slater school board keeps close tabs on budget as more state funding reductions loom
Slater school board met for another budget workshop Monday, March 1 -- the third in the past four weeks -- keeping one close eye on the current budget and one wary eye on the grim budget prospects for next year. The current budget had to be tweaked a bit to account for a 2 percent cut in state funding...
Slater council hears about upcoming Steve McQueen Days
Plans for Slater's annual Steve McQueen Days are coming together smoothly, Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith reported at the city council meeting Tuesday evening, March 2. The event is scheduled for the weekend of April 24, about a month later than normal, in hopes of having better weather...
Slater RC aircraft group to host event in June
Slater will host the Academy of Model Aeronautics SPADfest, meaning Simple Plastic Airplane Design festival, Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12, in conjunction with Slater Radio Control Club at Slater Municipal Airport, according to a news release...
Slater man sentenced in federal court on mail and identity theft conviction
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Slater man has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to steal mail and commit bank fraud and identity theft...
Deployed Slater school board member attends meeting "in person"
Slater school board member Joey Gochenour, who has been "attending" meetings by Skype video conferencing while on military deployment in Iraq was in person during the meeting held on Thursday, Feb. 18. During the meeting, Gochenour, home on a 15-day leave, presented Superintendent John McEachern and the district with an American flag which was flown on Dec. 7, 2009, over Al Asad Airbase where he is stationed...
Slater man hurt in 1-vehicle crash Saturday
A Slater man suffered moderate injuries Saturday afternoon, Feb. 13, in a one-vehicle crash in Saline County, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. William H. Perkins, 65, was taken by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment...
City of Slater in 'excellent financial condition,' Mayor Allegri says
Although governments large and small are facing hard times, the city of Slater is in "excellent financial condition," Mayor Stephen Allegri said in his State of the City address at the city council meeting Tuesday evening, Feb. 2. In 2009, the city accomplished quite a list of things, Allegri said: sewer plant improvements, a new lawn mower for the cemetery, a new walking trail in the park, a new storm siren and continued street maintenance. ...
Slater school board, superintendent review district budget
Slater School board members held a budget workshop on Monday, Feb. 1, taking the opportunity to better understand the district's numbers. "They (board members) wanted a more detailed explanation of where monies come in and where they go out," explained Slater Superintendent John McEachern, who used a computerized SMART board to explain the district's accounting program in detail...
Nellie M. Cobb
Nellie M. Cobb, 91, of Slater, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at The Living Center in Marshall. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater, with Rev. Robert Sisney officiating. Bethany Weiker, organist, will play "How Great Thou Art" and "When They Ring Those Golden Bells." Burial will be in Slater City Cemetery. ...
Frances Falconer, 89, of rural Slater, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Slater school board discusses new extended day program (UPDATED: 8:02 a.m.)
Although not officially on the agenda, three parents were able to question members of the Slater School board, as well as Slater Superintendent John McEachern and elementary principal Ragina Mize during the regularly scheduled meeting held Wednesday, Jan. 20...
Slater council hears about proposed sewer improvement (UPDATE Jan. 20 12:28 p.m.)
The city of Slater has applied for a grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith said at the city council meeting Tuesday evening, Jan. 19. The grant is through the Energize Missouri program, which provides funds for projects focusing on reducing energy consumption. ...
Jeanne M. Walton
Jeanne M. Walton, 80, of Sedalia, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Fair View Nursing Home in Sedalia. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Fr. Linus Evers officiating. Pallbearers were sons, Perry, Eric, Stuart and Flint; and grandsons, Luke and Ian. ...
Doris M. Draffen
Doris M. Draffen, 89, of Slater, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Slater Presbyterian Church with Rev. Pam Sebastian officiating. Bethany Weiker, organist, will play "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." Burial will be in Slater City Cemetery. ...
Doris M. Draffen
Doris M. Draffen, 89, of Slater, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
James Clayton Ruppert
James Clayton Ruppert, 75, of Warrensburg, formerly of Slater, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg. Memorial services will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at Slater United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jess Spurgin officiating. Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. Memorials are suggested to Slater United Methodist Church or Missouri Veterans Home, in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater...
Anna L. Hemme
Anna L. Hemme, 83, of Slater, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at her home. Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Slater Christian Church. Rev. John Swisher will officiate. Bethany Weiker, organist, will accompany the congregation in singing "It Is Well With My Soul" and "Amazing Grace." Burial will be in Slater City Cemetery. ...
The short, happy life of The Lodge: Experimental performance venue suspends shows
It was a short-lived experiment, but Mike Kaiser's attempt to create a space for any artist to perform or display his or her art did last for two concerts before The Lodge at 120 W. Emma St. in Slater closed its doors. "What we're trying to do is really just provide a venue for all artists," said Kaiser in an interview after the first of the two shows Saturday, Dec. ...
The short, happy life of The Lodge: Kruger show introduces Slater to noise music
Tyler Kruger began his performance Saturday, Dec. 5, at The Lodge in Slater by telling those present that his music was loud and abrasive, warning, "If you have a history of epilepsy or heart conditions, you probably shouldn't listen." His first song, "Logarithms of a Dead Man's Heart," quickly showed the reason for that caveat. Armed with a guitar and a loop pedal, Kruger built a slow rhythmic guitar base of just one chord followed by one of two notes...
Slater council approves 2010 budget of over $3 million
At their meeting Tuesday evening, Dec. 29, Slater City Council members approved the city's 2010 budget, which totals $3,698,300. The budget is $372,800 less than in 2009, Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith said. This is because the city's $400,000 lease-to-purchase agreement for water plant renovations, which was in the 2009 budget, is not in the 2010 budget...
Dorothy M. Barnhill
Dorothy M. Barnhill, 86, of Columbia, formerly of Slater, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at Lenoir Woods Care Center in Columbia. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Slater. Fr. Michael Penn will officiate. ...
Clifton H. "Slats" Reynolds
Clifton H. "Slats" Reynolds, 85, of Slater, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at The Living Center in Marshall. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater, with Larry Moore officiating. Bethany Weiker, organist, will play "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" and "In the Garden." Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. ...
(Updated 8:20 a.m.) School board member in Iraq "attends" meeting
Although it was a middle of the night in Iraq, Slater school board member Joey Gochenour, who is currently there on military deployment, was "present" at the regularly scheduled school board meeting Thursday, Dec. 17 via a Skype Internet connection, facilitated by his wife, Angela...
Slater school Christmas program
"We wish you a jazzy Christmas," were Slater music teacher Jim Mize's last words to attendees of Slater Instrumental Music Holiday Concert Wednesday, Dec. 9, and much of the program helped fulfill that wish.
Slater High School class of 1965 signs on with MSDC project
Marshall-Saline Development Corporation entered into a contract with Slater High School's graduating class of 1965 during MSDC's board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8. The agreement, entered into under Project Footprint, is similar to MSDC's agreement with Sweet Springs Alumni Association, and names MSDC as the body responsible for creating and maintaining an alumni database with contact information for alumni, in addition to other responsibilities...
52 veterans honored for service during ceremony in Slater Nov. 15
Fifty-two area veterans were honored Sunday, Nov. 15, at Slater's Bethel Evangelistic Center in a ceremony organized by Charlie Guthrie. Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri spoke about a veteran who is a Slater native, saying, "This guy is pretty typical of most of our veterans. He came home with not a chest full of medals and he didn't ask for anything special. (He came) back and did his job."...
Slater council discusses vehicle, animal ordinances
The city of Slater continues to develop motorized vehicle and animal ordinances, which city council members discussed at their meeting Tuesday evening, Nov. 17. Members reviewed a preliminary ordinance outlining what moving devices will be allowed on city streets. Muscle-powered devices, such as skate boards or bicycles; muscle-augmented devices, such as electric bicycles; and powered devices, such as motorized bicycles, all-terrain vehicles and golf carts, are all allowed...
Kids sing, bells ring at Slater Veterans Day celebration
Freedom literally rang throughout the Slater High School gymnasium on Veterans Day Wednesday, Nov. 11. Students from Slater, Orearville, Hardeman and Gilliam schools were assembled there, and each time Slater Superintendent John MacEachern or Veterans Day organizer Charles Guthrie shouted, "Let freedom ring!" the students responded with resounding tintinnabulation from bells distributed prior to the ceremony...
Slater council hears about street work, tree trimming
Slater city streets are being prepared for crack and seal treatments, Mayor Stephen Allegri said at the city council meeting Tuesday evening, Nov. 3. The work is just part of regular street maintenance. "It's all part of our comprehensive street program," Allegri said...
Martin Esparza Vazquez
Martin Esparza Vazquez, 42, of Slater, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at Fitzgibbon Hospital. Funeral services and burial will be at Templo Senor de las Rayos Church and Cemetery in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Local arrangements are being handled by Weiker Funeral Home in Slater...
Martin Esparza, 42, of Slater, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at Fitzgibbon Hospital.
Funderal arrangements are pending at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Habitat for Humanity welcomes family to their new Slater home
The dedication of a Habitat for Humanity home in Slater Sunday, Oct. 18, would not have been possible without "thousands of hours of careful thought and lots of hard work on the part of everyone in this room and lots more people, as well," said Rev. Pam Sebastian to those in attendance at the dedication ceremony...
Slater Board of Education hears budget update, Red Ribbon Week activity report
Slater Board of Education members discussed the district's audit report during their meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 20. Superintendent John McEachern said since the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the district's net assets have decreased by $95,368. Income from property tax had decreased by $107,508, income from sales tax had decreased by $12,337, and total earnings had decreased by $39,000, leading to a decrease of $184,933 in total revenue. Expenditures were up $56,431 from 2008-2009 levels...
City of Slater prepares for annual tree-trimming work
Slater Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith reported on city business and departments at the city council meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 20. The city will begin its annual tree-trimming program this month, Griffith said. "Really, we're running about a month behind," he said, partly because of the weather...
Slater Fall Fest features successful car show Saturday
After being rescheduled more than once, the third annual Steve McQueen Days car show was held Saturday, Sept. 26, as part of the town's fall festival. Organizer and city councilman Terry Jordan said 46 cars were entered into the show, and he was pleased with the results...
Slater connection: Steve McQueen home in LA for sale
An entry on a Los Angeles Times real estate blog has an entry today, "Where Bullitt used to relax," describing a home owned by the late Steve McQueen and his wife, Barbara, that has been put on the market. Asking price? $1.95 million. The writer, Lauren Beale, notes a Slater connection in McQueen's decision to purchase the home...
Keith D. Head
Keith D. Head, 53, of Slater, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at University Hospital in Columbia.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. at Salem Evangelical Church north of Arrow Rock, with Rev. Tony Gallagher officiating.
Updated: Slater school board looks at artist's rendering of proposed building
The Slater School Board looked at the artist's rendition of the proposed Slater Early Childhood Center during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The bond issue for the $1.3 million building to house kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students will be on the November ballot. ...
Slater council hears about fall festival, approves engineer for water study
The Slater City Council heard a preview of the city's fall festival, scheduled for Sept. 24 and 25, at its meeting Tuesday evening, Sept. 15. "It's a great time for all," Mayor Stephen Allegri said. Council member Terry Jordan said about 100 cars will be at the car show to be held Saturday, Sept. 25. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon, and it costs $20 per car...
Featured patriot: Guthrie leads local efforts to honor veterans
Veterans have a well-earned reputation for being generally reluctant to talk in detail about their service, so as area veterans emerged from morning interviews Thursday, Aug. 6, with a team from the Missouri Veteran Stories project, I asked each why he had agreed to participate...
City of Slater receives "A" on audit
At their meeting Tuesday evening, Sept. 1, Slater City Council members heard the results of the city's 2008 audit. Norma J. Schlesselman from Wilson, Toellner and Associates said the city's financial statements "present fairly," and that is "the best opinion that can be given in an audit."...
Slater school board sets tax levy
The Slater school board set its tax levy during a brief meeting Friday, Aug. 28 at Slater High School. The board voted unanimously to approve the property tax levy at $4.4143 per $100 of assessed property. The operating levy was set at $3.8531 and the debt service levy was set at $.5612...
Donald G. Riddle
Donald G. Riddle, 85, of Slater, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. Rev. Pam Sebastian will officiate. Bethany Weiker, organist, will play "How Great Thou Art" and "Whispering Hope." Burial with military honors will be in Slater City Cemetery. ...
Donald C. Riddle
Donald C. Riddle, 85, of Slater, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Skies over Slater feature aerial show
Seventy-three pilots from around Missouri and beyond flew 108 remote-controlled airplanes, jets and helicopters at the third annual Slater R/C Field of Dreams Fun Fly, held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23, at Slater Memorial Airport. There was, almost without exception, at least one plane in the sky at all times, with the action subsiding for a few reasons, including the arrival of a full-sized airplane on the runway and a mid-air collision between two aircraft, as well as the subsequent search in the cornfield for any parts of the airplanes.. ...
Jack Sumpter, 77, of Slater, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at University Hospital in Columbia. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. Memorials are suggested to the charity of donor's choice in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater...
Slater council welcomes Rep. Joe Aull, approves new tax levy
Unlike the city of Marshall, Slater has seen a decrease in the assessed value of property within city limits. Because of this, the city council voted Tuesday evening, Aug. 18, to raise the city's tax from $1.153 per $100 of assessed value in 2009 to $1.2092 in 2010...
Slater Board of Education discusses tax levies (Updated 10:35 a.m. 8/19/09)
The Slater Board of Education set operational and debt service levies during its meeting Tuesday evening, Aug. 18. The operating levy was set at 3.8531 cents per $100 of assessed value and the debt service levy was set at .5612 cents per $100 of assessed value...
Local veterans share their stories (UPDATE 6:35 a.m. Aug. 18)
Whether in peacetime or war, on the battlefield, aboard ship, in kitchens or shops, the people who serve in the military have stories to tell about the experiences. Some are exciting -- too exciting, in some cases. Some are mundane. But one thing the Missouri Veteran Stories interview team insists on is that every veteran's stories are valuable, interesting and worth recording for posterity...
Slater receives grant for water system evaluation
The city of Slater continues to update and maintain its infrastructure. In their meeting Tuesday, Aug. 4, city council members voted to rebuild two aging pumps in the waste water plant. Two similar pumps were restored earlier in the year. The cost for the final two pumps is estimated at around $26,000, which will come from the city's reserve funds...
Helen Edna Borgman
Helen Edna Borgman, 90, of rural Slater, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church near Saline City, with Pastor Mark Hass officiating. ...
Helen Borgman, 90, of rural Slater, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.
Slater City Council discusses 'property rights,' animal ordinance
The Slater City Council approved a resolution requesting that citizens not to sign petitions from Missouri Citizens for Property Rights and discussed additions to the city's animal ordinance during its meeting Tuesday evening, July 21. The resolution was drafted by City Attorney Pat Cronan, who gave the board a summary of the efforts of MCPR...
Slater brothers arrested Thursday after alleged assault
Billy S. Hayes, 25, of Slater, and Timothy J. Hayes, 27, also of Slater, were the subject of an incident report from Saline County Sheriff's Department, in connection with an incident in the parking lot of Gilliam School Thursday, July 16.
According to the incident report, deputies were called to the scene when a woman reported she had been assaulted by Billy Hayes. ...
Slater school board approves bid for elementary building repair work
The Slater Board of Education approved a bid Monday, July 13, for repair work on Alexander Elementary School. The work is aimed at fixing water seepage that is damaging masonry above windows on the third floor, according to Superintendent John McEachern...
Independence man charged with felony driving while revoked after arrest in Saline County
Ronald J. Pycke, 62, of Independence, is in custody at Saline County Justice Facility on a $5,000 cash or surety bond. Pycke was charged Saturday, July 4, with class D felony operating a motor vehicle while revoked after he was questioned by Missouri Highway Patrol officers at the scene of a traffic accident in Slater...
Slater council welcomes new member
Newly appointed Slater City Council member Brett Heymeyer was sworn in at the council's meeting Tuesday evening, July 7. Heymeyer was chosen by Mayor Stephen Allegri to replace Rex Cantlin, who resigned from the council in June. Heymeyer jumped right in to council business, joining council members Terry Jordan, Harry Lightfoot and Ruby Romine on a new committee to discuss the city's regulations concerning four-wheelers, golf carts, dirt bikes and other small motorized vehicles...
Gerald S. Wood
Gerald S. Wood, 87, of Slater, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at his home. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 3, 2009, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Slater, with Rev. Robert Sisney will officiating. Bethany Weiker, organist, will play "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" and "It Is Well With My Soul." Burial will be in Rehoboth Cemetery. ...
Slater board closes out school year (UPDATED 8:22 a.m.)
The Slater School Board held its end-of-the-fiscal-year meeting at noon on Tuesday, June 30 to close the books on the 2008-09 school year.
As it has in past years, the board voted to adopt a 2009-10 budget of $3,694,863.12 -- the actual expenditures for the past year.
Storm can't stop the blues: Bear Creek Blues Fest headliners play on
Karen Teeter of Kansas City had her name picked in the drawing for an autographed Ibanez AS73 hollow-body guitar with a transparent cherry finish during the Bear Creek Blues Festival Saturday, June 27, in Slater, making her the excited new owner of the guitar...
Juanita R. Sartain
Juanita R. Sartain, 82, of Slater, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 27, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater, with Rev. Robert Sisney officiating. ...
Russell Leon Jackson
Russell Leon Jackson, 80, of Slater, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at his home. Private family funeral services were held Sunday, June 21, 2009, with burial and military honors at Slater City Cemetery, with Rev. Cliff Cato officiating. Memorials are suggested to Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater...
Charles L. Long
Charles L. Long, also known as Dick Anthony, 92, of Slater, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at Big Bend Retreat in Slater. Cremation. Memorial graveside services with military honors will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall, with Rev. David L. Duncan officiating. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater...
Annual Bear Creek Blues Festival to be held June 27 in Slater
Slater will host the Bear Creek Blues Festival for the sixth consecutive year Saturday, June 27. This year's festival will feature seven acts performing between 3 p.m. and midnight, including headliners Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnios King, who will begin their performance at 10:30 p.m...
Boonville woman charged with passing bad check in Slater
Amber N. Roth, 26, of Boonville, has been charged with class C felony passing a bad check in connection with a July 2008 incident at a store in Slater. According to the incident report from Slater Police Department, Roth wrote a check for $225 at a Slater business July 21, 2008, and closed the account on which the check was written just two days later. Attempts by the retailer to contact Roth were unsuccessful, and the case was turned over to Slater Police in September 2008...
Slater School Board says goodbye to longtime principal
The Slater School Board said farewell to longtime elementary principal Jean Dowell at the regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, June 18 in the school library. "We appreciate everything you've done for the school system," said board president Rick Hays...
Slater School Board says goodbye to longtime principal
By MARCIA GORRELL Staff writer The Slater School Board said farewell to longtime elementary principal Jean Dowell at the regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, June 18 in the school library. "We appreciate everything you've done for the school system," said board president Rick Hays...
Seniors hear of "self-management" techniques for arthritis
Amber Phelps, health program specialist at the Central Missouri Regional Arthritis Center, came to the Slater Senior Center Tuesday evening, June 16, to give her presentation titled "Managing arthritis so it doesn't manage you" to the more than 15 senior citizens assembled there...
Commissioners approve ordinance for Slater enterprise zone
Saline County Commissioners discussed updates on Slater's proposed enhanced enterprise zone at their meeting Tuesday morning, June 9. Commission members approved an amendment to the ordinance to establish an enhanced enterprise zone in Slater. This amendment, 2009-1A, "gives Slater the opportunity to work each individual deal," said Presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner, rather than setting an across-the-board ruling on the percentage of tax breaks a qualifying business will receive...
Hunter reports progress on MSDC projects
Executive Director Roy Hunter gave updates on several projects at the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation Board meeting Tuesday morning, June 9. Project Green, MSDC's name for Saline Green Project, the planned ethanol-, furfural- and electricity-producing plant, has had activity in the realm of both preparation and submission of the financial package, according to Hunter's prepared material. Hunter expects he will receive an informative update on the project during the week of June 15-19...
Weiker, Summers named senior and junior fair queens for 2009
Lauren Ann Weiker, 18, of Slater and Kaleigh Elizabeth Summers, 17, of Slater were named Saline County senior and junior fair queens, respectively, Saturday, June 6, at the Saline County BBQ.
Like all other candidates for senior queen, Weiker, daughter of Bethany and Jason Weiker, answered a question picked at random from a group of sealed envelopes held by emcee William Harlow. Her question asked how she defines success...
Slater Lotto winner gets big check
On Saturday, May 16, John Markovich of Slater won the Missouri Lotto jackpot of $2 million. Representatives from Missouri Lottery came to Markovich's store, City Pharmacy, on Wednesday, June 3, for an official award ceremony. According to Markovich, he discovered that he had won on May 17, the day after the drawing...
Cantlin resigns from Slater City Council
Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri accepted the resignation of third ward council member Rex Cantlin at the Slater City Council meeting Tuesday evening, June 2. Cantlin was not present at the meeting, but Allegri read his letter of resignation to the council...
Dickey twins differ in some ways but share academic achievement
On Saturday, May 9, twins Aaron and Josh Dickey of Arrow Rock graduated from Slater High School as the top two students in the class of 2009. The sons of Mike and Diana Dickey, the boys are technically identical twins who share the same chromosomes, but slight differences in hairstyles, glasses and stature make them easy to differentiate...
Slater girls finish in top 20 at state meet
JEFFERSON CITY -- Slater sophomore Ana Jackson was on the platform for four awards ceremonies Saturday at the MSHSAA Class 1 Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City. Although none of Jackson's four medals was gold, she and three other Lady Wildcats -- freshmen Jacqueline Anderson and Betty Goodman and sophomore Saria Leimkuehler -- did finish fourth in the 800-meter relay (1:52.29)...
Slater school board approves activities code of conduct (UPDATE: 4:55 p.m.)
After a long discussion, the Slater Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a new "Activities Code of Ethical Behavior."
Slater council approves effort to find sources of sewer infiltration (UPDATE: 11:35 a.m.)
The city of Slater is going on the hunt -- for sewer problems. The city council approved spending about $7,500 to scan storm sewers on the city's west side in an effort to find sources of inflow and infiltration. Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith said there is evidence too much water is getting into the sewer lines...
Call to child abuse hotline results in probation
Ashley M. Neel, 22, of Slater, pleaded guilty to filing a false report of child abuse in Associate Circuit Court Wednesday, May 13. Neel is accused of placing a telephone call to the child abuse hotline of Saline County Division of Child Services in November 2008 and making false allegations of child abuse. The false report, a class A misdemeanor, carries a possible sentence of one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000...
Rev. Amos McGowan
Rev. Amos L. McGowan, 67, of Slater, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at his home.
Graveside services with military honors will be held Friday, May 15, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.
Rev. Amos McGowan
Rev. Amos McGowan, 67, of Slater, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at his home.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Velma M. Stevenson
Velma M. Stevenson, 93, of Slater, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at Big Bend Retreat in Slater. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 8, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater, with Rev. Robert Sisney officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Visitation will be held from noon until time of service on Friday. Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church in Slater...
Slater council discusses city policies, maintenance and events
City policies and maintenance were the main topics of discussion at the Slater City Council meeting Tuesday evening, May 5. In his report, Mayor Stephen Allegri reminded Slater residents that grass is not allowed in city streets and gutters because it can cause problems with drainage...
William M. Krog
William M. "Mac" Krog, 62, of Slater, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at his home. Memorial graveside services with military honors will be held Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Versailles City Cemetery in Versailles, with Todd Foreman officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at First Baptist Church in Slater. Memorials are suggested to Versailles City Cemetery in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater...
Local author: Slater teen to publish first novel
Sean Pummill, a high school student from Slater, has recently finished a three-year-long project: his first novel, titled "Demons and Dragons: The Golden Age." "I started writing, just off and on, off and on, for the last three years, just kind of doing it on my own time, and then this year came around and I was closer to being done, and I decided I'd be interested in looking into publishers," Pummill said...
Mary Lee Brucks
Mary Lee Brucks, 95, of Park Hill, formerly of Slater, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at Mineral Springs Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 24, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Slater, with Fr. ...
Patricia "Pat" Gunzburg, 74, of Slater, died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel Marshall, with William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials may be made to family choice. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com...
Slater student named state FFA secretary
After a long day on Thursday, April 16, interviewing for a state FFA office and judging livestock, Lauren Weiker of Slater still found the energy to jump up when she found out she had been named the 2009-2010 Missouri state FFA secretary. "I had to be the first to interview, because I had to go to my CDE (career development event) judging livestock," she said. ...
Frances L. Lamkin
Frances L. Lamkin, 89, of Slater, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 19, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. at Slater Assembly of God Church, with Rev. Lowell Moore officiating. Burial was in Slater Cemetery. Pallbearers were Aaron Boston, Steven Fornshell, Andrew Murphy, Jesse Murphy, Bradley Cain and Justin Winkler. Memorials are suggested to the church in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater...
Lauren Weiker of the Slater FFA named state FFA secretary
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 16, 2009 -- Lauren Weiker of Slater, Mo., and Area 6 has been selected as the 2009-2010 State FFA Secretary, according to a news release from the state FFA organization. She is a senior at Slater High School and a member of the Slater FFA Chapter. Her advisor is Zach Crews...
Frances Lamkin, 89, of Slater, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Slater School Board hears presentation
By MARCIA GORRELL Staff writer The Slater School Board dealt with mostly routine business during their meeting on Thursday, April 16, before breaking into executive session to interview candidates for the elementary principal position. The job came open last month after Jean Dowell announced she would retire at the end of the school year after 16 years as principal and 31 years in education...
Slater teachers to receive small raise
The Slater School Board took a "conservative" approach for the 2009-10 year and approved a one percent raise for the teacher's base salary during a special meeting held on Monday, April 16. "This year it's better to stay conservative with the economy the way it is," Slater superintendent John McEachern told the board members. "If we wind up where we can give a four or five percent raise next year (2010-11), by all means we will."...
Charlotte I. Thurman
Charlotte I. Thurman, 80, of Higginsville, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at Meyer Care Center. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2009, at First Presbyterian Church in Higginsville, with Thomas D. Thomas officiating. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. ...
Slater woman charged with felony child abuse
A Slater woman was charged Monday, March 16, with class C felony child abuse, according to the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney's office. La'Chelle Hockaday, 22, is accused of repeatedly hitting a neighbor's child with a belt on March 14, according to court documents...
Slater gears up for spring events
The Slater City Council met Tuesday, March 17, to discuss upcoming events in the town. Steve McQueen Days are March 27 and 28, and a tentative schedule has been published. Events on Friday begin at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday is a day full of activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m...
Tillie A. Seibold
Tillie A. Seibold, 86, of Slater, died Monday, March 9, 2009, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Salem Evangelical Church near Arrow Rock, with Rev. Tony Gallagher officiating. Bethany Weiker, organist, will accompany the congregation in singing, "God Will Take Care of You" and "We Are Going Down the Valley." Burial will be in the church cemetery. ...
Ninalee Barton, 76, of Slater, died Sunday, March 15, 2009, at University of Missouri-Columbia Hospital. Cremation. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater, with Rev. Pam Sebastian officiating. Bethany Weiker, organist, will play "Ave Maria" and "Shennandoah." Cremation will follow the services. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Fitzgibbon Cancer Center...
Tillie A. Seibold
Tillie A. Seibold, 86, of Slater, died Monday, March 9, 2009, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Warrant issued for man who allegedly threatened Slater woman
An arrest warrant has been issued for Michael W. Hibdon, 41, of Grandview, in connection with threats Hibdon allegedly made to a Slater woman. According to the probable cause statement issued by the county prosecutor's office, Hibdon made multiple phone calls in which he threatened to kill the woman, burn her house down and kill her children...
Ike O. Wright
Ike O. Wright, 56, of Kansas City, formerly of Slater, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at Shady Lawn Nursing Center in Savannah. Graveside services will be held Monday, March 2, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Slater, with Rev. Carl Branch officiating. Weiker Funeral Home in Slater is in charge of arrangements...
Wallace D. Hitaffer
Wallace D. Hitaffer, 85, of La Monte, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia, with Rev. Gene Smith officiating. ...
Slater man hurt in one-vehicle crash late Tuesday
A Slater man suffered moderate injuries when his car went off the road and overturned shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Roger L. Burns, 27, was taken by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital for treatment, according to the report...
In Friday's paper: Slater Progress Edition
Although they may not be well known in Saline County or even in Missouri, one Slater business has had national attention for the specialty service they provide dog and cat owners from across the United States and Canada. Anthony Eddy Wildlife Studio, located on Main Street in Slater, is one of only a handful of businesses that "freeze dry" small mammals, including dogs and cats, for grieving pet owners...
Pearl L. Underwood, 86, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at Big Bend Retreat in Slater, where she and her husband, Earl, had lived for four years. Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at First Presbyterian Church in Rapid City, S.D. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at the church.
Earle B. Lovick
Earle B. Lovick, 87, of Spring Hill, Fla., a former Saline County resident, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at Big Bend Retreat in Slater. Memorial services and burial will be held at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com...
Slater veterans thank Kinder, Aull for support of video stories project
Several members of Slater American Legion and VFW met in Jefferson City Wednesday, Jan. 14, with Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder to thank him for his support of Missouri Veteran Stories, a project that is intended to honor Missouri's military veterans by capturing their stories on DVD, preserving them for future generations, according to Charlie Guthrie of Slater...
Slater woman hurt in 1-car crash Wednesday on Route C
A Slater woman suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning, Jan. 28, in a one-vehicle crash on Route C in Saline County, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Kamekia S. Knox, 24, was taken by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, troopers said...
Slater woman hurt in 1-car crash Tuesday on U.S. 65
A Slater woman suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning, Jan. 27, in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 65, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Nicholette Kruger, 22, was traveling northbound one-third of a mile south of County Road 304 at about 10:53 a.m. when her 2008 Ford Ranger went off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch, overturned and came to rest on its passenger side, troopers said...
Prep Hoops Round-up: No. 7 Chiefs get past Fayette
SLATER -- One of the most anticipated match-ups of the power-packed 28th Wildcat Classic at Slater almost didn't happen. One of the two state-ranked Class 2 teams in the field was nearly tripped up Monday, No. 7 Santa Fe needing a 26-point fourth quarter to overcome Fayette, 55-51, in a first-round clash between the fourth and fifth seeds. ...
Ronnie R. Bird
Ronnie R. Bird, 66, of Slater, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at his home. Private family services will be held. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. Memorials are suggested to Slater Volunteer Fire Department or Slater Ambulance District...
Ronnie Bird, 66, of Slater, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at his home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Slater mayor: City continues to burnish image as 'clean' town
At the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20, Mayor Stephen Allegri gave the "State of the City" address to all present. The mayor reported that five more houses were demolished in 2008 and that streets were being well maintained in efforts to clean up the city...
Lester C. Feuers
Lester C. Feuers, 90, of Slater, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Slater, with Fr. Michael W. Penn will officiating. Organist Bethany Weiker will accompany the congregation in singing "Amazing Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross" and "On Eagles' Wings." Weiker will accompany Barbara Thieman as she sings "The Lord's Prayer." Burial will be in Slater City Cemetery. ...
Kenneth G. Eddy
Kenneth G. Eddy, 67, of Springfield, formerly of Marshall, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with William W. Harlow officiating. ...
Slater High School seniors to visit Chicago for senior trip
The Slater School Board approved a trip to Chicago for the senior class during a mostly routine meeting held on Thursday, Dec. 18, in the library. Senior class president Lauren Weiker and class member Emily Kruger showed the board a slide show presenting their proposed Class of 2009 senior trip. In the slide show, the seniors said their plan was to leave on a Thursday morning, taking a bus to Sedalia, then traveling by Amtrak to Chicago...
Prep Hoops Round-up: Lady 'Cats win fourth straight game
CARROLLTON -- A second-quarter shutout was indicative of the strong defensive performance turned in Monday by the Slater girls' basketball team, which notched its fourth win in a row with a 53-30 non-conference victory at Carrollton. The Lady Wildcats, thanks to a pair of three-pointers apiece from senior Rachel Gonzalez and sophomore Saria Leimkuehler, were already leading by 11 points heading into the frame. ...
Bonnie L. Galloway
Bonnie L. Galloway, 74, of Slater, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Slater United Methodist Church, with Rev. Robert Sisney officiating.
Emily F. DeGroodt
Emily F. DeGroodt, 96, of Lebanon, formerly of Slater, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at Christian Health Care-South in Lebanon. Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater, with Rev. Robert Sisney officiating. ...
Emily DeGroodt, 96, of Lebanon, formerly of Slater, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at Christian Health Care-South in Lebanon.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Laura J. Sandwith
Laura J. Sandwith, 79, of Slater, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Marshall, with Rev. Debbie Roath officiating. Organist Jane Kelly will play "How Great Thou Art," "Peace in the Valley" and "The Old Rugged Cross." Burial will be in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. ...
Slater takes step toward enterprise zone designation
The Slater City Council and the Saline County Commission met with a representative from the Missouri Department of Economic Development Monday, Dec. 8, to discuss a resolution to establish an Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Slater. "This gives us a better opportunity to attract companies to Slater by offering tax credits and abatements," said Mayor Stephen Allegri...
Ricky D. Berger
Ricky D. Berger, 52, of Slater, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at his home. Cremation. Private family services are planned. Weiker Funeral Home in Slater is in charge of arrangements. Born Nov. 4, 1956, in Independence, he was the son of the late Jerry W. and Betty Clark Berger. He was a self-employed carpenter and longtime Slater resident...
Laura Sandwith, 79, of Slater, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Ruth A. Pugh
Ruth A. Pugh, 101, of Slater, formerly of Gilliam, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. Graveside services were held Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, at 2 p.m. in Gilliam Cemetery. Rev. Mike Blackwood officiated. Pallbearers were G.B. Fletcher, Gary Vincent, James Blackwood and Jerry Blackwood. Memorials are suggested to Big Bend Retreat, in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater...
Slater council hears updates on holiday events, approves equipment purchases
The Slater City Council met Tuesday, Dec. 2, to discuss the town's Christmas festivities and hear reports from Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith. Mayor Stephen Allegri said the town's recent turkey giveaway and tree-lighting ceremony was a great success, with at least 250 people in attendance...
Donald E. Wylie
Donald E. Wylie, 78, of Warsaw, formerly of Slater, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. ...
Slater woman hurt in 1-vehicle crash early Saturday
A Slater woman received moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash at about 6:35 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Toni L. Brumit, 18, was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. The accident occurred near the intersection of Highway 240 and County Road 142 as Brumit's vehicle apparently traveled off the right side of the road...
Slater mayor provides update on GE situation, offers city's help
The Slater City Council met Tuesday, Nov. 18, to discuss the GE plant, Slater's many festivals and other business. In his report, Mayor Stephen Allegri discussed a conversation he had with Tim Beckley of Kansas City's GE offices about the factory and its employees. He talked about the next set of voluntary layoffs, for an eight-week period, and how that would affect Slater...
GE in Slater extends voluntary work cutback as business continues to be slow
GE Energy spokesman Bryan McGuire said Monday, Nov. 17, that a continuing downturn in demand for products manufactured at the Slater facility has led to the extension of a program of voluntary cutbacks. Employees were asked in early September to consider voluntary cutbacks, "considering their own personal circumstances," in a program that ended Monday...
Dolly Eddy, 90, of Slater, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at her home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Saline County officials help Slater mark Veterans Day
Flags were flying and music was playing at Slater High School gymnasium on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in celebration of America's veterans. The bleachers were full of young and old, uniformed and civilian, men and women, Americans all. The Slater High School band and Shyanne Sellers performed "The Star-Spangled Banner," which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the opening prayer. The high school choir also performed...
Leslie V. Anderson
Leslie V. "Andy" Anderson, 82, of Slater, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at Big Bend Retreat Nursing Home in Slater. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. at Slater Presbyterian Church. Rev. Pam Sebastian will officiate. Connie Clements, organist, will accompany Becky Poitras as she sings "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," "Beyond the Sunset" and "In the Garden." Burial with military honors will be held in Slater City Cemetery. ...
Water service interruption averted for Slater apartment dwellers
The city of Slater found itself caught recently between a group of disgruntled apartment building tenants and an elusive new owner of the building after the previous owner requested the utilities be taken out of his name. Residents of Slater's Edgewood/RPM Apartments had a scare when their landlord, Mike Minor, defaulted on his mortgage and asked the city to remove his name from the utilities...
Scott L. Hays
Scott L. Hays, 42, of Grain Valley, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, as a result of an automobile accident. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Slater. Rev. Ed Bell and Rev. Robert Sisney will officiate. ...
Veterans Day ceremony to be hosted by Slater schools
Saline County residents are invited to attend a Veterans Day service in the Slater School gymnasium Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. Slater High School Band and Shyanne Sellers will perform the national anthem. There will be a salute to troops by Jean Gallagher, Sam Jones, Margaret Pond, Wally George, Sharon Crawford, James T. "Tut" Bellamy and Jamie Nichols...
UPDATED: Slater man charged with DWI after Nov. 1 arrest
A 21 year-old Slater man was arrested Saturday evening, Nov. 1, for driving while intoxicated, after an argument with his girlfriend. The man's vehicle left ruts in the front yard of a Malta Bend residence as he left the area following the argument. The owner of the residence then called the Sheriff's department to file a report of the incident...
Lillian Janneck, 93, of St. Elizabeth, formerly of Saline County, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Maria Gutsman, 68, of Slater, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, at 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Slater. Burial was in Slater City Cemetery.
Slater Senior Center volunteer honored with Senior Service Award
"It was awful nice," said Wanda Taylor, of Slater, shortly after being awarded the Lieutenant Governor's "Senior Service Award" at the Slater Senior Center on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Missouri's Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder presented Taylor the award for her volunteer work at the Slater Senior Center in front of family, friends and other volunteers at the center...
Larry D. Miller
Larry D. Miller, 58, of Columbia, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, at University Hospital. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at First Assembly of God Church in Columbia. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society and can be left with Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com...
Slater superintendent proposes 'Saturday School' to address attendance problems
At the school board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, Slater Superintendent of Schools John McEachern introduced the possibility of "Saturday School," to help students whose repeated, unexcused absences are putting their education at risk. McEachern said a Saturday program has been successfully implemented elsewhere and that it often serves as a deterrent to absences...