Post Office to be Named in Honor of Fallen Navy SEAL

The Bevier Post Office will be renamed in honor of a fallen Navy SEAL. The U.S. House of Representatives this week voted to pass Representative Sam Graves’ resolution naming the northeast Missouri post office after the Navy Seal from Macon County. Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Adam Olin Smith died in 2010 as the result of a helicopter crash in Afghanistan during combat operations. Graves. called it his great honor to put the bill forward to name the Post Office after Smith and added that he hopes it will serve as a lasting memory and tribute to a truly selfless hero during combat operations. During his service, Smith received the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and Seal Insignia. H.R. 5475 will designate the United States Postal Service facility at 108 North Macon Street in Bevier, Missouri, as the “SO2 Navy SEAL Adam Olin Smith Post Office.

Kirksville R-III School District Calendar May Change

The Kirksville R-III School District may change it’s current 2019-2020 school calendar. A recently passed bill changes the required amount of time students must be in school to 1,044 hours. This gives districts more flexibility in how they make up snow days. In addition to lookiong at how the new requirement might change the school calendar, school board members may also take into consideration the feedback they’ve receiived – which is mostly negative – regarding the school districts new calendar that includes an early start date and no spring break.

Sunshine Law Seminar in Kirksville

The City of Kirksville is hosting a Sunshine Law Seminar this evening. The speaker will be Casey Lawrence, with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office! This FREE presentation is for anyone interested in learning about the Sunshine Law. What it is, how it works, and what it means to you. Lawrence has been with the Attorney General’s Office, since 2013. Ms. Lawrence has also worked in the Secretary of State’s Office as a State Records Analyst, is trained in Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records, and worked as a Legislative Assistant in the Missouri House of Representatives. Ms. Lawrence will be presenting and answering questions on the Sunshine Law. The Missouri Sun-shine Law was introduced in the General Assembly as Senate Bill 1 in 1973. With the passage of Senate Bill 1, Missouri became one of the earliest advocates of ensuring that meetings and records would be open to the public throughout the state. The presentation this evening starts at 6 at 315 South Franklin Street, Kirksville.

Armstrong Returns for Truman State University Commencement Address

Truman State University’s December graduation ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Pershing Arena, with alumnus and Kirksville native Dominic Armstrong providing the commencement address.
Since his graduation from Truman in 2002, Armstrong has established himself internationally as an artist of superb and distinguished musicality and characterization.Armstrong has taken the stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. His body of work includes performances in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Carmen,” “La Bohème,” and Mozart’s “Requiem.Armstrong’s numerous prizes and awards include Truman’s own Gold Medal Aria Competition, as well as being one of the Grand Finalists in the 2008 National Council Auditions with the Metropolitan Opera and a 2013 George London Foundation winner.In addition to his Truman degree, Armstrong has master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute.Family and friends unable to attend the event in person can view it at

Name of Deceased in Spur Pond Crash Released

The name of the deceased person in Tuesday’s crash at Spur Pond has been released. The Police were called to a report of a car being driven into the pond around 4:15 p.m. . Witnesses said a person got out of the vehicle before it sank and was later taken to a local hospital. The driver, did not get out of the vehicle before it was submerged. Authorities recovered the vehicle and found the body of 26-year-old Dakota Davis of Kirksville. The coronor pronounced him deceased at the scene. What caused Davis to drive the Chevy Trailblazer SUV into the water is still not known. Police continue to investigate the case, and encourage anyone with information to contact them. at (660) 785-6945.

NEMO Man Arrested for Child Molestation

Child molestation charges have been filed against a Northeast Missouri man. After a two month investigation by the Shelbina and Clarence Police Departments, and with assistance form the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop B, 36-year-old Loren Wallace was arrested for 1st degree child molestation and 1st degree sodomy. He’s accused of sexually abusing a young girl in the summer of 2014, when the victim was only 12 years old. He allegedly admitted to police that the sexual contact happened, but he told them he didn’t remember it because he was inebriated. Wallace is currently being held on a $50,000 cash only bond.

Juveniles Admit to Vandalizing Old Edina Water Plant

Five juveniles have admitted to vandalizing the former Edina water plant, according to police.Edina Police Chief Ryan Bishop said he noticed broken windows on the dilapidated building on December 3.Bishop says he noticed some broken windows, and when he investigated further inside, he noticed nicknames and initials were spray-painted on the walls.Bishop said he received an anonymous tip on who might be involved, and the names matched the initials painted on the walls.Bishop interviewed five individuals on December 4th and they all admitted to vandalizing the building.Bishop said all five juveniles received 90 days of informal probation, 20 hours of community service, wrote an apology letter to the city and can’t be on city property without supervision or permission.

Candidate Filing for Municipal Election Open

Candidate Filing officially opened this week. The General Municipal Election will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2019, and there will be three City Council positions on the ballot. Those three positions include an unexpired one-year term and two full three-year terms. To qualify for City Council, a candidate must be 21 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a registered voter and a resident of Kirksville for at least one year prior to taking office.
Candidate filing will close Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Declarations of candidacy can be filed in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 S. Franklin St. For more information, contact the City Clerk, Lindsay Leckbee, at 660.627.1225.

House Passes Farm Bill

Those in the agriculture industry in Northeast Missouri may see some relief as the House yesterday passed an $867 billion farm bill, sending the legislation to President Trump for a signature.The measure easily passed by a 369-47 vote. The legislation, which passed the Senate in an 87-13 vote on Tuesday, expands farm subsidies and includes language legalizing hemp production.It also provides funding for farmers markets and programs for organic farmers, as well as authorizes funding for nutrition programs over the next five years.Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement after the bill passed the House said the passage of the 2019 Farm Bill is good news because it provides a strong safety net for farmers and ranchers, who need the dependability and certainty this legislation affords.

Fatal Crash at Spur Pond

A person died in a crash at Spur Pond. Kirksville Police report that yesterday afternoon, a vehicle entered Spur Pond at North Osteopathy and West Missouri Streets. Emergency responders were dispatched and rescued one person who was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center. A second person was recovered and pronounced dead at the scene. This incident is an active investigation.