Kirksville Woman Injured in Crash with Police Vehicle

A Kirksville woman was injured after a crash with a police vehicle. The collision occurred just before 6:15 p.m.Thursday at the intersection of Osteopathy and Michigan Streets. The Missouri Highway Patrol report says 20-year-old Olivia Catlin, who was driving a Ford Fiesta, pulled into the path of a Kirksville police cruiser that was responding to an emergency call. The cruiser hit the drivers side of the Fiesta, and Catlin suffered moderate injuries. She was taken by private vehicle to Northeast Regional Medical Center.

2 New COVID-19 Cases in Adair County

Two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Adair County on Saturday. The new cases bring the total number of cases to 330. A 21-year-old female from the higher education sector and a 65-year-old female are both in isolation. There are currently 32 active cases and 298 who have left isolation.

The Knox County Health Department added another postive COVID-19 case yesterday. The Individual is 60-70 yrs old, and the case appears to be community spread. The county has 47 confirmed cases with 3 active cases, and 43 cases released.

Macon County updated their COVID-19 count to 164 positive cases. The health department says the percent positive in Macon County for those under the age of 19 has risen from 9.2% on 9/2/ to 22.0% as of 9/16/. The average age of a positive case in Macon County is 45 and the average age of a positive case in Missouri is 42.

Juveniles Involved in Vandalism in Brookfield

The Brookfield Police Department received several reports of property damage and vandalism late last week. After a thorough investigation, two juveniles have been detained and later released to the custody of their parents. Police have identified two more individuals as being involved in the incidents and are attempting to locate the subjects.

Shelbina Firefighters Respond to Motorhome Fire

Shelbina firefighters responded to a motorhome fire yesterday. The fire happened around 12:30PM and was located near the golf course at the Shelbina Lake. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire involvement in the front half of the vehicle. The motor home was a total loss. Other agencies assisting the Shelbina Fire Protection District included the Shelbina Police Department and Shelby County E911.

USDA Announces Grant for NEMO School District Electric Bus Purchase

A northeast Missouri school district is getting a large grant for an Electric Bus purchase. The Trump Administration, along with the USDA Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case, yesterday announced that the USDA is awarding $122,500 to Knox County R-1 School District to add an electric school bus to its fleet. Case said that with the addition of an electric bus, Knox County residents can be assured their school district values good stewardship, both environmentally and fiscally. Additional funding will be contributed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resource Volkswagen Trust Fund Grant; Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Lewis County Rural Electric Cooperative; and the school district.

Library to Begin Offering Browsing Appointments

The Adair County Public Library will begin offering browsing appointments on Monday, September 21st. You must call ahead to schedule an appointment. The library will welcome 6-8 patrons in for half hour appointments beginning at 9 a.m. After thirty minutes that group will leave and a new group will be let in. This rotation will happen every half hour. Patrons will be able to select materials and check out. Patrons may also make copies and use faxing/scanning services. Masks are required for visitors older than age 8, while masks are encouraged for children 2-6. Curbside pick up will remain an option as well. The curbside process will not change. Materials will still be quarantined for four days before being cleaned and checked in. Fines are not being charged at this time.

328 COVID-19 Cases Adair County

Adair County’s year-to-date case count rose to 328 yesterday after confirmation of five new cases, four of which are in the higher education sector. Cases include females ages 19, two age 20 and 79. The fifth case is a 22-year-old male. Two cases reside at addresses where at least one previous case has been confirmed. There are now 37 active cases and 291 individuals who have left isolation.

Cuts to the Governor’s Transportation Cost Share Program Cost Kirksville

A project in Kirksville is being affected by cuts to the Governor’s Transportation Cost Share Program. The City recently received a letter from MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna, stating that the Missouri General Assembly reduced the funding for the Governor’s Transportation Cost Share Program by twenty-five million dollars, and that the City of Kirksville’s project will no longer be funded. In 2019, the city was notified it was awarded just over $955,000 in funding from the Missouri Highway Transportation Commission, as part of the Governor’s Transportation Cost Share Program.

This funding would have covered 50% of the construction costs to partner with MoDOT and add a turn lane on Business U.S. Highway 63 / North Baltimore Street between Missouri Highway 6 and just past West Brewington Avenue, and widen the road to accommodate the shoulders.

Mayor Zac Burden said the funding cut is unfortunate news as the City was willing to invest in state-owned infrastructure to address community-wide concerns. Burden said the City is moving forward with the design, in the event one of the awarded projects falls through and MoDOT is looking for a ready project.

Adair County COVID-19 Case Total Reaches 323

With another eight cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Adair County yesterday, the year-to-date total has reached 323. The new cases include females ages 17, 20, 21 and 42, and males ages 36, 48, 64 and 66.
Two of the cases are in the higher education sector and one is in the K-12 Adair County schools sector. Five individuals reside at addresses where at least one case was previously confirmed. As of yesterday, there are 35 active cases and 288 individuals who have left isolation. The Adair County Health Department has completed 1,315 contact tracing calls. For every active case, an average of four other residents have been advised to quarantine due to close exposure to a confirmed case.

Informational Meeting on Kirksville Skate Park

You can learn more about the Kirksville Skate Park tonight. The city is hosting an informational meeting at 6:00 pm in the Adair County Annex Building, located at 300 N. Franklin Street. All Skate Park users who are interested in working with City staff to develop a design and identify a location for a new skate park are invited to attend. Those who attend will also be asked to give their feedback on a variety of amenities. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Director Rodney Sadler via email at or by phone at 660.627.1485.