Archives for May 2011

Akin Visits Kirksville

Kirksville gets to hear from a US Senate candidate.

That candidate is Congressman is Todd Akin, a Republican from St Louis who’s taking on Claire McCaskill. He said the country can continue to follow her federal spending and debt or follow him, and his platform of the alternative: freedom and a limited government. Akin must first face a challenge in the February 7 primary against Sarah Steelman. They are so far, the two Republicans in the race.

Kirksville Man Injured in Thrusday Wreck

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers say a Kirksville man was not wearing a seat belt when he crashed east of town last night, and that was partly to blame for him being ejected form his pickup truck as it rolled. As of late last night, 36-year old Andrew Treasure was reported in critical condition at University Hospital in Columbia, where he was airlifted following the 7pm crash. Treasure had bee driving a 2004 Chevy pickup northbound on Route 11 near the intersection with Seven Hill Way. Troopers say Treasure drove off the road and over corrected, which sent him of the road again and caused the truck to roll several times side-to-side, which ejected him.

Prescription Drug Turn-In Next Week

A prescription drug turn-back event is scheduled for a week form Saturday in Kirksville. If you have unneeded prescriptions around your home — whether they are expired, drugs that you just didn’t finish the full schedule on, or they didn’t work for you, or perhaps they were collected from a relative’s home when they passed away recently — you can drop them off free of charge, with no questions asked. Organizers, including Preferred Family Health Care and the Adair County Drug Coalition, will dispose of the medicines safely, and in a manner that does not cause the potential water pollution of the long-held practice of dumping them down the toilet. The prescription drug turn-in event is Saturday May 28th from 10am to 1pm in the Maurice’s parking lot on North Baltimore.

Fugitive of the Week

Kirksville police have named Nathaniel McGowin, as their fugitive of the week. In a statement yesterday, police said McGowin has an arrest warrant in Adair county for burglary. He is described as a white male, 31 years old, 6’1” tall, 170 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. Nathaniel McGowin has a scar on his left knee. KPD says officers have tried to make contact with McGowin at his last known addresses in Kirksville but have been unable to locate him. They aren’t sure if he still lives here, and say he may now be living in Washington state or Iowa. If you’ve seen him, contact Kirksville Police.

Farm Bureau Wants MoDOT Sheds to Stay Open

Part of MoDOT’s cost cutting measures, along with letting lots of employees go, is to close some maintenance sheds.

And Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission could vote to close those 100 sheds at their next meeting on June 8. But the Missouri Farm Bureau Board of Directors said their concerned about how this will affect rural areas. Blake Hurst is the president of Missouri Farm Bureau. He said he’s not sure how road work, including snow removal will be handled if the sheds and rural district offices are closed. Hurst said he wants the process to close everything slowed down, and is asking that MoDOT reconsider all the closings.

K-REDI Says MoDOT should Stay Open

K-REDI says the Macon MoDOT office should stay open.

The Macon MoDOT office is one of several salted to close, saving money for the department.; But Kirksville Regional Economic Development, Inc. said it’s asking the state highway commission to keep the office open. K-REDI passed a resolution last week advocating to keep the local office open. MoDOT looks to save about half a billion dollars by closing several offices and laying off several hundred employees.

Dr. Curtin to Address SHM Grads

A.T. Still University School of Health Management has announced its commencement keynote speaker.

The university says Thomas Curtin, M.D., will deliver the address at SHM graduation on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m., at the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall on the Truman State University campus. Dr. Curtin serves as the senior vice president and chief medical officer of the National Association of Community Health Centers. NACHC works with a network of state health center and primary care organizations to address the widespread lack of access to basic healthcare through Community Health Centers that serve 20 million people at more than 7,000 sites located throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories.

April Jobs Numbers in Missouri Improving

Missouri’s April unemployment rate has dropped below nine percent in April.

Economic Development Department Spokesman John Fougere says for April it was 8.9 percent. How long has it been since we’ve seen that number?

Fougere said, “Exactly two years. So the last time the state of Missouri had an unemployment rate under nine, was April of 2009.”

He said even January and March saw good jobs numbers.

Fougere said, “Its gone down seven tenths of a point since the start of the year. We’ve also seen three of the four months of 2011 with significant job growth.”

So what happened in February?

Fougere said, “The survey was taken during the week of the blizzard, so that may have affected our numbers there.”

Fougere said manufacturing, construction, and retail trade sectors showed healthy job gains.

MoDOT Meeting in Macon Thursday Night

Another in the county-by-county series of meetings with MoDOT officials explaining the plans that would close three district offices and result in 12-hundred workers losing their jobs will be held this week in Macon. The Macon office is one of the three on the chopping block, and the crowd is expected to be large for the meeting Thursday from 5 to 7 pm at the Expo Center in Macon County Park. As in previous meetings around the area, state officials will explain the need for the massive reduction in MoDOT’s size, and the budget issues the agency faces in the upcoming several years.

Knox County Crash Injures One

A crash in Knox county yesterday afternoon resulted in one driver being airlifted to a Quincy hospital. Missouri State Highway patrol troopers report 39-year old Melissa Carlyle of Baring was airlifted with serious injuries after she crossed the centerline of Highway 15 about a mile north of Edina and hit a road grader head-on. Troopers have not reported so far why Carlyle crossed the center line. Her 2000 Hyundai was totaled. The road grader operator, Darrell Klocke of Edina, was not hurt. He drove the grader from the scene.