Archives for August 2012
And .. the entire playground at Brashear Park has also now been re-opened. The equipment that was damaged in the June arson fire has been replaced.
The job fair is from 11am to 4pm on October 16th, at the NEMO fairgrounds. The event is co-sponsored by The Missouri Career Center, Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce, K-REDI, the Division of Workforce Development and the Kirksville Employer Committee. a booth for business costs $30, and registration deadline is October 5th. Flyers and registration forms are available from the Chamber of Commerce.
A public comment session is scheduled before the meeting, which starts at 5pm tomorrow in the City Council chambers. The city budget for next year will take a small increase in the mill levy to support. Part of the reason the increase is only .6823 cents per $100 valuation is that the city’s taxable property value has increased since last year. As we’ve reported previously, personal property leads the value growth on a percentage basis, up 4.1 percent from last year to this year. Overall, the total valuation of property in Kirksville is 1.9 percent higher than in 2011. That equates to an increase of nearly 3-million dollars in total property valuation.
Landowner John Sam Williamson said that for the first time he can remember he had to haul water into the Missouri River bottoms last week for the massive oak tree that sits on his 1,000-acre farm. Williamson deposited two loads of about 850 gallons of water that soaked into the ground quickly. The U.S. Drought Monitor this week said more than 99 percent of Missouri is in one of the two worst drought categories. More than one-third of the state, including most of Boone County, is in an exceptional drought, the most severe category. The tree, which stands at least 90 feet tall, was estimated by the University of Missouri Forestry Club in the 1950s to be 300 years old, making the tree about 350 years old today. If the club’s estimate is accurate, the bur oak was already more than 100 years old when the Williamson family bought the land it stands on in 1835.
McDonnell, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association, headlined a suburban St. Louis fundraiser Wednesday for Spence’s challenge of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Spence campaign manager Jared Craighead says the event drew about 125 people and raised more than $150,000. Both the Republican and Democratic governors’ associations have been active in Missouri’s race. The national Republican group has given $1.75 million this summer to its Missouri affiliate. The national Democratic group gave $2.5 million to its Missouri affiliate earlier this year.