Archives for September 2012

Five Under 40 Nominees Announced

Kirksville Young Professionals has announced the nominees for their annual “5 Under 40” Award. Nominations increased this year to 30 nominations of 23 unique individuals in 2012…compared compared to 28 nominations of 18 people last year.

Nominees include Eric Barber (Northeast Regional Medical Center), Courtney Bonnell (Bank Midwest), Sean

Bonnell (Bank Midwest), Michael Dijak (Trumascape, LLC), Travis Gray (ServiceMaster by Lewellen’s), Dustin Hubbard

(Northeast Regional Medical Center), William Johnson (U.S. Bank), Tisha Kice-Briggs, DDS (Kirksville Dental Group), Jon

Lovegreen (Chad Davis State Farm Insurance), Kara Mihalevich (Adventure Student Travel), Michelle Mollick (NEMO Area

Health Education Center), Madeline Nash (Truman State University), Teak Nelson, Ph.D. (Truman State University), John

Nolan (Trumascape, LLC), Ravi Patel (Days Inn), Amanda Powell (Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce), Justin Puckett,

DO (Complete Family Medicine), Bradley Ray (ETC ComputerLand), Tabitha Sawyer (A.T. Still University), Jason Shaw,

Ph.D. (Truman State University), C. Mark Whitney (Century 21 Whitney Agency, Inc.), Matt Wilson (Adair County), and

Drew Zimmer (Northeast Regional Medical Center).

All nominees will be honored and the five award winners of the 2012 Kirksville’s “5 Under 40” Award will be

announced at the KVYP Fall Banquet on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Baptist Student Union.

Randolph County Crash Injures One

A medical condition led to a Randolph county crash yesterday that put a Madison woman in the hospital. Missouri State Highway patrol reports indicate 70-year old Virginia Lueken suffered an unspecified medical problem as she was driving on Randolph County Route DD just north of Moberly about 4:55pm yesterday. Troopers say she was eastbound when she left the road, striking a gravestone off to the side of the pavement. She suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to University Medical Center in Columbia. Her 1997 Town Car suffered moderate damage from the crash. Lueken was alone in the car.

Saturday Crash Injures Elmer Man

A Saturday night crash in Macon County seriously injured an Elmer man.

Trooper say 59-year old Marvin Vroom was westbound on Highway 156, four miles east of South Gifford, Saturday night about 11. He drove off the right-hand shoulder, hitting a stop sign and the embankment. His1998 Chevy S-10 rolled, and ended up on its top in the roadway. Vroom was airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia in serious condition. He was alone in the pickup.

Schuyler, Scotland, Randoph Counties DWI Saturation Results

The Missouri State Highway Patro has announced the results of DWI enforcement saturations conducted in the Troop B area earlier this month. DWI enforcement saturations were conducted in Schuyler and Scotland counties on September 7th, and in Randolph County on September 8th. As a result of the operations, officers made 13 arrests and issued 26 warnings.

Nixon in Kirksville, Announces Nursing Education Grants

Governor Nixon came to Kirksville Thursday to announce the awarding of nearly $1 million in state grants to seven Missouri colleges, to educate more nursing students. Truuman State University will receive a $150,000 grant:

…high-demand fields

Truman’s program will start next summer for students already holding a bachelor’s degree and who have completed the pre-requisite courses.

Kirksville leaders meet tonight

The Kirksville City Council gathers for a study session, and a regular meeting tonight. The study session is up first. It’s at 4:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room of city hall. They’ll talk about the storm shelter report, and the group will get a status on existing mobile home parks. They’ll also review budget goals. The regular meeting follows, at 6 p.m. Among the items on the agenda for the regular meeting: a vote on the Brashear Park Master Plan, and resolutions in support of applications to the Missouri Housing Development Commission – for affordable housing tax credits for the Sheraton Square Apartment renovation project, and low-incoming housing tax credits for the Kirksville Heights Apartment renovation project.

Farm Bureau Backs Akin


The Missouri Farm Bureau is keeping its endorsement of Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin

A Farm Bureau spokesman said Tuesday that members of its political action committee had voted to maintain their support. The group had endorsed Akin over Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill by a 99 percent vote just one month ago. Akin has apologized repeatedly since his remarks about rape were aired Aug. 19 on a St. Louis television station. He has rejected calls from top Republicans to quit the race. The Missouri Farm Bureau has always backed the Republican candidate since it began making Senate endorsements in 1982.

Angler Finds Grenade

An angler trying his luck at a southwest Missouri reservoir stocked with bass and other desirable fish pulled in something that prompted a military response: a hand grenade.

The fisherman snagged the grenade around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Fellows Lake. It was encased in an old, white tube sock and appeared to have been in the water for some time. Explosives experts from Fort Leonard Wood and the Springfield Fire Department bomb squad were called. Army Staff Sgt. Garrett Herbert donned a Kevlar vest to pick up the device, which he described as Mark 2 pineapple grenade from the Vietnam era. Herbert says X-rays showed the pin was still in the grenade. The device was taken to Fort Leonard Wood for disposal.

MACC, Kirksville Tech Hold Open House

Moberly Area Community College and the Kirksville Area Technical Center are teaming up to host a Health
Careers Open House in a couple of weeks.

The event is on September 26 from 5 – 7 pm in room 25 of the Kirksville Area Technical Center. Attendees will have a chance to visit with students and faculty from Kirksville’s newest healthcare education partnership. Interested students will be able to go through the application and financial aid process during the open house. Students can earn a practical nurse certificate from the Kirksville Technical Center and transfer to MACC’s Virtual Accelerated Associate Degree Nursing Program upon obtaining their Practical Nursing license.

Ballot Language Upheld

A Missouri judge has upheld the ballot language of a proposed constitutional amendment on appointments to the state Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan wrote the summary that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. A lawsuit argued Carnahan’s language was unfair and obscured the measure’s true effect. In a ruling Monday, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem said the summary could have been better but was sufficient and fair under the law. Opponents of Carnahan’s summary plan to appeal. Missouri lawmakers passed the measure this year. It would increase the number of gubernatorial appointees on the commission that nominates finalists for the state’s appellate courts. It would also increase from three to four the number of finalists from which the governor makes appointments.