Archives for October 2012

SRTS Grant Apps Expected to be Approved by Council Tonight

Two Safe Routes to Schools grants are on the agenda for tonight’s meeting, which comes after a study session including the council and Kirksville R-3 officials late this afternoon. The city is applying directly for one grant, which would fund sidewalks along the North side of LaHarpe Street from Franklin Street to Baltimore Street, and along the South side of LaHarpe Street from Baltimore to Cottage Grove Place. On behalf o Kirksville R-3 School District, the city will apply for a second grant to fund the “walking school bus” program. The district would use the money hire a director and work with volunteers from local organizations to coordinate the “drivers” of the walking buses. Safe Routes to Schools, a program administered by MoDOT, is currently funding work that’s being done along Cottage Grove, Patterson and Normal Streets.

Livestock Sypmposium Set

Area livestock producers: mark your calendar for early December!

Forage production and utilization are key components to profitability in many livestock operations. This year’s Missouri Livestock Symposium will focus on those issues. The symposium includes educational sessions and a trade show. It will run from 4-10 p.m. on Friday, December 7 and from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 8. The event will be held at the Kirksville Middle School, 1515 S. Cottage Grove in Kirksville, MO. No pre-registration is needed and there is no cost to attend.

Memphis Gets Park Grant

The City of Memphis will be making more improvements at Lake Show Me courtesy of a recently announced federal grant.

Memphis is one of six Missouri communities have been approved by the National Park Service to receive more than $275,000 in federal grants to assist with park and recreation needs. The grants announced last week are part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is a federal program that can be used to acquire, develop and renovate outdoor recreation projects. The $37,000 grant for the City of Memphis will be used to upgrade restroom facilities at the lake as well as facilitate trail improvements. In addition, the city will be improving the trail system thanks to a cooperative project with the Scotland County Road and Bridge Department.

Bevier House Fire

A Bevier family has been displaced by a house fire. Officials yesterday said the house fire at Jeff Scheel’s home on Hoyle Place was reported about 8pm Sunday. Bevier Fire Protection District Chief David Coleman says the fire was believed to have started when a cat knocked over a lamp and caught a sofa on fire. Though the home was a total loss, many of the contents were saved. Crews remained at the scene for approximately two and one half hours.

University Med Center Gets Advanced, fMRI Unit

A new type of MRI unit has been installed at University Hospital in Columbia:

Called the Functional MRI, the system produces three-dimensional images of a patient’s brain that show not only the physical structure of the brain but also detect neurological activity and illustrate which portions of the brain control specific activities. fMRI has been used in research for sometime, but it’s just now being rolled out in real-time medical practice. The fMRI unit in Columbia is the state’s first. As a person being imaged moves, talks, or listens, the areas of the brain responsible for those actions light up in the image. Knowing exactly where those areas are — they differ just a little from person to person — will make brain surgeries more accurate and the outcome more predictable.

KV Medicare Part D Event

The time has come for Medicare users to start thinking about next year’s medication plan and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program is doing it’s part to educate and aid concerned users on Part D. Coming up later this month at the Adair County Health Department is an informational program aimed at directly helping Medicare users. State Health Insurance Assistant Sandy Daly has the details on this month’s event.

Daly stresses the importance of making an appointment early in order to receive the best help and care.

For ongoing help with Medicare Part D and additional options, citizens can contact the Kirksville RSVP and Rail offices anytime between October fifteenth and December seventh.

Trial Date Set for Man Accused of St. Andrews Apartments Incident

The man accused of a January 9th theft that terrorized residents of Kirksville’s St. Andrews apartments is set for a jury trial next summer. The Truman Index reports Andrew Estes was in court this week to hear when he would be tried on three felonies and a misdemeanor count. Estes is charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree property damage, second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer and third-degree assault after entering into the apartment of Ellen Cash.Truman State has readmitted Estes while he is free on bond, and court officials say he has been compliant with the terms of that bond.

Matches Cause Kirksville Mobile Home Fire

Firefighters say a mobile home fire yesterday in Kirksville was caused by a child playing with matches. You may have heard the sirens as crews responded to Newton’s trailer court about 5pm yesterday. A spokesman says the boy started what he called a campfire outside the trailer near the skirting and a wooden deck. The fire spread, involving the wall and part of the roof. While most of the damage was to the exterior, flames did make it into the kitchen. Firefighters say the home will be livable once it is repaired.

Drought Plant Management Seminar Set

Are you wondering just what to do to help your landscape and trees recover from the drought?

A program on “Dealing With Drought Stricken Plants” is set for a week from Thursday at the Missouri Department of Conservation Building in Kirksville. The discussion will be that evening, Thursday October 11th, from 7 to 9pm. Topics to be covered include tree selection, planting trees, pruning trees, and caring for lawns and ornamentals. The workshop is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There is no cost to attend, and you do not need to pre-register.

Ralls County Crash Injures Man

A crash in Ralls county this weekend has injured a New London man. The crash was reported Friday afternoon on Ralls County Route A, four miles west of New London. Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers say 34-year old Michael Lehenbaur of New London was eastbound on Route A when something failed on his 2001 Ford F-150 pickup. That mechanical failure caused him to lose control and drive the pickup into the ditch, overturning it. Lehenbaur was taken by Marion County ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital in serious condition.