Archives for November 2012

Bevier Restaurant, Museum Demolished By Fire

Just after the sun went down last night, crews took the last major step in making the area around a burned-out Bevier restaurant and museum safe. About 6pm, they knocked down the remains of the buildings, to avoid the possibility of uncontrolled collapse. Flames could be seen for miles from the blaze the destroyed the The Pear Tree restaurant and The Black Diamond Museum…a fire that caused so much damage firefighters may never pinpoint the cause. Earlier in the afternoon, one wall collapsed under its own weight. The phalanx of fire equipment and the falling brick hazard led authorities to close Route C through Bevier for much of the day.

Fire destroys restaurant and museum

The Pear Tree restaurant in Bevier was destroyed by fire overnight. The building is downtown… fire crews from several departments battled the blaze that also destroyed the neighborhing Black Diamond Museum. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

ATSU Researchers Receive Grant

The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine and A.T. Still Research Institute have received the Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association Special Project’s Grant.

It’s a $2,000 grant for “The Legacy Project,” which aims to capture video-recordings and stories from osteopathic physicians and researchers whose careers significantly impacted the osteopathic profession through their leadership, clinical skill, teaching, mentorship, and research. In 2011, the Cranial Academy Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the museum and SRI to preserve the stories, documents, and other meaningful information regarding the work of Dr. Viola M. Frymann. This is the fifth grant the museum received from the AAOA.

Friday Crash Injures 2

A crash Friday afternoon in Linn county sent two people to the hospital. State troopers say 80-year old Paul Lambert of Brookfield was crossing US 36 on route FF about 3 miles east of Brookfield just before 4pm Friday. He drove his F-350 pickup into the path of an eastbound Chrysler Concorde driven by 74-year old Darlene McCollum of Brookfield. The car was totaled, and McCollum and a five-year old boy riding in the car were taken by ambulance to Pershing Hospital. Lambert was not injured.

Biking Safety Effort

You’ve probably seen the early efforts in teaching bicyclists about safety and where it’s okay to ride in Kirksville. The effort, spearheded by Kirksville police, has resulted in warning notices being painted on the sidewalks downtown, and other measures.

Recently, Public Works painted red “No biking” signs on downtown sidewalks and intersections that are included in the “No biking” zones as established by city ordinance. That downtown district is bordered by Marion, Jefferson, Main and Missouri streets. However, police caution bike riders they shouldn’t be on sidewalks elsewhere, either. It’s a question of safety. A bicycle is a vehicle, and you should ride it on the street where vehicles go. Police say they will be more vigilant in enforcing the city’s bicycle ordinances, but they are starting out this program with an education focus rather than a focus on writing tickets.

FSA Election Going on Now

The Farm Service Agency in Adair county is holding an election. Producers in Clay, Salt River and Wilson townships are taking part in a mail-in vote to select their county committee representatives. The county committee is the closest level of FSA governance to local producers. Their role is to ensure FSA national programs are adapted to fit local needs. All farmers and ranchers who receive benefits through FSA are eligible to vote. You should already have received a ballot. If not, go by the FSA office to cast your ballot. The ballots need to be mailed back before December 3rd.

KPD Tries to Reduce Holiday Burglaries

After more than 30 residential break-ins over the holiday break last year, Kirksville Police are trying to reduce the likelihood of another rash of thefts:

Last year, groups of multiple thieves used crow bars to force entry to at least 30 homes, taking items like jewelry, gaming consoles, DVDs and televisions. This year Kirksville Police are reminding residents before they leave for the holidays of the importance of locking up, checking up and staying alert.

Detective Jeremy Cordray says last year some ofthe burglaries were done in broad daylight. He says not only should you secure your own property, take action if your home ora neighbor’s home is broken into and items stolen. Officers have also been notifying residents door-to-door in highly-populated areas, in particular apartment complexes and student-heavy neighborhoods. Last week, more than 1,000 informative fliers have been posted on doors or on vehicle windshields.

Wilson: Court Budget Cuts to Blame for Barber Retrial

Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson says he is not surprised the Arnold Barber conviction was thrown out by an appeals court.

In a statement yesterday, Wilson said he became aware the digital recording system had failed and the trial transcript was incomplete when the defense requested a copy of the transcript for their appeal filing. For budgetary reasons, the state does not pay for a person to sit in trials and record every word spoken, unless the trial is being held before a Circuit Court judge. Instead, a digital system records the proceedings and a court reporter transcribes the recording later. In his statement, Wilson said he believes every felony case should be tried in a courtroom with a human court reporter, not a digital recording, to avoid this sort of problem.

Novinger Renewal Christmas Event is Saturday

Novinger Renewal’s 27th annual Country Christmas Craft Festival is this Saturday.

All types of crafts fill over 70 booths and line both gyms and all the hallways of the Novinger School from 9 until 4. A bake sale featuring homemade candy and a food stand serving throughout the day will also be open during the activity. The festival is a fund raising event for Novinger Renewal, a non-profit corporation whose mission is to preserve the history of the area and overall community betterment. Renewal projects include the Novinger Log Homestead, Community Center, and caboose restoration.

Livestock Symposium Program Announced

Next month’s annual Livestock Symposium promises a packed agenda when it brings producers to Kirksville.

Organizers announced the theme and panelists for the symposium yesterday. It is the weekend of Friday December 7th and Saturday the 8th. Planning committee chair Garry Mathes, says his group wanted to address the drought and climate impact, feed costs, and economic outlook for livestock and feed. They will do that with a panel of experts from the University of Missouri.

Mathes also said the committee wanted to address another hot topic of interest to producers-cover crops and soil health. As such, a second panel in the forages section will take a “Practiced Look at Cover Crops and Soil Health.” Mathes notes there will be a lot more of interest in addition to the forages program. There is a full lineup of nationally acclaimed speakers on beef cattle, sheep, meat goats, stock dogs, farm succession, backyard poultry and short and long term weather outlook. The Symposium also features a free trade show and two free meals-a beef supper on Friday evening at 6 p.m. and a Governor’s Style Luncheon on Saturday at noon.