Archives for October 2014

Farm Lease Program Set

Much like residential and commercial leasing, the leasing of farms continues to evolve. Next Thursday, November 6th,. Missouri Extension will conduct a farm lease program at the Adair County Extension Center. There is a registration fee, which includes one set of materials and a light meal. Pre-registration is required by November 3rd.

Darla Campbell, an agricultural business specialist with University of Missouri Extension, says the program includes discussions of current cash rents in Missouri and trends, which items to discuss and agree on in a lease, how to end a farm lease, cautions concerning recreational leases and keeping livestock and crop share arrangements fair for both sides.

Highway patrol planning crackdown

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is cracking down on drunk drivers. The patrol has announced that sometime next month, Troop B officers will conduct three DWI enforcement saturations throughout the Troop B area. During these operations, troopers will focus on detecting intoxicated drivers, hazardous moving violations, speed, and other traffic violations that cause traffic crashes.

Hazardous and E-Waste Dropoff Set for Saturday

A free hazardous waste drop-off event is planned soon in Macon. The event is Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm at Macon County Park. Not only will officials be accepting household hazardous wastes such as paints, used oil, anti-freeze and batteries, but they’ll also accept e-waste — almost anything with a cord except appliances. Some e-waste examples include computers, monitors, TV’s stereos and printers. The drop-off event Saturday will be held rain or shine. If you need to know more, call Cindy Hultz at 573-565-2203.

Blood drive set in honor of crash victim

If you haven’t donated blood in a while, mark November 8th on your calendar. That’s the date of the annual Red Cross blood drive, held in memory of a local woman who died after a car accident in 2010. Bridget Kurz was 24 when she died following a car acident and subsequent surgery. She received blood transfusions in an attempt to save her life. Her sister, Mindy Kurz, says holding the blood drive makes the family feel like they’re giving back to those who helped Bridget. The blood drive is set for Saturday November 8th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, which is at 716 East Washington in Kirksville. All blood types are needed.

Boil water advisory in effect for some

An area of Kirksville is under a 48-hour boil water advisory. The advisory started at 9:30 a.m. today and is in effect until 9:30 a.m. Friday. It applies to people who live on Elson between Porter and Elizabeth.

Kirksvile Council Discusses Pay

There are a number of other cities Kirksville’s size in the region where city council members receive more of a stipend for their work than do the council members here. That has part of the council pushing to implement pay raises for future council members in Kirksville. The idea was raised recently at a study session, and came up again during this week’s regular meeting. Right now, council members receive $50 for each regular or special meeting they attend where city business is discussed and a vote is taken. The proposal is to up that to $200 a month for council members and $300 a month for the mayor; Richard Detwiler flatly opposed both ideas, as did Jerry Mills. The proposal came from Mayor Glen Moritz with support from Bob Russell. While Richard Steele offered the numbers, he said initially he was on the fence about it, then said he rally was leaning toward it. That was enough to get the matter on a future agenda for a formal vote.

Kirksville Water Rate Hike Approved

We’d told you earlier this was coming, and Kirksville city leaders have followed through with their plan to hike local utility rates. On a split vote, the council last night approved an increase in water bills that ranges from 10-percent to almost 11-percent based on your water usage, with the largest percentage increase for the lower usage levels. Water bills will continue to rise, council members remind, because they passed a plan last year to provide a stable funding source for the system. That plan includes nearly automatic price hikes annually. For the average household it means an increase of about $3.00 a month this year.

Kirksville gets set for veteran event

An event we’re looking ahead to next month: The Adair County Veterans organizations and Disabled American Veterans’ chapter 48 will host the community Veterans’ Day ceremony on Tuesday November 11th at 11 a.m. at VFW post 2508, at 21464 Parallel Road in Kirksville. The featured speaker will be Glenn Ballew, director of the Kirksville Regional Airport, and a U.S. army veteran.

Truman State Student killed

A Truman State University student was killed Saturday night in Kirksville. The student was a 19 year old who was hit by a vehicle near Jefferson and Fible. The victim was found several blocks away, and was taken to the hospital, but nothing could be done. The driver who hit the student was identified as a 41 year old man from Tennessee, but no other information given. The investigation into how it happened continues.

Truman Student killed

A Truman State University student was killed Saturday night in Kirksville. The student was a 19 year old who was hit by a vehicle near Jefferson and Fible. The victim was found several blocks away, and was taken to the hospital, but nothing could be done. The driver who hit the student was identified as a 41 year old man from Tennessee, but no other information given. The investigation into how it happened continues.