Archives for November 2014

Injury crash involving a deer

Another reminder that this is an active time of year for deer. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says there was an accident on Highway 15 in Monroe County at about 7 last night, where a Toyota Camry hit a deer in the road, ten miles south of Paris. A passenger in the vehicle, 28 year old Michael Rudd of Quincy, Illinois, suffered minor injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.

Red Kettle Campaign Starts

The Salvation Army kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign yesterday. This year’s goal is $90,000. Last year, the campaign brought in $87,700. Besides putting change in the red kettles, you can donate by going online to onlineredkettle.org/brianbump.

Watch road closure in Moberly

A road closure to be aware of in Moberly. The city says the intersection of Promenade and Wisdom streets will be closed until Monday, December 1st because of drainage project construction. The pavement has been removed and replacement material will need time to cure. Residents of the area, and drivers through there, should avoid the area and find another way to go.

Late death in crash

A woman who was badly hurt in a crash in Marion County last week died from her injuries. 80 year old Patricia Drebenstedt was a passenger in a Ford that her husband James had been driving. He tried to cross U.S. 61 from a median crossover onto Route F, two miles south of Palmyra, when the Ford was hit in the passenger side by a Honda that was headed southbound. Drebenstedt had been taken to Blessing Hospital for treatment of her injuries. The crash happened this past Thursday at around noon, and she was pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour after the crash. Her husband had been taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries. The driver of the other vehicle had moderate injuries.

Hannibal Driver Exam Station Closed for a While

If you need to take your driver’s license test, and were planning to do it in Hannibal, you’ll need to do it in Palmyra instead. The Hannibal Driver Examination Station is closed temporarily. The Palmyra Driver Examination Station is in the Marion County Courthouse. During this time, testing in Palmyra will be on Monday and Tuesday, and on the second, fourth and fifth Friday of the month. Testing hours at the Palmyra location are 8:30 a.m. to noon, and 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Motorcycle tests are administered at 11:00 a.m.

Sentence in child porn case

A 32 year old Newtown Missouri man has been sentenced to a decade in federal prison, for internet child porn charges. Nicholas Dickinson had pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the internet, attempting to distribute child pornography over the internet and possessing child pornography. In May of last year, authorities searched his home and found a laptop and hard drive, and found more than 7,000 images and/or video files of child porn.

Consolidation puts local workers out of work

Almost two-thirds of the people who work at the Kraft Foods/Oscar Meyer plant in Kirksville will be hunting for a new job sometime next year. The company says in a memo to their employees that a review of operations is leading to consolidation of the bacon-processing operations, which is set to start next April, May or June, and result in the closing of the line in Kirksville by the end of 2015. The bacon processing done here is being moved to Ohio, where about two-thirds of the company’s volume of bacon is already produced. Ham production is not affected, and spokeswoman Joyce Hodel says Kraft may bring other lines to Kirksville.

TSU to Offer Coursework for Balkan Residents

Truman State University administrators are working with their counterparts in the Balkans to explore possible options for offering Truman’s master’s degree in leadership online to students there. These options include the possibility of offering select coursework in one or more possible elective tracks, including content from Truman’s existing graduate certificate in sustainability and environmental studies, as well as select coursework in other fields in which regional partners have expressed interest. The work comes after University President Troy Paino signed an agreement recently with a UN-affiliated group that’s working to increase educational opportunities in the Balkans and elsewhere.

Kraft to Shut Down Kirksville Bacon Processing

Almost two-thirds of the people who work at the Kraft Foods/Oscar Meyer plant in Kirksville will be hunting for a new job sometime next year. The company says in a memo to their employees that a review of operations is leading to consolidation of the bacon-processing operations, which is set to start next April, May or June, and result in the closing of the line in Kirksville by the end of 2015. The bacon processing done here is being moved to Ohio, where about two-thirds of the company’s volume of bacon is already produced. Ham production is not affected, and spokeswoman Joyce Hodel says Kraft may bring other lines to Kirksville.

Three hurt in weekend wreck

Three people were injured in a single-vehicle crash in Linn County yesterday. The Highway patrol says it happened on a gravel road, two miles north of Bucklin. 16 year old Julia Graves was driving the Chevy Impala westbound when she failed to negotiate a curve. She went off the left side of the roadway, hit a ditch, and the vehicle came to rest on its wheels on the south side of the roadway. She suffered moderate injuries. An 18 year old passenger, Dylan Epperson of Bucklin, suffered moderate injuries, and a 16 year old passenger, Jose Montoya, suffered minor injuries.