Archives for January 2016

2 Teens Seriously Injured in Crash

Two local teenagers were seriously injured in a 2-car crash northwest of Novinger yesterday.

The crash happened at 8 a.m. on Route O, five miles northwest of Novinger, injuring three people. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an SUV driven by Emily Reardon, 20, of Novinger, pulled from a private drive into the path of an oncoming car driven by Jeremiah Allensworth, 17, of Novinger. The impact caused Allensworth’s car to run off the road, go airborne and overturn, coming to a rest upside down in a field. Allensworth and his passenger, Mackenzie Goodhart, 17, of Kirksville, were thrown from the vehicle. Neither were wearing seatbelts. Goodhart was flown from the scene to a Columbia hospital. Allensworth was transported by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center. A second passenger in Allensworth’s car, his eight-year-old sister, suffered minor injuries.

Grant Money Coming for Kraft Heinz Parking Lot

The city is getting some help to pay for road and parking improvements for the Kraft Heinz expansion project.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development says it will commit a little more than $800,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for the infrastructure improvements. The initial grant request from the city of Kirksville was $1.4 million for the project – which means the city needs to come up with another $700,000 to cover costs. During a special meeting, the Kirksville City Council decided to change a question that will be placed on the ballot for the April 2016 Municipal Election that will ask you to approve use of excess 2016 funds from the existing economic development sales tax. If passed, a one-time contribution of $600,000 will be used toward the new parking lot at Adair Foods.

MO Lawmakers Trade Punches

Smackdown — two Missouri lawmakers trade punches.

Reprsentative Courtney Curtis got into an argument with Rep. Michael Butler over a right to work bill. It’s a bill that curbs the power of unions. Curtis is for it — Butler against it. The two argued after a union reception at a restaurant in Jefferson city. Curtis says Butler followed him outside and took a swing at him in an alley…so Curtis says he defended himself. Both men are democrats from St. Louis. Curtis took out a restraining oder against Michael Butler and he’s asking the speaker of the house to open an ethics investigation on Butler and to reassign to two so they don’t sit near each other in the state house.

Polar Plunge Coming Soon

The 2016 Polar Plunge is slated for Saturday, February 13th at Thousand Hill State Park near Kirksville. Julius White has more.

The Polar Plunge is an excellent opportunity for you, your friends and/or your organization to raise funds for Special Olympics of Missouri. The Special Olympics of Missouri mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Anyone with questions regarding the local Polar Plunge is encouraged to contact Officer Jason Underwood with the Kirksville Police Department .

Kirksville R-III To Stop Using Substitute Replacement Service

No more outsourcing of substitute teachers. That’s the decision made by the Kirksville R-III School District.

Costs were a factor in the decision. The district had been paying a substitute teacher replacement service in order to remain in compliance with the Affordable Care Act in 2016. If employees are working full-time hours and the district doesn’t offer full-time benefits and health insurance, the district will be subjected to penalties by the IRS. The district thought the penalties would cost them too much, but now they’ve determined that using the replacement service would cost about $90,000 more per year than the district would pay for substitutes, and any penalties due to the Affordable Care Act.

Tornado Sky Warn Training Program

If you’ve ever had a fascination with the weather and a strong desire to serve your community. Julius White has reports on an opportunity that might be for you.

The Adair Local Planning Emegency Committee and the Kirksville fire Department will sponsor 2016 Sky Warn Tornado Spotter Training Program. It’s set for Monday, February 29, 7pm at the Rehoboth Baptist Church in Kirksville. The Program will be hosted by Andy Bailey, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service out of Kansas City/Pleasant Hill. It’s free—no cost or signup is necessary.

Fugitive Chad Miller Sought

Kirksville police are asking the public’s help in locating th latest fugitive of the week.

Kirksville Police are attempting to locate 37-yar old Brandon “Chad” Miller in reference to arrest warrants from Lewis County for probation violation/absconding supervision on an original charge of manufacturing/distribution of a controlled substance and Knox County traffic violations. Miller is a white, male, 5’11” tall, 250 lbs, brown hair and hazel eyes.He’s has a birth mark on his right cheek, Miller’s another one that loves the ink— tattoo on his left arm of eight ball with web, tattoo on his right fingers reading “HATE”, and tattoos on his upper left arm reading “FTW” and “LOVE MOM”. Anyone with information regarding Brandon “Chad” Miller’s location is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at or the Adair County Sheriff”s office.

CFO Resigns at Putnam County Memorial Hospital

There’s been another resignation at Putnam County Memorial Hospital.

The hospital’s CFO Susan Daniels resigned at the start of the week. Former COO Jerry Cummings, and CEO Cindy Cummings, resigned in December of last year amid rumors of financial troubles. Daniels was hired as CFO shortly before their resignations.The hospital recently laid off 20 employees and is reportedly dealing with millions of dollars in debt. The hospital’s board of trustees have said they have no plans to begin a search for new leaders, and the board president says the former CFO’s duties have already been reassigned internally.

New Adair County Public Library Director Named

The Adair county public library has a new director. Jami Livingston, most recently served as director of Drake Public Library in Centerville, will take over the duties here for Glenda Hunt, who recently retired. Livingston, who has been a library director for more than 15 years, says she’s ready to get started and meet the citizens of Adair County.

School District Smartphone Collection Wrapping Up

The Kirksville Public School District continuing to collect older model smartphones to be used in the classrooms through the end of this month. Teachers can use the phones on the district’s WiFi and allow students to take quick assessments, download apps, use online interactive website, and use the camera and video features for projects. The goals is to collect 100 smartphones by January 31!   Dropoff Locations : any school front office.