Archives for August 2016

U.S. Cellular Investing More in Community Connections Programs

A lot more funding for Kirksville area youth organizations is coming…U.S. Cellular has announced it’s investing an additional $300,000 into this year’s Community Connections programs. That’s in addition to the $300,000 the company invested in the program earlier this year, which helped 28 groups in Missouri. A press release from U.S. Cellular says The Community Connection programs helps sponsor local youth groups, school programs and sports teams and allows each group to earn up to $1,000.

Truman Named Top Master’s University in the Nation

The Washington Monthly has recognized Truman State University as the Number 1 master’s university in the nation. The Washington Monthly rankings place an importance on social mobility, research and service. Along with traditional benchmarks such as graduation rates and costs, schools are rewarded for criteria including the number of first-generation students enrolled and the number of students contributing to community service projects, serving in ROTC and going on to serve in the Peace Corps. Additionally, Washington Monthly looks at the number of bachelor’s recipients who go on to earn a Ph.D. and the success rates and earning potential of students 10 years after enrollment. Truman’s rise to the number 1 spot on the master’s university list comes after back-to-back years as the No. 2 school in overall rankings. Truman was the only Missouri school to be included in the entire top 100.

Rash of Vehicle Break-Ins Moberly

Moberly Police are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins. The department recieved a number of complaints about break-ins yesterday. Authorities are reminding residents to lock their vehicles and make sure they are parking their vehicle in a well-lit area. They also warn against leaving wallets, money, firearms, cameras and other valuables in plain view inside unlocked vehicles. Moberly residents are asked to report suspicious activity relating to vehicle break-ins by calling the police department.

Brookfield Man Injured in Motorcycle Accident

A Brookfield man is recovering from his injuries when his motorcycle, went out of control on a gravel road in Macon County.  According to the Highway Patrol, thirty-two year old Corey Faiola was thrown from the cycle when it went on its side while in motion on Lake Street, less than one mile north of Macon. Faiola suffered moderate injuries, and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia. The accident occurred just after 3 in the morning on Monday. Faiola was not wearing a helmet.

Bullying Law

There’s a new law on the book that aims to protect students from bullies.

Schools across Missouri have new rules to deal with bullying. A new state law that took effect yesterday sets out a laundry list of requirements for schools. Schools now have to police bullying not just in school, but on school buses and even online. Local school leaders say the new cyberbullying requirements will be the biggest change for students.

Another Death Hits Truman State University

The Kirksville Police Department is investigating the death of a Truman State University student.

The university has confirmed that sophomore Jacob Hughes, of Eureka, Mo., died over the weekend. Police say foul play is not suspected, and an autopsy has been scheduled. It’s the 2nd death of a student this month. On August 8th, sophmore Alex Mullins was found dead. Though there deaths were unrelated, both Mullins and Hughes were members of the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity.

Lou Ann Gilchrist, Vice President for Student Affairs, sent email notices to the Truman community, letting them know about resources available to students at the University Health Center and University Counseling Services. Gilchrist encouraged students to take care of themselves in the wake of these events, and to talk with faculty and staff who would be willing to share their perspectives regarding positive ways to cope with grief and uncertainty.

Novinger Home Heavily Damaged in Fire

A home was heavily damaged in a fire yesterday morning near Novinger.

Novinger fireghters responded to the blaze on Ridgetop Road. They say the damage is estimated to be around $20,000 dollars. An initial investigation into the cause is that it was accidental and caused by a lit cigarette. No one was injured in the fire.

Boil Advisory Kirksville

The City of Kirksville has issued a 48-hour boil adivisory…It’s for those who live on West Shelby Street, between First and Orchard. The advisory is scheduled to end at 9:30 tomorrow morning.
For questions, contact the Public Works Department at (660) 627-1291.

Missouri Auditor Calls for Transparency

The Missouri auditor said the Republican-led House and Senate should be more transparent.

Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office, releases a report Monday showing some legislative committees didn’t record their votes, and that Sunshine Law policies for lawmakers are unclear. Galloway’s office said the Senate should close a bank account used to solicit lobbyist contributions that are used to purchase meals for lawmakers. The Senate said it will look for other ways to pay for meals. The audit also recommended the House and Senate include whistleblower protections in employee handbooks.

Transgender Inmate Suing the MO Prison System

A missouri prisoner wants taxpayers to foot the bill for sex-change therapy.

A transgender inmate is suing the Missouri prison system — hoping to force the state to pay for hormone treatment … as he transitions to being a woman. The prison system said no…they only provide the hormones if the prisoner was getting them before being locked-up. 37 year old Jessica Hicklin has been locked up for years — serving life without parole for first-degree murder. Hicklin says that if the prison system doesn’t help in the transition to becoming a woman — it’s cruel and unusual punishment. Hicklin’s lawyers say he has been thinking about just cutting off is male parts. The feds estimate that there are 3,200 transgender inmates currently in prisons and jails in the U.S.