Archives for October 2017

K-REDI Gets Assist from Governor

During this week’s meeting, K-REDI Executive Director Carolyn Chrisman reported that three businesses are looking to possibly locate in Kirksville. Chrisman reached out to the Governor’s office for information on a particular business, and Governor Greitens called the company. Chrisman believes the city will get a visit from the company because of that call. Also during the meeting, the K-REDI board decided they will contiue to look at all their options to complete certification the Kirksville Industrial Park.

Child Molestation Cases Up in One Northeast MO Community

Child molestation cases are on the rise in one Northeast Missouri Community, and local leaders are working to do something about it. Shelbina Police Chief Jerry Fenton says there have been 18 reported child molestation cases there in the last three years alone. He’s urging adults who might suspect child abuse to always take a child seriously. The Principal at Clarence Elementary says they work with local agencies, and says staff is trained annually on warning signs of abuse and neglect and what to do with those situations. Local advocates say it’s important to pay attention to what children might be telling you – or not telling you. Chief Fenton adds that if you ever have reason to be suspicious about possible child abuse or molestation to contact your local law enforcement.

The Buckle Up Phone Down Challenge is Today

Today has been designated “Buckle Up/Phone Down Day.” The Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety have teamed up to encourage this movement for improved roadway safety. MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood, says the reality is that the state is facing a high number of fatalities this year. She says the simple tasks of buckling everyone in the vehicle and choosing not to use your phone while driving can help save your life, the lives of your passengers, and occupants of other vehicles

An Overhaul For Missouri’s Nuclear Power Plant

An overhaul for Missouri’s nuclear power plant. Karen Johnson explains.

Missouri’s only nuclear power plant is undergoing a nearly $130 million repair project that includes the first overhaul of its main generator since the plant began operating in 1984.The Callaway Energy Center shut down earlier this month for a regularly scheduled refueling and is expected to be offline for 60 days while repairs are made. Ameren Missouri’s site vice president, Tim Herrmann, said Thursday that the costs include $101 million of capital expenditures and $27 million related to operation and maintenance. That includes refurbishing the stationary part of the generator. The power plant in rural Callaway County typically employees 750 people. But about 1,000 workers have been added to make the repairs. I’m Karen Johnson.

Luring Amazon To Missouri

Missouri is all about attracting Amazon’s attention. Karen Johnson has a report.

Governor Eric Greitens is telling Amazon it could have both St. Louis and Kansas cities – plus a bit of Columbia – if the company chooses a Missouri location for its second headquarters. Although the Show-Me state’s largest metropolitan areas are 250 miles apart, the Greitens administration says connecting the two via a futuristic and largely unproven people-mover called the Hyperloop could serve as the catalyst for the online retailer to put a Missouri location on its short list. “We actually think this is something that deserves serious consideration. It’s the kind of thing that would fit with Amazon’s bold thinking,” said Drew Erdmann, who serves as Greitens’ chief operating officer. “We’re just challenging Amazon to think in a new way.”The concept is part of a state-focused bid package being submitted to Amazon in addition to the separate bids by Kansas City and St. Louis. At stake is a $5 billion project that could amount to 50,000 high-paying tech jobs that has become an economic rallying cry for cities across North America. I’m Karen Johnson.

Reliving Some Popular Music Comes To Kirksville

Reliving some popular music in Kirksville. Karen Johnson reports.

The classics are coming to Kirksville on Monday evening, when “American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook” takes the Baldwin Auditorium stage. The opening event of the 2017-18 Truman State University Kohlenberg Lyceum Series is set for 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets ($5.50) are available at Edna Campbells in downtown Kirksville, the University Cashier Window in McClain Hall, or online at The music of George Gershwin was composed a century ago and has stood the test of time. Monday’s show will bring such songs as “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “The Man I Love” to life with a 17-piece band and vocals by Michael Andrew, whom the New York Post has called the “next Harry Connick Jr.” I’m Karen Johnson.

Nate Walker on Run for State Senate

3rd District State Representative Nate Walker announced yesterday his candidacy for State Senate. He tells us the feedback has been positive…

Walker has served as a state representative since November 2012. This senate district in which Walker is running encompasses 14 counties including: Adair, Chariton, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Marion, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland and Shelby. Walker says that means he will continue to be a strong voice for Northeast Missouri

Walker is the fourth person to announce a run for the 18th District State Senate seat The other cadidates are: Republican State Representative Lindell Shumake of Hannibal, Republican State Representative Craig Redmon of Canton and Republican businesswoman Cindy O’Laughlin.

Vehicle Catches Fire Near Edina

Firefighters resonded to a vehcile fire last night on th highway south of Edina. The driver of a 2005 Dodge 1500 truck says the truck strarted making a noise and it began sputtering. When crews arrived, the truck was fully engulfed along the side of the road. Responding and assisting at the scene were: The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Knox Rescue Squad, Edina Fire, Edina Police, and Missouri State Highway Patrol. Edina’s Fire said the cause was electrical.

Blood Drive Shelbina

A blood drive is being hosted by the American Red Cross in Shelbina today from 1 pm to 6 pm. The blood drive will take place at the Father Buhman Center on South 4th Street. Those interested in setting up an appointment can all 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit and enter Shelbina, MO. [boo-men]

Kirksville Rotary In The Fight Against Polio

The Kirksville Rotary clubs are hosting a World Polio Day event next week.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 24th, at Mehegan Classroom at A.T. Still University. Rotary is a worldwide partner in fighting polio and has helped drive several key steps toward eradicating the disease. There are a couple of events leading up the main presentation including a livestream of a Rotary International presentation at 4:30 p.m., refreshments at 5:30 p.m. and tours of the ATSU Museum of Osteopathic Medicine at 6. If you’d like to attend check out I’m Karen Johnson