Archives for November 2017

The City Of Kirksville Receives An Award

The City of Kirksville receives an award. Karen Johnson has a report.

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The City of Kirksville is proud to announce that the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the City of Kirksville, Missouri with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and it represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR, was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which include demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. City Manager, Mari Macomber says the hard work of our Finance Department ensures the City’s commitment to fiscal responsibility. I’m Karen Johnson

Increased Funding For Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts In Missouri

Increased funding for Anti-human trafficking efforts in Missouri. Karen Johnson reports.

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is announcing that his statewide Human Trafficking Task Force will offer assistance to nonprofits struggling to find funding for their anti-trafficking efforts. Just this month, it was reported that a southeast Missouri group halted its important work due to a lack of funding. Hawley says “Not only is finding the funding difficult, but the application process is also extremely burdensome for smaller groups in the state this is why the Task Force is stepping in – to help nonprofits navigate the complicated application process so that no other group is ever discouraged or forced to shut its doors. Empowering nonprofits in Missouri will enhance both law enforcement’s ability to prosecute traffickers and our state’s capacity to provide survivors with the critical services that they need. Hawley’s Task Force, which was established in April, is the first of its kind in the state and includes law enforcement officials, local prosecutors, social-service providers, victims’ advocates, and individual human-trafficking survivors. The Task Force regularly meets to coordinate law enforcement efforts and services for victims. I’m Karen Johnson.

Shelbyville Man Killed in Wrong-Way Crash

A Shelbyville man died in a traffic crash this week.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report stated that 17-year-old Katelynn Sizemore of Clarence, was traveling westbound on U.S. 36, five miles east of Macon, Missouri, while 84-year-old Albin Covington, of Shelbyville, was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of U.S. 36 when his vehicle struck Sizemore’s vehicle head on at 5:17 p.m on Monday. Covington was transported by Macon County ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon where he was pronounced dead. Sizemore was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital before being taken to University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, via Air Evac with serious injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine why Covington was driving the wrong way on a one-way highway,

Franklin and Illinois Intersection now 4-Way Stop

The stop signs for the Franklin and Illinois intersection making it a 4-way stop went up yesterday. This intersection was previously only a 2-way stop where traffic had to stop while traveling on Illinois St. Kirksville City Council members approved the change during a meeting earlier this month. The change was made to assist the Kirksville Fire Department with emergency traffic.

Kirksville R-III School District to Get More Chromebooks

The Kirksville R-III School District will be purchasing more Chromebooks for students. School Board members this week approved a bidt to purchase 240 Chromebooks and management licenses for the Kirksville Primary, Ray Miller Elementary, William Matthew Middle and Kirksville High schools. The purchase includes: 240 Chrome management licenses, 210 HP Chromebooks, 30 Chomebook Touch Screens and eight Chromebook carts. The district’s eventual goal is to have one cart available for each subject area at KHS and in each grade area at the other schools. A cart carries about 30 Chromebooks. The total cost for the latest approved purchase is $62,720.

Taffic Stop in Putnam County Results in Meth Find

A traffic stop in Putnam County results in an arrest for meth. The Missouri Highway Patrol report says a trooper stopped 27-year-old Thomas A. Duncan, just after 7 last night. Duncan was arrested for not having a valid license, and a search of his vehicle revealed methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia . Duncan was put on a 24 hour hold at the Putnam County jail, pending filing of formal charges.

More Help Needed for Adopt a Child Christmas Program

There is more help needed with the Adopt a Child Christmas Program. They have 86 children left to adopt in the program at this time, with more signups coming in. If you wish to adopt; please contact Teresa at the Kirksville Fire Department at 660-665-3734. Gifts would be due to KFD Friday, December 8th.

4 Injured in Novinger Crash

Four people from Novinger were injured in a crash yesterday morning. The Highway Patrol reports that the two-vehicle crash happened on Route 149 at Missouri Avenue in Novinger before 7 yesterday morning. They say 37-year-old Anika L. Downing had stopped in a crosswalk to allow passengers to get out when she was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by 72-year-old Gary E. Millhouse. Three minors who were occupants in Downing’s vehicle received minor injuries. Millhouse sustained moderate injuries. They were all taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment. [ah-nee-kah]

Local Business Owner Sentencing Set for January

A local business owner who has pleaded guilty to fraud will be sentenced in January. Burt Beard, one of the owners of Beard’s Decorating Center, admitted to writing checks to himself from an account belonging to a University of Missouri fraternity. Beard pleaded guilty in September to one count of bank fraud in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City. He wrote close to $400,000 in checks to himself while acting as a volunteer treasurer from 2008-2014 for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Beard says he regrets his conduct and takes full responsibility. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine up to $1 million, an order of restitution and supervised released.

2 Arrested for Stealing Truck in Kirksville

Two suspects who stole a vehicle in Kirksville have been arrested. A 1994 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck was reported stolen from a residence on the 700 block of East Cottonwood Street just after midnight last Thursday. Authorities say the vehicle was spotted in Marion County by the Hannibal Police Department a few hours later. Two suspects were taken into custody.