Archives for December 2017

Trailer Tractor Overtuns on Highway

Police responded to a tractor trailer crash on Highway 6 west of Hurdland yesterday morning..

According to the crash report, the driver, out of Texas, was traveling from Kraft Foods in Kirksville, to Pennsylvania a 4:45AM, with a trailer full of meats and cheeses. While eastbound on Highway 6 less than a mile from Hurdland, the tractor trailer traveled off the south side of the roadway and overturned. The driver said he took his eyes off the road for just a second, and missed a curve in the road.

The driver had to break out the driver’s side window to climb out of the cab after the crash. He was not injured. The Hurdland Volunteer Fire Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the call.

Large Amount of Cash Found by Shelbina Police

Thousands of dollars were located in a vehicle during a traffic stop in Shelbina.

The Shelbina Police Department stopped the vehicle for a speeding violation on US 36 Wednesday afternoon. During the stop, officers supected that the occupants were were involved with the sale and transportation of illegal narcotics. A K-9 unit assisted.

During the search, officers located $40,000 in cash which was possibly used in the sale and transportation of illegal narcotics. The Drug Enforcement Administration was contacted and assisted in the investigation, which is ongoing.

Adair County Mobile Food Pantry Saturday

The Food Bank of Central & Northeast Missouri will be holding an Adair County Mobile Food Pantry at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Hamilton Street Baptist Church. In order to receive food, individuals are required to bring a photo ID, a Social Security card for each family member living with you and proof of residency, which can be a utility bill or a piece of mail with your name and current address. The Food Bank is encouraging individuals to bring a box, laundry basket or bags to carry home food. The pantry will hand out numbers to people starting at 9 a.m. A number is required to receive food. For more information, contact the Food Bank at (800) 764-3663.

Moberly Breaks Record for Packages in 1 Day

Tis the season to mail out packages and the Moberly Post Office set a record last week – last Friday they had over 2,000 packages to deliver – exceeding the previous one-day record of about 1,500 packages.

December 18-24 will likely be the U.S. Postal Services busiest mailing days of the year. Three billion pieces of first class mail will be processed and delivered during that week. The U.S. Postal Service also says in these two weeks leading up to Christmas, it will deliver 200 million packages per week.

Here are the domestic shipping deadlines to ensure gifts arrive by Christmas:

Tomorrow: First Class Packages
Dec. 19th: First Class Mail (including greeting cards)
Dec. 20th: Priority Mail
Dec. 22nd: Priority Mail Express

Death of Son of NEMO Judge May be Drug Related

Columbia Police suspect the death of the son of a Northeast Missouri judge was drug related.

The victim in Monday’s home invasion and homicide was 28-year-old Augustus Jackson Roberts, of Columbia. Roberts was a native of Clark County, an is the son of 1st Judicial Circuit Judge Rick Roberts.. On Monday morning at around 3:30AM, Columbia police responded to a home, following a report of an invasion and found Roberts unconscious and not breathing. Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene. A woman in the home suffered minor injuries.

The woman told police the suspects forced their way into the home and assaulted them both. Investigators believe the attack was not random and the victims were targeted.

City of LaPlata Filings Open

Filings for City of La Plata opened this week and will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018. Positions open for election are two year terms for Mayor, Ward I Alderman, and Ward II Alderman. Qualified residents may file with the City Clerk or Deputy City Clerk for the Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 election between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at La Plata City Hall Monday thru Friday with the exception of posted holidays.

ACA Open Enrollment Ends December 15th

Missouri residents are being reminded that if you need health insurance coverage for next year, you must register by tomorrow night. In Missouri, more than 100,000 people have enrolled. According to the Missouri Foundation for health, 80 percent of Missourians are eligible for tax credits. In the state, two insurance companies — including Humana — are exiting the marketplace in 2018. Cigna will continue offering Missouri marketplace plans. For more information, visit or call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596

Fire Destroys New London Home

A New London home is a total loss. A mail carrier called 911 and reported seeing flames from the home on Thornberry Road. Firefighters from New London and Hannibal responded to the fire. They say yesterday’s strong winds made the fire difficult to knock down. No one was home, but one pet died in the blaze. Firefighters think a wood stove sparked the fire.

An Uptick In School Testing Scores For Kirksville

An uptick in school testing scores in Kirksville. Karen Johnson has more.

The Kirksville R-III School District saw an overall increase in its scores after reviewing its latest annual performance report from the Missouri School Improvement Program.Julie Esquivel, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the district, reviewed the district’s MSIP V annual performance report for 2017 during the School Board meeting this week. The district achieved a total of 129.5 points out of the 140 possible points, or a 92.5 percent. Last school year, the district earned 124.5 points (88.9 percent) and for 2015, it earned 128 points (91.4 percent). I’m Karen Johnson.

Economic Development Plans In Kirksville Are Doing Well

Economic development plans in Kirksville are doing well. Karen Johnson has an update.

K-REDI Board members this week approved terms of a new agreement between the economic development organization and the City of Kirksville. The city will continue to provide $100,000 in funding to K-REDI each year, while K-REDI will put those funds toward economic development efforts in the Kirksville region. K-REDI Executive Director Carolyn Chrisman says the new terms reflect a strong relationship between both parties. “K-REDI has done a lot in the last three years, so has the city, and we have a great working partnership together,” she said. “This just allows us to continue that and not have to wonder in three years what’s going to happen.” The last agreement was negotiated in the wake of job losses announced at the local Kraft Heinz plant, with pressure surrounding the discussions and questions about the future of the relationship. Rob Dixon, acting director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development says prepared communities win projects, and this is a great way to show that Kirksville is a prepared community. I’m Karen Johnson