Archives for June 2018

Kirksville Man Arrested in Case Against Child

A warrant was issued for a Kirksville man for sexually abusing a child. 55-year-old Charles L. Atchison was formally charged with the crime against a victim who is less than 12 years of age. Kirksville Police started an investigation into the case back in May. A filed probable cause statement indicates that Atchison allegedly touched the reported victim in a sexual manner. Atchison’s bond was set $150,000.

Improvements for Downtown Sidwalks Coming

Several improvements have been approved for Kirksvillle. A bid of just over $77,000 was accepted by the City Council for sidewalk repair work from a construction company out of Memphis, Missouri. The work will be done in the Downtown TIF District. The city is looking to repair existing brick bands, which were originally installed in 1998.

Knox County Named a Work Ready Community

Knox County was inducted as an A-C-T Work Ready Community recently, and accepted their certificate at the Knox County High School Gymnasium. Work Ready Communities participate in A-C-T’s program to help job seekers prove career readiness and help employers recruit better prepared employees. Students and members of the workforce were tested in various categories to analyze their workforce readiness. Residents are also doing their part working to grow their communities. A new group called Grow Knox County is working to boost economic development. Group members meet regularly to think of ways to attract more people and business to the area. Knox County will hold its ‘Work Ready’ distinction for two years.

Local Version of Amazing Race Fundraiser

An local version of the Amazing Race is being held in Kirksville tomorrow…The first annual event is a fundraiser for Fairy Godmother, Inc., which provides local young women in need with formal wear for prom, homecoming and scholarship interviews. The organization has about 1,000 brand new dresses available. While the team registration deadline has passed, you can still watch the event and donate. The race kicks off at 9 a.m. tomorrow in downtown Kirksville. For more information about the race or the organization, visit

State On-Line Sales Tax Ruling Will Affect Missouri Sales

A U.S. Supreme Court decision, that internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they have no physical presence, could mean millions in revenue for Missouri. Karen Johnson explains

In fact, an analysis conducted last year by the United States Government Accountability Office found that Missouri has been missing out on between $180 – $275 million annually in state and local sales tax.
The Executive Director of the Missouri Budget Project says the ruling will help level the playing field for Missouri businesses, as well as allow for more investment in education, infrastructure, and other services that will build the state’s economy and make the workforce more competitive.It will be up to the Missouri General Assembly to take up legislation to start collecting online sales taxes.The Supreme Court ruling stemmed from litigation brought by the state of South Dakota against several large online retailers, including the popular home goods seller Wayfair, seeking to enforce state tax code.

Missouri’s Governor Meets With President Trump

Missouri’s Governor meets with President Donald Trump. Karen Johnson has a report.

The two leaders discussed Missouri’s top priorities. Governor Parson says “I appreciate President Trump’s commitment and invitation to play a role in strengthening state and federal government partnerships.” He said it’s important to discuss and tackle shared challenges and priorities. “In order to continue our strong economic growth, we must address our infrastructure needs, ensure our workforce is ready, and remove job-killing regulations,” says Parson. Vice President Mike Pence also attended the working lunch, along with governors from Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Utah and Wisconsin. I’m Karen Johnson

Kirksville R-III School District to Implement 2-Hour Start Delays

The Kirksville R-III School District will implement two-hour start delays in the 2018-19 school year. School Board members approved the two-hour start delay which will be used during severe weather or emergency situations. Kirksville Superintendent Dr. Damon Kizzire says he doesn’t imagine the delayed start will be used very often. In the event of a two-hour start delay, the Early Childhood Learning Center would have no morning classes; William Matthew Middle School would start at 9:43 a.m.; the Kirksville High School and Kirksville Area Technical Center would start at 9:47 a.m.; and the Kirksville Primary and Ray Miller Elementary schools would start at 10:10 a.m. School dismissal would remain at the normal times.

KPD Looking For Adrian C. Gonzales

The Kirksville Police Department is asking for your help in locating Adrian C Gonzales in reference to an active warrant through Adair County for Possession of a controlled substance and resisting/interfering with an arrest. Gonzales is a Hispanic male, 5’02”, 155 lbs. This warrant was issued 6/11/2018 and has a $10,000 cash only bond. A photo can be seen at Gonzales has ties to Kirksville and is suspected to still be in the area. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600 or anonymously at 660-627-BUST (2878) or email

Kirksville police have announced that another wanted man has been caught. Ronald Gilbert was wanted in reference to an active Probation Violation Warrant through Adair County for Burglary 1st Degree, B Felony. Gilbert was arrested by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

Marceline School District Names New Superintendent

The Marceline School District has announced the selection of a Superintendent. Brian Sherrow will take over Superintendent duties for the 2018-19 school year. Sherrow has been the high school principal for the Chillicothe R-2 School District since 2011. Sherrow replaces Dr. Gabe Edgar, who resigned as superintendent after 11 years to take a position as director of finance for the St. Joseph School District.

The Marceline Board of Education approved the hiring of Sherrow on Wednesday, June 13. He will start in his new role as Superintendent on July 2nd. The Chillicothe R-2 School District is now starting the search for a high school principal.

Boil Advisory for Portion of Meadow Lane

A 48-hour boil advisory remains in effect for some in Kirksville until 12noon tomorrow. The affected area will include citizens of Kirksville who live on: Meadow Lane between Randall and Woodland. If you have any questions, contact the Public Works Department at 660.627.1291