Archives for August 2018

Congressman Makes Stops in NEMO

Congressman Sam Graves visited with constituents in Northeast Missouri yesterday. He made stops in Ewing and Palmyra. A hot topic with area farmers was the status of the Farm Bill. He says he expects the Bill to be finished before September 30th. Graves said he’s also working on making sure farmers get better prices on corn and soybeans long term. He believes new deals like the one recently announced with Mexico, will help to bring the overall prices up. Graves also talked about how trade issues affect manufacturing, and toured Doyle Manufacturing in Palmyra.

Crash in Adair County Sends Teen to Hospital

A crash in Adair County sent a teen to the hospital. State troopers responded to Route N, 1.5 miles west of Yarrow Wednesday night for reports of a single vehicle crash. Accordingn to reports, a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old girl from Elmer ran off the side of the roadway and struck a tree. The teen suffered minor injuries in the accident, and was treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center.

Milan Man Injured in Crash on Hwy 36

A man from Milan was injured in a crash on Highway 36. The Highway Patrol report states the driver, thirty-one-year-old Lynsey Wyant of Milan was traveling east on U. S. Highway 36 near Chillicothe, when her pickup truck traveled off the north side of the road, struck a guardrail end, traveled across both lanes of the highway, and struck another guardrail before coming to rest on the shoulder. Her passenger 34-year-old Ricky Pauley was transported to a hospital with moderate injures.. Wyant was not injured. She was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, Pauley was not. The truck sustained extensive damage.

Toop B Participating in Special Enforcement Operations

Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announces during the month of September 2018, troopers will be participating in special enforcement operations in addition to the Labor Day holiday weekend Operation C.A.R.E.

Sometime during the month of September, a Click It seat belt enforcement operation will occur in Schuyler County.

Also in September, DWI saturations will occur in Adair, Chariton, Knox, Macon, Monroe, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Shelby, and Schuyler counties.

“DWI saturations are an important enforcement tool that enables the Missouri State Highway Patrol to enhance our efforts in reducing the number of drug- and alcohol-impaired drivers on our roadways,” stated Captain Wilt. “Driving while impaired continues to be a major contributing factor of fatal traffic crashes in Missouri.”The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri’s roadways, we trust that every driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and driver sober. “Don’t Violate The Trust.”

Boil Advisory until Sept 1

A 48 hour boil advisory remains in effect for some in Kirksville until approximately 10:45 am tomorrow. The affected area includes residents who live on Halliburton, between Hamilton & Patterson and Hamilton, between Halliburton & Lewis. If you have any questions, contact the city of Kirksville Public Works Department at 660.627.1291.

Passenger Ejected from Vehicle in Crash

A Kirksville teen was hospitalized after being ejected in a one-vehicle crash in Adair County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the crash happened on Highway H, a mile south of Kirksville around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. The vehicle, driven by 18-year-old Kody Christman, was northbound when he traveled off the roadway, struck a ditch and went airborne. The passenger in the vehicle was ejected before the vehicle landed on the ground. The 17-year-old boy suffered moderate injuries and was flown to a hospital. The police reports states that neither the driver or passenger were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Burn Ban Lifted for Kirksville

Kirksville’s burn ban has been lifted. Much needed precipitation, combined with a favorable near-term weather forecast, has lessened the likelihood of natural cover fires. The burn ban that was implemented within the city limits of the City of Kirksville on July 25, 2018 has been lifted. However, our region remains under drought conditions. Please continue to use caution when considering any authorized outdoor burning, as dead vegetation can dry quickly and create a hazard soon after precipitation.The Kirksville Fire Department would like to thank citizens for their cooperation during this period of elevated fire danger. For more information please contact the Kirksville Fire Department at 660.665.3734.

-Karen Johnson

E-911 Phone Fee Update

The Adair County Commission this week voted not to put the new E-911 phone fee on the November ballot as requested by the E-911 Joint Services Board. In a statement released yesterday, Presiding Commissioner, Stan Pickens said at the time of the request, there were several questions that could not be answered in reference to this new law, specifically how the new fee would affect the existing E-911 land line tax. Pickens says the Adair County Commission is currently working with the E-911 Joint Services Board to get these questions answered. He adds that the Adair County Commission would consider any request from the board once these questions are answered.

Charges Filed Against Women Connected to Residential Burglary

Charges have been filed against two women stemming from an alleged burglary in the Green City area. On Sunday, Sullivan County sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence on Highway N after the homeowner returned and foud two women were inside. The homeowner said the door to the residnce had been forced open, and he noticed property had been moved out of the house, and found multiple burglary tools nearby. The two women escaped through a window and were later arrested by Green City Police. 56-year-old Peggy Jean Johnson of Milan and 46-year-old Christina Louise McDonald of Browning both face charges of first-degree burglary, stealing $750 or more, and possession of burglary tools.

Truman Excels in Washington Monthly Rankings

Truman State University is again been recognized by Washington Monthly as one of the best master’s universities in the nation, coming in at No. 7 in the publication’s 2018 college rankings.
On a list dominated by coastal schools, Truman is the only public university in Missouri and the neighboring eight states to be included in the top 50 of the master’s universities category. Truman is the lone Missouri public school to be included on the entire list, which ranks 150 institutions. This marks the sixth year in a row Truman has been included in the top 10. The Washington Monthly rankings are unique in that they 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, participating in ROTC and going on to serve in the Peace Corps.

-Karen Johnson.