Archives for September 2018

Fatality in Macon County Home Invasion

The fatality in a home invasion in Macon County was the suspect. Just after 4AM yesterday, Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a report of an intruder inside a home that had been shot. The location was on State Highway UU, northwest of Callao. The homeowner said the suspect used a ladder to gain entry through a sliding glass door on the second level that was left open. The homeowner reportedly fired at the suspect after the intruder pulled a handgun. When deputies arrived, the suspect was found deceased with a loaded handgun in his possession. The investigation is ongoing by the Sheriff’s Office, the Macon County Corner, and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

MDC to Host Public Meeting on Chronic Wasting Disease

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites deer hunters, property owners, and others to a special public meeting to get information and have questions answered about chronic wasting disease.The meeting will take place Oct. 16, at the MDC Northeast Regional Office. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation by MDC staff and end at 8:30 p.m.Topics covered will include general information on CWD, MDC’s efforts to monitor and manage the disease, proper deer-carcass handling and disposal to help limit the spread of the deadly deer disease, MDC’s voluntary CWD testing efforts statewide all deer season, MDC’s upcoming mandatory CWD sampling for certain counties the opening weekend of firearms deer season, and more.MDC staff will also be available to answer questions and will collect public feedback regarding potential regulations to help limit the spread of CWD.CWD has been found in Missouri and is slowly spreading, with 75 confirmed cases in free-ranging deer found in 11 Missouri counties, including Adair.

Father of Child Found in Pond Charged with Child Neglect

The father of the child who was rescued by police from Spur Pond last week is facing a felony charge. Police were called to the residence in the 900 block of W. Gardner regarding a missing 3-year-old boy last Wednesday night. A Truman State Department of Public Safety Officer heard the child on the opposite side of the pond enter the water. KPD Officer Jason Underwood was able to reach the child and pull him from the water. Police say the mother had left the boy in the care of his father 27-year-old Frederick Holloway, while she went with the store. Holloway said he checked on the child, and then went back to playing a video game in the living room. When the mother returned a half hour later, the child was gone and the front door was open. Holloway told police he didn’t think the child could open the door by himself and thought the door to be broken. He’s been charged with a class D felony of child neglect, and was being held in the Adair County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Fall Brush and Limb Pick-Up

The City of Kirksville’s Fall Brush and Limb Pick Up is scheduled for October 1 to 5, 2018! This is the perfect time to deal with the arrival of the emerald ash borer by removing dead branches and smaller, low-value ash trees from your yard. The Public Works Department’s Street Maintenance Division will begin picking up tree limbs and large brush on Monday, October 1, 2018. Although the work is expected to take the entire week, to guarantee pick up, your brush must be placed curbside by 7:00 am, Monday, October 1, 2018! This includes limbs that are no longer than 10 feet in length, and / or no wider than 18 inches in diameter. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 660.627.1291.

SBA and USDA Officials Urge Local Lenders to Use Their Programs

Members of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Small Business Administration made a stop in Kirksville Friday to promote their lending programs. SBA Regional Administrator for Region VII Thomas Salisbury and SBA Lender Relations Specialist Michael McWhorter were among the officials from those agencies who were here. They explained that banks can partner with the USDA or SBA to help small business owners secure loans. Eligible small businesses can also access loans through the agencies’ programs. The USDA’s Rural Development focuses on loans to non-agricultural production businesses in rural areas. Officials said that the programs offered by the USDA or SBA can help lenders help their customers take advantage of the current economy.

Post Office to be Renamed to Honor of World War II Vet

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is announcing a bill that would honor Arla Harrell, a Missouri World War II veteran intentionally exposed to mustard gas, by naming the Macon post office for him. The proposal comes on the heels of new data from the Department of Veterans Affairs that shows that the agency has granted nearly $2 million in benefits to World War II veterans intentionally exposed to mustard gas since McCaskill’s two-year battle on behalf of those service members resulted in President Trump signing McCaskill’s Arla Harrell Act into law last year.McCaskill is the top-ranking Democrat on the U. S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service. The bill would rename the U.S. Post office located in Macon as the Arla W. Harrell Post Office. Harrell lived in Macon before he died earlier this year.

Shooting in Adair County Leaves 1 Injured

A shooting in Adair County left one person injured. Adair County Sheriff deputies responded to a residence just outside of Kirksville, on Deer Run Road, for reports of gunshots yesterday morning. A 26-year-old man was hospitalized for gunshot wounds. More details will be reieased as the investigation progresses.

Work Session Today on Aquatics and Community Center Project

Kirksville City Council will hold a work session this afteroon with the project team for the Aquatics and Community Center to review the final proposal for the aquatic center project. City council members are trying to decide on how to proceed after learning that a 2016 feasabiity study’s estimate of of the project’s cost was not accurate. A design that the public has favored would cost an estimated $11-13 million – the pool project alone could cost $8-9 million, and the community center would cost between $3.5 to $3.75 million. That would consume the funds provided by the voter-approved half-cent sales tax and leave no money for parks maintenance and improvements. The City Council now must decide if they will move ahead with building a community center or dedicate more funds to the aquatic center project.

Kirksville Woman Falls Off UTV

A Kirksville woman was injured in a UTV accident on Route P. The Missouri Highway Patrol says, the passenger, 79-year-old Jacetta Buchanan, was improperly riding on the vehicle, and wearing no safety restraints when she fell from the vehicle. She was airlifted to a hospital. The driver was uninjured.

NEMO Mayor Honored by President Trump

A Northeast Missouri Mayor received special recognition from President Donald Trump on Friday. Jo Anne Smiley, Clarksville’s mayor for the past 13 years, was given the President’s Volunteer Service Award – which is the nation’s highest honor for volunteer service. At least 4,000 hours of volunteer service is needed to be considered for the award.A ceremony was held at the Clarksville American Legion on Friday. Smiley thanked Clarksville residents and others who have helped the town when needed.