Archives for November 2018

Governor Appoints Knox County Eastern District Commissioner

The Governor has appointed a Commissioner in Northeast Missouri. Governor Mike Parson’s office has announced that Ronnie Leckbee has been appointed to the office of Eastern District Commissioner in Knox County. The 29-year-old from Edina was chosen by the Knox County Republican Committee as the Republican candidate on the November ballot. He will fulfill the current term, and will be up for reelection in 2020. Leckbee is married with three children and is a lifelong Knox County resident. He was previously a
General Manager at his family’s trucking company.

Kirksville Woman Recovering After Crash in Adair County

A Kirksville resident is recovering after a crash in Adair County. The highway patrol reports the crash happened Monday morning just after 9AM. A car being driven by 55-year-old Veronica Cruz and a pickup driven by 26-year-old Tyler Anderson of Greentop, were both eastbound on Highway 6, when the truck pulled into the path of the car, causing the collision. Cruz was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. The Patrol says both drivers were using seat belts when the crash occurred. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.

Route 5 in Sullivan County Reopens to Traffic

Route 5 in Sullivan County has reopened to traffic. A portion of the Route 5 was closed last week between Route E and Business Route 5 (Pearl Street/Ribbon Road) in Milan.Workers from the Missouri Department of Transportation discovered a potential void under the roadway, as well as shoulder and roadside slides. After further investigation, it was found that a pothole had formed over a previous drill hole and there was no void under the roadway. After deeming the roadway safe for travelers, MoDOT reopened it to all traffic.
MoDOT will continue to work on repairing the slides and mitigating any further slides along that stretch of roadway.

Last Day to Buy Tickets for Breakfast with Santa

It’s the last day Kirksville Parks and Recreation is selling tickets for Breakfast with Santa. December 1, 2018 seatings sold out almost immediately. There are still a few tickets remaining for the December 8th seatings at 8:30 am and10:30 am. Get your tickts online at or at the Aquatic Center.

Nearly 12 Traffic Deaths Over Thanksgiving Holiday in MO

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports nine people died in traffic crashes during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period-from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 21 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 25th. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the following: 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Statistics Crashes ? 587, Injuries ? 108, Fatalities ? 9, DWI ? 86 and Drug Arrests ? 67.During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday counting period, troopers investigated 400 traffic crashes, which included 116 injuries. Statewide, 17 people died and 555 people were injured in 1,364 traffic crashes over last year’s Thanksgiving holiday. Troopers arrested 127 people for driving while intoxicated and made 117 drug arrests during the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday counting period. None of the nine traffic crash fatalities troopers investigated this year were in the Troop B area of Northeast Missouri that includes Kirksville.

Kirksville R-III Teachers Ask for Raise

Kirksville R-III school teachers are asking the district for a raise. The president of the Kirksville Community Teachers Association pointed to the fact that the disparity between teacher and administrator salaries has grown to more than 50 percent. Kirksville has the highest starting salary in the conference for teachers with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. But it also has the lowest top salary for teachers with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The base pay in R-III for a certified teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $36,900. For teachers who start out with a master’s degree, base pay is $39,900. Kirksville salaries top out at $39,250 for teachers with bachelor’s degrees and $50,900 for teachers with master’s degrees. The average salary for an administrator in the district is $84,147.

Expenditures for 2019 Discussed

City leaders continue to discuss the budget for 2019. According to the City Manager says the
major funding priorities include the construction of a new aquatic center, renovations to downtown facades, street improvement projects and purchasing new emergency vehicles. Other expenses include:the construction of the new water tower, an increase in costs for KPD as five new officers have been hired, The Parks and Rec department is planning upgrades to North Park, and funding for K-REDI, the area’s E-911 Center and economic development effortsthat focus on affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization.

Portion of Route 5 in Sullivan County Closed

Route 5 in Sullivan County is closed between Route E and Business Route 5 (Pearl Street/Ribbon Road) in Milan. Workers from the Missouri Department of Transportation discovered a void under the roadway, as well as shoulder and roadside slides. The roadway will remain closed until the damage can be fully assessed and appropriate repairs can be made. Signs are in place to alert motorists of the closure. Motorists may use Route E and Business Route 5 as a detour.

Snow Emergency Declared in Kirksville

Yesterday, the City of Kirksville declared a Snow / Traffic Emergency. The declaration was made to help crews clear the roads. Under such a declaration, all vehicles must be removed from all Emergency Snow Routes, including City streets in the Downtown, or Central Business District, within two hours of the notification. Residents are also asked to remove vehicles from all other City streets to assist City crews with the task of snow removal. Public Works Crews have been working to get the roads cleared for your commute this morning. For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 660.627.1291.

Cancellations Due to Snow

There are several cancellations due to the snow storm.

The Kirksville R-III school district is. not in session today

Brookfield R-III will not be in session today.

Schools in Sullivan, Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Knox, Macon, and Shelby Counties are all closed today to due the inclement weather.

Adair County Jury Trials – Postponed Until a Later Date

ALL Second Circuit Judicial Trials (Northeast Missouri) – Postponed Until a Later Date

Sullivan County Courthouse – Closed

The Kirksville Aquatic Center will be closed for morning lap swim.

Heath Departments in Knox County, Putnam County, and Schuyler County are closed today. They will reopen tomorrow morning.