Archives for January 2019

1 Injured in Crash in Macon County

A crash in Macon County left a driver injured. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, troopers responded to U.S. Highway 36 a half-mile west of Callao around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday to reports of a crash involving a tractor and a pickup truck. The farm tractor, operated by 50-year-old Nathan S. Ford, of Callao, was traveling eastbound and partially on the shoulder of the highway when the pickup, driven by 57-year-old Dale A. Palmer, began to slide on the slick roadway and struck the rear of the tractor. Palmer was not injured. Ford sustained minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to a hospital to be treated. The truck was totaled, and the tractor had extensive damage. The Macon County Sheriff’s Office and Callao Fire Department assisted at the scene of the crash. [KAL-ee-oh]

Fatal Crash Claims Life on Mexico Resident

Missouri State Highway Patrol reports there was a fatal accident on Monday in Randolph County. A 19-year-old woman from Mexico was northound on US Highway 63 north of Clark, when her vehicle slid out of control due to wind-blown snow that drifted over the highway. Her vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and into the median and overturned – causing the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, to be ejected. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Petition Filed Against Knox County School District Over Suspended Student

A petition has been filed against the Knox County R-1 School District by parents of a suspended student for him to return to School. He is among the juveniles who were arrested in September for felony assault at the Knox County R-1 School District after it was discovered that children on the fifth and sixth grade football team had been assaulted in the football field house locker room by players on the seventh and eighth grade football team. Last month, the three juvenile defendants each pleaded guilty to a lesser misdemeanor harassment charge.

Multiple School Districts Cancel Classes Today

Periods of snow, sleet or
freezing rain are forecast for portions of Northeast Missouri today. Adair, Putnam, Schuyler, and Sullivan counties are under a winter weather advisory until midnight. Be cautious for slippery roads when traveling. The forecast has prompted some school closures and delays..Adair County R-1 Novinger and Adair County R-2 Brashear: are closed today. The Kirksville R-III School District is on a 2 hour delay and advise that you should keep listening in case school is cancelled. Also closed today are: Clark County R-1 Schools: Knox County R-1 Schools: Macon County R-1 Schools: Schuyler County R-1 Schools: Scotland County R-1 Schools: Shelby County R-4 Schools:

New Lawmakers Get Committee Assignments

New lawmakers from Northeast Missouri have their committee assignments. Senator Cindy O’Laughlin of Shelbina, has been named to the Education; Government Reform; Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety; and Local Governments and Elections committees. She has been named vice chairman of the Seniors, Family and Children Committee. Rep. Greg Sharpe, of Ewing, is a member of the Transportation, Budget and Agriculture Policy committees and will be vice chairman for the subcommittee on appropriations that oversees agriculture, conservation, natural resources and economic development.

City Still Seeking Citizen Applicants

The City of Kirksville would like to remind citizens that applications are still being accepted for a vacancy on the Kirksville Housing Authority, and to fill a new Citizens Solid Waste Service Committee. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 25th, at 5:00 pm. Applications can be located by visiting or City Hall at 201 S. Franklin Street. If you have already submitted an application online, please contact the City Clerk to verify it was received.

Mssouri AG to Announce Safe Cities Initiative

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt will hold a press conference today to discuss a Safe Cities initiatve to combat violent crime. According to the Schmitt’s office, there will be unprecedented cooperation between the Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office as part of this initiative. U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen, Deputy Attorney General Cris Stevens and Chief Counsel Christine Krug will also be in attendance at the announcement this morning.

School Cancellations

Due to the weekend snow and bitter cold conditions this morning, there are some northeast Missouri schools that have canceled classes for today including: Knox County R-1 Schools, and Shelby County R-4 Schools. Delayed starts this morning include: Scotland County R-1 Schools: Delayed by 2 hours. There is is no school for Kirksville R-III schools today in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

MSHP Responds to Nearly 2,000 Calls

MoDOT crews were busy over the weekend treating snow and icy roads in Northeast Missouri,as the lastest storm dropped about another six inches of snow in the Kirksville area. As the snow passed through the state, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers responded to close to 2000 calls. Numbers released from the MSHP show that as of 8AM yesterday, they’d responded to: 1784 calls for service, 660 stranded motorists, 304 crashes, 45 injuries, and 4 fatalities – 2 of which are believed to be weather related.

MLK Closures

All Kirksville city offices, including the Kirksville Aquatic Center, will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Offices will reopen tomorrow for regular business hours. Adair County government offices will also be closed. Post offices will be closed and there will no mail delivery.