Archives for May 2019

City Recognizes Public Works Department

It’s National Public Works Week, and the city took time this week to recognize the members of the Kirksville Public Works Department. Mayor Zac Burden read and presented a Proclamation for National Public Works Week during the annual Public Works Week Luncheon on Wednesday. Additionally, Public Works Equipment Operator Jon Rider was named Employee of the Year. City leaders enourage residents to learn more about the importance of public works and public works programs in the community.

Founders Day Ceremony

The City of Kirksville and the Friends of Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery Committee will be holding the City’s annual Founders Day Ceremony this weekend. The public is invited to attend and participate in the event. Members of Curtain Call Theater Company will be performing three historical vignettes written by local World War I veteran, and educator, Dr. P.O. Selby. Following these vignettes will be a musical performance of Kirksville resident Luella Maude Benson Dobbins’ World War I song “The Khaki Boys.” As part of the ceremony, the City will also be unveiling a plaque for the seven members of the family of local businessman, and public official, William Thomas Baird. Those seven family members, including Baird himself, are interred in the Baird Vault: Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery’s only mausoleum. Additionally, the Adair County Historical Society, Kirksville Historic Preservation Commission, and Main Street Kirksville will have booths at the event with information on how to get involved in local historic preservation and downtown revitalization efforts American Legion Post 20 MacDougall-Lowe, the Boy Scouts, and the Girl Scouts will also be participating in the event. It’s this Sunday at 2:00 pm in Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery.

Tornado in State Capital EF-3

Officials say the tornado in Jefferson City Wednesday night was at least EF-3, with maximum winds of 160 miles-per-hour. The storm hit several different areas in the state, and is being blamed for three deaths in Golden City. Governor Parson says the state will use all of its resources possible to help with storm recovery.

Man Sentenced in Macon County Murder Case

A sentence has been handed down in a murder case. In Adair County Court yesterday, 41-year-old Ray Holt, of Macon, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the death of Ryon Perkins, a U.S. Navy veteran. Perkins was fatally stabbed in October 2016. The trial for the murder began in March in Adair County Circuit Court where it was held on a change of venue from Macon County. Jurors found Holt guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Holt faced a maximum sentence of life in prison.

2019 Active Assailant Drill

An Active Assailant Drill is planned for the end of the month in Kirksville. This full-scale exercise, is planned for May 30th from 8AM-3PM at Ray Miller Elementary School on the Campus of the Kirksville RIII School District. Although exercise play will involve law enforcement quickly resolving the active threat, this exercise is designed to more fully assess inter-agency collaboration/communication, school response, care of the injured and patient transport. All local agencies are invited to participate. Situational Manuals will be provided to all agencies prior to the event with detailed information. Continuing education hours for all disciplines will be offered. Lunch will be provided onsite. Volunteers are also needed.

Registration and more information can be found online:

To volunteer to help during the event contact: Kristin VanRie by email at

ACAD Statistics for March and April

The Adair County Ambulance District recently released their statistics for March and April. Numbers for March included: 216 patient transports, including 61 long-distance transports. ACAD responded to nine motor vehicle accidents, three community standbys, and eight fire standbys. Numbers for April included: 202 patients transported, including 61 long-distance. ACAD responded to two motor vehicle accidents, 11 community standbys, seven fire standbys, and six public assists. In total for the two months, ACAD responded to 289 ambulance requests in March and 285 in April.

Flood Warning for Chariton River

The Flood Warning continues until tomorrow afternoon for the Chariton River at Novinger affecting Adair…Macon…Putnam and Schuyler Counties. The National Weather Service reports that the river will continue to rise above the flood stage of 20 feet to around 23 feet by this morning. The river will fall below flood stage by early afternoon.

The area has received several inches of rain since the weekend, and yesterday’s heavy rain caused several roads in MoDOT’s Northeast District to be closed due to flooding. Yesterday’s closures included Adair County Route E at Bear Creek. Get the latest road conditions by visiting

Governor Mike Parson yesterday declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to continuing severe weather and forecasts for tornadoes, strong straight-line winds, hail, heavy rainfall, and worsening flooding due to prolonged soil inundation throughout the state. Governor Parson also activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions.

05-22-19-President Approves Governor’s Request for Major Disaster Declaration for MO

Governor Mike Parson has announced that the President approved his request for a major disaster declaration. That means millions will be available to help local governments and nonprofit agencies in 13 Missouri counties – including Chariton County – recover from devastating flooding and severe storms that occurred from March 11 to April 16. The declaration makes federal assistance available for the repair of damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure, along with emergency response costs associated with the storms and flooding.

Lange Named VP for Enrollment Management and Marketing at Truman

Truman State University has selected Dr. Tyana Lange as the next vice president for enrollment management and marketing. Lange, who was chosen after a national search, comes to Truman from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania where she is the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs. She previously served in enrollment management and marketing positions at Indiana University Kokomo and Kettering University in Michigan.

Detweiler Family Gives Check to City for New Park

This past Friday morning, May 17, Kirksville Mayor Zac Burden, and City Council Members Jessica Parks, Phillip Biston, and Chuck Long received a check for $10,000 from the family of late Council Member Richard Detweiler for the creation a new park. Detweiler Park is named for the longest-serving member of the City Council, who died in January after 11 years in office. The new park will be located at the site of the former Kirksville High School building. Plans for the new park include a green space for reflection, a gazebo, a decorative fountain, and several park benches. The city is applying for a tree grant to get trees on the lot. The City Council and Lakes, Parks and Recreation Commission are working to finalize the design for the park.