Archives for October 2019

RTS Waste Services Holiday Schedule

RTS Waste Services, LLC, has released their holiday schedule. They will observe the following holidays in Kirksville: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Neither trash nor recycling collection will take place on an observed holiday. Collection will resume the next business day following an observed holiday. This will postpone collection by one day for those days following an observed holiday within the week the holiday is observed.

If you have any questions contact RTS Waste Services by phone at 660.784.2474 or by email at rts.invoices@gmail.com.

Hy-Vee and Hormel Foods Donte 11,000-Pounds of Peanut Butter

Hy-Vee, Inc., in conjunction with Hormel Foods, is donating more than 11,000 pounds of Skippy® creamy peanut butter to food banks across the grocer’s eight-state region. Food banks in each of the locations – including Kirksville – will receive 1,000 pounds of peanut butter, which supplies enough peanut butter to make approximately 16,300 sandwiches. Craig Clasen, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president of retail business development. said this partnership with Hormel Foods and the Skippy brand helps to further address the issue of hunger here in the Midwest.

KHS Band Named Grand Champion at Festival

The Kirksville High School marching band and auxiliary took home top honors at recent competitions. They placed third at a competition a few weeks ago at Central Methodist University. Next they competed at the Trenton Band Festival where they placed First in Class 4 Field Performance, Outstanding Musicianship.Outstanding Marching and Maneuvering, Outstanding Auxiliary and were named Grand Champion. This year the color guard won first place for Indoor Auxiliary at the CMU and Trenton competitions, and came in first for Outdoor Auxiliary at Trenton. The KHS drum line took second place at both CMU and Trenton.

Winter Weather Advisory

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 tomorrow morning. Give yourself extra time to get to your destinations today as the weather forecast calls for mixed precipitation, with total snow accumulations of up to three inches and a light glaze of ice. Plan on potentially slippery roads during the day. A freeze warning is also in effect until 10AM tomorrow.

Jefferson Street Repairs Begin

The City of Kirksville’s contractor, Stanton Contracting, LLC, began concrete street repairs on East Jefferson Street, at the intersection with South High Street this week – though inclement weather is slowing down progress. This project will require the street to be closed at least 3 to 5 days to allow the contractor to remove the damaged street surface and replace it with a new concrete surface. Once complete, the project will result in an improved driving surface in this area. The City apologizes for any inconvenience but looks forward to improving our City streets! For more information, contact the Engineering Department at 660.627.1272.

MDC Awards TRIM Grants to Assist with Community Tree Care

The Missouri Department of Conservation recently awarded more than $400,000 to Missouri communities through its Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance grant program. Local awards included: $10,000 to Truman State University for removal, pruning, education, planting. And a little over $8,000 to the City of Kirksville for planting.

The annual cost-share grants from MDC are given out to assist government entities and non-profit groups with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land. MDC Community Forestry Programs Supervisor Russell Hinnah says “TRIM grant recipients focus on keeping their neighborhood trees healthy and thriving, which translates to a whole host of social, economic, and environmental benefits for the community and the state.”

20-Minute Police Standoff Leads to Arrest

Kirksville police have released details about the arrest of a man who was considered armed and dangerous. On Sunday night, Officers of the Kirksville Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of West Patterson Street. During the traffic stop, Officers observed Douglas D. Garrett, of Hurdland, in the vehicle with a handgun. Officers began negotiating with Garrett to surrender, and, after approximately twenty minutes, Garrett was taken into custody. Garrett is the primary suspect in the shooting which occurred last Wednesday evening in the 1200 block of South Baird Street. The Kirksville Police Department was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, and the Truman State University Department of Public Safety.

Posted to kirx.vncnews.com
Oct. 29, 2019 6:00 AM CST
by mfoster

Minute Police Standoff Leads to Arrest

Kirksville police have released details about the arrest of a man who was considered armed and dangerous. On Sunday night, Officers of the Kirksville Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of West Patterson Street. During the traffic stop, Officers observed Douglas D. Garrett, of Hurdland, in the vehicle with a handgun. Officers began negotiating with Garrett to surrender, and, after approximately twenty minutes, Garrett was taken into custody. Garrett is the primary suspect in the shooting which occurred last Wednesday evening in the 1200 block of South Baird Street. The Kirksville Police Department was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, and the Truman State University Department of Public Safety.

Milan Man Booked for Several Charges Follwing Crash

A Milan man is facing several charges following an accident over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol says 63-year-old Thomas Miller’s SUV went off the road, and overturned onto its side in a creek on Sullivan River Road two miles west of Milan. Miller, who suffered moderate injuries, was booked for DWI, driving while suspended, and failure to drive on the right side of the road

Buckle Up Phone Down Day

Governor Mike Parson has declared today Buckle Up Phone Down Day. The third annual event is the result of a partnership by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety to help promote the two most impactful actions a driver can take to prevent crashes—or survive if one occurs.

They are challenging Missourians to buckle up, and avoid distracted driving. Thousands of individuals and businesses have accepted that challenge.

Jon Nelson, chair of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, reports that in 2018, there were 391 known unbelted fatalities in Missouri traffic crashes. He also says that distracted driving is a major cause of crashes, not only in Missouri but in the entire United States.

If you haven’t taken the challenge, you can do so by going to modot.org/BuckleUpPhoneDown. Nicole Hood, state highway safety and traffic engineer says they are hoping to reach 20,000 pledges by 2020.