Archives for June 2020

2 Kirksville Residents Injured in Crash

2 Kirksville residents were injured in a weekend crash. It happened Sunday afternoon just after 2PM in Sullivan County on Highway 11. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, a 2006 Pontiac Torrent, driven by 24-year-old Skylar Rhodes, traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Rhodes suffered moderate injures. Her passenger, a 2–year-old girl, had minor injuries. Both were transported by Adair County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center. The report says both occupants were wearing safety devices. The State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff’s department, and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department.

Crash in Putnam County Leaves Teen with Moderate Injuries

A crash in Putnam County yesterday left a teen with moderate injuries. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that 18-year-old Kelsey Michaels, of Mercer, was driving a 2008 Chevy Impala on Missouri Route 139, 2 miles north of Newtown, when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a field entrance. Michaels was transported by ambulance to a hospital. Damage to her vehicle was extensive.

Local School Districts to Decide on Masks in Classrooms

When school starts this fall, Kirksvile R-III will decide on mask policies and class sizes. During a briefing last week at the Capitol, state Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven says the state is not mandating wearing masks or putting a limit on class size. The state realizes that circumstances vary in each school district, and many factor go into these decisions. Vandeven said in the fall, schools will start to encourage employees and students to stay home any time they feel sick. This includes getting rid of incentives for perfect attendance. Attendance will also be waived as an accountability measure for school districts in the coming school year. Vandeven said schools being open are an important part of our economic recovery, and added that most parents and educators want to get back to the classroom in August.

New Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported in NEMO

Some new positive COVID-19 cases were reported in Northeast Missouri over the weekend. Macon County Health Department announced its 8th positive COVID-19 case. This case is determined to be travel related and contact investigations are being conducted.

The Sullivan County Health Department confirmed three additional positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. Currently, Sullivan County sits at a total of 110 cases with 12 cases remaining active. The positive cases have been determined to be community related.

Route T Bridge in Adair County Load Posting to Change

Adair County Route T over the North Fork Salt River, approximately 4.3 miles east of U.S. Route 63, will have a new lower load posting in the upcoming weeks. MoDOT Northeast District Engineer Paula Gough said non-compliance of the current posted reduction on speed while crossing the bridge prompted a re-evaluation of the bridge condition and posting. During a recent on-site review of the bridge, additional deterioration on the deck was observed. Currently, the bridge is posted for trucks over 14 tons to reduce speed to 15 mph while crossing the bridge. The new posting will still require trucks over 14 tons to reduce their speed to 15 mph while crossing the bridge except for single unit trucks they will have a weight limit of 18 tons and all other trucks will have a weight limit of 34 tons. The bridge posting is effective when the road signs are installed.

For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888 ASK MODOT (275-6636). You can also visit us online at To receive text alerts for closures on Missouri roads, visit and click the Travelers tab.

MoDOT Focus on Pedestrian Safety

MoDOT’s weeklong campaign focusing on pedestrian safety is over, but they hope drivers will continue to make that awareness a top priority. In 2019, 110 pedestrians were killed in Missouri and more than 300 were seriously injured. The top contributing factors to these tragedies were failure to yield, alcohol or drug impairment and distraction/inattention. Speed also plays a critical role in preventing pedestrian fatalities, especially in urban areas. MoDOT says cyclists and pedestrians are urged to make safe choices, and drivers need to be stay alert.

Sullivan County Reports 1 New COVID-19 Case

One additional positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed by the Sullivan County Health Department yesterday. This new case brings the county’s number of total positive cases to date to 107 with 12 positive cases remaining active. The health department says the cases have been determined to be community related.

Notice of Public Hearing

The City of Kirksville will hold a closeout public hearing on Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers to discuss the past performance by the City in carrying out the City’s CDBG grant on behalf of High Hope Employment Services, Inc. to purchase the building located at 2819 S. Halliburton Street in Kirksville. The project provided for the purchase of a building that will allow High Hope Employment Services, Inc. to expand their facilities and provide jobs for people with severe disabilities that are currently on a waiting list. The project will benefit 100% low- and moderate-income persons.

New Principal Named for KHS

Kirksville High School has a new principal. The Kirksville R-III Board of Education announced yesterday the hiring of Mr. Christopher Best of Kirksville, who will serve in the role effective July 1st. In a press release, the Board said Mr. Best is a well-known and highly respected member of the community. He is currently serving as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the School District which he stated will help him “package big picture implications [of education] in a way that will resonate with teachers…in a manner that allows the school to stay focused on a shared goal of student achievement.

As a teacher for 17 years at KHS, Best was nominated four times for the Teacher of the Year recognition. He also mentored numerous beginning teachers through a partnership with Truman State University, and provided seasoned teachers valuable support and guidance in their efforts to become great. The Board anticipates that Mr. Best’s example and instructional expertise will lead to greater positivity and student engagement at Kirksville High School.

KPD Says Celebrate Independence Legally With Fireworks

Residents are being reminded to celebrate the July 4th holiday legally with fireworks. The Kirksville’s Police Department says the discharging of fireworks inside the City limits will be legal starting June 30th, and will continue through July 5th Fireworks can only be discharged between the hours of 9:00 am and 11:00 pm and on your own property. Police can have you cease setting off fireworks if a complaint is received and verified by police for disturbance of the peace of surrounding neighbors. Additionally, it is unlawful to throw fireworks out of vehicles, or under vehicles, and especially at other people or on a public street or other public place within the City. For more information, please contact the Police Department at 660.785.6945.