One Lane Traffic on Missouri Route 6 in Adair County for Permit Work

A reminder about the upcoming permit work taking place on Missouri Route 6 in Adair County tomorrow that will temporarily close the road. Weather permitting, the United States Geological Survey will have Missouri Route 6 in Adair County down to one lane traffic at the Chariton River Bridge, located 1 mile east of Missouri Route 149 near Novinger, to do bridge work. The work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You are asked to use caution if you will be traveling through this area, and remember to obey all work zone signs and personnel, and put down your cell phone to help eliminate distractions. All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map. You can also visit online at

Ameren Has Energized the Zachary Substation

Ameren said recently that Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI) on June 30 energized the Zachary substation and about 32 miles of transmission line from Kirksville to the Iowa border, as part of the 96-mile, 345-kV Mark Twain Transmission Project. The foundation and line construction crews will now build the line section between Palmyra and Kirksville, which will be completed later this year. Ameren said that ATXI expects to invest $250m on the project, which is anticipated to be in service in December. Keep up with progress on the Mark Twain Transmission Project online at

Submit Issues to the City with Your Smartphone

If you drive around Kirksville long enough, especially after the inclement weather we experienced this past winter and spring, you might see a pothole or two, tall weeds, standing water, or some other issue that you want addressed, but maybe you aren’t sure how to do so. The city has now made it as easy as using your smartphone. Simply visit on your smartphone, scroll halfway down the City’s mobile-friendly web page, and click “Submit Request” in the Citizen Service Request section. On the next page, click “Submit a Service Request” and follow the on-screen prompts to report a problem. This process ensures the issue is brought to the attention of the appropriate City department and that the issue is addressed. You can even ask to be sent status updates regarding your issue via email, text message, or phone call. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 660.627.1224.

Over $1,000 Raised in Annual Pie Auction

The United Way of Northeast Missouri has released the fundraising numbers from last week’s annual Apple Pie contest and Pie Auction. Organizers say they raised $1,616 for local agencies. Deni Bahr’s Dutch apple pie won first place in the 2019 United Way Apple Pie Contest.

Novinger Man Faces Multiple Charges for Shooting

A man is facing several charges following a shooting at a gas station. Police say surveillance video allegedly shows 37-year-old Richard L. McCully, Jr. drive alongside the victim’s pickup truck at 7th Heaven Convenience Store in Novinger, and fire a weapon. According to court documents, McCully admitted firing one round from a handgun through the windshield of a pickup truck that had a man inside it. McCully claimed the man had tried to run him over, and that’s why he fired at him. McCully is formally charged with assault in the first degree, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon.

Kirksville Woman Escapes Injury in Crash

A Kirksville woman was involved in a two vehicle crash yesterday afternoon in Randolph County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol report states that a vehicle, driven by 39-year-old Corey J. Skaggs of Hallsville, crossed the median of US 63 and collided with another vehicle driven by 89-year-old Samantha S. Hill of Kirksville. Skaggs, who was wearing a safety device at the time of the crash, was seriously injured and was transported to a hospital for treatment. Hill suffered only minor injuries.

Graves releases Flood Recovery Resource Guide

Congressman Sam Graves has released the “Sixth Congressional District Flood Recovery Resource Guide” to help North Missourians affected by the devastating floods of 2019. The guide, available both online and in print, contains information and links to federal agencies and programs that can assist those who are trying to rebuild and recover. Graves says, “This year’s flooding destroyed homes, businesses, farms and communities. There are a lot of resources available out there to folks trying to recover and rebuild.”

Graves adds he wants to make sure people know how to access that help.

The guide can be found online at

Printed versions of the guide can also be requested by calling Graves’ District offices. See the contact information with this story on our website.

Kansas City District Office at (816) 792-3976, St. Joseph District Office at (816) 749-0800, or Hannibal District Office at (573) 221-3400.

Charges Upgraded Against Man Accused of Murder

Charges have been upgraded against the man accused of killing a Kirksville woman. 50-year-old Ricky Ray Sides, who was originally charged with second degree murder in the death 47-year-old Colleen Gompakis, now faces a first degree murder charge. Her body was discovered on Saturday in the apartment they shared. Police say Gompakis had injuries consistent with blunt force trauma to the head.

Missouri’s request for Major Disaster Declaration Approved

President Trump has approved Missouri’s request for a major disaster declaration to assist residents and businesses in 20 counties in the state affected by flooding, tornadoes, and severe storms that began in late April and continue to impact the state.

The President’s declaration makes the federal Individual Assistance program available to eligible residents in those counties, which includes Chariton County in Northeast Missouri. Residents in those counties can now register for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance with temporary housing, housing repairs, and the replacement of household items.

The state’s June 24 request for a federal disaster declaration stated that Preliminary Damage Assessments examined 1,650 primary homes, of which 953 had been destroyed or sustained major damage. The assessments also showed that 125 of 251 businesses that were examined had been destroyed or sustained major damage.

Those eligible can register for disaster assistance by going to or calling FEMA’s toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

MSHP Reports on 2019 July Fourth Holiday Statistics

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released its statistics for the Fourth of July holiday counting period, which started last Wednesday and ended late Sunday. In a news release, the patrol said there were 12 traffic deaths over the Independence Day weekend, no boating deaths, and three drownings. Troopers worked 376 traffic crashes, which included 139 injuries and nine of the 12 fatalities. None of the fatal crashes occurred in Northeast Missouri counties. Troopers also made 160 DWI arrests and 110 drug arrests over the holiday weekend. Troopers worked 11 boating crashes, which included five injuries and zero fatalities. Troopers made 12 BWI arrests and 28 drug arrests. During the 2018 counting period, four people were killed and 220 were hurt in 437 traffic crashes, and 40 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated. In 2017, there were 26 traffic fatalities.