Knox County R-I School District Issues Statement on Threat

The Knox County R-I School District issued a statment yesterday addressing a threat.

According to the Superintendent, on Wednesday, at approximately 3:10 p.m., the school district was made aware of the words “school shooting coming” written in the boys’ bathroom at the high school in Edina. The district stated the incident was reported to law enforcement and immediately investigated. Based on that investigation, it was determined that no immediate threat of harm existed. That is why school was in session yesterday.

The Superintendent said that nevertheless, the statement caused great concern and disruption in the Knox County Schools, and in the wider school community. Board of Education policy and the Student Code of Conduct provide consequences for this type of misconduct, and the policies and Code of Conduct will be followed in this situation.

There was an increased police presence yesterday to help calm students and parents fears.

Clark Man Gets 100 Year Sentence

47-year-old Alonzo Bernard Thorpe, was formally sentenced yesterday by a Chariton County judge. for molestation and enticement. A two-day trial in January was moved to Chariton County from Randolph County following a change of venue request . Thorpe was convicted of committing ten felonies, including child molestation and enticement from 2011 to 2014. The two victims were under 14 years of age. Thorpe was sentenced to ten years incarceration for each count to be served consecutively.

Adair County Public Library Receives Grant

The Adair County Public Library received a Library Services Technology Act grant yesterday. They say that $13,761.00 will be used to purchase new computers for the public computer lab. They will also be purchasing a web/data server for our library software. The grant does require a 30% matching fund promise from the library.

Kirksville Going Green For St. Patrick’s Day

Kirksville will go green again on Saturday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Karen Johnson has the fun details.

Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow with the 34th annual St. Patrick’s Day run, starting at the DuKum Inn. The final day for early registration (a $15 fee) is today. Participants can register until 9:30 a.m. on race day for an additional $5. The event includes a 5K race and 1.5 mile fun run. Proceeds will benefit the North Missouri Association for Citizens with Disabilities. Participants can sign up at the Thompson Campus Center, located at 800 W. Jefferson St., Kirksville. Checks should be made payable to ATSU TCC. Race day signups should be made at the DuKum Inn starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m., with participants lining up at 10 a.m. The parade route will run on Elson Street, from McPherson to Illinois. It is free to participate. The parade signup deadline is noon today at the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce office, 304 S. Franklin St., Kirksville. I’m Karen Johnson.

A Distinguished Agriculture Award For A Missouri Official

A distinguished agricultural award for a Missouri official. Karen Johnson has the story.

Missouri State Sen. Brian Munzlinger is the recipient of the Peter Myers Distinguished Service Award. He received the distinction during the annual Missouri Agribusiness Association. Munzlinger received the award for his time in the Missouri Legislature, work with the Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee and legislation he sponsored on behalf of farmers through the state, according to a press release. “Again, I want to thank MO-AG for this incredible honor,” says Munzlinger. “And, I also want to thank my staff. Without them, I would not be able to do most of the things I am asked to do as a Missouri senator. Anytime we can highlight agriculture and its benefits not only to Missouri, but the world, we want to take that opportunity.” I’m Karen Johnson

KHS Students Join Others in WalkOut

Kirksville High School students joined hundreds of thousands across the country who walked out of school yesterday – which was one month to the day after the mass shooting at a school in Florida.  The walkouts featured a moment of silence for each of the 17 people killed at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School.  Student protesters demanded action from legislators to improve school safety. On the national level, A bill to fund school safety is headed to the Senate after clearing the House by a wide margin. The bipartisan measure is intended to help U.S. schools boost security to prevent acts of violence.

March Blood Drives

The American Red Cross recently announced more blood drive opportunities for people in the northeast Missouri area.

The Red Cross states that whie basketball teams this month are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.

Some upcoming opportunites in the area include: A blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. on March 19 at the Green City Community Room, and a blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. on March 21 at the Missouri Department of Transportation in Macon. Also in Kirksville, a blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on March 29 at the Rehoboth Baptist Church in Kirksville.

Donors of all blood types are needed, according to the Red Cross. For more information, visit or call 1(800) 733-2767.

Boil Advisory

A 48 hour boil advisory remains in effect until 4:00 pm tomorrow for some in Kirksville. The affected area includes citizens of Kirksville who live on: Lewis, between Hamilton and LaHarpe. For any questions, contact the public works department at 660.627.1291

President Boasts Tax Law During MO Visit

President Trump was in Missouri yesterday to host a roundtable discussion with Missouri business leaders regarding the recently passed tax cut law. Business owners shared how they have passed on their tax savings in the form of bonuses, higher wages, and expansion. Following the roundtable, Trump attended a fundraising event for Missouri Attorney General and Senate hopeful Josh Hawley

More Trouble For Governor Greitens

More trouble for Governor Greitens. Karen Johnson explains.

A Democratic consultant says he is filing a new ethics complaint alleging Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens falsely reported how his campaign obtained a donor list from a charity he founded. The complaint coming from former state Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple also alleges that Greitens’ gubernatorial campaign failed to report the receipt of an email list from The Mission Continues. Temple asks the Missouri Ethics Commission to refer Greitens’ case to a prosecutor. The Republican governor originally denied working off a Mission Continues donor list but acknowledged in a consent decree last year with the ethics panel that his campaign received the list. Greitens amended his finance reports to show the list as a donation from a campaign worker. The Mission Continues has denied providing the donor list. I’m Karen Johnson.