Drug Take Back Event at Linn County Health Department

Linn County residents can safely dispose of medications during a drug take back event today. Through 3PM you can take your unwanted, unused and expired prescription medicines and over the counter meds to the the Linn County Health Department, located at 635 South Main in Brookfield. They cannot accept items like bio-hazardous materials or medical waste, illicit drugs or sharps or glass.

Trial Delays for Kirksville Teens Accused of Murder

Court cases have been delayed for the teens charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. 18-year-old Drake D. Zanoni, and 17-year-old Andrew Head, both of Kirksville, are accused in the February 6th shooting death of 17-year-old Izaiha J. McFarland. The pair allegedly confronted the victim before the shooting in the 600 block of N. Franklin Street. Zanoni’s preliminary hearing has been continued to April 17. Head’s preliminary hearing has been continued to March 18. Both teens are being held at the Adair County Jail on $1 million cash-only bonds.

Kirksville Couple Injured in Crash

A couple from Kirksville sustained minor injuries in a traffic accident in Macon County on Route 63. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the sports utility vehicle that 60-year-old Nancy Price and 69-year-old Donald Price were traveling in, was forced off the road by another vehicle south of La Plata Wednesday afternoon. The SUV struck and embankment and came to a rest in the median. The Price’s were taken to Samaritan Hospital of Macon for treatment of minor injuries.

CDC Warns CWD Could Soon Spread to Humans

The Centers for Disease Control is investigating a link between Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and the possibility of transmission to humans. What has been called the “zombie” deer disease, is spreading in at least 24 states – including Missouri – and the CDC is warning that it could eventually make its way into humans. Experts have warned that the consumption of deer meat infected with chronic wasting disease may lead to the disease spreading to humans within the next few years. While there have been no reported cases of CWD in humans, studies have shown that the disease can be passed from animals other than deer, including primates. A number of CWD cases have been reported in nearly three dozen Missouri counties. In Northeast Missouri those are: Adair, Linn, Macon, and Sullivan counties.

South Shelby Principal Named Marion County R-2 Superintendent

Deacon Windsor, principal of South Shelby High School for the past 10 years, will become the new superintendent of the Marion County R-2 School District. He will replace Tony DeGrave, who is leaving to take a similar job in the Van-Far School District. DeGrave has been Marion County R-2’s superintendent for the past two years. Windsor says that while he’s grateful for his new opportunity, he will miss South Shelby High School, and says saying goodbye will be difficult. Windsor will start in his new role on July 1st.

Woman Arrested in Stolen Tractor Case

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office reports that a woman from Kahoka has been arrested in connection with the theft of a tractor. The tractor was reported stolen back in December, and was recovered on February 12th. The Clark County Sheriff says 27-year-old Kelsey Yates, was arrested on February 14 and charged with Stealing $25,000 or More, a Class C Felony and Possession of Methamphetamine a Class D Felony.

Knox County R-1 Four-Day School Week Forum and Meeting

The Knox County R-1 School district is considering going to a 4-day week. Under the plan, the school days would be longer and so would the school year. The superintendent says the idea is being discussed as a way to better recruit and retain teachers. Currently the district loses around a fifth of their teachers every year. The school district has asked parents and community members to take a survey regarding the idea. They are also hosting a Four-Day School Week Forum and Meeting on February 28th at 6 P.M. at the high school. There are 33 Missouri school districts already using a four-day school week.

The Wolves Theatre Production

The Truman State University Theatre Department’s production of “The Wolves” continues. It’s a portrayal of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls on an indoor soccer team. Shows are at 8PM tonight, tomorrow and Saturday in the James G. Severns Theatre. Get ticket information at theatre.truman.edu.

MoDOT Advises of Slick Morning Commute

MoDOT advises that your morning commute will be a rough one due to slippery road conditions so give yourself extra time to get to your destingation. 1 to 3 inches of snowfall are expected by the time the this winter weather event wraps up by midday in many areas with heavier snowfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches or locally higher amounts in the far north areas. See the latest road conditions at MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, available online at www.modot.org.

Traffic and Snow Emergency Declared in Kirksville

Due to the National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Advisory, the City of Kirksville has declared a Traffic / Snow Emergency. Because this winter storm is slow-moving, parking in the Downtown, or Central Business District, will be allowed today through 7:00 pm. All vehicles in the Downtown, or Central Business District, must be moved in accordance with Section 15 of the Municipal Code by 9:00 pm, to allow for snow removal. Vehicles not removed by that time, may be ticketed or towed. Residents are also strongly encouraged to remove vehicles from all other City streets to assist City crews with the task of snow removal.