Archives for January 2013

Concealed carry training course set for February

A concealed carry training course is being offered next month. The course is coming up on Thursday, February 7th in Macon. The course is required by law in order to apply for a certificate of qualification with the county sheriff’s office, and the course instructors will go into detail about the procedure to get a concealed carry permit. In order to take the course, you have to be 21 years old, and have been a Missouri resident for six months. A firearm and ammunition will be supplied. If you choose to bring your own gun, you need to bring 70 rounds of ammunition. To sign up, call Stephen Atkins at 660-349-8176 or Jym Tuttle at 660-626-7877.

Rules to get business license in Kirksville changing

The Kirksville City Council has removed a requirement for getting a Kirksville business license. The council approved several changes to the city’s business license ordinance. Among them is that the city removed the no misdemeanor conviction requirement from the city business license application. It would mean that someone who’s gotten a speeding ticket can still get a business license.

Putnam County Mother Charged with Child Abuse

Authorities have arrested a Putnam County woman on child abuse charges. 36-year old Christy Wade of Unionville is charged with two felony counts, and is being held on $15,000 bond. Court records say Wade is accused of striking both children, ages nine and eleven, knocking one into a wall. Investigators say they found the home to be quite a mess, with only pathways through the trash to the various rooms in the apartment. Wade’s initial court date is February 8th.

TSU Peace Program

A group of Truman State University students are donating their time in the Kirksville community to inspire a love of learning in children ages 4-14 through the Peace program.

Peace is a two-year old after-school program that involves volunteers going to the Devlin Place housing complex to mentor neighborhood children. While about 20 children attend regular sessions, the program saw more than 100 different children over the course of the last year. Kirksville’s Peace program was established in 2010 and modeled after a similar program in Columbia. Peace volunteers provide children with homework help, healthy snacks and fun activities. Peace is unlike many other after-school programs in that it is provided at no cost to the children or their parents, and the volunteers go to the students’ neighborhood for all activities.

Nixon Wants to Raise State Pay, Cut Number of Workers

Gov. Jay Nixon wants to raise the pay of state employees while also cutting 190 positions in state government. Nixon on Monday proposed a 2 percent raise for state workers effective Jan. 1, 2014 – halfway through the state’s next budget year. The governor’s plan calls for a targeted salary increase for nurses in state government that would take effect this July. The 190 jobs that Nixon wants to eliminate include some in the Department of Social Services because of plans for a new computer system for the Medicaid program. Nixon’s administration estimates that Missouri has cut more than 4,000 state jobs since 2009.

Tax Tip: Remember EITC

The IRS says many Missourians miss out on a chance for a tax refund each year because they don’t take a significant credit they’re eligible for.

People who have dependents and work but don’t meet a certain income threshold can qualify to get a tax credit from the Internal Revenue Service. Kate Lett-Deathe is with the IRS in Kansas City. She says last year, the earned income tax credit was worth more than $1.16 billion to more than 500,000 Missouri workers, an average credit of $2,260. The cut-off this year for married couples with three children is just over $50,000 a year for those filing jointly with three or more dependents. One out of every five eligible Missourians overlooks the EITC each year.

Moberly Home Invasion Shooting

Moberly Police are investigating a home invasion shooting. It happened early yesterday at a home in the were dispatched to the 800 block of W Coates St. Detectives say two people forced their way into the home, and during the struggle shot a 28 year old woman in the legs. She was taken to Columbia by ambulance with injuries not expected to be life-threatening. Two other people in the home, one of them a 3-year old child, were not hurt.

CWD Effort Continues

The Missouri Department of Conservation will be working with private landowners in a small section of Linn and Macon counties to help limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

They’ll do it by reducing local deer numbers. The targeted reduction effort will focus on a core area around northwest Macon County where the disease has been found in six free-ranging deer since early 2012. This core area is comprised of a 29-square-mile block along the northern part of the Linn- and Macon-county border and comprises about 2% of the counties’ total area. The effort will involve MDC staff working with cooperating landowners to shoot deer on their properties beginning in mid-January and ending by mid-March.

One Dead in Sunday Crash

One teen-aged boy is dead, while several others were checked for minor injuries following a single-vehicle crash last night in Randolph County.

Troopers say 17-year old Cameron Hackley was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, the intersection of Route B and Highway 63. Hackley was riding in a 2002 Jeep driven by a 15-year old Macon boy which lost control about 8pm Sunday. Troopers say the driver was southbound when he lost control, flipping the Jeep several times as it went through the median before coming to rest on its top. The driver and two other teens riding in the Jeep were taken to area hospitals by ambulance, their injuries listed as minor. Hackley is the first person to die on northeast Missouri roads this year.

Food Bank Distribution Set

The food bank of central and northern Missouri will make a stop in Kirksville with its mobile food pantry the weekend after next. The Mobile Pantry Distribution will occur at Hamilton Street Baptist Church on Saturday, January 26 starting at 11am. However, you’ll need to be there before that, as numbers are issued starting at 9am to ensure the food giveaway is on a first come, first served basis. There are no income restrictions, but you must bring
· Photo ID
· Proof of Adair County Residency
· Social Security Cards for each family member
· Box, bags, basket, etc. to take home food.