Archives for April 2013

Development Summit Set

Community Leaders in Northeast Missouri will gather this summer for the 5th Anniversary Summit of the Northeast Missouri Development Partnership. Topic for this year’s summit will be Growing Our Own Prosperity, with keynote speaker Dane Stangler of the Ewing Kaufmann Foundation. The event is Friday, June 21st at A.T. Still University. Registration materials and brochures will be available in early May. For more information contact Annette Sweet at 785-2740.

KMS Student to National Competition

A Kirksville Middle School student will compete in the National History Day competition in June. Lauren Kramer was one of the students chosen at the state competition in Columbia recently. Each year, nearly half a million students nationwide-grades sixth to twelfth-participate in National History Day, an innovative educational program that puts students in the driver’s seat. They conduct extensive research on historical subjects related to an annual theme and present their findings their way through exhibits, performances, papers, websites, and documentaries.

Volunteer judges selected 56 students to send to the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest in College Park, Maryland, June 9-13. Their 36 projects that placed first and second in the state will compete at nationals, including many that also received one of the 21 state special prizes.

Rural School Reunion

At one point near the turn of the last century over 80 rural schools dotted the Adair county country side. Over the years, as travel and communication improved, most of those schools fell by the way side to consolidation.

Larry Evans is one who was there as a student at the Troy Mills rural school. Along with other Troy Mills alumni, Evans has undertaken reuniting the people that made those schools special.

Evans and his partners have been working on arranging a rural school reunion for June 22nd. Find out more at

MS Walk Yesterday

A sea of orange at Stokes Stadium yesterday, for the Multiple Sclerosis walk. Walkers and runners chose between a one mile walk or a 5k run. It was the first time Kirksville held an MS walk; those wanting to support research into the disease have had to travel to Moberly or Columbia previously. Organizers say the MS Walk here will become an annual event.

TSU Lockdown Saturday Night

Truman State students were told to stay-indoors for awhile saturday night…they thought there was a gunman on campus. A text message went out to students about 9 saturday night…it said there was not an immediate danger…but students were told to stay inside. Police were looking for an Asian man in a white leather jacket who reportedly had a gun. They didn’t find him and the alert was lifted around 11. Not known who alerted police about a possible gunman.

Franklin Streetscape Work: No Parking Starts Today

Don’t forget, work starts this morning on the next phase of the Franklin Streetscape. No parking on the west side of Franklin from Washington to McPherson — if you’re parked there after this morning, they’ll tow you off. Crews will tear out and replace the curb and sidewalks this week.

National Drug Takeback Day is Saturday

Tomorrow is national drug take back day… and it’s a good time to get rid of your unneeded, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs… and do it in a way that is safe for the environment. Locally, you can bring those prescription drugs to the C and R Parking Lot in Macon, from 10 a-m and 2 p-m. Experts say it’s a good way to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of people who might abuse them, including teenagers.

Franklin Streetscape Work to Resume

Monday, work will start on the next phase of the Franklin Streetscape Project. Kirksville officials announced yesterday that Mihalevich Concrete Construction will resume between Washington Street to McPherson Street Monday. This phase of the project will include removal and replacement of the curb and sidewalks on the west side of Franklin Street. No parking will be allowed on the west side of Franklin in this area beginning at 7 am on Monday, and running through end of the work day next Friday.

Truman State Seniors Earn Fellowships

Truman State Seniors Erin Farmer and Tyler Young were awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Farmer is a biology major from Arma, Kan. She said she plans to attend graduate school at the University of Kansas to research molecular biology. Young is a computer science major from Kearney, Mo. He said he plans to defer graduate school at this time. This year, more than 13,000 students applied for the fellowship and 2,000 were awarded fellowships.

Donation Benefits Two Area Groups

The Adair County Elementary-Brashear Playground Fund and the Early Childhood Learning Center can continue being an asset to the community, thanks to the support of local farmer, Vicki Collop, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.

Adair County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Collop the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. Collop selected the Adair County Elementary School-Brashear Playground Fund and the Early Childhood Learning Center.