Archives for June 2013

radKIDS Classes Set

A program at Northeast Regional Medical Center aims to help kids prevent abductions. radKIDS empowers children with the skills concerning awareness and personal safety strategies. That enhances the ability of children, parents and families to utilize knowledge, skills, and power to protect themselves from violence and harm.

Several sessions of classes are being held this summer.
• July 8-12: 5- to 7-year-olds • 10 a.m.-Noon
• August 5-9: 5- to 7-year-olds • 9-11 a.m.
• August 5-9: 8- to 12-year-olds • 1-3p.m.

Each session consists of 5 classes meeting Monday – Friday at Kirksville High School. Separate sessions are planned for 5- to 7- year olds and for 8- to 12-year-olds. Classes will be offered based on the ages of the children registered. You will be notified when your child is assigned a class to attend. The cost is $15, and kids should bring a check or money order to the first class. Registration for each session closes the Friday before the classes start.

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Scotland County Teens to be Honored in LA

Eight students from the Scotland County chapter of FCCLA have the extraordinary opportunity to travel to Los Angeles for a red carpet event. There they will be recognized for the anti-bullying video they entered into the No Bull Challenge. With help from the community, the video was voted into the top 50, where a panel of celebrity judges then voted their video one of the top 15 in the nation. Seven of the eight will be walking the red carpet at the Teen Video Awards, along with their advisor, Mrs. Jenna Ketchum. To raise funds for this once in a life time opportunity the girls will be hosting the NO BULL 5K Walk/Run on July 27 the group will be hosting a freewill donation community breakfast and be raffling a split quarter beef from Western’s Meat Market. The deadline to sign up for the NO BULL 5K is July 24.

More Forgery Charges Against Aldridge

A Queen City woman already facing a dozen counts of forgery has had two more allegations added to the sheaf. Kelly Aldridge is charged in connection with checks she wrote on the account belonging to the Downing 4-H Club. Court papers indicate Aldridge signed the checks with another person’s name. She is currently free on bond.

State Tax Cut Could Impact R-3 Budget

If the Missouri Legislature proceeds with a possible veto override of a state tax cut bill, Kirksville school administrators are warning it would lead to a grim financial future here. Superintendent Patrick Williams says if the measure, which includes various income and corporate tax cuts, is implemented over Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto, it would mean a cut of about $2.3 million from the district’s state funding. But if there’s a good side to be had, it’s that the district is in fine shape right now. The district’s regular budget revision yesterday showed financials appear to be on solid footing. A buffer is available to help lessen the impact of needed cuts because of such a shortfall.

Reed Loses Appeal

A Kirksville man has lost his appeal on the sentence he received for shooting at two local police officers. Jerod Reed has been an inmate since March. Yesterday he lost his appeal, andwas told by judges he will have to serve the sentences, which totaled 34 years but were to be served at the same time, making him eligible for parole in about a decade.

Reed’s lawyers claimed in the appeal he could knot have known the men he shot were police officers because they were in plain clothes. Reed also said he couldn’t cause serious injury to two police officers with a gun that only had one bullet. But the courts said Reed should have known they were cops. One had his badge displayed and the other had had previous contatct with Reed on another matter in his job as an officer.

Man Dies in Randolph Co. Crash

A man has died in a crash in Randolph County. Troopers report 64-year old Roland Linneman of Clifton Hill, MO died yesterday afternoon, after his F-250 pickup went off US 63 a mile north of Renick. Troopers say Linneman was northbound on 63,just before 2 yesterday afternoon, when he drifted off the east side of the road, over corrected, and jackknifed the pickup and the trailer he was towing. The truck rolled into the median,ejecting Linneman, who was not wearing a seat belt. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Last Person Sentenced in Multi-State Drug Ring

Lewis county and federal authorities say the end has come to an investigation and prosecution of a large meth-making ring. In a release from Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish, we learned yesterday that Felecia Shults of Ewing was the eleventh person to be sentenced in connection with the case that started more than three years ago. All eleven were busted in 2012 on meth-making charges, following a three-year investigation that found the ring involved in meth making and distribution in three states. All eleven pled guilty to reduced charges as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors. Shults, for example, will serve a seven-year federal prison term.

Even Sparklers are Dangerous

For many of us, the colorful glow of fireworks is a Fourth of July tradition. A surgeon at University Medical Center is offering tips on fireworks safety as we go into the 4th of July week soon. Dr. Jeffrey Coughenour says more than one-third of firework-related injuries affected children and teens age 19 and younger.

Even fireworks that many people consider safe can carry significant risk of injury. Coughenour said sparklers are some of the most dangerous fireworks for kids. Burning at temperatures around 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, sparklers can cause severe burns. The CPSC reports sparklers caused 17 percent of firework injuries in 2011.

KPD BIke Safety

The Kirksville Police Department is continuing its effort to educate bicyclists and motorists on how to safely share our city streets. Kirksville has expanded its biking routes across the city in recent years, and a grant-funded sidewalk project this year will connect the hiking/biking trails, the downtown and both A.T. Still University and Truman State along La Harpe Street. The city is also utilizing grant funds to purchase more than 15 bike racks for the downtown to encourage bicycle commerce and healthy lifestyles.

Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center Repoens

The Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center has opened to assist small businesses in the region with their efforts to grow. The Center is also trying to expand the innovation of technologies. The center, at 315 S. Franklin, The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community, and federal, state, and local governments, and is a part of a state-wide network for training and counseling services. If you have an idea for innovation or small business, they’d love to talk to you.