Archives for November 2013

Group Contests Ballot Summary On Transit Initiative

Opponents of proposals often come up with creative ways to express their opposition. Case in point: rather than debating on the merits of a proposal to use a sales tax increase to fund road improvements in Missouri, the Missouri Association for Social Welfare is challenging the language of the ballot summary of the proposal. The association filed a lawsuit Monday over the summary that voters would see if supporters gather enough signatures to get the proposed constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot. Supporters say such a challenge rarely works. Objections include the summary’s description of the tax increase as “1 percent” instead of one percentage point, and a statement that toll roads would be prohibited. Opponents say the initiative requires voter approval to add tolls on roads or bridges that exist before 2014, which could allow tolls on structures that are built later.

Macon Food Pantry Moves, Grows

Macon County Ministries officials say their new facility will help the group serve more Macon county residents. The food pantry recently moved to a new location on Sunset Hills Drive. It’s more roomy, with aisles of canned food, a cooler for produce, and freezers for meats and frozen food. It was funded through the generous support of the community. About 60 families visit the emergency food pantry every month while almost 400 families go to the monthly food distribution from Noon to 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. If you want to donate, food or household items can be dropped off at the food pantry and food distribution building on Sunset Hills Drive Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 to Noon or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Of course, they’ll take cash, too…

Judge Steele To Preside In Hannibal Murder Case

Adair County Circuit Judge Russell E. Steele has been chosen to preside over the trial of the men accused of murdering a Hannibal convenience store worker. No on e knows yet if that means the trial will move here. Michael Studer and Gary Wiltermood of Hannibal are each charged with class A felonies of second-degree murder. According to police, the men killed 61-year old Adrienne Arnett as she worked the night shift at a Hannibal convenience store the night she was killed. BOht a change of judge and venue have been requested by the men’s’ legal team,  but Judge Steele said early yesterday he had not yet been notified regarding any change of venue. There are currently no future court dates scheduled.

Students Take Pledge

Some local high school students took a safe driving pledge Tuesday.

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The students at Novinger High School took the pledge after hearing the heartbreaking story of Kayle Denny who had life changing experience thanks to a car wreck.  She encouraged the kids to slow down and to make sure that everyone in the car is buckled-up.  A timely and much-needed message, considering teens in Missouri have one of the worst rates in the country for seat belt usage. Denny told the kids that if they get into a wreck and someone who wasn’t buckled-up is killed — it’s a weight they will bear the rest of their life.

MODOT Work To Reduce US 36 To One Lane

The Missouri Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin bridge work on Highway 36 in Macon County next week. The work slated on the Middle Fork/Chariton River Bridge on Highway 36 is expected to close the road to one lane from Route C to MO 3 between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place at this time. The agency say work is scheduled to start Monday.

Next Tuesday bridge work will also be started on the Mussell Fork River Bridge on Highway 36. Traffic will be reduced to one lane from Abbey Road to the Linn County line from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day until work is completed.

Kirksville DO Awarded

Kirksville Osteopath Justin Puckett recently received the Steelman-Seim Educator Award from the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. Dr. Puckett was recognized and presented with his award at the ASBP Annual Awards Luncheon in Phoenix last month.  The Steelman-Seim Educator Award is presented annually and recognizes those who have exhibited excellence in advancing the cause of health care through education and teaching. According to a statement, Dr. Puckett received the award for his assistance in integrating obesity medicine education at his state-level medical society and introducing the Obesity Basic Medical Treatment educational course into the curriculum at the Missouri Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians’ annual meeting early this year..

MO Livestock Symposium

This year the 2013 Missouri Livestock Symposium will bring in speakers from 10 states and from coast to coast, as in the past. But some of these speakers will be talking about things of interest to all consumers regardless of whether they are from the city or the country. Organizers have expanded the Around the Home and Farm Section. Topics and speakers include Food Safety for Farmers Markets; and Comparing GMO, Traditional, and Organic Grown Foods. Scheduled for just over a week from now in Kirksville, the Missouri Livestock Symposium will also feature an agriculturally related trade show, a free beef meal on Friday evening the 6th at 6 p.m., and a free lunch on Saturday the 7th at noon, coordinated by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The Livestock Symposium will also have a food drive for the Food Bank. Non-perishable food items will be collected at the registration table during the event.

Blunt: FDA Needs More Public Input On Food Standards

Twelve-hundred pages of new rules proposed by the FDA have left food producers and processors across the country concerned about a number of issues surrounding facility compliance and environmental standards. Senator Roy Blunt is among a bi-partisan group in the US House and Senate to ask yesterday that the FDA issue a second draft of the proposed rules and put it through another round of public hearings. In a letter co-signed by 75 members of Congress, including 42 Republicans and 33 Democrats or Independents, the bipartisan coalition expressed concerns about the impact of proposed rules on farmers and businesses that an additional comment period could help alleviate. The letter said the rules are ambiguous, and the group expressed concern about unintended consequences. The rules address preventive controls for human food and standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption.

Missing Woman Could Be Sex Slave

She’s missing from a small town in Wisconsin…a young woman that may be held against her will in St. Louis.

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25 year old Cassandra Lafave, a petite blond disappeared November 20th from West Allis Wisconsin.  Now, investigators believe she may have been taken as part of a sex trafficking ring and that she may be forced to work as a hooker on the streets of St. Louis or Kansas City.  The family, distraught, has set-up a facebook page begging for clues, police aren’t giving any details about the possible sex slavery angle.  Lafave is 5 foot 9 about 150 pounds and has naturally brown hair — though police say it may now be dyed red.

Looking For Smart Kids

Looking for some smart Missouri teenages for the game show Jeopardy. The show auditioned kids saturday in Kansas City. Across the country, Jeopardy is looking over 300 teens to find 15 who will make the show