Archives for January 2015

New Jail Medical Services Provider

One of the things your local tax dollars go to pay for is health care for the people who are prisoners at the Adair County Jail. Just like the general population, inmates have a variety of medical needs from simple cold and flu to ongoing medial issues such as seizures, diabetes or high blood pressure. The costs of that treatment are increasing for Sheriff Robert Hardwick, just as they are for you and me. In an effort to keep costs in line, Hardwick has announced the jail will begin using the services of the largest jail inmate medical services provider in the nation, Advanced Correctional Healthcare, effective this Sunday. In a news release, Hardwick says the change will contain costs while improving healthcare services for inmates.

School Radio Tower on Council Agenda Monday

Approval of a special use permit that would allow Kirksville R-3 schools to build a radio tower near the Cetnral Office building or the School Maintenance Building is set for final action on Monday. Kirksville City Council members will be asked to give their approval to the proposal, which has already earned unanimous agreement by members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and has had no opposition voiced by those within about a block of the school property. The radio tower would be no more than 100 feet high and would greatly expand the district’s ability to communicate with buses as they pick up and deliver children each day.

Child Porn Alleged

A Monroe county man faces the possibility of a 20-year federal prison term for possession of child pornography. The U-S Attorney’s office announced yesterday the indictment of 27-year old Kyle Rowe of Paris, MO. A grand jury returned the indictment Monday, alleging he possessed lewd pictures of children between December 2013 and last July. The case was investigated by the Kirksville FBI office, Kirksville Police, and St. Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

Health Insurance Workshop

The University of Missouri Extension service is hosting a free workshop for Kirksville residents to help better understand health insurance options.It is scheduled for Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Adair County Extension Center. The event is a part of University of Missouri Extension’s Health Insurance Education Initiative, which provides education for people to ensure that they have the resources and skills to make informed health insurance decisions. A light meal will be served during the event. To RSVP for the workshop, call Darla Campbell at 457-3469.

Tax Change Notices Would Be Nation’s First

Some Missouri lawmakers are asking that the state’s Department of Revenue inform businesses when tax rules have changed before sending them a bill for back taxes. Senator Will Kraus, a Republican from Lee’s Summit, sponsored legislation that would make Missouri the first state in the nation to enforce this kind of notification. It would also absolve business owners of any back taxes should they not receive notice. As it stands, Missouri business owners often don’t know about tax law changes until they are audited, at which time they are liable for back taxes owed.

State Democrats aren’t exactly onboard with the idea. Governer Jay Nixon vetoed Kraus’s bill, saying that passage of the law would set a precedent for an extreme level of “governmental paternalism” that would go against the principle that individuals are presumed to know the law. Nixon also states that the logistics of starting and maintaining this kind of program would be too expensive for the state at a time of tightened budgets.

Part of the push for this law stems from long-time business owners not charging state sales tax without knowing of changes made in a 2008 state supreme court ruling that changed the classification of some businesses, which in turn required them to start collecting for the state.

TSU Groups Seek Support for Domestic Violence Victims

Some Truman State University organizations are asking for donations of unused feminine hygiene and hair care products for Kirksville Victim Support Services. Donations can be dropped off on Truman’s campus at either the Multicultural Affairs Center in the Adair Building or the Women’s Resource Center in the Student Union Building 1109. Items will be collected through Feb. 13, and all donations will be taken to the domestic violence shelter on Feb. 14. For additional information, contact Danielle Fritz at the Truman State Women’s Resource Center at (660) 785-7224.

Adair County vs Second Circuit Continues

Just when you thought it might be over… A settlement reached this past December between the Adair County Commission and Second Circuit presiding judge Russell Steele still doesn’t seem to be settled, with the two parties still at-odds over exactly how much money will be saved by the agreement. The estimated dollar amounts vary by nearly $400,000.

It all started more than a year ago when county commissioners expressed concern over the circuit court’s budget. Multiple lawsuits were filed over issues such as facility operations, employee classification, and who is responsible for paying which salary. Either way, the December settlement is final after arbitration by the Missouri state Judicial Financial Commission. Now, it’s just a matter of letting the situation play out.

Crash Injures Semi Driver

A 53-year old man was injured yesterday in a crash on Highway 63 north of Atlanta. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Michael Hayhurst was driving a semi south on highway 63 about 9:15am yesterday. He went off the east side of the divided highway and into the median, across the northbound lanes, and the embankment on the far side, then impacted a pole barn and an unoccupied motor home. Hayhurst was taken by Macon County ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. His injuries were listed as moderate.

Two Columbia Men Indicted for Bank Robbery

Two Columbia, Missouri, men have been indicted on federal bank robbery charges. Clarence Lamont Williams and Daniel Mark Rudroff were indicted in connection with the August 22, 2014, armed robbery of the Bank Midwest in Randolph County.

The two men were each indicted by a federal grand jury late Wednesday on one felony count of bank robbery and one felony count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. If convicted, bank robbery carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. The firearm charge carries a minimum penalty seven years consecutive to the sentenced received in the bank robbery charge.

MoDOT Ready to Tighten Its Belt

The Missouri Department of Transportation has outlined its plan to deal with a lower budget in 2017. The plan is called “Missouri’s 325 System” and focuses on maintaining less than a quarter of the state’s 34,000 miles of state highways with no allowances for interchange improvements or road widening. DOT officials say it’s a necessary evil in light of the financial situation, with Director Dave Nichols saying the department needs at least $485 million to maintain Missouri’s roads and bridges in their current condition; however, the state budget allots only $325 million. Combined with the state’s inability to match federal funds that year, which would provide a 4-to-1 monetary investment, and a gas tax that hasn’t risen in almost twenty years, the DOT will have to prioritize its spending.

This announcement comes on the heels of growing concern at the DOT over a bill in the Missouri state senate that would end weight limits on trucks carrying livestock and grain, a move already enjoyed by trucks that carry milk. Supporters of the bill say that it would help improve the state’s agricultural industry, but DOT officials worry that the relaxed restrictions would cause more damage to the state’s already-stressed roadway system and cost more than any economic improvements. Senator Brian Munzlinger says he plans to keep the proposal in the bill, which includes several other agricultural provisions.