Archives for April 2015

Computer Upgrade at Adair County Public Library

The Adair County Public Library has eight new computers, thanks to a grant from the Missouri State Library worth just shy of $8,000. The computers replaced four older public access computers, the self check-in and check-out computers, and two travel computers.

Kid Killers May Do Less Prison Time In Missouri

A change coming in state law when it comes to prison time for kids who kill.

The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that says a child under 16 — convicted of first degree muder — will no longer get an automatic life sentence. The move comes because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that says minors cannot get a mandatory life sentence. Instead, juries must be allowed to consider less prison time, though a jury can still give a kid killer life behind bars, but they will have options for less time. For example, the bill says a killer under the age 16 could be sentenced to at least 35 years without parole.

Unclaimed Property May Be Yours

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel says residents in Scotland County have almost $120,000 of Unclaimed Property waiting to be claimed in more than 1,600 accounts. Scotland county residents and everyone in Missouri can check to see if they have Unclaimed Property online at One in 10 Missourians has Unclaimed Property, and the average return is $300. This can include money from abandoned bank accounts, uncollected insurance policies, uncashed checks and more.

Hy-Vee Pasta Salad Recall

Hy-Vee has issued a recall of its Summer Fresh Pasta Salad over concerns that the frozen vegetables used to make the product were potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Hy-Vee said in a release yesterday the company has not received any complaints about the Summer Fresh Pasta Salad, but has pulled the product from its distribution channels and stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota. All stores that received the product were instructed to dispose of it.

Customers who purchased Summer Fresh Pasta Salad from the Hy-Vee kitchen department cold case or salad bar between April 9 and April 27 should dispose of the product or return it to the store for a refund.

Truman Prof Honored

A Truman State University Histroy Professor has been honored for his commitment to educaiton. Professor Jerry Hirsch received the 2015 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education from Gov. Jay Nixon earlier this month. He was one of the 15 outstanding faculty members, each representing a Missouri college or university, to be recognized at a luncheon hosted by the Council on Public Higher Education for their commitment to excellent education for Missouri citizens.

Hirsch began his career at Truman in 1989. He received his bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and both his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the American Folklore Society, the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Society, the Southern Historical Association and the Society for Disability Studies.

High Def Surveillance Cameras For Adair Jail

Hi-def security cameras coming to Kirksville.

The first installation coming to the Adair county jail. The cameras will offer better clarity in keeping an eye on prisonsers. There will be a few new sets of eyes looking out for Adair County residents. The upgrades will happen over three years. The city might consider also putting some of the cameras for surveillance near City Hall

Lewistown Man Dies in ATV Crash

Troopers say a Lewis County man is dead after driving his ATV into a farm pond. 80-year old Emery Giesendorfer of Lewistown lost control of the 4-wheeler on his property about 1 yesterday afternoon. He was thrown off the ATV, according to an online report, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is May 9

The annual postal carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive is just two weeks away. Carriers will deliver a blue plastic bag along with your mail late next week. Fill that bag with non-perishable food items and put it out by your mailbox on Saturday, May 9th. The carriers will collect the food, which goes to the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. It’s the largest single-day food drive each year, with 15 northeast Missouri communities joining others across the nation. Again, the date to put out the food items is Saturday, May 9th.

Betsy Ross Learn to Swim Week

The Adair County YMCA is honoring 45 years of service to the community by Betsy Ross, by offering a free swimming lesson for local fourth graders. Studies show that even a single swimming lesson reduces the chaances of drowning for a child by more than 80-percent, according to the Y. Certificates have been given to all local schools that will allow fourth graders to register for free, for the Betsy Ross Learn to Swim week, June 1st through the 5th. More information is coming home with students when they bring home the certificates.

National Day of Prayer

The annual observance of the Naitonal Day of Prayer will happen at the Adair County Courthouse in Kirksville. Organizers say the local event will occur from 12:10 until 12:45pm May 7th on the south lawn at the courthouse. The prayer gathering will involve local pastors and other community leaders offering prayer for our national, state and local governments, schools, families, churches youth, media and business community.