Archives for August 2015

Flags At Half-Staff for Trooper Killed

Flags flying at half-staff at state highway patrol facilities around the state — because a trooper was killed in the line of duty.

Trooper James Bava was killed Friday morning — about an hour and a half from Kirksville on route FF near Mexico. Bava radioed at 8:30 that he was going to pursue a motorcycle rider who committed a traffic violation — but after a few minutes Bava could not be raised on the radio. A few minutes later — a call came in that a trooper had been in a wreck. Bava was killed. He was just 25 years old. He joined the patrol just two years ago. Trooper Bava survived by his parents, two sisters, a brother, and a half-sister. Gov. Nixon will order flags statewide to fly at half-staff on the day of the Trooper’s funeral.

Small Businesses Eligible for Disaster Loans

Small businesses are now eligible for disaster loans.

Governor Nixon announced on Saturday that the loans are available for 112 counties in the state including Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Putnam, Schuyler, and Scotland. The loans are to help cover repairs and losses caused by the rain and flooding this spring. Small Businesses can apply for the loans online at:

Earlier this month, President Obama approved Gov. Nixon’s request for a major disaster declaration. Missouri also received a USDA disaster designation to help farmers impacted by the severe weather.

Liberty Tax Service Offering Classes

Liberty Tax Service will be holding free tax classes in Kirksville this fall to help community members with tax preparation. The Classes will be held in Kirksville twice a week for 10 weeks at the Manhattan Events building, located at 108 S. Elson Street. For more information or to register for the class, call Liberty Tax Service at 1 (800) 658-1042 or visit The classes will cover everything from the latest tax changes and how to apply the tax code to various situations.

Kirksville Man Avoids Prison Again

A Kirksville man avoids prison again. 43-yearold Aaron Smyser was given a suspended sentence of 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of a controlled substance within 2,000 feet of a school in July. He must complete five years of probation and enter the Heartland Men’s Recovery Program to avoid prison time. The Adair County Prosecuting Attorney argued that Smyser should go to prison without probation, because he was on probation at the time of his arrest, and has five previous felonies.

2 Struck by Train in Mount Pleasant

Police in Mount Pleasant Iowa say one person has died after being struck by a train. Just after 8:30 yesterday morning, the Police Department was notified of an accident involving two pedestrians being struck by a Burlington Northern Train. Officers arrived to find one victim deceased at the scene. The other victim was transported to a hospital. Their names have not been released as the investigation continues.

WOman Dies in Clark County Crash

A Keokuk, Iowa woman died after crashing in Clark County Saturday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol identifies her as 68-year old Ann Atterberg. According to an online report she was eastbound on Highway 136 a few miles west of Wayland Saturday afternoon just after 2pm when, for an unknown reason, she went off the south edge of the road and into the ditch, impacting a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Boil Advisory Until Saturday Afternoon

Water main repairs have led to another boil advisory for a small part of Kirksville. The area under a boil advisiory until tomjorrow afternoon includes Normal between First and Fourth Streets & along the old Railroad Right of Way between Normal and Michigan Streets, including South Sheridan, Fourth, Dodson, Wabash and Riggen.

Governor Announces Millions in Renovations

Governor Jay Nixon visited Truman State University in Kirksville yesterday to announce more than $9 million in improvements and renovations made possible through Building Affordability, an initiative proposed by the Governor in collaboration with public colleges and universities and passed with bi-partisan support in the General Assembly this year. Governor Nixon said the initiative will provide students with the state-of-the-art facilities they need to prepare for the jobs of the future, while helping colleges and universities hold down tuition.

At Truman State, Building Affordability will provide the funds to make needed repairs and improvements to Baldwin Hall, an 85,000 square-foot academic building that houses 23 classrooms and an auditorium. Baldwin Hall was originally built in 1937 and expanded in 1958. It serves several academic departments, including English and foreign languages, and houses academic support offices. This project will include replacement of HVAC systems, new building control systems, installation of a fire sprinkler system and replacement of the fire alarm system.

Kirksville Ranks High on College List

Kirksville ranks high on a new list… just released its picks for “America’s Most and Least Expensive College Towns” and Kirksville, home of Truman State University, ranks as the fourth least expensive college town to buy a home. The article says of Kirksville: the city is surrounded by a 3,000-acre state park and some of the nation’s top hunting grounds. The median home price is $109,900. Vicki Benson,with RE/MAX Home Team in Kirksville is not surprised by the national professional realtor’s organization pick of Kirksville as a great place to invest. She says There are three important factors in a family’s decision to buy: First, the cost to attend Truman is incredibly reasonable. Second, the Kirksville housing market is incredibly affordable. And third, interest rates on mortgages continue to be low which means a you get a fairly rapid return on your investment in a fairly short amount of time.

Relay For Life of Putnam County Saturday

The annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Putnam County is set to begin at 4:30 pm on tomorrow on the Unionville Square. The event serves as both a celebration of cancer survivorship and a fun way to raise the vital funds needed to help find a cure for cancer. At 6:00 pm the Survivor Pep Rally will kick off the rest of the evening, followed by the Opening
Ceremony. A candlelight luminaria ceremony takes place to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost the fight against this disease, along with those who are currently fighting. The candle lighting will begin at 9 pm and luminaria bags for the ceremony can be purchased at the event.