Archives for September 2015

Local Leaders Support Tax on Cellphones for E-911

You might be paying more on your cell phone bill to cover emergency services.

Leaders with the city of Kirksville and the Adair County Commission met yesterday to discuss working together to help push for legislation to collect a tax on cellphones. The money would then go towards funding 911 dispatch centers throughout the state. A bill introduced during the state Legislative Session, authorized counties, and cities not within a county, to impose a monthly fee, not to exceed $1.50, on devices able to contact 911 in effort to fund 911 services. That billl passed the House, but not the Senate. But the effort is gaining more support from cities and counties across the state.

Locally under the E-911 Joint Services agreement, the city of Kirksville, the Adair County Commission, Truman State University and the Adair County Ambulance District each pay a percentage to help fund the E-911 Dispatch Center to help provide emergency services in the area.

Students Raising Funds to Help People with Disabilities

Local college students — are raising money to help people with disabilities.
Students from Truman State —conducting their annual phone fundraising drive this week. They’re calling Kirksville area residents for donations to benefit the Northeast Missouri Association For Citizens with Disabilities. The students have been raising money for the association for more than 20 years. Money raised will be used to buy specialized equipment and provide services for special needs individuals in Kirksville.

Former Navy SEAL Enters Race for Governor

Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens launched a Republican campaign over the weekend for Missouri governor in 2016. Greitens’ entrance into the race makes him at least the fourth declared Republican contender to succeed Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, who after seven years in office is barred by term limits from seeking re-election. Former U.S. Attorney and onetime Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Springfield state Sen. Bob Dixon have officially entered the race. Attorney General Chris Koster is the only Democrat who has said he intends to seek the state’s top executive office. [GRI-tens] long I

AG Finds No Wrongdoing in Planned Parenthood Investigation

The Attorney General has found no evidence of wrongdoing in a Planned Parenthood investigation.

Chris Koster’s office launched its investigation following the July 2015 release of videos raising questions about Planned Parenthood’s practices in other states regarding the alleged unlawful sale of fetal tissue. The investigation focused on Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, the only abortion facility currently licensed in Missouri to perform surgical abortions. Koster’s investigation examined in detail the tissue-handling practices of Planned Parenthood’s Missouri surgical facility and concluded there was no evidence that the facility engaged in unlawful activity. To view the report in its entirety, visit the Attorney General’s website at:

Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic Thursday NEMO Fairgrounds

The Adair County Health Department is making it easy to get your flu shot.

The health department’s annual drive-thru clinic will be held this week. They’ll have about 2,000 doses of the flu vaccine available for free for residents. The annual event will be from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday at the NEMO Fairgrounds. You’ll enter the fairgrounds from Patterson Street to the south and emergency personnel will direct vehicles to the distribution tent. Before exiting the fairgrounds, you’ll be given information about your vaccine and get a quick check for negative reactions. Before arriving at the fairgrounds to get your vaccine, you can complete a consent form that’s available on the Adair County Health Department’s website:

Remember to wear short sleeves or loose-fitting clothing as you’ll be getting a shot, and bring any Medicare or Medicaid cards. Call the Health Department with questions at (660) 665-8491.

KHS Students Make District Choir

Almost all of the students from Kirksville High School who auditioned for the District Choir were selected following auditions in Columbia. 32 of the 36 students who auditioned will be a part of the District Choir’s performance on Saturday, November 7, at Moberly High School beginning at 5PM. AllState Choir auditions will also take place that day for upperclassmen who participate in District Choir.

Suspect Caught in Moberly Breakins

Moberly police catch a suspected burglar Saturday night. Officers were called to South Clark about 7:30 when someone saw a guy breaking into a garage. By the time they got there — the man was gone — but later they noticed another house broken into on South 4th — then they got a call about yet another garage being entered. This time, officers got there in time to chase the suspect and they brought him down after a short run. He’s 25 years old — name not yet given, locked up pending formal charges being filed.

NECA Offering Energy Assistance

The northeast community action corporation is offering utility assistance this fall to needy families. On October 1st, the agency will begin accepting applications for two different energy assistance programs. For more information on both programs…visit

Tree Planted in Memory of Student

A very special tree has been planted at Ray Miller Elementary in Kirksville. The tree was planted during a ceremony yesterday afternoon in the memory of eight-year-old Scotland Clark, a student at the school who passed away this month last year. During the ceremony, a Ruby Falls RedBud Tree was planted outside the elementary school’s third grade wing. Pink, purple and white balloons eswere also released. Scotland was born in January of 2006 with Down Syndrome and a heart murmur. Her family has created The Scotland Clark Project to support families in thecommunity dealing with childhood illness and related hardships. Learn more at:

City of Unionville Boil Water Notice

A boil water notice is in effect for some residents in Unionville. The city has issued the water boil notice for both sides of 8th St and Garfield St. to 8th St and Putnam Street which will expire tomorrow. If you have questions, call City Hall at (660) 947 2437.