Archives for February 2017

Moberly Woman Accused of Abusing Boy with Disabilities

A Moberly woman is facing charges of abusing a boy with disabilities…

42-year-old Stacey Faye Robertson, was arrested last week and charged with abuse or neglect of a child with serious emotional or physical injury – which is a felony. According to court records, Robertson, who is is reportedly a home health worker, was the boy’s caretaker for seven or eight years until 2015. The boy’s parents recorded Robertson committing the abuse on video in 2014. After being arrested, Robertson was transported to the Boone County Jail, where she was released on a $50,000 bond. She is scheduled for an initial arraignment hearing in Columbia on March 20.

KPD Hoping to Improve Staffing and Retention Issues

The Kirskville Police Department is working to address staffing and retention issues.

City Council members say that if the half-cent parks and recreation sales tax passes later this year, they may be able to reallocate additional general revenue toward the KPD. Chief Jim Hughes told the city council during a work session this month that the current call load has gone up 88 percent since 2004. The department currently has hree shifts with five officers and one shift with four officers.

Two officers recently left the department and the Chief says only one of those two positions have been filled. He says being able to promote a competitive starting salary could help the city attract more officer candidates.

MODOT Work Scotland County

MoDOT crews are performing bridge maintenance on routes in Scotland County over the next few weeks. Crews are currently doing work on Missouri Route 15 through Thursday. Bridge maintenance will take place over the South Wyaconda River and will temporarily close a section of Missouri Route 15. The road will be closed at half a mile north of Route CC from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. Those driving in the area are asked to use alternate routes during these times. For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT or online at

Sullivan County Teen Injured in Accident

A Sullivan County teen was injured in a crash yesterday afternoon.

Missouri Highway Patrol reports that the 16-year-old driver, Mackenzie L. McDaniel, of Milan, was driving westbound on Highway 6 – 5.5 miles southwest of town, as the vehicle reportedly went off the right side of the road and down an embankment, where it struck a tree and overturned.

McDaniel was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for treatment with moderate injuries.

Business License Paperwork Due Tomorrow

The City of Kirksville is reminding business owners that the deadline to submit paperwork to renew business licenses is tomorrow. According to a press release from the city: “Once expired there are increased fees for business owners due to the interest and penalties applied, and possible license revocation. Additionally, licensed contractors that do not renew by the deadline will be required to complete the contractor testing/waiver process,” Documents should be returned to City Hall at 201 S. Franklin close of business tomorrow. For more information, call (660) 627-1251.

Truman Tourney Results

In sports the Truman men’s basketball team defeated Missouri S&T on their way to the 2nd round of the GLVC Tournament. The Lady Bulldog’s team season ended in a heartbreaker as Maryville sunk a game-winning basket at the buzzer.

4th Annual Kirksville Area STEAM Summit Today

The 4th Annual Kirksville Area STEAM Summit is today…the event gives you the opportunity to learn all about the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities going on in the Northeast Missouri Region. The event today runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the William Matthew Middle School.

Agriculture Professionals to Tour Missouri


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The Missouri state veterinarian will be among several speakers traveling through Missouri during the entire month of March. Trevor Smith has more.

Linda Hickam and many other agriculture professionals will be part of the one-day workshops across aimed at helping residents understand disease outbreak among animals. The Missouri Department of Agriculture will run the workshops that will discuss topics ranging the economic impact of agriculture to livestock mortality. The meeting, titled “Preventing and Responding to Disease Outbreak” will be in Kirksville March 24 at Missouri Department of Conservation Northeast Regional Office. It runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m and preregistration is required.

Kirksville Arts Building to Continue Demolition Monday

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Workers will continue to remove an eyesore in Kirksville today. Trevor Smith reports.

Today, the work will resume at the Kirksville Arts Association building after the contractor had to stop last week due to lack of equipment. Workers had been able to get through a portion of the demolition before they realized they couldn’t continue. The equipment was supposed to be at the job site last week, but outside projects also caused issues with the delivery of the equipment. Much of the work will include removing the debris that has already been torn down.

Missouri AP Students Double Effort Since 2006

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Good news has landed in classrooms across in Kirksville and Missouri. Trevor Smith has the details.

Double the number of students in Missouri registered as “qualified” after taking Advanced Placement exams. The graduating class of 2016 scored twice than the class of 2006 did. Students who scored at least three on the testing have been known to graduate college with higher GPA’s than those who score lower. Kirksville R-3 is one of six districts statewide to obtain special classification as AP District Honor Roll member.