Archives for April 2017

Kirksville Drug Sting

A huge drug arrest involving the help of the Kirksville Police Department. Karen Johnson has details.

An 18-month narcotics investigation is netting more than two dozen arrests on a variety of drug charges from meth to marijuana in Adair County. The Kirksville Police Department was part of a seven member law enforcement group that issued the arrest warrants. Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick says the operation came as a result of an investigation involving the Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. Large scale amounts of meth and substantial amounts of marijuana were seized in the sting operation.

Greitens Campaign Donations Fine

The governor is getting more than a hand slap for how he handled some campaign donations. Karen Johnson has the story.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is being fined by state regulators for violating state campaign ethics rules regarding campaign disclosure.The Missouri Ethics Commission has released a consent order stating that Greitens’ campaign for governor improperly failed to disclose help that he got from The Mission Continues, in the form of a donor list. The charity that was founded by Greitens a decade ago, arranges projects to help returning military veterans serve their communities. The consent order is signed by Greitens, meaning he isn’t challenging its conclusion. The ethics commission fined Greitens’ campaign $1,000. He will have to pay just $100 as long as there aren’t more ethics violations in the next two years.

Mental Health Kick-Off Happening In Kirksville

Mental Health Month Kick-Off is happening in Kirksville. Karen Johnson has a report.

Eight community, educational and governmental groups are coming together to observe Mental Health Month in Kirskville. A morning event on the south lawn of the courthouse in downtown Kirksville is kicking-off the month long awareness. Angela Caraway of Mark Twain Behavioral says everyone is encouraged to work together on issues related to mental health through the campaign theme, “Be the Light * We All Make the Difference.” Community leaders are asked to put up a poster. You can email to get one.

Update on Week of the Young Child Events Due to Weather

Due to tonight’s inclement weather forecast, the Family Friday event has been altered. Gerry Tritz and his Mid MO Magic Show performance at 6:30 pm has been moved to Faith Lutheran School at 1820 S. Baltimore Street. In addition, all other events originally scheduled for tonight in Rotary Park have been cancelled. Currently Parks and Rec is still planning to hold Spur Pond , free fishing event tomorrow, . However, due to the forecast you’re encouraged keep a close eye on the Kirksville Parks and Recreation Facebook page for updates or sign up for the Parks and Recreation Event and Information Textcaster notifications by visiting,

Wrong Way Driver Arrested

A Missouri man who was driving the wrong way on the highway was also driving while intoxicated…

The Missouri State Highway Patrol received multiple reports on Wednesday about a driver going the opposite way on U.S. Highway 63 near Jacksonville. Two troopers responded to the area to search for the suspect vehicle. One trooper stopped the northbound traffic on U.S. 63 near the Moberly airport. The trooper also deployed spike strips to disable the vehicle if needed. The second trooper located the suspect vehicle near Cairo. The vehicle was still traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. The vehicle struck the spike strips, successfully disabling the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested for driving while intoxicated-drugs and driving the wrong way on a divided highway. the Highway Patrol commended the public for their numerous calls which were instrumental in helping to locate the suspect vehicle, prevent a crash, and remove an intoxicated driver from Missouri’s roadways

Community Group Plans Event To Kick Off Mental Health Month

A community group will kick off Mental Health Month with an event Monday morning…

The group is made up of area health professionals and staff from the Adair County YMCA, A.T. Still University, the city of Kirksville, Kirksville R-III, Mark Twain Behavioral Health, Moberly Area Community College, Northeast Regional Medical Center and Truman State University. Together, they’ve organized a campaign entitled “Be the Light * We All Make the Difference” in order to raise awareness that May is Mental Health Month. The group is planning an event at 8:30 a.m. May 1 on the south lawn of the courthouse in downtown Kirksville. Rain site will be the Adair County Annex building.

The public is encouraged to attend to promote awareness within the community that everyone must work together on issues related to mental health and all people can make a difference. A proclamation will be presented on behalf of the Adair County Commission and speakers will include Rep. Nate Walker, Angela Caraway, chief operating officer at Mark Twain Behavioral Health, and Jim Hughes, chief of police for the city of Kirksville. Posters with the campaign theme, “Be the Light * We All Make the Difference,” will be available at the event.

Family Friday and Family Fishing Day

The week of the young child is wrapping with events for the family.

It’s Family Friday and Kirksville Parks and Rec invites you to bring yours to the Ray Klingingsmith Amphitheatre in Rotary Park at 6:00 pm. Bring a picnic supper, check out all of the Citys heavy equipment. There’s also a magic show at 6:30 pm. In the event of inclement weather the magic show will be held at Faith Lutheran School.

Then tomorrow is the Family Fishing Day. Families are invited to enjoy free fishing at Spur Pond tomorrow from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Kirksville Parks and Recreation says that poles and bait will be provided while supplies last


A 48 hour boil advisory remains in effect until 11:30 AM tomorrow for some in Kirksville. The affected area is for those who live on Franklin Street from Cottonwood to Burton. For any questions, please contact Public Works at 660.627.1291

Motorcycle Awareness Comes To Missouri

According to AAA of Missouri, at least 100 motorcyclists die each year on the roadways. The reason? That’s up for debate. However, most say motorists are at fault due to due care or lack of attention. Authorities suggest that motorcyclists need to be more aware and cut down on lane-splitting while on Missouri streets. Also, bikers wearing bright clothing can certainly help, as well as visible markings on their bikes. Nearly 500 motorcyclists have died on Missouri roadsin the last five years. Forty motorcyclists killed last year wearing a helmet, which is law in Missouri.

Airbnb Landlords Receive Backing From Lawmakers

Lawmakers are taking a liking to businesses such as Airbnb. The House voted 90-49 to pass a bill that would prohibit cities and local governments, in effect, from punishing Missouri residents who choose to rent out their homes to visitors. Airbnb is a hospitality service, enabling people to lease or rent short-term lodging, including apartments and homes. One thing the bill will do is allow local governments to set age requirements for guests. Lawmakers have until May 12 to pass the legislation.