Archives for March 2018

Teen Facing Statutory Rape Charge

A lcoal teen is facing a felony statutory rape charge. 18-year-old Cordal Steven Stewart of Kirksivlle, taken into custody by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. During an interview, he reportedly admitted to having sexual intercourse with the victim who was 13 years old. Stewart was being held in the Adair County Jail on a $150,000 cash-only bond. His attorney has filed a motion for a bond reduction.

Truman State’s Foster Takes Job at McKendree

Truman State University’s Chris Foster is taking a new job. Foster will reportedly become the new men’s basketball coach at McKendree University, taking over for Harry Statham, college basketball’s all-time winningest coach at a four-year school. Foster has served as Truman State’s head coach four seasons, during which the Bulldogs were 83-40. He led them to two consecutive NCAA Division II national tournament appearances and to the title game of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.

Public a No Show at Natural Gas Rate Case Hearing

The pubilc was a no-show at meeting this week in Kirksville…

The Missouri Public Service Commission held a public hearing Tuesday regarding a natural gas rate case filed by Liberty Utilities. Liberty is requesting a rate increase of $2.06 per month for the average northeast Missouri customer. The meeting was held inside the Truman State University Student Union Building. There were a few dozen people from Liberty Utilities and the PSC at the event, but no one else showed up. The public hearing was opened after 6PM, and with no one present, was promptly closed. You can still make comments in the case by sending your thoughts via mail or email.

Contact the Office of the Public Counsel by mail:
P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Mo., 65102
phone at (573) 751-4857

Or the Missouri Public Service Commission at P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Mo., 65102
by phone at 1-800-392-4211
email at

Forest Lake Closed Through April 11

A reminder that Forest Lake is currently closed to any use (boating, fishing, etc.) while the City of Kirksville treats the water for curly pondweed – a highly invasive plant. During spring and early summer this plant grows tall enough to reach the water’s surface so it can reproduce. This burst of growth can impede recreational activities like swimming, fishing, and boating. The Lake is closed through April 11th, but during this time Thousand Hills State Park, remains open.

Governor Greitens Pushes Back Calls For Resignation

Governor Greitens pushes back amid calls for resignation. Karen Johnson has more information.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is spending an estimated $50,000 on a statewide radio ad buy to make the case for staying in office despite a grand jury accusing him of taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the first-term Republican governor’s political adviser, Austin Chambers, confirmed the ad buy. Greitens has acknowledged having an extramarital affair with his hairdresser in 2015 as he was preparing to run for governor but has not directly answered questions about whether he took a photo of her and has denied any criminal wrongdoing. Greitens has refused calls from fellow GOP lawmakers to resign. The case is set to go before a jury on May 14. I’m Karen Johnson.

Generating Interest In Missouri Small Business Loan Program

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt is touting one of the state’s programs that allows new and existing small business owners to receive lower interest rates on loans. Karen Johnson has more details.

The discussion took place this week at the Economic Development Alliance to talk about the state’s Missouri FIRST loan program. The program partners with participating banks and lending institutions to provide low-interest loans to small businesses. According to the treasurer’s website, the program allows lenders to lower the interests rate for borrowers by about 2 to 3 percent. About one-third of banks in the state are currently participating in the program, including the Bank of Kirksville, according to Schmitt. He said the state has currently issued about $200 million in low-interest loans to small businesses and is looking to make people more aware of the program. “It’s been under-utilized. We’re nowhere near capacity with the program,” Schmitt said. For more information about the program, visit I’m Karen Johnson.

KV Man Arrested for Attempted Enticement of a Child

A Kirksville man has been arrested for attempted enticement of a child…

According to a press release, members of the the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit and the Kirksville Police Department arrested Joseph Christman yesterday at a Kirksville Park The KRCCU and the Kirksville Police Department had received numerous complaints that Christman was sending inappropriate images of himself through social media accounts in his name. The KRCCU utilized an undercover social media profile of a 14 year old girl and made contact with Christman. A conversation or chat ensued and Christman arranged to go to the home of the 14 year old girl to engage in sexual activity. A meeting was setup near a Kirksville Park and once Christman arrived he was placed under arrest. He was placed on a 24 hour hold for attempted enticement of a child pending formal charges.

The Kirksville Police Department and the KRCCU thank all of the people who reported this activity, which made the investigation possible.

Teen Escapes House Fire in Canton

A teenager escaped a house fire in Lewis County. Fire crews were called to a home at Highway 16 and Old Highway 16, west of Canton, around 10:45 yesterday mornring. Crews on scene said the fire started in a garage, catching a van on fire before spreading to the house. The van exploded. The Fire Chief says a good samaritan that was passing by called in the fire in and helped the teen girl who was inside to safety. No cause has been determined yet, but oul play is not suspected.

HVAC Units to be Replaced at Middle School

The Kirksville R-III School Board has approved a bid to replace heating and air conditioning units at the William Matthew Middle School. The bid that was accepted to replace four HVAC rooftop units at the middle school is $468,000. The work will be done this summer. The project is a part of the Board’s Capital Improvement Plan. The next School Board meeting is set for April 11 at the Kirksville R-III Administration building.

Blood Drive at Rehoboth Baptist Church

The Kirksville Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a blood drive at the Rehoboth Baptist Church in Kirksville. today from 12:00-6:00pm. Walk in or schedule and appointment at
Call 1-800-RED-CROSS if you have any questions.