Archives for June 2018

Fence to Be Installed Around Kirksville High School

This week the Kirksville R-3 school board approved a number of purchases…including nearly 10-thousand dollars to install a fence around the courtyard of Kirksville High School. The fence would provide additional protection for studetns and limit visitor access to the building. It would run across the front of the courtyard…directing visitors to the entrance of the main office. School districts around the country are beefing up security on campuses in the wake of the deadly valentines day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

City Reminds You to Take Survey on Kirksville Aquatics & Community Center

The City of Kirksville is sending out another reminder asking you to make sure you take time to fill out the survey about the new Kirksville Aquatics & Community Center. The city wants your suggestions and feedback, as part of the planning and design process. The questions in the survey are an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and desires for the new aquatics & community center facilities, how you currently use the aquatic center, and consider the impact the new facilities may have on your future use of the aquatics center or a community center. It is because of the community’s support of the ½ cent sales tax for parks and recreation in April 2017 that they are able to move forward with this and other projects throughout the parks and recreation system. You can complete the survey online at:

Residents Learn More About High Prairie Wind Farm Project

An informational meeting was held in Schuyler County this week regarding a proposed wind farm project. The High Prairie Wind Farm will be Missouri’s largest wind farm near Kirksville. It’s a 400-megawatt wind farm that would create enough power to serve 120,000 homes. The wind farm plan calls for 175, 450-foot-tall wind turbines to sit on land in Adair and Schuyler counties, spread out over about 70,000 acres. The turbines will be constructed by an affiliate of Terra-Gen, LLC.

The meeting this week was held to inform the public and to answer questions and concerns. Project leaders say this wind farm will be transformative for local communities. It’s been projected that the project could bring close to 450 jobs to both coutnies and $19 million in benefits during construction, and 80 jobs and $116 million in benefits when the wind farm is in operation.

Ameren officials call the wind farm project a significant step toward the company’s goal of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. Groundbreaking for the project is expected to happen next summer.

Case Continued for Woman Accused of Murdering Infant Daughter

The mother accused in the death of her infant will be placed in a mental health facility. Yesterday in Chariton County Court, 19-year-old Sarah Linebaugh was granted an own recognizance bond with the condition that she is to seek placement in a mental health/medical facility. Linebaugh is charged with felony first-degree murder in the death of her two-month-old daughter. Investigators have said it appeared the infant was strangled, but Linebaugh claims her daughter drowned while being given a bath. The case has been continued to July 10th.

Woman Struck by Fallen Tree During Storm

There was another strong storm in Scotland County, and this one left a person injured. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office reports that a tree fell down in Memphis yesterday injuring a woman. The woman reportedly was outside when the tree came down and struck her, causing injuries to her head. They said the tree fell as a result of severe thunderstorms in the area. The woman was transported to the hospital for her injuries. This follows a tornado touchdown that happened North of Memphis during a storm system on Tuesday. In that storm, a grain bin was torn off it’s foundation.

Blueslingers to Perform at Summer on the Square

Bring your lawn chairs and plenty of water and pick your spot on the courthouse lawn this evening for Summer on the Square. Blueslingers from Columbia will be performing at 7 PM. See the full summer concert lineup by vising the Kirksville Arts Association’s Facebook page. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to 301 W. McPherson.

Well-Being Check Turns into Stand-Off That Ends Peacefully

Kirksville Police have released details about a recent stand-off. They were called to do a well-being check on a 68-year-old man in the 800 block of E. Cottonwood Street late Monday afternoon. When police arrived, the man refused to exit his residence. Police took precautions to make sure neighbors were safe, and continued attempts to get the man to come out. After about 2 hours, he exited his residence peacefully. The man was then transported to the Northeast Regional Medical Center.

Woman Wanted on Warrant for Endangering Welfare of a Child

Police are asking for your help in finding Kandi R. Peavler who is wanted in reference to an active warrant through Adair County for Endangering the Welfare of a Child – a C Felony. Peavler is a white female, 5’06”, 170 lbs. See a photo at This warrant was issued last Friday and has no bond.

Anyone with information regarding this press release or any other investigation is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600 or anonymously at 660-627-BUST (2878) or email

Tornado Confirmed in Memphis

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down North of Memphis during a storm system that moved through Northeast Missouri this week. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Department received several reports from storm watchers around 3:30 p.m., on Tuesday of a funnel on the ground Northwest of town.The National Weather Service said the tornado has been classified as an EF-Zero.- the lowest rating on the Enhanced Fujita scale. As for damage, a grain bin was reportedly torn off it’s foundation and landed in a nearby pond.

Former Mamtek CEO Out on Parole

The former chief executive officer of Mamteck is out on parole. Bruce Cole, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to one count of theft and two counts of securities fraud, was sentenced to seven years in state prison. He served three years and nine months in prison, before being paroled. Back in 2010, the city of Moberly issued $39 million in bonds to build an artificial sweetener plant,. and Cole promised the plant would bring 600 jobs to the area. Construction ended in 2011, and Mamtek went bankrupt. The state filed charges in 2012 accusing Cole of stealing more than $700,000 from the project for his own personal use – including $281,000 of the stolen money to stop the foreclosure of his Beverly Hills, California, home.