Archives for December 2018

3 Arrested on Drug Allegations in Adair County

Three were arrested on drug allegations in Adair County over the weekend. All three people are from Kirksville. According to police, 29-year-old Cheryl K. Moots and 17-year-old Kane J. McCoy were jailed for misdemeanor traffic warrants and for being in possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. Moots iwas also being held for felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The third person, Kevin D. Potter was cited for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.

Adair County Libarary Vandal Charged with Felony

The Adair County Library vandal has been charged with a felony. Police responded to a call on December 23rd about a man throwing rocks at a statue in front of the library. When police arrived, they found extensive damage to the statue. In addition, the little book library display had been knocked off it’s pedestal. 19-year-old Aaron Wallace of Kirksville has been charged with first degree property damage. Bond has been set at $5,000 cash only.

Moberly Police Investigate Double Homicide

Police are investigating a double homicide after two men were found dead on Saturday inside a vehicle near Westside Inn in Moberly. Both men appeared to have died from gunshot wounds. The police department was contacted about a suspicious vehicle Saturday morning, and discovered the two deceased men. The Randolph County Coroner has ruled the deaths as homicide and autopsies will be performed. Police said neither of the two men have been positively identified. The identities will not be released until confirmed and next of kin has been notified. The investigation into the death of the two people is ongoing

Flu Cases Down from Last Year in MO

The CDC said over the past weeks, Missouri has seen a major uptick in flu-like illnesses– putting the staete at a moderate level of infection. Area doctors say this uptick in flu-like cases is happening later than last year, and that’s likely because this year’s vaccine is more effective than last year’s. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, statewide cases are at less than half of those reported this time last year. As of Dec. 15, 2,569 laboratory-positive influenza cases had been reported. At the same time in 2017, 5,715 cases were reported. Health officials say just becaue the vaccine is working better, it’s still important to take steps to make sure you don’t get sick – by taking the simple precautions of washing your hands, and covering your mouth when you cough.

NEMO Lieutenant Promoted

A Missouri State Highway Patrol lieutenant from northeast Missouri has been promoted. Lieutenant Colonel Eric Olson, acting superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol announced the promotion of Lieutenant Kevin C. Kelley and designation as director of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division in Jefferson City. Captain Kelley grew up in Brookfield, graduating from high school in 1988. He graduated from Culver-Stockton College in Canton in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Kelley has been with the Missouri Highway Patrol since 1994.

Start the New Year Off with A Hike

First Day Hikes will take place at 31 state parks and historic sites across Missouri, including Thousand Hillls State Park tomorrow. In its eighth year, the annual event is part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes effort, which gives people the opportunity to start the year off right with an outdoor hike at a state park. Ben Ellis, director of the Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks says “First Day Hikes is a national event encouraging friends and families to push back from the dinner table, turn off the television and take a hike in their favorite state park.” He adds, “What better way to start off a new year than fresh air, friends and the beauty of nature.” Nationwide last year, almost 55,000 people took part in guided hikes that covered more than 133,000 miles for the First Day Hikes in state parks in all 50 states. A list of Missouri state parks with guided First Day Hikes and other related activities is available at

Early Morning Crash in Adair County

A slick road is blamed for a crash in Adair County this morning. The driver from Kirksville, 49-year-old Julie M. Cowles, was traveling in the eastbound lanes of Highway 6, near Green Castle, at around 2:50 this morning when her vehicle slid on the roadway. The vehicle ran off the left side of the road and struck and embankment. Cowles sustained moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center.

Auditor Galloway Releases Audit of Adair County Government

State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released her audit of Adair County government. The report received an overall rating of “good”; a previous audit of the county released in 2015 received an overall rating of “fair”. Galloway says, “Officials in Adair County have worked to improve operations in the county since the previous audit to better serve citizens and efficiently utilize taxpayer dollars.” The audit included recommendations for the sheriff’s office to improve procedures over the inmate account and for the county to better track and monitor fuel use by the county’s Road and Bridge Department. The report also recommended changes to the way certain payments to the County Collector are reported for tax purposes.
The complete audit report of Adair County is available at:

City and Kraft-Heinz Reach Agreement

The City of Kirksville and Kraft Heinz has reached an agreement – even though a disagreement remains.
The company and city are in disagreement about the assessmement of the expanded plant in real estate and personal property value. The Adair County Assessor, assessed the property’s value at approximately $99 million. Kraft Heinz’s assessor say the value is around $10 million. After negotiating, the city and Kraft Heinz have agreed to a property valuation of approximately $40.5 million for 2019. In subsequent years, the company will hire an independent assessor to determine the value. The county commissioners and county assessor are also agreeable to hiring an independent assessor.

Kirksville and the YMCA Partner for Triathalon Challenge

oin Kirksville Parks and Recreation and the Adair County Family YMCA for the fourth annual Indoor Triathlon Challenge! The Challenge will be held January 7 through March 10, 2019.

During this 9 week challenge, participants will complete either a full triathlon, half triathlon, and new for this year, an ultra-triathlon! Participants will have full access to the YMCA, and the Aquatic Center, as well as all classes offered at those facilities. Those who complete their goal will also get a prize!

Biking mileage can be earned through the use of a rowing machine, recumbent or spin bike, outdoor cycling, or participation in group aerobic classes. Swim distance can be accumulated by lap swimming, water walking, or water aerobics classes. Running mileage can be tallied while on the treadmill, elliptical machine, running outside, or participating in group aerobic classes.

Registration is $35 for members of either facility, or $75 for non-members. If you have an active membership at the YMCA or the Aquatic Center, please register at that facility. Non-members may register at either facility or online at!