Archives for March 2019

Macon Man Found Guilty of Murder

The murder trial against a Macon man in Adair County ended this week with a guilty verdict. Ray Holt was charged with murder in the first-degree following the death of 34-year-old Ryon Perkins of Macon. The jury returned with a verdict of guilty of Second-Degree Murder. Perkins was found deceased at his home in October 2016. Holt pleaded not guilty. He will be sentenced in May.

Louisiana MO Man Charged in Fatal Stabbing

A Louisiana, Missouri man has been charged in the stabbing death of an Illinois man. 44-year-old Charles T. Allen made his first court appearance this week on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery in the death of 65-year-old Donald R. Collard. Charging documents allege that Allen fatally stabbed Collard multiple times in the chest. The incident happened Tuesday night at a residence in Pleasant Hill, Illinois, and reportedly stemmed from a family dispute. Police responded, and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Allen had returned to Missouri, where he was arrested and transported to the Pike County Missouri Sheriff’s Department.

Adair County Sheriff Announced Charges Filed Against Suspect

The Adair County Sheriff has issued an update regarding a case in which 2 men from Kirksville were arrested following a warrantless search. The following charges have been filed against one of the men, Billy W. Bachman. They include: Class D Felony receiving stolen property. Class D Felony stealing. (2) charges of Class D Felony delivery of control substance. (13) charges of Class D Felony unlawful possession of a firearm. The Adair Co Sheriffs Office conducted a warrantless search operation on Saturday in the area of Crest Trail.

ATSU Wellness Run and Family Health Fair Saturday

ATSU’s Wellness Run is tomorrow from 9-11 a.m., featuring a 5K run and 2K walk. The event kicks off at the Take Root Cafe. In addition, A.T. Still University medical and dental students will offer free health screenings to Kirksville residents of all ages at Ray Miller Elementary School. during the Family Health Fair tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon.

KDIC Becomes Main Street Kirksville

The Kirksville Downtown Improvement Committee – or KDIC – is officially changing their name to Main Street Kirksville. The name change was approved by members this past Sunday during the organization’s Kick Off and Annual Meeting. They say the change will help them improve and strengthen downtown Kirksville. The organization is now affiliated with Missouri Main Street Connection, which takes a four point approach towards downtown revitalization focusing on: Promotion, Design, Economic Vitality, and Organization. Committees have been formed for each of those 4 areas. Main Street Kirksville will be focusing on getting the community involved to help create a vibrant, beautiful, and active downtown!

Former Principal Injured in ATV Crash

The former long time principal of Bevier School was injured in an ATV accident this week. According the the Missouri Highway Patrol, 65-year-old Kenneth J. Kelso was driving a 2017 Honda Rubicon ATV Tuesday morning on Route Z 4 miles Northwest of New Cambria. The report says the ATV ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch. Kelso suffered serious injuries and was life-flighted to Columbia. He continues to recover in the hospital.

Public Invited to Meeting about Atlanta Sidewalk Project

The public is invited to a meeting on the future sidewalk project that will be taking place in Atlanta. The proposed project is along Macon County Route M going from Atterberry Street to Orchard Street. This project is being completed as a part of MoDOT’s initiative to bring all their facilities into compliance with the the American’s with Disabilities Act. MoDOT representatives will be at the meeting, which is from 4:00-6:00 the Atlanta Baptist Church. The project is planned to start the summer of 2020.

Blood Drives in Kirksville and Bucklin

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 There is also an opportunity to give blood in Linn County today. A blood drive is being held in Bucklin at Bucklin R-II School from 1-6 p.m. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS if you have any question

Teacher Charged for Inappropriate Contact With a Student

Officials at Northwestern R-1 High School in Chariton County say a teacher is no longer working for them after she was charged for sexual contact with student. Blair Bruner, of Marceline, is accused of sending lewd photographs of herself to a student at the high school. A probable cause statement alleges the contact between Bruner and the victim began around the time of the Northwestern basketball tournament in 2018 and ended late last month. According to the victim, Bruner communicated using SnapChat. The victim also claims Bruner once touched him inappropriately. Bruner has resigned after being placed on administrative leave. She is charged with felony sexual contact with a student.

KPD Looking into Racist Flyer Incident

Kirksville Police continue to look into a racist flyer that was posted in downtown Kirksville this past weekend.
The white supremacist flyer was posted on an electrical pole in downtown Kirksville Sunday. The incident has sparked reaction on social media from some Truman State University Students. Groups are organizing a protest against racism and are asking for a response from the college administration. According to KPD, while the message of the flyer is protected as free speech, posting signs on utility poles is against city ordinance.