Archives for May 2019

Flood Forecast for Chariton River Downgraded

National Weather Service has downgraded the flood forecast for the Chariton River. Prior to the downgrade, NWS officials had forecast the river to rise to more than 33 feet. Since that level would mean water would cover Highway 6, the Adair County Emergency Management issued a voluntary evacuation request for residents in Novinger, Youngstown and Yarrow. But just a few hours later, that evacution request was canceled, as the forecast for the Chariton River was downgraded from from 33.3 feet to a crest of 29.7 feet. Emergency Management Director Bill King said in a press release that the emergency shelter at Fellowship Baptist Church in Kirksville was closed and the Adair County Emergency Operations Center was deactivated

Elected State Officials to Be in Kirksville Friday

The annual State of the District address will be held tomorrow at the Economic Development Alliance (315 S. Franklin, Kirksville) from 9-10:00 am. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8:30.This event is free and open to the public. State Representative Danny Busick, State Representative Greg Sharpe, and State Senator Cindy O’Laughlin will address the media and attendees to provide a recap of the recent legislative session.

Blood Drive in Memory of David Hal

The Blood Drive in Memory of David Hall, Sponsored by Kirksville Lodge #105, Adair Lodge #366,
and the City of Kirksville, is happening today. the event is from 12noon-6PM at the NEMO Fairgrounds Multipurpose Building in Kirksville. In February 2009, David was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a blood cancer. The cancer transformed to a more life-threatening form of leukemia, which eventually took his life in February 2013. During his treatments, Hall received more than 30 units of blood and platelets. Donors are encouraged to pay tribute to Hall and help patients in need. Learn more at

Active Assailant Drill Postponed

Due to weather conditions, the full-scale active assailant exercise that was scheduled to happen today at Ray Miller Elementary School on the Campus of the Kirksville RIII School District, has been postponed. A new date will be announced in the near future.

Chariton River Flood High Water Crest

As Northeast Missouri can’t catch a break from rain and storms, flooding risks continue. The Adair County Emergency Management received notification from the National Weather Service indicating that the Chariton River would be cresting at 28’2″ this morning. This is just under the record crest of 28’6” in 1917, which was provided by the City of Novinger. The Adair County EMD says to be aware that these flood levels could cause flooding over MO Highway 6 west. Officials are reminding residents not to walk, swim or drive through flood waters. TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN. Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.

The Kirksville Police and Fire Departments say that to stay weather aware with up-to-date information, you should monitor local media as well as updates from the National Weather Service. You can sign up for alerts from the NWS – as well as the City – through the mass notification system at

Heavy Rain Blamed for Crash in Shelby County

Shelbina firefighters responded to a one vehicle crash located just east of Lakenan on Highway 36. A car ran off the road during a heavy rainstorm yesterday afternoon at around 2:30, and went down into a creek. The driver was not injured. He was checked out by ambulance personnel on the scene. Other agencies assisting at the scene included the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Salt River Ambulance District, Monroe City ambulance District and BNSF Railroad.

TSU Announces New Softball Coach

Truman State University’s Director of Athletics announced that Amanda Bradberry has been hired as the new softball coach. Bradberry comes from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, where she has been the head coach for the past six seasons. Bradberry says she’s excited and honored to join the Truman family.

Summer Pool Schedules

Due to the impending construction of the new Kirksville Aquatic Center, the wading pool schedule and indoor pool hours have been expanded. The outdoor pool will not be opening for the 2019 season.

The expanded hours started this past weekend. The Brashear Park wading pool will be open Monday through Sunday, the Jaycee Park wading pool will be open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and the P.C. Mills Park wading pool will be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. All wading pool hours are 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Admission is free at the wading pools. These extended hours will only be in effect for the summer of 2019.

The indoor pool at the existing Kirksville Aquatic Center, located at 801 E. Mill St., will be open for regular summer hours: 6:00 am to 9:00 am, Monday through Friday, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Additional lap swimming and water walking hours have been added Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The indoor pool will close once construction begins. All punch passes must be used prior to the closure of the pool. No existing passes will be honored at the new Kirksville Aquatic Center.

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 660.627.1485.

Decorated U.S. Army Serviceman Speaks During Memorial Day Service

Lt. Col. David M. Ward was the speaker during yesterday’s Memorial Day Service at Riegor Armory in Kirksville. Ward is a professor of military science at Truman State University and a decorated U.S. Army serviceman. His military honors include: the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters. Ward said those who gave all for our freedom, have done so in many ways: Some paid the ultimate sacrifice on the battle field, some in another country so that the fight didn’t happen on our own soil; and some died here at home, preparing to go. Chaplain Larry Page, whose son, Lance Cpl. Rex A. Page died while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, delivered the invocation and benediction at the event.

CLOSED Missouri Route 11 – Bridge Damaged Due to Flooding

An exponential amount of rainfall in a short time created flooding along several roads and bridges in northeast Missouri. Due to damage on the approach to the Little Mussel Fork bridge, Missouri Route 11 has been closed and could remain closed at least a few weeks. Missouri Department of Transportation Maintenance and Traffic Engineer Jennifer Hinson said that after the water went down, crews inspected the damage to the roadway and the bridge, and determined the need to fill the undermined pavement. Hinson says that crews will also replace the rotten timber backwall to stabilize the approach and the rock protecting the bridge piers. The road is closed at the bridge, which is located about 15 miles southwest of Kirksville. The Little Mussel Fork bridge was built in 1931 and is not in the statewide transportation plan for replacement at this time.