Archives for June 2019

Last Day at School for Superintendent

It’s Kirksville R-III Superintendent Dr. Damon Kizzire’s last day at school, as his resignation will be official on Sunday, June 30th. Kizzire became the superintendent on July 1, 2014, succeeding Patrick Williams, who retired. When announcing he was leaving, Dr. Kizzire said that after 29 years in public education, he was ready for a change. On Monday, he’ll start his new job with the University of Missouri. And on Monday, Robert A. Webb will start his new job as Kirksville R-III’s new Superintendent. He was selected by the School Board in April. This has been his last week as Superintendent of Monte Vista School District in Colorado, which he has been for the past seven years. Webb has said that in Kirksville, he hopes to be a transparent and honest leader who teachers can come to with any concerns they have.

Fatal Crash Near Bucklin

One person died in a crash yesterday morning in Linn County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 76-year-old Charlotte Copple was going southbound on Route 129 when, she crossed into the path of a northbound vehicle, one mile north of Bucklin. Copple was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, 63-year-old Jerry Main sustained serious injuries. He was flown by Life Flight to a hospital.

Informational Meeting Thousand Hills State Park

Thousand Hills State Park invites the public to an informational meeting tomorrow at 1 p.m. The public is invited to share comments about the state park and its operations. State park staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Input from the public is important to Missouri State Parks. These informational meetings give staff the opportunity to let people know the current status and future plans for the parks and historic sites, and they offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities.
Thousand Hills State Park is located at 20431 State Highway 157, Kirksville.
For more information, please contact the park at (660) 665-6995.

Gas Leak Cause of Evacuation

A gas leak in the 200 block of North Franklin Street in Downtown Kirksville was stopped yesterday afternoon.
It caused a temporary evacuation of several blocks. The situation began around noon when a construction crew working in the 200 block of North Franklin Street cut through a gas line. In an overabundance of caution, and at the request of Liberty Utilities (the gas company), the 100 block of West Harrison Street, the 200 block of North Franklin Street – including the Adair County Detention Center – were evacuated. Also as a precaution, Ameren temporarily terminated electrical service to a large portion of the Downtown area. About 90 minutes later, the city reported that the gas leak had been stopped and that emergency crews were sweeping the area for residual gas to ensure everything was safe. Shortly after that, the all-clear was given, and the area was reopened.

Missouri Delegation Calls on President to Support Disaster Declaration

The entire Missouri congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives, sent a letter yesterday urging President Trump to support the state’s disaster declaration request for the counties affected by recent tornadoes, high winds, flooding, and flash flooding. The disaster declaration is a necessary step in order for these counties to access critically important federal resources for recovery efforts. The counties in Northeast Missouri that would receive the federal help include: Adair, Chariton, Clark, Lewis, and Macon counties.

Presentations on MO ABLE in Kirksville

Representatives from the Missouri State Treasurer’s Office will be in Kirksville at the Adair County SB40 Community Learning Center, 1107 Country Club Drive today to present information and answer questions regarding MO ABLE accounts. The program is for Missourians with disabilities, and offers a tax-free savings plan for disability-related expenses. The free presentation will be offered at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. To learn more, visit

Multiple Injuries in Kirksville Crash

There were multiple injuries in a crash in Kirksville yesterday morning. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s crash report, the accident happened around 5 a.m on Missouri Route 6, three miles east of Green Castle. A car driven by 33-year-old Rodrigue Tshibuabua was passing an SUV and another car. When he attempted to merge back onto westbound Missouri 6, he struck a pickup truck in the rear, and the pickup struck an SUV. Both the pickup and the SUV that it struck, were stopped in traffic for roadwork.
Troopers add that the SUV that was initially passed by Tshibuabua attempted to slow to allow him to merge back into the lane, but was struck in the rear by another vehicle. Five vehicles were involved total. 5 people were injured. 4 in the SUV that tried to allow Tshibuabua to merge back in. The other injured person was Tshibuabua’s passenger. They were transported by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

Kirksville Woman Allegedly Attacks Man with a Hatchet

A Kirksville woman is is being held on $150,000 bond for domestic assault. According to KPD, 34-year-old Samantha I. Simmons allegedly injured a male victim with a hatchet in a residence. Simmons is charged with domestic assault in the first degree and armed criminal action. Simmons is in custody at the Adair County Jail.

Multi-Agency Resource Center in Brunswick

To assist families impacted by flooding and severe storms, several Multi-Agency Resource Centers are being organized across the state. These one-stop shops pull together recovery resources in communities impacted by disasters. Among the agencies participating are SEMA, the American Red Cross, Missouri Department of Social Services, Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Insurance, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, local public health agencies, and faith-based and volunteer agencies. A Multi-Agency Resource Center is being held at the Bruswick R-2 High School today from 11AM-7PM.

Red Cross and Callao Shamrocks 4-H Club Blood Drive June 27

The American Red Cross is teaming up with the Callao Shamrocks 4-H Club to host a blood drive Thursday, June 27 from 2-6:30 p.m. at Callao Christian Church Family Life Center, 119 W. 2nd St., in Callao.
This drive is especially important to 19-year-old Rebekah Seipel. Rebecca has Down Syndrome, and she will be donating blood for the first time-ever. Rebekah has attended blood drives hosted by the Shamrocks 4-H Club since 2005. In December 2018 she attempted to donate, but was unable to due to a recent ear surgery. This year, with a clean bill of health, Rebekah is anxious and excited to make her first blood donation.

If you would like to donate blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment or for more information