Archives for August 2019

Graves Announces Funding for Rural North Missouri Bridges

Several bridges in northern Missouri will benefit from federal money. U.S. Representative Sam Graves announced this week that the Missouri Department of Transportation will receive federal money through the Competitive Highway Bridge Program. As a result, MODOT will receive $20.7 million for their proposed Fixing Access to Rural Missouri Bridge Program. All bridges proposed to be replaced by the program are located in MODOT’s Northwest and Northeast Districts. Graves said securing additional funding for rural roads and bridges has always been a top priority because it is so critical to the communities in his district. Gaves says he’s thrilled that MODOT’s application was approved and appreciates the Administration’s continued support for rural Missouri.

Wanted Kirksville Man Arrested

A Kirksville man being sought in a case involving a stolen debit card was arrested this week. Police report that Steven Randall Wills was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. He’s been charged with possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.

Highway Patrol Particpating in Operation C.A.R.E. for Labor Day Weekend

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, encourages everyone to plan for a safe 2019 Labor Day weekend. He says it’s everyone’s responsibility to operate both vehicles and vessels safely and observe all Missouri laws. In Missouri, 11 people died and 470 were injured in 1,048 traffic crashes over the 2018 Labor Day holiday. That means one person was killed or injured every 9.7 minutes. Of that total, troopers worked 257 traffic crashes, which included 119 injuries and seven of the fatalities over the 2018 Labor Day holiday. Troopers arrested 113 people for driving while intoxicated during last year’s holiday weekend.

The Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) over the Labor Day holiday weekend, enforcing Missouri’s speed limit, seat belt, and impaired driving laws, in addition to being available to assist motorists.

The 2019 counting period for the Labor Day holiday will be from 6 this evening, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 2nd.

Senator Blunt Visiting Milan to Discuss East Locust Creek Reservoir

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt will make a stop in Milan to discuss progress of the East Locust Creek Reservoir. He’s led the effort to secure resources for the project. The East Coast Creek Reservoir service area serves a10 county region that includes Putnam, Schuyler, Sullivan, Adair, Linn, Macon, and Chariton counties. The reservoir is key to securing the region’s water supply, and will produce 7 million gallons of water a day serving 54,000 customers. Senator Blunt will meet with the community and discuss ongoing efforts to advance the ELCR, tomorrow at 11:45AM the the Milan Community Center.

City Advisory Commission Seeking Applicants

The City of Kirksville is seeking citizen applications for two seats on the Board of Adjustment. The alternate board positions are partial terms, expiring in June 2022. Alternates serve in the absence of a regular board member. The Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the zoning ordinance. Board of Adjustment appointees must be residents of Kirksville. Visit and submit your application before tomorrow at 5PM to be considered for the opportunity to serve on this commission.

Thousand Hills State Park to Showcase Upgrades

Missouri State Parks will host a ribbon cutting to showcase the $1.6 million upgrade to the seawall and boat docks on Forest Lake at the Thousand Hills State Park. The event is set for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the marina.
The upgrades are part of a $16.2 million program to improve or upgrade structures at Missouri State Parks this year.

Historic Statewide Reorganization Takes Effect

An historic statewide reorganization took effect yesterday, signaling a major milestone in Governor Parson’s plan to improve State Government. The reorganization moved several divisions from the Department of Economic Development to other state agencies in an effort to create a more focused economic development strategy and be more competitive with neighboring states. Parson says by better aligning certain functions of state government, these changes will streamline operations, increase efficiency, and improve customer service to all Missourians. He called the restructuring an historic moment the state, the government, and most importantly, the citizens.

Stormwater Drain Grate And Manhole Cover Thefts

The Kirksville Police Department reports that a number of stormwater drain grates and manhole covers have been stolen across the city. KPD says these thefts create hazardous situations for pedestrians and motorists and waste limited taxpayer dollars on expensive replacements. The public is asked to call 911 if you witness one of these thefts in progress. Anyone with information about these thefts, or any suspicious activity, is asked to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660.785.6945, Central Dispatch at 660.665.5621, anonymously at 660.627.BUST (2878), or email

LaPlata Man Injured in Adair County Crash

A man from La Plata was injured in a crash in Adair County. The one vehicle accident happened yesterday morning. According to Highway Patrol, 71-year-old Robert D. Demma was going northbound on Highway 11, and while attempting to avoid an oncoming vehicle, he drove off the right side of the road and came to a rest in a ditch. Demma sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center.

Truman Scores a Top 10 Ranking from Washington Monthly

Truman has again been recognized by Washington Monthly as one of the top master’s universities in the nation, coming in at No. 10 on the publication’s 2019 college rankings. This marks the seventh year in a row Truman has been included in the top 10. Truman is the lone Missouri school to be included on the entire Master’s University list, which ranks 200 institutions. On the “Best Bang for the Buck” list included in Washington Monthly’s college rankings, Truman is No. 26 overall in the Midwest region, and it was the highest-rated public university from the state.

The Washington Monthly rankings place an importance on social mobility, research, and community and national service. Along with traditional benchmarks such as graduation rates and costs, schools are rewarded for criteria including the number of first-generation students enrolled and the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants or participating in ROTC.

“Above all else, a college education should be empowering, and our inclusion in the Washington Monthly rankings underscores the real value of a degree from Truman,” University President Susan L. Thomas said. “A Truman education enables our students to reach their full potential and inspires them to enrich their communities and make a difference in the lives of others.”

The college guide and rankings appear in the magazine’s September/October issue and can be found online.