Archives for February 2020

10th Anniversary Red Cross Blood Drive in Honor of Ashley Mayer

The American Red Cross is once again teaming up with the family of Ashley Mayer for a tenth consecutive year to host a blood drive in her honor tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Adair County Annex, 300 N. Franklin, in Kirksville. In February 2010, Ashley, who has Down Syndrome, was diagnosed with Leukemia. As Ashley battled the disease, she needed many blood transfusions and at times had to wait for the blood products to be flown to the hospital. Ashley’s mother Carla is encouraging the community to donate blood at this drive in Ashley’s honor to help others in need. In the past nine years, 462 blood donations have been collected in Ashely’s honor and the hope is that the drive will eclipse 500 donations this year.

State Ramps Up Preparedness for Possible Spread of Coronavirus

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is engaging with federal governmental leadership, national thought leaders and local public health agencies to maximize Missouri’s preparedness for the possible spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus should a future case be diagnosed in Missouri. Dr. Randall Williams, DHSS Director, says efforts here in Missouri are strategically aligned with federal and national efforts. Yesterday, the Missouri House announced the creation of a Special Committee on Disease Control and Prevention to address state’s response to coronavirus. The committee will hold a public forum on Monday where Dr. Williams will update them on the state’s preventive measures and response plan.

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Truman State University-Peace Corps Top College

Peace Corps announced this week that Truman State University ranked No.19 among medium size schools on the agency’s list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2020. There are 18 Truman Bulldogs currently volunteering in countries around the world. Since the agency’s founding in 1961, around 238 alumni from Truman State University have served abroad as Peace Corps volunteers.

KPD Releases Names of Drivers in Fatal Crash

The Kirksville Police Department has released the names of the drivers involved in a fatal crash between a SUV and a tractor trailer Monday afternoon. According to police, the semi, driven by 49-year-old, John Blenz, of Kingman, Kansas, was southbound on Highway 63 when it turned into the path of a northbound SUV driven by a 28-year-old Monica Steele, of Kirksville. Steele was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center where she died of her injuries. Blenz was treated for minor injuries. Charges have not been filed in crash. The investigation is ongoing. KPD extends thier condolences to those involved and their families.

Auditors Office Reviewing Whistleblower Complaint Concerning Macon

The Missouri Public Corruption and Fraud Division within the State Auditor’s Office is reviewing a whistleblower complaint concerning the City of Macon. The only information about the complaint that has been released is that it has to do with the operations in the City of Macon. The state’s Public Corruption and Fraud Division will complete an initial review to determine if the allegations are credible. If not deemed credible or if insufficient documentation is provided, the case is closed. If deemed credible, there are a variety of potential next steps that include working towards a resolution, to performing an audit.

MDC and CFM Report on Deer Meat Donation Totals

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri thank the thousands of Missouri deer hunters who donated over 348,500 pounds of venison to the state’s Share the Harvest program this past deer season, including 6,795 whole deer. MDC and CFM also thank the many sponsors who financially support the program.The donated deer meat goes to local food banks and food pantries to help feed hungry Missourians all around the state. Since the program was started in 1992, Share the Harvest has provided more than 4.3 million pounds of lean, healthy venison to help feed hungry Missourians, including this past season’s donations.

Kirksville Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

Kirksville Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident. Yesterday at approximately 12:44 PM, Kirksville Police and first responders were dispatched to the intersection of US Hwy 63 (bypass) and Missouri Hwy 6 East (Shephard Avenue) in reference to a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer and a sport utility vehicle. During the investigating, officers learned the tractor-trailer was southbound on US Hwy 63, attempting to turn left (east) onto MO Hwy 6 East. The sport utility vehicle was traveling northbound in US Hwy 63 at MO Hwy 6 East. The tractor-trailer began a left turn into the path of the SUV and the two vehicles struck head-on. The driver of the SUV, a 28-year-old female from Kirksville, was transported from the scene by ambulance with serious injuries and was later pronounced dead at Northeast Regional Medical Center. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 49-year-old male from Kingman, Kansas, was not injured.

Winter Weather Advisory

A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect Northeast Missouri from 3 this afternoon until 6 tomorrow morning. Forecasters are calling for 2 inches of snow total with this storm system. Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Slow down and use caution while traveling. Get the latest road conditions by visiting

Severe Weather Preparedness and Statewide Tornado Drill Next Week

While snow falls the next couple of days in the area, the State Emergency Management Agency is gearing up for Severe Weather Preparedness Week and the Statewide Tornado Drill next week. From March 2 to 6, the National Weather Service, State Emergency Management Agency and local emergency managers urge Missourians to learn about severe weather and how to protect themselves from severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding, which are all deadly threats. Missouri’s annual Statewide Tornado Drill will be held on Tuesday, March 3 at 10 a.m. Find preparedness tips on the State Emergency Management Agency’s website.

More Details on Charges Against Kirksville Man

More details have been released about the charges against a Kirksville man. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office reports that 21-year-old Ameal D. Sturgeon was arrested last week after he’d fled from a wrecked truck that was stolen. Sturgeon, who is a convicted felon, was found to be in possession of drugs and a 9 mm handgun when arrested. Sturgeon is facing seven felonies, including auto-theft, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, and driving while revoked. Sturgeon is being held in Adair County Jail and has a bond hearing scheduled for this Thursday.