More Work Zones Ahead Prompt MoDOT to Issue Safety Plea

Summer may be coming to an end, but construction zones on Missouri roadways are not. Drivers need to continue watch for work zones. The Missouri Department of Transportation’s Northeast District reports that a Truck Mounted Attenuator or TMA was hit last week. That prompted MoDOT to issue a reminder to
keep your guard up when traveling as you’ll still encounter active work zones. Lane striping, road paving, and other work will continue as the weather allows through as late as November. Stay up-to-date on road work at modot.org

MSHP Awards Macon Resident Honorary Trooper Certificate

A Macon resident has been awarded a Missouri State Highway Patrol Honorary Trooper Certificate for performing in an exemplary manner and for unselfishly assisting troopers in the performance of their duties.
Ryan Johnson is the chief operating officer of a wireless store in Macon that was burglarized in March. He was notified of the burglary alarm going off. He lives near the store and when Johnson looked out of his window, he noticed a silver F-150 turning around in his driveway. This vehicle was linked to several cellular telephone store burglaries. Johnson got into his vehicle, followed the pickup, and called police. He followed to the New Cambria area, where there was a bigger law enforcement presence.

The suspects abandoned the pickup truck and ran. In the pickup was over 150 cellular telephones and tablets stolen from wireless stores in Macon and Salisbury – valued at approximately $148,000. The two suspects were identified and linked to over 50 burglaries of retail phone stores in a six-state region.

In total, the two suspects were responsible for the theft of over $1 million of cellular phones and tablets. Both were recently arrested in Kansas City, and indicted.

The Patrol said giving the Honorary Trooper Certificate to Johnson is a way to show their appreciation for his dedication to his employer and the safety of his community.

Special Election in Linn County for Sheriff

A special election is being held in Linn County today to elect a Sheriff. Registered Linn County voters can vote for Republican Jeff Henke or Democrat Billy Stroud at the polls, which will be open until 7PM. The County Clerk says this election is taking place because of the retirement of Sheriff Tom Parks. Chief Deputy Butch Eskew is currently serving as interim sheriff in Linn County.

Kirksville R-III Susbstitute Teachers to Get Higher Pay

The Kirksville R-III School District Board of Edcuation voted last week to increase the pay for substitute teachers. Kirksville’s substitute teachers had been paid $70 per day, the lowest among area schools. With the increase, substitute teachers will now be paid $12 per hour, or $84 per day. That rate increases to $12.96 per hour and $90.72 per day after 20 consecutive days of work. This pay rate puts the district as the 2nd highest paying among area schools. Schuyler County pays substitute teachers the highest rate $85 per day.

NEMO Man Arrested for DUI and Outstanding Warrants

The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 8 people over the weekend, including a Northeast Missouri man. 30-year old Bryce Ross, of Browning, was arrested early Saturday in Sullivan County and accused of felony counts of driving while intoxicated and no drivers license. In addition, Ross was accused of failing to have two headlamps. The patrol also indicated there were two warrants for his arrest. Ross was taken to the Sullivan County Jail.

Road Work in Adair County Will Cause Traffic Impacts

Road work in Adair County will cause traffic impacts starting today.

Weather permitting, MoDOT will be doing work on Missouri Route 6 – It will be reduced to one lane while work is completed on the bridge by Hobby Lobby. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.today. There will be a 10-foot width restriction in place while the work is completed.

On Wedneday, Adair County Route AA will be closed from the west end of Route AA to U.S. Route 63 for sealing operations.  Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day.

On Thursday, Adair County Route KK will be closed from Desoto Lane and Adair County Route F for a culvert replacement. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day.

Hy-Vee Announces Data Breach

Supermarket chain Hy-Vee has revealed that the credit card payment information of some of its customers has been exposed in a recent data breach. The exact number of customers and locations has not yet been determined. A press release says the security incident involves the payment processing systems at its fuel pumps, drive-through coffee shops and restaurants. Hy-Vee says the investigation is in its early stages and the company will notify customers as more information is available.

Highway 63 Named Deadliest Road In Missouri

Highway 63 has been identified as the deadliest road in Missouri in a recent report. Fleet management company Geotab compiled data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration to calculate the roads with the highest fatal-crash rate in each state. Highway 63 ranked 14th in the nation in the number of fatal crashes when compared to the deadliest highways other states, according to the report. It ranked 17th in total crashes and 23rd in deadly crash rate. Highway 63 saw 158 crashes and 179 fatalities in the past 10 years.

Last Block Party and Movie in the Park this Weekend

Some summer activities from Kirksville Park and Recreation are wrapping up this weekend.

The final Block Party of this summer will be held at Brashear Park from 3-5PM on Sunday. There will be face painting, games, water balloons, water games, and a wading pool. There will also be free hot dogs, chips, lemonade, and popsicles.

This Saturday will be the final Movie in the Park for the summer. A Dog’s Way Home will show at dusk at the Ray Klinginsmith Amphitheatre.

Auditions for the Parks and Recreation fall dinner theatre Always a Bridesmaid will be Sunday at 6:00 PM at the Ray Klinginsmith Amphitheatre in Rotary Park. There are roles for 6 women. No preparation is necessary; cold readings will be provided at auditions. Performances will be September 20 -21 & 27-28.

No Injuries When Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Kirksville Field

No one was injured when a plane made an emergency landing near the Kirksville Regional Airport yesterday. According to the Airport Director, the civilian aircraft out of Kentucky, suffered engine failure. The pilot was able to land safely in the field off Oklahoma Trail, just south of the airport. The aircraft landed upright and there was no damage. It was later towed to the airport.