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Dec. 18, 2014






Missing Tournament Monies Under Investigation
Trenton Police Chief Tommy Wright stated that the Trenton Police Department is currently investigating the alleged theft of monies from an August 2014 charity softball tournament. Wright advises that in August 2014, several area residents formed a two day softball tournament at Griffin Field, Trenton, to raise money for three area men who had died in vehicle accidents in 2009 and in 2012. The money raised was to be distributed to the families to help offset the cost of burial and headstone expenses. To date, no families have received any monies from this event. Wright advised that they have developed a person(s) of interest and the investigation is ongoing. Wright asks that anyone who contributed to this softball tournament either through money donation or through team registration, to contact him via email or phone. Contact Chief Tommy Wright via email at [email protected] or via telephone at 660-359-5557.
Published Online Dec 16, 2014 - 02:10 PM

Great Plains Growers Conference January 8-10
by Tim Baker, Regional Horticulturist Ever since moving to the Northwest Extension Region, I have been working on the organizing committee for the Great Plains Growers Conference. This is a premier conference for horticulture producers, with many new ideas presented from growers, researchers, and Extension specialists. The conference is organized by Extension educators from five states: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. We hold the conference every January in St. Joseph, Missouri. Our 19th annual conference will be held on January 8-10, 2015. This conference is open to everyone, from backyard gardeners to commercial produce growers. Topics cover not only vegetables, but also tree fruits, small fruits and flowers. There are also presentations targeted toward organic growers. The event begins with workshops on Thursday. Attendees choose a workshop when they register. Each workshop explores a topic in-depth. Workshops this year will include topics such as high tunnels, soils & irrigation, tree fruits, advanced beekeeping, farm-to-school marketing, and growing berries. The main conference occurs on Friday and Saturday. This year, our keynote speaker on Friday will be Tom Thornton, director of Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson, Washington. After the keynote, there will be five concurrent tracks to choose from. Topics include tree fruits, beginning organic production, vegetable integrated pest management, agroforestry, and technology. On Saturday, concurrent sessions include small fruit, advanced organic, vegetable production, marketing and business, cut flowers, and food safety/GAPs. Our trade show continues to be popular, with many exhibitors available to provide information about seeds, irrigation, horticulture equipment, chemicals, and other topics. Meals, break refreshments, and handouts will be included in the registration fee for the main conference. The conference will be held on the campus of Missouri Western State University. For more information about the conference and a registration form, call the Buchanan County Extension office at (816) 279-1691. You may also register on-line and find additional information on our web site at: http://www.greatplainsgrowersconference.org.
Published Online Dec 16, 2014 - 09:55 AM

Access II Helps Disabled Live Independently
Access II Independent Living Center is available to serve those living with disabilities by providing them with an opportunity to live more independently. Access II provides you with an in-home aide to assist with daily tasks so you can remain in your own home. If you are receiving MO HealthNet (Medicaid), have a significant physical disability, and are at least 18 years of age, you may qualify for the in-home services program. For questions about this program and its service areas, or to learn about the many resources available to individuals with disabilities, please call Access II Independent Living Center in Gallatin toll free at 888-663-2423.
Published Online Dec 16, 2014 - 08:57 AM

MSHP Welcomes New Troopers
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will hold a graduation ceremony for 31 new state troopers on Friday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m., at the Law Enforcement Academy in Jefferson City. Graduates will report for duty on Jan. 5. They'd begun training at the academy on July 1.
Published Online Dec 15, 2014 - 10:04 AM

Christmas Cultural Luncheon
CHILLICOTHE, MO -- The Chillicothe Area Arts Council is sponsoring its annual Christmas Cultural Luncheon, from noon to 1 p.m., on Dec. 17, at the First Christian Church (900 Jackson Street). Lunch is served from noon to 12:25 in the church’s social hall, and from 12:30 – 12:55 a special program of sacred and popular Christmas music will be presented in the sanctuary by musicians Frosty Garr on violin; Jamie Pauls on piano; and vocalists Mary White and Mary Lou VanDeventer. This will also include audience participation in the singing of favorite Christmas songs. The $5 luncheon features Paul Harvey's wild rice and potato soup or chicken and noodle soup, plus hot sandwiches, cookies and coffee, tea or water. Attendees do not have to purchase the lunch to attend the program, but those wanting lunch must make reservations by noon on Dec. 16. The music program is free to any who wish to attend. The church is handicapped accessible. For reservations call the arts council office at 646-1173.
Published Online Dec 15, 2014 - 09:55 AM

GHCAA Clinic for Women
Green Hills Community Action Agency Women’s Health Clinic has openings in Trenton (1506 Oklahoma Ave.) on Jan. 2, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Jan. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.; and Jan. 10, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 660-359-2855 to schedule an appointment. The GHCAA Women's Health Services Program offers exams, testing, and education to anyone in need of them without income or age restriction. All services are strictly confidential.
Published Online Dec 11, 2014 - 03:39 PM

Cameron Accepting Toys for Tots
Last year, Cameron Toys for Tots served 250 families by providing 676 kids in Clinton, Caldwell, and DeKalb Counties with Christmas gifts, and the organization is ready to do that again---or better---in 2014. This worthy program includes kids ages 1-10, and accepts new toys with a value of $10-$25. Cash donations are also accepted (and should be made by Dec. 13 - checks made payable to Cameron Toys for Tots - mailed to 409 S. West Street, Cameron MO 64429). Toys can be left in drop boxes at the Cameron Walmart, Orscheln Farm and Home, and various Marine Corps boxes found throughout locations in the three counties. To get a drop box for your business, call 816-632-9859. Toys for Tots recipients are determined by criteria put forth and identified through the county health departments.
Published Online Dec 11, 2014 - 03:01 PM

PSC Cold Weather Rule Takes Effect
The Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule, designed to help customers with heat-related utility bills, began on Nov. 1. The rule will remain in effect through March 31, 2015. The Cold Weather Rule has been a part of the commission’s rules and regulations since 1977. The Cold Weather Rule applies to natural gas and electric utilities under PSC jurisdiction that provide heat-related service. Municipally operated systems, cooperatives and those that provide propane delivered by truck are not under PSC jurisdiction. "The Cold Weather Rule contains a number of protections designed to help consumers keep the heat on during the winter," said PSC Chairman Robert Kenney. "Consumers who have questions regarding the rule or who need additional information on the Cold Weather Rule are encouraged to contact our Consumer Services Unit at 800-392-4211." The Cold Weather Rule: Prohibits the disconnection of heat-related service when the temperature is predicted to drop below 32 degrees during the following 24 hour period. Provides more lenient payment terms permitting reconnection of service for natural gas and/or electric customers. Prohibits the disconnection of registered elderly and disabled customers who meet certain income guidelines who make a minimum payment. Allows a customer to register with the utility if — 65 years of age or older; disabled to the extent that the customer has filed with the utility a form submitted by a medical physician attesting that household must have natural gas or electric utility service provided in the home to maintain life or health, or the customer has obtained a formal award letter issued from the federal government of disability benefits; Allows customers to budget payments over 12 months; May allow customers to extend payment of pre-existing arrears beyond 12 months.
Published Online Dec 11, 2014 - 01:33 PM

Apply for Sheriff’s Scholarship
Each year the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association offers 16 scholarships valued at $1,000 each to college-bound Missouri high school seniors who intend to pursue a criminal justice career and will be attending a Missouri college or university. Applicants must: be in good standing with his/her school; have a good reference from his/her school counselor; demonstrate financial need; have a 2.0 GPA or greater; and be active in extra-curricular activities. A paragraph must be attached to the application detailing his/her goals 10 years after high school graduation. The award was established in 1988 in honor of former Scott County Sheriff John Dennis. Dennis served his county for 24 years and, in 1963, was elected president of the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association. In 1976, Dennis retired from the office of sheriff following a successful campaign for the Missouri Senate seat in District 27, a position he held until his retirement from state government 1992. In 1988, Dennis was presented a Distinguished Service Award at which time the establishment of the John Dennis Scholarship Fund was announced. To apply visit www.mosheriffs.com and follow the scholarship link to learn more. The application must be returned to the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, 1100 Littleby Road, Mexico, Mo., 65265, no later than Jan. 31.
Published Online Dec 11, 2014 - 10:15 AM

Christmas Cantata in Cameron
Cameron United Methodist Church invites you to the Chancel Choir's offering of the "The Christmas Story." The composition by Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi is directed by Ann Goodwin Clark, and includes familiar and not-so-familiar carols with international origins. The cantata will be performed Sunday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m. at the church, 201 North Pine. All are welcome.
Published Online Dec 11, 2014 - 08:38 AM

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