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Sep. 1, 2014

Josh Boyd Still at Large, Manhunt Ongoing
Sgt. Jake Angle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said today, (Friday, Aug. 29), his agency has received no tips, no reports, no calls and no sightings since Wednesday when Joshua Boyd is believed to have abandoned a stolen Kansas City Police car on I-35 near Pattonsburg. Boyd, a 30-year-old homeless Kansas City man, is accused of stealing the squad car. He was charged Thursday in Jackson County with second-degree robbery and resisting arrest in connection with the incident which occurred at about 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. Boyd is accused of stealing the police cruiser from a gas station after being confronted by a police officer who had been called to the scene in regards to an emotionally disturbed man. The officer struggled with the man and was dragged by the suspect as he drove off in the patrol car. “We have no false alarms, no nothing,” said Sgt. Angle. “It has gone cold.” He said the command post had been removed from Pattonsburg, but the highway patrol would be patrolling the area “in case something shakes loose” along with the Daviess and Caldwell Sheriff Offices doing regular patrols with heightened vigilance. Sgt. Angle said that there appeared to be nothing to tie Josh Boyd to the area as far as family. “We don’t know why he came this way,” Sgt. Angle said. He added that the police squad car Boyd is accused of stealing did not run out of gas. Boyd stopped at the 75 mile marker on the northbound side of I-35, left the car motor running and the door open, jumped out of the car and fled on foot. “It’s kind of odd,” Sgt. Angle said. Boyd is also believed to have taken a shotgun which was missing from the cruiser. Citizens are asked to call 911 if they spot Boyd or suspicious activity.
Published Online Aug 29, 2014 - 03:01 PM

Feed Your Soul Color Run/Walk
POLO, MO -- Stagecoach Community Park (just south of town) will be the site of the "Feed Your Soul" 1-mile or 3-mile color run/walk on Saturday, Sept. 2o. Registration is from 7-7:45 a.m., and the run starts at 8. The cost to participate is $25 and includes a t-shirt (or register for $15 and forego the shirt). This event will benefit Christ's Cupboard Food Pantry. For more information email [email protected]
Published Online Aug 29, 2014 - 01:34 PM

Attend Outdoor Discovery Day
TRENTON, MO -- Crowder State Park outside Trenton will host the Fall Outdoor Discovery Day on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 12-4 p.m. It's a free event open to all ages, and will include interactive nature displays, presentations, face painting, crafts, a photo scavenger hunt, demonstrations, and more. For more information call 660-359-6473.
Published Online Aug 29, 2014 - 12:20 PM

Book Sale at Library
CHILLICOTHE, MO -- The Friends of the Livingston County Library will be hosting a book sale Sept. 6-13 in the second floor room at the library (450 Locust). Thousands of books and media will be for sale, most priced at under $3 each. Hours of the sale will coordinate with regular library hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 660-646-0547 for more information.
Published Online Aug 29, 2014 - 11:27 AM

Electric Rates on Rise in Chillicothe
The Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works recently approved a new system, driven by an increase in wholesale power, which means Chillicothe electric customers will see an increase in their rates. This will be reflected on September billing.
Published Online Aug 26, 2014 - 10:32 AM

Distinguished Alumni Class of 2014 Announced
TRENTON, MO -- North Central Missouri Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce its 2014 Class of Distinguished Alumni. All individuals attended Trenton Junior College (TJC), now known as North Central Missouri College (NCMC). They are George Constant and Max B. Oyler of Trenton; Linda Wildman Gray of Prescott, Ariz.; and Dr. James Michael Ritze of Broken Arrow, Okla. These alums will be formally inducted as Distinguished Alumni at the NCMC Foundation’s eleventh annual gala on Oct. 11 at the Ketcham Community Center. The theme for this year’s gala will be “North Central Missouri College: Your Passport to the World.” All alumni and friends of NCMC are invited to attend. More information about the gala can be obtained by calling the foundation office at 660 359-3948 x1415.
Published Online Aug 26, 2014 - 08:53 AM

GHCAA's Summer Energy Assistance Exhausted
Green Hills Community Action Agency has announced that the agency’s allotment of summer utility assistance funding has been completely used up. They will be unable to assist with electric shut-off notices or any other utility-related emergencies until the winter energy assistance season begins. Winter assistance begins Oct. 1 for the elderly or disabled, and Nov. 1 for all other households. No funds will be available for utility assistance prior to those dates and no applications can be accepted or processed until those dates. Those with questions are urged to contact the agency at 855-290-8544, visit them online at, or find them on Facebook.
Published Online Aug 26, 2014 - 08:42 AM

Communities Can Change Transmission for the Better
by Lu Nelsen, [email protected], Center for Rural Affairs Earlier this month, several hearings were held across Missouri concerning a proposed transmission line that has the potential to carry Midwest wind energy to eastern markets. The Missouri Public Service Commission heard testimony from Missouri residents concerning the Grain Belt Express project, one of several new transmission projects in the region that could help boost new renewable energy projects. These hearings are an essential part of the transmission development process, as they provide communities and landowners the opportunity to ask questions and share their concerns. Transmission is an important factor in bringing new renewable energy onto the grid, but it’s vital new transmission is developed the right way. That means that we must have landowners and community members getting involved. Public involvement helps reveal the weak points. For example, many worry about the use of eminent domain for large-scale transmission projects. Insight from landowners points to flaws in the way that compensation for property is determined, and makes clear that there is more to property than just its fair market value. Developers must work hard to address these concerns, and work with communities and landowners to find a better way to develop transmission. Public involvement in transmission development offers all involved the opportunity to think about the future. As more renewable energy is developed, we will require more and better infrastructure to connect it to the electric grid. But we also need to change the way we develop projects, making the process more fair and agreeable to landowners. Editor’s note: Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.
Published Online Aug 26, 2014 - 08:36 AM

JoeStock Labor Day Music Festival Returns
ST. JOSEPH, MO -- The area’s largest and most eclectic live concert event returns Labor Day weekend---Friday (3-11 p.m.), Saturday (10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.), Sunday (10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.)---to downtown St. Joe. Over 33 musical acts will take the stage at Coleman Hawkins Park for the 5th annual JoeStock Music Festival. This is an all-ages, family-friendly event presented by the St. Joseph Music Foundation. It's free to the public and features a roster of internationally respected artists, regional performers, and amateur artists showcasing their talents in the genres of rock, alternative, pop, jazz, country, folk, metal, and experimental music. For more information contact the St. Joseph Music Foundation, (816) 676-1112.
Published Online Aug 25, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Results of DWI Saturation Conducted in Livingston County
Captain James E. McDonald, commanding officer Troop H, St. Joseph, announces the results of a DWI saturation conducted in Livingston County. The saturation was held from 7:00 p.m. on August 22, 2014, to 3:00 a.m. on August 23, 2014. During this enforcement operation, five officers patrolled specific areas with a goal of detecting impaired drivers and other traffic violations that contribute to traffic crashes. As a result of the operation, there was one arrest for driving while intoxicated, one arrest for minor in possession, 23 traffic citations issued, and 39 warnings.
Published Online Aug 25, 2014 - 10:30 AM

Troop H Driver's Exam Station Permanently Relocated
Effective Sept. 8, 2014, the Driver’s Examination Station in Savannah, Mo., will be moved to a new location. The new location will be 12737 State Route E, Savannah. The hours of operation will remain the same. Exams will be conducted every Monday from 8:45 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Published Online Aug 25, 2014 - 09:04 AM

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