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Sep. 17, 2014

Community Choir Wants You
The Chillicothe Area Community Choir meets tonight (Sept. 15) and every Monday night from 7-9 p.m. at the Chillicothe United Methodist Church, 1414 Walnut Street. (Use south entrance.) Featured music is from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. There are no auditions. A performance is scheduled for the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Nov. 16.
Published Online Sep 15, 2014 - 03:44 PM

Couple Sentenced for $4-Million Theft, More
On charges involving the embezzlement of nearly $4 million from her employer, and falsely filed income tax returns, Donna M. Preszler, 61, and her husband Terrance W. Preszler, 64, former Chillicothe, Mo., residents, were sentenced in federal court today (Sept. 15, 2014) by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan. Donna was sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison without parole; Terrance Preszler was sentenced to three years in federal prison without parole, which is the statutory maximum. The court also ordered the Preszlers to pay $4,049,121 in restitution to Burdg, Dunham & Associates Construction Corp, and $1,236,690 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, a total of $5,285,811. The court also ordered the Preszlers to forfeit to the government a money judgment of $3,912,000, residential property, and many items of personal property, all of which was derived from the proceeds of the criminal violations. More information is available at
Published Online Sep 15, 2014 - 11:11 AM

Upward Bound Program Accepting Applications
The Upward Bound (U.B.) program is now accepting applications from interested students in the Trenton R-9, Chillicothe R-2, Gallatin R-5, Penney R-2, Tri-County R-7 and Grundy R-5 school districts. U.B. assists high school students in preparation for successful college entrance through academic year advising, tutoring, and a culturally rewarding summer component. It is hosted locally by North Central Missouri College in Trenton. More information on Upward Bound can be found at or in the high school counselor’s office in these six high schools. Student applications are due Oct. 3, 2014. Upward Bound is 100% federally funded by the U. S. Department of Education.
Published Online Sep 12, 2014 - 04:26 PM

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge Closed Due to Flooding
SUMNER, MO -- Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge will be closing until further notice due to recent flooding. The heavy rains that hit northern Missouri on Tuesday and Wednesday (Sept. 9 & 10) have caused the Grand River and Yellow Creek to flood. The river is expected to crest at 37.6 feet by Friday (today) afternoon, which will leave most of the refuge's interior under water for several days. Once the waters have receded, all the roads will be surveyed for damage, and any necessary repairs made. When the roads are safe to be used, the public will be notified of reopening.
Published Online Sep 12, 2014 - 03:46 PM

Fall Music Fest, Back Porch Jam
KEARNEY, MO -- The 14th Annual Watkins Mill Music Fest and Back Porch Jam has been set for Sept. 27 at the Watkins Mill State Park and Historic Site. Performances will be at the Watkins Family Home. The event will feature songwriters and musicians performing original and traditional songs on the front porch of the home---with an open jam on the back porch. Featured performers include: 12:00 - 12:30: Bob Morrison; 12:30 -1:00: Kathy Forste; 1:00 - 1:30: Bob Brostoski; 1:30 - 2:00: Jim Abel; 2:00 - 2:30: John Mitchell; 2:30 - 3:00:  Larry Garrett; 3:00 - 3:30: Chris Stout; 3:30 - 4:00: Lynn Snyder; 4:00 - 4:30: David Blyth 4:30 - 5:00. For more information, contact the park's visitors' center at 816-580-3387.
Published Online Sep 12, 2014 - 03:42 PM

'Museum Day' 2014 -- Get in for Free!
ST. JOSEPH, MO -- On Saturday, Sept. 27, the whole family can join the Museum Association of St. Joseph for the national, annual Museum Day, and celebrate America’s dynamic heritage and cultural life. Each participant in the Museum Association of St. Joseph features exhibits and programs on different topics, and the hours that they will be open are as follows: Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, 2818 Frederick, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fire Museum, 11th and Penn, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; National Military Heritage Museum, 701 Messanie, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Pony Express National Museum, 914 Penn, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Remington Nature Center, 1502 MacArthur Drive, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Robidoux Row Museum, 3rd and Poulin, 10 to 4 p.m.; St. Joseph Museum, Black Archives Museum, and the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Ave., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 11th and Charles, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Walter Cronkite Memorial, 4525 Downs Drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Andrew County Museum, 202 E. Duncan Drive in Savannah, is also participating and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All entrance fees are waived. For more information visit or call 816-232-8471.
Published Online Sep 12, 2014 - 03:38 PM

KC Job Fair for Veterans
KANSAS CITY, MO -- A special hiring event -- especially for veterans and military spouses -- will take place on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium. Many local and national companies will be on-hand for interviews. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Jill at 513-677-7035 or [email protected] This event is sponsored by RecruitMilitary in partnership with the DAV.
Published Online Sep 12, 2014 - 03:29 PM

WMH Offers Safe Sitter Class
TRENTON, MO -- On Saturday, Oct. 11, kids ages 11-13 can learn what it takes to be a safe and efficient caregiver for younger children. Topics to be covered will include first aid, personal safety, injury prevention, infant care, behavior management, ethics, and more. The cost of the one-day class is $40 and, led by director of customer and facility services Tina Capeder, will take place on the campus of Wright Memorial Hospital. To register or get more information, call 660-358-5704.
Published Online Sep 11, 2014 - 08:44 AM

Rains Mess with HDC Tournament Schedule
The softball fields in Bethany absorbed heavy rains Tuesday night and so the opening rounds of the HDC Softball Tournament have been moved to sites at North Harrison and Pattonsburg schools, provided no more rain falls today (Wednesday) or Thursday. Following is the revised first round schedule, according to tournament director Eric Lewis. The tournament will return to Bethany, as scheduled, on Saturday. Wednesday games at North Harrison: 4:30 - North Harrison girls vs. Tri-County, Mercer girls vs. East Harrison. 6 p.m. - Mercer boys vs. Tri-County. 7:30 p.m. - North Harrison boys vs. Newtown-Harris. Thursday games at Pattonsburg: 4:30 - Grundy County boys vs. East Harrison. 6 p.m. - Grundy County girls vs. Winston. 7:30 p.m. - Pattonsburg girls vs. Gilman City. Should more rain fall today (Wednesday) the Wednesday games at North Harrison will be moved to Thursday.
Published Online Sep 10, 2014 - 09:38 AM

Troop H Efforts During Flash Flooding in Holt County
On Sept. 9, 2014, at approximately 11:20 p.m., the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop H Headquarters, began receiving reports of water over Interstate 29 between the 86- and 88-mile markers. Shortly after the initial reports, Troop H began receiving reports of individuals trapped on top of their vehicles due to rising flash flood waters. Troop H officers, along with MoDOT, MDC, Holt County Sheriff’s Department, Andrew County Sheriff’s Department, and the St. Joseph Fire Department took decisive action and rescued eight motorists whose vehicles became disabled in the flash flood waters. This multi-agency response and the decisive actions taken saved the lives of eight motorists during this flash flood. On Sept. 10, 2014, at approximately 6:39 a.m., Interstate 29 was re-opened for normal use. Motorists are encouraged to visit the Missouri Department of Transportation’s road closure map via the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s website for current road closures.
Published Online Sep 10, 2014 - 08:24 AM

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