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Sep. 30, 2014






Church Burglaries Reported
Within the last couple weeks, police in Grundy and Sullivan counties have received reports of break-in and/or burglary at five separate churches; one in Trenton, the others in nearby rural areas. It is unknown whether they are connected. Small amounts of cash as well as electronics and more have been taken, with damage done to windows and doors. If you have any information about these incidents, please contact law enforcement.
Published Online Sep 30, 2014 - 09:23 AM

Grand River Halloween 5k
CHILLICOTHE, MO -- Dress in your best Halloween costume and show up for a contest at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, then join the Grand River Heart Restart for its 5k run/walk at 6 p.m. This event is sponsored by GRHR, an organization which focuses on heart health in the community. Registration before Oct. 1 costs $15; after Oct. 1 is $20. Get your entry form at Hedrick Medical Center or the Chillicothe Fire Department, which is where the event kicks off on the 25th.
Published Online Sep 26, 2014 - 01:13 PM

First Annual Quilt Show
ROCK PORT, MO -- The Rock Port Tourism Board hosts its First Annual Quilt Show, coming up Oct. 18-19 at the Atchison County Memorial Building. With of limit of three per person, quilt entries cost $5. Two categories will be open: Novice/Beginner (having made four quilts or fewer qualifies you) and Advanced. Lunch will be available both days, and two trunk shows are planned. Call 660-744-3462 or 660-744-2528 for more information of an entry form.
Published Online Sep 26, 2014 - 12:58 PM

Old Time Harvest Days Approach
CHILLICOTHE, MO -- The 28th Annual Old Time Harvest Days will be Sept. 26-28 at the Livingston County Fairgrounds. Features include cars, tractors, antique machinery, old time skills, demonstrations, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, dinner, Laura Ingalls Wilder stories, and more, as well as parades and church services. The weekend's events are sponsored by the Livingston County Steam and Gas Association. Admission is $5 for a 3-day pass. Youths ages 12 and younger get in free with an adult. Camping will be available on the grounds. Electric hookups are $10 per day.
Published Online Sep 26, 2014 - 09:21 AM

Annual Fall Driving Tour at Poosey
The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold the annual fall driving tour through the Poosey Conservation Area on Sunday, Oct. 19. This will be the 28th year that the Poosey Conservation Area has opened its roads and trails to the public to view examples of the department’s habitat management and to see vibrant fall colors. The gates will open at 12 p.m. and the last cars will be allowed through at 4 p.m. The tour route will begin at Pike’s Lake on the northeast side of the area accessed from State Highway W. The tour will allow visitors to drive through the historical area known as "Poosey." Historic sites such as the "Panther’s Den" will also be included. The roads will be graded and mostly graveled for easy travel; however, four-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles are recommended. The tour route will take approximately one hour to complete without stops. Allow more time for stops and discussion. Resource management practices will be described at various points along the route. Included will be stops explaining prairie grass ecology, noxious weed eradication, forest management, fisheries management, crop field and wildlife habitat management. There will be resource professionals present to explain management techniques and answer questions. Come out and enjoy the colors, sights and sounds of Missouri’s outdoors at Poosey Conservation Area on October 19. From Lock Springs, travel east on Highway 190 to Route A. Travel five miles north to the Route W junction. Continue on Route A, one mile west to the area entrance.
Published Online Sep 26, 2014 - 09:12 AM

Patrol Invites Public to Provide Feedback
The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol invites the public to take part in a public opinion survey regarding safety and security, officers' attitudes and competency, overall agency performance, and concerns regarding crime and social issues. The 2014 Public Opinion Survey can be found on the patrol's website, www.mshp.dps.mo.gov. Click on the link at the top left of the home page to initiate the survey.

Published Online Sep 24, 2014 - 05:55 AM

Maryville Murder-for-Hire Thwarted
Kristina M. Swinford, 32, Maryville, was arrested on Sept. 19, 2014, and charged on Sept. 22 in federal court in a murder-for-hire scheme. The federal criminal complaint charges Swinford with contacting two individuals to kill the wife of her ex-boyfriend. Swinford met three times with an undercover Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent to negotiate the deed. A filed affidavit says Swinford also discussed the job with someone through Facebook, not knowing it was her intended victim, who had created a profile under someone else's name. Arranged meetings with the undercover agent led to the exchange of information and money, with the promise of more money once the hit was completed, all of which culminated in Swinford's arrest. The charge is an accusation, not evidence of guilt; evidence will be presented in a federal trial jury, upon with guilt or innocence will be determined. This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Dunning, and was investigated by the ATF and the Maryville Department of Public Safety.
Published Online Sep 23, 2014 - 01:52 PM

MDC Announces Seed Buying Dates
The Missouri Department of Conservation will again be buying tree and shrub seed this year. Every fall, throughout the state, the Missouri Department of Conservation operates seed buying stations. The Chillicothe office is one of those stations. The seed collected in Chillicothe and other collection points are shipped to the George O. White nursery at Licking and used for producing the seedlings that are sold to the public every spring. This year the Chillicothe office will be buying only the following species: bur oak; northern red oak, black oak; swamp white oak, and chinkapin oak; shellbark hickory; pawpaw; Ohio buckeye; butternut hickory; hazelnut; redbud; and wild plum. A price list and identification guide can be obtained by calling the Chillicothe office at 660-646-6122. MDC reserves the right to stop buying seed once its needs are met. Please call their office to find out if they are still buying seed. They also reserve the right to reject poor quality seed. Hazelnut, pawpaw and wild plum can be brought in before the first seed buying date by appointment only. The Missouri Department of Conservation will purchase tree seeds from 2-6 p.m. at the Chillicothe office on: Tuesday, Sept. 30, Thursday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 22. The office is located on the south side of Highway 36 across from the Chillicothe airport. Seeds that are collected from wild trees in their native environment are preferred. Acorns may include caps. Seeds should be clean and free of dirt, rocks, twigs and leaves.
Published Online Sep 23, 2014 - 09:10 AM

Writers Welcome
CHILLICOTHE, MO -- The North Central Missouri Writer's Guild will meet at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Boji Stone Cafe (612 Washington). Anyone interested in writing is welcome.
Published Online Sep 23, 2014 - 08:32 AM

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