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Mar. 31, 2015

Christian Vocalist to Lead Worship Service
A nationally recognized Christian vocalist will lead Sunday morning worship services at First Baptist Gallatin on April 12. Jami Smith will lead a musical worship service beginning at 10:40 a.m., after introductory remarks from Bro. Garrett Trunk. Jami Smith Jami Smith grew up in Chickasha, OK, and soon established Spring Rain Ministries as a non-profit entity in 1999. She then graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in music, but she is more widely known as a performer and music director. Ms. Smith produced six independent albums prior to the 1999 release of her self-titled album "Jami" by Vertical. A seasoned worship leader, Ms. Smith has led music for Passion conferences, OneDay, the National Acteens Conference, and the Student Live Conference. Her songs are featured on the Passion CD and the WoW Worship CD. The songs "Salt and Light" and "Wash Over Me" from her 2002 album release "Wash Over Me" were chart toppers on Christian radio stations in the United States. This presentation is open to the public as are all worship services held at the church. First Baptist Gallatin is located at 511 West Richardson Street. The congregation is led by Pastor Trunk with Wood Marshall serving as Minister of Youth. A nursery is provided.
Published Online Mar 30, 2015 - 02:10 PM

Call Before Digging
Attorney General Chris Koster recently announced his office obtained more than $50,000 in penalties from violators of Missouri�s Underground Facility Safety and Damage Prevention Act, also known as the Missouri One Call law. Under that law, any person beginning an excavation must notify the Missouri One Call System prior to digging, to allow utility companies to check for underground lines in the area. The Missouri One Call System provides a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week hotline that both professional excavators and homeowners are required to contact to report their planned dig.�Hotline operators notify the utilities, which in turn mark locations of underground lines. Digging without knowing the location of underground lines can result in dangerous situations, such as gas explosions.�Because of the serious possible consequences, Koster said his office has made pursuing violations of the One Call law a priority for his Agriculture and Environment Division. Koster said that in 2014 his office:
  • Received and investigated 130 complaints.
  • Entered 89 settlement agreements with companies that violated the Missouri One Call law, including payment of penalties and required training for employees.
  • Filed five court cases.�In each case, the defendant had hit a gas line, forcing the gas company to make an emergency repair.�The office has obtained judgments in two of the cases that include injunctions against future violations, as well as training and penalties.�The three other cases are pending.
  • Assessed more than $50,000 in penalties to violators in settlements and judgments.�Penalties ranged from $500 to $4,250, depending on the severity of the risk involved.
�The risk of serious injury from an excavator hitting an underground gas line is very real,� Koster said.��We will continue to enforce our One Call law to ensure Missourians are protected.� The Attorney General urged all companies and members of the public to contact the Missouri One Call System before digging or doing any other work that could damage a buried utility.��Before you dig, call 811 or 1-800-DIG-RITE, or go to,� Koster added.
Published Online Mar 30, 2015 - 01:48 PM

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel Returns Unclaimed Property
More than $2.5 million to 11 accounts in 2015 Treasurer Zweifel protects more than $822 million for Missourians State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) recently announced that he has returned more than $2.5 million of Unclaimed Property in large accounts back to Missouri families and businesses since the start of the new year. Treasurer Zweifel has returned 11 accounts since January, each valued at more than $100,000. �My team has worked hard to implement technological innovations making the claims process easier than ever before, allowing me to return record amounts of Unclaimed Property,� Treasurer Zweifel said. �Unclaimed Property doesn�t just come in high-dollar accounts - the average amount returned is $300. I encourage everyone to search for theirs at� Among the accounts returned were liquidated securities for a large Missouri corporation and a St. Louis-area church. There were also a matured certificate of deposit and mutual fund liquidation for Missouri residents. The largest account was returned to a trust, worth more than $600,000. There remain 77 accounts to return worth more than $100,000. Missourians are able to donate Unclaimed Property to 20 eligible charities and non-profit organizations operating in Missouri, including the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association. Unclaimed Property can belong to individuals, businesses, nonprofits or any entity that conducts financial transactions. It can come from abandoned bank accounts, uncollected insurance policies, uncashed checks and more. State law requires those entities to turn over assets to Treasurer Zweifel�s office after a statutorily defined period of time, generally five years. The assets are held by the office in perpetuity until the original owners or a proper heir is located. All Unclaimed Property is returned free of charge. One in 10 Missourians has Unclaimed Property.
Published Online Mar 30, 2015 - 10:50 AM

Jail Purchases Van
Hears presentation on phone, tracking system The Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail Board agreed to purchase a 2005 Dodge van from St Genevieve County for $8,000 during their meeting held March 27. Rick Freeman, Citytelecoin Phones, gave a presentation on inmate phones for the jail. Joe Berra and Kelly White gave a presentation on a jail management system from the Missouri Sheriff�s Association. Discussion was tabled until a later date. Ed Howard gave the financial report which was accepted by the board. Sales tax income for March was $95,612.81; Commissary grossed $15,929.75; CD Account balance is $235,909.24 (Interest added 3/2/15 $583.48); Sales Tax Account balance is $268,629.29; Operating Account balance is $660.55; Payroll Account balance is $53.43. A refund notice from MAC for Work Comp Insurance was received in the amount of $3467.00. Check will be mailed in late April. For the first two months of 2015 Daviess County would have had to pay $68,880 for inmate housing and DeKalb County would have had to pay $103,640. Howard reported training is still ongoing. Gray is waiting on the Pattonsburg High School superintendent to call back with regards to the school students touring the jail. The jail now has an ORI number which is the first step for Mules. We are still waiting to hear from State of Missouri. Closed session was cancelled. The above are the unofficial minutes of the meeting held March 27 at Pattonsburg. Present: Daviess County Sheriff Ben Becerra; DeKalb County Sheriff Wes Raines; Daviess County Presiding Commissioner Randy Sims; DeKalb County Presiding Commissioner Harold Allison; Administrator Bob Gray; Assistant Administrator Ed Howard; Secretary Norma Crabtree; Rachel Haggard; Rick Freeman, CTC; Marty Gray, Mitch Allen, Dina Eskridge, all from Caldwell County.
Published Online Mar 30, 2015 - 10:47 AM

Foreign Persons Must Report Land Holdings
The Executive Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Daviess County, Kirby Payne, reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. "Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security interest, including leaseholds of 10 years or more, in agricultural land in the United States is required by law to report the transaction no later than 90 days after the date of the transaction," said Mr. Payne. Foreign investors must file Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) reports with the FSA county office that maintains reports for the county where the land is located. �Failure to file a report, filing a late report or filing an inaccurate report can result in a penalty with fines up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land,� said Mr. Payne. For AFIDA purposes, agricultural land is defined as any land used for farming, ranching or timber production, if the tracts total 10 acres or more. Disclosure reports are also required when there are changes in land use. For example, reports are required when land use changes from nonagricultural to agricultural or from agricultural to nonagricultural. Foreign investors must also file a report when there is a change in the status of ownership such as the owner changes from foreign to non-foreign, from non-foreign to foreign or from foreign to foreign. Data gained from these disclosures is used to prepare an annual report to the President and Congress concerning the effect of such holdings upon family farms and rural communities in the United States. For more information regarding AFIDA and FSA programs, contact the Daviess County FSA office at 660-663-3703 or visit the USDA website at
Published Online Mar 30, 2015 - 10:44 AM

NCMC Named to Top 10 List
North Central Missouri College in Trenton has been named to the �Top 10 Community Colleges in America� list by The Huffington Post. The SmartAsset blog on the Huff Post website determined their list of Top 10 through various factors including the low cost of education, good return on investment, and high student success rate. North Central Missouri College was #6. According to Dr. Kristen Alley, NCMC Dean of Students, �NCMC was noted for its low tuition, the percentage of students who transfer to a four-year institution, and the salary range of its recent graduates.�Congratulations to the NCMC community!� Other community colleges from the Midwest on the �Top 10 Community Colleges in America� list were Rend Lake College (Illinois) and Fort Scott Community College and Pratt Community College, both in Kansas.
Published Online Mar 30, 2015 - 09:54 AM

Organic Certification Cost Share Program for Missouri Farmers
The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced recently that funding is available to assist Missouri farmers and food processors in obtaining organic certification for their businesses. Through the USDA Organic Certification Cost Share Program, producers may be reimbursed for up to $750 of their certification expenses. As a result of recent growth, Missouri received $127,800 in program funds. These funds will be used to reimburse producers and handlers for 75 percent of their certification costs, up to $750. Through its Ag Business Development Division, the department has participated in the Organic Certification Cost Share Program since the USDA launched this program five years ago. To participate in the program, businesses must obtain or renew their organic certification, complete an application, and document their certification costs through Oct. 1, 2014 � Sept. 30, 2015. Applications for cost share funds will be reimbursed in the order applications are received until funds are exhausted or the eligibility period ends, whichever comes first. To learn more about the organic cost-share program or the Missouri Department of Agriculture, visit
Published Online Mar 27, 2015 - 01:49 PM

Fatality Accident Near Chillicothe
This morning at 7:35 a.m. in Livingston County, north of Wheeling, a vehicle driven east by Penny Anderson, 44, of Wheeling, struck a horse-drawn buggy driven by 10-year-old Joshua Leinbach (who was carrying two younger sisters). Joshua was thrown from the buggy and pronounced dead at 8:31 a.m. All others involved in the accident were carried to Hedrick Medical Center by emergency services, with injuries ranging from minor to serious.
Published Online Mar 26, 2015 - 04:03 PM

Prescribed Fire Workshop with MDC
TRENTON, MO -- The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold a prescribed fire workshop on April 11 at 9 a.m., in the shelter house at Crowder State Park. Prescribed burns use fire as a tool to help manage unwanted vegetation, increase cattle forage, and boost native plants that benefit wildlife. This workshop is free. Pre-registration is required by April 8. Contact Scott Roy by calling 660-359-5685 x114. Materials, refreshments, and lunch will be provided.�Participants should bring leather gloves and wear leather boots.
Published Online Mar 26, 2015 - 12:19 PM

What's Gallatin Got? We Got This!
Gallatin Theatre League is putting the finishing touches on their spring production �Guys and Dolls� to be performed this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 26-28. This Broadway musical is a favorite of theater lovers and performers alike. It has all the elements audiences love: laughter, action, romance, and music. Countless hours have gone into the rehearsals and practice. You don't want to miss it. Tickets are available, (but going fast) at Eileine�s Beauty Shop in Gallatin. A few months ago, a Gallatin resident submitted an article posing the question, �What does Gallatin have? Hamilton has quilts. Jamesport has the Amish. What�s Gallatin got?� Well, friends, Gallatin�s got this: live theater! It truly is a unique commodity in Smalltown, USA, to have the talent pool and dedication of the members of the theatre league. The support of the league patrons and those people who attend the shows is what keeps the live, amateur theater going. Yep! Gallatin�s got something pretty special! Come check it out this weekend. Pictured, left to right, seated Lana Belshe, Marcy Gay, Jackie Nichols, Kim Ness, Rachel Peery, TeeDee Ehly; second row standing, Troy Elbert, Jen�Guffey, Glennie Peery, Nicole Ray, Amy McMahon, Doug Nichols, Mark Gay, Wes Gay, Tom Garnett, Steve Agenstein, Natalie May, John Agenstein, Ashley Ishmael; back row, Keith Gay, Lance Rains, Michael Whitney, Matt�Pottorff, Derrick Teel, Roger Harris, Carl Carder,�Rhonda McCann, Phil Tate. [Submitted Photo]
Published Online Mar 25, 2015 - 07:10 AM

GRC to be Equally Divided in East, West Divisions
The school boards of Braymer and King City school districts have voted to play 8-man football beginning with the 2016-17 school year. As a result, the Eastern and Western divisions of the Grand River Conference, which were divided for the purposes of basketball and softball, will now be the same for football. While there will be divisional championships in softball and basketball, there are no plans to have a conference championship game at the end of the conference season for either sport. There will be conference champions in 11-man and 8-man football. The conference champion for golf, track and wrestling will be decided by one conference meet involving all schools participating in those sports. The Eastern Division of the GRC will include Gallatin, Maysville, Milan, Polo, Putnam County, Princeton, South Harrison and Trenton. The Western Division will include Albany, Braymer, King City, North Andrew, Pattonsburg, St. Joseph Christian, Stanberry and Worth County.
Published Online Mar 24, 2015 - 08:13 AM

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