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Oct. 25, 2014






Hike at Crowder State Park Halloween Night
TRENTON, MO -- Crowder State Park is hosting Halloween Night Hikes on Oct. 31 at Camp Grand River, the park’s organized group camp. The two hikes will begin at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. At 8 p.m., guests can enjoy an outdoor showing of the movie “Frankenweenie.” Participants will also have the chance to make a Halloween craft and enjoy snacks from 6-8 p.m. It's a family-friendly event that is free and open to the public. For more information, call 660-359-6473, or visit mostateparks.com.
Published Online Oct 24, 2014 - 04:57 PM

Incident at Lathrop Middle School
Today (Oct. 24) at approximately 11:35 a.m., the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded with the Lathrop PD and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department to reports of a white male juvenile displaying a handgun at Lathrop Middle School. Upon arrival at the school, the subject was already restrained by LMS faculty. The school had been placed on lockdown, which was lifted after a thorough search of the premises by law enforcement. No injuries were reported. The subject was a 13yo, who is now in custody. Officers were expected to remain on scene for the rest of the day.
Published Online Oct 24, 2014 - 04:52 PM

5th Annual GHCAA Women’s Expo Planned
TRENTON, MO -- Mark your calendars for Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., when the annual fundraiser benefitting Green Hills Community Action Agency's Women’s Health Services Program once again comes to town. Over 45 vendor booths---for goods and merchandise, foods, pictures with Santa, and special appearances---have been reserved for the event, which takes place in the Trenton High School gym and commons area. For more information, visit greenhillswomenshealth.org
Published Online Oct 24, 2014 - 03:51 PM

Gallatin License Office Contract Up for Bid
The Missouri Office of Administration is now accepting management contract bids for the Gallatin License Office. Interested individuals and groups must submit their bids to operate the Gallatin License Office by Oct. 29. A copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) bidders are required to use to develop their bids can be viewed on the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website. In fiscal year 2014, more than 9,500 transactions were conducted at the Gallatin office, generating $31,525 in agent processing fees. The Missouri Department of Revenue oversees 178 license offices which are each operated by independent agents. All of the license offices were put out for bid under the competitive procurement process in 2009. Contracts were awarded for one year with three one-year renewal options. The move toward a competitive procurement process of the license offices overhauled the way local motor vehicle and driver license offices are awarded and was one of the first actions of Gov. Jay Nixon's administration. Bids will be evaluated on areas such as expertise of the personnel proposed, methods proposed for performing the services and whether the individual or entity is a not-for-profit, political subdivision, a Missouri Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) or a Missouri Service-Disabled Veteran Enterprise.
Published Online Oct 24, 2014 - 10:35 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 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 Oct 24, 2014 - 08:13 AM

Northern MO Disaster Declaration Requested
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has requested a federal disaster declaration for 20 northern Missouri counties, due to road and infrastructure damage from flooding and straight line winds Sept. 9-10. The request is for federal public assistance for Grundy, Mercer, Livingston, Putnam, Sullivan, Linn, Harrison, and Daviess Counties in the Green Hills area, as well as Adair, Macon, Gentry, Worth, and Nodaway, Andrew, Atchison, Holt, Knox, Lewis, Ralls, and Shelby. Public assistance would allow local authorities to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.
Published Online Oct 23, 2014 - 04:13 PM

Conservation Commission Takes Action to Protect Deer in MO
The Conservation Commission unanimously voted to approve proposed amendments to regulations regarding the operation of hunting preserves and wildlife breeding facilities that hold white-tailed deer, mule deer, their hybrids, and other members of the deer family, known as cervids, to prevent the spread of diseases, including chronic wasting disease, to the state’s deer herd. Actions by the commission include: Banning the importation of live white-tailed deer, mule deer, and their hybrids from other states. The regulation still allows for the importation of semen for artificial insemination. Requiring all facilities, existing and new, to maintain or construct a single 8-foot fence following specific standards detailed in the Wildlife Code of Missouri. Existing facilities would have 18 months to bring fencing into compliance. Requiring Class I and Class II wildlife breeders and big game hunting preserves to test all mortalities of deer that are older than six months for chronic wasting disease and allow permittees to apply for an exemption from mandatory testing requirements in the event of a mass-casualty event. Requiring Class I and Class II wildlife breeders that hold deer to participate in a United States Department of Agriculture-approved chronic wasting disease herd certification program. Set requirements for disease testing, record-keeping, reporting disease test results, and complying with an established disease response plan in the event a disease is discovered. Prohibiting any new captive-cervid facilities within 25 miles of a confirmed chronic wasting disease location for five years. The regulation changes will go into effect Jan. 30, 2015. More than 500,000 Missouri citizens enjoy deer hunting, sharing their hunting heritage and passing that heritage onto future generations. The spread of chronic wasting disease could negatively impact the future of Missouri deer hunting as well as negatively impacting deer-dependent businesses that support more than 12,000 Missouri jobs and generate over $1 billion in economic activity annually. "Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease that affects members of the deer family and, with no known cure, it is 100 percent fatal," said MDC Deputy Director Tom Draper. "These amendments work to reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease spreading beyond the limited area where it has been found in northern Missouri to ensure the health of Missouri’s entire deer herd, including free-ranging and captive-cervids." In June, proposed amendments to the Wildlife Code of Missouri were filed with the Secretary of State and published in the Missouri Register with a 30-day public comment period, beginning July 16, with comments provided to the Conservation Commission for its consideration. In addition, MDC held public meetings around the state last summer to share information and gather public feedback. More than 40,000 comments were received with strong support for each of the proposed amendment changes. The final regulations will minimize risk associated with the movement and holding of captive deer and help protect Missouri’s deer herd from chronic wasting disease. In 2011, the Conservation Commission approved regulation changes related to the free-ranging deer herd to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in northern Missouri. To learn more about these regulations or chronic wasting disease, go online to mdc.mo.gov.
Published Online Oct 21, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Local Students Inducted into Honor Society
Twelve students at North Central Missouri College in Trenton were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa during ceremonies held at NCMC recently. Phi Theta Kappa, the official honor society for students at two-year colleges, is the largest honor society in higher education. Ronna Owens (Laredo), president of the local chapter known as Etu Mu, presided over the ceremony with the assistance of Sara Miles (Leonard), Vice President of Leadership and Service, and Jordan Hale (Holt), Vice President of Communications and Historical Events. College President Dr. Neil Nuttall closed the ceremony by congratulating the students for their success and encouraged them to continue their hard work. Chapter Advisors are Megan Goodin, Advising Coordinator, and Maryellen Harman, history instructor. Pictured, back row from left to right: Trevor Long (Chillicothe), Mike Hutton (Spickard), Grace Von Opitz (Gallatin), Shelby Roof (Unionville), Kristen Cash (Kidder), Jessica Browning (Marshall), and Alex Anderson (Trenton). Front row from left to right: Bobby Loving (Bethany), Rian Dunkin (Lathrop), Shontel Cross (Trenton), Megan Miller (Trenton), and Sydney McClain (Unionville).
Published Online Oct 21, 2014 - 09:41 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 Oct 21, 2014 - 07:55 AM

Grief Support Group Begins
CHILLICOTHE, MO -- A 13-week recovery and support group called Grief Share will begin meeting on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church. The first of these meetings is Oct. 21. For more information, call 660-636-5166 or 646-2834.
Published Online Oct 20, 2014 - 10:10 AM

Report Poaching Problems to OGT
Operation Game Thief (OGT) is Missouri's anti-poaching program, designed to protect the fish, forest, and wildlife resources in our state. OGT---a partnership between the MDC and the Conservation Federation of Missouri---provides a state-wide, 24-hour toll-free hotline for the reporting of poaching or violation. Call 800-392-1111 to leave an anonymous report, for which you may be considered for a reward.
Published Online Oct 20, 2014 - 09:32 AM

Foster/Adoptive Parents Needed
In Northwest Missouri, more than 4000 children suffer from abuse and neglect. These kids are in need of a family. Whether or not you've considered fostering or adopting before, go to healthyfamilies4kids.org, or call 855-SRV-KIDS for more information about what it takes to get involved and make a life-altering difference.
Published Online Oct 20, 2014 - 08:00 AM

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