Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The City of Nevada Monday bought the former First Baptist Church property, one block North of the Nevada Square, during Vernon County's back taxes auction. County treasurer Phil Couch says the bidding started at $100.00 and the city won the brief bidding duel at $2,000.00. Mayor Seth Barrett said the city took advantage of the opportunity to take control of the dangerous building and the immediate plan is to secure the structure to prevent further criminal activities while the City Hall staff works on options for the demolition of the building that's been vacant more than 16 years. City manager J.D. Kehrman says the dangerous building tag on the former church is old with the out-of-state owner unwilling to work with the city and any repairs the responsibility of city employees. Kehrman says the building had become an attractive nuisance for young people as well as a hideout for older people stealing copper from businesses around the Square. He expects to discuss demolition options with the city council during a regular council session September 23. More of the city manager's comments about Monday's purchase and the city's next step will be heard on the City Beat program at 1:05 p.m. today on Double K Country as well as live and on-demand at knemknmo.com.
The Nevada park board is expected to elect new officers when it meets this evening. Training for new board members also is planned as are reports from city park and recreation director Dana Redburn and the community center supervisor as well about park facilities maintenance, the Twin Lake Sports Complex and the new clubhouse at the Frank E. Peters golf course. The park board meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. today at the Franklin P. Norman City-County Community Center.
The Nevada R-5 board-of-education approved the district's 2014 tax levy during a three-minute meeting Tuesday morning. The school board voted 7-0 to approve a levy of $3.61 per $100.00 assessed valuation -- a levy that's about four cents lower than the district's 2013 tax levy. Tuesday's public hearing on the 2014 levy started at 7:30 a.m. at the district's central office building, 811 W. Hickory Street.
Fall semester classes at Cottey College started today. After Monday night's Opening Convocation of the Fall Semester, the Cottey students finalized registration procedures and took placement tests Tuesday. Cottey president Dr. Judy Rogers says the official Fall semester enrollment will not be known for a few weeks but the college's enrollment is stable and she thinks this year's class of first-year students will be a bit larger than last Fall's. She adds more young women are coming to Cottey to pursue a four-year degree rather than transfer after earning a two-year associate's degree.
The Vernon County Youth Task Force resumes its regular meetings this week. Task Force member Tricia Bridgewater says the session was to begin at 9:00 a.m. today at the Franklin P. Norman City/County Community Center, 200 N. Ash. The session was to include a report on a leadership conference this summer that included presentations by Nevada city employee Mark Mitchell on effective leadership, Heartland Behavioral Health Services chief-executive-officer Alyson Harder on anti-bullying, Rebecca Keltner on mentoring and Nevada Park and Recreation director Dana Redburn on the development of an activity from beginning to end.
A retired teacher and basketball coach in the Rich Hill schools who later served on the R-4 school board was to be remembered during services this morning. Charles D. Kellogg passed away Saturday at the Osawatomie, Kansas Life Center at the age of 76. He started in the R-4 schools in 1973 and retired 25 years later only to continue coaching basketball in retirement. He was elected to the R-4 board of education in 2002 and served three, three-year terms. After the services this morning, Kellogg was to be laid to rest in the Osawatomie Cemetery.
A second felony charge has been filed against a Nevada man who was charged with burglary and stealing two months ago. 27-year-old Christopher H. Jones was arraigned August 18 on class C felony counts alleging burglary and stealing. Court information, available on-line, indicates county prosecuting attorney Lynn M. Ewing III filed a third class C felony count Monday. The latest charge alleges Jones received stolen property.
The Missouri Conservation Commission recently approved the dates for this year's waterfowl seasons in the Show-Me State. The duck seasons are October 25 through December 23 North of the Missouri River, November 1 through December 30 in the middle zone -- including the Western parts of Vernon and Barton Counties as well as Bates, St. Clair, Henry and Cass -- and November 27 through January 27 in the South zone -- the Eastern parts of Vernon and Barton Counties as well as Cedar, Dade and the other counties in the Southern part of the state. Youth seasons also are scheduled: October 18-19 in the North zone, October 25-26 in the middle zone and November 22-23 in the South zone.
Vernon County's annual 4H Chicken Barbecue is to be held October 4 at the Home Economics building at the Centennial Park Fairgrounds. 4H club members will begin selling advance tickets soon before turning in their ticket sales by September 12. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door -- at a slightly higher price -- October 4. This will be Vernon County's 51st 4H Chicken Barbecue and more information is available at the Missouri University Extension office at the Courthouse, 417-448-2560.
Vernon County Cancer Relief volunteers are planning this year's Chateaubriand dinner fund-raiser. Because of schedule conflicts, this year's event was moved from Ausust to November 8 and VCCR board members are soliciting sponsorships for the evening. Tickets for the dinner will be available in the near future. More information is available from VCCR board president Mike Turnbull or other members of the VCCR board.
Nevada's Community Council on the Performing Arts has launched a fund-raising campaign for its new season. CCPA president Julie Tietz says the group/s volunteers are looking to line up sponsors for this season's productions with advertising space also available in the program/book for each production of 2014-2015. This season's four productions start with Moonlight and Valentino, directed by Lynda Jones, October 3-5 and 10-12; Dashing Through The Snow, directed by Jane Ann Hancock December 5-7 and 12-14; Always A Bridesmaid, directed by Linda Davidson, April 3-5 and 10-12 and High School Musical Jr., directed by Joanna Beck, July 23, 24, 25 and 26, 2015. More information about the CCPA is available on CCPA's Facebook page,