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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The trial of a former Cedar County deputy sheriff that had been scheduled this will be postponed. Felony counts alleging the attempted enticement of a child and statutory rape were filed at Stockton in 2011 against 38-year-old David Seibert and jury selection had been scheduled Thursday morning at the Courthouse in Nevada with judge Neal Quitno presiding. Cedar County prosecuting attorney Rick Pohlsander has filed a motion seeking a continuance and a new trial date will be set later. Nevada attorney Dustin Dunfield represents Seibert.

Nevada police officers have investigated the theft of copper from an outdoor air conditioning unit between March 16 and 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 13. Sgt. Steve Bastow the theft happened in the 200 block of N. Pine Street. Sgt. Bastow also said Monday a Nevada man was arrested Saturday after a reported disturbance on the parking lot at the Franklin P. Norman City/County Community Center. The man was identified by police as Skylar Fritts and Sgt. Bastow says Fritts allegedly brandished a knife toward another person during the reported disturbance.

The Nevada R-5 Community Teachers Association Monday honored its 2013-2014 teacher of the year. CTA teacher-of-the-year chairman Ruth Ann Painter said Truman Elementary fourth grade teacher Myra Bond is this year's R-5 district teacher-of-the-year. The CTA added an award for the district's support staff member of the year and that honor was presented to district Health Services Coordinator Kora Anderson. The awards were presented at the Ella Maxwell Performing Arts Center after Monday's classes.

St. Clair County sheriff Scott Keeler says a burglary and theft at Dains Fish Farm, 2550 SW Highway H -- near the Schell-Osage Conservation Area -- was reported about 7:30 a.m. The deputy's report says Robert Dains reported damage to both the front and back doors of the business as well as the theft of ammunition, cash from the cash register, rolls of change, a computer and a surveillance monitor. The sheriff at Osceola says anyone with information about the burglary and theft is encouraged to report that information through the sheriff's department's "tip" line at 417-646-5832.

Nevada mayor Seth Barrett is to present the 2013 City of Nevada Revitalization Award to Rinehart Jewelry owner/operators Sonny and Kathy Butler and Cesar and Jennifer Zermeno during this evening's city council meeting. The mayor made the Revitalization Award announcement during the council's meeting two weeks ago. Other nominees for this year's award were the First National Bank, Buildet Enterprises for its apartments on W. Highland Avenue, Greenlee Body and Glass Repair, 1801 N. Osage and Precision Machined Parts, 1214 N. Osage. Today's city council meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the council chambers at the Public Safety building, 120 S. Osage, with parking in the 300 block of W. Cherry Street because of the pending construction of the new Police Station as an addition to the West end of City Hall. Also on the council's agenda is the appointment of Janet Wray through June 30 to complete the un-expired term of Kelly Stephens, the consideration of proposals for street improvements this Summer and the purchase of a skid-steer loader and a backhoe and proposed ordinances authorizing a contract of nearly $268,000.00 with McInroy Construction for the re-location of a city water line at Cottey College, possibly "opting out" of the Missouri Back to School state sales tax holiday the first in August, authorizing the city to provide additional space for the Vernon County Farmers' Market, amending the city's electrical and plumbing codes and a resolution authorizing a city license for the sale of malt liquors and light wines by-the-drink for consumption on the premises at the new Frank E. Peters Golf Course Pro Shop.

The new No Boundaries -- based in Nevada -- invites area residents to an open house at a new handicapped-accessible home at 2010 N. Elm Street this Friday and Saturday. No Boundaries executive director Jennifer Gundy says the home -- built by Nevada Regional Technical Center Building Trades students in a partnership between the R-5 school district and No Boundaries -- is to be sold through a lease/purchase/sweat-equity arrangement with No Boundaries. The open house is scheduled between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Friday -- with a Nevada/Vernon County Chamber-of-Commerce ribbon-cutting at 3:00 -- and from ten o'clock Saturday morning through two Saturday afternoon. Gundy adds lease/purchase application forms are available at On My Own, 428 E. Highland Avenue, Nevada. The telephone number is 417-667-7007.

Nevada area residents are invited to a No Excuses presentation featuring Kyle Maynard at seven o'clock Wednesday evening in the Ella Maxwell Performing Arts Center at Nevada High School. Vernon County Youth Task Force member Mary Mitchell says the presentation resulted from her Dreambooks work with sixth graders at the Nevada Middle School that is designed to teach the youngsters how to respond when they encounter failure in life. Mitchell describes Maynard as a congenital double amputee who won was a wrestling champion in high school and crawled to the top of Mount Kilamanjaro a few years ago for Fallen Soldiers. Maynard's to meet with Vernon County high school students during the day at NHS and the public is invited to Wednesday evening's presentation. On My Own, based in Nevada, is planning a volunteer fair both before and after the 7:00 p.m. presentation to help area residents learn about opportunities to "give back" to the community. Some of this year's Dreambooks sixth graders also were to be available Wednesday evening -- showing off their Dreambooks.

The Missouri Conservation Department says young hunters harvested 4,332 turkeys during the Spring Youth Season last Saturday and Sunday. The top counties were Franklin -- in Eastern Missouri -- with 107 birds checked, Cedar with 96 and Webster with 92. Youth Season harvest numbers in other counties included 51 in Vernon, 63 in St. Clair, 39 in Bates, 38 in Barton and 34 in Dade. The regular Spring turkey season in Missouri starts next Monday and continues through May 11.

The Reverend Dr. Soomee Kim delivers a PEO presentation titled Inclusive Leadership: Storytelling and Story Listening, at seven o'clock this evening in the Missouri Recital Hall at the Haidee and Allen Wild Center For The Arts on the Cottey College campus. This evening's presentation is open to the public without charge.

A ground-breaking for the new Fine Arts Instructional Building at Cottey College is scheduled at 4:00 p.m. Friday and area residents are invited to attend. The new building is to be built between Main Hall and Neale Hall and was one of the goals of the college's A Defining Moment campaign that raised more than $40-million over five years -- exceeding its goal by nearly $5.5-million. After college officials deliver some brief remarks Friday, Cottey's student-musicians will lead a second-line parade to the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for Performing Arts for light refreshments.

Nevada police officers are preparing for the April "Take Back Drug Day". The department works with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to give area residents a chance to dispose un-used or expired medications safely. Officer Patrick Deao says it's scheduled between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the police department, 120 S. Ash and no questions will be asked. The officer also says response to previous Take Back Drug Days in Nevada has been good and more information is available by calling him at the police department, 417-448-5100.



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