Friday, March 7, 2014
A rural Butler man hurt in a one-vehicle crash Thursday morning on Missouri Highway 18, East of Adrian, now faces a felony charge alleging resisting arrest. Missouri Highway Patrol trooper B.R. Dodson says 63-year-old Michael Kreitler was taken to Bates County Memorial Hospital with a moderate injury after the crash that happened when he apparent failed to negotiate a curve and the Ford he was drivng as he was trying to flee an Adrian police officer ran off the left side of the road, hit two signs and overturned. Bates County prosecutor Hugh Jenkins has filed a class D felony complaint alleging resisting arrest and an arraignment's pending in associate circuit court at Butler.
Another special meeting The Nevada R-5 board-of-education has been scheduled. The board's to meet Monday, March 17, after next week's Spring break, to continue its discussions of the search for a new superintendent to succeed Dr. David Stephens, who's leaving at the end of June to accept a similar job at a school district some 40 miles North of Little Rock, Arkansas. The session's to be called to order at 5:30 p.m. at the district's central office building, 811 W. Hickory Street.
Fifteen local domestic violence shelters in rural Missouri -- including the Nevada-based Moss House -- apparently might receive some energency shelter funding after all. Governor Jay Nixon says $1.3-million will be made available to emergency and domestic violence shelters who's applications for grants for the year starting April 1 were rejected by the Missouri Housing Development Commission because of cuts in federal funding and a shift in emphasis to permanent housing solutions. Council on Families In Crisis director Martha Sander says the city of Nevada helped Moss House for years to get grant funding through the Missouri Department of Social Services but the administration of the Emergency Solutions Grant program was moved to the housing development commission two years ago. Sander says the Nevada shelter's application for $37,600 in 2014 grant funding was rejected but state lawmakers and others in Jefferson City have been busy trying to continue that funding support. Missouri's Governor says the officer of administration, the social services department and the housing development commission have identified a multi-year solution that will include $500,000.00 for domestic violence shelters through the social services department's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and another $800,000.00 from the housing development commission for the providers of service to the homeless. The plan will be on the agenda for approval during a housing development commission meeting next Friday. Sander says Moss House has used the emergency solutions money to help cover daily operating expenses.
Vernon County clerk and chief elections officer Tammi Beach says absentee ballots are available at her office for the city and school district elections April 8. Vernon County residents must be registered by next Wednesday to be eligible to cast ballots in the elections this Spring. School board elections are scheduled in each area district -- except the Nevada R-5 district -- April 8. There are just two candidates for two openings on the R-5 board-of-education. Voters unable to visit the county's polling places in person April 8 can request an absentee ballot by calling the county clerk's office at 417-448-2500 and April 2 is the last day the clerk's staff can mail an absentee ballot to a voter and those ballots must be voted and returned to the Courthouse by election day. In-person absentee balloting continues throug 5:00 p.m. April 7 in the county clerk's office.
Missouri 4th District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler has filed for re-election this year. The Harrisonville republican filed shortly before 11:00 a.m. today in the office of Missouri Secretary-off-State Jason Kander at Jefferson City. The former Missouri state representative was elected to Congress four years ago and re-elected in 2012. Two candidates have filed for the democrats' nomination in Missouri's 4th District that includes Vernon County: Randall (Randy) Langkraehr, Warrensburg, and Herschel L. Young, rural Harrisonville. The filing deadline's March 25.
Nevada native and U.S. Navy veteran Sam Foursha has filed for election as state representative in Missouri House District 126. Information on the Secretary-of-State's internet web-site says Foursha -- with an address of 25919 E. Moles Road, Walker, Mo. -- filed in the democrats' primary this August about two-thirty Thursday afternon. Incumbent Randy Pike, rural Adrian, filed for re-election with the candidate-filing period opened February 25 and Bill Yarberry, rural Milo, also filed in the republican primary February 25. The filing period ends two weeks from next Tuesday.
The trial of a man charged with statutory sodomy, statutory rape and child molestation scheduled next week in Vernon County circuit court is likely to be postponed. The charges against 61-year-old Julius Adams were filed in March, May and September of 2010 and judge James R. Bickel granted defense counsel Nick Swischer's motion for a continuance last December 10, scheduled the trial for March 13 and 14, 2014. County prosecutor Lynn M. Ewing III said today he has filed a motion for another continuance because he needs to consult with another expert witness. Another new date for the trial will be set later.
Missouri Transportation Department officials say Missouri business highway 13 -- just South of Osceola -- will be closed Monday allowing employees of Lehman Construction to re-locate a short section of the road slightly to the West of its current location. The re-location is part of the planned construction of a new interchange at the intersection of highways 13 and 82. The project's budget of $7-million includes $5.4-million for construction, $1.4-million to cover engineering costs and $200,000.00 for right-of-way acquisition. Motorists will be able to use various routes to get around the closed portion of business 13 -- including highway 82 and St. Clair County route WW -- and school district officials and emergency response personnel have been notified of the planned project so they can develop route alternatives.
The next Nevada/Vernon County Chamber-of-Commerce membership luncheon is scheduled next Friday at the Franklin P. Norman City/County Community Center in Nevada and will include a performance by the Spring break day-camp group "5 A Day Live". The meal's to be catered by Jenny's California Cafe -- on the Nevada Square -- offering chamber members a choice of roast beef with crispy onions and creamy horseradish on an onion roll or roast turkey with red pepper pesto on sourdough with either potato salad or broccoli salad. Luncheon reservations are due by 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at the Nevada chamber office -- on the lower level of the Carnegie building, 225 W. Austin, Nevada, 417-667-5300.
Nevada area residents will join others across most of America in changing clocks this weekend when Daylight Saving Time begins for 2014. The time change is scheduled at 2:00 a.m. Sunday and area residents are reminded to set their clocks ahead one hour before retiring for the night Saturday so they will be on time for church services and other activities Sunday. Daylight Saving Time will remain in effect through the first Sunday in November, November 2.