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Two southeast Kansas residents were injured as the result of a one vehicle accident Friday night in Vernon County just west of Nevada.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at about 10:00 Friday night at the intersection of 43 and 54 highways about five miles west of Nevada.  The patrol says a vehicle driven by 24 year old, Dustin Schesselman of Pittsburg, Kansas was traveling northbound when he ran through the intersection in dense fog, went into a field and overturned onto its top.  Schesselman and a passenger, 22 year old Alie Schesselman of Columbus, Kansas, were both determined to have moderate injuries and were transported to Nevada Regional Medical Center by Vernon County Ambulance for treatment.

Retiring Vernon County Circuit Clerk Vickie Erwin was honored Friday afternoon with a retirement reception. The reception gave Erwin a chance to visit friends and colleagues, as well as reflect back at the 24 years she has served as Circuit Clerk. Erwin says, she has no plans except one for retirement. Erwin, along with other retiring Vernon County elected officials, will have a Celebration of over 100 years of combined service to our community on Tuesday, December 30th from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the Vernon County Commission Chambers.

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers this holiday season. Vernon County Salvation Army Coordinator Greg Hoffman, says they are in need of volunteers for several openings as Bell Ringers. Bell ringers greet area shoppers with a bell and the red kettles, that are placed at local businesses. If you would like to volunteer, contact Hoffman Financial Resources at 667-4721 or 667-1075.

The Vernon County Farmers Market is raising funds for their 2015 campaign. Each holiday season, the Farmers Market sells metal ornaments made by W. F. Norman in Nevada to help raise funds. Vernon County Farmers Market Director Kelly Ast, says each stamped metal ornament helps contribute to the Farmers Market. Each ornament is $10 and can be purchased at various locations around Nevada. For more information, contact the Vernon County Farmers Market at 667-1448.

Volunteers are needed to lead area residents in wellness sessions. Care Connection for Aging Services is looking for volunteers of all ages who are willing to lead wellness and fitness programs in 22 senior centers in it's 13-county West Central Missouri service district. Lifestyles Specialist for Care Connecting for Aging Services Vickie Whitsitt, says volunteers need not come with any special knowledge or background, as Care Connection provides training to volunteers to lead others in effective physical fitness exercises and workshops. Volunteers are needed in several programs, including The Matter of Balance Program, the Peer Exercise Program Promotes Independence, and Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs. If you are interested in becoming a Care Connection lifestyles volunteer, call 1-800-748-7826.

Fire raged through a home Thursday night in Butler. According to Butler Fire Department Officials, just before 5:20 P.M. Thursday night, Fire Department Personnel were dispatched to County Road 1502, Southwest of Butler to a report of a structure fire. Officials say, on arrival, a large body of fire was encountered on the second floor of a 2 ½ story wood framed residential structure. The fire was declared under control just after 7:00 P.M. The structure sustained heavy fire damage to the second floor and attic area, with heat, smoke, and water damage throughout. No injuries were reported with the fire, which the cause of the blaze is still undetermined. Adrian Fire Department, Rich Hill Fire Department, Bates County EMS, Bates County Sheriffs Deputies, and Missouri State Highway Patrol also responded to the alarm.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon discussed his priorities for agriculture and rural economic development Fridayafternoon. Governor Nixon discussed priorities as the addressed the 45th Governor’s Conference on Agriculture in Osage Beach. The annual conference bring together producers, agribusinesses, and other stakeholders to discuss current issues and opportunities for the industry. Governor Nixon says by combining old-fashioned hard work and common sense with next-generation innovations and technology, Missouri farm families and agribusinesses are strengthening our rural communities, while feeding, fueling, and clothing the world.

Cottey College has been recognized by Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Fourteen hundred individuals gathered recently in Kansas City for the annual luncheon of the Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City, at which Cottey College was recognized for its partnership with the Foundation. In 2014, Cottey formed a partnership with the Foundation to assist in revamping their Granting Program for high school girls to include a broader focus on leadership. One of the activities of the program, now called the Girls' Leadership Program, was a day and a half leadership retreat on the Cottey campus in November. This program develops girls into leaders by teaching area young women all aspects of philanthropy, including grant making, fundraising, leadership, team building, program evaluation, and budgeting. The keynote speaker for the luncheon was former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Details have just been release pertaining to an elderly man was assaulted and left in a field in Vernon County. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, multiple agencies are investigating the assault of a man in his 70's after the man was found in a field, West of Sheldon, in Vernon County. Sheriff Mosher says deputies responded to a call last Friday evening of a male subject that was found in a field, and appeared to have been assaulted. No additional information is available at this time, but Sheriff Mosher did confirm that the initial investigation by Vernon County Sheriff's Deputies has led to the involvement of multiple agencies from other jurisdictions.

A City of Nevada Official has received an award for his dedication to the community. City Manager for the City of Nevada JD Kehrman, was named the 2014 recipient of the Missouri Police Chief's Association “Local Government Leadership Award.” The annual award recognizes a local government representative's achievement by demonstrating a record of performance that exemplifies a high standard of dedication and service to community, and the law enforcement profession. Kehrman has supported local law enforcement, organizational affiliations, initiation of innovative programs, and been dedicated to service. Kehrman has served the City of Nevada for over five years. The Missouri Police Chief's Association presented the award to Kehrman at their annual awards banquet held in Jefferson City on December 11th.

A District Judge in Kansas has resigned. Kansas 11th Judicial District Magistrate Judge Bill Lyerla resigned Wednesday, after being placed on suspention earlier in the week. Lyerla had been serving since January 1991. The 11th Judicial District serves Cherokee, Labette, and Crawford Counties in Kansas. Galena Mayor Dale Ogelsy says, Lyerla was dismissed from his position of municipal judge for the City of Galena after leaders were unable to get in touch with him for nearly two months. City leaders had to declare the position abandoned and vacated.

The Nevada City Council met in regular scheduled session Tuesday night. The council approved bids for the public works department for concrete, fuel, rock, and slurry chat for 2015. The council also approved consideration for the construction of the Spring Street Sidewalk improvement project, as well as an emergency repair of a water line at the water treatment plant, the final reading of an amendment raising water and sewer rates, the second reading of an ordinance renewing the city’s contract with Alliance Water Resources for 2015, and the consideration of a special ordinance amending the 2014 Fiscal year budget. The council also gave final approval to the city's 2015 fiscal year budget. The next Nevada City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 6th, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the council chambers at the Public Safety Building at Austin and Ash. The session is open to the public.

With the holiday season in full swing, KCP&L reminds area residents of the rise in scams. Over the past several weeks, KCP&L has received an increase in reports of phone scams involving customers' utility bills. Most of the calls target businesses, with the caller posing as a KCP&L employee stating they are calling to notify the customer of a past due bill and demanding immediate payment to avoid service disconnection. The fraudulent calls are also giving specific instructions on payment types including to Green Dot or other prepaid debit cards that can be purchased from drugstores like CVS or Walgreens. KCP&L Senior Manager of Corporate Security John Breckenridge says these phone calls are not associated with KCP&L, that they would not use this communication process in respect to disconnection. If you feel you have been a victim of this scam, contact your local law enforcement agency or call the KCP&L Customer Contact Center at 888-471-5275.

Vernon County Officials remind county residents they can now file for the April General Municipal Election. The first day to file for office in the April 7th General Municipal Election is Tuesday. Offices open for filing include School Board, Cities, Township, Township Road Levys, Ambulance District, and Water District. Any qualified person interested in being a candidate may file a Declaration of Candidacy with the Clerk of their political subdivision. The only exception to this is the Ambulance District, which files with the County Clerk. Filing will remain open until January 20th, 2015.

Area residents have the chance to help those in need by donating supplies for Emergency Kits. The Nevada Housing Authority, along with Nevada High School Action Student Max Daniel, are currently accepting items for their Emergency Kits, used fore those who need a helping hand during tough times. Executive Director for the Housing Authority for the City of Nevada Carol Branham says, these kits aren't always for the homeless. Items being collected include personal hygiene items, as well as non-perishable food items. Donations can be dropped off at Nevada Housing Authority as well as drop off during the Nevada Tiger and Lady Tigers basketball games Tuesday night at Wynn Gymnasium from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. For more information, call 448-2020 ext. 5016.

A longtime business in El Dorado Springs was destroyed by fire over the weekend. El Dorado Lanes, located at 309 East Highway 54, suffered a massive fire Saturday morning. State of Missouri Fire Investigators have been working to determine what caused the blaze. The bowling alley had been family owned and operated and a part of the El Dorado Springs community since 1955. The blaze did have Highway 54 temporarily closed Saturday morning, to allow fire crews to battle the blaze. Fire officials say, the building is a total loss, however, no one was injured in the fire.

Missouri State employees are set have a huge charitable campaign. The Missouri Office of Administration announced recently that the the 2015 Missouri State employee Charitable Campaign exceeded donations of $1 million for their 11th consecutive year. The campaign benefits 926 Missouri charities. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says, he is humbled by the kindness, and proud of the impact this campaign has on organizations across the state. State employees have the opportunity to make donations to their favorite charitable organizations through payroll deduction or one-time gifts. For more information on the Missouri State Employee Charitable Campaign, visit www.msecc.mo.org.

A former St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputy has been indicted for his role in a wire fraud scheme nearly 5 years ago. A federal grand jury indicted 52 year old Michael Mullaney, of Lowry City, Wednesday for the wire fraud scheme. Investigators say, Mullaney was a St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputy, where he devised a scheme to defraud Work Force West Virginia, with an inmate, to claim unemployment benefits, to which the inmate was not entitled. The indictment says Mullaney obtained person information from the inmate, and completed the internet form to fraudulently certify the inmates eligibility for unemployment benefits. As a result of the fraud, the indictment says, the inmate received $5,388 on a bank debit card between February 25th and May 10th, 2010. The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Mullaney to forfeit the proceeds obtained from the alleged offense.

A Govenor's Reward is being offered for the apprehension of a homicide suspect in Kansas. Executive Order 14-05, filed with the Kansas Secretary of State on Monday, offers a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of 19 year old Bryan Bridges. Bridges is wanted in connection to the homicide of 20 year old Taylor Thomas on October 9th of this year. Three of the four suspects connected to the homicide have been apprehended. However, Bridges remains at-large. Anyone with information relating to the location of Bridges is asked to immediately contact the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-KSCRIME or call the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-TIPS.

Vernon County University of Missouri Extenion has announced the hiring of a specialist position for our area. University of Missouri Extension Center announces they have hired Doug Scotten to serve as the new Regional Family Financial Education Specialist. This position is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating educational programs in financial literacy, money management, estate planning, food resource management, debt management, and consumer issues. The position serves Vernon, St. Clair, Cedar, Hickory, and Polk counties. Scotten, a Walker native, now resides in Appleton City and is familiar with area's needs. For more information, and to see if you may benefit from the new educational programs, contact the Vernon County Extension Center at 448-2560.

The United States Postal Service has announced the selection of a new Postmaster for Nevada. USPS Officials announced, Julie Mader as the new selected Postmaster for the City of Nevada. Mader began working in Nevada for USPS in 1988. Previously she was the Postmaster for Jasper, as well as Butler. Mader says she is happy to return to serve the community of Nevada, which she has called home since 1988.


 

 

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