October 9, 2015

MFA Farmers Elevator and Produce will merge with Prairieland FS following yesterday’s vote by members at a meeting at MFA Farmer’s Elevator and Produce in Memphis

Chairman of the Board Steve Morris tells KMEM the co-op vote to merge with Prairieland FS passed overwhelmingly with 195 votes in favour of the merger, which will officially take place on Tuesday, September 1st.

According to Morris, Prairieland FS is a progressively managed company, and the merger will benefit both customers and the community.

The co-op board is excited about the merger.  The board wishes to thank all members for their past support and their support of this merger.

A Kirksville teen has been arrested on a number of charges after a series of hit-and-run crashes occurred late Tuesday afternoon in Kirksville.

According to a news release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 18 year old Sadiq J. Moore has been charged with seven violations relating to a series of events that began just before 5:00 p.m….

Moore allegedly ran a stop sign at the corner of Harrison and High streets.  That violation was witnessed by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper, who then began pursuit of the SUV Moore was driving.  Moore then turned the vehicle around and intentionally rammed the trooper’s vehicle.  After that, a high-speed chase ensued.  Moore then crashed into a lawn mower trailer attached to a pickup truck, then continued and ended up crashing into three parked vehicles at the intersection of Davis and McPherson streets.  Moore then fled the scene on foot, pursued by Kirksville police department officers.  Eventually, the 18 year old black teenager ran out onto Jefferson street in front of Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick’s vehicle.  Hardwick sprang from his vehicle, pointed his weapon at Moore, and ordered him to get on the ground.

Moore complied and has been charged with first degree felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony resisting arrest by fleeing, first degree felony tampering with a motor vehicle, felony leaving the scene of an accident, failure to have a valid driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident, and failure to stop at a stop sign.

At press time, Moore was being held in the Adair County jail on a 24-hour hold.

Edina man earns honor for service to Missouri veteran’s.

Edina resident Eddie Anderson was recently named one of 24 recipients of the Missouri Lieutenant Governor’s Veteran’s Service Award for 2014.

Eddie Anderson first heard about the award when he received a call in early October from fourth district state Representative Craig Redmon’s office asking for information they could use to nominate him.  Anderson says he began working with local veterans when he left military service in 1982.  Anderson was asked to begin assisting with military funerals by James Lay, a Knox County American Legion member.  When Lay was no longer able to conduct the funerals, Johnson took over his responsibilities.  Since then, Johnson has organized local veterans to salute their fellow soldiers one last time.

Anderson also spends his time taking care of administrative duties for the Knox County American Legion, organizes Memorial Day services in the area and works with students competing in the American Legion Oratorical Contest.  He said he was humbled when he learned he had received the award, but he also thought about those just as deserving.

Anderson says, “James Lay had been going out and putting flags on veteran’s graves.  He, his wife, and family have been doing that for 50 years.  It’s too bad they didn’t have this type of program back then to recognize him for all he has done.”

Representative Craig Redmon nominated Johnson for the award after learning about his work with students in preparing Memorial Day services and in the American Legion contest.

Redmon says he is glad to hear that Johnson is being recognized for his work.

Severe Weather Season/Watches and Warnings

Severe weather season is here.  The prime months for tornadic activity in the midwest are April, May and June, but severe weather such as thunderstorms and tornadoes can actually occur any time of year.

There are two basic terms used regularly by the National Weather Service concerning severe weather, and those terms are WATCHES and WARNINGS.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH means conditions are favorable for the development of thunderstorm activity in your area, and you should watch for the development of thunderstorms, possibly significant rainfall, high winds, straight line winds, lightning and possibly hail.

A THUNDERSTORM WARNING means severe weather has been spotted on radar or by trained spotters in your area, and you should take immediate action to seek shelter.

A TORNADO WATCH means weather conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in your area, and you should be aware of weather conditions that could develop, by staying tuned to local radio and TV stations for the latest information.

A TORNADO WARNING means a tornado has been spotted on radar, or by trained spotters in your area, and you should seek shelter immediately, preferably in a basement or underground storm shelter.  Stay away from windows, and be sure your family knows what to do in the event that severe weather develops.

With the latest technology, there are a number of applications that can be downloaded to smartphones and other electronic devices.  Contact your local cellular service provider for more information.

It is also a good idea to have a battery operated weather radio that can be tuned to the nearest weather transmitter tower that serves your area.  Currently there are towers in counties all across north Missouri and southern Iowa.

For more information on weather activity, log onto the National Weather Service website www.noaa.gov.


How do you attract new businesses to a small community?

For small communities, the current trend seems to be moving away from attempting to attract businesses that employ hundreds of people, toward a more practical approach of attracting small businesses, with the goal of providing employment to 15 to 20 people.

Denise Bennett is the Macon County Missouri Economic Development Director.  Bennett also serves as president of the Northeast Missouri Development Partnership in Macon.

Bennett was the featured speaker at the Scotland County Rotary meeting yesterday (Tuesday January 24th).

Bennett says its important for a community to support local businesses and do what they can to keep local businesses in the area…Support existing companies, make sure they are healthy and happy in their current location, and to focus on entrepreneurs and young people.

Currently, Macon County has created a Young Professionals Network, there is an Entrepreneur’s Steering Committee, and currently officials are working towards a Business Incubator and Entrepreneur’s Center in Macon County.  For more information, you may contact Denise Bennett at maconed@cvalley.net, or call 660-385-5627.