The baby died in the Norvi Apartments on Carter Street near the St. Robert main fire station.
Baby dies in Norvi Apartments; father tased, then arrested on unrelated warrants SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Oct. 13, 2014) — A baby is dead, his father was arrested after being tased by police, and the county coroner says an autopsy is planned for Tuesday to determine why the boy died a few days short of his fourth month of life. Coroner Mikel Hartness confirmed that emergency personnel were called to the Norvi Apartments for a report of a baby who had died. The baby was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital (GLWACH) where he was pronounced dead by hospital officials at 1:40 p.m. An autopsy is routine in such cases, Hartness said. “All child deaths are automatically suspicious; children aren’t supposed to die,” Hartness said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Massive SWAT team response to strip club justified by armed bikers, sheriff says Firing flashbang devices, a SWAT team and more than 30 law enforcement personnel from three different agencies swarmed into the After Dark Gentlemen's Club early Saturday morning following a report of an armed biker group in the club, but so far the only charges filed have been possession of cow drugs by the owner, Matt 'Houston' Wagner, 33, of Dixon. That won't be the end of the case, however, according to Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long, who said Wagner was arrested with a gun in his hand and numerous additional charges are expected against both him and the strippers working in his establishment. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Late night raid on strip club nets multiple arrests PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 11, 2014) — A late night search warrant executed shortly after midnight Saturday at the After Dark Gentlemen's Club north of St. Robert on Highway 28 led to at least four arrests and involved law enforcement personnel not only from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department but also the Rolla Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol. Names of those arrested have not yet been released and Circuit Court Clerk Rachelle Graves Beasley said she hasn't yet received the probable cause statements in the cases. Prosecutor Kevin Hillman said he expects cases to be filed later today. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County OK's Waynesville mayor's request to ask county employees not to park around square PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 9, 2014) — Parking around the Pulaski County Courthouse square has been an issue for decades, and on Thursday, Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman came to the county commissioners to ask for help in getting county employees to park somewhere that won’t block downtown business customer parking space. “I’m getting ready to start my last year as mayor and one of the things which was reallyes important to me was this downtown parking issue.” Hardman said. While downtown parking signs are posted, Hardman reminded the commissioners that retired Judge Doug Long had threatened to arrest city police if they ticketed people coming to the courthouse for jury trials. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County to COAD: You need to find a new facility PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 9, 2014) — Members of the Pulaski County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) would like to retain their current location in the courthouse annex, but at Thursday’s meeting, the county commissioners reminded the group that their space in the old Waynesville Middle School was only intended to be temporary following the August 2013 flood disaster. “We’re not trying to take away anyone’s jobs; we’re trying to create the structure so people can be more effective in time of disaster,” said COAD member Marcy Barlow. “We know one of the concerns you have is we are in a space that was intended to be temporary... the many thing we want to do is with us being Pulaski County COAD we want to remain involved with you guys.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Public Facilities Advisory Board OKs $238,000 Bales Construction bid PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 8, 2014) — The Public Facilities Advisory Board, a special committee which administers a sales tax fund left over from the building of the Pulaski County Courthouse decades ago, agreed Wednesday afternoon with a proposal to give Bales Construction the contract for a $238,000 project. The project is to remove and reinstall existing EFIS (fascia) around the exterior of the courthouse, including the new jail addition, with 1/2-inch treated plywood, flashing, and caulking of windows and doors. The project also includes a lighting bid for $17,300 to replace all existing can lights in soffit, building walls, and ground lighting with LED fixtures equivalent to 175-watt metal halide and a lift rental for $29,000. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Navy Federal Credit Union and Aaron's Furniture have found temporary homes.
**EDITORIAL:** Stay alert to OPSEC on social media (Oct. 7, 2014) — I've been aware for some time that I have a number of suspicious Facebook friends. I discovered a particularly egregious offender on my personal Facebook friend list today and removed "her." That person has been on my friend list for years but finally did something stupid enough for me to start checking, and what I found was crystal clear evidence not only of fraud but also of successful efforts to "friend" others on Facebook. Since then, I've started investigating other suspicious FB accounts on my "friend" list. Some are obvious frauds, but others took some serious digging to turn up problems. I do not like what I am finding. Bottom line: Use common sense. Think before trusting. We teach "stranger danger" to our children and we ought to be applying the same principles to our internet interactions. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Step up for Waynesville utility bills may not include other utility companies WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 7, 2014) — The Waynesville City Council has already approved the concept of a program allowing residents to “round up” their utility bills to the next closest dollar to help community families in need, but the chairman of the city’s utility committee wants to add language requiring that the needy families pay Waynesville utility bills, not utility bills to other entities. Councilman Mike France asked how procedures would work for people who choose to use a “Step Up for Waynesville” option to round their bill to the next highest whole dollar amount, with the excess being used for a charitable fund to help people with utility bills. For example, France said he didn’t like the idea of people in Laquey using Waynesville money to pay a Laclede Electric Cooperative utility bill. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County considers getting rid of one road, finding ways to pay for others PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 6, 2014) — During Monday's meeting, county commissioners considered ways to eliminate one road from the county road system which is being used as a private driveway while also considering ways to obtain enough funding to maintain hard-surfaced roads in the residential subdivisions outside St. Robert. The driveway is owned by Beth Holsather and is technically still part of Tigger Lane in the Misty Mountain subdivision, but neither the property owner nor the county want the road to remain a county road. A resident of a different subdivision off Texas Road east of St. Robert, Art Lambert, told commissioners that he’s asked his neighbors about a NID (neighborhood improvement district) to assess a special tax for road maintenance, and he said his neighbors are supportive. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
94th Engineer Battalion to host inactivation ceremony FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Oct. 2, 2014) — An inactivation ceremony for the 94th Engineer Battalion is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday on Fort Leonard Wood’s Gammon Field. The ceremony is open to the public. The storied 94th Eng. Bn. “Wolverines” are part of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. The 94th Engineer Battalion was originally constituted as the 53rd Engineer Battalion in 1933 and the Wolverine identity originated in 1941 when the battalion was activated at Fort Custer, Michigan. After being re-designated as the 94th Engineer Service Regiment, the unit participated in several World War II campaigns in North Africa, Italy and Germany, to include the Naples-Foggia, the Rome-Arno, the Rhineland and the Central Europe campaigns. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Staff Sgt. Mark Patton/Army Public Affairs
Commissioners upset by prevailing wage costs to county PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 2, 2014) — Faced with major costs to repair the outside fascia on the upper level of the courthouse which is at risk of falling down, as well as tens of millions of dollars to repair flood-damaged county roads, Pulaski County commissioners took aim at federal prevailing wage laws during their Thursday meeting, laws which they said unreasonably increased the cost of county projects. The commissioners received a single bid of $284,300 from Bales Construction Company for courthouse repair, which was the only company that bid on the project. That bid includes prevailing wage rates for labor which are much higher than most private employers pay for construction in Pulaski County. Commissioners said the prevailing wage rate problems were caused by unrealistic union wage scales and asked if there’s a way around paying prevailing wage. “It seems kind of high to me... there’s no way around this?” asked Western District Commissioner Ricky Zweerink. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Burned St. Robert shopping center must be demolished SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Sept. 30, 2014) — A shopping center which caught fire late Friday night will have to be torn down, according to St. Robert city officials. “The structural integrity of the building has been compromised and the engineer recommended that the building be torn down because there was extensive damage,” said Ashley Sielky, planning and development clerk for the city. That engineering inspection on Tuesday confirmed what city building inspectors had earlier feared about a blaze which broke out on the east end of Liberty Plaza on St. Robert Boulevard. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Commissioners consider tax increase for roads PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Sept. 29, 2014) — After years of dealing with deteriorating roads and concerns about crime, Pulaski County Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk is calling for a tax increase. During Monday’s county commission meeting, Newkirk and his fellow commissioners, Western District Commissioner Ricky Zweerink and Eastern District Commissioner Lynn Sharp, agreed that something must be done to raise revenue if the county’s hard-surfaced roads are to be maintained as asphalt rather than being allowed to return to gravel. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
St. Robert shopping center burns Friday night SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Sept. 26, 2014) — The shopping center on St. Robert Boulevard including the Army Recruiting Center, Aaron's, Tan Oasis, and Navy Federal Credit Union caught fire Friday evening. The fire was reported shortly before 8:30 p.m.; firefighters from the St. Robert Fire Department and the Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District are on scene with a special alarm called for the U.S. Army Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department to send a ladder truck. The state fire marshal has been called for a fire investigation. This is standard procedure in major fires. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Armed Services YMCA Art Contest winners announced FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Dec. 17, 2008) — Officials with the local chapter of the Armed Services YMCA partnered with Army Community Service and the Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation on Fort Leonard Wood to reach as many families as possible for the ASYMCA’s annual art contest, which is open to students from preschool to sixth grade who are asked to draw a picture of their military family and to show their military pride, resulting in 60 entries. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Armed Services YMCA
Gov. Blunt: Missouri's Katy Trail (Dec. 12, 2008) — Missouri’s Katy Trail State Park is just one of countless attractions that help to highlight the scenic beauty of our state while generating economic growth through tourism. As governor, one of my longtime priorities has been to help connect the Katy Trail to the Kansas City area. Something positive can sometimes come from tragedy. Such is the case with the opportunity to complete the Katy Trail to the Kansas City area. As a part of the settlement over the collapse of the Ameren Taum Sauk Reservoir that caused significant environmental damages, including damage to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, my office and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources negotiated a settlement with Ameren that provides the department with the license needed to expand the Katy Trail alongside the old Rock Island Railroad corridor from Windsor to Pleasant Hill. Ultimately, this important acquisition will lead to the extension of the Katy Trail from St. Louis to Kansas City. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Gov. Matt Blunt
Gov. Blunt: The Generosity of Missourians (Dec. 5, 2008) — Government is most often not the solution to many of our society’s challenges. I applaud the private and charitable organizations that offer their compassionate support to those whose needs exceed the taxpayer resources of state government. I believe the most powerful sources of charity, virtue and shared prosperity in our society are found in families, churches, charities and free markets. If we really desire effective government, we must engage these well-springs and cooperate more often with organizations of faith. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Gov. Matt Blunt
St. Robert seatbelt checkpoint results much better than national stats SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 26, 2008) — A police checkpoint announced last week and conducted on Old Route 66 across from the Sonic drive-in restaurant “helped in keeping the seatbelt usage higher than the national average,” according to Traffic Sgt. Butch Hohman. Police issued 47 citations after checking a total of 1,025 vehicles which passed through the checkpoint, Hohman said, 45 for not wearing a properly adjusted seat belt and two for no proof of insurance. That reflects a 95.7 percent seatbelt usage rate. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Gov. Blunt: A Time of Thanksgiving (Nov. 21, 2008) — During this time of year, we pause and reflect on the many blessings that have been bestowed on each of us and gather with our families and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving... As we gather with our family and friends this Thanksgiving, please continue to pray for all the men and women who are putting their lives on the line in the name of our freedom and democracy. I am thankful to all who have worn or are wearing the uniforms of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. These patriotic Americans stand ready to defend the freedoms we hold dear to our hearts. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Gov. Matt Blunt
Claims problems, lower costs, cited in proposed SR insurance change ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 30, 2008) — Dissatisfaction by city employees with the insurance provided by Mercy Medical, as well as better prices offered by a competitor, led members of the St. Robert Finance Committee to recommend Tuesday evening that the full city council change its health insurance coverage. If approved by city council members on Monday, the city’s new plan through the Anthem provider means city employees will be using doctors and other medical providers through the St. John’s system of clinics, one of which is in St. Robert, and the city will pay less for their insurance with a guaranteed premium increase next year of no more than 12 percent. “This is a big change, we know it is a big change, and we wanted the employees to let us know if it was going to be positive or negative as far as they were concerned,” insurance broker Shawn Nass told finance committee members. “I was surprised to learn that we have got quite a number of claims issues going on that we didn’t know anything about. I think that what people are trying to do is they are trying to handle them themselves and not necessarily being successful.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County officials to be sworn in Wednesday, sheriff's recount court case postponed WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 30, 2008) — Pulaski County Commissioners have set 9 a.m. Wednesday as the date for a formal swearing-in ceremony of newly elected or re-elected county officials. The ceremony in the courthouse lobby will include Pulaski County Sheriff J.B. King, even though former Sheriff J.T. Roberts is challenging King’s 38-vote margin of victory and the way in which the election was conducted. Roberts filed court papers seeking not only a hand-done recount of the Nov. 4 race that he lost by 38 votes to the current sheriff, J.B. King, but also an entirely new election that would set aside the results of the Nov. 4 race. Pulaski County received formal notice on Dec. 22 that Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Laura Denvir Smith had assigned Circuit Judge William R. Hass as a senior judge to hear the case, after all local judges declined to hear the case and Roberts objected to the first judge appointed, John C. Brackman. No trial date had yet been set, according to court records, and it’s not clear when Roberts’ court case will be heard. In addition to King, Wednesday’s ceremony will swear in new Western District County Commissioner Ricky Zweerink, R-Crocker; re-elected Eastern District County Commissioner Bill Farnham, R-Waynesville, Public Administrator Loretta Rouse, R-Waynesville, and County Coroner Mikel Hartness, D-Waynesville; as well as John Mackey, D-Waynesville, who had served many decades as the county’s surveyor until he was defeated in 2004 by Don Mayhew, R-Crocker, and this November defeated Mayhew in his bid for re-election. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Funerals announced for Richland mayor's wife, Richland High student RICHLAND, Mo. (Dec. 30, 2008) — Linda Wall, 63, the wife of Richland Mayor Bob Wall, and Levi Clark, 17, a Richland High School student, died just a few hours apart following a Saturday afternoon crash on Highway 133 east of Richland. This week, funeral services for both Clark and Wall will be held in the community where Wall taught school for many years and where Clark attended school. Clark’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Richland High School, with visitation Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Long Funeral Home in Crocker and also from 10 a.m. to the time of service on Wednesday at the high school. Wall’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Christian Church of Richland, with visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the church. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Richland, St. Robert council candidates file Tuesday ST. ROBERT/RICHLAND, Mo. (Dec. 30, 2008) — Two more candidates filed for city councils on Tuesday: incumbent St. Robert Ward I Alderman Theresa Cook and Richland Ward II resident Thomas Murphy, who is challenging incumbent Ward III Alderman Tim Bailey. Cook’s filing leaves St. Robert Ward III Alderman Allan Johannsen, Richland Ward II Alderman Mac Myers and Richland Ward I Alderman Eldon Haun as the only remaining council members up for election this year in those cities who haven’t yet turned in their candidacy papers. Johannsen, Haun and others wanting to run for positions on Pulaski County’s five cities, six school boards, two ambulance districts and open seats on the Dixon and Crocker fire districts have until Jan. 20 to file candidacy papers. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Challenger files for Richland Ward II alderman post RICHLAND, Mo. (Dec. 29, 2008) — Incumbent Richland Alderman Mac Myers could be replaced in April by a challenger, Larry Jeffries, who filed on Monday for his Ward II seat on the Richland City Council. Myers hasn’t yet filed, according to city officials, but he has until next month to do so. Jeffries joins incumbent Mayor Bob Wall, mayoral challenger Kimi Gerred, incumbent Municipal Judge Rodney Blanchard, and incumbent Ward III Alderman Tim Bailey in filing candidacy papers in Richland; incumbent Ward I Alderman Eldon Haun, who was only recently appointed to fill an unexpired term, hasn’t yet turned in his candidacy paperwork. Countywide, Geffries was the only new candidate to file since last week for a position on local city councils, school boards, ambulance districts or fire districts. Positions are open for all five city councils in Pulaski County, for the municipal judge of Dixon and Richland, and for the mayors of St. Robert, Crocker, Richland and Dixon but not the mayor of Waynesville. At least two and sometimes three seats are up for all six school boards in Pulaski County. Both the Dixon Ambulance District and Pulaski County Ambulance District have races this year, as do the Crocker Rural Fire Protection District and Dixon Rural Fire Protection District. Filing began on Dec. 16 and continues until Jan. 20, though many school districts close their offices during the Christmas holiday season. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Emergency personnel push a rolled-over Ford Taurus against a rock embankment.
Heavy rain contributes to I-44 wrecks ST. ROBERT/HAZELGREEN, Mo. (UPDATED 2:12 p.m., Dec. 27, 2008) — It isn’t snowing. There isn’t ice on the ground. But on Saturday morning and early afternoon, Interstate 44 filled with crashes from Hazelgreen to St. Robert as heavy rains led to numerous slide-offs and at least two rollovers. About 11:43 a.m., a two-vehicle wreck on eastbound I-44 about a half-mile west of Exit 159 between a red 2003 Ford Taurus driven by Kiefer Smith, 19, of Linn and a yellow 1999 Volkswagen Beetle driven by Wallace Creighton of Laquey led to the Taurus running off the right shoulder and rolling over onto the driver’s side, where it was kept from completely rolling by a high rock embankment. About an hour earlier, three slide-offs at mile marker 139 and 140 injured nobody but required a response from Hazelgreen firefighters as well as law enforcement personnel. Hazelgreen firefighters responded to a worse wreck at mile marker 142 about 12:40 p.m. Hazelgreen firefighters reported at 12:49 p.m. that the crash, despite being a rollover, was also a non-injury crash. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Pulaski County borrows $150,000, sheriff's dispatchers could be targeted for cuts WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 29, 2008) — Just three business days before the end of their fiscal year, Pulaski County Commissioners voted to approve borrowing $150,000 to cover the county’s budget deficit, which is due almost entirely to cost overruns in the Pulaski County Sheriff’s department. The money will come from a special fund controlled by the Pulaski County Public Facilities Board, which maintains an interest-bearing account with money left over from a voter-approved levy issue that was approved two decades ago to build the current county courthouse. That money is supposed to be used only for courthouse maintenance and the Public Facilities Board members had asked the county to seek loans from commercial banks. County auditors had opposed that plan, and after outgoing Western District Commissioner Dennis Thornsberry questioned the legality of borrowing money from the Pulaski County Road and Bridge Department, which has a surplus, the commissioners had little choice left. Responding to questions from Ricky Zweerink, who will succeed Thornsberry next year as the Western District Commissioner, County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer said the sheriff’s department currently has five dispatchers. Zweerink asked why that number couldn’t be cut down to a single dispatcher working during daytime hours only, and have the Pulaski County 911 dispatchers handle after-hours dispatching, as is done in the cities of Waynesville, Crocker and Richland. “We’re going to have to start somewhere, guys; I’m open to suggestions,” Zweerink said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Road problems, damaged shed face county next year WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 29, 2008) — Incoming Western District County Commissioner Ricky Zweerink will face a host of budget problems, but he’ll also face road problems in his role managing the road crews working on the western half of Pulaski County. At Monday morning’s county commission meeting, Eastern District Commissioner Bill Farnham cautioned Zweerink that he won’t have much time to get used to his new job before he starts receiving phone calls. “At 12:01, your phone is going to ring and somebody’s going to want to know what you’re going to do about a pothole,” Farnham said. At Monday's meeting, Farnham reported that a storm-damaged eastern district county road shed will have to be replaced at a cost of about $17,500 and a resident of a neighborhood improvement district north of Waynesville asked for help with her deteriorating road. “We’ve had some of these guys some in and ask what happens when these are paid off,” said current Western District Commissioner Dennis Thornsberry. “I don’t know what you are going to do about all those NIDs, but it’s a mess and it’s going to have to be addressed.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Firefighters clean up a fatal wreck Saturday on Highway 133.
Two head-on wrecks kill two, injure seven RICHLAND/HOUSTON, Mo. (Dec. 27, 2008) — Two separate head-on wrecks Saturday afternoon killed two drivers and injured seven people, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports. A head-on crash on Highway 133 between Richland and Swedeborg killed both drivers and left an 11-year-old passenger with moderate injuries. Missouri State Highway Patrol reports indicated that the crash claimed the lives of Linda M. Wall, 63, of Richland, and Levi R. Clark, 17, of Crocker. Katie Wall, 11, a passenger in Linda Wall’s white 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics to Phelps County Regional Medical Center. According to the state patrol report, Clark had been northbound on Highway 133 in his pickup when he crossed the centerline and hit Wall’s van head-on. Elsewhere in Missouri on Saturday, a Texas County head-on crash wrecked two vehicles and injured six people, four from Waynesville. Troopers reported that at 1:18 p.m., Michelle L. Mongillo, 25, of West Plains, was southbound on U.S. Highway 63 about four miles north of Houston when she lost control of her 2001 Chrysler Sebring, hydroplaned, crossed the centerline, and struck a northbound 2001 Ford Escape driven by Trisha Bradberry, 35, also of West Plains. Mongillo, Bradberry, and Bradberry’s passengers, David L. Bradberry, 40, Maria M. Bradberry, 12, David L. Bradberry Jr., 15, and Michael D. Toole, 16, all of Waynesville, were transported to Texas County Memorial Hospital for treatment; the elder David Bradberry and Maria Bradberry suffered minor injuries and the others were moderately injured. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
PriceCutter Restaurant cook Edna Dearduff prepares a take-out buffet meal for a Christmas customer.
Working on Christmas WAYNESVILLE/ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 26, 2008) — Some businesses in St. Robert and Waynesville almost never close. Certain gas stations run a 24-hour operation, customers can pick up a McDonald’s hamburger at the drive-through window even in the early hours of the morning, and Wal-Mart remains open even when there are more stockers and cashiers than customers in the store. For many of those businesses, there’s one big exception to that always-open policy: Christmas Day. However, when the big national-chain restaurants close, that provides an opportunity for smaller businesses such as the PriceCutter Restaurant in Waynesville, formerly known as Smitty’s. Restaurant management opened on Christmas and provided a special Christmas buffet this year from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most area hotels were quiet on Christmas Day, and so were firefighters and policy on duty. “Typically Christmas is fairly quiet, but that is not always the case; it’s just the majority of the cases,” said Assistant Chief Clarence Liberty of the Waynesville Police Department. Liberty is well-known in local law enforcement for his skills detecting drunk drivers, and said he’ll be keeping a close eye for those on the road during the holiday season who’ve had a little too much holiday cheer for their own good — or the good of others on the road. “If you’re going to drink, don’t drive,” Liberty said. “Wear your seat belt and be careful of the roads during bad weather.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Hazelgreen's newest fire truck arrived Tuesday from Pennsylvania.
Hazelgreen pleased by Pennsylvania fire truck purchase HAZELGREEN, Mo. (Dec. 25, 2008) — Residents of the Laquey, Buckhorn and Hazelgreen areas are used to seeing fire trucks from other districts helping out the small Hazelgreen Fire District. Another fire truck with the name of an out-of-town fire department will be traveling the roads in the next few weeks, but Fire Chief Eric Price wants to assure residents that he hasn’t called for mutual aid from the Valley Forge Fire Department in Pennsylvania, and has announced that his fire district purchase a used fire truck from the Valley Forge department, and due to Hazelgreen’s need for the truck, will use it for calls even though it may take several weeks to repaint the truck with the Hazelgreen district’s name. Purchased at a cost of $11,000, the 1980 Pierce model truck arrived Tuesday and replaces a 1972 Ford fire truck that’s been out of service for some time due to faulty brakes. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Commissioners OK many road-related bids, hire road worker WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 24, 2008) — In their last full week of business for 2008, Pulaski County Commissioners voted during Wednesday morning and Monday morning meetings to make numerous budget amendments including $428,000 in adjustments for storm-related damage earlier in the year, accepted necessary bids for the road and bridge department, and hired a new road worker, Kenny Wall. Road workers start at a probationary pay rate of 80 percent of $12.95 per hour and go up to the full incoming worker pay after their probationary period. Commissioners also announced Wednesday that they’ve received 24 tons of road salt for each of the county’s two road sheds to be used during snowy and icy weather conditions. That had been doubtful earlier when the county’s salt supplier pulled out of a bid late in the fall due to problems associated with the Louisiana hurricanes earlier this year. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Insulation and ceiling panels hang down in a flood-damaged office.
Flood dumps at least 40,000 gallons of water into FLW tech park FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Dec. 24, 2008) — Numerous commercial and government offices were damaged early Tuesday morning by a flooded sprinkler system in the University of Missouri Tech Park on Fort Leonard Wood. Personnel from Servitech of Rolla were still on the scene Wednesday with special vacuums removing what Tanya Solan, tech park manager, estimated was at least 40,000 gallons of water. “This is a nightmare,” Solan said. “It was just an unforeseen occurrence; we just decided to clean the carpets the hard way.” Employees of the Servitech company will set up more than a hundred dehumidifiers and fans in an effort to prevent mold growth and begin a five-day process that Solan said she hoped would end with the building being declared ready to re-occupy by the end of the Christmas holiday weekend. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Three local fire departments help with Laclede County fire SLEEPER, Mo. (Dec. 24, 2008) — Several Pulaski County fire departments were called out late Sunday night and early Monday morning to help fight a fire in rural Laclede County. “We responded along with numerous other departments around the area,” said Hazelgreen Fire Chief Eric Price, who said his firefighters were among 20 to 30 people from various departments summoned about 3:15 a.m. Monday to a residential structure fire that continued until nearly 10 a.m. Firefighters on the scene of the blaze on Highway BB near the Highway 5 junction about a half-dozen miles from Lebanon included the Tricounty Rural Fire Protection District in Richland, as well as Sleeper, Stoutland, Lebanon Rural and Lebanon City. Waynesville Rural Fire Chief Doug Yurecko, who serves as secretary of the Pulaski County Fire Chiefs’ Association, said cooperation between the Pulaski and Laclede departments has been extensive in recent years with Lebanon firefighters often helping Waynesville or St. Robert firefighters by filling in stations while their firefighters are on fire calls; Pulaski County firefighters from various fire districts have been called out to several recent major fires in and near Lebanon. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
A Monday night fire wrecked this home on Fort Leonard Wood.
Blaze causes $200,000 damage to FLW house FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Dec. 23, 2008) — A military family at Fort Leonard Wood lost their home and most of their belongings Monday night due to a fire about 7 p.m. that caused an estimated $200,000 damage to an on-post duplex. The cause of the fire remains under investigation; no one was injured and everyone in the burned-out right side of the duplex was able to escape unharmed. The left half of the duplex, which was unoccupied, sustained significant smoke damage. The service member is an active-duty noncommissioned officer, but citing security considerations, Alley said the family’s name would not be released and he requested that the street on which the home is located not be published. Red Cross personnel have have already begun assisting the family, Alley said, and the family has been moved to an emergency home on post. Those interested in making donations may contact the Red Cross, he said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Four more candidates file for city, fire, ambulance posts PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 23, 2008) — Four more candidates filed this week for positions on area city councils, ambulance districts, and fire districts. The only non-incumbent candidate to file was Ronnie Layman, who is filing for the three-year term on Crocker Subdistrict 6 of the Pulaski County Ambulance District board currently held by Larry Salveter, who has not yet filed for re-election. Richland Ward III Alderman Tim Bailey and St. Robert Ward II Alderman Gene Newkirk both turned in their candidacy papers Tuesday, according to the city clerks of those cities. The first candidate to turn in papers for the Dixon Rural Fire Protection District was incumbent board member Les Clark, who filed on Tuesday. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Some want to audit Knights Inn to make sure all tourism taxes have been paid.
Past payment problems at Knight's Inn could lead to tourism tax audit ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 23, 2008) — Some members of the Pulaski County Tourism Board continue to be frustrated with the former owners of the Knight’s Inn motel on the eastern end of St. Robert and would like to see that motel’s books audited. The former owners of the Knights’ Inn failed to pay their transient guest taxes for more than a year and only paid their bill several months after selling the motel to a new owner. Tourism Director Beth Wiles reported at Friday’s Tourism Board meeting that for the first time in years, all of the county’s many hotels, motels and lodges are completely current on their guest taxes, but board member Bruce Farris, who is one of two hotel representatives on the board, questioned the accuracy of the taxes paid by the Knight’s Inn. “We’ve accepted their terms that basically they’ve paid us what they owe us,” Farris said. “We’re taking their word on what their sales are; nobody has done an audit. Are there any future plans to set up audits in place?” Wiles said only the county commission can order an audit and said the taxes paid were about what she had expected would be owed, based on past payment history dating back to 2001. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Sgt. Darryl Suhr investigates a Highway 28 rollover wreck.
Slick roads lead to many slideoffs DIXON, Mo. (Dec. 23, 2008) — As temperatures hovered around the freezing mark Tuesday, state troopers cautioned that roads which appear safe may have slick spots. Travel became especially hazardous on Highway 28 south of Dixon, where troopers reported multiple crashes and one rollover wreck around noontime, and on Old Route 66 at the western end of St. Robert where police reported that vehicles slid off the road near the bridge over Interstate 44. None of the wrecks caused injuries, but worst of the wrecks extensively damaged a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup south of Dixon. James J. Kleffner, 70, of Brinktown, was southbound on Highway 28 in his white pickup about 11:30 a.m. when he lost control of his vehicle while approaching the Highway D junction. The vehicle rolled over and landed on its passenger side, partly blocking access to Highway D. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Two arrested Saturday were wanted for Kentucky murder, sheriff says ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 23, 2008) — A man and woman arrested Saturday at the Greyhound bus station in St. Robert are wanted in another state on murder charges, Pulaski County Sheriff J.B. King confirmed late Monday afternoon. Thomas Mercurio, 25, and Amy E. Arden, 21, both of Louisville, Ky., were arrested at 9:06 p.m. Saturday and were transported to the Pulaski County Jail where they were placed on a 24-hour hold, following what State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Danny Crain called “a very intensive search for the two individuals.” State troopers didn’t release the reason for the intensive manhunt on Saturday, Sunday or most of Monday since their only charges in Missouri were those related to the traffic crash. However, King was able to confirm late Monday that Mercurio and Arden had been charged in Kentucky with murder, first degree robbery, first-degree arson, tampering with physical evidence and receiving stolen property. The two are being held on a $1 million cash-only bond pending extradition to Kentucky Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Area crashes injure two on Sunday, early Monday morning LEBANON/JEROME, Mo. (UPDATED 4:34 p.m., Dec. 22, 2008) — A St. Robert driver was hurt Sunday in a crash near Lebanon while a semi truck rollover early Monday morning on Interstate 44 east of Pulaski County attracted considerable attention from motorists; the eastbound left lane was closed for offloading thatt was delayed repeatedly and finally completed at 4:34 p.m., after a temporary closure of all lanes that ran from 4:04 p.m. to 4:34 p.m. Troopers reported that Sandra A. Simental, 56, of St. Robert, was northbound at 5:40 p.m. Sunday in a 2007 Chrysler on Route B about five miles south of Lebanon when she failed to stop at a stop sign and ran into the path of an eastbound 2004 Chevrolet driven by Jason E. Delong, 28, of Lebanon, who struck Simental’s Chrysler on the driver’s side. Neither driver was hurt but a passenger in Delong’s vehicle, Stephanie Delong, 22, also of Lebanon, suffered moderate injuries and wwas transported by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon. State troopers received numerous calls following a 12:45 a.m. Monday rollover wreck of a semi truck carrying groceries on Interstate 44 near mile marker 172, about 12 miles west of Rolla. The driver, Dean P. Johnson, 42, of Springfield, suffered minor injuries. He refused medical treatment at the crash scene. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Swedeborg blaze levels barn Monday SWEDEBORG, Mo. (Dec. 22, 2008) — A two-alarm barn fire Monday evening leveled a barn west of Swedeborg and led to an emergency response from five different fire departments, according to Capt. Robert Ishmael, spokesman for the Crocker Rural Fire Protection District. “Part of the barn is still there, but it is a total loss,” Ishmael said. Ishmael said the fire was accidentally caused by the property owner, Brad Ledbetter, trying to thaw out a water line with a heat lamp. "He got water on the lamp, the lamp shattered and it caused a fire in the hay,” Ishmael said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Troopers release names of two arrested in Saturday manhunt ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 22, 2008) — State troopers released the names Sunday of two people arrested Saturday night at the Greyhound bus station in St. Robert following a major four-agency manhunt. Thomas Mercurio, 25, and Amy E. Arden, 21, both of Louisville, Ky., were arrested at 9:06 p.m. and transported to the Pulaski County Jail where they were placed on a 24-hour hold. According to state patrol reports, Arden only faces of charges of tampering with a motor vehicle. Mercurio faces more serious charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, careless and imprudent driving and no valid operator’s license. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Union seeks 50-cent hourly pay raise from county WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 22, 2008) — Union representatives for the Pulaski County Road and Bridge Department asked county commissioners Monday morning to provide a 50-cent per hour pay increase to road and bridge workers and increase the longevity pay from 25 cents after each five years of service to 35 cents per hour. Those figures are important since traditionally in Pulaski County, the pay raise given to road and bridge department employees in union negotiations has then been applied across the board to all other county employees. No decisions will be made on the union’s proposal until budget discussions begin in January. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Dixon firefighters inspect a Highway C rollover.
Rollover west of Dixon injures Crocker man DIXON, Mo. (Dec. 20, 2008) — A rollover crash west of Dixon shortly before midnight on Friday sent a vehicle careening off Highway C dozens of yards into a field. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Jeffrey P. Clubb, 25, of Crocker, was eastbound about a mile west of Dixon in a 2000 Suzuki Vitara when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the centerline, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch, vaulted over the ditch and overturned several times. Clubb, who troopers reported had not been wearing his seat belt, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Dixon Ambulance District paramedics to Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Two arrested at Greyhound depot after Saturday manhunt ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 20, 2008) — Police from four law enforcement agencies descended on St. Robert’s Greyhound bus station Saturday evening after receiving a tip that two fugitives might be at the station. A man and woman whose names haven’t yet been released were arrested at the bus depot and turned over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol for questioning, after what patrol spokesman Sgt. Danny Crain called “a very intensive search for the two individuals.” That search began after what initially appeared to be a relatively minor crash of a 1994 Nissan minivan at 5:10 p.m. at mile marker 159 in St. Robert. Firefighters found the vehicle had crashed in the westbound lanes but the occupants had fled. After checking the license plates, law enforcement personnel discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen in another state. The out-of-state reporting agency told troopers that the people believed to have taken the vehicle were considered dangerous suspects from another incident. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
$10,000 donation to pay for Waynesville police canine WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2008) — Thanks to a $10,000 donation, the Waynesville Police Department has been able to begin a police canine program under the auspices of Cpl. Brian Moore. “I come from a law enforcement family; my father was a canine handler and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Moore said at Thursday night’s city council meeting. That assistance came from a single family, Joe and Billie Jean Walker, who contributed $10,000 to cover the costs of purchasing the police canine and paying for Moore’s training and travel to Arkansas where the training will take place. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
City, Tourism Bureau seek to market Waynesville fishing stream WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2008) — Missouri now has more than 40,000 volunteers involved in its “Stream Team” cleanup program, but that effort began two decades ago with fly fishermen on the banks of Waynesville’s Roubidoux Creek. Members of the Pulaski County Tourism Board and the Waynesville City Council want to work together to promote that, and at separate meetings on Dec. 18 and 19, members of each board discussed how to cooperate with state officials who plan to come to Waynesville for an upcoming twentieth-anniversary celebration of the stream cleaning program. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Finances doing fine, Waynesville says WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2008) — Councilwoman Luge Hardman says Waynesville’s city finances are tracking well with expenses in a $10.8 million annual budget. “I know the public is very concerned about money right now,” said Hardman, who chairs the city’s finance committee, at Thursday night’s city council meeting. “There’s a lot of concern about budgets with the county and the problems that they’re having and I would just like to tell the public and the citizens of Waynesville that our budget is doing very well. We are, I think, setting very well for the next year." Unlike Pulaski County and some cities in the county, Waynesville doesn’t run on a January to December calendar year so it’s only about halfway through the fiscal year. Hardman said the city is currently at 56.5 percent of budget on on expenses and 56.4 percent on revenue. The one-tenth percent should be covered by grants the city will receive later in the year, Hardman said, based on reports she’s received from City Administrator Bruce Harrill. The city also has close to a $900,000 reserve in savings and runs a debt service rate of only 13 to 14 percent, she said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Tourism Director Beth Wiles wants to use the internet to promote area tourism.
Internet listings valuable in promoting tourism, Tourism Bureau director says ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2008) — Pulaski County Tourism Board members are urging hotels, restaurants, outfitters and resorts to take advantage of opportunities to build up a better presence on the internet. “We need to explain to our business partners here in this area that they need to get onto the state tourism website to list their tourism-related businesses. It’s free; once they list there, they can then checkmark a box and it will get them in the visitors guide, the big planner the state does,” Tourism Director Beth Wiles said during the board’s Friday meeting. "“I’m really afraid if I don’t get out and promote this, we’re going to be down on our listings in the state guide as well as the website." Wiles said she’s already held a workshop for Pulaski County outfitters on internet usage and plans a Jan. 21 meeting with area lodging businesses and a Jan. 22 meeting with event planners. A meeting with area restaurants will be held later, she said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Richland mayor to face challenger RICHLAND, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2008) — One more candidate filed on Friday for a city council seat in Pulaski County. In Richland, incumbent Mayor Bob Wall will face a challenge from Kimi Gerred. Gerred joins Wall and Municipal Judge Rodney Blanchard as the only candidates who have turned in papers so far for the five positions that are open this year in that city. Nobody else filed Friday, but two previously unreported filings occurred earlier this week in Crocker, where the Crocker Rural Fire Protection District has two seats open, those belonging to Robert Ishmael and David Ellzey. Ellzey does not plan to file, but Ishmael filed on Dec. 16, the first day of filing, and Jeff Porter filed on Dec. 17. Filing continues until Jan. 20 for city offices, school districts, and special districts such as fire and ambulance districts. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Tourism Board member Bruce Farris questions what an economic developer can do for the area.
Tourism Bureau's feelings mixed on hiring economic developer ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2008) — Members of the Pulaski County Tourism Board previously agreed to ask the county commission to revise its contract to allow a contribution to the new Pulaski County Growth Alliance, but during Friday’s tourism board meeting, several board members questioned how much can be expected from an economic developer. “I think this process of convincing people is going to be a long process,” said board member Bruce Farris. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Waynesville construction growth second-highest in history WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2008) — While St. Robert gets considerable attention for its rapid growth, Waynesville City Administrator Bruce Harrill told city council members Thursday night that their city is doing very well despite a national economic downturn. “We’ve had a very busy construction year,” Harrill said. “This is basically, since we’ve been keeping records, the second-busiest year that we know of in the history of the city as far as construction.” Waynesville building department staff reported 182 building permits worth $13 million so far this year; in 2002, the city had $15 million worth of construction. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Waynesville councilwoman demands openness from Sewer District WAYNESVIILLE, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2008) — Councilwoman Twyla Cordry told fellow members of the Waynesville City Council Thursday night that she’s not happy with the way Pulaski County Sewer District members are handling an ongoing dispute with the city. “We need to keep this as public as possible and get with the program,” Cordry said. “I know that the sewer district in the past has had a real problem with trying to keep everything secret, secret, secret. These issues do not have to be secret and they need to be public for the users of the Hunter’s Point area up there. I’m afraid that they are really going to be seeing some extremely high bills if we don’t get this situation straightened out.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Waynesville Summer Jam to return next summer WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2008) — Three downtown business owners plan to continue a downtown community music festival next year. Speaking Thursday night at the Waynesville City Council meeting, Steve Kneeland of Caffe Italia told council members that he’s working with Route 66 Music and the new Paradox Studios to bring an afternoon of local musicians to the courthouse square. Begun this year as “Summer Jam,” the renamed "Route 66 Summer Jam" event is planned for May 23 next year from noon to 9 p.m. “We have made some adjustments,” Kneeland said. “We are going to use all local bands, all local music groups from the Pulaski County area instead of reaching outside to Rolla or Springfield. Everything will be local talent.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County Commissioner Bill Farnham and Dixon Marshal Cliffty Yoakum discuss Dixon not getting enough county prisoners.
Dixon marshal says sheriff isn't honoring prisoner agreement WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 18, 2008) — The head of Dixon’s police department told Pulaski County Commissioners on Thursday morning that he’s not getting the number of prisoners Sheriff J.B. King had agreed to house in his city jail. “We’re having a hard time with prisoners not being sent over,” said Marshal Cliffty Yoakum. “I’m down to one now, and what really bothers me was when I called and said, ‘I’m down to only one,’ they said, ‘We’ll send you down one or two,’ and then they didn’t … I thought maybe my commissioner could do something about it.” Yoakum said he asked the Pulaski County jailers if they have any prisoners in other jails such as Phelps County or Miller County, and they told him Pulaski County does continue to house inmates outside the county. That’s contrary to a prior agreement between Pulaski County and the city of Dixon that the county will house overflow inmates in Dixon before sending them outside the county to other jails. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
More candidates file in Richland, Laquey, Crocker, St. Robert, Waynesville PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 18, 2008) — Several new candidates filed on Wednesday or Thursday for seats on city councils and school boards in Pulaski County. Most but not all of the new filings are incumbents filing for their current offices. The lone exceptions are in Laquey and Richland. Fanny Gan filed Thursday and joined challenger Larry Southard and incumbent Mary Cristoffer in bidding for two open seats on the Laquey R-V School Board; incumbent Mary Ann Miller has not yet filed. Brenda Mathes became the first person to file for a seat on the Richland R-IV School Board when she turned in her candidacy papers on Wednesday. Neither of the incumbents, Troy Posten and Jo-Ellen Ferguson, have yet filed. Other candidates filing are Crocker R-II School Board member Jeff Curry, Dixon Ward I Alderman Vienna Tyson, St. Robert Mayor George Sanders and Ward IV Alderman Bill Shaw, and Waynesville Councilman Butch O'Riley. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Thornsberry won't sign note for county loan agreement WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 18, 2008) — Western District Commissioner Dennis Thornsberry told his colleagues on the county commission Thursday morning that he won’t approve a loan of $150,000 or more that will be needed to balance the 2008 budget. Auditors have told county commissioners that they should try to get an internal loan from another agency or department which has a surplus, such as the courthouse maintenance fund or the road and bridge department. However, Thornsberry, who will be replaced at the end of the year by newly elected commissioner Ricky Zweerink, has questioned whether it’s legal to loan road and bridge funds to other departments. Members of the Pulaski County Public Facilities Board, which supervises a special fund for courthouse maintenance, have asked the county to seek commercial bank financing instead of using their money. “I’m thinking we’re going to have to borrow that money before you come into office,” Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall said to Zweerink. Thornsberry didn’t like that idea. “I don’t have to come to any more meetings, either. You can sign that note; I’m sure not,” Thornsberry said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Road conditions lead to numerous Tuesday wrecks PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 17, 2008) — State troopers reported numerous crashes and slide-offs during the day on Tuesday, though the roads cleared up by late Tuesday evening. At 10:05 a.m., troopers received a report of a vehicle overturned in a roadside ditch on Highway 28 about a miler south of Highway D. Rescue personnel arrived to find the occupants weren’t hurt. Several motorists in the Buckhorn area weren’t so lucky. At 10:40 a.m., troopers received a report of a rollover crash on Highway 17 about four miles south of Buckhorn. A 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Josefine A. Spangler-Dart, 46, of Richland, had been northbound when it slid off the left side of the roadway, overturned, and came to rest on its wheels. Spangler-Dart and her granddaughter, Anna P. Dart, 3, also of Richland, both suffered minor injuries and were taken to Breech Mediceal Center in Lebanon for treatment. Troopers reported that Edgar Serna, 54, of Belleville, Wis., was eastbound at 11 a.m. on Interstate 44 in a 1999 Ford van when he was passed by a 2006 Freightliner semi truck driven by Thomas C. Essel, 23, of Marshfield. Serna lost control of his van on an icy roadway, rotated, and ran into the path of the semi truck. The semi struck the van, causing it to travel into the median, where it struck the center cable barrier, crossed back across the roadway, and came to rest on the roadside shoulder. The semi also ran into the median and struck the cable barrier but came to rest in the median. Serna suffered minor injuries but Essel was not hurt. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Candidate filings begin for school, city races PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 16, 2008) — Candidate filings began at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning for the April school and city elections; filing will run until Jan. 20. The largest number of candidates filed for the Waynesville R-VI School Board, where long-time incumbents Randy Walters and David Tritten are up for re-election to their three-year terms. Tritten had not filed as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday but Randy Walters filed early Tuesday morning. He’ll face a challenge from former school board member Leroy Fulmer, who was defeated last year in his re-election bid, and from Herman Blau and Melvin Hensley. Numerous other school board and city council candidates have filed, but all are incumbents except in Laquey, where incumbents Mary Cristoffer and Mary Ann Miller are up for re-election. Cristoffer and former board member Larry Southard, who was defeated last year, filed Tuesday morning. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County considers different insurance carrier PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 16, 2008) — Pulaski County has used the Missouri Association of Counties for many years to purchase its workers’ compensation insurance but commissioners are considering alternatives due to escalating costs. One of those alternatives is Ken Bassett of Bassett Insurance and Real Estate of St. Robert, who already provides the county’s vehicle and property insurance. At Monday’s County Commisson meeting, Bassett brought proposals for insurance through Missouri Employers Mutual that would cost the county either $90,199 or $106,269, depending on which of two insurance ratings the county could obtain. Bassett said the county is already being charged 13 percent more than the standard premium due to high losses and that’s likely to go up even more next year. The county experienced $117,000 more than the previous year in losses, Bassett said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County facing deficit but not sure where to turn for loans PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 16, 2008) — Borrowing time has arrived for Pulaski County, which faces a deficit expected to be at least $150,000. Commissioners asked department heads to submit all bills by last week that need to be paid by the end of the year, and Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall said during Monday's commission meeting that the county has no choice left but to borrow money because of major cost overruns in the general revenue portion of the budget, which is funded by a countywide sales tax. Ransdall said the county’s auditors have said commissioners need to borrow in-house from other funds rather than seeking commercial bank loans. Two county funds have sizeable surpluses: the courthouse maintenance fund, which is governed by a separate board, and the road and bridge department, which is primarily funded by property taxes rather than sales taxes. However, members of the Public Facilities Board have said they don't like the idea of a loan and two of the three county commissioners said they don't like a loan from the road and bridge department to the general revenue fund. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Sheriff, County Clerk deny Roberts' allegations of election irregularities PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 16, 2008) — A visiting circuit judge from Franklin County had been expected to hear a court case on Thursday filed by former sheriff J.T. Roberts seeking a hand-done recount and new election of the Nov. 4 race that he lost by 38 votes to the current sheriff, J.B. King. However, it’s not clear when Roberts’ court case will be heard. After all local judges decided they couldn’t hear the case due to conflicts of interest, Judge John C. Brackmer was appointed to decide whether a new election or recount should be ordered. Roberts then filed papers objecting to Brackmer and seeking the appointment of a different judge; Brackmer decided on Nov. 11 to withdraw from the case and nothing in the court files on Tuesday afternoon indicated that anyone new had been appointed. County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer and Sheriff J.B. King filed papers Tuesday responding to Roberts’ allegations that Linnenbringer mishandled the election due to a variety of errors. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Two crashes injure drivers near county's edge PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 16, 2008) — Two crashes near the edge of Pulaski County moderately injured drivers Monday afternoon and late Sunday night. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Kevin M. Butterfield, 23, of Clayton, was westbound at 11:05 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 44 at mile marker 169 in Phelps County just east of the Pulaski County line when he lost control of his 2005 Honda Accord on an ice-covered roadway, ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail before coming to rest eastbound in the ditch. A Monday afternoon rollover wreck on Highway U about six miles northwest of Crocker led to rescue personnel extricating Michael J. Wersching, 35, of Brumley, from an overturned 2007 Mercury Mariner. Troopers reported that Wersching had been westbound on Highway U when he slid off the left side of the roadway, hit an embankment, overturned and came to rest in a yard. In unrelated incidents, troopers in other counties arrested Michael D. Schaefer, 27, of Richland, and Jennifer R. Richardson, 21, of Dixon, on various charges. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
High winds collapsed part of the Pulaski County eastern district road shed.
Weekend winds wreck county road shed ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 16, 2008) — High winds and rain combined Sunday night to rip part of the metal roof off Pulaski County’s eastern district road shed, Commissioner Bill Farnham reported during Monday morning’s county commission meeting. Farnham told commissioners that he first learned about the problem around 10 p.m. Sunday when the eastern district road supervisor, Stan Crismon, called to report serious problems at the road shed located near the junction of Highway Z and Highway 28 at the eastern end of St. Robert. “It lifted that tin roof up enough that I don’t know if it pulled nails out or what, but it was dripping water in there last night,” Farnham said. “When I went out there last night, the wind had knocked the shed down. I even had to call the electric because some of the power lines were down and laying on top of the fuel tanks.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
DWI checkpoint leads to five SR arrests ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 15, 2008) — A checkpoint set up on Old Route 66 by St. Robert police nabbed five drivers late Saturday night and early Sunday morning who police arrested for driving while intoxicated. That’s a 3.5 percent intoxication rate, according to Sgt. Butch Hohman, out of a total of 141 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint. St. Robert has conducted numerous checkpoints this year focusing on driving while intoxicated, failure to use seat belts, and other violations. Funds for conducting the checkpoints come from a state grant, Hohman said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
FLW allows 2-hour reporting delay; many schools close PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 15, 2008) — Icy rain and sleet Sunday evening and early Monday morning slickened area roads, prompting a two-hour delay for Fort Leonard Wood personnel to report and causing Waynesville schools to send school buses on snow routes only. For both morning and evening bus routes. Preliminary reports indicated that all other districts in Pulaski County would close Monday, but that information should be confirmed with local districts. As of 6 a.m. Monday morning, only one weather-related crash had been reported by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. At 7:40 p.m. Sunday, Minnie M. Alexander, 78, of Dixon, was southbound in a 2004 Chevrolet when she crossed the centerline and hit a northbound 2005 Chevrolet driven by Greg P. Spies, 22, also of Dixon. Alexander was transported with moderate injuries; both vehicles sustained moderate damage. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Laquey school listed among top in USA LAQUEY, Mo. (Dec. 15, 2008) — A national newsmagazine has named Laquey High School as one of the nation’s top-performing schools. This was the second year for U.S. News and World Report, which has published college rankings for years, to publish rankings of high schools. Last week’s issue of identified 1,925 high schools that exceeded statistical performance expectations on state tests, out of a total of public 21,069 high schools in 48 states that submitted enough data from the 2006-07 school year for evaluation. Laquey received a “bronze medal” award as one of the top 1,925 high schools but didn’t receive the magazine’s “gold medal” award given to the country’s top 100 high schools and wasn’t ranked from 101 to 604 and given a “silver medal.” However, Laquey was the only area school to make any of those three lists. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County accepts higher bid for salt spreader PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 12, 2008) — Faced with a critical need to replace a broken salt spreader, county commissioners decided Thursday to pay $7,825 to Bus Andrews Truck Equipment of Springfield rather than to the low bidder, GM Supply Company of Columbia, which offered a $7,220 bid. A third bidder was Knapheide Trucking Equipment Central of Jefferson City, which offered an $8,405 bid. Pulaski County Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall called the companies asking when they’d be able to deliver the equipment but found they didn’t have a salt spreader in stock. “How quick can we get one? It’s supposed to snow Monday,” Ransdall said to a company representative who said it would take a minimum of 30 days to provide the equipment once it’s ordered. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Pulaski 911 expects less 2009 revenue PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 12, 2008) — Members of the Pulaski County 911 Board gave tentative approval Thursday afternoon to a $968,665 budget for 2009. That’s a slight decrease from this year’s budget of $972,278, based on a projected decline in sales tax revenue next year. Pulaski County 911 Director Michelle Graves said she prepared the budget based on the current year’s receipts and said setting a lower target for next year appears to be inevitable. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Tourism Bureau may give money to Pulaski County Growth Alliance PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 12, 2008) — Tourism Bureau Chairwoman Twyla Cordry told county commissioners Thursday that her board would like to support the economic development mission of a new Pulaski County Growth Alliance, but her board’s lawyers say the county’s existing contract with the Tourism Bureau may have to be amended. “As long as it is tourism related and what we are doing has some connection to tourism, we can probably do it, but we would have to revise our contract slightly with the county,” Cordry said. “We didn’t want to pay our attorney any more money for research if we didn’t feel the county would let us revise our contract.” Commissioners said they’d be open to revising the county’s tourism contract if needed. The Tourism Bureau receives payments from each hotel and motel in the county, as well as a few resorts and other locations that pay a transient guest tax that’s used to fund local tourism. Largely due to Fort Leonard Wood, hotel and motel occupancy rates in Pulaski County haven’t been hurt as badly as other areas of the state and that means revenue from the transient guest tax has remained stable. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County thanks retiring John Routh for service PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 11, 2008) — County commissioners thanked a Pulaski County Road and Bridge Department worker Thursday for nearly 10 years of service. John Routh, a general operator assigned to the county’s western district, is leaving the county at the age of 62. County Commissioner Dennis Thornsberry said Routh has been a good employee. “He’s done everything; he’s just somebody who could do everything but run a road grader, whatever job could be done,” Thornsberry said. “If you needed something welded or fixed, the mechanical part of it, he could do it. He was just a good hand.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Treasurer seeks change in county check process PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 11, 2008) — Presiding Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall declined a request by County Treasurer Barbara Thomas that he direct staff members in the county clerk’s office to tell her when checks are ready to sign. Thomas told Ransdall during Thursday’s county commission meeting that staff members in County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer’s office told her the county commissioners were unhappy waiting to sign county checks. “It’s ridiculous for me to have to go back and forth to write checks,” Thomas said. “It’s not in the best interest of the county.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Waynesville schools close; three crashes so far PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 10, 2008) — Bad weather conditions have closed two Pulaski County school districts and Fort Leonard Wood officials report that personnel have a two-hour delay for reporting to work today. The Waynesville R-VI School District, which is often one of the last area districts to close, was among the first today, announcing its decision about 5:30 a.m. Early reports indicate the Laquey R-V School District is also closed today. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, a head-on crash on Highway 28 about a mile north of St. Robert at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday wrecked two vehicles. Troopers reported that Lucila L. Haggard, 41, of St. Robert, was westbound on Highway 28 headed toward Road Ranger in a 2001 Ford Windstar minivan when she slid on the roadway, crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2001 Dodge Ram pickup head-on driven by Newton A. York, 19, of Dixon. The vehicles came to rest in the roadway and Haggard was transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries. A second crash at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 44 at mile marker 158 totaled a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Arielle M. Diaz, 23, of Fort Leonard Wood, who was eastbound when she lost control of her vehicle, spun across the roadway, and landed in the median guard cables. Diaz suffered only minor injuries and was transported to General Leonard Wood Army Commmunity Hospital for treatment. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Swedeborg can't burn down dilapidated buildings SWEDEBORG, Mo. (Dec. 9, 2008) — A dilapidated house and garage on property purchased earlier this year can’t be burned down as had been planned, members of the Swedeborg R-III School Board learned during their Monday night board meeting. District Administrator Ryan Warnol had hoped firefighters with the Crocker Rural Fire Protection District, which includes Swedeborg, would be able to use the buildings as a training exercise. “I wanted to have this already done but I ran into complications. Apparently we can’t do these burns as training situations, at least not without extreme liability,” Warnol said. “It looks like we need to make sure this gets dozed and we get all the permits from the (Department of Natural Resources).” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Two FLW drivers wreck south of post FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Dec. 9, 2008) — A head-on crash seriously injured a Fort Leonard Wood soldier Monday night south of Fort Leonard Wood. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Pvt. Kyle W. Thompson, 18, of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, was westbound at the south gate of Fort Leonard Wood driving a 1997 Chevrolet when he ran off the right side of the road and struck a jersey barrier head-on. Thompson, who had been wearing his seat belt, was transported by Fort Leonard Wood ambulance to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital for treatment. His vehicle was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing. A large military truck rolled over Tuesday afternoon while being driven by a Marine student driver on Highway 32 between Roby and Plato, according to Fort Leonard Wood reports. No one was hurt and the Marines recovered the vehicle; the name of the driver and extent of vehicle damage weren’t immediately available from military sources. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County deficit now exceeds $130,000; sheriff, jail blamed for overruns PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 8, 2008) — Most of Pulaski County’s departmental budgets are in fairly good shape, County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer reported Monday morning to the county commissioners, except for the sheriff’s department and county jail sections in the budget’s public safety division. Those two budgets will force Pulaski County to take out a loan that’s likely to exceed $100,000 so bills can be paid before the end of the year. That hasn’t happened for decades but used to be frequent, said Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall. The county’s final budget data won’t be available until Dec. 12 when the last bills for the year are due. As of Monday, Linnenbringer reported that the jail is over budget by $73,186 and the rest of the sheriff’s department is over budget by $63,174. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
New Juvenile Court attorneys to cost Pulaski County $25,000 next year PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 8, 2008) — County commissioners will have to spend substantially more money next year for public safety items than they had expected. During their Monday morning meeting, commissioners received a report from Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall that based on state regulations and court cases, the juvenile justice system of the 25th Judicial Circuit must hire two attorneys for parents who cannot afford legal counsel. That’s expected to cost $70,000; the attorneys will be hired on a contract basis. The four-county circuit includes Pulaski, Texas, Phelps and Maries counties and its juvenile court system had been expected to cost $303,991 next year compared to $303,660 for 2008, apportioned across the circuit’s four counties based on population. Next year, Pulaski County will have to pay 36 percent of the additional cost, roughly $25,000. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Photo by Sherri Pierce
2008 St. Robert Christmas in the Park SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 7, 2008) — The 2008 Christmas in the Park was held at the St. Robert Community Center. As the doors opened families waited patiently for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive. Ray Carson and his band filled the center with wonderful sounds of Christmas music. At one point the St. Robert City Administrator Norman Herren, joined the band to sing a beautiful version of "White Christmas." There were many beautiful booths set up, some of them filling the air with scents of the season. The center looked beautiful with all the Christmas decorations glistening. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Sherri Pierce
All local judges disqualify selves from J.T. Roberts' sheriff recount case PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 6, 2008) — Circuit Judge Tracy Storie and all other judges in Pulaski, Texas, Phelps and Maries counties have disqualified themselves from hearing a court case brought by former Pulaski County Sheriff J.T. Roberts seeking a new election. Roberts filed court papers Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 3, asking not only for a recount of the Nov. 4 election that he lost to incumbent Sheriff J.B. King by only 38 votes but also for a new election. Roberts accused County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer of numerous election improprieties and said a new election with a hand count of the ballots under strict court supervision is the only fair way to solve the problem. Storie said he can’t fairly evaluate the claims in Roberts’ request for a new election because he personally knows both candidates. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Crocker gets $48,000 fire hose grant CROCKER, Mo. (Dec. 6, 2008) — For the sixth year in a row, the Crocker Rural Fire Protection District has received a special federal grant to upgrade fire equipment. This year’s $48,000 grant will help Crocker replace its aging fire hoses, many of which date back to the 1970s, according to Fire Capt. Robert Ishmael. That’s a major addition to the annual $75,000 budget for the 35-member all-volunteer department. “We are going to be replacing all of our hose on every truck, as well as a gear wash machine and a generator for our main station,” Ishmael said. Fire hoses are thick and sturdy enough to carry large volumes of water, but because heat and flame can damage hoses, they need to be checked regularly to make sure they won’t burst on a fire scene. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Man shot Saturday morning off Highway 28; self-defense claimed SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Dec. 6, 2008) — Pulaski County deputies are investigating an early Saturday morning shooting at a home off Highway 28 north of St. Robert. Details remain unclear, according to Sheriff J.B. King, but initial reports indicate that a man found an intruder in his house and shot the intruder in what he believed was self-defense. The street on which the house is located and the names of the parties involved are being withheld to avoid identifying the homeowner or the alleged intruder since no one has been charged. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Trouwer Hollow wreck hurts one north of Waynesville WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 6, 2008) — A 9:45 a.m. Friday crash on Highway T about a mile north of the Waynesville city limits in Trouwer Hollow injured a Waynesville woman. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Jennifer S. Mullies, 37, of Waynesville, suffered moderate injuries after her southbound 2008 Chrysler 300 skidded off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment. Mullies, who had been wearing her seat belt, was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel. Her vehicle sustained moderate damage and was removed by Jack’s Towing. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Cody Banks of Jack's Towing helps remove a vehicle following a Wednesday crash on I-44.
I-44 wreck snarls traffic by Big Piney Bridge DEVIL’S ELBOW, Mo. (UPDATED Dec. 5, 2008) — State troopers released details Friday on a 2:40 p.m. Wednesday crash on eastbound Interstate 44 just west of the Big Piney River Bridge that sent a semi truck into the median guard cables and a passenger car into a rock bluff. The wreck involved a 2004 Freightliner semi driven by Andrew C. Smith, 42, of Litchfield, Ill., and owned by NFI Interactive Logistics of Vineland, N.J., pulling a Staples trailer, and a white Ford Escort SE driven by Verne E. Massey, 73, of St. Robert. About 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 3, Pulaski County 911 dispatchers began receiving multiple calls regarding a jackknifed semi truck near eastbound mile marker 166 on Interstate 44. When Waynesville firefighters arrived, they found a semi truck had blocked both eastbound lanes of I-44, which caused a second crash by vehicles trying to avoid the blockage. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County cuts Christmas catering costs PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 4, 2008) — Courthouse workers will receive their annual Christmas dinner at less than half the price commissioners thought they’d have to pay on Monday, when they received a single bid from Mediterranean Grill of St. Robert for $2,500. At their Thursday, Dec. 4 meeting, commissioners received two late bids that didn’t meet the original Monday deadline. The Pointe Steakhouse, located between St. Robert and Dixon on Highway 28, bid $1,200 for the catering; Ellen’s Corner of Richland submitted a $1,921.48 bid. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County reviews emergency procedures PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 4, 2008) — Some emergencies such as the Pulaski County Sewer District’s sewage discharge are man-made and can be prevented. However, Pulaski County Emergency Management Director Lawson Smith told county commissioners during their Monday meeting that his duties include preparing for natural disasters and emergencies that can’t be prevented. Proper preparation for ice storms, blizzards, floods and other weather phenomena can save lives, Smith said — and one major problem each year is that improperly maintained furnaces can cause fires or sickness due to carbon monoxide poisoning. “We’re getting ready to gear up for the holidays and the cold weather with carbon monoxide and all that,” Smith said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Former sheriff J.T. Roberts asks for new election and hand-recount PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 4, 2008) — Former Sheriff J.T. Roberts, D-Waynesville, lost his race in November by only 38 votes out of 12,884 cast, with a margin of 6,403 to 6,441. That means he’s entitled to an automatic recount if he files a request prior to Friday, Dec. 5, according to County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer. However, on Wednesday afternoon he filed court papers with Circuit Clerk Rachelle Beasley accusing Linnenbringer of numerous election offenses and asked the circuit court to order a new election between himself and the incumbent, Sheriff J.B. King, R-Waynesville. King was elected in 2004 by defeating Roberts, who had served 12 years previously. In his court papers, Roberts asked the court not only to order a new election but also to order that his attorney fees be paid. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer
Linnenbringer says disputed sheriff's election was conducted fairly PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 4, 2008) — County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer said during Thursday’s county commission meeting that she wasn’t surprised by former sheriff J.T. Roberts’ request for a recount, but was surprised by his call for a new election. “I have no problem with a recount; it’s his right,” Linnenbringer said. Roberts could have filed his recount request as late as Friday, Dec. 5, and state law allows automatic recounts when requested by the losing candidate in a race decided by less than 1 percent of the vote. Roberts lost by a narrow margin of 38 votes; the 1 percent margin would have been 128 votes of the 12,844 ballots cast. However, Roberts asked for more than a recount. In court papers filed Wednesday, he accused Linnenbringer, who has served six years as county clerk, of numerous irregularities in her conduct of the Nov. 4 general election in which Roberts, a Democrat living north of Waynesville, was defeated by the incumbent, Sheriff J.B. King, a Waynesville Republican. Roberts had served three four-year terms as sheriff before his 2004 defeat. Linnenbringer said she regretted the accusations made against her work and said she stood by the results of the election. “I feel that we conducted that election in the fairest and the proper way,” Linnenbringer said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County Commission asked for help with Sewer District problems PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 2, 2008) — Prior problems with sewage overflows from the Pulaski County Sewer District have sent more than 66,000 gallons of sludge onto other people’s property, according to Pulaski County Emergency Management Director Lawson Smith and LaDonna Murray, an environmental health specialist. Murray works for the Pulaski County Health Department but spoke to the county commission in her capacity as a board member of the Pulaski County Local Emergency Planning Committee. That incident was cleaned up long ago. However, speaking at a Monday, Dec. 1 county commission meeting, Smith and Murray asked for help in getting the sewer district to cooperate with their agencies in providing timely notification of problems such as sewage overflows. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Former Crocker alderman among 11 Thanksgiving weekend fatalities CROCKER, Mo. (Dec. 2, 2008) — A former Crocker alderman was one of 11 people killed over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Missouri. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, James L. Goodrich, 52, of Crocker, died when the motorcycle he was driving ran off the right side of Highway 17 four miles north of the Waynesville city limits and collided with the ditch. Goodrich was pronounced dead the next day at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. State troopers considered the Thanksgiving holiday counting period to be from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Heroin charges filed against three arrested in Saturday drug bust PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 2, 2008) — Three of the four people arrested in a Saturday drug raid north of St. Robert have been charged with drug-related offenses, according to court documents released Monday afternoon. The owner of the home on Highway Y where the drug bust occurred, Roosevelt Overton Sr., 46, faces Class B felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute accusing him of possessing heroin. Two other people at the same address also face the same drug charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute: Jobe Scott, 46, and John S. Bennett, 43. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Emergency personnel handle a head-on crash Monday morning.
Police chase driver Saturday after hit-and-run PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 2, 2008) — Charges are pending following a police chase involving three different departments after a hit-and-run crash on Saturday morning on Highway 28 in front of the Road Ranger truck stop. According to a report issued Tuesday morning by St. Robert police, Eathan W. Crace of Dixon was making a right turn from the Interstate 44 interchange onto Highway 28 in a 2000 Cadillac about 2:15 a.m. when he was travelling too fast for the roadway, crossed the road, and ran off the north side of the roadway. When he attempted to bring his vehicle back onto the roadway, he overcorrected, causing his vehicle to rotate 360 degress counterclockwise, during which he ran into the westbound lane and hit a 2005 Kia driven by Erica U. Pilago, 24, of Fort Leonard Wood. After hitting Pilago’s Kia, Crace’s vehicle travelled down an embankment and fled the scene. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
MoDOT workers examine the wreckage of a rolled-over semi at I-44 mile marker 156.0
Semi rollover snarls I-44 at West Waynesville exit WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 2, 2008) — A semi truck rollover on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 2, snarled traffic for more than an hour on Interstate 44 just west of Waynesville exit 156. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Toni M. Ballard, 58, of Wintersprings, Fla., was eastbound on I-44 in a 2007 Freightliner at 12:55 p.m. when she ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, ran across the roadway and off the left side, and went into the median. The semi truck then struck the median cables and overturned. Ballard and her passenger, Brad C. Hagan, 23, of Orlando, were both transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon for what troopers reported were minor injuries. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
State legislature asked to relieve Pulaski sheriff's workload PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 2, 2008) — The county courthouse could receive an extra state-funded court bailiff if a bill pre-filed by State Rep. David Day, R-Dixon, passes the legislature next year. Two bailiffs already serve in Pulaski County. State law currently specifies that an extra bailiff — technically known as a “circuit court marshal” — is to be appointed if the average inmate population of a circuit exceeds 2,500 for a two-year period. Day’s legislation would lower that number to 1,500, which means the state prison population in Licking would qualify the 25th Judicial Circuit, which includes Pulaski, Texas, Phelps and Maries counties, for an additional bailiff. Pulaski County Sheriff J.B. King said his deputies are regularly being pulled off other duties to serve as courtroom guards because the circuit clerk doesn’t have enough bailiffs to staff all three courtrooms. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Firefighters much of early Sunday morning fighting a blaze off Highway 133.
Sunday blaze wrecks home south of Richland RICHLAND, Mo. (Dec. 1, 2008) — More than a dozen firefighters from four districts spent many hours extinguishing an early Sunday morning blaze south of Richland. Capt. Ann Balmer of the Hazelgreen Rural Fire Protection District said her department was summoned shortly after midnight by the Pulaski County 911 Center, which had received a fire call from a passing motorist who happened to be a volunteer Tri-County firefighter from Richland. That firefighter reported a residential structure fire about a mile west of Highway 133 on Retired Road, which is north of the Gasconade River Bridge. About 75 percent of the house was already on fire, according to the initial reports. “Basically it was fully engulfed when we got there,” Balmer said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Crocker man killed in Thanksgiving Day crash CROCKER, Mo. (Nov. 29, 2008) — An early morning Thanksgiving Day crash killed a Crocker man, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports. Troopers reported that James L. Goodrich, 52, was northbound on Highway 17 about four miles north of the Waynesville city limits riding a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he ran off the right side of the roadway about 12:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27, and collided with a ditch. St. John’s Lifeflight transported him in serious condition by air ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, where he was pronounced dead at 6:28 p.m. Friday by doctors. In a crash the day after Thanksgiving, troopers reported that at 4:55 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, April L. Fowler, 20, of Springfield, was eastbound in a 2006 Ford on Interstate 44 about two miles east of St. Robert when she ran off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected, and then ran off the right side of the roadway where her vehicle overturned. Fowler, who had been wearing her seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics. Her vehicle was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Deputies bring a suspect to jail following a Saturday afternoon raid on Highway Y north of St. Robert.
Drug bust made Saturday on Highway Y by Sheriff's Department ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 29, 2008) — Pulaski County Sheriff J.B. King is seeking to file numerous drug-related charges following a drug bust north of St. Robert. About 2:22 p.m. on Saturday, a convoy of sheriff’s patrol cars and state patrol vehicles, including officers from the Lake Area Narcotics Task Force and the Pulaski County Emergency Response Team, stopped at 21125 Highway Y and arrested three men and one women, most of whom are from the local area. One person remained unidentified as of early Saturday evening, King said, and names won't be released until formal charges are filed. The major charges are expected to focus on possession of narcotics with additional charges likely. Numerous items of personal property were found in the residence that may be stolen, King said. “Probably we will be able to make a case for manufacturing and distributing,” King said. “I don’t know yet about the stolen property; we’ll have to do some digging.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Alderman Allan Johannsen and City Administrator Norman Herren review city finances.
SR needs half-million-dollar sewer upgrade SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 29, 2008) — Members of the St. Robert Public Works Committee gave the green light during their Tuesday evening meeting to plans that would spend more than a half-million dollars to replace two deteriorating sewer lift stations near Taco Bell on Missouri Avenue and the city’s trash transfer station behind the community center. Final decisions are made by the full city council, not the committees. City Administrator Norman Herren said he plans to present a budget update at the Monday, Dec. 1, meeting of the city council and plans to present a final budget for adoption at the Dec. 15 meeting. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Lyle Thomas explains plans to upgrade two of the city's worst roads.
SR planning road upgrades SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 29, 2008) — St. Robert’s last two remaining chip-and-seal roads could receive an upgrade next year, based on a request made Tuesday evening by PLyle Thomas, the city's director of public works, to the city’s Public Works Committee. Those two roads are Hardin and Harlan, and both are in poor condition. No cost estimate can be produced until the construction season begins next year, Thomas cautioned, due to volatility in the price of petroleum-based products. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Area 151 nightclub hit by Thanksgiving morning explosion ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 27, 2008) — St. Robert police, state fire marshals, and federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are aggressively seeking a man they believe may be connected to an early-morning explosion on Thanksgiving morning at Area 151, a popular nightclub in St. Robert near Fort Leonard Wood. It's not yet clear what caused the explosion, but no one was injured and property damage was confined to the front foyer of the nightclub. Soldiers were not targeted, according to St. Robert Police Chief Curtis Curenton. "I just want people to have confidence this was not terrorism in our city," Curenton said, responding to rumors he said have been circulating since the early-morning incident. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Crocker schools need more work on A+ program CROCKER, Mo. (Nov. 26, 2008) — In an unusually short and quiet meeting, members of the Crocker R-II School Board received a report Tuesday night that they need to do some additional work to qualify for the A-plus program. The A-plus program provides free tuition to Missouri two-year community colleges for high school graduates who complete a number of requirements, including maintaining required attendance standards and participating in community service programs and tutoring for other students. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
SR to expand police force — but only on paper ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 26, 2008) — Members of the St. Robert Emergency Services Committee voted Thursday evening to add additional positions to the city’s police force with the understanding that they won’t be funded for at least another year — and possibly not then, either. Alderman Todd Williams, who chairs the Emergency Services Committee, endorsed the requests by Police Chief Curtis Curenton and told those attending a joint meeting of his committee and the St. Robert Finance Committee that he’d like to see them adopted. “Chief Curenton has some amendments to the manning chart that he’s proposed but he’s projected them out a couple of years,” Williams said. “There are now two detectives in the department; I’d like to propose that we put a third position there for the 2009 budget year, but in 2010 we look at filling that position … His ultimate goal for his manning chart is when he’s finished rearranging the way he wants to, he’ll have a sergeant, two corporals and three detectives, and a sergeant and two corporals in the traffic division.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
SR to face tough finances in 2009 ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 26, 2008) — Times will be tough next year for St. Robert, Finance Committee Chairwoman Theresa Cook acknowledged at a Thursday joint meeting of her committee and the city’s emergency services committee, but they’re not impossible. “We’re looking at this like it’s terrible. It’s not terrible,” Cook said. “We will still be able to pay our bills, we will be able to pay our employees, we will be able to function as a city. And if things change, (City Administrator) Norman (Herren) and (Finance Director) Edna (Givens) are really good at telling us that.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Assistant Librarian Lois Dodds shows an example of the books that can be purchased for $7.50 for the Dixon Library.
City Council won't pay for some library items, Dixon Library Board learns DIXON, Mo. (Nov. 24, 2008) — Faced with a decision by Dixon city officials not to pay several substantial bills for library equipment and promotional materials, members of the Dixon Library Board said Friday night they were frustrated by their status as an advisory committee. “The reason I bring this up was city council decided not to pay this, but then they tell us we are an advisory board,” said Head Librarian Cheryl Chambers. “Whenever there is something like this and it is for the city’s benefit, my personal feeling is the city should pay for it. But in the future, let’s see if we can get donations from businesses so we don’t have to pay for it at all.” Since the city won't pay, library board members turned their attentiion to activities such as chili cookoffs and book sales to raise money. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Dixon Library may support Dixon High School A+ program DIXON, Mo. (Nov. 24, 2008) — Members of the Dixon Library Board learned at Friday night’s board meeting that they may be able to have several students from Dixon High School work as tutors for younger students under the direction of Assistant Librarian Lois Dodds. Dodds, who spent 22 years as a teacher including time spent as a remedial reading teacher at Waynesville Middle School, said she’s learned that because of her teaching certification she’s eligible to supervise the required community service hours that students must complete as part of their participation in Missouri’s A-plus program. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Sgt. Gwen Brankel receives a "high five" from Devon Andrews, 6, of Waynesville, while he sits behind the wheel of a patrol car.
Shop with a Cop raises thousands for Christmas gifts ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 24, 2008) — Police, firefighters and paramedics turned out in droves Saturday at Wal-Mart to teach children about emergency services while raising money for the Shop with a Cop program, which helps provide Christmas gifts for needy children who otherwise might not have many gifts for Christmas. The program is also intended to help children see law enforcement officers in a positive light, which attracted Officer Jason Legan of the Richland Police Department. “Hopefully, this will help form good opinions of police with some of these children,” Legan said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Electric cabling is held above ground level for a generator project at the Pulaski County Courthouse.
Electric generator on its way, but wires in the air PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 22, 2008) — Visitors to the county courthouse for the next few weeks will see thick electrical cables being held up above ground level by a truck-mounted crane owned by York Electric. “It’s kind of a weird way to handle it, but we had no choice,” Kris York said Saturday afternoon after his workers installed the first part of the electrical work for a new emergency electrical generator for the courthouse. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Soldier frustrated by mudslide from Waynesville school property WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 22, 2008) — Waynesville City Council members approved an agreement with the Waynesville R-VI School District Thursday night to fix water runoff problems in a residential subdivision being constructed by building trades students at Waynesville Technical Academy, but the fix comes too late to help one military family whose yard suffered a mudslide earlier this year. Sgt. 1st Class Wilson Reyes told city council members that failure to compact dirt on a school project sent a mudslide cascading into his yard, damaging a pool and landscaping, and asked for help shortly before he's scheduled to return to Afghanistan. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Two Friday wrecks injure three PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 22, 2008) — Two Friday crashes in Pulaski County injured three people, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports. Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash at the junction of Highway O and Highway 28 south of Dixon about 7:48 a.m. and found that the wreck had totaled both vehicles and moderately injured both drivers, Bridgett R. Twyman, 26, of Columbia, and Danielle M. Eads, 23, of Vienna. Later that night, a one-vehicle pickup rollover on Turkey Ridge A one-vehicle rollover at 9:55 p.m. Friday created some initial confusion when emergency responders were told of a wreck in Turkey Ridge moderately injured the driver, Nathaniel H. Brickner, 16, of Laquey, Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Waynesville to residents: Don't leave your leaves in the road! WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 22, 2008) — Councilwoman Adele Nickels has a warning for Waynesville residents about their leaves: bag them, burn them, but don’t rake them into the street. As chairwoman of the Waynesville Road and Grounds Committee, Nickels said at Thursday night’s council meeting that she realized residents who are raking leaves into the street think they’re disposing of the leaves by having them removed by city street sweepers. However, they’re causing significant problems for city workers. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Sgt. Tony Claar sells Shop with a Cop T-shirts
Emergency Services Day to support Shop with a Cop on Saturday PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 21, 2008) — Local police, fire, ambulance, and other rescue agencies are inviting area children to turn out Saturday morning for an Emergency Services Day at Wal-Mart. The event will include sales of T-shirts for the Shop with a Cop program in which area emergency services personnel accompany needy children for a $100 shopping trip to Wal-Mart for Christmas gifts. Cpl. Christine Bogart of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who was selling T-shirts on Friday outside Wal-Mart and will do so again Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., said children will have the opportunity to see emergency vehicles up close and even inside. “We’re going to be having all the fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, as many as we can get,” Bogart said. “It’s a lot of fun; kids get to play with the sirens. We show we’re not mean people so they’re not afraid of us.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Firefighters were hampered in their efforts to fight a blaze on Highway KK west of Crocker when a power line burned off the building and dropped down across the roadway.
Two Thursday crashes injure five from area PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 21, 2008) — Two Thursday crashes injured area residents, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports. A two-vehicle wreck at 2:45 p.m. on Highway 17 southwest of Fort Leonard Wood near a road leading to Fairview Baptist Church sent four people to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon. Injured were Wendy L. Wood, 32, of Laquey, Charlee J. Hildebrand, 17, of Plato, and her two passengers, Cory D. Huff, 17, and Stetson L. Turner, 18, both of Success. All were transported to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon; Turner had moderate injuries and the other three had minor injuries. Troopers reported that Richard Sisto, 61, of Camdenton, was seriously injured at 7:50 p.m. when his northbound 1991 Plymouth Voyager ran off the right side of Highway T about seven-tenths of a mile south of Highway 7, and rolled over several times. He was arrested by state troopers on charges of driving while intoxicated as a chronic offender. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Comprehensive plan adopted to guide future Waynesville growth WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 20, 2008) — After a year of public hearings, community surveys, and meetings with city committees and staff, members of the Waynesville Planning and Zoning Commission voted Tuesday night to adopt a new comprehensive plan for the city and agreed to begin work on revising land use and zoning ordinances. Comprehensive plans are intended to guide the future growth and development of a city. State law specified that they are adopted by planning and zoning commissions, not by city councils, but planning consultant Dan Lang of the Lang Gang has prepared a resolution for a future city council meeting to affirm the decision of the planning and zoning commission to adopt the plan. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Dixon School Board meetings going high-tech DIXON, Mo. (Nov. 20, 2008) — Members of the Dixon R-I School Board tried out their new computerized meeting system Thursday night, with three DakTek computers shared by seven board members and the superintendent, agenda packets distributed online in advance, and most of the meeting conducted without a need for paper records. Board President Troy Porter had sought to have the board purchase the BoardDocs computer software system until an evaluation by technology coordinator Lisa Brandt determined that it would be very expensive and might not provide major benefits. Instead, Brandt worked with board members to develop a similar system that would better meet Dixon’s needs. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Dixon school budget tops $3 million DIXON, Mo. (Nov. 20, 2008) — Increased expenses caused a budget amendment Thursday night for the Dixon R-I School Board, and board members said they’re concerned for the future finances of the district. Board members approved amending the 2007 budget from the $2,990,442 figure approved in July to a new level of $3,084,237 due to a number of unplanned expenses including a middle school teacher who is out on extended medical leave. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Group home for infants planned in Waynesville WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 20, 2008) — Members of the Waynesville Planning and Zoning Commission voted Tuesday night to recommend that the city council approve a group home in the city for very young children awaiting adoption. The city council vote is expected Thursday night. Located at 1910 Long Drive, the proposed group home would be the third licensed group home operated by Bletel Residential Homes. Another group home already exists near Waynesville on the 22000 grid of Rebel Lane, and according to a report by Waynesville Building Department staff members, “statements by others in the area are very favorable.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Youth basketball program could end for FLW, SR, Waynesville WAYNESVILLE/ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 20, 2008) — The recreational youth basketball program for Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville and St. Robert could be on its last legs. At Wednesday evening’s meeting of the Community Recreation Board, Recreation Coordinator Joanne Bishop said basketball numbers have dramatically dropped and many age groups don’t have enough teams to effectively hold a recreational basketball season. “It’s really, really disheartening because it’s been just like pulling teeth to get kids involved in our program,” Bishop said. “It’s just been a nightmare.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Shirley Conley receives her pizza from St. Robert police officer Victor Weir on Monday, Nov. 17.
'Shop with a Cop' raises money at Pizza Hut PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 18, 2008) — Local police departments held their most visible annual fundraiser for the Shop with a Cop program on Monday night with officers from numerous civilian and military police departments waiting on tables at Pizza Hut in full uniform. By special arrangement with the local Pizza Hut, all tips given to officers on Monday night and 20 percent of the total sales went to support the Shop with a Cop program, which provides $100 per child for needy children to purchase Christmas presents. Now in its fifth year, Shop with a Cop involves each city police department in Pulaski County, the sheriff’s department, and Fort Leonard Wood military police. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Ambulance District complimented for Hurricane Gustav response PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 18, 2008) — Turnover in paramedics and emergency medical technicians is affecting the Pulaski County Ambulance District and has recently cauused the loss of Johnny Burgess, the district’s assistant chief, Johnny Burgess. However, Ambulance Director Gary Carmack told board members Monday night that it appears the full cost of $41,000 for the Pulaski County Ambulance District’s mutual aid work in Louisiana during Hurricane Gustav will be reimbursed, provided that receipts are submitted and found to be in good order. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Bidding error leads county to change electric contractor PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 18, 2008) — A bidding error led to a last-minute change Monday morning on which electric company will be hired to help install an emergency electrical generator at the Pulaski County Courthouse. County commissioners had voted Thursday to award Lighthouse Electric of Crocker, owned by J.C. Southard, the bid of $4,302.16 for electrical work on the generator installation. That was dramatically less than bids of $15,900 from K. York Electric of Crocker and $16,110 from Quality Electric of Brumley. In a separate bid, Piney River Contracting of Devil’s Elbow was awarded a $4,926 bid to install a concrete pad on which the generator will sit. County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer said Monday that she found a problem one day after the bids were awarded -- the bid didn't include all costs -- and commissioners awarded a new bid to K. York Electric for $13,400. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County Commission seeks loan, may consider dispatch cuts PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 17, 2008) — Facing a year-end deficit of at least $150,000, Pulaski County commissioners tried an unusual financing method at their Thursday morning meeting. County commissioners asked members of the Public Facilities Board, which administers a multimillion dollar maintenance fund left over from the courthouse construction about two decades ago, to consider loaning the money to the county so it wouldn’t have to seek higher commercial interest rates. Facilities Board members had many questions and some asked whether the county had considered other cost-saving measures such as eliminating the sheriff's dispatchers. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Lack of hazard plan still causing delays for Laquey, Crocker schools PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 17, 2008) — Representatives of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission came to Thursday’s meeting of the Pulaski County Commission with a report on the long-delayed efforts to adopt a hazard mitigation plan. Failure by Pulaski County to adopt a plan has prevented the school boards in Crocker and Laquey from moving ahead with their efforts to add buildings with federal funding that could be used as storm shelters in emergencies but ordinarily would be used for school purposes. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
SR to reshuffle city staff positions, salaries ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 15, 2008) — St. Robert aldermen will be asked Monday to reclassify a water department worker and to consider adding future positions in the trash transfer station and police department. Lyle Thomas, the city’s director of public works, proposed at the Nov. 6 St. Robert Finance Committee meeting that the city add a second water technician position to a department that currently has a senior tech who is the section supervisor, a regular technician, and a laborer. Police Chief Curtis Curenton has also proposed transferring an administrative clerk position to dispatch and making several other police department changes based on the city’s growing population. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Waynesville firefighters investigate a Saturday night crash on Highway H near Hunters' Point
Two Friday wrecks injure three from area PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 15, 2008) — Two separate Friday crashes injured three area residents and totaled three vehicles, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports. In a single-vehicle rollover on Interstate 44 about 11 miles west of Rolla, which is near the Phelps-Pulaski county line troopers reported that James E. Anselmo, 42, of Waynesville, was cited for driving while intoxicated in a 3:03 p.m. crash when he was westbound in a 1998 Volkswagen Beetle, slid off the right side of the roadway, struck a highway sign, and overturned. Troopers also reported that David S. Batchler, 34, of St. Robert, was westbound in a 2004 Ford Mustang at 8:35 a.m. when he failed to stop for a stop sign on Highway 17 about two miles north of the Waynesville city limits and pulled into the path of a northbound 2008 Kia driven by Tammy J. Heeman, 31, of St. Robert. Batchler was not hurt but his passenger, Brenda L. White, 31, of Waynesville, suffered minor injuries, as did Heeman. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Karcher to leave Pulaski County 4H after 15 years PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 14, 2008) — Staff members of the Pulaski County Extension Center held an open house Thursday at the county courthouse to introduce new programs and explain existing programs for the extension center. Sara Traub, the center’s human development and family services specialist who was hired in 2006, and Waita Karcher, who has headed up Pulaski County’s 4-H programs for 15 years, explained the role of the extension center in food and nutrition programs, the Master Gardeners Club, soil testing, and 4-H programs for youth. Karcher will be leaving the county's civilian 4-H program for a new position supporting military children in southwest Missouri. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Plato plans to improve school gym PLATO, Mo. (Nov. 14, 2008) — Fixing problems in the Plato school gym became the focus of attention at Thursday night’s Plato R-V School Board meeting. Board member Dewayne Baker said he’s spoken to representatives of the Lakeside Truss Company in Crocker and they’ve designed a wood-frame truss that would be used as the base for future bleacher seating. A labor estimate hasn’t yet been calculated, Baker said, but he estimated the final total cost including labor would likely reach $25,000 to $30,000. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
SR asked to give $5,000 to Pulaski County Growth Alliance ST. ROBERT, Mo. (Nov. 14, 2008) — Aldermen attending Monday’s meeting of the St. Robert City Council will be asked to contribute $5,000 toward a new Pulaski County Growth Alliance and encourage local businessmen to give much more. “I think this is something that is really needed in Pulaski County; Phelps County and Laclede County to the east and west of us already have a countywide economic development person,” said St. Robert City Administrator Norman Herren. “We are in a situation here along Interstate 44 and Fort Leonard Wood that we have a golden gift; people want to come here because the Fort has a daily population of over 30,000 people travelling in and out, so our growth has been pretty consistent because of the Interstate and Fort Leonard Wood. There are other places in our county that are not as fortunate, so we want to make sure we can support the whole county.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Roy Peterson shows one of the knot bowls he sold at the Waynesville Study Club craft show.
Waynesville councilmen question reason for sewer district settlement delays WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 13, 2008) — Waynesville Councilwoman Twyla Cordry is in an unusual position. Now serving her first term on the Waynesville City Council, she’s also a former member of the Pulaski County Sewer District board and was on the sewer board when it began disputing who should have the right to provide sewer service in areas annexed by Waynesville. However, Cordry said the sewer district’s current position of demanding the right to serve customers they can’t serve without Waynesville’s help makes little sense. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Waynesville proposes Channel 12 agreement WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 13, 2008) — Two of the three members of the Waynesville Communication Committee didn’t show up for Thursday afternoon’s meeting, but Councilwoman Diana Stanford and City Administrator Bruce Harrill agreed to forward a two-page written agreement governing the cable public access Channel 12 content to next Thursday’s city council meeting for approval. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Swedeborg proposes tax increase to get more state funds SWEDEBORG, Mo. (Nov. 12, 2008) — Members of the Swedeborg R-III School Board voted Monday night to ask voters in a special February election to approve a 36 percent property tax increase from the current tax levy. That would raise the authorized tax levy from $2.75 to $3.74 per $100 of assessed valuation; the cost to put the question on the February ballot will be about $3,500, District Administrator Ryan Warnol said. However, Warnol told board members that the intent is to roll back much of the authorized increase and simply meet a state requirement that local property tax levies comply with a state minimum of $3.43 to receive the district’s full share of state taxes. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Swedeborg struggles to keep a balanced budget SWEDEBORG, Mo. (Nov. 12, 2008) — Budget time can be difficult for any school district, but it’s especially difficult for the small Swedeborg R-III School District. District Administrator Ryan Warnol told board members on Monday that he had to prepare a balanced budget to present to the voters. The budget for next year proposed by Warnol is $706,000, with raw revenues up by about $17,000, mostly through state funds, over the current year’s budget of $689,000. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County agrees to cheaper postal meter, other items PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 10, 2008) — In other business Monday morning, county commissioners told recently elected County Surveyor John Mackey that county practice is still to reimburse him for his bond, agreed to buy a new postal meter that Circuit Court Clerk Rachelle Beasley says will be cheaper, completed a surveyor sent to them by the Caterpillar company on their road graders, and answered a series of questions by Gary Porter of Porter Enterprises and Stan Barba of Barba Construction about bids on a new concrete pad for a county emergency generator. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County faces 11 percent insurance increase PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 10, 2008) — Pulaski County faces an 11 percent increase in its employee insurance costs, County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer reported at Monday morning’s county commission meeting. Commissioners voted 3-0 to remain in a multi-county insurance consortium, which was an unusual vote by all three commissioners -- Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall received legal advice that based on a 1976 court decision, he is allowed to vote in commmission meetings. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Farnham rebuts road money stealing allegations PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 10, 2008) — Road issues are a perennial problem for the Pulaski County Commission, but at Monday’s meeting, Commissioner Bill Farnham said he wasn’t happy that details of a closed-session discussion of road matters had been leaked to the news media and discussed on various community websites. “I wanted to get it all out in the open because half-truths are being told on the websites,” Farnham said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
FLW Marine arrested, accused of Sunday DWI death FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Nov. 10, 2008) — State troopers reported arrests of two Fort Leonard Wood residents on Sunday for drunk driving, one of which led to the death of a passenger. Lance Cpl. John W. Harrison, 20, who was charged in the fatality, was in the Marine Corps Detachment at Fort Leonard Wood. The military status of Earle E. Gist, 25, the driver in another unrelated DWI case couldn’t immediately be confirmed. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
A Springfield man was airlifted with serious injuries following this Monday afternoon rollover wreck.
Election worker Mike Liebig feeds 3,600 absentee ballots one-by-one into a counting machine on election night.
Absentee ballots create long delays PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 8, 2008) — Tuesday’s late-night election watch delayed Pulaski County returns until nearly midnight, kept most races in doubt until the very end of the counting, and changed the results of at least two races at the last minute. The delays happened for two unusual reasons that election workers say never happened before: more than 3,600 individual absentee ballots had to be examined by hand to verify they were valid and the St. Robert precinct was still having people vote until 10:10 a.m. Tuesday night, three hours after the polls would ordinarily close. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
This SUV owned by the Pulaski County Assessor's Office was struck by the Star Restaurant.
List of reported donors to Pulaski County candidates PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 8, 2008) — State law requires campaigns to submit a report of their expenses and contributions at various intervals during the campaign process, and eight days after the election is over. This is a complete list of reported donations and expenses to Pulaski County candidates who competed in the Nov. 4 general election, and a list of donations and expenses prior to the Aug. 5 primary election for candidates who lost in that election. Some candidates did not raise or spend enough money to be required to file a report. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Candidates Campaign Expense Reports PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 5, 2008) — Campaigns can be expensive, but one race in Pulaski County has cost more than all others combined. The hotly-contested race for sheriff featured two Republicans and two Democrats, and the four candidates combined have raised or spent more than $27,000 as of the last campaign filing date eight days before the Nov. 4 election. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Dixon Library. An offer you can't Refuse DIXON, Mo. (Nov. 5, 2008) — The Dixon City librarian has an offer she doesn’t think her city council members will refuse: serving as judges of a Nov. 15 chili cook-off intended to raise money for the Dixon Library. “We would like to extend an invitation to the council to be our judges because (library board members) feel that if we had the library board do it, we would be biased,” said Dixon Librarian Cheryl Chambers. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Dixon Mailbox Woes DIXON, Mo. (Nov. 5, 2008) — When Sean Vinson moved into his new home in Dixon, he thought getting mail would be a simple process. As with many areas that have a motor delivery mail route, most homes on his side of Andrews Street don’t receive mail in curbside mailboxes, but the mailboxes are placed on the opposite side of the street for the convenience of the carrier. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Dixon Mayor French Finds Salt DIXON, Mo. (Nov. 5, 2008) — Mayor Darrell French said he’s succeeded where Pulaski County and most of its cities have failed. He’s managed to get road salt for this winter to spread on city streets. Salt orders are usually taken far in advance, and due to several recent hard winters, cities and state highway departments in many northern cities have purchased much more salt than had been needed in prior years. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Finances in Dixon are Tight DIXON, Mo. (Nov. 5, 2008) — Finances in Dixon are tight, Mayor Darrell French warned at Monday night’s city council meeting. “Our funds are getting low but they will start coming in with tax time,” French said. “And bear in mind that we spend $60,000 on (water) wells this year alone.” Alderman William Carter wasn’t as optimistic. “I wouldn’t hold my breath on those taxes being paid on time, either,” Carter said. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina