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Farm bill recount results confirm passage

September 16, 2014 General No Comments

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced the certified results of the statewide recount of Constitutional Amendment 1, which appeared on Missouri’s August 5th primary election ballot. The final results of the recount confirmed the passage of Amendment 1. The difference between the “yes” votes and the “no” votes after the recount is 2,375 votes, and before the recount it was 2,490. Kander tells KZIM-KSIM that his focus is on the process. For the first time ever, Missourians were able to follow the recount process thanks to a webpage established by Kander’s office to increase accessibility and transparency. The page showed the recount schedule established by the local election authorities, each local election authorities’ report of findings and a summary of recount results.

State Representative Kathy Swan receives award for early education efforts

September 16, 2014 General No Comments

State Rep. Kathy Swan recently was recognized for her legislative efforts to improve early education opportunities for children. The Missouri Children’s Leadership Council awarded Swan and four other representatives with the inaugural #KIDSWIN Award, which recognizes legislators working as “Champions for Children.” Swan received the award for her work as the sponsor of House Bill 1689. After the 2014 legislative session came to an end in May, Swan said she considered the bill’s approval one of her greatest achievements during the session. The bill received strong bipartisan support in both houses of the Legislature and was approved by Gov. Jay Nixon in July.

Sikeston Tourism Advisory Board to host meeting for community event organizers

September 16, 2014 General No Comments

Sikeston’s Tourism Advisory Board is hosting a meeting for community event organizers at 5:30 PM, Tuesday, September 23 in Council Chambers of City Hall.  The Board is seeking event organizer input on methods of increasing local event attendance, increasing sponsoring organization’s profits, and increasing local retail and hospitality industry sales. Representatives from all not-for-profit organizations conducting public events or fund-raisers, and representatives from the retail and hospitality industry are invited to attend. Contact CVB Director Linda Lowes at 573-471-2512 or for additional information.

Sikeston City Council appoints 35 to boards and commissions

September 16, 2014 General No Comments

During their September 8 meeting the Sikeston City Council made 35 appointments to City’s various boards and commissions.  Prior to assuming their positions appointees must complete an oath of office, as required by the City Charter. City Clerk Carroll Couch will conduct two such ceremonies in Council Chambers of City Hall:  the first at 11:30 AM, Monday, September 29 and the second at 5:00 PM, Monday October 6.  If you are interested in serving on the City’s boards and commissions you are asked to submit a Resource Bank Application.  Applications are valid for 24 months following submission.

Council’s 2014 appointees are as follows:  Board of Adjustments - William Nace; Board of Appeals - Mike Limbaugh; BMU Commission - Alan Keenan; Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board - James Miller  and Steve Matthews; Housing Authority Board - Mike Jensen and Michele Knickman; Industrial Development Board - Steve Millington; LCRA Commission - Matthew Wright; Park Board - Jackie Cowan, Susanne Chitwood, and Jason Davis; Planning & Zoning Commission - Richard McGill, Edward Miller and Richard “Rick” Murray; Public Safety Advisory Board - Daniel Martinez and David Terrell; Rental Ordinance Appeals Board - Chester Yarber, Bart Grant and Anderson Walker, Jr.; Strategic Plan Implementation Commission - Jared Straton; Tax Increment Financing Commission - Nathan Cox and Matthew Wright; Tourism Advisory Board - John Tarter  and Susanne Chitwood; Traffic Committee - Ellen Brandom; SEMO University, Sikeston Campus Advisory Council - Chad Crow, Carrie Lape, Patrick Douglas, Terry Williams and Michele Williams.

SW Missouri man dies in plant accident

September 16, 2014 AP No Comments

A southwest Missouri man died after he was hit by a front-end loader at a quarry for a construction company.  Christian County Coroner Brad Cole said 73-year-old Robert Shelby Hill of Clever died Tuesday morning at the quarry for the Leo Journagan Construction Company.  Cole says Hill was waiting to load a dump truck when he walked across a road and was hit by the loader.  CEO Allen Journagan says Hill worked for a subcontractor of the construction company. He says his company has a good safety record.  A federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance officer will investigate the accident.

Quarter million Ozark residents use food pantries 

September 16, 2014 AP No Comments

A new survey says more than a quarter-million Ozarks residents used a food pantry at least once in the last year.  The Hunger in America study says 261,300 of the nearly 1.2 million people in the 28 counties served by the Ozarks Food Harvest used the pantries. That’s a 69 percent increase from the group’s survey four years ago.  The Springfield News-Leader reports those using the pantries are also receiving more food, an 85 percent increase over the 2010 study.  The study found that the typical person using the Ozarks Food Harvest is white, age 30-49, with a family of two or three. Only 4 percent live in temporary housing or on the streets, and most of them work, although 76 percent make less than 20,000 a year.


Suspect seeks bond in Illinois meat tampering case

September 16, 2014 AP No Comments

A southwestern Illinois man accused of inserting sewing needles into packaged supermarket meats that a federal prosecutor called “booby traps” wants a federal judge to reconsider denying him his release on bond.  A federal public defender has filed a motion challenging a ruling last month by U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Williams that 68-year old Ronald Ayers remain jailed pending his trial tentative scheduled to begin Nov. 3. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Wednesday.  Avers was charged in July with seven felony product-tampering counts that were later replaced by an indictment against him, accusing him of slipping sewing needles into packaged meat items at a Shop ‘n Save in Belleville from May 2013 through July.  One customer eventually bit into a needle, and another customer got stuck in the hand by a needle in a steak. No serious injuries were reported from the needles, which the FBI said turned up in everything from ground beef to roasts and steaks.  The FBI said Avers told investigators he did it “just for the hell of it.”  That’s something federal prosecutor Suzanne Garrison argued in opposing any bond for Avers reflected the man’s “utter indifference to the noteworthy risk of serious bodily injury or death that is associated with consumption of a needle.”


Free Coaches Clinic on Thursday

September 16, 2014 Local No Comments

There is still time for you to get registered for the Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fall Coaches Clinic this Thursday.  Outpatient Rehab Services Manager, Joel Sander tells KZIM KSIM it is free and open to anyone who coaches a sport.

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This year will feature Train to be CLUTCH President Joshua Medcalf and Southeast Missouri State University Head Football Coach, Tom “Tuke” Matukewicz.

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Participants will have a chance to win a Saint Francis Republic Speed and Agility Training Scholarship for five students.  To register for the seminar from 8:30 to 1:30 Thursday, call 573-331-3996.

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