Tipton firefighters joined those from Fortuna and Versailles rural departments as well as a host of neighbors in battling a fire late Thursday morning at the James Zimmerman farm southeast of Fortuna on Hazel Dell Road. Tankers refilled several times at a rural hydrant, carrying water to the fire. According to reports, the fire started in a wood burning furnace and spread to a barn, greenhouse and sharpening shop. (Photo courtesy of the Versailles Leader-Statesman)
The 16th Annual Tipton Community Prayer Breakfast started the day for about 215 people Thursday morning. The event is sponsored by the Tipton Chamber of Commerce with the help of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative to benefit the Tipton Ministerial Alliance. Featured speaker this year was Dr. Bonnie Aaron who told her story of finding strength in her faith and the unconditional love of family and friends to cope with her bright and driven daughter's addiction to pain medication and then alcohol and its damage to her health.
Randy Wright of Impact Signs, Jefferson City, makes repairs to the sign at the office of Shelter Insurance-Aaron Long and HomeLand Realty in Tipton Wednesday morning. The job included fixing the light feature. Wright had mild weather to work in with temperatures expected to reach the low 60s Wednesday but a forecast for more winter-like weather to return by the weekend with a chance for precipitation.
Teachers from St. Andrew's school danced and sang "Rockin Robin" during the talent show at the school part of the Catholic Schools Week celebration. Students also got in on the act with performances by young gymnasts, dancers, comedians, wrestlers and more.
Madelyn Siegel, left, and Alli Carpenter sell an ad in the 2014-15 Tipton High School yearbook to Tammy Knipp at Commerce Bank Wednesday morning. The students are in Leanna Meador's publications class.
Eric and Amanda Nolt, Tipton, are the parents of a daughter born at 3:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at the home. The infant weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 1/2 inches long. She has been named Alyana Dawn.
The seventh and eighth grade basketball teams were recognized during an assembly at Latham School Friday afternoon. Coaches Spencer Webb and Angie Shane handed out awards and gift bags to the players in appreciation of all their hard work. From the left are: Front, eighth grade players Bethany Stuedle, Megan Higgins, Heather Tunis, Kutter Baumgartner and Nicholas Bolinger; back, assistant coach Angie Shane with seventh graders Hayden Dowell, Kylee Gunnerson, Terri Bohrer, Destinie Tunis, Brooke Liebl, Darrin Mowrey, Garrett Latham, Leo Potter, Tucker Bieri and coach Spencer Webb.
Latham School Board discusses backboard issues
by Ruby Hibdon
LATHAM- Monday evening, Jan. 19 the regular monthly meeting of the Latham Board of Education was held. The board discussed the backboards on the basketball goals which are not wired to raise up and down. After contacting the company, the school was informed that the wiring needed to have been done by the school and was never completed. At this time the wiring to accommodate the backboards is too costly.
The careful use of prescribed fire can actually improve your land’s health, as well as protect life and property.
MDC hosting prescribed fire workshop for Moniteau County landowners
Fire has been used as a land management tool by the Missouri Department of Conservation for more than 30 years, but it isn’t as simple as dropping a match and watching it burn. To assist landowners who want to use prescribed fire on their own property, the MDC will host a workshop in March. The program will cover all aspects of how prescribed fire can be safely used to benefit wildlife and people.
In response to recent issues surrounding the contract for services at Price James Library at Tipton, serving residents and taxpayers of the western subdistrict of the Moniteau County Library District, a group of patrons is forming “Friends of the Price James Library.”
We’ve made it to the week before the Super Bowl. I can’t believe football season is already coming to a close. I have to go shopping to get delicious snacks for the residents to eat as they cheer on their favorite team. Some want to watch for the love of the game and others to see the hilarious Super Bowl commercials. They are usually some of the best commercials all year. Whatever the reason, we will take advantage of it while gathering together in the great room to socialize and eat lots of goodies.
SYRACUSE- Well, it’s less than six weeks until the official start of spring on March 20. For all of you who are anxious for spring to start, you will be excited to watch what happens on Groundhog Day Feb. 2 which is next Monday. David Reed says Groundhog Day is not recognized enough and the day should receive its due as one of the most recognized days of the year. Well, I’m not sure that Groundhog Day should receive the same recognition in February as Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays, but we appreciate David’s zeal.
The 2014 farm bill is a game changer for crop farmers. In the next few weeks, farmers must choose among several risk management strategies for each farm. No previous farm bill has offered as many choices or required as many decisions by farmers. The deadline for the first portion of the new sign up is Feb. 27.
SFCC Dental Hygiene Clinic to offer free screening
State Fair Community College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic will have a free screening from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 and Thursday, Feb. 19 in the clinic adjacent to the walking track in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the Sedalia campus.
The following changes in property ownership were filed recently with the Moniteau County Recorder of Deeds. This report is a brief description of the deeds filed with the recorder. For a complete description of the properties visit the recorder’s office at the Moniteau County Courthouse in California.
The Moniteau Christian Ministries Center Inc. will host a meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 to discuss a community garden. The meeting will be held at MCMC located at 303 Latham Road, California. Anyone interested in helping plan and or maintain the garden is welcome to attend.
The Moniteau Christian Ministries Center Inc. Board of Directors held its regular monthly meeting on Jan. 6 at the MCMC, 303 Latham Road, California. Members of the board of directors for 2015 include Shelley Higgins, president, Bonnie Howard, treasurer, David Bailey, secretary, Susan Burger, Linda Fulbright, Frank Hensley, Eric Moore, Laura Powell, Vickie Schroeder and Tina Taylor.
Last Wednesday the governor delivered his State of the State address. As has been the case throughout his entire term, the governor offered many platitudes but very few solutions. He admonished the Legislature to tackle issues such as transportation and education funding, but failed to note that the Legislature has taken action, some of which are identical to what he is now proposing, in past years only to have the governor deliberately scuttle those reforms via veto or withholding of funds.
Moniteau County Democrats make firm plans for Truman Day
The Moniteau County Democrat Club met at the Nic-Nac Cafe in California Thursday night for its monthly meeting with a good crowd in attendance. Being the first of the year, the meeting was the kickoff for the annual membership drive.
Last week at the Capitol we heard from Governor Jeremiah J. Nixon and Chief Justice Mary Russell on the State of the State and the State of the Judiciary. We also passed our first significant piece of legislation with H.C.R. 4 which stopped raises from being implemented for representatives, senators and statewide elected officials.
Last week was a big week in Washington as President Obama delivered his State of the Union address, offering his vision for our country. In his speech he laid out a number of proposals and said that he is willing to work with Congress, especially in areas where we have bipartisan agreement. While he hasn’t shown that he is willing to do this so far and threatened several vetoes in his remarks, my colleagues in the House and I are certainly willing to work with him. In areas such as tax reform, trade expansion and cybersecurity, we agree that something needs to be done; we just don’t always share the same vision as to how best to achieve true results.