Holiday Parade Tomorrow09-Dec-2016

The Annual Holiday Parade in Mexico will be taking place in downtown Mexico tomorrow.

This year's parade is different then how they have been in the past.  Little Dixie Fire Protection District, the organizers of the event were looking for a way to help generate community spirit, and decided to have a lighted parade at night.

The parade will line up on Washington Street near the Mexico Ledger.

Jackson reports so far there are 25 organizations including churches, businesses and civil organizations registered.  Little Dixie is continuing to welcome participants.  To sign up, call Little Dixie, or show up at 3:00 to line up.

The parade will begin at 5:00.

Mexico Public Safety09-Dec-2016

This morning Mexico Public Safety arrested 35 year old Jennifer Matthews on an Fulton Arrest Warrant for failing to appear on the original charge of speeding.

Yesterday, Public Safety investigated:

-burglar alarms at 117 West Monroe and 103 South Washington

-railroad crossing problem on East Liberty

-suspicious activity at 1709 South Morris and 1012 East Lafayette

-panic alarm at 117 West Monroe

-juvenile problems in the 400 block of South Abat

-fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-neighbor dispute at 800 North Olive

-burglary not in progress at 1300 West Breckenridge

-traffic accidents at 4800 South Clark, 319 West Central and on East Liberty

-stolen vehicle reported to the Audrain County Sheriff's Office

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal

-trespassing at 900 Vance Road

-careless driver on South Clark

-exparte violation in the 400 block of North Missouri

-and a suspicious odor at 609 Yale

Mexico Public Safety08-Dec-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-suspicous activity at 915 North Jefferson, 1205 South Jefferson, 1021 West Liberty, 2065 Doss Road, 1719 South Clark and in the 100 block of West Breckenridge

-traffic accidents on North Kentucky, West Boulevard and at 1123 Ringo

-utility problem on South Clark

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-stealing at 4820 South Clark

-domestic verbals in the 600 block of West Love and in the 900 Block of Latney

-neighbor dispute at 404 Teal Lake

-unwanted subject at 913 South Trinity

-careless drivers on South Jefferson at 3066 South Clark

-drug activity not in progress at 639 North Wade

-property damage on South Elmwood

-and a civil dispute at 913 Garfield

Sheriff Miller Retires08-Dec-2016

Many well wishers were at the Audrain County Courthouse for the retiring Sheriff Stuart Miller this (Thursday) afternoon.

Miller was first elected Audrain County Sheriff in January of 1981.

He says several people he has not seen in a while stopped by.

Sheriff Stuart Miller says he is looking forward to his retirement.

Mexico man Sentenced07-Dec-2016

A Mexico man has been sentenced to 9 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple charges in an Audrain County Court.

39 year old James Bentley was arrested in August on West Maple Street near the High School.  Upon his arrest, he gave authorities a fake name.  He is a registered sex offender out of Arkansas.

He was charged with distribution of Meth, keeping a public nuisance, failing to register as a sex offender, forgery, and offender residing within a thousand feet of a school.

Mexico Public Safety07-Dec-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Domestic verbals in the 800 block of North Western and in the 900 block of Grove

-unwanted subjects at 1010 South Union and 1507 North Washington

-suspicious activity at 823 South Clark, 936 Hazel Place and on Marine Drive

-burglary not in progress at 1 Rock Springs

-traffic accidents on Green Boulevard

-traffic hazard on East Holt

-fire at 119 East Whitley

-harassment at 540 West Jackson

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal

-missing person in the 300 block of North Missouri

-scam at 803 Yale

-burglar alarm at 1001 West Monroe

-and a civil dispute at 1629 North Clark

MHS To Take Summer Over Santa Letters07-Dec-2016

The Digital Media Department at Mexico High School has begun work on project 12-25.  The students in the journalism department have heard the call of the community for a way to publish Santa letters.

Seniors Brooke Ransom and Leon Brown explain:

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Letters need to be turned in to by December 16th for publication in the next issue of the Growl.

Mexico Public Safety06-Dec-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 43 year old Christopher Casto for Domestic Assault in the third degree.

Officers also investigated:

-A physical domestic in the 600 block of West Maple

-fire alarm at 4655 East Liberty

-traffic accidents on the Highway 54 bypass and at 1032 West Boulevard

-burglar alarm at 710 South Clark

-juvenile problems in the 800 block of West Love

-road hazard at 4050 South Clark

-suspicious activity at 1200 West Boulevard and on West Liberty

-and stealing at 2445 Countryside

Mexico School District Asks for Community Feedback06-Dec-2016

The Mexico School District is asking for community feedback regarding the concept of a 4 day school week.

Mexico Superintendent Kevin Freeman says a survey is linked to the schools website and social media accounts.

If you would like to take the survey, please click here and you will be directed to the survey page.

Freeman says the survey will be open through Tuesday of next week, which allow a couple of days to tabulate the responses and present the results at the Board of Education Meeting on December 15th.

MMA To Play at Pearl Harbor06-Dec-2016

Students from the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico  are traveling to Hawaii to participate in the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu.

The group will join a mass band that will perform at 4:00 central time, and will consist of approximately 1000 musicians from the United States and Japan on the U.S.S Missouri, the site of Japan's unconditional surrender in 1945, ending World War 2.

Audrain County Sheriff's Report09-Dec-2016

Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office:
A. Investigated:

1. A theft complaint along Audrain Road 306.

2. A child custody complaint along Highway 151.

Fulton Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter09-Dec-2016

A Fulton man pleaded guilty to manslaughter after a hit and run crash outside a bar in Fair Grove 2 years ago.

25 year old Timothy Frye had previously faced charges of second degree murder in the death of Corey Arthur.

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for February 24.  He faces up to 15 years in the Department of Corrections.

In Sports09-Dec-2016

Last night the St. Louis Blues fell to the New York Islanders, 3 to 2.

The Kansas City Chiefs has gained control of the AFC West after a 21 to 13 win over the Oakland Raiders last night.

The Mizzou Volleyball team begin Sweet 16 play tonight against number 2 seeded Minnesota tonight at 7:15.  The winner of tonight's match between the Tigers and the Golden Gophers with play tomorrow with the Elite 8.

The Mizzou Women's Basketball Team will continue in their homestand tonight against Witchita State at 7:00.

Columbia Native and Mizzou Tiger Basketball Player, Sophie Cunningham, has been added to the Naismith Trophy watchlist.  She won SEC Freshman of the Year honors last year.

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Center Fielder, Dexter Fowler.  Fowler became a free agent after a short stint with the Chicago Cubs.

Thompson Woman Earns Chairwoman Position09-Dec-2016

A Thompson woman has been named the new chairwoman of the Missouri Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Rancers Committee.

Clarissa Cauthorn is a 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and currently sits on the Audrain County Farm Bureau Board, Agribusiness Committee and Mexico FFA Board.

Cauthorn works for a seed sales company, and she and her husband operate a row crop farm.

Tobacco Free Missouri Youth Visitt Capitol09-Dec-2016

Tobacco Free Missouri Youth gathered at the state capitol yesterday to campaign for a smoking ban in the captitol.

The group is urging a smoke free ordinances for some of the offices in the building because of the unhealthy effects of second hand smoke.

The capitol city is on of 32 smoke free communities in the state.

Columbia Vehicle Break-ins08-Dec-2016

The Columbia Police department is investigating 5 reports of vehicle break-ins at fitness businesses.

The incidents occurred at the Activity and Recreation Center, All Group Fitness and Pro Fitness between 9 and noon yesterday.

All of the vehicles had their passenger windows broken and items stolen.  

Witnesses at the locations observed a black male wearing gray clothing looking inside the vehicles.

If anyone has information about the individual, or observed suspicious activity at any of the location, please contact the  Columbia Police Department.

Former Firefighter Killed by Unoccupied Vehicle08-Dec-2016

A former Camden County  firefighter is dead after an unoccupied truck hit him yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol 37 year old Francis Geilfuss was standing in a driveway when a truck started to roll down and hit him in the 2600 block of Big Allen Drive just before 5pm.

Geilfuss was pronounced dead at the scene.

In Sports08-Dec-2016

The Mizzou Women's Basketball team defeated SIU-Edwardsville last night, 72 to 60.

Two Rio Olympians will be competing in tonight's duel between the Mizzou and Ohio State Wrestling teams at 6:00 tonight.  Buckeye heavyweight, Kyle Snyder took gold at the Olympics, while Columbia native and Tiger J'Den Cox brought home the bronze.

The St. Louis Blues will take on the New York Islanders tonight at 6:00.

The 9 and 3 Kansas City  Chiefs will be playing the 10 and 2 Oakland Raiders for the coveted first place spot in the AFC West, as is a potential first round bye in the playoffs in a statistically great matchup.  Kick off at Arrowhead Stadium is at 7:25.

MU Students Make Presentation To City Officials08-Dec-2016

Seniors of the University of Missouri's Civil Engineering Systems Design Course presented airport redesign proposals to City of Columbia staff earlier this week.

The students formed 2 consulting teams and spent the semester evaluating the airport's needs, and improve functionality with a hypothetical budget of 40 million.

The students involved in the projects will be receiving their engineering degrees at the December Commencement Ceremony.

Centralia House Fire07-Dec-2016

Moderate damage is being reported to house off of Audrain County Road 208, just east of Centralia. 

According to Little Dixie Fire District  Chief Ken Hoover, a fire occurred a little after 7 this morning on the Howard and Janet Davenport residence. 

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire has not been determined.