Callaway 200 discusses Bicentennial Bash
Callaway 200 met August 12 to discuss updates about the Callaway 200 Bicentennial Bash Saturday, happening on Aug. 28.
For the Tractor Drive and Family Farm Day at Wise Brothers, everything is coming together. Wise Brothers has been cleaning out the building and setting everything up.
The 15th Annual KCHS Tractor Drive will began at 9 a.m. with check-in starting at 7:30 a.m. It’s $40 to participate in the drive if registered by Aug. 20 and $45 after that date. Entry fee includes lunch and ice cream. For display-only tractors, it is free to enter and lunch is not included.
Tractors will turn east out of Wise Brothers and proceed toward State Road M, where they will cross Interstate 70 and turn west onto Jade Road. Tractors will proceed on Jade Road before heading west on County Road 256. They will make another right onto State Road J, where they will cross Interstate 70 again before arriving at Christensen Construction for a break. They will use Old US Highway 40 to return to Wise Brothers.
The parade is expected to take two to three hours.
As of now, there are 20 tractors signed up to participate, but that is not unusual. They generally see an increase in participants.
Researchers add plastic to asphalt for pavement experiment
The sun was setting on Stadium Boulevard, but that’s not why Dr. Bill Buttlar was there.
Joined by researchers and engineers from the Missouri Department of Transportation and the University of Missouri, he was there to talk about the ground. This might be the next big thing in pavement, after all.
“It feels like it. There’s a lot of buzz nationally,” Buttlar said at the Monday night gathering.
A new asphalt mixture was making its debut on the stretch of street — just west of U.S. Highway 63 on Stadium Boulevard. A product of a collaboration between MoDOT, Dow and MU’s Asphalt Pavement and Innovation Lab, the asphalt is different from traditional pavement: it contains recycled plastic.
“Plastic was developed to be durable and has a shelf life of hundreds of years,” Buttlar said. “Asphalt and plastics are also chemically similar because they both come from crude oil, so they can be mixed together. They aren’t perfectly compatible, but it’s close enough that engineers and chemists can work together to find a workable solution.”
Kith & Kin: Joe Basnett
Dr. Joe Basnett’s doors are open wide at his dental practice on Sixth Street in Fulton. Basnett lives in Columbia but returned to Callaway County to help the residents he grew up around. The Fulton High School graduate studied biology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and then dentistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2014, Basnett said he took over Basnett Dental from his father, who had been a dentist in the area since 1979. He said dentistry was something he grew up with and is happy to be in the health care field where he can use his hands and artistic talent. Basnett said a second practice is being built at the corner of Meadowlark Lane and U.S. Business 54.
What was your first job?
I had a landscaping company here in Fulton where I mowed yards. That was when I was in high school. I had about 30 yards of people here in town.
Who inspires you the most?
I would say my patients inspire me the most because they push me to be the best version of myself, provide them with the quality of care that they need and have somebody that they can trust to deliver the best care possible.
Nursing facilities face challenges to get staff vaccinated
Several nursing homes have pushed back on reports that far fewer than 50 percent of their staff members have received vaccinations against COVID-19.
Some data may have been incorrectly entered into an information system offered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
However, CMS remains the best resource to find all this data in one place. And overall, less than 50 percent of staff at Missouri’s nursing homes have been vaccinated (47.7 percent), although only 42.8 percent of qualified Missourians have completed vaccinations.
Missouri ranks 48th among states in percentage of nursing home staff members who have completed vaccinations. It is 51st, if the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam are considered.
So, getting low-paid staff members to accept vaccinations remains a challenge.
Overall, local nursing facilities and the state have done a pretty good job of getting vaccinations for residents. As of Friday, several local nursing facilities, such as River City Living Community, 3038 W. Truman Blvd. (94.6 percent) and StoneBridge Villa Marie, 1030 Edmonds St. (93.8 percent) have maintained vaccination rates higher than 90 percent among residents.
Might Maverick’s Benefit
Maverick Rogers, 10 months, was recently diagnosed with stage 3 Wilm’s tumor, a rare kidney cancer affecting mostly children.
He has started chemotherapy and is now treated weekly. If his chemotherapy is successful, he will be having surgery and radiation in October where he and his family will be spending time in and out of Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Family and friends will be hosting a benefit starting at noon Saturday, Aug. 28 at AMVET Post 153 in Mokane.
“He is at the beginning of his journey,” said Maverick’s mother, Brittany Clingman. “And we have a long road ahead of us, but we could not make it through without our family and friends that are organizing the benefit and all those participating.”
PSC sets deadline for comments in Callaway County sewer case
Mid Mo Sanitation LLC (Mid Mo) has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to own, operate, maintain, control and manage a sewer system in Callaway County.
According to the application, a compliance schedule issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) required Mid Mo to design and build a system to remove ammonia from wastewater before the water could be discharged into the waters of the state. Mid Mo has constructed and placed in service a system with equipment located on land outside the territory of Mid Mo’s area certificate. The application said the area Mid Mo proposes to certify is critical to Mid Mo’s ability to operate its MDNR compliant and permitted sewer system.
Granddaughter raises money for NKF in honor of grandmother
Earlier this month, Layla Miller, 12, of New Bloomfield, started collecting money for the National Kidney Foundation in honor of her grandmother Eileen Morabito.
“My grandma took care of me when I was younger,” Miller said. “My whole life she took care of me and my brother, and we couldn’t live with her anymore. But we loved what she did for us, so as a thank you I wanted to do this.”
The family moved to the area to find better care for them and Morabito. And now calls the Jefferson City Manor Care home and the staff at Capital Region and Dialysis Clinic Inc. family.
Morabito has been battling kidney disease for four years, and in light of her successful four-year journey Miller wanted to give back to the foundation that has been such a help to her and her family.
Holts Summit hires new city prosecutor
Holts Summit announced a new city prosecuting attorney has been hired and will begin Aug. 26.
Benjamin Miller was hired during a closed session at the Aug. 10 Board of Aldermen meeting; he will replace Renee Godbee.
Hanna Thomas, Holts Summit city administrator, said Godbee has served as city prosecutor since 2015 and is leaving as the city transitions from having a local court to the Callaway County circuit Court.
As city prosecutor, Miller will be responsible for prosecuting municipal violations. Miller said these include traffic offenses, DWIs and public nuisance cases. He said he will be assisting law enforcement in filing and prosecuting cases to enforce city ordinances.
The transition to the Callaway County Circuit Court includes a move to digital ticketing. Miller said his background in information technology and prior experience as the technology/automation resource prosecutor (TARP) for the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services (MOPS) will enable a smoother transition and improved efficiency.
Westminster hosts meet and greet for freshman
The last part of Westminster College’s mission statement reads “to prepare them for lives of success, significance and service.”
The service part was the focus of Tuesday’s meet and greet with various community organizations during the school’s freshman orientation. Freshmen were invited to listen to all the groups that serve Callaway County in a certain way for about 90 seconds each, said Kiva Nice-Webb, one of the event’s organizers and the director of the Center for Faith & Service. Then, the groups were asked questions at tables positioned in the quad.
Nice-Webb said the school makes an effort every year to introduce new students to what the local area has to offer and ways they could contribute to whatever issues they care about. This allows newcomers to the campus to connect with the community around it and provides them a way they can give back to society, she said.
Tuesday was set up the way it was because of the school’s COVID-19 policies, Nice-Webb said, so students were kept on campus. The difference between this year and last year was students could actually talk to representatives this year. Last year, first-year students had to settle for researching the different groups as part of a class first-year students have to take, which Nice-Webb said was still good as students should learn before doing, but it was better they could interact with people this time rather than just a website.
“We’re trying to not have them miss the connection to the community even though we still need to keep everyone safe,” she said.
SOMO chooses Hall of Fame coach to operate programs
A Missouri Sports Hall of Fame member is joining the staff at Special Olympics Missouri.
Melinda Wrye-Washington will be the senior director of programs, beginning Sept. 1.
She will lead eight professionals across the state who are responsible for providing quality sports training, competitions and programs for people with intellectual disabilities.
Westminster welcomes largest freshman class in five years
This year, Westminster College is welcoming the largest freshman class it has seen in five years.
At 217 freshmen, the college witnessed a 25 percent increase over last year’s freshman enrollment and a 53 percent increase compared to 2019. This year’s overall student enrollment is up by 7 percent with more than 650 students.
Paul Orscheln, vice president of enrollment services, marketing, and strategic communications, said this increase is the result of student retention being at a five-year high.
Although nationwide trends generally show college enrollment is declining, Westminster may be an anomaly because of its small size and personalized student services added in 2020, Orscheln explains.
“When we look at our freshman-to-sophomore retention rate, which increased by more than 6 percent since last year, we know there is a link to the services offered by our Student Success Center,” he says.
FMS principal finalists for national award
Beth Houf was named one of three finalists for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2022 National Principal of the Year award.
Each year, NASSP recognizes outstanding middle and high school level principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students.
Houf is the principal at Fulton Middle School.
In 2015, reports said the school was not meeting student needs, the culture was toxic and trust was low. Houf and her team began intensive training in professional learning communities to ensure that best practices, a viable curriculum, quality assessments and educational interventions were all founded on a collaborative culture.
She saw the need to implement an advisory period for all students, focusing on empathy and empowerment. To rebuild the school’s culture and build trust between students, staff and families, Houf and her team turned to training in restorative practices and invited local experts to train educators in trauma-informed teaching. This school-wide commitment led to a 40 percent reduction in discipline referrals.
Keith L. Ball of Georgia, and Ted McCarthy, of Massachusetts, were also named as finalists for award.
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