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2013 Election Evening Update

New Haven Ward 2 Voters cast their ballots.  Note polls close at 7 p.m.

5:30 p.m. New Haven, Mo. – More voters have turned out for today’s April election than the last two years combined.  We are estimating a final voter turnout to be 20 to 25%, well below our hopeful 50%.

We estimate around 8 p.m. when we should start getting results as ballots are counted.  We will have results as soon as they are available.

We will be following another heated race for Mayor in Gerald, Mo where Otis Schulte looks to regain the Mayor’s position after he was voted out of office in the 2011 elections.

Another hot item we will be watching is the Washington School District Question 2 which if approved is estimated to increase the debt service levee from .3337 to .5817 per $100 of assessed value.

Highway 100 Construction Zone Advisory - Washington PD to Strictly Enforce Speed Limit

With the Highway 100 widening project beginning on April 8, 2013, the Washington Police Department would like to advise all motorists that police officers will be strictly enforcing speed limits in the area, which will be designated a “Construction Zone.” 

With this designation, persons convicted of speeding in a construction zone may be assessed up to $250 in addition to the normal speeding fine.

More than 1, 430 students compete in state archery tournament‏

Shelby Winslow of Summit Lakes Middle School in Lee’s Summit was the top-scoring female student at the 2013 Missouri National Archery in the Schools (MoNASP) state tournament. She scored 287 out of 300. Pictured with her are MDC Education Outreach Coordinator and MoNASP Coordinator Eric Edwards (l) and MDC Outreach and Education Chief Jeff Cockerham (r). Photos Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The fifth annual Missouri National Archery in the Schools (MoNASP) state tournament, held March 22-23 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, drew 1,438 student archers in grades 4-12 from 74 schools across the state.

Ben Luecke, Eli Strobel, and Brent Dudenhoeffer named Academic All-State

Pictured on left is Eli Strobel and right is Ben Luecke.

By Kyle Quick

The top award any student athlete could receive is not being named player of the year or voted to an All-State Team.  While these are great individual achievements and deserve recognition, there is one award that is gone overlooked and rarely receives much attention.

Unlike other all-state teams where athletes are selected solely on their ability to play basketball, Academic All-State has to be earned both on the court and in the classroom.

Rich Products Corporation announces a voluntary recall due to possible contamination with E. Coli O121

Rich Products Corporation of Buffalo, New York, is announcing a voluntary recall of:

Farm Rich® Mini Quesadillas (PC 35635), 

Farm Rich® Mini Pizza Slices (PC 35643 and PC 37690), 

Farm Rich® Philly Cheese Steaks (PC 35634), 

Farm Rich® Mozzarella Bites (PC 37443 and PC 37691) and 

Market Day® Mozzarella Bites (PC 80435), produced from November 12, 2012 to November 19, 2012 due to possible contamination with Escherichia coli O121 bacteria (“E. Coli O121”).

Symptoms of the illness include mild to severe diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Blood is often seen in the stool. Usually little or no fever is present.

Although most healthy adults can recover completely within 5-10 days, certain individuals can develop a complication called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) which can cause the kidneys to fail. HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition could lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

Volunteers needed for book sale

New Haven Library will be having a book sale May 16-19 at the Old New Haven School on Maupin Avenue.  Volunteers are needed to staff the sale and for setup on the afternoon of May 15.

Volunteers can work as many of as few hours as they want.  For each hour a volunteer works they will receive a voucher for $5.00 of books and other materials from the sale.

Over The Past 30 Years Little Has Changed in The Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

Mark Zobrist is one of many things gone unchanged in the past 30 years at the Annual Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt.

By Kyle Quick

New Haven, Mo. - Little has changed over the past 30 years; Mark Zobrist and Tom Lagemann are the same Lions Club members in charge of the Easter egg hunt, the same areas in the city park are marked off for the same three age groups to hunt eggs.

On Saturday, moms and dads watched their kids hunt eggs in the same areas as they did when they were kids.  Since then the only difference, instead of real eggs, plastic eggs filed with chocolate were used.

Mayoral Race Intensifies - Higher than normal turnout expected

New Haven, Mo. – In less than 48 hours we should have the results from Tuesday’s election.  QuickNewsNow will have complete election coverage throughout the day along with live election results that evening.

Traditionally voter turnout for the April election has been very poor.  In the last Mayoral election (2011) there was a 12% turnout and last year just 14% of voters cast their ballots.  Note that in 2011 no one ran for mayor. 

However we expect a much higher turnout thanks to the unprecedented four-way race for Mayor.  We are predicting a 50 to 60 percent turnout, based on talking with voters over the past few weeks. 

Free Eye Screening to be held by Gasconade County Health Dept.

Hermann, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) will sponsor a free eye-screening clinic in Gasconade County on Friday, April 26, 2013.  The clinic will be held at the Robert H. Lloyd Community Center, 1902 Jefferson St., Hermann, Missouri, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

The University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics’ Department of Ophthalmology of Columbia will conduct the examinations, with assistance from the DSS Prevention of Blindness Unit.

Brandt and Bullock All-State - Finish with All-Time Career Stats

Miranda Brandt (left) and Alyssa Bullock (right) Stand side by side during the national anthem before playing their last game in the Class 1 State Championship Final.

By Kyle Quick:

Miranda Brandt and Alyssa Bullock were recently selected to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 1 All-State team after leading Chamois to the schools first ever appearance in the Final Four, coming up one point shy of a State Championship.

Rarely will you find a team with two players in the same grade top 1,000 career points or rank in numerous all-time record categories.  I know for a fact it never crossed Bullock or Brandt’s mind they would end their careers among the greatest high school players of all-time in different record categories such as three point field goals made or career rebounds.  

City of Washington passes No Smoking Ordinance

By Kaylin Bade

The City of Washington will become smoke free as of April 15, 2013. An ordinance was passed January 22, 2013 restricting the areas where citizens are allowed to smoke.

Quick News spoke with Jim Briggs, City Administrator, about the details of the ordinance.

Over a year ago, a presentation was made to the city by a group of individuals called Breathe Easy Washington, citing the health risks associated with second-hand smoke. After the group filed a petition, they returned with 1800 signatures, requesting that the city look into a smoking ordinance, restricting smoking indoors.

Vitamin D May Lower Diabetes Risk in Obese Children and Adolescents

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Childhood and adolescent obesity rates in the United States have increased dramatically in the past three decades.

Being obese puts individuals at greater risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, a disease in which individuals have too much sugar in their blood.

Now, University of Missouri researchers found vitamin D supplements can help obese children and teens control their blood-sugar levels, which may help them stave off the disease.

Shamrock Spring Sports Update

The Shamrocks will have gone nine days when they hope to play their first conference game on Monday at Sullivan.  The nine inches of snow that fell last Sunday forced the cancellation of numerous games and several changes in their schedule.  Click here to download schedules

While the Track and Field team’s first medal meet is not until Apr. 9 at Union they will have lost one preseason meet, which Coach John Tucker said he was not overly concerned about.