Beware Of Hungry Bears

Don't feed wildlife. Keeping birdfeeders full in summer can make nuisances of bears -- such as this one raiding a backyard feeder -- along with raccoons, squirrels, deer, and other wildlife looking for easy pickings.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Black bears normally are shy and elusive, but the Missouri Department of Conservation urges those few Missourians lucky enough to see bears to keep them at arm’s length. Keeping bears wild not only protects people and property – it protects bears, too.

Gov. Nixon Denies Clemency of Convicted Murderer John Middleton

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –  A former methamphetamine dealer, John Middleton,  was executed Wednesday for killing three people in rural northern Missouri in 1995.

Earlier this evening the Governor’s Office released the following statement by Gov. Jay Nixon regarding his decision on the petition for clemency from John Middleton.

Nixon said, “After a final briefing from my counsel and a comprehensive review by my office, I have denied the petition for clemency from three-time convicted murderer John Middleton. Each request is considered and decided on its own merit and set of facts, and this is a process and a power of the Governor I do not take lightly.”

Lions Club Makes Donation to Crusade Against Cancer

Pictured: Dan McKinney, Treasurer of Hermann Lions Club presents a check for $300 to Paula Pierce, Chairperson of Crusade Against Cancer.

HERMANN, Mo. - The Hermann Lions Club recently made a $300 donation to the Hermann Area Crusade Against Cancer.  The Lions Club raised the money by selling brats and kettle popcorn at the Crusade a Against Cancer fundraiser held in June.

ECC Athletes Earn Academic Honors - Three Named NJCAA Academic All-Americans

Pictured left: East Central College soccer player Andrew Hamerlinck (center) was named the school’s Scholar Athlete for 2013-14.  Shown left to right are  Dr. Jay Mehrhoff, athletic director; Hamerlinck  and Kean Barclay, head men’s soccer coach. (Photo courtesy ECC)

UNION, Mo. - For the fifth consecutive year, the East Central College Athletic Department has won the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Academic Award.

Dr. Jay Mehrhoff, athletic director at ECC, said student athletes had an overall grade point average of 2.97.  That mark allows the Falcons to retain the Harold Oetting Award which is presented each year to the MCCAC school with the highest overall GPA attained by student athletes.

Habitat For Humanity Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony For New Haven Home left, Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County board and future homeowners of the 205 Orchard St. home at the site of the home during the official groundbreaking ceremony, July 13.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County held the groundbreaking ceremony for the new home being built at 205 Orchard Street in New Haven, at 1:30 p.m. on July 13.

Holly Pohlmann, the future homeowner of the home, said the house should be finished in the fall.

Pohlmann said the process has been exciting and emotional, but she and her family are very grateful and are looking forward to living back in New Haven and having a home of their own.

Argument Escalates Into One Man Stabbed Twice In The Back

VILLA RIDGE, Mo. - Friday night at approximately 10:00 PM, a Franklin County deputy was parked at the stop light at Hwy 47 and 50 in Union when he witnessed a vehicle run the stop light at a high rate of speed.

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke wait that the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle but they continued to the Union Ambulance building. 

Upon approaching the vehicle it was determined that the driver had been stabbed and was seeking medical attention.

The victim told police that he had been visiting a residence in Villa Ridge when he was stabbed by a subject later identified as Isaiah Burr. 

UPDATED: Clare Roth Crowned Queen Of 2014 New Haven Youth Fair

Pictured left to right the 2014 New Haven Youth Fair Queen and her court, Hannah Kruse, Clara Roth, Fey Chavez, and Madison Yarbrough.

UPDATED:  Complete story about all four contestants.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - This evening at the New Haven Youth Fair, the Main Stage entertainment kicked off the fair with the Fair Queen Contest.  Miss Clare Roth was just crowned Queen of the 35th Annual Contest.

Miss Roth is daughter of Steve and Eileen Roth and sponsored by Bank of Franklin County.

Fun At The Pool Becomes A Life-Saving Effort For Two Girl Scouts

Pictured left to right: The two Girl Scouts, Cadettes Myah Eggert and Danielle Foster, quick thinking and remembering what they learned about recognizing signs of someone having a diabetic crisis allowed them to make a life saving effort on a normal day at their local pool.

(Photo courtesy of Charles Bolinger Communications Assistant)

ST. PETERS, Mo. - Girl Scout Cadettes Myah Eggert and Danielle Foster of Troop 2359 never thought humorous intentions could take such a serious turn.

The pair recognized a woman at their neighborhood pool recently and went to tell her a joke. Once they reached her, they saw something amiss.

Union Man Charged For Burglary, Mo. - The Union Police Department has released a report stating charges have been issued on Thomas A. Wright, 33, of Union, MO, for 2nd degree burglary.

On July 9, police responded to a burglary that had occurred between June 27 and July 9 on Spring Drive in Union, MO.  Several items were stolen from the residence including TVs, electronics, some cash, jewelry, and a cashier’s check. The front door of the residence was also heavily damaged.