Troublesome Creek Bridge Closed For Emergency Repairs
By Echo Menges
The Troublesome Creek Bridge on Route E three miles south of Knox City was unexpectedly closed by MODOT for emergency repairs last Wednesday afternoon, January 4, 2011 after a routine bridge inspection revealed a bowed wooden pile in the south pier. As a precautionary measure MODOT officials closed the bridge.
Regional Bridge Maintenance Supervisor Ed Leivian and his crew arrived from Macon last Wednesday and continued to work on the bridge until the problem was solved. They spent the remainder of Wednesday and all of Thursday preparing the ground around the south pier for two more steel piles to be added. They planed to drive two steel H piles into the ground on either side of the bowed wooden one to take the stress off of it. Once they had the steel piles in and secured they reopend the bridge.
Originally MODOT officials expected the bridge to reopen Friday, January 7 but after seeing what the job would entail they pushed back their timeline to Friday, January 14. Supervisor Leivian said, depending on the weather, the job could have taken two full weeks to complete. He and his crew worked hard to get it open as soon as possible, finished most of the repairs and opened the bridge Monday, Jan. 10.
The bridge will have to close again for one day while they repair a hole in the deck where they drove the steel pile through. A metal plate is covering the hole now. The date of that closure has not been released, but MODOT officials expect it be either this week or next week. MODOT recommends motorists use Highway 6, Route D, and Route U as alternates when they close the bridge again.
According to MODOT the Troublesome Creek Bridge was built in 1948 and is 63 years old. It is scheduled for replacement through MODOT’s Safe and Sound Bridge Program and could be replaced as early as this summer.
Gearhart Sentenced For Pick-A-Dilly Theft
By Echo Menges
Knox County Circuit Court Judge Russell Steele sentenced Steven Joshua Gearhart, 23, formerly of Edina, to serve seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections Friday, December 10, 2010.
Gearhart was arrested at his home in Edina August 20, 2010 and charged with one count of Stealing Over $500 and one count of Second-degree Burglary for burglarizing the Pick-a-Dilly convenience store located in Edina earlier that day. Gearhart was an employee of the store at the time of the break-in.
Gearhart took a plea deal and pled guilty to the Stealing Over $500 charge. The Second-degree Burglary charge was subsequently dismissed.
Knox County’s Top Stories Of 2010
By Echo Menges
The Knox County Nursing Home District’s Board of Directors announced the Residential Care Facility (RFC) was closing because not enough people were using the facility.
The Knox County R-I School District received the “Distinction in Performance” recognition for the fourth year in a row.
Jane Moore was the second female to complete training as a K-9 handler at World Wide K-9 in Spring Branch, TX.
KCR-I High School Cheerleading Squad won top ratings in the Sideline Cheerleading and Timeout Dance categories in the National Cheerleading Association’s competition held in St. Charles, MO.
The owners of Bubba and Doc’s Bar and Grill, Lloyd and Kristin Smith, were arrested for tax evasion. They were charged with 16 counts of filing false tax returns and two counts of failing to file a tax return.
Irene Gardner celebrated her 98th birthday. Her family threw her a surprise party at Kloe’s Café in Edina.
Adam Marino, Jared Niemeyer, and Jennifer Creason announced they would be participating in the Special Olympics 2010 National Games, which was held in Lincoln, Nebraska in July.
The “Lets Make Sure Knox County Gets Counted” committee was formed to help county residents prepare for the 2010 U.S. Census and to distribute Census information, pamphlets, and promotional products throughout Knox County.
The 2010 Knox County Budget was passed with a 12.74% increase in spending from 2009 to spend nearly $300,000 more in 2010 than in 2009.
Teresa Hunolt is named Edina Postmaster after working as the Officer in Charge since the retirement of her predecessor, Candi Humes.
Twelve state officials named in a lawsuit filed by the Heartland Christian Academy in 2006 lost their appeal in the Eighth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals allowing the case to proceed to civil trial.
The community rallied around a local assault victim after she received a heartbreaking injury under mysterious circumstances in Edina. Prayers, donations, and condolences flowed from every corner of the County. No one was ever charged or arrested for the assault.
Davey and Beverly Arment lost their home to a fire. The structure was a total loss.
KCR-I High School and Middle School students win the regional Battle of the Belt Competition for the second time.
The Knox County Health Department had to step in and work with local schools and daycares after an upswing of Strep throat and Mononucleosis cases in the County.
Pertussis/Whooping Cough is identified as being in Knox County after a culture is analyzed and confirmed by a lab in Jefferson City.
Craig Redmon announced his candidacy First District State Representative.
Valerie Bair became the Knox County Nursing Home’s Director of Nursing.
A mistrial was declared in the second trial of former Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy, Larry Uhlmeyer. Uhlmeyer was tried for first and second-degree assault after shooting James Rudd of Knox City in 2007 after finding Rudd asleep in a car inside his garage.
KCR-I Head Baseball and Basketball Coach Jesse Crawford announced his resignation of his teaching and coaching positions would be at the end of the school year.
KCR-I School District Superintendent D.J. Leverton announced his resignation would also be at the end of the school year because he had accepted a position with another school district.
The Knox County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Grand Opening of Tommy’s Diner on Lafayette Street in Edina.
The Knox County Municipal Elections were held.
Sheree Prebe and Shelly Bugh took their oath of office and were sworn in as Board Members of the KCR-I Board of Education. The Board elected Shelly Bugh as President, Stacy Harder as Vice President, Craig Miller as Treasurer, and Karen Hall as Secretary.
Head Varsity Football Coach Steve Ramer announced his resignation would be at the end of the school year.
KCR-I Board of Education announced Middle School and High School Principal Andy Turgeon would become the district’s new Superintendent effective July 1.
The Knox County Commissioners announced the County would no longer be matching loads of rock bought by residents because of high fuel costs and lack of state funding.
Owner of the Edina Hotel, Phillip Biston, opened Edina Laundry on the first floor of the Hotel.
The Culpepper and Merriweather One Ring Big Top Circus gave two performances on the Edina Town Square. The Knox County Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event.
Five-month-old Cameron Bonnell of Edina was singled out by U.S. President Barack Obama at a Town Hall Meeting in Ottumwa, IA. The President pointed her out in the middle of the meeting saying, “I want to hold that beautiful baby.” Her parents, Sean and Courtney called it a once in a lifetime experience.
The Knox County Ministerial Alliance held a National Day of Prayer event to coincide with groups praying for the nation and the nation’s leaders all at the same time throughout the country.
Dangerous winds flattened a large machine shed belonging to Mark and Cathy Greenly southeast of Edina.
Roy and Doris Miller celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary.
Michael Combs of Novelty was arrested for stealing over $25,000 from Novelty Feed and Seed between November 2007 and August 2009.
The Knight’s of Columbus hosted their annual Car Cruz at the Edina Town Square.
Billie Hunter announced the opening of her shop, Hunter Beauty Shop, at 603 E. Morgan Street in Edina.
Mark Bartz donated a 90MM anti-aircraft gun to the American Legion Hall in Knox City.
A special luminary ceremony was held on the Edina Town Square to honor cancer survivors and remember those lost to cancer during Relay for Life’s walk-a-thon.
Lightning is likely to be the cause of a machine-shed fire on the Gerald Sharp farm north of Edina. The 50 by 75 foot structure was a total loss.
The Sentinel gets a new reporter, me, Echo Menges, to take over the Knox County news beat.
Morton Buildings replaces the Greenley’s machine shed, which was torn down by dangerous winds five weeks earlier.
Bob Huffman hosts his 14th Annual Clipper Seminar and Workshop at the Knight’s of Columbus Hall in Edina.
Edina had their annual City Wide Yard Sale Day for locals to sell their unwanted items.
U.S. Congressman Roy Blunt
made a stop at the Sale Barn Café while campaigning to take the place of retiring U.S. Senator Kit Bond.
Excess rain caused major headaches and delays to Knox County farmers who had to wait for fields to dry out before they could apply chemicals like nitrogen to their crops.
The Edina City Council discussed the possibility of fixing the sidewalks around the Edina Town Square after complaints come in about the condition of the sidewalk in front of The Clothes Closet. The Council tabled the discussion.
Anthony Clark allegedly escaped furlough custody while being transported from a drug treatment facility in Hannibal back to the Adair County Jail while stopped with is brother at the Casey’s convenient store in Edina.
Damien Patterson of Kirksville turned himself in to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and was transported to a Missouri Department of Corrections facility after being charged twice in years past for stealing anhydrous in Knox County.
Members of the Baring Country Club vote to permanently close Baring Lake to the public before their annual 4th of July Celebration.
Locals commence in a huge prayer effort for baby Thomas McCartney who is still in the thoughts and prayers of many Knox countians as 2010 comes to an end and 2011 begins.
Next week’s issue of The Edina Sentinel will feature the Top Stories of 2010 Part 2.READ MORE
Winter Wonderland Hosts A Visit From Santa
By Echo Menges
Santa arrived by fire truck to the Winter Wonderland light display on Broadway Street in Edina Friday evening, December 10, 2010 and was greeted by dozens of local children who were eagerly awaiting his arrival. A place for him to sit and visit with the kids was set up inside the massive light display along with a tall outdoor heater and a crackling fireplace to warm attendees.
Hot chocolate was served by one of the event’s organizers, Roger Waibel, at the entrance to the walk-through light display.
The weather cooperated nicely. There was a chill in the air, but the temperature didn’t get nearly as cold as it did the following day.
Organizers Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCarty, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Waibel, and Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Hayes hope to continue decorating the lot on Broadway for their neighbors and families to enjoy. Waibel is already thinking about next year’s display and said he has several ideas.