Mexico High School Girls Softball home run history was made tonight (Wednesday) by junior Abby Bellamy as Mexico defeated Hannibal 13-3 in 6 innings.
Abby came into the game tied at 8 with Patience Lawson Holman-2018 and Abby Oetting-2018 and Logan Blevins from 2019.
Bellamy would break the record with a three run blast in the 2nd inning and history was re-written by the Lady Bulldogs third baseman.
Mexico would score in every inning on their way to the conference victory.
It was also Senior Night as Riley Thurman, Rylee_Johnson, Ruby Haefling, Taylor DeMint, and Madeline Williams were all honored.
The Lady Bulldogs hit the road tomorrow (Thursday) night for another NCMC battle against the Fulton Hornets.Continue Reading
The National Association of Secondary School Principals is announcing the selection of their 2021 National Principal of the Year.
The award goes to Fulton Middle School Principal Beth Houf.
The announcement was made yesterday (Tuesday) when representatives of the organization made a surprise visit to Fulton to present the award to Houf.
Houf has been Principal at Fulton Middle School since 2015 and is the first Missouri national principal of the year winner.Continue Reading
Increased camping demand at Mark Twain Lake has the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extending camping season in some campgrounds.
The Little Bluestem Loop at Ray Behrens Campground, the Nighthawk Loop in Indian Creek Campground and the Clear View Loop at Frank Russell will be open until the end of October.
Ray Behrens and Indian Creek Campgrounds have some loops that remain open until November 22 to accommodate those wanting late fall camping.Continue Reading
The Kemper Military School and College Museum in Boonville is now open, assisted by part of the Missouri Military Academy Corps of Cadets.
Last Friday, thirty-three high school cadets from MMA traveled to Boonville to assist in the opening ceremony.
Kemper opened in 1844 and closed its doors in 2002.
MMA cadets also supported the opening of the Wentworth Military Academy Museum in Lexington in 2018.
Missouri Military Academy is the only remaining active military boarding school in Missouri.Continue Reading
The following cases were heard on September 27, 2021, in the Circuit Court of Callaway County, Missouri, Division IV, Honorable Josh Devine presiding:
Kevin Lee Brake, 60, of Kingdom City, pleaded guilty to child molestation in the fourth degree. Brake admitted that in November 2020 he subjected the child victim, who was then 14 years old, to sexual contact by touching the child’s penis through the child’s clothing with his hand. The child reported that Brake had given him a ride from Fulton to a Kingdom City restaurant and that during that ride Brake made several sexually inappropriate comments to him and then reached over and touched the boy’s penis through his clothing. The victim immediately reported the incident after returning to Fulton. The judge sentenced Brake to 4 years in prison, the maximum sentence for the offense. The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.
Wayne Lawrence Brondel, 56, of Auxvasse, was sentenced to 175 days in the county jail after being found guilty of five (5) counts of misuse of emergency telephone service. A Callaway County jury found Brondel guilty of the offenses following a two-day jury trial held this past September. Brondel was charged with repeatedly calling 911 in April, May and August 2019, and on two other occasions in September 2020. Operators from Joint Communications testified that Brondel would call 911 repeatedly – sometimes over 30 times a day. Brondel would verbally berate 911 operators for over 30 minutes at a time and was usually intoxicated. Law enforcement officers who responded to Brondel’s residence as a result of the calls testified that they usually found him intoxicated and belligerent. Brondel had previously been convicted of the same offense in 2012. The judge denied Brondel’s motion for a new trial and imposed the sentences recommended the jury – 54 days in jail for Count 1, 50 days in jail for Count 2, 24 days in jail for Count 3, 37 days in jail for Count 4 and 10 days in jail for Count 5. Those recommendations happened to coincide with the number of minutes for each of the five calls for which Brondel was charged. The judge ordered those sentences to be served consecutively for a total of 175 days in jail. The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.
Branden G. Collins, 44, of Wellsville, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Keith James Green, 42, of Holliday, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated (4th offense). Green admitted that in December 2019 he was operating a motor vehicle on U.S. Highway 54 while under the influence of alcohol. Green was found to be intoxicated when a trooper stopped him for speeding and lane violations. The offense was enhanced to a felony based on Green’s prior convictions for DWI in Randolph and Monroe counties in 2006, 2008 and 2012. The judge sentenced Green to 5 years in prison but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he serve 60 days in jail. The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Roger Dale Houchins, 58, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated (4th offense). Houchins admitted that in March 2020 he was operating a motor vehicle on State Road JJ while under the influence of alcohol. Houchins was found to be intoxicated when a trooper made contact with him following a single vehicle crash. No other motorist was involved in the crash. The offense was enhanced to a felony based on Houchins’ prior convictions for DWI in Callaway and Cole counties in 1991, 1993 and 2009. The judge sentenced Houchins to 7 years in prison but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he serve 60 days in jail. The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Juan Manuel Hurtado, 28, of California, Missouri, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Allen Conrad Knapp, 34, of Columbia, failed to appear in court. A warrant remains outstanding for his arrest.
Jackson Taylor Ledford, 22, of York, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and tampering with physical evidence. Ledford admitted that he possessed nearly a pound of marijuana when he was stopped for traffic offenses on Interstate 70 in August 2019. Morton also admitted that he attempted to conceal tetrahydrocannabinol wax in the trooper’s vehicle. That drug had been handed to Ledford by a co-defendant who was also taken into custody. Ledford attempted to hide those drugs under the seat in the trooper’s patrol vehicle. The judge placed Ledford on five years of supervised probation for both offenses. The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Jeremy Bryce Pritchard, 24, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Pritchard admitted that he was operating a motor vehicle on Highway 94 this past April while under the influence of drugs. A deputy sheriff and trooper made contact with Pritchard after he crashed the vehicle he was driving. The officers immediately noted the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and found Pritchard to be under the influence of drugs. A witness advised that Pritchard had tossed a plastic baggie in a nearby ditch after the crash. Officers located an alprazolam tablet in the area which Pritchard acknowledged throwing after the crash. The judge placed Pritchard on five years of supervised probation for the drug offense and sentenced him to 10 days in jail for the DWI offense. The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol.
William Cody Smith, 38, of Mokane, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (fentanyl) with intent to distribute. Smith admitted that he possessed the drugs which were seized in his residence on County Road 427 during execution of a search warrant this past June. Officers located 13 capsules of fentanyl, as well as digital scales and plastic baggies consistent with the distribution of narcotics. The judge sentenced Smith to 4 years in prison and recommended that he complete a substance abuse treatment program before being considered for release. The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.
Evans Tillman, 53, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and attempted escape from custody. Tillman admitted that he physically resisted a police officer’s attempt to arrest him on warrants from Boone and Cole counties. After he was taken into custody, the officer transported Tillman to a local hospital to make certain he was fit for confinement. After his examination at the hospital, Tillman again physically resisted efforts to handcuff him and fled down a hallway before being apprehended. The judge sentenced Tillman to 4 years in prison for each of the offenses but suspended execution of those sentences and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he successfully complete the Callaway County Treatment Court program if accepted. The case was investigated by the Fulton Police Department.
Spencer Vance, 51, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated (4th offense). Vance admitted that in December 2020 he was operating a motor vehicle on County Road 211 while under the influence of alcohol. Vance was discovered to be intoxicated when a trooper made contact with him during the investigation of a crash at a Kingdom City business. Another motorist reported that Vance had rear-ended his vehicle and the motorist believed Vance to be intoxicated when he made contact with him. Vance left the scene of the crash and the trooper made contact with him a short time later and found him to be intoxicated. The offense was enhanced to a felony based on Vance’s previous convictions for DWI in Audrain and Callaway Counties in 1993, 2003 and 2006. The judge sentenced Vance to 7 years in prison but suspended execution of the sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that Vance serve 120 days in the county jail and successfully complete the Callaway County DWI Court program. The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The following cases were heard on October 4, 2021, in the Circuit Court of Callaway County, Missouri, Division II, Honorable Jeff Harris presiding:
Brandon Robert Harris, 31, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty to violation of an order of protection. Harris admitted calling the victim in violation of an order of the Circuit Court of Callaway County that prohibited him from initiating communication with her. The offense was enhanced to a felony based on Harris’ previous conviction for the same offense in 2018. The judge sentenced Harris to 4 years in prison but suspended execution of the sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he have no further contact with the victim. The case was investigated by the Holts Summit Police Department.
Susan Lynn McMillin, 40, of Steedman, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for domestic assault in the second degree. McMillin was on probation for the offense. Following a hearing, the judge found that McMillin had violated probation and revoked it. The case was originally investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.
Hayden Earl Dale Pardoe, 29, of Jefferson City, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Pardoe had been on probation for the offense. Following a hearing, the judge found that Pardoe had violated probation and revoked it. The case was originally investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.
Travis Aaron Steele, 39, of Hazelwood, pleaded guilty to assault in the third degree involving a special victim (elderly person). Steele, a truck driver, admitted that he got angry at the 73 year-old victim, also a truck driver, after Steele alleged that the victim cut him off. Once inside a Kingdom City business, Steele shoved the victim causing him to fall and fracture a rib. The judge sentenced Steele to 4 years in prison but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that Steele have no contact with the victim and pay restitution. The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.
Thomas Wayne Repper, 58, of New Bloomfield, pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one charge of misdemeanor resisting arrest. Repper admitted that he possessed the drug in July 2019 when he was stopped for a traffic offense and arrested for driving while his operator’s license was revoked. The arresting officer searched Repper incident to that arrest and found the drugs in his pocket. Repper also admitted that he possessed the drug on a second occasion in September 2019 when he was stopped for a traffic offense. In the course of that stop, Repper admitted that he possessed drugs and then physically resisted when the officer attempted to arrest him. The judge sentenced Repper to 7 years in prison for each of the drug offenses and 1 year in the county jail for the resisting arrest charge. All of the sentences were ordered to be served concurrently with prison sentences Repper was currently serving. Both cases were investigated by the Holts Summit Police Department.
Russell Stith, 58, of Kingdom City, pleaded guilty to felony stealing. Stith admitted stealing logs by having them harvested from the victim’s property in January 2018. The judge sentenced Stith to 3 years in prison but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he pay restitution in an amount to be determined at a later hearing. The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.
Mark Alan Wolfmeier, 50, of Holts Summit, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for resisting a lawful stop. Wolfmeier had been on probation for the offense, admitted violating probation, and the judge revoked it. The case was originally investigated by the Holts Summit Police Department.Continue Reading
The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Audrain County has dropped again this week.
According to the Audrain County Health Department there are 19 active cases in the report released this (Wednesday) morning, which is down by 2 from last week.
The number of active probable cases is at 11 this week.
Mexico has 16 active cases of COVID-19 and the the past 7 day positivity rate is at 2.9%.
The Audrain County transmission status is listed as substantial which is unchanged from last week’s report.Continue Reading
Mexico Area Family YMCA Sports Director Caleb Floyd was the featured local guest on AM 1340 KXEO and the Am I Awake Morning Show with Matt Pilger today. Caleb talked about the annual 5k Turkey Trot sign up and fall youth basketball.Continue Reading
Mexico Public Safety reports the arrest of 37 year old Shannon L. Farrell yesterday (Tuesday) for 2 Boone County warrants.
CALLS FOR SERVICE:
Public Safety responded to the following calls for service yesterday (Tuesday):
A peace disturbance on East Lafayette.
Threats at South Morris Street.
A scam on East Jackson.
A report of child abuse or neglect at North Grand.
A suicidal subject at East Bolivar.
Property damage on West Love.
A suspicious vehicle at MacFarlane.
A suspicious noise on North Clark.Continue Reading
The Mexico Cross Country Team competed in the North Callaway XC invite on Saturday.
Head Coach Buck Green says wet, cooler weather and flat course made for improved performances.
Medalist were Grace Hudson,Maggie Ramsey,Alexandria Terry, and Jacob Quinlan.
Neither boys or girls had the required five to score as a team.
Results from North Callaway Invite 10/2/21:
GIRLS 2500 METERS
6 GRACE HUDSON 13:10*
7 MAGGIE RAMSEY 13:15*
10 ALEXANDRIA TERRY 13:28*
29 ABBY BOWEN 15:33
11 JACOB QUINLAN 12:45*
28 KYLE LEWIS 14:24
36 ZELLEN DUNCAN 15:34
37 SKYLAR SHAW 15:37
Mexico hosted an cross country invite yesterday (Tuesday).
Head Coach Buck Green reports it was a tough day at the Mexico meet.
With nice weather, and a beautiful course and tough competition.
The girls finished with 2 runners and boys with 5.
Jhett Maxwell and Maggie Ramsey continued to medal in big meets.
Results from Mexico Cross Country Invite 10-5-21:
GIRLS 3200 METERS
15 MAGGIE RAMSEY 14:33*
50 ABBY BOWEN 16:41
3 JHETT MAXWELL 12:25*
56 KYLE LEWIS 16:07
60 SKYLAR SHAW 17:13
61 ROBERT MILBURN 17:22
62 ZELLEN DUNCAN 17:48
66 MATT PFEIFER 19:14Continue Reading
A Centralia man has moderate injuries after a 2 car accident in Audrain County yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol it happened on Route D near Audrain Road 975 when a vehicle was towing another vehicle with a chain, and the towed unit crossed the center line and struck a vehicle.
65 year old Rickey Gunier was taken to the University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.Continue Reading
The Mexico High School Softball Team knocked off Moberly 9-5 in a conference and district match up last (Tuesday) night in Mexico.
It was a huge night at the plate for Abby Bellamy who hit 2 home runs and tied the School record at 8 for home runs in a season.
Bellamy went 2-3 with 4 RBI. Kierstan Epperson was a perfect 3-3 and had 2 RBI.
Taylor DeMint was 2-4, Brooke Teel went 2-3. Jordyn Thurman had a hit and pitched a complete game.
Up next it is Senior Night tonight (Wednesday) against the Hannibal Pirates with a 5pm first pitch.
The Community R6 High School Lady Trojans Softball Team picked up a 12-4 win at home over Louisiana last (Tuesday) night.
North Callaway Thunderbirds Softball Girls beat Mark Twain 4-1 on Senior Night.
The Thunderbirds improved to 5-4 in conference play.
The regular season finale is tomorrow (Thursday) when they host Bowling Green.
The St. Louis Cardinals will be in Los Angeles tonight (Wednesday) to face the Dodgers in a one game Wild Card game.
The 2 teams faced each other 7 times this season and the Dodgers won four of the games, outscoring the Cardinals 42-20 in their 2 head-to-head series.
The winner advances to play the San Francisco Giants.
St. Louis sends veteran Adam Wainwright to the mound while the Dodgers counter with Max Scherzer.
First pitch is at 7:10.
In the American League Wild Card game last (Tuesday) night the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 6-2.
The Red Sox have advanced to the best-of-five AL Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Game 1 is tomorrow (Thursday) night in St. Petersburg, Florida.Continue Reading
The Mexico Bulldogs Football Team is up one spot in the Class 3 State rankings this week.
Last week the Bulldogs were ranked 10th and this week they jumped up to number 9 after defeating Fulton 35-14 and improving their record to 5-1.
Mexico is on the road when they travel to Kirksville to play the Tigers on Friday night.
Rank, team, Rec., Pts., LW
1. Odessa (10), 6-0, 100, 1
2. St. Mary’s, 4-1, 90, 2
3. Valle Catholic, 6-0, 80, 3
4. Boonville, 5-1, 58, 6
5. St. Pius X, 5-1, 54, 4
6. Blair Oaks, 5-1, 53, 7
7. Lutheran North, 3-3, 38, 5
8. Park Hills Central, 5-1, 29, 9
9. Mexico, 5-1, 25, 10
10. Cardinal Ritter, 3-3, 11, 8
Also receiving votes: Center (4-1), 8; Aurora (5-1), 3; Kennett (5-1), 1
Mexico Schools JAG Specialists Sarah Keithley and Oliver Brilhante were featured local guests on AM 1340 KXEO and the Am I Awake Morning Show with Matt Pilger today. Discussion about the JAG program, recent grants and how it benefits students.Continue Reading
Tonight marks the annual National Night Out in Centralia. Officer David Davenport was a featured local guest on AM 1340 KXEO and the Am I Awake Morning Show with Matt Pilger today to talk about the event.Continue Reading
Kristine Smiley owner of Senior Health Consultants in Mexico was a featured local guest on the Am I Awake Morning Show with Matt Pilger today. Kristine talked about Medicare fraud and how to enroll.Continue Reading
Mexico Noon Lion’s Club members Amy Webber and Melanie Utterback were featured local guests on AM 1340 KXEO and the Am I Awake Morning Show today. They updated listeners on the Bags to Benches program. Plus talked about a soup luncheon the Noon Lion’s will host this Friday at the Audrain County Courthouse.Continue Reading
Mexico Girls Tennis Singles Star Shelby Kennemore Advances To Sectionals And Six Players Earn All-District Honors
Mexico Girls Tennis Team member Shelby Kennemore is advancing to Sectionals after taking second place and All-District honors in the District Tournament held in Mexico yesterday (Monday).
Shelby will play on Friday with the Sectionals starting at 4pm in Mexico.
Katie Gooch took home 3rd place and All-District honors yesterday (Monday).
In doubles it was Lily Yager and Winona Whelan in 4th place with All-District honors.
And Jocelyn Garcia and Estrella Lopez finished in 3rd place with All-District honors.
Results from District Tournament:
Shelby Kennemore – (2-1) – 2nd Place – All-District Honors
Vs. Marin Elmore – Kirksville 6-3, 6-0
Vs. Kristyn Kruse – Moberly 6-3, 6-1 semis
Vs. Gracie Riemenschneider 4-6, 2-6 finals
Katie Gooch – (2-1) – 3rd place – All-District Honors
Vs. Taylor McGlothlin – Richmond – 6-0, 6-0
Vs. Gracie Riemenschneider 3-6, 2-6 semis
Vs. Kristyn Kruse – Moberly 8-3
Lily Yager & Winona Whelan – (1-2) 4th place – All-District Honors
Vs. KIrksville Williams/DeLeon 6-1, 6-1
Vs. Palmyra Rindom/Gottman 1-6, 0-6
Vs. Mexico Garcia/Lopez 4-8
Jocelyn Garcia & Estrella Lopez – (2-1) 3rd place – All-District Honors
Vs. Moberly Kroner/Myers 6-0, 6-3
Vs. Palmyra 4-6. 2-6 Gottman/Durst 4-6, 2-6
Vs. Mexico 8-4 Yager/WhelanContinue Reading
The Mexico High School Varsity Cheerleaders are headed to state competition after finishing in 4th place at the MCCA St. Louis Regionals at Lindenwood University on Saturday.
The state competition takes place at SEMO on December 11th and 12th along with teams that placed in the top 5.Continue Reading
CALLS FOR SERVICE:
Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the following calls for service yesterday (Monday):
A stealing or theft on West Monroe.
A domestic physical incident at Emmanuel.
Driving without a license on the City Square.Continue Reading
MU Health Care will be hosting a drive-thru flu shot event this Sunday, October 10th in Fulton.
It will take place from 10am until 2pm at the Fulton Family Health at 2613 Fairway Dr. Suite C.
The drive-thru event is for anyone 6 months and older.
COVID-19 vaccines will not be available at this event.
Those interested should bring a mask and wear it when interacting with staff members.
Also wear loose, short-sleeve shirts.
For more details about the drive-thru, visit muhealth.org/flu.Continue Reading