April 12, 2017 - Dates for the annual citywide spring cleanup have been set for
Wednesday, April 19; Saturday, April 22; Wednesday, May 3; and Saturday, May
6. The hours are from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 4 p.m. each day designated for the spring cleanup. During these times, any Chillicothe resident may dispose of any
non-hazardous material at no charge. (Passenger tires will be accepted at $2 apiece). The cleanup event is for Chillicothe residents only.
The location is in the 100 block of South Mitchell Road. Residents will be responsible for unloading
their own items upon arrival. The spring cleanup is coordinated by Chillicothe Municipal Utilities.
Each year the event results in between approximately 230 tons being collected for disposal.
FESTIVAL - Chillicothe's Freedom Fest, which will include an evening fireworks display, will take place
Saturday, July 1, in Simpson Park. Chillicothe residents Carl McBee and Terry Rumery are heading up the effort and have secured a fireworks provider. Chillicothe will be hosting a Kansas City Barbecue-sanctioned competition Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1, in the park. The event,
Grillin' and Chillin', will include live music Friday night and Saturday and will be free and open to the public. The event is expected to end late afternoon Saturday.
4, 2017 - Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery opened its April exhibit today with award-winning Dave Walker and Hannah Smith exhibiting
"fabricscapes" paintings and pottery. The exhibit will be in place through Saturday, April 29.
21, 2017 - Chillicothe will be hosting a Kansas City Barbecue-sanctioned competition
this summer in Simpson Park. The dates are Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1.
Grillin' and Chillin' will include live music Friday night and Saturday and will be
free and open to the public. Funds raised through the event will be donated to North Missouri
Center for Youth and Families. Chris Marks, an eight-time world champion of the American Royal Cookoff will be
providing free cooking classes to the public both days. There will be two
Chillin' and Grillin' contests: a KCBS-sanctioned professional event, and a backyard competition. The
KCBS event is for serious barbecue teams, with an entry fee of $175, and four competition categories: ribs, brisket,
pork butt and chicken. The backyard competition has a $125 early registration fee (by May 30) and meat will be
provided. Meat includes ribs and pork butt, with an optional brisket category. Top prize in the KCBS event is $5,000.
The top prize for the backyard contest is $750. Both categories will be judged by KCBS judges.
Entry forms can be picked up at Hy-Vee Gas or Country Carpets. More information can be found on the
Grillin' and Chillin' Facebook page: facebook.com/chillibbq.
Sponsorships are still available and interested parties may contact him at 660-9731953 or Dave Keller at 660-734-3355.
21, 2017 - The Chillicothe Farmers Market will have its annual meeting on Monday, March
27, starting at 7 p.m. in the FCS Financial Building's Meeting Room, 2880 Hwy. 65 N. in Chillicothe.
Agenda items for the meeting include planning and budgeting for advertising and events, setting
dues and election of officers and board. For more information contact
Beth Weidner at 660622-4289.
- The Grand River Multi-Purpose Center Fund drive pledges are coming in daily.
The total on April 10 has reached $243,405.
The goal is $400,000, and the committee promoting the fund drive is in the process of mailing brochures and pledge cards to individuals and businesses in Livingston County explaining the project to retire the loan on the building at 607 Old Highway 36, make needed repairs, and provide an emergency fund for future needs. If you have not received a brochure, you may call the center at 660-646-1555, and a brochure can be mail to you or you may stop by the facility and pick one up. If you would like to send a donation you can mail the check to Grand River Multi-Purpose Center, PO Box 312, Chillicothe, Mo. 64601.
The center operates under the 501(c3) nonprofit tax exempt corporation number of the Concerned Citizens of the Community which means that donations will be income tax exempt. Checks should be made payable to CCC Building Fund with GRMPC Building Fund in the
"for" section in the lower left hand corner.
13, 2017 - The Chillicothe Area Arts Council is planning an expanded Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival this summer and bringing in two national award-winning bands. The festival will be Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18, at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center Campus.
Bluegrass bands will perform at Silver Moon Plaza for a free concert the Thursday evening prior to the festival. The Arts Council will be partnering with Main Street Chillicothe for a bluegrass festival 90-minute kick-off concert with two bands, followed by an opportunity for musicians to participate by playing during an
"open jam" session. There will not be an admission fee for children this
year. Plans are being developed to have some of the festival bands play downtown Chillicothe Saturday morning during the
3, 2017 - The City of Chillicothe plans to make significant repairs to various exterior
walls at City Hall. Repairs include re-pointing interior mortar joints, parapet wall repairs, upper
cornice repairs and sealing exterior brick with water repellent. The city has issued a request for
proposals to be due no later than Thursday, March 9. The successful bidder will have 120
consecutive calendar days to complete the work, beginning April 6 and ending August 4.
A mandatory prebid meeting for general questions and site inspection was
February 17, at City Hall. Attendance was mandatory for bidders.
12, 2017 - A committee to promote passage of a half-cent sales tax in Livingston
County on the April 4 ballot has been formed and will be meeting with residents during a series of township meetings taking place over the next several weeks.
The Committee for
A Step Forward for Livingston County includes the three current county commissioners and the three most
recently retired county commissioners. Co-chairs are current Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas,
retired 20-year Presiding Commissioner Eva Danner Horton (treasurer),
and retired 20-year East District Commissioner Ken Lauhoff, and committee members
- retired 8-year West District Commissioner Todd Rodenberg and current East District Commissioner Alvin Thompson and current West District Commissioner Dave
23, 2016 - The Livingston County Food Pantry has a new home: 403 Locust, across from the Cultural Corner. The hours for the Livingston County Food Pantry changed on September 4.
Currently, the hours are from 1 to 4. The change will make the hours from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on
the days it is open. To learn more about the Livingston County Food Pantry or to make a reservation for Commodities, call Janet Baker at
660-247-2095 or Mary Ann Slattery at 247-2822.
28, 2016 - The newly-constructed city walking / biking trail opened on Monday, June 27, 2016. This trail starts at 3rd Street and South Woodrow Street, just west of the old prison site, and continues 1.4 miles to the east entrance
near the Wabash restaurant. Parking on each end of the trail is near the entrances. City officials emphasize that no motor vehicles are allowed on this trail.
24, 2016 -
Free summer meals, funded by the USDA, are available to kids and teens ages 18 and younger at summer meals sites in Chillicothe. Many summer meals sites offer fun learning and recreational activities so children and teens can eat a healthy meal while staying active and being with friends. Sites are also registered with the USDA and are held at safe local places like schools, churches and community centers.
Free Summer Meal Program Details: Meals are free to children and teens ages 18 and younger who come to a summer meals site. Free summer meals will help families save money and stretch their already tight food budgets. Food served is healthy and follows USDA nutrition guidelines. Summer meal sites are a fun, safe places for kids and teens to be active and visit with friends. No application or proof of income needed. According to Chillicothe Summer School Administrator and Central School principal, Melanie Rucker, summer meal sites in Chillicothe are located at Dewey Elementary and Chillicothe High School. Breakfast is 7:30 until 8 a.m. and lunch is about 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. every summer school day (May 28 through June 29) except Memorial Day. If you or someone you know is interested, go to:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp to learn more or find a site near
10, 2016 -
The Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works approved rate increases
for water and refuse service starting with the April 2016 bill statements. The overall system
average increase for water will be 5.8 percent and for refuse service will 10 percent. While the net
effect of the rate increase on customers will vary by volume used, the average water
customer using 6,000 gallons of water per month will see an increase of a $1.35 per
month. The base charge for residential refuse service will increase by $1.25 per month, while the effect on
business refuse customers will vary by container classification. The increases are needed to cover increased
operating costs and infrastructure improvements. The last rate increase for water was in April
2011, while refuse fees increased in April 2014.
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