This page updated 09/24/2018.

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  • 3rd Annual Quinn Memorial Fun Run/5K September 29, 2018, 7:45am-9:00am; the area around St. Columban Church will be blocked off. The route is Trenton Street between JFK, 10th Street between Trenton and Easton, Easton between 10th and JFK, and JFK between Easton and Trenton Streets. An officer will be present for this event to lead the front runners.
  • St. Columban Fall Festival September 30, 2018, from 11am-5pm; Trenton Street from JFK Ave to Tenth Street will be blocked off.
  • Arts District October 1-5, Work 5:30pm-8:30am, Locust Street from Clay Street to Ann Street; Main Street working on the crosswalk and sidewalks; Contact Ben White
  • Main Street Wine Walk & Concert October 5, 2018, 5pm-11pm; Webster Street from Washington to Locust Street, the alley behind City Hall and Silver Moon Plaza, and the Locust Street and Webster Street intersection will be blocked off.
  • Grand River Heart Restart 5K October 27, 5:30pm-8:30pm; Locust from 2nd Street to 3rd Street; Contact Jennifer Dixon
  • BooFest, October 31, 3:40pm-6:30pm, Locust from Webster to Clay, Clay from Washington to Locust, Jackson from Washington to Locust, Webster from Washington to Locust; Contact Pam Jarding

09/17/18 - The Chillicothe Festival of Lights will kick off November 7, 2018, with a lighting ceremony the night of the Chillicothe Holiday Parade. Festival of Lights Director Barb Burton says this is a dazzling drive-through display of holiday lights and decorations in Simpson Park that opens on November 17 and runs through January 1, 2019. Funding for the annual Festival of Lights is provided through the donations by individuals, area businesses, and foundations. Drop your donation in the donation box at Simpson Park or mail to P.O. Box 1032. Make checks payable to Festival of Lights. Volunteers are needed to decorate Simpson Park - contact for the decorating schedule. Businesses are encouraged to send a team of employees after hours to decorate an area prepared for each group.

09/11/18 - Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery in Chillicothe announces exhibit for colored pencil artist Wanda Taylor. The exhibit opened September 4 at Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery, 424 Locust Street, Chillicothe and will be on display through September 27.

09/10/18 - The Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce announces "The Songs of Christmas" as the 2018 Holiday Parade theme. The Holiday Parade this year will be sponsored by Hy-Vee, Hedrick Medical Center and Midwest Gloves & Gear. The parade will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 17, 2018, in downtown Chillicothe and will include floats, bands, vehicles, animals, mascots, and, of course, Santa. All businesses, organizations, churches, youth groups, scout troops and schools are encouraged to have an entry for the parade. The 72nd Annual Holiday Parade is organized by the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce through its Parade Committee. Entry forms are required for parade entry. You may pick up the form at the Chillicothe Commerce Center, 514 Washington Street, during regular business hours Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Entry is free if received by Friday, November 2, 2018. After that date, a $25 fee will be charged for each entry. For more information, contact the Chamber 660646-4050 or

07/03/18 - A group of Livingston County Veterans have been working behind the scenes for about a year to create a new local veterans support organization. The official name is "Livingston County Veterans Association" (LICOVA for short) which has been awarded 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization status by the Internal Revenue Service. Members of American Legion Post 25 and VFW Post 858 are automatic members of LICOVA, and all other local veterans are invited to join. Inquiries can be sent to LICOVA, P.O. Box 1141, Chillicothe, MO 64601; or by sending a message through www.Facebook/LICOVA. The LICOVA Board of Directors has recently been in a quiet fundraising campaign and is excited to announce that gifts and written pledges totaling about $700,000 have been received toward a goal to raise $1.1 million for the project. Plans are now shifting into a more public phase of the campaign in order to broaden requests to local groups, businesses, and individuals who might like to assist; as well as out-of-town organizations who support veterans and their causes.

03/06/18 - FosterAdopt Connect celebrated the grand opening of its new Chillicothe office at 409 Washington St. with a ribbon cutting on Monday, March 19, 2018. FosterAdopt Connect specializes in solving problems for children and families involved in and affected by the child welfare system. Four people work in the Chillicothe office. Garni Churan serves as program director, and she expects FosterAdopt Connect to add other programming that will benefit children and families affected by abuse and neglect in northwest Missouri. FosterAdopt Connect is a comprehensive support and advocacy center for abused and neglected children and the families caring for them.

11/21/17 - The Community Resource Center is a 30-day emergency shelter. It provides emergency overnight shelter to men, women, and families. The essential services include meals, laundry service, hygiene products, hot showers, access to recovery services and case management. All services are provided in a clean, sober environment. Upon intake, clients must take a voucher to the Chillicothe Police Department to be run for extraditable warrants before staying at the CRC. Clients are required to do a Breathalyzer test each night at check-in to ensure sobriety. The Community Resource Center also works to meet the needs of our community members by connecting them to necessary resources as well as by providing assistance in the application process to access these resources. For more information about the Community Resource Center, call the Community Resource Center at 660-646-1667.

C-T 08 24 17 - Pathway of Hope is a program offered through The Salvation Army in Chillicothe, and its goal is to provide individualized services to families with children who want to take action to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. The Salvation Army also provides a food pantry to people in need. The pantry is open every Wednesday and Thursday, from 1 until 4 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 621 Mohawk. Donations are accepted at any time, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with the office closed from noon until 1 p.m. Individuals may seek food pantry assistance once every 30 days; however, they may obtain bread on Wednesdays the Thursdays while supplies last. To qualify for the food pantry, individuals must be from Livingston or Grundy counties. They must provide a photo ID and a Social Security Card. To learn more about the Pathway of Hope program or the food pantry, contact Lynda Snuffer at 660646-3538.

  • Facebook: The Salvation Army keeps an updated post of items needed for the food pantry on its Facebook page.

May 15, 2017 - The Retired Teachers Association recently purchased carbon monoxide detectors. They have teamed with Chillicothe Fire Department to install the detectors. If you are a senior and in need of a CO detector, contact the fire department at 660-646-2139. These will be placed at no charge thanks to the generous donation of local retired educators.

April 27, 2017 - Chillicothe Municipal Utilities is establishing an across-the-board 8 percent PILOT rate fee for residential and small business electric, water, sewer and refuse customers beginning with June billings. This means that the collection of the current 10.41 percent of the electric fee (6.53 percent PILOT fee and 3.88 percent service component fee) will be reduced to 8 percent fees that will be charged on all utility services - electric, water, sewer and refuse instead. The end result should have little impact on CMU customers' bills, according to CMU General Manager Jim Gillilan.

March 29, 2017 - The Grand River Multi-Purpose Center Fund drive pledges are coming in daily and has surpassed the $250,000 mark as of May 17, standing at $250,585.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.

November 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.

June 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.

May 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: to learn more or find a site near you.

March 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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