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The Trenton Fire Department and Grundy County Rural Fire Protection District were among those called to the fire in Gallatin on Wednesday which damaged four downtown businesses.
Fire damaged four business buildings on the east side of the square at Gallatin on Wednesday afternoon.
Investigation is continuing today into the cause of a fire that extensively damaged two downtown Gallatin business structures on the east side of the square on Wednesday afternoon.
The State Fire Marshal’s office is looking into what might have started the fire in which the Shelter Insurance and Farmers Insurance buildings received extensive damage while two other businesses, Flowers Unlimited and Subway, suffered smoke and water damage.
Fire officials said that a call was received around 1 p.m. reporting the fire, which is believed to have started on the bottom floor of the Shelter Insurance Agency office, located at 113 N. Main St. Flames could be seen shooting from the windows of the business as firefighters arrived.
Gallatin Fire Protection District Chief Doug Hamilton said that the fire broke through the ceiling of the Shelter Insurance building and into apartments on the second floor of the structure. While the initial knockdown of the fire on the first floor happened quickly, the lack of a ladder truck on the scene initially kept firefighters from making progress on the second floor.
The Trenton Fire Department, responding through mutual aid, brought its ladder truck and helped extinguish the fire on the upper floors. Trenton was one of 14 agencies working for more than two hours to put out the fire, which officials said was under control about 3 p.m.
The apartments located above the Shelter Insurance office were vacant and all businesses along the east side of the square were evacuated without incident. No injuries were reported, although a member of the Gallatin Fire Department was struck by debris. He was treated at the scene.
Firemen remained on the scene most of the day and into the evening to make sure flames did not reignite. Trenton Fire Chief Rick Morris said Trenton firefighters, along with the Grundy County Rural Fire Protection District, were at the scene for around five hours.
Other buildings on the east side of the square will remain closed until an inspection can be conducted to check structural safety of the buildings.
The Princeton City Council approved rate increases for its water and sewer charges during a meeting on Wednesday night.
City Clerk Keri Stamper said water rates will go up 25 percent to $4.18 for the first 1,000 gallons and $9.39 for each 1,000 gallons after while sewer rates are going up 80 percent to $9.45 for the first 1,000 gallons and $4.73 for each 1,000 gallons afterward. Rates will go into effect in May. The increases are due to upgrades made by the city to meet Department of Natural Resorces regulations.
An ordinance to close an alley between Ada and Prichard streets was approved. This will allow for construction of a new Dollar General Store.
Dee Hobbs will represent Mercer County and Princeton on the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission. Kelly Hagan was hired as the assistant city maintenance worker.
The next council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8.
Heidi Davis and Garet Halbert
Eric and Susan Davis of Trenton announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Heidi, to Garet Halbert of Linn, son of Scott and Rhonda Halbert of Steelville and Brandy Halbert of Linn.
The bride-to-be is a graduate of North Central Missouri College in Trenton with an associate of arts degree. The groom-to-be received an associate of arts degree from NCMC and is the youth pastor at the 10th Street Baptist Church in Trenton. He is also enrolled in college.
The couple will be married at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the 10th Street Baptist Church. A reception will follow. All family and friends are invited to attend.
Mary June (Summers) Foster passed peacefully from this life to her eternal home in heaven March, 4, 2014, at Kansas City Hospice House.
She was born May 28, 1923, to Myrtle Blanche (Linney) and John Jewell Summers at the family farm near Crooked River. She grew up in Hardin and graduated from Hardin High School in 1941.
June joined the World War II effort by moving to Kansas City, where she was employed by North American Aviation’s Kansas City, KS Bomber Plant from 1942-1944. She stripped, cleaned and reassembled .50 caliber machine guns on the “Mitchell” Medium Bomber B25-D, just before the planes were delivered to the front line troops. Against policy, one of the gunners allowed June to test fire a gun…the only woman ever to do so at that plant. It was there she met and, four short months later, married the man she loved the rest of her life – William Joseph, Foster of Trenton. June and Bill were married on June 11, 1944.
After their daughter, Tanna Terle (Terry), was born in July, 1945, June and Bill moved to Trenton. In the coming years, they added to their loving family daughters Tabitha Lee (Tobi) in 1949 and Candice Linney (Candy) in 1951, and finally their son, William Joseph Jr. (Joe) in 1953.
June was happy to be a stay-at-home mom while their children were young. She enjoyed coffee and visiting with neighbors and friends. When their children were older, June worked for Whisler Jewelers, Fair Drug, JCPenney and as a bookkeeper for Bill when they owned the Phillips 66 Station on Ninth Street. Her family remembers fried chicken, chocolate meringue pie with a melt-in-your-mouth crust, pea and cheese salad, homemade noodles and deviled eggs as being some of their favorite things she cooked.
June found a talent and passion for playing bridge that continued well into her late 80′s.She was recognized nationally as a master bridge player. June became an avid golfer in her 30′s. She would play with anyone, anytime, anywhere. She loved the Elks Ladies luncheons and Elks family nights.
June and Bill spent many hours dancing at the Elks Club. They traveled together to Elks Conventions in New York City, San Francisco, New Orleans and Honolulu. They also took cruises to the Caribbean and golfing vacations to Myrtle Beach, SC, Biloxi, MS and Clearwater, FL.
June was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she was a founding member of the Mary Searcy Circle. She was a lifetime member of the Trenton Elks Ladies and a very proud member of the Dorcas Richardson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
June moved to Sunnyview Nursing Home in 2012 where she was loved and treated like family.
June was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bill; her Mom and Daddy, Blanche and John Summers; her brothers, John Morris Summers and his wife, Fern and W.B. Summers and his wife, Chrystine; and her sister, Lois Imogene Frazer and her husband, Junior. She was also preceded by Bill’s parents, Lena Belle (Porterfield) and Robert Earl Foster; his sister, Margaret Louise (Peggy) Foster Sanders; and her son-in-law, Robert Moschgat.
She leaves to celebrate her life and memory her favorite son, Joe, and wife, Lori, of Trenton; her favorite daughter, Candy Tucker of Leavenworth, KS; her favorite daughter, Tobi and husband, Jim Hosty, of Westerville, OH; and her favorite daughter, Terry and husband, Mike Klipp of Burkburnett, TX. She was a proud grandma to Lynda and Dan, David and Debbie, Lee and Cindy, Eric and Kim, Tim and Andrea, Kelly and Kevin, Kevin and Nichole, Erin and Bryan, Emily and Steve, Ryan and Tammy, Colin and Christy, Jason and Misty and Jessica and Brian. She was Grandma June to Terry’s grandchildren, Josh, Drew, Devin, Brendan, Trenton, Sadie and Darin, Sarah and Josh, Bethany, Caroline June, Katie Gail and Hank; Tobi’s grandchildren, Landyn, Cameron, Owen, Paige, Ian, Morgan, Brogan, Dylan and Raegan; Candy’s grandchildren, Keely, Stevie and Kota; and Joe’s grandchildren, Kevin, Dylan, Gwyneth, Kameron, Lexi, Maddy, Livy, Erin and Chelsea.
Her brother-in-law, Peggy’s husband, Bob Sanders; sons-in-law, Babe Wynne and Randy Tucker; daughter-in-law, Vicky Christenson; and many nieces and nephews also survive her.
A private family memorial service was held for June.
For those who would like, donations may be made to Kansas City MO Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City MO 64145, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
The Trenton Park Board gave its approval Wednesday evening to the use of the fairgrounds by the North Central Missouri Fair Board, but added a rental fee this year.
The board approved the use of the fairgrounds from July 20 through Aug. 9,with a newly-implemented $500 rental fee, plus a $500 deposit. Park board member Duane Helmandollar suggested the fee and made the motion, noting that the idea of charging a fee has been “kicked around” for a few years. Helmandollar’s suggestion was that the fees raised through renting the fairgrounds and Rock Barn be used to help make repairs such as are needed in the restrooms at the Rock Barn. He noted that the fair board would not be the only entity to be charged a rental fee. Fair Board President Rick Hull, who was present along with Les and Betty Spickard, Jim Shaw and Andy Burress, said he understands the need for the repairs, but will take the agreement to the fair board at its meeting set for tonight. Burress said he didn’t feel like the fair board being charged rent could be considered the two entities “working together.” He pointed out that when the livestock barns, which are owned by the fair board, are damaged, the fair board has to pay to fix them, citing an example of gutters being damaged during last October’s Missouri Day Festival. Helmandollar responded that the fair board has the right to block off the pavilions at any time.
Park Board President Don Altes clarified for all present that the park board was approving the use of the fairgrounds, subject to the city’s ordinance that prohibits the sale of alcohol on city property. He emphasized that only the city council has the power to suspend that ordinance and allow alcohol sales at any event, including the fair. Last year was the first year that alcohol sales were allowed at the fair.
Trenton Community Developer Ralph Boots discussed with the board ways to increase revenues, noting that in working on the city budget it has become clear that one can only cut so deep when going through the budget process. He presented information showing the gap between what consumers want to purchase in Trenton and what they are able to purchase here, indicating that if that gap were closed, it would mean about $160,000 in tax revenue for the park department. He listed four items he believes will help bridge that gap: working with existing business owners to help them get more of the market share; attracting new businesses; holding events such as the Missouri Day Festival and the fair; and providing recreational opportunities in the park system, which would include hiring a recreation director. The majority of the conversation focused on the need for a recreation director. The board had included funds for a recreation director in the 2012-2013 budget, but one was never hired. Also discussed was the need for a venue, such as a gym, to be able to offer various programs. Board member Gary Berry said he feels that won’t happen unless the community has a YMCA. Helmandollar said he believed the Ketcham Community Center, located on the campus of North Central Missouri College, was supposed to be more available for community type programs and recalled that years ago, the Trenton Kiwanis Club sponsored a youth basketball league at the KCC.
“We didn’t bring people into town,” he said. “But we kept them in town.”
Helmandollar said he feels like a recreation program or a recreation director does not have to be a park board-driven issue, but could be city-driven. Boots agreed, saying it is something that should involve other organizations, including North Central Missouri College and the Grundy County Health Department, to name two. He noted that when families or businesses are looking at the possibility of locating in Trenton there are many factors they look at when making a decision.
“I can offer incentives, but it’s the community that offers the quality of life,” he said.
More discussion centered on the need for events that draw people in for more than one day and why some programs, such as baseball, do not seem to be attracting young people. The idea of moving the fairgrounds was briefly discussed, with Hull saying that not only would it be very expensive, but as a business owner, he sees a difference in revenues during fair week and believes that putting the fair away from its current central location would be bad.
“Out of sight, out of mind,” he said.
In other business, the board:
•authorized Park Superin-tendent Jason Shuler to seek bids and purchase dugout benches for Johnson and Griffin fields, as well as for two scorekeeper tables, not to exceed $5,000.
• held a discussion about the flag pole at the World War I memorial, which was recently damaged in a wind storm. The board tabled action on purchasing a new one at this time, but will repair the old one and get the flag flying. A new pole is estimated to cost approximately $3,000 and any organization wishing to donate toward the pole may contact the park department.
• heard a report from board member Robert Shields on efforts to raise funds for the Moberly Park tennis court project. He said an anonymous donor has paid for postage for 500 fund-raising letters to be sent as well as for a post office box to receive donations. He will be working to get the promotional material completed for approval by the board before it is sent.
•approved the use of Moberly Park for an Easter Egg hunt on April 12, with a rain date of April 19. Kara Helmandollar, president of the Trenton Kiwanis Club, made the request, indicating that the club had been asked by the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce to put on the annual event. The club felt that Moberly Park was a better location than the Sesquicen-tennial Park, where it has been held in recent years, and asked that the road from the bottom parking lot to the top parking lot be closed the morning of the hunt. Board members agreed to close the road during that time.
• heard a report from Shuler, who said he and Assistant Superintendent Don Kennedy have passed the test for their certified pool operator’s license and that he is working on the 2014-2015 budget. He noted that the NCMC softball and baseball seasons are under way and said the Johnson Ballfield renovation is suspended until warmer weather arrives. He said the final picture of the sign at the Ebbe Sports Complex is being produced by Roderick Sign Co. Once the board has confirmed that the lettering and coloring are acceptable, the company will proceed with completing the order.
The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2
Judge Steven D. Hudson
Jeffrey W. Graves, 45, Trenton, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of having no valid license and was fined $250 and $37.50 costs. He also pleaded guilty to having an expired registration and was fined $50.50 and $37.50 costs.
Jennifer N. Callahan, 20, Trenton, pleaded guilty to being a minor in possession of alcohol and was fined $300 and $37.50 costs.
Pete Gonzalez, 19, Trenton, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and was fined $300 and $37.50 costs.
Daniel R. Weaver, 37, Kirksville, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of driving without a valid license and was fined $250 and $32.50 costs.
Clinton W. Frazier, 43, Trenton, pleaded guilty to two nuisance violations, one for grass and weeds and one for trash and debris. He was fined $100 and $37.50 on each charge.
Ryan Dean Howerty and Bailey Diana McGill, both of Trenton.
Archie S. Byers to Robert Triska and wife.
Trenton Fire Department
March 5: firefighters provided mutual aid to the Gallatin Fire Department at a fire on the town square.
Trenton Police Department
Feb. 24: officers conducted a well-being check at a south residence.
Feb. 25: a report of harassment was taken at a north residence and officers made an arrest on a warrant at an east residence.
Feb. 26: two arrests were made for possession of stolen property in the east part of town. Two arrests were made for possession of a controlled substance at a south residence and a subject possessed marijuana in the east part of town.
Feb. 27: a report of property damage was investigated at a north residence.
Feb. 28: officers responded to a domestic dispute at a north residence and a nuisance violation was investigated at a north residence.
March 1: an arrest was made on a warrant at an east residence and officers went to the downtown area, where a minor was found to be in possession of alcohol and a subject was brought in for civil detoxification.
March 2: a subject possessed drug paraphernalia in the downtown area and officers investigated a report of trespassing at a north residence.
March 3: officers investigated a report of property damage in the north part of town and two persons were brought in for civil detoxification from a north residence.
March 4: officers investigated an abandoned vehicle at an east business and made arrests on warrants in the downtown area.
March 5: an arrest was made on a warrant in the downtown area.
Trenton Kids Wrestling Club
The Trenton Kids Wrestling program will host the District Kids Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at the Trenton High School gym. The event begins at 9 a.m. A concession stand will be available and admission will be charged for the event. The Trenton Kids Wrestling Club is sponsoring the tournament.