STATE FAIR WOMAN IN AG WINNERS
Once again this year, the Missouri State Fair is honoring the role of Women in Agriculture, and today officials announced this year's winners. State Fair Director Mark Wolfe says Dr. Linda Hickam of Thomspon, Missouri is this year's Missouri Woman in Agriculture. Ashley Bauer of Warrenston received the title of Missouri Woman in Agriculture Rising Star.
Both will be honored at the State Fair Thursday, August 20th.
Both women will direct a one thousand dollar cash donation from Monsanto to a nonprofit agriculture-related organization of her choice.
Dr. Hickam, the winner of the thirty one year old and over age division currently serves as State Veterinarian and Animal Health Division Director. She runs a Charolais Farm with her family.
Miss Bauer, winner of the eighteen to thirty year old age division, is a senior at William Woods University in Fulton. She was the Missouri State Fair Queen in 2013.
An area woman finished as the runner-up in the Rising Star competition. Taylor Loges of Sweet Springs receives a plaque and will also be recognized at the Fair.
August 20th is Women in Agriculture Day at the Fair, and all ladies receive free gate admission. Specials will be offered at select concessions and vendors, and the free Missouri Travel Council Celebrating Women showcase will be held in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall.
MAN CHARGED WITH STABBING
A La Monte man faces a pair of felony charges, accused of stabbing another man. Pettis County Prosecutors charged forty eight year old Eric Donald Detoy with Assault in the First Degree and Armed Criminal Action.
La Monte police arrested Detoy on the charges Wednesday evening. An altercation between two men at a La Monte home ended with one of the men stabbed in the back. The victim was taken by private vehicle to the emergency room at Bothwell Regional Health Center with what were described as non life-threatening injuries.
The court set bond for Detoy on the two felonies at fifty thousand dollars.
JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH INJURES ONE
One person was hurt in a rollover crash in Johnson County yesterday. The accident occurred over the noon hour at the intersection of Johnson County roads northwest 131 and 700.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says forty eight year old Melanie Haile of Odessa was southbound when she lost control of her Jeep when it hit a curb. The vehicle went off the road and rolled over, coming to rest upright.
Troopers say Haile was wearing a seatbelt at the time and escaped the crash with just minor injuries. She was transported to Western Missouri Medical Center for care.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS NIGHT OUT
The Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri will host a special National Night Out event next week at its downtown Sedalia location. National Night Out is an event to bring communities and local law enforcement together across the country to make neighborhoods safer and better places to live.
The Club's Night Out event will include carnival games for the kids, a taco bar provided by El Tapatio, ice cream, a dunk tank and special performances by Club members. Officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Pettis County Sheriff's Office will also be on hand to answer questions and speak to community members.
The National Night Out is scheduled for next Tuesday, from five thirty to seven thirty at the Club at 314 South Washington. It is free and open to the public.
BOTHWELL NAMED MOST WIRED
Bothwell Regional Health Center is once again being recognized for its electronic medical records systems. The Sedalia hospital is again named one of America's Top One Hundred Most Wired Hospitals. It is the fifth time Bothwell has been recognized, and the fourth time its been named to the Top 100.
The rankings are the results of a survey and benchmarking study that measures information technology use among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than seven hundred participants, representing more than two thousand hospitals, examined how they are using I-T to improve performance for value-based health care.
Bothwell I-T Director Tom Fairfax says his team is dedicated to maintaining systems that make patients' lives easier by using technology to protect their identity and safety. That's what being "wired" is all about. And, the award is for them and their hard work.
4H-FFA HORSE SHOW
The 2015 Missouri State Fair does not officially begin for another two weeks, but competition actually is already underway. The State Fair 4-H and F-F-A Horse Show began Thursday on the fairgrounds.
Something new this year, for the first time, mules are allowed to show. Mules will compete with horses and ponies in their appropriate classes.
Competitions are being held through Sunday at the Mathewson Exhibition Center and in the State Fair Coliseum. Admission is free of charge, and their is no gate admission to the fairgrounds.
Everyone is invited to come out and support the young members of F-F-A and 4-H.