ONE CALL VIOLATIONS
Missouri businesses which violated the state's One Call law last year were fined more than fifty thousand dollars. Attorney General Chris Koster says his office obtained the money in penalties from violators of Missouri's Underground Facility Safety and Damage Prevention Act.
Under the law, any person beginning an excavation must notify the Missouri One Call system prior to digging, to allow utility companies to check for underground lines in the area. The law applies to professional excavators and homeowners.
Digging without knowing the location of underground lines can result in dangerous situations, such as gas explosions. Because of the serious possible consequences, Koster said his office makes pursuing violations of the One Call law a priority.
During 2014, the office received and investigated 130 complaints, entered 89 settlement agreements and filed five court cases.
Before you dig, call 1-800-DIG-RITE.
ORGANIC CERTIFICATION REFUND
The state of Missouri is once again helping farmers and food processors obtain organic certification for their businesses. The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that farmers may be reimbursed up to 750 dollars for their certification expenses.
Missouri received more than 127-thousand dollars for the program, through the USDA Organic Certification Cost Share Program. These funds will be used to reimburse producers and handlers for seventy five percent of their certification costs, up to 750 dollars.
Through its Ag Business Development Division, the Department has participated in the Cost Share Program since the USDA launched it five years ago.
To participate, farmers and producers must obtain or renew organic certification, complete an application and document their certification costs from October last year through September this year. Applications for cost share funds will be reimbursed in the order applications are received until funds are exhausted or the eligibility period ends.
SEDALIA MOTORCYCLE THEFT
Sedalia police are investigating the theft of a motorcycle in the city early yesterday morning. The owner contacted police when he discovered his Harley Davidson missing, about seven o'clock Wednesday morning.
The victim told police the blue Sportster was parked alongside his home in the fifteen hundred block of South Washington. Police reports say the theft is believed to have occurred sometime between midnight and six forty-five Wednesday morning.
Police are also looking into the reported theft of a customized bicycle. The owner described the bike as a Roadmaster 21 speed, with an electric motor making it a front wheel drive. It was stolen from the front porch of the man's home, after the thief cut the bicycle lock.
OLD DRUM DAY IN WARRENSBURG
Plans are being finalized for the upcoming Old Drum Day Festival in Warrensburg, in honor of that city's most famous four legged former resident. The Fourth Annual Old Drum Day Festival will be held on the grounds and streets around the Johnson County Historical Society on April 11th.
The Old Drum Day Five-K Run/Walk begins at nine. Vendor booths will be open, and musical entertainment is planned.
An open entry dog show will begin in the morning. In the afternoon, there will be a new addition of agility competitions, and a Dog versus Owner hot dog eating contest.
Make plans now to enjoy the fun. All proceeds go to the Johnson County Historical Society.