Around Town Chillicothe

Mooresville First Christian Church to host “Fun Days” this weekend

Mooresville First Christian Church will have a weekend of “Fun Days”. Starting with a hot dog roast followed by a hay ride and fireworks show on September 8 starting at 6 p.m. On September 9 there will be a fish fry with a camp fire and games starting at 6 p.m. On Sunday, they will have the annual Cowboy Church with breakfast at 8 a.m., and worship staring at 9 a.m. This is happening on Main Street Mooresville. Any questions , contact Seth Roberts. Hope to see everyone there.

Fish fry fundraiser tonight

A Fish Fry Fundraiser will be held at the Grand River Multipurpose Center with a drive-thru from 5-7 p.m., on Sept. 8, at the center. The meal will be cooked by Mark Sykes and friends. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Kids Day Parade Sept. 16

The Kiwanis annual Kids Day Parade will be held Saturday, September 16 with line-up starting at 9 a.m., on the north side of the Livingston County Courthouse; the parade starts at 10 .m. No motorized vehicles. Ice cream for everyone; prizes for entries. For more information contact Alice Swartz at 247-0848.

On this day in September

The Livingston County Library is starting a different kind of Beanstack reading program this month. Sign up through their app at to learn about the first computer “bug,” uncover the story behind ancient cave paintings in France, read about the Plague of London, and more! Dive into 13 short articles about fascinating historical events on each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of September. Log your reading (of these articles) to earn virtual badges throughout the month. We encourage you to read books too, but we thought this might be something different and interesting to add to your regular reading regimen.

For more information on the library’s adult programs, please contact the Main Library at 660-646-0547, visit the library’s website or check out our Facebook page, LCLReads.

DAR to meet Sept. 11

The regular monthly meeting of the Olive Prindle Chapter of DAR will be September 11, 1 p.m., at the Methodist Church. Larry Vance,a retired history teacher, will present our program in honor of U.S. Constitution Week. Hope to see you there.

Diet Coke and Mentos @ Lillian DesMarias Library

The Lillian DesMarias Youth Library is holding a Diet Coke and Mentos program for those children age 5-11. You know you’ve always wanted to try it, now’s your chance. Join us for this explosively sweet program at 5:30 p.m., on Sept. 12.

For more information about this program contact Jodi Moore at the Lillian DesMarias Youth Library at 660-646-0563.

Snack Attack Storytime @ Lillian DesMarias Library

The Lillian DesMarias Youth Library is hosting a special storytime session. Join Miss Jenny for stories and a creative snack! After listening to stories and singing songs, children will create a different snack each week! Snack Attack will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 15 and 29, Oct. 13 and 27.

For more information about this program contact Jodi Moore at the Lillian DesMarias Youth Library at 660-646-0563.

Upcoming Hunter Education Classes

HED class at Carrollton – Agent Bagley September 25 at the Carrollton Fire Dept., 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.;

HED class at Bethany – Adam, Agent Roller October 3 at the North Central Career Center, Bethany, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.,;

HED class at Hartell Lakes CA – Adam, Braunecker, & Foran on October 10 in the Education Classroom, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.;

HED class at NCMC Barton Campus – Scott Roy & Katie Harvey on October 19 in the Lager Building, NCMC Barton Campus, 5 – 9 p.m.,;

HED class at Chillicothe – Adam, David Link, & Agent Pryor on October 19 at Cornerstone Church Event Center, Chillicothe, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Public meetings being held to discuss Regional Public Transportation

The Green Hills Regional Planning Commission is currently writing the Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan. The purpose of this plan is to determine the public transportation needs in our 11-county region. The area included in this study encompasses: Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Daviess, Grundy, Hamilton, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Putnam and Sullivan counties.

This plan is specifically designed to address the public transportation needs currently available in our region and set priorities regarding future planning. The plan requires the specific input of individuals that are most likely to need public transportation: the elderly, disabled persons, and low-income individuals. It should be emphasized that the goal of this plan is to identify needs in public transportation, and to prioritize where the region would benefit from changes.

There will be public meetings held to give all interested parties the opportunity to participate in the planning process. Input from the public is welcome. If an interested party is unable to attend the public meetings, they may contact the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission directly. All reasonable comments will be incorporated into the plan.

Public Meetings:

Trenton City Hall

1100 Main St.

Trenton, MO

September 19 1-2 p.m.

Chillicothe City Hall

715 Washington St.

Chillicothe, MO

September 20 1-2 p.m.

Carrollton Public Library


1 N Folger St.

Carrollton, MO

September 22 1-2 p.m.

For more information or to make a comment about public transportation in the region, please contact Amanda at the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission at (660) 359-5636 ext. 25 or

Chillicothe Theatre Co. presents Steel Magnolias

Chillicothe Theatre Co., the newly reorganized local community theatre troupe is presenting Steel Magnolias September 15-17. This play, which tells the story of the familiar movie starring Sally Field, Julia Roberts, and Dolly Parton is presented Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Parlor Bakery while supplies last. The show will be performed in the Black Box Theatre adjacent to the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center in Chillicothe. Tickets are $15 and if they are still available, will be available at the door on the evenings of the show. Chillicothe area business owners, and other familiar faces will bring this sentimental story to life September 15 through 17.

MU Extension to offer free monthly webinar series for sheep and goat producers

University of Missouri Extension will hold a free monthly webinar series for sheep and goat producers starting Sept. 26, 2023.

The series will be hosted by David Brown, MU Extension small ruminant specialist, alongside other experts in small ruminant production.

The webinar is designed to provide research-based educational programs to small ruminant producers across the state. Topics are carefully selected to address the immediate needs of the producers with the aim of optimizing production and profit as the end goal.

Webinar topics include sheep and goats for beginners; feeding and nutrition; disease control; biosecurity; marketing and sales; veterinary tips; predator and parasite control, including FAMACHA system, fecal egg count and BioWorma; economics; pasture management; multi-species grazing; accelerated lambing and basic lambing and kidding skills.

Sheep and goat producers, youths, stakeholders, entrepreneurs, and those interested in ag diversification and profit are invited to attend. There will be an opportunity in each webinar session for questions and answers. In addition, producers may request topics of interest to their operation.

This is a free webinar series, but registration is required to receive a Zoom link for sessions. Register for the Sept. 26 webinar at htp://

For more information on the registration, contact the MU Extension Center in St. Clair County at 417-646-2419 or David Brown at

Youth Outdoor Days

Date: Saturday, September 30 10 a.m.- 2 pm. Fountain Grove Conservation Area.

At the Youth Outdoor Day kids will be able to shoot shotguns, archery, and pellet guns depending on ability. There will be waterfowl hunting scenario demos, retriever hunting dog demos, and trapping demos. A local fire department will have a truck there as well as a Highway Patrol display. Bring your own chairs and drinks for during the event but lunch and a drink during lunch will be provided. There will also be a duck calling contest, with prizes, so bring your lanyard full of calls.

Autism Resource Fair to be held October 5

The Livingston County Health Center and the Chillicothe R-II School District announce they will be hosting an Autism Resource Fair onThursday, October 5 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Family Life Center, located at 206 Locust Street in Chillicothe.

The free event be filled with booths by organizations that can help answer questions aboutt heir resources and how they can benefit and support a child before, during, and after an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis.

Families will also be treated to give aways and a light meal of hot dogs, chips and drinks.

Both entities wanted to get the word out about the event as soon as possible so families can save the date to take advantage of this special offering.

For more information, or to have a booth at the event, contact Lori Murray at 660-646-5506.

VFW & Auxiliary announce kick-off of annual scholarships & contests

VFW Post & Auxiliary Roy L. Burkett Post #858

are excited to announce the kick-off of the VFW Auxiliary’s annual scholarships & contests for kindergarten through high school students who may compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prize earnings.

High School:

Voice of Democracy – This audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in a patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 25,000 9-12 grade students enter to win their share of more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. The national first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to their American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000 and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000. Applications must be turned in to Post #858 via by midnight, Oct. 31, 2023. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements on

Young American Patriotic Art Contest – Students submit an original two-dimensional piece of artwork. Entry must have been completed during the current school year. Student entries must be submitted to VFW Auxiliary #858 via by March 31, 2023.. Students begin by competing at the local VFW Auxiliary level. The first-place winner from each Auxiliary advances to the Department (state) competition. Department first-place winners compete for their share of $34,000 in national awards, and the national first-place winner is awarded a $15,000 scholarship. To download an entry form, visit

3-Dimensional Dimensional Patriotic Art Contest – Students submit an original three-dimensional piece of artwork. Entry must have been completed during the current school year. Students begin by competing at the local VFW Auxiliary level. Student entries must be submitted to VFW Auxiliary #858 via by March 31, 2023. The first-place winner from each Auxiliary advances to the Department (state) competition. Department first-place winners compete for their share of $4,000 in national awards, and the national first-place winner is awarded a $2,500 scholarship. To download an entry form, visit

Grade School:

Patriot’s Pen – Students in grades 6-8 may enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. Each first-place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level and the national first place winner wins $5,000. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay based on a patriotic theme.

Entrants are due to #858 via by midnight, Oct. 31, 2023.. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements on

Illustrating America – Students in grades K-8 can participate in this patriotic art contest that encourages students’ artistic abilities as they express how they see America through drawings and paintings. The contest consists of three grade divisions: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Winners in each division receive VISA gift cards ranging in value from $25-$100. Entrants are due to Post #858 via by March 31, 2023. Find more information at

About the VFW: About the VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.5 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in nearly 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. Learn more at

About the VFW Auxiliary: The VFW Auxiliary is one of the nation’s oldest veterans’ service organizations. Our members are the relatives of those who served in a location of foreign conflict. We have nearly 470,000 members representing all 50 states, Panama, Guam and the Philippines who volunteer millions of hours and give millions of dollars to support veterans, military service personnel, their families and communities. Learn more at

Help for homeless veterans

VA Homeless Veteran Hotline, 877-424-3838; American Red Cross Homeless Veteran Hotline, 877-272-7337; Catholic Charities Homeless Veteran Program, 816-259-5418; DAV, 877-426- 2838; MO Governor’s Committee on Homeless Veterans ,

Threads is accepting donations, seeking volunteers

Threads is currently accepting donations of clothing, household items, small furniture and bedding. Donations are being accepted from 10 a.m., – 2 p.m., daily on the east side of the building located at 304 Clay St., Chillicothe.

The non-profit also seeking volunteers to help process donations and shoppers find items. Stop by during regular hours to speak with a representative.

Community news

Are you interested in spreading the word about what is going on in your small community? The Constitution-Tribune would love to help. Simply send an email to, let us know what community you would be willing to give weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly reports on. Information included can be about community gatherings, school events, notes about residents activities, and achievements, family gatherings, upcoming events, photos and more.

OATS Transit

OATS Transit offers regular transportation services for the rural general public of any age, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. Please call the local OATS Transit office at 816-279-3131 or 800-831-9219 to schedule a ride or find out about services in your area. You can also visit their website at and view the local schedule under “Bus Schedules”.

Help Us, Help Chillicothe

In recognition of the many groups and organizations in our area that are working to meet ever-growing needs of all types the Constitution-Tribune is compiling a list of local non-profits and any possible needs the group may have along with any need for volunteers to be published weekly, encouraging area residents to give back.

Non-profit groups and organizations that would like to be included on the listing should send a list of the needs, where donations can be mailed or dropped off, office hours and who to contact if volunteers are needed. If volunteers are needed, please include specifics about what volunteers may be asked to do, any age requirement, hours needed, etc.

Information about fundraisers whether they be ongoing or for specific events can be included as well.

The Constitution-Tribune and Cherry Road Media are committed to giving back to our community, it is our hope that this listing will help our vital community resources during trying times. Help us help you by submitting the above information to

AgriStress Helpline offers mental health assistance

Call or text 833-897-2474 for the AgriStress Helpline if you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health.

This resource is free, confidential and agriculture-focused.

The AgriSafe Network is a non-profit organization comprised of health professionals and educators who strive to reduce health disparities found among the agricultural community. The AgriSafe mission is to support a growing network of trained agricultural health and safety professionals who ensure access to preventative services for farm families and the agricultural community.