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By Echo Menges
Newly Appointed Knox County Sheriff Allen Gudehus was sworn-in to the office by Knox County Associate Circuit Judge Tom Redington on Monday, December 31, 2018, ahead of being officially appointed to the position by the Knox County Commission. Gudehus was appointed until a special election could be held in February.
A story highlighting an increase in teen vaping was featured on the front page of the newspaper.
New Knox County Prosecutor Corey Moon took office on January 2.
It was announced that Dr. Lisa Bosch DMD, MPH, 37, of St. Louis would be moving to Edina to take over the Knox County dental office later in the year.
Brenda Gooch was the January birthday winner at the Knox County Nutrition Site in Edina. The birthday meal was held on Wednesday, January 2.
It was announced that the Department of Health and Senior Services Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (DHSS/CLPPP) and the Knox County Health Department were participating in a communitywide door-to-door campaign to raise awareness of blood lead
testing children less than 72 months of age.
It was announced that Knox County Sheriff Allen Gudehus would be the only name on the ballot for the Special Election in February.
Several elected and re-elected Knox County officials were sworn-in to office on Wednesday, January 2, by Knox County Associate Circuit Judge Tom Redington in the courtroom at the Knox County Courthouse in Edina. Those sworn in were: They are: new Prosecutor Corey Moon, returning Treasurer Donnie Davis, returning Collector Brent Karhoff, returning Presiding Commissioner Evan Glasgow, returning County Clerk Marlene Spory, previously appointed and newly elected Eastern District Commissioner Ronnie Leckbee, returning Circuit Clerk Roma March and new Recorder Audrey Hamlin. These officials were elected or re-elected in the November Midterm Election.
New part-time reserve deputies for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office have been sworn in since the beginning of the year. Those deputies are Ryan Bishop, Carl Knoche, Jeremy Head, Mike Kite, David Fagin, Brandon Preston and Mike Miller. These deputies stepped forward to lend a hand in covering the county after the deputies serving under the former Sheriff resigned.
On January 16, John Tarpein, 66, of Baring was seriously injured in a rollover crash on Highway 15 between Memphis and Greensburg.
Drivers were asked to avoid travel during a series of snowstorms in January. Much of Knox County was plagued by ice accumulation following snow, sleet and rain throughout the month.
The Knox County R-1 School District released information about their consideration of moving to a four-day school week to battle a high turnover rate where the teaching staff is concerned. As part of their consideration, an informational database was established on their website
Two more petitions for a judicial review was filed by the families of middle school students suspended from the Knox County R-1 School District. The students pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment charges in December 2018, which stemmed from previously reported incidents in the football field locker room at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.
Robert Ward, 39, of Edina was arrested on Friday, January 25, 2019, by the Edina Police Department for allegedly being in possession of marijuana and methamphetamine.
A round of brutal cold hit the region with a vengeance at the end of the month, which impacted a number of public entities. Subzero temperatures kept mail carriers from delivering on Wednesday and Thursday, January 30 and 31, due to the dangerous cold with low-temperature readings at -16 degrees and -9 degrees respectively.
Justin Parrish saved Anna Harris from becoming a popsicle after the 89-year-old fell on the ice behind her home and could not get up. Parrish saw Harris from the roadway and rescued her from being caught in the dangerous cold.
Knox County Farm Bureau celebrated “Thank a Farmer Week” February 3-9.
Local Drug Court clients inspired hope for the future by visiting and giving presentations to the Knox County Rotary Club.
Robin Worthington graduated with her Masters Degree in Human and Social Services from Walden University. She was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success honor society.
Sarah Dooley and Bailey Hunziker attended the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks on February 8-10.
Valentine’s Sweethearts for 2019 were John and Shirley Henderson and Jerry and Pat Shultz. Their love stories were featured in the newspaper.
After a long wait, cancellations and rescheduling, the Knox County High School Courtwarming Game was finally able to be held on Thursday evening, February 15. Courtwarming Candidates and Royalty were presented between the girls and boys varsity basketball games. They are: Matthew Carlson, Braydon Miller, Robert Mauck, Logan Miller, Isaac Williams, Dillan Strong, Connor Hayes (standing in for the 2018 Courtwarming King), Courtwarming King Nash Miller, Lexi Watts (2018 Courtwarming Queen), Courtwarming Queen Sidney Miller, Alyssa Murr, Savannah Mauck, Tadym Mason, Laura Gallego Marcos, Daryna Lyzenko and Alyssa Miller.
Kindergarten students were honored for being Elvis Eagle Readers during half-time of the Girls Varsity Basketball Game on Thursday, February 15.
Knox County High School Senior Night was held on February 15.
KCR-1 School Board members met with just enough for a quorum, which is four board members, during their regular monthly meetings on Tuesday, February 19. During the meeting, Board President Matt Reel read a resignation letter submitted by Justin Parrish on January 17.
Knox County Elementary School students were treated to a Tractor Parade on Thursday afternoon, February 21, in the school parking lot during National FFA Week.
A twelve-year-old from Lewistown was moderately injured when the 1999 Honda Recon ATV he was operating overturned and came to rest on top of him.
The Knox County Special Election to elect a Sheriff was held on February 26. Allen Gudehus was the county’s only candidate on the ballot. Only 176 voters turned out for the special election making voter turnout 6.83 percent.
The Knox County R-1 School District Four-Day School Week Open Forum and Discussion hosted a large crowd at the Knox County High School cafeteria on Thursday evening, February 28. Over 100 people packed the school cafeteria to listen, learn and ask questions. Additionally, over 80 people watched the live stream video of the meeting, which was provided by The Edina Sentinel via the nemonews.net Facebook page.
Former Knox County Sheriff Robert Becker faced misdemeanor charges for allegedly pursuing wildlife illegally and unlawful use of a firearm. A special prosecutor filed to have Becker’s probation revoked.
The Knox County ACS Relay for Life Soup Supper was held on March 2 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Edina.
Father and son Aaron Sturgeon and Ameal Sturgeon were arrested in Edina for felony warrants on March 2.
It was announced that Knox County High School Principal Brian Brown will be moving on from the Knox County R-1 School District. Brown will be the new Troy Buchanan High School Principal starting July 1, 2019.
Law enforcement officials from the Edina Police Department, the North Missouri Drug Task Force, and the Knox County Sheriff ’s Office served a search warrant at an Edina home on Wednesday night, March 6, which yielded over three grams of methamphetamine. Cheyanne Goodwin was arrested and placed on a 24-hour hold.
New Edina Sentinel employee Shania Ewalt was featured in the newspaper on March 6. Shania began her employment on December 30, 2018.
United Methodist Parish Pastor Graig Connell blessed people on Ash Wednesday morning, March 6, and 4-H/FFA Pavillion in Edina.
The Northeast Missouri Cooperative Services hosted its Annual Meeting at the Knox County Community Center on March 7.
On Friday, March 8, the Knox County R-1 School District announced the four-day school week will not be recommended to the School Board for the coming 2019-20 school year.
Joan Hamlin, Frances Jones and Haley Glasgow were featured for winning $50 Chamber Bucks Certificates after the Christmas promotion.
The Knox County Community Center hosted a Barn Bash on Saturday, March 9, featuring the band Keota.
The Knights of Columbus hosted a round of fish fries at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Edina.
Alex Reel was Edina’s newest Alderwoman representing Ward Two. Reel was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Ryan Mason earlier in the year. She was appointed by Mayor Steve Peters and approved by the Edina Council during the February City Council meeting. Reel joined the council and was officially sworn-in to the office by Edina City Clerk Margaret Gibson on Monday, March 11.
The Knox County R-1 School Board met in regular session on Tuesday evening, March 19. During the meeting, the board interviewed three candidates interested in filling an open board seat vacated by Justin Parrish earlier this year. Those interviewed were Martha Gudehus, Kim Jansen and Sheree Prebe. Prebe was appointed to fill the vacant seat.
The Knox County Library hosted well-known author Roland Smith. Smith gave presentations to KCR-1 students on March 20.
It was announced the The Genesis House of Northeast Missouri, a ministry home for mothers in crisis, is closing its doors. The surrogate family who lives there scrambled to find other living arrangements. The ministry was set to close on April 30 and the house would be put on the market as early as April 1.
The Knox County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Closet Genius Trivia Tournament on Saturday, March 16, at the Knox County Community Center. Returning champions Team NEMO won the traveling trophy for another year.
The Dutch Garden Nursery, formerly known as Burkholder’s Greenhouse,
Larry and Doris Goodson of Knox City celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on March 28.
Central Stone Company safety directors, Jim Papenhausen and Mike Mudd received Rock Solid Safety Awards for the Knox County Stone Mine of Edina.
Richard Mauck of Knox County was honored with a 2019 Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award by the 4-H Center for Youth Development.
The Knox County Health Department hosted a series of Town Hall Meetings to inform the public about seeking an increase in the tax levy.
Terry Hunolt was honored during a retirement party at the Knox County Community Center on March 20 after 42 years of service to the Santa Fe BNSF Railroad Company.
The 2019 Knox County Future Agriculture Partnership Annual Meeting, including the Boards and members of the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Knox County Farm Bureau and University of Missouri Extension Council, was held at the Knox County Community Center on Thursday, March 21.
Curtis Cousins left the Knox County Courthouse after being acquitted of Class A felony assault in the first degree and armed criminal action by a Knox County Jury on Friday afternoon, March 22. The case was moved to Knox County on a change of venue from Scotland County.
The Knox County Cancer Fund hosted a “Roaring 20’s” evening of food and entertainment at the Knox County Community Center on March 23.
Joe Holman was featured for scoring 100 percent in the annual school bus inspection.
Knox County 4-H Members Lane James and Natalie Howerton attended the Missouri 4-H Teen Conference in Columbia.
Knox County Elementary School fifth-graders were featured in the newspaper for promoting the importance of giving blood.
Shannon Downing, the owner of IDK Cafe in Baring, MO, was featured in the newspaper after she received an A+ score during a surprise inspection by the Knox County Health Department Health Inspector in February.
Heavy rainfall led to flooding, which made several roads in Knox County impassable near the end of the month.
On March 27, at the spring conference of the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE), Kellen Gillaspy, a former Knox County High School Graduate, was recognized as one of Missouri’s Outstanding Beginning Teachers.
The Missouri State Auditor’s Office has officially begun an audit of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at the request of the Knox County Commission. A representative of the Auditor’s office began the audit on Monday, April 1.
The Knox County Municipal Election was held on April 2. A total of 782 ballots were cast countywide out of 2,550 registered voters, which is a turnout of 30.71 percent.
The top law enforcement official for the Eastern District of Missouri Department of Justice was in Edina on Wednesday, April 3, to meet with officials from area law enforcement agencies and prosecutors at Lucky’s Cafe in Edina. U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen was accompanied by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Judge and Law Enforcement Coordinator Mike Bradley.
The Knox County High School Varsity Scholar Bowl team was featured in the newspaper for winning the district championship.
It was announced that Knox County R-1 Coach, Band Director and High School Teacher Matt Rayl has accepted an administrative position at South Shelby High School. Rayl would join the Cardinals as the new High School Principal over the summer ahead of the 2019-20 school year.
Vada Grainger celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday, April 6, with her children.
Delmar Strange was featured in the newspaper after taking a Great River Honor Flight.
Edina City Council First Ward Alderman Mark Parrish, Second Ward Alderwoman Dot Kriegshauser and Third Ward Alderman Dalmar Strange were sworn-in to the office by City Clerk Margaret Gibson at the Edina City Council meeting on Monday, April 8.
Hailey Luthenauer was honored with a special invitation to share her love of rabbits at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion for the Governor’s Mansion Annual Easter Egg Hunt event on Saturday, April 13.
Michael D. Anthony and Dustin J. Shelton were arrested for drug possession after a round of warrantless searches were conducted by KCSO and MSHP.
The Edina Ball Field was vandalized on April 13 or 14.
John England, Jared Peavler, Emily Schrage and Chaperone Bailey Hunziker attended the MOFB Youth Leadership Day at the Missouri Capitol on April 18.
Over 70 children and their families participated in the Annual Hurdland Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, at the Hurdland Town Square. Over 900 treat-filled Easter eggs were distributed during the event sponsored by the Hurdland Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
The Lucky’s Cafe Annual Easter Egg Hunt was held on Saturday, April 20, in the Knox County Courthouse Courtyard. Seventy-nine children participated in finding 1,000 eggs.
The Edina Citywide Cleanup was held on April 24 and 25.
Knox County was recognized by MoDOT for having zero highway fatalities during 2018.
A Cooper County jury found Glenn Head liable for the wrongful death of Bill Bacon and awarded Bacon’s family $1 million in actual damages and $100,000 in punitive damages. The case, No. 16CO-CC00014, was filed by the sons of Bill Bacon, Raymond, William and Robert, and heard before Cooper County Presiding Circuit Judge Robert L. Koffman on April 23-26.
News coverage of the trial was stifled by a subpoena to testify at the wrongful death trial served to The Edina Sentinel Editor Echo Menges, which was issued by Head’s legal counsel, effectively keeping The Edina Sentinel out of the courtroom throughout the case. Menges was never called to testify.
Knox County Elementary School fourth grade students were accompanied by their teachers Melissa Vannoy and Kendall Michem to visit the State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, MO on Wednesday, April 24. District 4 State Representative Greg Sharp joined them for a tour and talk about the capitol.
The new Edina Volunteer Fire Department pumper tanker truck arrived in April.
Green acres FCE hosted the annual Senior Tea at the Knox County Elementary School. Twelve Knox County High School seniors were honored during the event.
The National Day of Prayer was observed on May 2.
Approximately 18 people attended the Second Circuit Family Treatment Court Boot Camp Training at the Knox County Courthouse on May 2. The training was facilitated by Knox County Associate Circuit Judge Tom Redington and Drug Court Case Manager and Tracker Jane Moore.
Morel mushroom hunters were excited to find golds and greys throughout the first two weeks of May. Mushrooms were found in the courtyard of the Knox County courthouse.
Mark Huber of Bowling Green was seriously injured in an ATV crash on Saturday night May 4.
State Rep. Greg Sharpe was featured in the newspaper for receiving the Freshman Legislator of the Year Award for the work he has done as an advocate for farmers and the farming industry.
The Knox County Nutrition Site hosted a Pancake and Sausage Brunch and Bake Sale on May 4 to raise money to replace the walk-in refrigerator.
The Knox County Rotary Club hosted its annual Awards Banquet in the cafeteria of the Knox County High School for all students in sixth through twelfth grade who achieved academic excellence by ranking in the top 10 percent of their class. The event was held on May 6.
Future Farmers of America and 4-H students hosted Farm Bureau Safety Day at the Knox County Elementary School on May 8.
Edina police warned customers of Yesway convenience store and gas station that two card skimmers were found at the gas pumps, which are used to steal credit and debit card information.
An all-inclusive Baccalaureate Ceremony was held for all Knox County senior students in public and home schools at the United Methodist Church in Edina.
All Knox County High School and home school seniors were featured in the newspaper on May 15.
The Knox County Middle School Seventh Grade Choir performed for the Knox County Rotary club on May 16.
The Class of 2019 graduation ceremony was held at the Knox County High School May 19. Thirty-four students graduated. Sam Myers was the graduation keynote speaker.
The Knox County Elementary School 5th Grade Science Fair was well-attended on May 22 in the elementary school morning meeting room.
The Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission celebrated 50 years of service during the annual spring meeting held at the Knox County Community Center in Edina on May 22.
Edina water customers were asked to conserve water on May 24, after city employees discovered the water tower was not refilling. A faulty valve was found to be the culprit.
The annual Memorial Day service was held at the Knox County Community Center on May 27.
A large amount of rain caused flooding around Edina and elsewhere throughout the region on May 29. Aerial photos taken by Mike Scott were published in the newspaper and online.
The last day of school for the Knox County R-1 School District was May 29.
The Knox County 5th and 7th Grade Campus Bowl Teams flew to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Campus Bowl Tournament May 30 through June 4.
The Knox County Library kicked off the summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories”. Guests were invited to read to children at the library every Wednesday mornings throughout the months of June and July.
Delmar and Sonjia Strange celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Knox County Community Center on June 1.
A corner of 302 East Lafayette Street collapsed into the street and neighboring alleyway on June 7. Fortunately, the building was deemed dangerous by Edina Police Chief Ryan Bishop two days beforehand and the area around the partial collapse was closed to the public. The building once housed the historic Edina Savings Bank.
The dumpster behind the city barn in southeast Edina was closed during weekends to limit the amount of illegal dumping at the site.
The First Annual Knox County Day in the Park fundraiser was held at Miller friendship Park in Edina on June 8. The event was organized by Deb Melendez and featured games and live music.
Over 150 motorcycles rumbled into Edina for the American Legion Legacy Ride held on June 8.
New playground equipment was constructed at the Newark City Park thanks to the efforts of the Newark Rural Fire Department and the Heartland Welding and Machine Shop.
The annual McCarty reunion was held at the Hurdland Community Center on June 9.
The Novelty/Plevna Volunteer Fire Department received a $1,500 donation through the Country Financial Operation Helping Heroes program.
Southern gospel music and favorite hymns were performed by Master’s Voice at the Knox County Community Center on June 16.
Smithfield Farms and Roeslein Alternative Energy were featured in the newspaper for harvesting methane gas from hog manure.
Ava Miller was featured in the newspaper for winning first place for an artwork entitled “Trustworthiness”, which she submitted to the Knox County FCE.
Bernie Harberts traveled with his mules through Novelty and stopped to spend the night in the park on June 18.
Judge Gary Dial ruled in favor of the Knox County R-1 School District upholding a decision by the School Board to suspend a student involved in the 2018 locker room incidents until the first day of the next school year. His decision was issued on June 19.
Straight-line winds tore the roof off of a home 2.5 miles northwest of Colony on June 21.
Gary and Mary Ann Yoakum celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Baring Community Building on June 22.
The sidewalk north of the old Harvey Hotel east of the Edina in Town Square was closed to the public by Edina Police Chief Ryan Bishop after sections of the awning collapsed.
The Knox County Farm Bureau Annual Membership Meeting was held on June 27 at the Knox County Community Center. Dr. John Anderson was the featured speaker.
The Edina St. Jude Run Team and Knox County Relay for Life joined forces to host an event at the Knox County Community Center on June 29.
Jeff and Donda Miller were featured in the newspaper for their efforts in saving the Genesis House and initiating a new ministry focused on helping women and mothers called “The Table”.
Jared Niemeyer was featured in the newspaper for presenting at the United Nations Convention in New York, NY. Niemeyer is a well-known Special Olympics Advocate and athlete.
Parents and students were delighted to see that the Knox County R-1 School District school supply lists were greatly shortened for the 2019-20 school year.
New veterinarian Dr. Jenny Blakely was featured in the newspaper as the new Veterinarian at the Lindquist Veterinary Care Center. Blakely returned after college. She began working as a Vet Technician when she was a teenager.
The 147th Annual Hurdland Fourth of July Celebration featured a two-night performance by Levi Riggs and his band on July 3 and 4 at the Hurdland Town Square.
The Heartland Community Annual Independence Day celebration was held on July 5.
Mel’s garage in Rutledge Missouri celebrated 30 years of service with a community gathering at the business on July 6.
The Knox County 4-H FFA fair was held the second week in July.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad was dispatched to Edina from Jefferson City after a grenade was found in the apartment above the Edina Sentinel office on July 22. It was determined the grenade was not live, however, the bomb squad took it away anyway.
A boil order was issued to Knox County Public Water Supply District No. 1 water customers throughout southern Knox County on July 22, after a two-day water outage which was caused by a leak.
Highway 15 Bar and Grille in Bethel opened its doors on July 23.
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and his deputy Chief of staff Harry Roberts was in Edina on July 25 to visit with Knox County Clerk Marlene Spory.
The Knox City American Legion Fish Fry was held on July 27.
Edina Assembly of God Church hosted a revival July 28-31 featuring evangelist Matt Eckart and his family.
Arysta Snyder and Grace Becker were featured in the newspaper for attending the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program.
An audit of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office was released by the Missouri State Auditor’s Office on July 29. the audit was requested by the Knox County commission after the forced resignation of former Sheriff Robert Becker. The Auditor gave the Sheriff’s Office an overall rating of “good”.
The Carter Family Reunion was held at the Knox City American Legion building on June 30.
Sweeping statewide jail bond reforms made by the Missouri Supreme Court were featured on the front page of the newspaper on July 31.
The Knox County Library hosted the last of the 2019 summer reading programs on July 31 with a special guest appearance buy Magician Keith West and his assistant Miss Kitty the Library Lady.
Lewis County REC hosted its 82nd Annual Membership Meeting at the Knox County High School on August 1.
The Edina St. Jude Run Team completed the two-day relay-style run from Northeast Missouri to Peoria, Illinois on Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3, to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Eric Clark was arrested after a pursuit that began at Casey’s in Edina an ended at the Nemo Bow and Gun Club on August 1. He was apprehended by the Edina Police Department.
The Genesis House hosted a social on the square to introduce the new ministry The Table on August 2.
The Lee Greenley Jr. Memorial Research Center Annual Field Day was held on August 6 at the Greenley Farm in Novelty.
New Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Naomi Tharp was featured in the newspaper on August 7.
A feature story about CBD products was published in the newspaper on August 7.
Eleven-year-old MaryJane Shea was killed in an ATV crash south of Knox City on August 10. Brandon Reed of Kirksville was charged with manslaughter, following the crash.
Knox County native Aaron Vansickle was killed in a crash when his motorcycle collided with a deer on route A on August 11.
Marvin and Stephanie Penn and family where among the families honored during the 61st annual Missouri Farm Family Day, August 12th, at the Missouri State Fair.
Thirteen new Knox County R-1 School District teachers attended orientation at the Knox County High School on August 12 and 13.
A benefit fundraiser for Tom Boatman called Tuesday for Tom was held at the Knox County Community Center on August 13. A huge crown showed up to support the ailing community member and donated over $5,000 to the Boatman family.
Knox County Bright futures hosted a Back-to-School Barbecue and Movie Night at the Knox County Community Center on August 16.
The descendants of Chris and Julia McGlothlin held the 67th Annual McGothlin Reunion on August 18 in Brashear.
Knox County R-1 students received new sixth-generation iPads during iPad rollout on August 19 at the district.
The LaBelle First Christian Church celebrated 150 years August 24 and 25.
It was announced that Lori Moots-Clair, Knox County Health Department Administrator, accepted a board position for the Northeast Missouri Area Health Education Center which serves 21 Northeast Missouri counties.
The Bikers for Brynleigh Poker Run road through Edina on August 25 to raise money for one-year-old Brynleigh Hamlin after a long battle with illness and hospitalization.
The Clark family was featured in the newspaper after being recognized as a Missouri Century Farm family. The Clark Farm was established in 1919 by Larry Clark’s grandfather James P. Clark.
The city of Edina moved from a two-day-a-week to a one-day-a-week trash pickup on September 3.
A question-and-answer interview with Tanya Bane, the owner of Origins CBD Store in Kirksville, was featured in the newspaper on September 4.
The Knox County Public Water Supply District No. 1 customers being fed by the Knox City water tower lost water or water pressure early Wednesday morning, September 4. The dilemma lasted through the weekend. The Knox County R-1 School District was affected and had to cancel classes for two-and-a-half days. The Knox County nursing home was also affected and had to bring in water by the bucket – so residents could flush their toilets. The disruption in water service was caused by a series of leaks throughout the water system in the Knox City area and north of Knox City.
Knox County Road and Bridge crew member Nick McCarty was minorly injured in a rock truck rollover on September 6. The crash occurred approximately two miles west of Colony.
Kyle Wood was featured in the newspaper for offering rides Uber and Lyft in Knox County.
The Knox County Corn Festival was held in Edina on September 6, 7 and 8.
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage hosted its annual open house on Saturday, September 7. Visitors were welcome to tour the grounds and hear presentations from residents.
The final Hurdland News column by Betty Jo Gonnerman was published in the September 18 edition of the newspaper. Gonnerman authored the column for nearly 30 years. Her first column was published in March of 1990.
Knox County Public Water Supply District customers in the Colony area were without water on September 20. The school district and nursing home reported losing water service for approximately one hour on the same day. The service disruption was caused by digging near Highway K in the Colony area, which broke a water main. A 48-hour boil order was issued for those affected.
The Lewis County REC Cares Foundation made a $500 donation to the Knox County Nutrition Site to be used for roof repair on September 25.
Solar panels were connected to a traffic light and the marquee in front of the Knox County High School on September 25. The panels were installed by Industrial Tech students and connected by technicians from Lewis County REC.
Rotary District 6040 governor Marc Horner presented to the Knox County Rotary Club on September 26.
The Knox County High School Varsity Football Homecoming game had to be rescheduled due to severe weather to September 28. Robert Mauck and Jaiden Linebaugh were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.
Edina Sentinel received three second-place awards in the Missouri Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were given on September 28 for best investigative journalism, best multimedia reporting and best business story for stories written in 2018.
The saint Joseph Church in Edina celebrated the 175th anniversary since the erection of the first St. Joseph Church in Knox County on September 28.
Sales tax in Edina increased from 7.725 percent to 8.225 percent on October 1. The half-cent sales tax increase was approved by Edina voters to be put toward much-needed street maintenance and repair.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt visited Edina on October 1. Sen. Blunt visited with people at the Knox County Extension Office mainly representing the Knox County Farm Bureau. Representatives of the KCR-1 School District and a handful of students were also in attendance.
United State Bank of Edina hosted a customer appreciation luncheon in the bank parking lot on October 4.
National 4-H Week was kicked off in Knox County early on October 4. The Knox County Commission and Knox County 4-H Youth Programs Associate Crystal Karhoff raised the 4-H flag in the southwest corner the Knox County Courthouse.
The Newark Volunteer Fire Department hosted a Fish & Chicken Fry at the Newark Town Hall on October 5.
The Knox County Health Department hosted a series of flu shot clinics throughout Knox County during October.
Knox County youth celebrated National 4-H week October 6 through 12.
Martin Guinn celebrated his 101st birthday on October 11.
The Knights of Columbus raised money for people with disabilities at the four-way stop in Edina on October 12.
A free-will donation yard sale was hosted by the Genesis House and The Table at the Genesis House on October 12.
The last Friday of the Knox County Farmers Market for the 2019 season was held on Friday, October 25.
The Momentum Youth group hosted a lunchtime fundraiser at the South Side Youth Center on October 25.
Apple Butter Day at the Edina Christian Church was held on October 26. Apple butter was prepared the old-fashioned way in a cast-iron kettle over an open fire. Approximately 175-pint jars were filled and sold as a church fundraiser.
The Knox County 4-H Club Recognition and Award Ceremony was held at the Knox County High School cafeteria on October 27. Amy Mallett received the Motter Leader of the Year Award and Rev. Mike Wilson received the Knox County Friend of 4-H Award. Campbell Harder won the Genevieve Campbell Memorial Outstanding Member Award.
The winter’s first measurable snowfall happened in the fall on October 28 and 29. Snow also fell overnight on October 30 and Knox Countians woke up to a few inches of snow on Halloween, October 31. Slick roads led to the cancellation of classes at the Knox County R-1 School District.
The Knox County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Safe Stop Halloween Trick or Treat event at the Knox County Community Center on October 31.
Andrew Howe was featured in the newspaper for his achievements on the high school bull riding circuit and making it to the Double S Bull Riding High School Finals in Lincoln, NE, at the end of the year. He was ranked in the top ten percent of competing riders during the tour.
On November 6, a feature story was published in the newspaper about Brynleigh Hamlin, the one-year-old daughter of Shania Ewalt and Travis Hamlin, and her battle with medical problems and the kindness from the community that rallied around her and her family.
Ethan Clary of Edina was involved in a vehicle crash on route AA on November 10. He received minor injuries in the crash.
The Annual Knox County R-1 School District Veterans Day Breakfast and Assembly was held in the high school gymnasium on November 11. Lieutenant Colonel Kelby Hagerla gave the keynote address.
The American Legion Post No. 261 hosted their Annual Veterans Day soup supper in Edina on November 11.
Dr. Jennifer Eldridge Houser was featured in the newspaper on November 13 for being the new Knox County Engagement Specialist in Nutrition and Health Education at the Knox County University of Missouri Extension Office. Her first day on the job was October 22.
The Knox County R-1 School District faculty and staff we recognized after receiving an official designation as an Apple Distinguished School for the second time on November 13. A districtwide assembly was held to make the announcement.
Knox County High School student Andrew Howe was accidentally shot and killed during a hunting accident on November 17 in northern Knox County.
The Knox County Collector’s Office sent out the 2019 tax bills on October 25. A story explaining the breakdown of taxes in Knox County was published in the newspaper on November 13.
Documentary filmmakers Steve Jarvis and Kate Fosselmann, and Author Richard Miller visited Edina on November 14. The team is making a documentary about nuclear fallout which includes a nuclear test named George. The fallout from George was said to have been delivered to Knox County and Lewis County in 1952. The team gave a presentation to the Knox County Rotary Club during their visit.
Lewis County REC brought their electric car to Edina on November 15 to promote the benefits of electric vehicles.
Bailey’s Floral and Gifts hosted their annual Christmas Open House on November 15.
Melissa Yoakum was featured in the newspaper for receiving the NCMC foundation Maude Ryan Nursing Scholarship.
The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner was held on Thanksgiving, November 28, in the basement of the Edina United Methodist Church.
Police responded to a report of a man with a gun at the Yesway gas station and convenience store. Richard Shahan was taken into custody after a brief standoff with police at his residence south of Edina following the incident.
Knox County elected officials and Knox County Courthouse staff decorated their doors for the Christmas season and held a contest allowing members of the community to vote for their favorite door.
The Knox County Elementary School Christmas Program withheld on December 4 in the Knox County high school gymnasium.
The NEMOnews Media Group announced the purchase of the Memphis Democrat on December 6.
Knox County Athletic Director Keith Gudehus presented Edina Sentinel Sports Writer David Sharp with the 2019 Legends of the Tri-Rivers Conference Award on December 7 during the Tri-Rivers Classic Basketball Tournament.
The Knox County Clothes Closet volunteers hosted the annual Kids Shop in the Harris building on December 7. All elementary school-age children in Knox County were invited to shop for their families for Christmas for free.
The Knox County Library hosted local foreign exchange students on December 7 for World Heritage Day.
The Knox County Christmas Celebration was held on the Edina Town Square and elsewhere in Edina on December 13. The barrage of holiday activity including a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus reading stories, cheer tasting, a soup supper, hayrides, a live Nativity scene, letter writing to Santa, cookie decorating, caroling, a hot chocolate bar, a large gift fair, and more hosted warm weather and a good crowd.
For the fourth year in a row, volunteers representing the Novelty Senior Center hosted a Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Novelty Christian Church on December 14.
A Lion C Electric School Bus was featured during a special gathering of area schools, bus drivers, utility providers, and electric bus makers at the KCR-1 School District on December 16.
the Knox County Elementary School and Middle School Choir sang for residents of the Knox County Nursing Home and employees at the Knox County Courthouse on December 20.
Edina Sentinel reported an out-of-court settlement was reached between Knox County and the victim of former Sheriff Robert Becker. The county agreed to pay out $275,000 to the victim.
Edina attorney Brenda Swedberg was featured in the newspaper on December 25.
The community Christmas dinner was held at the Lewistown Firehouse on December 25.