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The Brick BBQ opens in Marshall, offers catering

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Above: Jeannie and Dave Lott pose for a photo on The Brick BBQ patio on Tuesday, March 11.

by Kelsey Alumbaugh Staff Writer Two years ago, Dave and Jeannie Lott moved from Kansas City to Marshall to open their own barbecue place, and on March 1, that dream came to fruition. “Honestly, we decided to come back to Marshall because this is where I was born and raised,” Jeannie said. Jeannie’s maiden name was Jeannie Dillon, and she grew up on a farm in the area. “My best friend in Kansas City, he got me into barbecuing,” Dave said. “I did competition BBQ with him. He owns a restaurant and ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’ came by and I just got excited and thought, ‘Man, this is what I want to do.’ Jeannie is from Marshall. All the kids and grandkids are grown up, so we decided to get out of town and come out here and do barbecue.” Dave said when they bought the building, located at 169 S. Lafayette Ave., it was a mess, but they did all the work themselves and that is why it took two years to complete. He said they wanted to open a restaurant in the business district and close to the square. They chose that particular building because of the potential for an outdoor patio and a smoker room where people could watch him smoke the

meat and smell the food cooking. “Everything about it was perfect for what we envisioned,” he said. “The wood that we used out here (on the patio) is off the farm so it kind of has sentimental value, and the first day we opened was March 1, and that was my father’s birthday,” Jeannie said. Both Dave and Jeannie said the community has been extremely supportive. “They were supportive even before we opened,” Dave said. “We had a lot of community support. People asking us if they could help and if we needed a hand. LaCrosse Lumber, they are priceless. The community has been absolutely amazing.” Dave said they had to close early the first weekend they were open because the turnout was so great they ran out of food. “Every night we’ve been open so far we’ve almost run out of everything, so we’ve had to readjust so we can keep up with the community support,” he said. He noted his favorite things to make were the brisket and beans, but Jeannie said everything he makes is delicious. Dave makes his own rub and two separate barbecue sauces for customers to enjoy, one sweet and one spicy. Dave said the feedback has been very positive in regards to the atmos-

phere, the blues music in the background and the layout of the place. “It’s all very comfortable,” he said. “And the prices, people feel like they are getting their money’s worth. “I had someone say ‘This is overwhelming. This is huge,’” Jeannie said. Dave explained everything is slow smoked with apple and pecan wood and it is a 24-hour

process. They offer platters that come with ribs, pulled or sliced meat, sides, Texas toast and a pickle; as well

as sandwiches and an a la carte menu. Ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, sliced turkey, sliced brisket, sausage and whole chicken all grace the menu, along with home cut fries, sweet potato fries, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw and macaroni and cheese. For dessert they offer vanilla ice cream and homemade peach cobbler. “The city of Marshall has been wonderful,” Dave said. Jeannie said they appreciate the community for being so supportive, and they are working on ways to support the community from their end. “We just wanted to help rejuvenate downtown and help the community grow from here,” Dave said. One of the ways they are trying to help is by providing some free advertising. “If you notice our nap-

kin holders inside, I’ve taken a lot of the young business owners and we’ve created their business advertisements on those for free,” Dave said. “We’re trying to help as much as we can to keep young people here and help businesses grow.” Dave also said they would like to help develop the arts and crafts in the area, and to hopefully be part of a festival similar to Roots N Blues N BBQ festival in Columbia. “We want to help develop some of the arts around here,” he said. “Maybe get some kind of yearly festival going like blues and BBQ with arts and crafts.” The Brick BBQ also does catering. They are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information call 660-8865357. Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at

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Right: Dave and Jeannie Lott supported a local artist and asked them to paint a mural on a wall in the restaurant. Below: The Brick BBQ dining room.

Rotary Club donates to local organizations from its fundraisers by Rachel Knight Editor The Marshall Rotary Club prides itself in helping the community and one way members of the club do this is by raising funds for local organizations. The club has three fundraisers a year now. The first is its annual Texas Hold ‘Em Tourna-

ment that has grown from 21 players the first year, which was five years ago, to 73 players this past year. This allowed the club to present two checks of $750 to Fatherhood Initiative through Powerhouse Ministries and Determination, Initiative, Growth, Success (DIGS). The event happens

every year in January at the Knights of Columbus Hall. In 2012, the club presented $650 checks to HEAT program and the Community Food Pantry. Tanner Fennewald, the youngest member, pitched a new fundraising idea to the club in 2012.

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Rotarian David Kuehn presents LeDawn Stephenson, representing the Fatherhood Initiative through Powerhouse Ministries, and Jim Steinmetz, representing DIGS, each $750 raised through the Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament.

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Ag-Power makes changes to better serve customers in area by Kelly Melies Staff Writer Meeting and overcoming challenges for any business can be a daunting task. After acquiring Deems Farm Equipment last spring, Ag-Power has met and succeeded with those challenges. Continually meeting and adapting to challenges allows a business to be successful. Ag-Power has done just that. At the time of the acquisition of Deems, Ag-Power also acquired Heartland Farm and Lawn and included with it Higginsville, Carrollton, Centerview and Sedalia. General Manager Jeff Oldham said they expanded their area and this past October they acquired Richmond. They now cover about a 10county area. He said they cover from Saline County to mainly straight west to the Kansas City metro area, and from Carrollton, south to Sedalia. Oldham said it was not necessarily a smooth transition. “There’s a long history of the Deems family. So you think about that and there’s years and years of experience and really it’s years and years of doing things a certain way. And then all of the sudden – overnight we turn a cor-

ner and turn a different direction,” Oldham said. “Think about you always eat with you right hand and you’ve done it that way for 50 years. Then all of the sudden you’re told you got to eat with your left hand,” John Connett, sales representative, said. Connett was with Deems for 30 years before Ag-Power acquired it and has recently stepped down from the store manager position. In January, Eric Woodward, integrative solutions manager, assumed the role of store manager. Woodward has been with Heartland Farm and Lawn for three years and was store manager at their Carrollton location. He was offered the store manager position in October and began his new role in Marshall in January. Dealing with some of the changes have been difficult, but they seem to be handling it well. Woodward said a constant challenge is how to take better care of their customers to keep them satisfied. One way they are doing that is by offering new services for their customers. “A big change we have implemented is service delivery,” Woodward

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Ag-Power offers an assortment of toys and other merchandise for people of all ages. said. “We have customer dispatch for a mobile service and we’ve installed two 60-inch television monitors to help monitor our service trucks to better service our customers. “This service will help us get to the customers more quickly,” he said. “It helps us locate our service trucks so we can get the closest one available to our customers. The service is for individuals who need assistance in the field for our Missouri

locations.” He said they currently have 10 service technicians and soon will have 13. They plan on providing a 24-hour service, if needed, for their customers during spring planting and fall harvest times. The second monitor is used to help with turnby-turn directions to help them navigate their trucks in order to provide faster service for their customers. “We’re getting our feet

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Ag-Power in Marshall offers a variety of John Deere tractors that can be used for a wide range of tasks from yard work to field work.

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Ag-Power, formerly Deems Farm Equipment, is located on North Highway 65 in Marshall. under ourselves and getting better every day,” Woodward said. “I’d say the biggest change was the use of technology. John Deere kind of supplies and facilitates the business system that we work off of and that was going to change whether AgPower was going to acquire Marshall or not,” Oldham said. “So with Ag-Power coming onboard, we probably accelerated that change because we knew we probably needed to make that upgrade at some point. And understanding how to work within that system has been some of the challenges.” Woodward said everyone is learning the system and getting better. Their future is open. The possibility of expanding or opening more stores depends on the

growth and sustainability of what they currently have. “Sometimes change is good and sometimes it isn’t. We have to make sure we’re managing through those changes and continuing to improve the service to our customers. Taking care of the present is important for the future,” Oldham said. “We have to worry about taking care of those customers today before we worry about what those next opportunities might be.” Ag-Power sells toys, Deere merchandise, ag equipment, lawn and garden and portable power equipment – Honda and Stihl. For more information about Ag-Power, log on to or call 660-886-7474. Contact Kelly Melies at

Tourism Commission aims to bring in tourists with assistance from MSDC by Jesse Brown Staff Writer The Tourism Commission, with the Marshall Saline Development Corporation, helps organizations and businesses reach a broader scope to bring in more tourists to Marshall. With the hotel tax, these visitors help the community in Marshall by bringing in profits. Organizations and businesses like Friends of Jim the Wonder Dog, Friends of Arrow Rock and Marshall Cultural Council ask for funds through MSDC to advertise their events. After MSDC compiles the requests, its up to the Tourism Commission to approve or deny the requests. “We always hope to bring more tourism into the area,” Treasurer Gracie Bouws said. “We always want to encourage new people to apply for money to try to bring in something new for the area in order to bring in overnight stays. That’s where the money originates from, is peo-

ple staying in Marshall.” Some of the changes the Tourism Commission has made this year are Lori Godsey serving as the new president and welcoming Mike Green as a new member. “I think all of us

that’s on the board wants to do what’s good for the city of Marshall,” Bouws said. Bouws said since 2005, when the Tourism Commission was formed, every year the funds get larger and more people are asking


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MPS focuses its attention on bettering its curriculum and performance by Jesse Brown Staff Writer Marshall Public Schools is attempting to improve its curriculum and helping to better educate students, whether its building new school facilities or hiring Julie Stevenson, director of curriculum. Stevenson’s start date in her position began last July, and with improving student performance and the changes that Missouri Learning Standards and Common Core will bring for the 2014-2015 school year, her plate has been full. Superintendent Ryan Huff spoke on the reason why hiring someone of Stevenson’s caliber and background was important. “Looking at the district’s performance on assessments, we knew we had a problem,” Huff said. “A few years ago,

there have been assistant superintendents in this office and due to budget cuts from years ago, those positions went away.” Huff said funding for the school has improved since and MPS felt the need that someone needed to fill this fulltime role of streamlining and improving the curriculum. “Julie comes to us with a lot of experiences. She was a teacher, she was an assistant principal, she was an assistant superintendent of schools in her former district and she took on a lot of roles with implementing curriculum initiatives in the school district’s she was in,” Huff said. “Something that was important to me besides having curriculum experience was also having that administrative experience, because when you’re dealing with people, you

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Julie Stevenson, hired as the new director of curriculum for Marshall Public Schools last July, works on improving and streamlining the curriculum for all grade levels.

have to have that skill and knowledge of how to do that.” In her first year as director of curriculum, MPS and Stevenson has already implemented some new programs such as Making Meaning, which not only helps students kindergarten through eighth grade read at a higher level, but to comprehend and appreciate the themes and styles of the book. “What it’s designed to do is to really work with students on their comprehension skills using real literature,” Stevenson said. “...These are real authors, real literature, things that students would really be interested in and they spend a long time with their teachers understanding the author’s purpose, understanding different styles of writing and really getting into the literature aspects.” Huff said one of the positive impacts the school has seen is an increase with checkouts at their library. With the controversy that Common Core State Standards has attracted in the media, Stevenson addresses the concerns parents and individuals may have about Common Core and the Missouri Learning Standards. “We don’t want to seem that we’re victims of what the state decides. However, certain decisions are made for us,” Stevenson said. “Then it’s our job to say, ‘Okay, so how are we going to best implement this for Marshall students’ and that’s the approach we’re going to take. Curriculum is a local decision, so it’s our job to say what do we feel like as educators is best for our population.” Marshall’s plan for

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Angel Massie (right), sixth- and seventh-grade reading teacher, works with her sixth graders at Bueker Middle School on a “Making Meaning” lesson. “Making Meaning” focuses on a few comprehension skills such as making inferences, understanding text structure and making connections/using schema, to name a few. curriculum, which was presented to an audience at a public meeting by Stevenson and Huff on Monday, March 10, details a plan where teachers, parents and Stevenson herself are all involved in deciding the curriculum, before taking it for approval to the board of education. “(It) will involve teachers, (it) will involve parent input and I feel like that’s successful,” Stevenson said. “I’ve used that in other districts and I think that hopefully everyone will

feel like they’ve had a voice.” Marshall Public Schools Board of Education approved a resolution for a tax levy increase at its board meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 21. If the tax levy increase is passed in the upcoming April election, the money will help fund a lease purchase to build new school facilities that will unify elementary students rather than being separated by various elementary buildings, and make improvements and up-

grades to Bueker Middle School and Marshall High School. “Time will tell, but we’re kind of in that stage of the campaign committee has kind of taken over and they’re pushing it pretty hard,” Huff said. “We’re trying to get the information out if people ask questions and go that route as a school district... We’re optimistic that the community will come out and support the schools.” Contact Jesse Brown at

John Rector Chevrolet focuses on streamlining its workflow by Kelsey Alumbaugh Staff Writer Jimmy Rector, public relations manager at John Rector Chevrolet, said they have made a lot of changes over the past year as a way to make things more efficient. “So this past year there was obviously a big remodel and with that is going to come a lot of confusion,” he said. “A lot of ‘What’s going on around me?’ you know, ‘I’m not really as focused as I should be,’ coming from all the employees, including myself. So what we did was we kind of had to sit down and think how are we going to smooth these guys into the new building.” They used that opportunity to shift the way they do things and

streamline several of their processes. “There’s going to be a lot of changes. Not a lot of the spaces are going to change, but some things are and there are going to be a lot of processes changing with that,” Rector explained. “And with that, we saw that as an opportunity to smooth everything out and really commit ourselves to the community even more.” He said they have taken employees who have been there a long time and refocused them to optimize productivity. They have also hired more technicians. Rector said there were two reasons, one being to get more work done and the other to spread out the work more and allow time for training. He said it’s about learning how

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to be a better mechanic. “Instead of just focusing on today’s work, we’re getting them more apt to be smarter about what is coming in the fu-

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Fitzgibbon continues to make progress around the hospital campus by Richard DeFord Fitzgibbon Hospital When a company evaluates a community to determine if it makes sense to relocate, expand or open new facilities, they look at the quality of the education in the community and whether or not their staff will have access to quality healthcare services. “We are constantly evaluating ways we can expand our service delivery and access to care in Marshall and surrounding communities,” said Ron Ott, CEO of Fitzgibbon Hospital. Expansion has certainly been the theme over the last 12 months within the Fitzgibbon Hospital organization, as it welcomed six new physicians, unveiled a new medical office building and expanded its Emergency Department which is scheduled to be completed this spring.

Fitzgibbon Medical Clinic In December, the new Fitzgibbon Medical Clinic opened. The Fitzgibbon Medical Clinic is located on the southeast corner of the Fitzgibbon Hospital campus and is the new home of Marshall Family Practice, Marshall Women’s Care, Fitzgibbon Mental Health, Marshall Surgical Associates and Elfrink Surgical, LLC. This 16,000-square-foot facility boasts 25 exam rooms, in a beautiful, state-of-the-art setting. “When a prospective doctor comes to Marshall to tour our facility, there is no doubt that what they find is a facility capable of exceeding their expectations. It definitely serves as a tool for us to bring more physicians to our area and offer more services to our community,” Ott said. The hard work to open the Fitzgibbon Medical Clinic has already paid off, with the announcement of a new physician soon to join Marshall Family Practice. Matthew Oxford, M.D., will join the staff of physicians on March 31.

Emergency department redesign In November 2013, work began on the expansion of the Fitzgibbon Hospital Emergency Department. The expansion allows for the addition of Fast-Track services. This new concept in patientcentered care allows medical staff to quickly triage those who visit the emergency room to determine if they are in need of medication or treatment of an uncomplicated illness, or if they are in need of more direct medical assessment or care. “When we look at what is taking place in our community, 90 percent of the people who come to our hospital do so through our Emergency Department. We recognized some opportunities to improve our level of care by making it more convenient for our patients. Anytime we identify areas of opportunity, the board and our staff is going to do our best to address those areas,” Ott said. In addition to the FastTrack Services, a dedicated entrance is being built which will allow pa-

tients to enter the Emergency Department directly, rather than having to register at the front desk of the hospital.

NCQA The staff at Marshall Family Practice announced in February that they had received Level 3 designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The designation is the highest level of recognition by NCQA and designates Marshall Family Practice as a PatientCentered Medical Home. NCQA is recognized as a leader on health care quality. A “medical home” is the name for a delivery model of patient care which encourages physician and caregiver involvement with both patient and family. The goal is to get patients actively engaged in disease management in order to deliver health care in the most cost-effective and patient-centered manner. For patients, especially those with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease who need long-term management, medical homes offer higher quality care in several ways. Medical homes provide patients with specialized medical teams to better communicate with patients and their families and offer a more coordinated patient experience. The goal is to manage medical, social and behavioral issues all under the same roof to minimize the development of related – and sometimes more severe health problems. “I am so proud to be part of the effort and want to recognize the work each and every person at Marshall Family Practice had on this,” said Health Home Director Roberta Griffitt, R.N.. “Achieving a Level 3 NCQA designation was tremendous. A lot of effort went into this - from each and every person at Marshall Family Practice. This is the right thing to do for our community.” The journey to an NCQA-recognized patient-centered medical home began more than two years ago when Marshall Family Practice was selected as a participant in a demonstration project for Missouri HealthNet (Medicaid) enrollees with certain chronic health conditions. The demonstration project provided the team at Marshall Family Practice with training and collaborative learning opportunities with other sites in the state. The learning sessions allowed Marshall Family Practice to compare their patient care procedures to “bestpractice” benchmarks in primary care to ensure that evidence-based standards are being met.

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Fitzgibbon Medical Clinic under construction (above). The building was completed (below) and opended for business in December

Living Center exceeds that of other nursing homes in Saline County. The Living Center in Marshall added to its ranks in November with the addition of its newest administrator, Theresia Metz, master’s of health administration. She not only brings experience, but also a desire to serve the elderly with care and compassion. “My mother had Alzheimer’s, and my sister was handicapped, so I always had a soft heart for the seniors and those with special needs,” Metz said. “People that need special care need special understanding.” To make an appointment to tour The Living Center, call (660) 8869676 or visit them at the facility, located at 2506 Linden Tree Parkway in Marshall, on the southwest corner of Fitzgibbon Hospital.

Brian Ellefsen, D.O. Orthopedic surgeon Brian Ellefsen, D.O., joined the staff of Marshall Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in 2013. Dr. Ellefsen has an extensive sports medicine background and most recently was in private practice in Carthage, Mo. Dr. Ellefsen is a welcome addition to the sports medicine staff and joins Dr. Kelly Ross, a boardcertified orthopedic surgeon, and Physician Assistant Miles Romney.

The Living Center 4-Star rated The Living Center is a fully-licensed, 99-bed Medicare- and Medicaidcertified Skilled Nursing Facility, commonly referred to as a nursing home. During a recent survey of The Living Center by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a rating of “4 Stars” was awarded. This 4-Star rating by CMS indicates that the quality of services offered at The

in pursuit of an academic record that would lead to medical school admission. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1984 and completed medical school at the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City in 1988. He fulfilled his residency at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis and completed rotations in orthopedic care for hands and in pediatric orthopedics in Tampa, Fla. Having served as a team physician for a number of sports teams, Ellefsen says he was drawn to Fitzgibbon Hospital’s team of providers and state-of-the-art facilities. “I have been extremely impressed with the hospital’s commitment to ensuring our orthopedic and sports medicine clinic has the most sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic tools in the region,” Ellefsen said. “We are one of very few locations in the region that offers an aquatic therapy pool to help patients on their road to recovery.” Marshall Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic, located on the campus of Fitzgibbon Hospital, provides treatment and care for broken bones, joint injections and replacements, arthroscopic surgeries for knees and shoulders and sports medicine injuries. To schedule an appointment with Marshall Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic, call 660-886-8414.

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Dr. Ellefsen was himself a high school football player and played for a short time for the Missouri Tigers before trading in time on the field to pursue time in the library

David Carr, M.D. joined the staff of Marshall Women’s Care as a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist in June of 2013. Dr. Carr has delivered more than 8,000 babies in his career, which has included work at hospitals in Kirksville, Branson and Sikeston, Mo. Dr. Carr earned his

medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., after graduating summa cum laude with a degree in chemistry from Missouri Valley College. He is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

care.” As an OB/Gyn with many years of experience, Dr. Carr says he still enjoys “the miracle of birth.” “To see people’s faces light up when that baby is born, to be able to deliver the baby in a gentle fashion and if there are problems, to be able to respond to problems in a fashion that delivers the baby ‘well-born,’ is what I intend to do,” Carr said. To make an appointment with Dr. Carr, contact Marshall Women’s Care at (660) 886-6677.

Mary Fahrmeier, M.D. When asked how his patients might describe him, he answered, “You just can’t take yourself too seriously. I think they would say I’m funny, but supportive. I do tell jokes. I don’t like a lot of formality, but I do take seriously what I’m doing but not myself too seriously. I am open-minded and open to the ideas and suggestions of nurses. I recognize they do all the ‘heavy lifting’ in patient

Mary Fahrmeier, M.D., joined the staff at Fitzgibbon Mental Health in 2013 as a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Fahrmeier received her medical degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine in 2002. She did her residency at Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine in Akron, Ohio. Prior to coming to

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Marshall Plaza facelift attracts new business to Marshall by Rachel Knight Editor The renovations to the Marshall Plaza started in the fall of 2012, after Marshall Plaza LLC, the ownership group responsible for the strip mall, decided it needed a fresh face. The diagonal wooden design, chipping posts and trim, and red metallic overhangs are gone. Septagon Construction of Sedalia was named the contractor for the remodel project, which the estimated value, according to city construction permits at that time, was listed at $600,000. “It had an older, kind of deteriorating facade, so the landlords’ intent was to refresh the facade and enhance the exterior in an effort to attract new tenants,” said Audrey Navarro, director of retail brokerage for Kessinger/Hunter & Company, LC. of Kansas City, the retail brokerage that leases and manages Marshall Plaza for its ownership group, in a May interview. Navarro said the renovations included mostly landscaping and concrete work, repairs to the parking lot, sidewalks, and other exterior elements, such as a new sign – measuring roughly 8x30 feet and is 30 inches deep – which is illuminated at night. In May of 2013, the old sign was replaced by Sedaliabased Impact Signs with a new, shiny sign. With the improvements made to the plaza, Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., announced on July 23, 2013, that it had executed a lease for a location within the plaza. On July 30, Kessinger/Hunter confirmed the lease of the unit located in the building at 973 W. College St. The Hibbett store officially opened Nov. 22 and occupies 5,280 square feet between Aldi and Factory Connection in the plaza. “This convenient new location is a win-win for our company and the Marshall community. We are very excited to be serving the customers in this area,” Jeff Rosenthal, president and C.E.O. of Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., said in a November press release. According to a press release from Hibbett’s headquarters, the store employs eight full- and part-time team members. “This is a major accomplishment for the center, which adds another strong national brand to our tenant mix,” Navarro said. “With the recent remodel of the shopping center, we expect this trend to continue.” Some information in this article came from articles by Sarah Reed and Carlos Restrepo. File photos by Carlos Restrepo/Democrat-News

Top right: Impact Signs workers remove the old Marshall Plaza sign Friday, May 24. Bottom right: The new Marshall Plaza sign sits on a truck waiting for installation Friday, May 24.

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Pipeline construction can be seen throughout Saline County as crews work to construct the Flanagan South Pipeline project. – Road and Bridge employees maintained over 400 miles of county roads and replaced three country bridges. – The Sheriff’s Department performed preventative maintenance on approximately 18 vehicles at a cost of $2,200 per vehicle rather than trade. – Replaced wiring infrastructure at the courthouse to upgrade 36 new computers. – New landscaping was installed around the courthouse and Veterans’ Memorial with money collected from service clubs and individuals. Local FFA volunteers and Wood & Huston Bank helped with the planting. – The Saline County Historic Commission has been reorganized and are currently establishing a historic district in Marshall. – Sheriff’s Department applied and received a grant to enable an increase in salary for department road deputies from $22,000 to $28,000 per year.

– County Clerk applied and received grants totaling $65,782 towards purchasing optical voting machines. This money was also used for polling personnel training and other election expenses. – Chris Wilson, of Mid Missouri Energy, is the new county representative on the Mar-Saline Development board. – Russ Donnell, emergency management director, has led several exercises for tornado drills, hazardous waste

leaks and agri-terrorism. – Enbridge Inc. pipeline began working through the county in the fall of 2013. The county should receive $1.2 million annually when the pipeline is completed, with the bulk of the money going to schools. – The out-of-state use tax passed in 2012 and was implemented in 2013. It has brought in an average of $20,000 per month. Information provided by the Saline County Commission.

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Shapes Dance and Acro Studio makes improvements to building by Rachel Knight Editor Shapes Dance and Acro Studio in Marshall has made many improvements to their building located on the east side of the Marshall Square to accommodate the students and families they serve. Improvements by Mark Forester, contractor, included redoing the roof and moving two walls inside the studio to create a larger dance space. Chad McGraw, with McGraw Designs, provided the studio with the new window signs as well as the indoor logo located on the wall visitors see once they enter the reception area at the studio. The once bare, white walls are now a soft gray. A new marley-type dance floor was installed this past fall. This floor is made of a very popular reversible vinyl floor covering that helps students practice their skills on a more professional stage as well as prevent injuries, according to Kera Houk, studio manager. The front of the building was also resurfaced by Arnold’s Masonary. “Looking to the future, we are currently focusing on a remodel of our upstairs space, which would provide us with another dance floor so we can better accommodate our students and families’ needs,” Houk said.

The Shapes company was established in 1995 in Carrollton and expanded in 1996 to include a studio in Richmond. In 2008, they added a Higginsville studio and then another in Marshall in 2009. These locations offer a full instructional program of dance, acrobatics, music and art with trained instructors committed to furthering student’s education in the areas they study, according to Shapes offers programs for the recreational student who wants to experience the wonderful traits of the performing arts such as gaining self-confidence, discipline and coordination. They also offer programs for the more serious student through multiple classes, private instruction and competitive and performance opportunities. Marshall’s studio is open from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and can be contacted by phone at 660-8864444 or by email at

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Arnold’s Masonary works on the front of the Shapes Dance and Acro Studio building April 4, 2013, as part of some major renovations the studio is making to accommodate their students and families.

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Right: Shapes Dance and Acro Studio’s completed look after it under went renovations in 2013. The studio is located on the east side of the Marshall Square at 14 S. Jefferson Ave.

Hospital ily Medicine. She has also worked at the Saline County Health Department since 2011. Dr. Elfrink is known for her benevolence and involvement in her community as well as her interest and experience with medical missions to New Guinea, Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, Uganda and Belize.

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Fitzgibbon Mental Health, Dr. Fahrmeier was the medical director for a 14-bed inpatient Geriatric Psychiatric Unit in the Truman Behavioral Health System. Her extensive background as a mental health professional positions her to help meet the behavioral health needs of Marshall and surrounding communities.

Dr. Raleigh received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. He did his residency at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

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To make an appointment with Mary Fahrmeier, M.D., or other caring mental health professionals at Fitzgibbon Mental Health, call (660) 886-7800.

Timothy Raleigh, D.O. Timothy Raleigh, D.O., joined the staff of Fitzgibbon Hospital at the end of 2013 as a board-certified family practice physician. Dr. Raleigh is one of the friendly faces you will see if you visit the emergency department at Fitzgibbon Hospital. Prior to coming to the Fitzgibbon Hospital Emergency Department, Dr. Raleigh served as an emergency room physician at Hannibal Regional Hospital, a position he held for 12 years. He has also served as an emergency room physician at Marshalltown Medical Center in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Melanie Elfrink, M.D., is no stranger to the residents of Marshall, or the staff of Fitzgibbon Hospital. Dr. Elfrink was part of the hospital staff from 1994 – 2001. She rejoined the staff of the Fitzgibbon Hospital Emergency Department in December and will serve in a hospitalist capacity, seeing patients who are admitted to the hospital, beginning in April.

Dr. Elfrink received her medical degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia where she also did her residency. She is board-certified by the American Board of Fam-

Chef Jerry Tkac With that in mind, Fitzgibbon Hospital has hired a world-traveled chef to make a patient’s stay even more positive and bring in more members of the community to our hospital cafeteria. Chef Jerry Tkac was born in the city of Most, Czechoslovakia, in what is now the Czech Republic. He completed chef and hotel school in Prague, Czech Republic, and worked in various upscale hotels as a chef. In 1982, he defected from Czechoslovakia to Austria and later to Germany. In 1984 he received asylum from the United States Consulate and moved to Chicago to continue his career as a chef. In 1991 he purchased a restaurant in Joliet, Illinois. Chef Jerry is already having a positive impact on the food at Fitzgibbon Hospital. Much of the food offered at the hospital was already very good, but with Chef Jerry’s technique and coaching, it promises to be even better. His personality is infectious, as he encourages others and greets people with a smile. You often can find him walking around the cafeteria asking guests about the quality and taste of their food.

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Democrat-News welcomes several to staff over the past year

Editor Rachel Knight and Publisher Dave Phillips by Kelsey Alumbaugh Staff Writer The Marshall Democrat-News has added several new faces in 2013, with six of the employees being new to the paper. Publisher Dave Phillips, Editor Rachel Knight, Reporter Jesse Brown, Advertising Account Executive Stacy Kirchhoff and Agriculture Reporter Kelly Melies. Phillips was the former publisher for The Sedalia Democrat and was introduced to the staff Friday, March 29, 2013. His first job as publisher was with the Morris Communication newspaper in Newton, Kan. Phillips left there after five years to become publisher of The Sedalia Democrat in 2007. The Democrat was sold in 2012, and a management change meant

Phillips was able to pursue other opportunities. Part of The Marshall Democrat-News job that appealed to Phillips, other than the location, was that Rust Communication is a family-owned business. Phillips has worked over the past year to stress the importance of developing a stronger presence online, both with news content and with advertising. He was an integral part of the paper’s redesign in October. Knight’s first job as a full-time staff writer was with The Marshall Democrat-News from 20062007. She then went to work for the Missouri National Guard for five years and returned to the paper as editor June 28, 2013. “I’m excited to be back in Marshall,” Knight said. “I’ve always loved the people within the community and the dedica-

tion of the staff at The Marshall DemocratNews. It truly is a family atmosphere inside and outside the office.” Though this is her first time as a newspaper editor, Knight is no stranger to the task. While working for the Guard, she edited statewide press releases and was managing editor on the Guard’s biannual publication. Knight, of La Monte, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and minored in agriculture. Her ag background fits well with the company since it is based in one of the strongest farming counties in Missouri. Other papers she has worked for include the UCM Muleskinner, The Richmond Daily News, Sedalia News Journal and the online publication Brown is from Lee’s

Summit and he graduated from the University of Kansas’ William Allen White School of Journalism. As someone who always loved to write, he found journalism a natural outlet to use his skills. In the years honing his abilities as a reporter, he focused on finding the human aspects of the story. Brown strongly believes that journalism is an extension of the people and their voices should be heard. Brown said he is excited to work for The Marshall Democrat-News because it’s easy to see how strong the town of Marshall values its community and traditions. His goal is to solidify Marshall’s belief in him to report the news and provide them with the opportunity for their voices to be heard.

Jesse Brown Kirchhoff, a Higginsville native, has brought experience she learned as a personal banker at Bank Midwest and has applied those skills to her new advertising position. She said working as an advertising executive requires her to build relation-

ships with customers by using good people skills. Kirchhoff obtained a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Missouri Valley College and she also received a master’s degree in management at Lindenwood University. She said one of the most important keys to a successful advertising representative is meeting with people and understanding how exactly they want their advertisement to be produced.

Stacy Kirchhoff Melies has lived in Marshall most of his life. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Missouri, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Full Sail University. Melies has worked at several radio stations as an on-air personality and covered a variety of areas in broadcast operations, including operating the control board for local and national sports, production of commercials and reading and gathering news for local newscasts. Melies also has experience with audio and video production, and served as writer/producer for a radio PSA series, while

working as a graduate assistant at UCM.

Kelly Melies Melies is pleased to be at The Democrat-News as a reporter because it allows him to write and use his background in a challenging and creative way. He wishes to continue the tradition of supplying important and informational news stories for the agricultural community. The Messenger joined forces with The Democrat-News on Oct. 25, when the office was moved from its location to The Democrat-News’ office across the street. Bringing both operations together under one roof reduces expenses and improves overall workflow. “I can see how much faster this will be, now that I don’t have to walk a thumb drive across the street to load my pages,” said Susan Duvall, operation manager of The Messenger. Information in this article came from articles by Eric Crump and Brent Kalwei, as well as personal bios submitted by some of the employees featured. Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at

MMU wastewater plant functioning properly, for the most part by Jesse Brown Staff Writer Construction for Marshall Municipal Utilities’ wastewater plant started in 2012 and according to Ginny Ismay, director of environmental services, the plant was up and running around the end of 2013. “Things have been working well,” Ismay said. “We had to make some changes on the new pump controls, but they got that done... They’re working like they’re supposed to. Grit removal is working well, the screens are working well.” The wastewater treatment plant cleans and removes inorganic material from such water pathways like sewage or industrial waste. Ismay said some work still needs to be completed such as electrical work and the gates need to be repaired for the ultraviolet system. Ultraviolet lights inactivate bacteria, Ismay said. “Underneath each row of (the) UV modules is a channel where the water comes through,” Ismay said. “Depending on how much flow will determine how many of these modules are actually turned on and emitting UV light.” Ismay said the gate at the end of the channel isn’t functioning properly. She said it’s one of the things MMU didn’t realize would be a huge factor when they were in its conceptual stage. Contact Jesse Brown at

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He proposed a basketball tournament on the Marshall Square. The basketball tournament is held in a “three on three” format. Teams are open to both men and women. Teams are divided by age: third and fouth grade, fifth and sixth grade, seventh and eighth grade, ninth through 12th grade, and an open division for those 18 years old and up. “We like it because it’s able to get kids more involved and that was kind of the backing for it,” Fennewald said. “I personally, being young in Rotary, always felt that Rotary was

something meant for more adults and never reached out to the kids. So we really wanted to do something that would get the kids involved and the adults involved all at the same time.” The club sets up five to eight basketball goals and paints on the basketball courts on the north side of the Marshall Square. “We figured basketball was a sport that anybody could play and you don’t have to be good to acutally enjoy the day,” he said. “And it’s nice because it outside.” This year, the fundraiser will be teamed up with Spring Fling on

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Above: Nolan Townsend (right), one of the wastewater treatment plant operators, inspects the ultraviolet bulbs with two technicians from UltraTech, MMU’s UV equipment manufacturer. Above right: The gates at the end of the channel have been proposing problems for Marshall Municipal Utilities wastewater treatment plant. Ginny Ismay, director of environmental services, said its something they didn’t think too much on in the conceptual stage, but that they’re working on rectifying the situation.

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Saturday, May 17. “It’s our fundraiser for Rotary,” Fennewald said. He said the profit made off the event is what they use to fund the scholarships for the upcoming year of Boys State and Girls State of Missouri. Fennewald thinks its really going to take off this year because it’s the second year and the timing is better. The third fundraiser is one of a different nature. During a Rotary meeting, the members were brainstorming about fundraising ideas. Stephanie Mullins spoke up offering the option of Chicken Squat Bingo. This idea came about while Mullins was still in Glasgow, prior to moving to Marshall, and her friend and their sons came up with the idea after a long,



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Hayden Embry dribbles the ball as his team goes against the Si Wanna Be’s at the Shootout on the Square third- and fourth-grade division three-on-three tournament Saturday, April 20. frustrating day of Cow Chip Bingo. Chicken Squat Bingo requires a tarp with numbers written on it in permanent marker that can be easily washed off at the end of the day and hung up to dry. Less stress and less mess. Using cows requires a large area and gates. Using chickens requires a

dog pen that is donated by Orscheln Farm and Home, Mullins said. So the club tried the event and it was a success. They sold 100 tickets at $20 a piece and named three winners at the event with cash prizes. The profit went to local community organizations. Contact Rachel Knight at

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Rector said there have also been changes with the sales people, but that has more to do with the Internet and availability of information. “We only have two sales people right now, but with the Internet and all that we’ve been able to optimize leads and spend more time with and focusing on the customer,” he said. He said they have been smoothing them into the process, sneaking in some new underlying processes and getting them all to be better at understanding the goals of the company.

“Every change Chevy makes is always based around the customer,” he said. “For us, it’s not just the customer, it’s the




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