Archive - Aug 21, 2012

Softball team begins season Wed. at Valley Park

New Haven, Mo. – The lady rocks will begin their season on Wednesday at Valley Park with a much younger team than last year after losing eight seniors.

New Haven will return their starting pitcher, Stephanie Scheer, and centerfielder Kierstin Monzyk, who led the team in batting (.500) and runs scored (29). Blair Bowers will move to catcher after starting at second base last year.

Franklin County Sheriff's Department conducting check points this weekend

Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department will be conducting sobriety checkpoints over the weekend of August 24 - 26,

Deputies who are trained to actively seek out impaired drivers will man the checkpoints.

Physician joins Mercy Hospice as Associate Director

William Winkler, MD

WASHINGTON, Mo.William Winkler, MD, a physician at McAuley Clinic, is the new associate medical director of Mercy Hospice Washington.

Dr. Winkler attended medical school at Saint Louis University and completed his family practice residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis (then called St. John’s Mercy Medical Center).

Crazy or not Akin not giving up his U.S. Senate candidacy

-Despite everyone and their brother along with the Republican leadership urging him to give up his U.S. Senate candidacy.  Todd Akin is either a genius or crazy because Tuesday afternoon Akin said he would not step out of the senate race and has passed the deadline to remove his name from the ballot on his own.

Now to remove his name, he would have until six weeks before the election to receive a court order and pay a penalty if ballots have been printed.

Dale and Rhonda Helling leave lasting mark at New Haven High School

New Haven, Mo.Dale and Rhonda Helling or more appropriately referred to by everyone, as Mr. and Mrs. Helling, have been two iconic figures at New Haven High School for nearly three decades, touching the lives of over 1500  students. Rarely, if at all will you find two people more dedicated to any high school or devoted to the education of students, than Mr. and Mrs. Helling.

Franklin County R-II School District - Tax Rate Hearing Notice

A hearing will be held at 6:15 p.m. on August 29, 2012, at 3128 Hwy Y, New Haven, Missouri, at which time citizens may be heard on the property tax rates proposed to be set by the Franklin County R-II School District.

The tax rates are set to produce the revenues which the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012, shows to be required from the property tax.

Each tax rate is determined by dividing the amount of revenue needed by the current assessed valuation.  The result is multiplied by 100 so the tax rate will be expressed in cents per $100 valuation.

Assessed Valuation (by categories)

Estimated Current Tax Year 2012 Prior Tax Year 2011
Real Estate $18,546,366 $18,499,162
Personal Property $ 6,235,623 $ 6,523,714
  $24,781,989 $25,022,876

The following Tax Rates are proposed:

Fund Projected Property Tax Revenues Property Tax Rate (per $100)
Incidental $853,665 $3.4447

New Revenue from New Construction and Improvements:  $2,960
New Revenue from Reassessment: $0
Percentage of New Revenue from Reassessment:  0%

Divorced Couples’ Co-Parenting Relationships Can Improve

Jesslyn Chew, COLUMBIA, Mo. – New research conducted at the University of Missouri offers hope for divorced parents and suggests hostile relationships can improve when ex-spouses set aside their differences and focus on their children’s needs.

Missouri State Parks hosts Mark Twain Festival Sept. 1 at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Celebrate the life of author Mark Twain at a fun-filled festival Saturday, Sept. 1 at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site near Stoutsville. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the Mark Twain Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the site and the public is invited to attend.

Spirituality Correlates to Better Mental Health Regardless of Religion, Say MU Researchers

Dan Cohen, assistant teaching professor of religious studies at MU.
MU News Bureau
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Despite differences in rituals and beliefs among the world’s major religions, spirituality often enhances health regardless of a person’s faith, according to University of Missouri researchers. The MU researchers believe that health care providers could take advantage of this correlation between health – particularly mental health – and spirituality by tailoring treatments and rehabilitation programs to accommodate an individual’s spiritual inclinations.