Local News: A Year in Review | Looking back on 2021 (12/29/21)


Flooding last summer stranded a motorist near a rural field in Saline County.

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From an 8-foot-long python slipping through a Marshall storm sewer last May to a train derailment near Napton in mid-December, there’s a lot to look back on in Saline County for 2021.

Some of the biggest news of the past year was about the weather.

Ice covered power lines and tree branches from Friday, January 1, and remained stranded over the weekend. Power outages affected at least 100 customers, keeping crews at Marshall Municipal Utilities and other utility companies busy for days.

The Battle of Marshall Shelter House in Indian Foothills Park was destroyed by fire in July 2021.

Sarah Gray / Democrat-News

Residents experienced snowfall and a “frost warning” the morning of Tuesday April 20. It was certainly a strange display of spring weather as motorists drove through snow showers. While the wintry weather seemed to be lengthening, creating the weird snowfall in April, it was not as chaotic as the flooding that occurred in June.

According to the MDN article ?? Flood floods emergency personnel, Marshall City departments ?? By Sarah Gray, the flooding brought about 12 inches of rain from June 25 to 26. Gray noted that the Marshall Fire Department provided assistance to the Blackwater Fire District with a water rescue after a woman and her vehicle were washed about 600 feet away. The full article can be read at https://www.marshallnews.com/story/2891985.html.

Several places were underwater, including one of the shelters in Indian Foothills Park, parts of Marshall Municipal Utilities ?? Wastewater treatment plant and certain streets of the Claiborne Fox Village subdivision. The cleaning was also carried out in the lobby of post 558 of the American Maltese Bend Legion. The Saline County commission discussed the flooding at its July 8 meeting.

Governor Mike Parson visits students at Hardeman School.

Danielle Linton-Hatfield / Democrat-News

Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner spoke of continuing repairs. Northern Commissioner Stephanie Gooden visited the worst affected areas. The article which has this discussion can be found by searching ?? County commissioners discuss recent flooding, junction water line, ?? or by going to this link https://www.marshallnews.com/story/2893893.html.

A yellow python, estimated to be nearly 8 feet long, was spotted leaking into a storm sewer in a neighborhood near the former Marshall Habilitation Center campus. Pythons are non-venomous snakes that are not native to North or South America. There is no report of the snake having been located since.

For the crimes in Saline County, there were two separate incidents in which people were found dead.

In February, the Saline County District Attorney’s Office charged Deseray Heyer, a resident of Slater, with ditching a corpse after the decomposed body of Sharon Lemm, 56, was discovered at a residence in Slater. According to the article ?? 1 indicted link to the discovery of a missing person, ?? posted on marshallnews.com on Monday February 8 ?? She was listed as a missing person on January 30, 2021, ?? who also noted that her family had last seen her on January 1, with the male subject walking towards her house. ??

In June, Heyer, 31, was sentenced to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

In October, Judith Young’s body was discovered in the Missouri River. According to article ?? 2 now indicted for the death of a woman found in a river, ?? a deputy sheriff and staff from the Malta Bend Fire Protection District responded to an area of ​​the Copper Avenue shoreline north of Malta Bend on Sunday morning (October 17th). An autopsy performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office at the University of Missouri Hospital positively identified the body as that of Judith Young.

Wayne Hrabe, of Malta Bend, and Tammy Hrabe, of Slater, are both currently facing charges of first degree murder and abandonment of the corpse.

On May 6, the Marshall Police Department searched for a suspect after a Marshall business was stolen at gunpoint. At approximately 10:30 a.m., an armed robbery was reported to Advance America on Cherokee Avenue. Subject walked away with about $ 1,600.

Not only was there criminal activity, but also fires in Saline County. After a family near Miami lost their home in April, Marshall Parks and Recreation lost the original Battle of Marshall Shelterhouse roof in July.

The Marshall Parks and Rec had not only suffered from vandalism and the negative effects of the flooding, but also an accidental fire on the night of Saturday, July 24. According to Gray’s article ?? Shelter roof destroyed by fire in Indian Foothills Park? it was reported that the structural columns remained intact. The Marshall Parks and Rec has since removed the entire structure and is in the process of building a new one.

Early on Sunday, December 19, about 40 cars derailed near Napton, and Union Pacific crews were there quickly to begin removing and repairing the tracks. The cars contained mixed goods, including wheat. No one was injured as a result of the derailment, and the cause is still under investigation.

To much happier news, the town of Sweet Springs held a groundbreaking ceremony on September 22 for a newly reconstructed bridge. The bridge is located near the school district building and would have cost $ 733,000. See the full article here


The village of Arrow Rock celebrated the official reopening of the J. Huston Tavern on October 8th. Several members of the public and Missouri State Parks acknowledged everyone who helped save the historic restaurant, as well as rebuilding the kitchen after the July 2019 fire. A full photo gallery and an article for the ceremony can be found here https://www.marshallnews.com/story/2911048.html.

Festivals and social gatherings have been organized by many towns in Saline County ??

including the re-emergence of the Marshall Community Chorus and the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater after taking a hiatus during the pandemic.

TMDN proudly won five Better Newspaper Contest awards for the 2021 Missouri Press Association contest and entered the ?? Dailies 0-5,000 ?? to classify.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson visited Saline County schools on April 26 for Teacher Appreciation Week. He had spoken with students at Hardeman School R-10 about what they learn from their teachers is important, and presented a certificate to Leigh Ann Riley of the Saline County Career Center who was a candidate for the title of regional teacher of the year.

Through all the ups and downs there is a lot we can cherish and learn before moving forward. The Democratic Marshall-News Wish our readers and our community many blessings and prosperity for the coming year.


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