Staff Reports

Adults over 65 sought for Truman State study

Adults over 65 are needed for Truman State University’s Summer Research Project on who is at risk for developing a voice and swallowing disorder. Adults age 65 and older are most at risk and 29 percent of individuals over 65 report having voice disorder symptoms with 33 percent having a swelling disorder. Not only will you receive free preventative care, but you will also get small prizes throughout the duration of the program. Program researchers are seeking any individual over 65 without a history of neck cancer or a neurological disorder (i.e. stroke and Parkinson’s). The study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of two different age-related preventative speech and swallow programs. One group will do all of the exercises at home alone. The other group will do all of the exercises in a social group setting twice weekly. The program for both subsets of participants will last for four weeks from June to July. Contact Anna Rhein at [email protected]; Dr. Julia Edgar at [email protected]; or call (660) 785-4255 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

Breathe Easy Vaping Prevention Program

Adair County SB40 will be hosting the Breathe Easy Vaping Prevention Program every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., June 16 to July 7 at the Community Learning Center. Learn why vaping is dangerous, how to recognize deceptive advertising messages, how to resist peer pressure and how to practice healthy habits. Breathe Easy is a free vaping prevention class that will focus on learning how to resist social pressures to vape and finding healthy coping strategies to deal with stress. Snacks will be provided at each class. To register, contact [email protected].

City seeking applicants for Tourism Advisory Board

The city of Kirksville is eager to involve citizens in the process of local government through our many Citizens Advisory Commissions. The city is now seeking applications for an opening on the Tourism Advisory Board. This commission meets the first Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. This appointment will be for a full term ending March 2026. The application deadline is Friday, June 30. To fill out an application and see instructions for submission, visit

Registration open for Red, White and Blue Parade

The annual Red, White and Blue Parade will be held Saturday, July 1, starting at 10 a.m., in downtown Kirksville. Parade registration is now open. Applications can be found online at The parade is an exciting way to promote your business, organization, or group by reaching parade goers, while also making our community a better place this Fourth of July. Organizations and businesses may register to participate in the parade by filling out the entry form and submitting it to the appropriate contact. All contestants are encouraged to play patriotic music, and of course, deck your float out in red, white, and blue. The deadline for entry is Friday, June 23, to be included in the contest. The Kiwanis Club of Kirksville coordinates the float competition and trophies. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Director Rodney Sadler at 660-627-1485. You can also check out the full schedule of events for the Red, White and Blue Festival at

Registration open for 2023 Little Sluggers T-ball league

Kirksville Parks and Recreation is registering for the 2023 Little Sluggers League. Little Sluggers is a coed tee ball program for kids ages 3-5 year olds. All practices and games will be held at the North Park Sports Complex in Kirksville. Practices will start the week commencing July 31, and games will run Aug. 14 through Sept. 15. The cost is $40 per child through June 30 and $50 after. Registration includes a shirt, hat, and end of season award. The registration deadline for the Little Sluggers League is Sunday, July 16. Sign up online at or visit in person at the Kirksville Aquatic Center, located at 801 E. Mill Street.

Children’s Theatre Camps announced

Back by popular demand! Send your budding theatre enthusiast to one of the theatre camps this summer. Choose between a performance based, or technical theatre camp. Open to students entering third through eighth grades.

Technical Theatre Camp will be July 18 to 21, 1-4 p.m. Students will learn the technical elements of theatre and design for an end of week camp performance.

Performance Theatre Camp will be July 20, 21, 24, 25, 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will make up the cast of the end of week performance of "The Rainbow Fish". The performance will be held July 27 at 7 p.m. at the Ray Klinginsmith Amphitheater in Rotary Park. The cost is just $50 per child and each registrant will receive a t-shirt.

For more information, contact the Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department at 660-627-1485.

Rotary Youth Exchange Committee in need of host families

The Kirksville Rotary Youth Exchange Committee is in need of host families for a German exchange student for the 2023-24 school year. Three host families are needed to provide room and board for three months each. The committee provides orientation to the families and the students go through a strong vetting process. Email [email protected] if interested.

Ron Hediger exhibit at the Sue Ross Arts Center

Well-known regional artist Ron Hediger will be on exhibit at the Sue Ross Arts Center, located at 215 S. Franklin in Kirksville through Saturday, June 24. Hediger is originally from Kirksville. After graduating from Truman State University, Hediger taught art in the Columbia schools later becoming a guidance counselor. Twenty-two paintings are on display, featuring landscapes, rural scenes, and florals. Hediger is an award-winning watercolorist.  For many years he exhibited at the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival in Kirksville. A raffle is being held on a 26x36 inch framed painting of “Sunflowers” with proceeds to benefit Doctors without Borders. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20 and will be available for purchase at the Sue Ross Arts Center until the drawing is held on Oct. 10. A reception will be held on Friday, June 2 from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. with a meet and greet with Hediger at the Sue Ross Arts Center. The arts center is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge to visit the exhibits and children are welcome. 

Kirksville Arts Association to honor former military with summer exhibit

Kirksville Arts Association is seeking former military members to photograph for an exhibit titled “Thank You for Your Service” to be held at the Sue Ross Arts Center. The exhibit will open June 28 and run through Aug. 26. The Sue Ross Arts Center is located at 215 S. Franklin in Kirksville. A reception will be held on Aug. 24 and will include presentation of quilts by the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild to some of the veterans. A professional photographer is scheduled to take photographs of the men and women holding a photo of when they were in the service in mid-May. Following the close of the exhibit, the photos will be given to the former military members. Anyone interested in participating in this exhibit is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Arts Association at 660-665-0500. There is no charge and all branches of the military are being honored including the reserves and guard. 

Ld’s Bar and Grill summer calendar

Ld's Bar and Grill, 33006 State Hwy M in Economy (three miles east of Atlanta on Hwy M), will hold the following events: Pool tournaments every first and third Saturday of the month. Sign in at noon, play begins at 1 p.m.

Closed July 2-5

Saturday July 8 — Band "Fully Loaded" 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Saturday July 15 — Band "Keota" 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday Aug. 5 — Chariton River Rally Poker Run 

Saturday Aug. 19 — Band "Fully Loaded" 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Friday Sept. 15 — Band "Boot Cut" 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday Sept. 30 — Band "Keota" 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday Oct. 21 — Band "Shakey Ground" 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

Friday Oct. 27 — Band "Stone house" 9 p.m. to midnight 

Call 660-239-4576 for more information.

Local McDonald’s Restaurants Launches Second Annual McDonald’s Nurse Excellence Award

Local McDonald’s restaurants will again celebrate area nurses in a big way this summer with the launch of the second-annual McDonald’s Nurse Excellence Awards. Community members can nominate excellent nurses in participating communities through June 19. The award will honor nurses who exhibit the ultimate dedication to their patients and go above and beyond to ensure the community is taken care of! Nominations will be accepted online at Ten nominees will be selected for the 2023 McDonald’s Nurse Excellence Award and will receive a $200 gift card on behalf of their local McDonald’s restaurant. This program gives the opportunity for the community to get involved in showcasing thanks and appreciation for the positive impact healthcare workers make. As well as supporting local healthcare, McDonald’s provides extensive support to local Ronald McDonald House Charities chapters.

Life Church will celebrate 40 years

The family at Life Church of Kirksville is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this June 23-25. This church was organized in 1983 and has served not only the city of Kirksville but also a national and international family of churches through the ministries of C2C and Salt and Light.  Guests are invited to celebrate with them. The 40th Anniversary Celebration will be Friday and Saturday evening, June 23, and 24, starting at 7 p.m., and Sunday morning, the 25th, beginning at 10 a.m. They will have church leaders from Kansas City, Mo., Fresno, Calif., and Stockholm, Sweden for this event.

Kirksville Kiwanis Farmers’ Market on Saturdays

The Kirksville Kiwanis Farmers’ Market will run each Saturday from May through Oct., 7 a.m. to noon on the square in downtown Kirksville. Come support your local farmers, growers, bakers, and craftspeople at the longest continual community service project in the city of Kirksville. For more information, contact the Kirksville Kiwanis Club at (660) 988-0419 or via email at [email protected]. or see the Kiwanis Facebook page at

Indoor walking activity for seniors at the Crossing Church

The RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Persons) office sponsors a walking activity five days a week during winter months for seniors to walk inside the Crossing Church location on Shepard Street from 9:30 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday. This is only for senior citizens — 55 or older. They have volunteers “manning” the location and seniors are welcome any time during that time period. They ask that you sign in. There is no charge and you may come any or all days. If the schools are closed, they are not open because of weather. As of April 1, the Crossing will only be open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week. It will be rain free, wind free, and cool on hot days. Citizens above 55 years of age. 

Healthy living program at NEMO Senior Center

A.T. Still University Area Health Education Centers and Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging are hosting a healthy living program: “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls.” This program is designed to reduce falls and the fear of falling, setting realistic goals for increasing activity and evaluate and modify the environment to reduce risk factors. Friday afternoons through June 23, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the NEMO Senior Citizen Service, Inc.: Senior Center located at Village 76 in Kirksville. Contact Tonia Schlecht ATSU AHEC 660-626-2887 or Debbie Blessing Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging 660-665-4628 to register.

Food Bank Adopt a Buddy Pack program

The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri invites you to Adopt a Buddy Pack. 1,928 children in Adair County qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school. Many of these children do not have access to nutritious meals during the weekend. The Food Bank’s Buddy Pack program aims to fill that gap by providing Buddy Packs full of nutritious food for children to take over the weekend. You can help fed a child with Buddy Packs. A gift of $270 allows them to provide a Buddy Pack to a child in Adair County for an entire school year. Donate at or in-person at Alliant Bank, 201 S. Baltimore Street in Kirksville. Check by Mail: Make payable to “The Food Bank” with “Adair County Buddy Pack” in the memo to: The Food Bank, 2101 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, Mo. 65202. All funds stay in the county. Participating schools include Kirksville Primary, Ray Miller, Brashear and Novinger. Sponsored by Alliant Bank and Kirksville Daily Express.

Join the Kirksville Young Professionals Committee

The Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses and their employees (ages 21-40) to become involved in the Kirksville Young Professionals Committee, which focuses on retaining and engaging young professionals in the area through lunch & learn opportunities, professional development, and other various events. KVYP is here to help them connect with the community. They meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m., in the Hampton Inn Truman Room or via zoom. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information about KVYP or to get the Zoom Link for meetings. You are also more than welcome to join them at future events.

Hospice of Northeast Missouri to facilitate ongoing support group around the grief of aging

An ongoing support group around the grief of aging will explore dealing with getting older and experiencing the reality of “life is NOT what I thought it would be when I got to this point.” All are welcome to attend this monthly support group that will meet from 1–2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the First United Methodist Church on 300 E. Washington St. in Kirksville. Attendees are asked to enter through the south door. The ongoing support group is sponsored by Hospice of Northeast Missouri, a partner agency of the United Way of Northeast Missouri. For more information, call 660-627-9711.

Missouri Livestock Symposium accepting applications for the Missouri Livestock Achievement Award

The Missouri Livestock Symposium is currently accepting applications for the Missouri Livestock Achievement Award. This award recognizes an individual or organization demonstrating outstanding achievements and distinguished contributions to the livestock industry. Eligible applicants can be producers of livestock, agribusiness personnel, agency personnel, or agriculture educators in the state of Missouri. Other parties who have been long-time supporters of the Missouri livestock industry will also be considered. The award recognizes livestock industry leaders from across the state. The selected applicant will become a member of the Missouri Livestock Symposium Hall of Fame and will be inducted during the Friday evening program of the Missouri Livestock Symposium on Dec. 1. The award nomination form can be received by emailing [email protected] and requesting the form, or by contacting the Adair County Extension office at 660-665-9866. The Missouri Livestock Symposium is Dec. 1-2, at William Mathew Middle School. Go to or our Facebook page @MissouriLivestock for more details.

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