SEDALIA RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Sedalia is the state of Missouri's highest ranking community for economic development activities last year, and ranks among the best nationally.
Sedalia is ranked 42nd nationally on Site Selection Magazine's 2015 list of America's top micropolitan areas. A micropolitan area is described as those with "an urban core of at least ten thousand residents but less than fifty thousand in total population" .
Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County Director Linda Christle says the rankings are based on the number of corporate facility investment projects announced during 2014.
Christle tells KDRO News she believes this is the first time Sedalia has been ranked nationally, and it is an honor for the entire community.
Sedalia was one of three Missouri cities listed in the 2015 list. Sedalia is at number 42. Moberly and West Plains tied for number 74.
POSTAL WORKERS CHARGED
Federal prosecutors have accused an area postal worker of dumping mail and another of embezzlement.
The U.S. attorney's office announced indictments Thursday against 54-year-old David Thompson, of Warrensburg, and 24-year-old Jacob Crisp, formerly of Kansas City.
Thompson is accused of stealing at least 20,000 pieces of mail. Prosecutors allege that he threw the mail into a trash bin or kept it in his house and personal vehicle. The indictment says a hidden camera captured Thompson not delivering some mail and drinking five to eight beers daily while on his route in December 2013 and January 2014.
Prosecutors allege that Crisp embezzled money while working at the front counter of a post office. He is charged with misappropriating federal postal funds.
STATE RECORD CATFISH
An area man is the state's newest record breaking fisherman, after he landed a giant blue catfish on a stretch of the Missouri River in Saline County. Burr Edde III of Malta Bend caught the record catfish last weekend, using a trotline.
The new "alternative method" record blue catfish weighed 120 pounds, eight ounces. It measured fifty five inches long and forty five inches around.
Edde says he used cut Asian carp as bait.
His fish beats the old record by three pounds, caught more than fifty years ago on the Osage River in 1964.
Missouri Department of Conservation staff verified the record weight fish March 25th.
SOUTHERN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH
A one vehicle accident south of Sedalia last night sent a Kansas man to the hospital. The wreck occurred about seven forty-five Thursday night on State Route "U" at Sunflower Road.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says twenty five year old Casey Allred of Topeka, Kansas, was northbound when his car went off the left side of the roadway, hit an embankment, went airborne and into a ravine.
Troopers say Allred was not wearing a seatbelt at the time, but escaped the crash with minor injuries. He was transported by Pettis County Ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center.