The Rural Missouri and Associated Electric Cooperatives are working together to sponsor a big recipe contest called “Keep It Cool”. The program allows amateur cooks who are a member of the 48 cooperatives in the state to showcase their culinary talents and win up to $600 dollars in prize money. The contest will feature five categories including an appetizer, side dish, salad, a main dish and desert. The only catch to the event is that if your recipe requires something to be heated, you have to use a microwave to do so. This is the main part in the “Keep it cool” campaign where the co-ops are suggesting that people can prepare meals in the microwave instead of heating up the home with the stove when running the air condition, a way to save energy and money. There is a $100 prize for each category with the grand prize of $500 that will be awarded to the selected winners in the July issue of the Heart of Rural Missouri magazine. Entries must be postmarked by March 20 and mailed to Rural Missouri Recipe Contest, P.O. Box 1645 , Jefferson City , MO 65102 . Or you may enter online at www.ruralmissouri.coop/recipecontest.php.
A Morgan County farmer is now facing formal charges in connection with dozens of dead and dying cattle found on his property south of Stover earlier this month. Sheriff’s Department Lt. Mike Nienhuis says 70-year-old Edward Coleman of Versailles has been charged with felony animal abuse. 15 dead cattle were found on property Coleman leases, and 20 more malnourished cows and calves were rescued by the Humane Society. Three of them have since died.
Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott has asked the Highway Patrol to investigate an inmate death at the county jail. He was found hanging in his cell Monday night. Jail staff administered CPR until paramedics arrived. The man was pronounced dead at University Hospital in Columbia. An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted today. The sheriff says there was no indication the man needed to be on suicide watch and he was not on any medication. The inmates name has not be released.
A Morgan County pastor accused of sex crimes that happened several years ago will not be back in court for about a month. At a case review on Tuesday in Moniteau County Court, the attorney for 42-year old Travis Smith requested more time to see if he has a conflict in the case. Smith is facing charges of statutory rape, statutory sodomy, forcible rape and sexual abuse from incidents that allegedly happened in 1998, 1999 and 2005. This is not the first time Smith has been accused of sex crimes. In 2011, he was acquitted of a child molestation charge by a Morgan County jury. He remains free on bond and will be back in court for another case review on March 5th. Smith is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Stover.
A winter storm of a different kind does significant damage in the Lake area. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department reports straight line winds from severe weather moving through the area Tuesday afternoon are to blame for an estimated $100,000 damage in the Ivy Bend area. Docks were picked up out of a dry cove and blown into Clearwater Road south of Stover. The winds also pushed several pontoon boats into a tree line and took down power lines and trees near Franklin Road, also in Stover. Co-Mo Electric Cooperative reports power was out for 252 residents for about three hours. A feeder line from an Ivy Bend substation had been damaged by the high winds. Crews did report having to move trees and docks from the road in order to get to the downed power lines.
A now-former Stover police officer accused of having sex with three underage girls has been arraigned in Moniteau County on six counts of statutory rape. 23-year-old Aaron Nelson appeared before Judge Peggy Richardson, who set bond and ordered Nelson to return to court February 5th. Two of the girls were 16 years old, the youngest was 15. The alleged incidents occurred last year, beginning in April. Nelson was arrested Monday at his home in California, MO. Stover Police Chief Trampus Jackson says he fired Nelson after learning of the allegations.
A Stover pastor charged with sex crimes that allegedly happened several years ago will be back in court on Tuesday. 42-year old Travis Smith is scheduled for a case review in Moniteau County Court. He is charged with statutory rape and statutory sodomy from an incident in January of 2005. Smith is also facing charges of forcible rape, statutory rape and sexual abuse from an incident in 1998 and one count of statutory rape from another incident in 1999. Smith is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Stover. He remains free on bond.