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Salt River Ambulance District Breaks Ground on New Facility
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Several people were in attendance for the ground breaking ceremony at the Salt River Ambulance Base.

By Thad Requet
   It was a big day and a long time coming for everyone involved with the Salt River Ambulance District. The official groundbreaking ceremony took place on the morning of Thursday, July 21, just north of the existing facility.
   The event was attended by several people. There were also featured speakers, including Salt River Ambulance Board Chairman Phil Leatherman, Administrator Kieth Pantaleo; Presiding Commissioner Glenn Eagan and 5th District State Representative Lindell Shumake.
   Leatherman started out by thanking the board of directors and the committee for their time and efforts in putting this together. He also noted that they have had input from the employees of the ambulance district, those who would be using the facility on a regular basis. “We wanted to make sure it was good for them and what they wanted,” he said.
   “It all began about five years ago. It was brought to our attention that this building needed repair. About three years ago we went into full swing on it. We needed to repair the building and upgrade the building,” Leatherman explained. He noted that the current building was in need of a better training area, better garage for the ambulances, and better rooms for the duty crews. “After looking at the current building and what it was going to need, it was going to cost us more than half of what a new building would cost,” Leatherman explained.
   A committee was put together to search for viable options. Those included different buildings that might be available that could be used around the county. They also looked for possible land that could be available to see about possibly building elsewhere.
   Leatherman said they also visited a new facility in New London, and that’s when they decided to come up with a design for what they would need. “After much consideration, it was decided to pursue a new building on our property here. We have the land to the north here and thought we might as well use that,” he explained.
   Leatherman said they decided to see what they could afford to do without raising any taxes or asking for funds from local people. They checked into grants, but none were available at the time, so they had to see what they could budget. “We worked with contractors and builders to come up with a facility that we could have built within our budget. That was time consuming,” Leatherman explained.
   Schwada Builders out of Shelbina will be the contractor on the project. The structure will be ADA compliant. There will be upgraded rooms for the duty crews. The kitchen and living area will be on the second floor. The training area will be on the first floor. Leatherman said the building will be much more energy efficient.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Shelbina City Council Discusses Street Repair Options; Possible Sidewalk Project
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The Shelbina City Council discussed possible options for street repairs, as well as kicking around the idea of a sidewalk leading east on the north side of Business 36 to the Hawkins Theater during Tuesday night’s regular council meeting.
   Street Repairs
   Shelby Presson, Rob Trivette, Mayor Al Dimmitt and the council all discussed different ways to approach street repairs in Shelbina.
   The big question is chip and seal vs. asphalt. Obviously asphalt is higher in price, but it also does a nicer job. The discussion centered around which streets were in the greatest need. Some of the streets mentioned were the last block on East Walnut that leads to the pool, Windmill Circle; Sharon Drive; a section of East Wood; West Beech to the curve; North Missouri street and West Birch.
   Trivette said there weren’t any major projects coming up that would require tearing up any of those streets shortly after they were repaired. The council and mayor plan to go out as a group and drive those streets and review them first hand to see what is needed on each one.
   There was a suggestion of paving the ones that are traveled the most, and chipping and sealing streets that were in the best condition, to keep them from taking on any water. The consensus was they felt they would have a better idea of what the streets needed after going out and inspecting them first hand.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Shelbina Teen Suffers Moderate Injuries in One Vehicle Accident
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A one-vehicle accident involving a Shelbina teen resulted in moderate injuries around 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 24, six miles west of Edina.
   According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 1996 Dodge Dakota driven by 17-year-old Trey Roush was eastbound when his vehicle ran off the left side of the road, returned to the roadway, and traveled off the right side, struck an embankment, overturned and came to rest on its side.
   Roush was transported by Knox County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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Minor Injuries Result from One-Vehicle Accident
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A one-vehicle accident resulted in minor injuries to a Shelbyville man at 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, on gravel road 343, one mile west of Shelbyville.
   According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 55-year-old Roland B.Gaines, was traveling south in a 2014 Ford F350 when he went off the right side of the road, down an embankment and overturned in a culvert.
   Gaines sought his own treatment following the accident.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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One-Car Wreck Injures a Clarence Man
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Two people were involved, and one injured in a one-vehicle accident that occurred around 10 p.m., Monday, July 18, on Shelby County Road 404.
   According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol a 1994 Chevrolet Beretta driven by 84-year-old Vivian Black of Clarence was east bound when Black failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the east side of the road and struck a fence before coming to rest in a soybean field.
   Black suffered moderate injuries. A passenger, 81-year-old Orville L. Chick of Clarence was not injured. Both were taken by Salt River Ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon. Chick was taken for precautionary measures.
   For the full story, see this week’s issue of the Shelbina Weekly.
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