Celebrate drinking water week May 1-7

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites Missourians to celebrate drinking water week by taking a moment to reflect on the importance of a clean abundant supply of quality tap water.

Whether you use it to cool off after a workout or warm up in a hot bath, your tap water is there when you need it. Without it, there would be no morning coffee, no clean clothes and nothing to clean those garden-fresh fruits and vegetables.

Drinking Water Week, May 1-7, recognizes the essential role drinking water plays in our daily lives, with the theme “There when you need it.” Most of us turn on our faucets and expect a plentiful supply of clean, safe water to come out. Water, one of our most precious natural resources, is too often taken for granted.

In celebration of Drinking Water Week, the department, in conjunction with the American Water Works Association, held a poster contest for all Missouri fifth grade students. First place went to Aswin Sureshkumar of Creve Coeur. Second place went to Emery Skidmore of Warrensburg, while Robert Edmonds of Piedmont received third place.

Public water systems in Missouri face increasingly complex challenges, and overall have an extraordinary compliance record. Each water system is responsible for monitoring conditions at individual water plants and is required to employ trained certified operators. Water systems in Missouri are required to regularly sample water for many different contaminants following federal and state limits. A state-approved laboratory must analyze these samples and the results must be reported to the department. The majority of testing is done at the Department of Natural Resources’ and the Department of Health and Senior Services’ labs, at no cost to the systems, saving the consumers money. For more information, visit https://dnr.mo.gov/water/get-involved/drinking-water-week, or call the Department of Natural Resources’ Public Drinking Water Branch at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5331.  

Serious Injury Accident in Cass County

Missouri Highway Patrol responded to a two-car accident in Cass County on Route D at 195th Street on Friday, April 29th at approximately 1:46pm.

The accident occurred when a 2017 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Amy Threlkend 39 of Bucyrus was Northbound and a 1993 Honda Accord, driven by Katherine McCollom 57 of Paola Kansas, was southbound on Route D. The accord made a left turn into the path of the suburban and the suburban struck the accord.

Katherine McCollom sustained serious injuries and was transported to Research by Central Cass Fire.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by J’s Southland Tow.

Fatality Accident in Johnson County

Missouri Highway Patrol responded to a one-car accident in Johnson County at 1262 Highway WW on Saturday, April 30th at approximately 10:02am.

The accident occurred when a 1995 Jeep Wrangler, driver by Ronald Johnson 76 of Windsor, exited his vehicle and fell, at which time the Jeep traveled over Mr. Johnson. Johnson was pronounced at the scene by Johnson County Coroner Coleman.

There was no damage to the Jeep and it was driven from the scene.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Rodeo

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary is excited to host the Cass County Sheriff’s Rodeo this October 7 and 8th at the Harrisonville North Park Rodeo Grounds. 

The goal of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary is to provide a premiere benefit rodeo that will support their commitment to public safety and children through the efforts of the Sheriffs Auxiliary. Through their concerted efforts, they will provide a memorable experience for the community and its participants. The event brings a better understanding of the relationship between Law Enforcement and the public.

“The Sheriff’s Auxiliary is delighted to bring back this fun and family friendly Rodeo to the area. Our goal is to assist the Sheriff’s office in helping keep the residents of Cass County safe” said Auxiliary President Darren Rew.

Proceeds benefit the Sheriff’s Auxiliary, a volunteer 501(c)(3) public service organization.  The Cass County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary provides support to the community through children programs and specialized team assistance.  The Auxiliary has funded more than $50,000 for D.A.R.E., Tan Santa, Law Enforcement Wellness, Benevolence Fund, Family Support, K9, and UAV programs.

“We are excited to be part of this family friendly event. The Auxiliary is a key part of our office and the programs funded from the proceeds are essential to support the men and women who provide quality public safety to the County.” Sheriff Jeff Weber

The C.R. McKellips Rodeo Co. will provide a Friday and Saturday night performance sanctioned by the United Rodeo Association and Missouri Rodeo Cowboys Association.

For more information or questions about sponsorship email rodeo@cassmosheriff.org