12-year-old drowns at Holiday Lakes
Devin Fossett, a 12-year-old seventh-grader at Odessa Middle School, drowned Monday at Holiday Lakes, northwest of Lake Lafayette. The boy apparently fell through the ice covering the lake while hunting.
The Lafayette County Sheriff's office announced Tuesday in a press release that they, the Odessa Fire and Rescue Protection District and Odessa Emergency Medical Services responded to a call from the area of Kite and Newton roads about a missing boy.
Kevin Campbell, Odessa Fire and Rescue Chief, said the department was reached at 1:50 p.m. and four personnel arrived at the scene at 1:52 p.m. Two Lafayette County sheriff's deputies were at the scene and had begun a search for the boy. Six additional fire district and two EMS personnel arrived later.
Campbell said the boy's father had called for emergency services when his son had not returned home for three or four hours.
Devin's absence was said to be not uncommon as he enjoyed being outside. The Odessa R-7 School District was not in session Monday due to weather conditions.
A pellet gun and the family dog were found beside the ice-covered lake. Campbell said it was apparent the ice had broken and refrozen. Read more in The Odessan.
|Aldermen to meet Tuesday
for second EMS session
A second workshop to review Emergency Medical Services financial issues will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Center in Dyer Park.
Meeting, originally set for March 3, was changed to Tuesday so Higginsville city officials could attend.
In addition to the Odessa Board of Aldermen and EMS personnel, three officials from Higginsville will be in attendance: Lee Barker, city administrator, Rod Kirchhoff, EMS director, and David Wagner, alderman.
Barker said Tuesday several other Higginsville officials may attend the workshop but had not yet confirmed.
At the February 3 workshop two options were presented by Jon Holmes, city administrator: form a special ambulance district or ask the fire district to take over EMS service and add to their existing levy.
Dr. David Gustafson, medical director for Odessa EMS, said at the February 3 workshop that Higginsville had similar issues as Odessa with ambulance service costs. Read more in The Odessan.
Area departments answer several calls to grass fires
Area fire departments were busy on Friday fighting numerous grass fires.
Mayview Fire Department responded to two calls on Friday.
The first call was northwest of Highways FF and O. Lexington Fire Department assisted in extinguishing the blaze.
Later in the day the Mayview Department answered a call to a grass fire on Old Stage Road, east of H Highway in the Missouri State Conservation area of Maple Leaf Lake. Read more in The Odessan.
Aldermen to hear request from Missouri Main Street
Odessa Board of Aldermen will hear a request for a letter of support for Missouri Main Street Connection at a 7 p.m. Monday meeting at the Community Center in Dyer Park.
Mary Bertram, who has been instrumental in bringing a presentation on the program to Odessa, will make the request.
David Sparks, mayor pro tem, will preside in the absence of Justin Murry, mayor. Read more in The Odessan.
Missouri Main Street... Keith Winge, a manager with Missouri Main Street Connection, gives a presentation on the program to about 30 Odessa residents, business owners and aldermen February 25.
Odessa residents hear presentation
on Missouri Main Street Connection
Nearly 30 Odessa residents, business owners and city officials gathered at The Mixing Bowl February 25 to hear a presentation on Missouri Main Street Connection.
A presentation was given on the program in 2012, but downtown business owners chose instead to form a group outside the Main Street program. The group disbanded during the summer.
Missouri Main Street Connection is a downtown revitalization organization. The organization is a branch of the National Main Street Center, which is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has had participant communities in all 50 states.
Cathy Cox, Chamber of Commerce board member and economic development council member, announced the chamber has committed $3000 from rodeo proceeds pending grant application approval. She also said all first-time Chamber of Commerce membership fees in the downtown corridor until September 30 will be donated as well.
"The Chamber is very supportive of this," Cox said. "We think this is a great project." Read more in The Odessan.
County finances outlined in supplement
Lafayette County financial statement for 2013 is a supplement in this issue of The Odessan.
Copies of the statement, prepared by Linda Niendick, county clerk, also are available at the Lafayette County Courthouse in Lexington.