This page updated 02/08/2018.

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02/08/18 - Scammers are targeting the residents of Chillicothe and surrounding areas according to local authorities. Chillicothe Police Detective Michael Smith said that the scammer has a Middle Eastern accent and claims to be with Chillicothe Municipal Utilities and threatens to turn off services without immediate payment by check or debit/credit card. "We have spoken with CMU, and they stated they do not conduct collection activities in this manner or take over-the-phone payments," Smith said. Payments are accepted through customers' online bill pay access, in person, by mail, or in the drop box at the office. CMU stated that they are not reaching out to anyone in this fashion and have received calls from customers as well. The scammer calls from telephone number 816 394-9218 or 1-800-9814002. "We urge you to not give any of your personal information to anyone, especially if you are unsure if the call is, in fact, real," Smith said. If you should receive this call, hang up on the caller. CMU customers can check with CMU about their bills by calling the CMU office at 660-646-1664 or by visiting their office.

02/06/18 - Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery has welcomed watercolor artist Lana Cease for its February exhibit. The Lana Cease Watercolor exhibit opens February 6, 2018. The exhibit will continue through Thursday, March 1, when a closing reception will be from 5 until 8 p.m. The reception is open to the public. For more information regarding this event or other events at the Cultural Corner Art Guild & Gallery visit or call 660-240-5022. To learn more about Lana Cease and her work visit

02/05/18 - Nearly 30 weapons, a vehicle, motor grader and a tiller, as well as an assortment of machinery and other items, are up for sale as surplus property by the city of Chillicothe. The city is accepting sealed bids on the items until 3 p.m. February 20. Requirements to purchase the weapons include being a resident of Missouri, over 18 years of age, and must pass a background check. The weapons may be viewed Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the police station from 1 until 5 p.m. All vehicles and equipment are located at the Chillicothe street barn, 30 S. Mitchell Road. Vehicle details, condition and contact information will be available at City Hall. The vehicles are being sold "as is." Pictures and details of all surplus items are available at City Hall. Bid forms are available at the city clerk's office at City Hall, 715 Washington Street, Chillicothe, MO 64601, 660-646-1877, Sealed bids are due to the clerk's office by 3 p.m. February 20. The city has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Top bidders will be notified and given three working days from date of notification to pay the clerk's office in cash or certified check. If not paid, the city will consider awarding the bid to the next highest bidder.

01/04/18 - Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on both the Board of Adjustments and Airport Board. Any interested parties can pick up a board volunteer form at the city clerk's office at City Hall, 715 Washington Street. Forms must be submitted by Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

11/21/17 - The Community Resource Center is a 30-day emergency shelter. It provides emergency overnight shelter to men, women, and families. The essential services include meals, laundry service, hygiene products, hot showers, access to recovery services and case management. All services are provided in a clean, sober environment. Upon intake, clients must take a voucher to the Chillicothe Police Department to be run for extraditable warrants before staying at the CRC. Clients are required to do a Breathalyzer test each night at check-in to ensure sobriety. The Community Resource Center also works to meet the needs of our community members by connecting them to necessary resources as well as by providing assistance in the application process to access these resources. For more information about the Community Resource Center, call the Community Resource Center at 660-646-1667.

C-T 08 24 17 - Pathway of Hope is a program offered through The Salvation Army in Chillicothe, and its goal is to provide individualized services to families with children who want to take action to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. The Salvation Army also provides a food pantry to people in need. The pantry is open every Wednesday and Thursday, from 1 until 4 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 621 Mohawk. Donations are accepted at any time, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with the office closed from noon until 1 p.m. Individuals may seek food pantry assistance once every 30 days; however, they may obtain bread on Wednesdays the Thursdays while supplies last. To qualify for the food pantry, individuals must be from Livingston or Grundy counties. They must provide a photo ID and a Social Security Card. To learn more about the Pathway of Hope program or the food pantry, contact Lynda Snuffer at 660646-3538.

  • Facebook: The Salvation Army keeps an updated post of items needed for the food pantry on its Facebook page.
  • January 30 - celebration of 130th anniversary in Chillicothe

May 15, 2017 - The Retired Teachers Association recently purchased carbon monoxide detectors. They have teamed with Chillicothe Fire Department to install the detectors. If you are a senior and in need of a CO detector, contact the fire department at 660-646-2139. These will be placed at no charge thanks to the generous donation of local retired educators.

April 27, 2017 - Chillicothe Municipal Utilities is establishing an across-the-board 8 percent PILOT rate fee for residential and small business electric, water, sewer and refuse customers beginning with June billings. This means that the collection of the current 10.41 percent of the electric fee (6.53 percent PILOT fee and 3.88 percent service component fee) will be reduced to 8 percent fees that will be charged on all utility services - electric, water, sewer and refuse instead. The end result should have little impact on CMU customers' bills, according to CMU General Manager Jim Gillilan.

March 29, 2017 - The Grand River Multi-Purpose Center Fund drive pledges are coming in daily and has surpassed the $250,000 mark as of May 17, standing at $250,585.The goal is $400,000, and the committee promoting the fund drive is in the process of mailing brochures and pledge cards to individuals and businesses in Livingston County explaining the project to retire the loan on the building at 607 Old Highway 36, make needed repairs, and provide an emergency fund for future needs. If you have not received a brochure, you may call the center at 660-646-1555, and a brochure can be mail to you or you may stop by the facility and pick one up. If you would like to send a donation you can mail the check to Grand River Multi-Purpose Center, PO Box 312, Chillicothe, Mo. 64601. The center operates under the 501(c3) nonprofit tax exempt corporation number of the Concerned Citizens of the Community which means that donations will be income tax exempt. Checks should be made payable to CCC Building Fund with GRMPC Building Fund in the "for" section in the lower left hand corner.

November 23, 2016 - The Livingston County Food Pantry has a new home: 403 Locust, across from the Cultural Corner. The hours for the Livingston County Food Pantry changed on September 4. Currently, the hours are from 1 to 4. The change will make the hours from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the days it is open. To learn more about the Livingston County Food Pantry or to make a reservation for Commodities, call Janet Baker at 660-247-2095 or Mary Ann Slattery at 247-2822.

June 28, 2016 - The newly-constructed city walking / biking trail opened on Monday, June 27, 2016. This trail starts at 3rd Street and South Woodrow Street, just west of the old prison site, and continues 1.4 miles to the east entrance near the Wabash restaurant. Parking on each end of the trail is near the entrances. City officials emphasize that no motor vehicles are allowed on this trail.

May 24, 2016 - Free summer meals, funded by the USDA, are available to kids and teens ages 18 and younger at summer meals sites in Chillicothe. Many summer meals sites offer fun learning and recreational activities so children and teens can eat a healthy meal while staying active and being with friends. Sites are also registered with the USDA and are held at safe local places like schools, churches and community centers. Free Summer Meal Program Details: Meals are free to children and teens ages 18 and younger who come to a summer meals site. Free summer meals will help families save money and stretch their already tight food budgets. Food served is healthy and follows USDA nutrition guidelines. Summer meal sites are a fun, safe places for kids and teens to be active and visit with friends. No application or proof of income needed. According to Chillicothe Summer School Administrator and Central School principal, Melanie Rucker, summer meal sites in Chillicothe are located at Dewey Elementary and Chillicothe High School. Breakfast is 7:30 until 8 a.m. and lunch is about 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. every summer school day (May 28 through June 29) except Memorial Day. If you or someone you know is interested, go to: to learn more or find a site near you.

March 10, 2016 - The Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works approved rate increases for water and refuse service starting with the April 2016 bill statements. The overall system average increase for water will be 5.8 percent and for refuse service will 10 percent. While the net effect of the rate increase on customers will vary by volume used, the average water customer using 6,000 gallons of water per month will see an increase of a $1.35 per month. The base charge for residential refuse service will increase by $1.25 per month, while the effect on business refuse customers will vary by container classification. The increases are needed to cover increased operating costs and infrastructure improvements. The last rate increase for water was in April 2011, while refuse fees increased in April 2014.

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