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Hallsville Residents Vote to Sell City Sewer System

Nov 6, 2019
Voting sign outside polling place.
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The city of Hallsville will move forward with investigating privatizing the city’s sewer system after the city’s residents voted yes on a ballot issue concerning the sewer.

The ballot issue passed with 68% of the vote, with 136 votes for yes and 64 votes for no. There was a 22.56% overall voter turnout Tuesday.

Although the sewer issue passed in Hallsville, the city does not have to sell the system. This simply means the city will continue to explore the proposals it has received from private companies to buy the system.

HALLSVILLE —City residents are being asked to approve the idea of selling Hallsville's wastewater utility, a move that could bring needed improvements to the system but has some residents concerned that the city is rushing into a decision that could have serious future consequences.

City officials stress that the vote would not automatically mean that the system would be sold. One company has already put in a proposal, and more are expected. Voters will be asked whether the system should be sold when they go to the polls at the Hallsville Fairgrounds on Tuesday.

Hallsville Hosts Funfest

Sep 28, 2018
KBIA/file photo

Hallsville added new events to help grow the Second Annual Funfest this weekend.

Hallsville used to have a heritage festival in the summer- but decided to make it a carnival during the fall.

Event organizer Eric Adkins said the carnival is about bringing the community together.

Jadde Turk / KBIA

This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment, Off the Clock, Jadde Turk takes us to the Hallsville Community Center. She tells us about the growing popularity of square dancing in the small town. Every other Saturday, the Missouri Traditional Fiddle and Dance Network invites community members to eat and enjoy the traditional music and dance of Mid-Missouri. 

Hallsville repeals 20-year-old pit-bull ban

Nov 14, 2014

A 20-year-old pit-bull ban has been repealed by The Hallsville City Council. Cheri Reish, mayor of Hallsville, said there is a resident in the area who adopted a pit-bull and were originally told that pit-bull was not allowed in the community.

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This week on KBIA’s arts/culture segment Off the Clock, KBIA producer Jenn Cooper hangs out with Tao Weilundemo, the owner of Maya Creek, sustainable living commune in Calwood, Mo.

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The mayors of Hallsville and Centralia, along with one Missouri legislator, have reached out to gun and ammunition manufacturers in an effort to attract those businesses as other states tighten gun restrictions.

State Representative Caleb Rowden said the decision to reach out to gun businesses is about improving the economy.

“This is a matter of jobs,” Rowden said. “If this was a different industry where it was so public that it made national news that these companies need relieving, I would have sent the same letter with some different bullet points.”

Coming up we’ll delve into a small school district trying to get a bond passed for the third time.

But first, grain elevators across the country store billions of bushels of farm products like corn and wheat. They’re a staple of rural communities. But the dust that piles up in grain storage facilities is highly combustible – it can be six times more explosive than gun powder. Just one spark can send a blast that will shake the ground for miles.

Hallsville School District is expecting voters’ support as it puts the school bond issue on a ballot for the third time. The April 2 ballot issue would increase the school tax levy by about 5 cents to finance a $2 million bond, down from the $4.3 million the district asked for  last April and August.

My Life My Town: We as one person

Dec 25, 2012
Stuart Palley / Columbia Missourian

Terry and Tony DeWeese are identical twins and have spent their entire lives together. Once they graduate from Hallsville High School, Tony and Terry will be apart for the first time in their lives. Terry will enlist in the US Marine Corps and attend basic training at Camp Pendleton in June, and Tony will attend college in Kansas. Tony has Cerebral Palsy, preventing him from enlisting with his brother.

My Life My Town: Go, Fight, Win

Dec 19, 2012
Yi-Chin Lee / Columbia Missourian

Alaysha Jefferson loves cheerleading at the Hallsville High School in Hallsville, Missouri. Living in a small town that has the population of 1,300 and without a car to drive around, Alaysha has a quiet life. She spends her time in classes, cheerleading practice, and doing homework at home.

Reisch claims Hallsville mayoral election while property tax bond issue fails

Apr 4, 2012
File / KBIA

Hallsville mayoral election proved to be exciting last night with incumbent Ben Austene running against new comer Cheri Reisch.