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Gov. Nixon orders flags to half-staff statewide on Saturday to honor Missouri soldier killed during Vietnam War; Governor will attend funeral in Centralia
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Friday April 24, 2015

Sgt. Rodney Griffin was listed as Missing in Action for over 40 years before his remains were identified Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Missouri at all state government buildings statewide be flown at half-staff on Saturday (April 25) in honor of Sgt. Rodney L. […]

Local Businessman Phil Thomure Passes At Age 36
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Tuesday April 21, 2015

By James B. Bartle The local community is morning the loss of local resident and businessman Phillip B. “Phil” Thomure, Sullivan, who passed away suddenly Fri., Apr. 10, at the age of 36. Thomure is most known for his years of operating the family business co-owned by brother Thomas Thomure, Thomure Lumber, which celebrated their […]

Three Charged In Suspected Federal Gift Card Ring
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Tuesday April 21, 2015

By James B. Bartle Three women from Chicago, IL made the wrong stop on their Walmart gift card tour and were arrested at Sullivan Walmart, 350 Park Ridge Dr. in what authorities believe to be a large scale gift card/credit card ring. According to Sullivan Police Lt. Patrick Johnson, at 9:30 a.m. Sun., Apr. 12, […]

Over 200 Attend MAAG Walk Saturday
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Tuesday April 21, 2015

By James B. Bartle Mid-Mo Addiction Awareness Group held its first walk Sat., Apr. 11, with over 200 walkers participating in what the group is calling a huge success. The walk began at the Sunny Jim Bottomley Park and traveled along the South Service Rd. through Sullivan and returned to Jim Bottomley. The group did […]

Sullivan Police Weekly Arrest Report
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Tuesday April 21, 2015

The Sullivan Police Department made six arrests for the week of Apr. 6-12. This week’s arrests were: Apr. 6; Christopher J. Tubbs, 20, Sullivan, was arrested on a Sullivan Police warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of speeding. Tubbs was held in the Sullivan Jail on $245 bond. Apr. 7; […]

Missouri Highway Patrol Weekly Arrest Report
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Tuesday April 21, 2015

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop C, Franklin County reported 13 arrests for the week of Apr. 6-12. This week’s arrests are: Apr. 7; Jacob N. Mesey, 18, Union, was arrested on a Franklin County warrant for failure to appear-FTA- careless and imprudent driving, possession of up to 35 g of marijuana and no insurance. […]

Wanted Fugitive Captured By SWAT Team Tuesday Morning
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Tuesday April 21, 2015

By James B. Bartle As reported in the Sullivan Independent News, Apr. 8, 2015, edition, law enforcement officers were searching for the whereabouts of Larry J. Bridges, Jr., 29, Sullivan, after he failed to return on a work release program from the Franklin County Adult Detention Center Mar. 19, after being held on an active […]

Brush Fire Destroys Six Travel Trailers Sunday
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Tuesday April 21, 2015

By James B. Bartle A five-acre brush fire claimed six travel trailers along with a number of sheds Sun., Apr. 12, inside Woodland Lakes, Washington County, on Burr Oak Dr. at 4:35 p.m. “We had a man burning leaves in the development and the fire got away from him Sunday, due to the wind, and […]

Sullivan Man Charged In Vehicle Break-In
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Tuesday April 21, 2015

By James B. Bartle Sullivan Police have arrested and Franklin County Prosecutors have charged Ronald Clay Hardy, 20, Sullivan, with alleged tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree following an incident Apr. 8. According to Sullivan Police Lt. Patrick Johnson, at 7:50 p.m., Wednesday evening, Sullivan Police received a report of a theft […]

Honoring Our Veterans
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Tuesday April 21, 2015

Specialist Larry Ray Smith By Kelly Rose Larry Ray Smith, known by most as ‘Ray,’ descending from American Indians, was born in Sullivan. “My mother came from the Trail of Tears and my father was from Northern Indian tribes,” he said. Raised in Iron County, MO, Smith graduated from the Iron County C-4 School District, […]

Tornado Watch Issued For April 9, 2015
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Thursday April 09, 2015

SULLIVAN - The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Franklin and Crawford counties effective until 11 p.m., April 9, 2015. A cold front is sliding towards the area from central Miss

Storm Warning For Franklin County
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Tuesday April 07, 2015

SULLIVAN - The National Weather Service has issued a storm warning for Franklin County until 10:48 a.m., April 7, 2015. A persistent line of storms - some packing large hail, dangerous lightning, and

Late-winter storm slams Sullivan
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Sunday March 01, 2015

SULLIVAN - An intense winter storm rolled through east-central Missouri Saturday afternoon, dumping a half-foot of snow and paralyzing vehicle traffic along Interstate 44. The Missouri State Highway P

Home and Garden Show Coming March 14
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Sunday March 01, 2015

SULLIVAN - The Sullivan Area Chamber of Commerce and KTUI will be hosting the 2015 Home & Garden Show on Saturday, March 14 from 9am-2pm at the Sullivan Eagles Hall, 1000 Acid Mine Road.

Mother Nature's relentless winter grip continues
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Thursday February 26, 2015

SULLIVAN - Enough already! That's the local sentiment when discussing a persistent winter weather pattern in place over east-central Missouri. As spring 2015 approaches, the icy hands of winter contin

Winter Storm Warning Issued
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Friday February 20, 2015

SULLIVAN - A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Franklin and Crawford counties in eastern Missouri. The warning is in effect from Friday afternoon until noon on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. Expect u

Sullivan woman remains jailed after wild chase
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Wednesday February 18, 2015

SULLIVAN - At approximately 9 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2015 the Sullivan Police Department received a report that a 2004 Jeep Cherokee had just been stolen from the Fas-Trip gas station in Sullivan.   The vehi

Winter Weather Warning! Heavy Snow Sunday Night
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Sunday February 15, 2015

SULLIVAN - The National Weather Service office in St. Louis has changed a minor winter advisory to a warning. Heavy snow will develop over central and east-central Missouri Sunday afternoon and contin

Local man charged after custody issue turns violent
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Friday February 06, 2015

SULLIVAN – An apparent dispute over child-custody issues on Monday night led to a violent attack on two family members involved, landing the suspect in court facing three felony charges. According to

Two Sullivan men injured in I-44 crash
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Sunday January 25, 2015

SULLIVAN - Two Sullivan men received minor injuries Sunday afternoon, Jan. 25, 2015 after their Ford Mustang ran off the left side of the westbound lanes of I-44 and struck a median barrier, reports t

Sullivan wards 2 & 3 will have new council members
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Sunday January 25, 2015

SULLIVAN - A significant shift in members of the Sullivan City Council will occur following the April 7, 2015 municipal election. The recent resignation of Mayor Tom Leasor - and the subsequent appoin

Driver escapes injury in North-South Rd. rollover
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Saturday January 24, 2015

SULLIVAN - The driver of a 91 Ford pickup escaped injury after experiencing a rollover accident Saturday afternoon at North-South Road and Tessa Drive. According to a witness at the scene, the driver

Mayor Tom Leasor resigns due to job
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Wednesday January 21, 2015

SULLIVAN - City of Sullivan Mayor Tom Leasor resigned his elected position during the regularly scheduled Tuesday night City Council meeting. Leasor, thankful for the opportunity to serve the citizens

Girl, 14, made up kidnapping story
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Tuesday January 20, 2015

UPDATE: Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke says a 14-year-old Sullivan girl lied about being kidnapped near the Oak Grove Village Circle K/Burger King and later forced to disrobe near Victoria Manor

Bourbon man airlifted after struck by car
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Friday January 16, 2015

BOURBON - A Bourbon man on Thursday afternoon received serious injuries after he was struck by a car while walking on Mound Road, reports the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

St. Clair man charged in kidnapping, assault case
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Tuesday January 13, 2015

SULLIVAN - A second person has been charged in connection with Monday's alleged kidnapping and assault of a 19-year-old Sullivan woman. The case, which shocked and angered many local citizens because

Prosecutor: Sullivan teen beaten, threatened, left nude in cold
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Monday January 12, 2015

SULLIVAN - An allegation of a stolen cell phone may have led to a horrific crime reported to the media Monday by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. The Sullivan Journal has learned that Crystal D.

UPDATE:Sheriff says Sullivan teen assaulted, left nude on road
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Monday January 12, 2015

UPDATE (7:10 p.m. Jan. 12, 2015): Crystal Gehm, 37, of 450 E. Springfield Road, Sullivan, has been charged with felony assault, armed criminal action, and felony kidnapping in relation to the events n

VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Awards
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Friday January 09, 2015

SULLIVAN - VFW Post 3987 and its auxiliaries have recognized three Sullivan School District educators with the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.  First place post winners a

Sullivan P.D. holiday DWI campaign a success
Sullivan Journal — Posted on Thursday January 08, 2015

SULLIVAN - Declaring participation in the nation’s annual “Holiday DWI Crackdown” substance-impaired driving campaign a major success, Sullivan Police Department reported that more than 7 substance-im