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Missouri man sentenced to 13 years in prison without parole for meth trafficking and illegal firearm

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for methamphetamine trafficking and illegally possessing a firearm. Jason A. Hamann, 48, Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 13 years and five months in federal prison without parole. On June 23, 2020, Hamann pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson makes appointments to various boards; Cameron man appointed to Missouri State Fair Commission

 Governor Mike Parson announced five appointments to various boards and commissions and filled two-county office vacancies.  Robert Connell, of Troy, was appointed to the Amber Alert System Oversight Committee.  Mr. Connell has been with the City of St. John Police Department since 2002 and has continuously advanced through the ranks to his current position as Police Chief. […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 17 years in prison without parole for child pornography

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for soliciting images and videos of child pornography from several child victims and others online. Charles Ray Sheppard, 33, Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 17 years and six months in federal prison without parole. On July 8, 2021, Sheppard pleaded […]

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New York man sentenced to 13 years in prison for sending child pornography to a man in Liberty, Missouri

A New York man was sentenced in federal court for sending images and videos of child pornography to a Liberty, Missouri man who in turn used them to harass the child victim. Joseph J. Balio, 36, of Utica, N.Y., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 13 years and nine months in federal […]

Missouri State Fair 2021

Missouri State Fair opening day is Thursday

The 119th Missouri State Fair begins this Thursday, August 12, in Sedalia. Many are looking forward to the deals on gate admission and at participating concessions and vendors. The Fair’s Opening Day, sponsored by Visit Missouri, offers $4.00 gate admission for fairgoers 13 years and older, $2.00 admission for ages 6-12, and free admission for […]

Green Hills Animal Shelter website

Audio: Green Hills Animal Shelter keeps a busy schedule with cats, dogs, fundraising and repairs

The Green Hills Animal Shelter houses dogs and cats to be adopted.  Manager Ronda Michael says the shelter tries to keep about 25 dogs at a time.     Ronda Michael notes anyone wanting to adopt a pet can come to the shelter at 3041 East 10th Street in Trenton.     Information about available […]

Livingston County Library

Livingston County Library gets new Director; Candy Warren to be Coordinator of Teen Services

The Livingston County Library of Chillicothe will have a new director. Sue Lightfoot-Horine has been appointed to the position by the library’s board of trustees and will replace current director Candy Warren, starting August 1st. Lightfoot-Horine was the Carrollton Public Library director for 13 years. She has a master’s degree in Business Administration and experience […]

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Audio: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Looks to reduce teacher shortage

Missouri is facing a teacher shortage, and for Teacher Appreciation Week, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is working to inspire more high school and college students to consider becoming educators.     Halley Russell a government teacher at Jackson High School, said the shortage is nothing new but is getting more attention with the […]

911 Emergency

Audio: Grundy County’s 911 system upgraded with new features to better serve the community, better assist first responders

Grundy County received a grant earlier this year to pay for an upgrade of its 911 system. Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs reports the state provided 60% of the funding, and 40% was local money.     Trenton Police Chief Rex Ross says the system belongs to Grundy County, but the police department provides manpower […]

Audio: Missouri House Committee hears testimony on checkpoint and roadblock legislation

A veteran Missouri lawmaker who served as an O’Fallon police officer for 13 years is proposing a constitutional amendment that involves checkpoints and roadblocks. Lake St. Louis GOP State Representative Justin Hill’s proposal would prohibit a roadside checkpoint or roadblock set up by law enforcement, except in emergency situations to prevent the escape of a […]

Audio: Lawmaker proposes amendment prohibiting roadside checkpoints and roadblocks by law enforcement

You’ll be voting next November on a proposed constitutional amendment involving checkpoints and roadblocks if a veteran Missouri lawmaker has his way.     State Rep. Justin Hill (R-Lake St. Louis) will present his proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday at noon, before the Missouri House Downsizing State Government Committee in Jefferson City. The committee is chaired by […]

Candidates Forum

Audio: Candidates introduce themselves to begin our series on the Trenton Board of Education forum

Five of seven candidates for the Trenton R-9 Board of Education answered questions during a forum in the Trenton High School Commons on March 18th. Mindy Walker with the Missouri State Teachers Association moderated the event. Candidates first introduced themselves, explained why they were running for the two open positions, and shared their qualifications. Melissa […]

Immigrants waving US Flags

Biden immigration overhaul would open a door to citizenship for 11 million people

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden is poised to send a sweeping immigration reform bill to Congress Thursday that would lay out a path for nearly 11 million undocumented people to obtain citizenship within eight years. Immigration has been one of the toughest issues for Congress to tackle, and the legislation’s fate is unclear in […]

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Trump Administration invests more than $1 million in rural business development in Missouri

The Trump Administration, along with the Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case, today announced 20 organizations statewide are being awarded a total of $1,068,984 to create jobs and increase economic opportunities throughout the state. “When rural, small businesses expand and do well, it leads to a positive impact on the […]

Maya Moore and Jonathan Irons Courtesy of Missourinet

Marriage is the new game plan for WNBA great Maya Moore and Missouri man she helped free from prison

In July, the day Jonathan Irons had been waiting for finally arrived. He walked out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center as a free man. Waiting for him was a team of supporters, including the woman he now calls his wife. WNBA star Maya Moore and Irons announced Wednesday that they tied the knot. Moore, […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 15 years without parole for attempting to entice a minor for illicit sex

A Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for attempting to entice a minor, who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, to engage in criminal sexual activity. Jeffrey Charles Johnson, 52, of Columbia, Missouri was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced […]