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U.S. Supreme Court considers new limits on abortions in Mississippi case

(Missouri Independent) – The Supreme Court is weighing potentially sweeping changes to the right to an abortion, after two hours of arguments Wednesday morning on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court’s conservatives, who hold a 6-3 majority, appeared through their questions to be sympathetic to Mississippi’s arguments […]

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Trenton Kiwanis Club, KTTN open applications for Christmas Wish Project

The Trenton Kiwanis Club in conjunction with KTTN has opened the application process for the Christmas Wish Project. Elementary and preschool students in Trenton will have application forms sent home with them next week or families who would like to enroll for the project can pick up applications at KTTN during normal business hours. Individuals […]

Prison Sentence

Brookfield man sentenced to 30-years in prison in murder case that resulted in death of 11-year old boy

The Linn County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reports a man has been sentenced on felony charges of abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death and abuse or neglect of a child. Fifty-year-year old Darrel Royal was sentenced in Livingston County Circuit Court on November 1, 2021, to 30 years in the Missouri Department of […]

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Grundy County Jewett Norris Library to celebrate 130 years of service

The Grundy County Jewett Norris Library in Trenton will celebrate 130 years of serving the community. The library will have food available at 11 a.m. each day from October 25 through 29. The Friends of the Library will sponsor the celebration and share its recognition week with the library. Those attending can browse the shelves […]

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Kawasaki Motors to open new facility in Boonville, creating more than 270 new jobs

Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A. announced it will expand its operations in Missouri by opening a manufacturing facility in Boonville and create more than 270 new jobs in the area. The new facility will help the company meet the increasing demand for general-purpose engines used in lawn and garden products. “We’re thrilled to see Kawasaki’s […]

Dr. David Russell appointed President of Columbia College

Dr. David Russell appointed President of Columbia College

The Columbia College Board of Trustees unanimously named Dr. David Russell the college’s 18th president on Friday afternoon. Russell has served as interim president since January 2021, and the promotion to president is effective October 1, 2021. Russell’s appointment will add three years to his current contract, which will now run through 2025.              “This […]

Child Porn

Man pleads guilty to the sexual abuse of a two-year-old and a seven-year-old child in order to produce child pornography

A man pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography in connection with his sexual abuse of two minor children. According to court documents, Brian Anthony Gilbert, 33, of District Heights, Maryland, uploaded and advertised at least two video files of child pornography depicting an […]

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Carroll County Memorial Hospital recognizes employees with awards ceremony

Carroll County Memorial Hospital honored employees with a special event, highlighting memorable moments throughout 2020 and 2021. Samantha Schlueter, Amanda Riley, Karlie Reynolds, and Misty Kemble-Williams were each selected as Employee of the Quarter over the course of 2020. After an all-staff vote, Misty Kemble-Williams was named 2020 CCMH Employee of the Year during the […]

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John Stamos to perform with The Beach Boys at Missouri State Fair

John Stamos will be performing with The Beach Boys during our show at the Missouri State Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 18. Stamos is a two-time Emmy Award-nominated television, film, and theater actor and producer with a career spanning many decades. A gifted drummer, singer, and musician, Stamos has toured, recorded, and collaborated with The Beach […]

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Governor Parson announces Donald G. Kauerauf to lead Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Governor Mike Parson announced that he has selected Donald G. Kauerauf to be the next Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, effective September 1, 2021.  “We are excited to welcome Don to Missouri and look forward to the great work he is sure to accomplish in service to all Missourians,” Governor […]

Child Exploitation

Missouri man pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of a child

A Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court to the sexual exploitation of a 14-year-old victim. Damion Spillman, 28, of Carl Junction, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to the sexual exploitation of a child. By pleading guilty, Spillman admitted to enticing a 14-year-old victim to give him a pornographic video […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 30 years in prison without parole for producing child pornography

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court today for sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography. Anthony Thompson, 40, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 30 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Thompson to spend 10 years on supervised release following incarceration. On Oct. […]

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Trenton couple honored at Missouri Bandmasters Association Convention

A Trenton couple were honored at the Missouri Bandmasters Association Convention. Buddy and Karla Hannaford received the Butch Antal Service Award in recognition of dedication and support given to music education and the Missouri Bandmasters Association and its mission of building better bands. Buddy Hannaford retired from the Trenton School District after 30 years as […]

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Missouri Senate set to debate dueling bills extending tax crucial to Medicaid funding

After about three hours of testimony Thursday, the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee approved two bills to extend medical provider taxes vital to funding the state’s share of Medicaid. The first bill brought up for a vote would extend the taxes for five years, limit the types of contraceptives available to women on Medicaid and block Planned Parenthood from […]