Fraud

Missouri man pleads guilty to $335 million fraud scheme and $615,000 tax violations

A Missouri, man who was charged in two federal cases pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a $335 million scheme to defraud federal programs that award contracts to firms owned by minorities, veterans, and service-disabled veterans, and in a separate case to filing false tax returns that cheated the government out of […]

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Dorris Rider Art Gallery featuring “Local Artists Showcase 13” is now open

A collection of works by area artists has begun the 2021-2022 exhibition schedule in the Dorris Rider Art Gallery at North Central Missouri College in Trenton.  “Local Artists Showcase 13” is now open and runs through October 8. The show includes 38 artworks by 21 different artists, seven of which are showing in the gallery […]

Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 cases increase by 23 in four area counties

COVID-19 cases increased in Mercer County on September 8th, with confirmed cases rising by two and probable increasing by four. The health department reported September 8th 219 confirmed cases and 241 probable cases. There were 34 active cases and 10 COVID-19-related deaths reported for Mercer County. Six COVID-19 cases were added in Harrison County. The […]

New report indicates pandemic will cause Social Security funding shortage

The pandemic presents some future funding challenges to benefits for older Americans, according to the 2021 Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ Reports. Walt Dawson, assistant professor in the School of Public Health at Oregon Health and Science University, said the programs are foundational to Americans’ health and economic security as they age.  While the reports are […]

Coronavirus Update

Area health departments report on COVID-19 cases; announce dates of vaccine clinics

The Putnam County Health Department reports it has been notified of two female residents dying from complications of COVID-19. That brings the total number of deaths to 16. There have been 589 total cases, and five are active. Forty-three COVID-19-related hospitalizations have been reported for Putnam County. The Grundy County Health Department reports it received […]

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Attorney General obtains $245,000 judgement against Missouri contractor

Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced a judgment against a St. Louis County contractor, Jeffrey Anderson. The State alleged that Anderson violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act by taking upfront payments for basement renovation and remodeling services and failing to perform the work he agreed to do. The Attorney General’s Office filed a Petition against Anderson […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole for meth trafficking and illegal firearm

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and illegally possessing a firearm. Maxwell L. Fleming, 25, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. On April 7, 2021, Fleming pleaded guilty to one count […]

Legendary Customer Service Award from left to right, Chad Boyd, Tim Michael, Keith Herring of the Trenton store

Employee of Trenton Hy-Vee is recipient of Legendary Customer Service Award

An employee at the Trenton Hy-Vee received the Legendary Customer Service Award at a surprise ceremony on September 2. Meat Manager Keith Herring was presented the single highest honor given to a Hy-Vee employee. He has provided 34 years of service. Family and friends attended the ceremony. Past and current employees also attended, including retired […]

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Three area health departments report on COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 cases increased in Mercer County September 1st: one more confirmed and three more probable. The health department reported 211 confirmed cases and 225 probable cases. Thirty cases were active. There were three current COVID-19-related hospitalizations for Mercer County. The Livingston County Health Center reported September 1st three COVID-19 cases had been added since August […]

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Missouri ICUs filling as Delta variant wave moves into northeast, southeast regions

(Missouri Independent) – New cases from the Delta variant wave that has killed more than 1,150 Missourians since June 1 have plateaued, but hospital ICUs continue to fill — and small, rural hospitals are among the hardest hit. There were 690 patients in ICU beds across the state on Tuesday, the most recent day reported by the state Department of Health […]

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Northwest Missouri State University reports student death; Boone County Sheriff conducting homicide investigation

Northwest Missouri State University reports a student pursuing her educational specialist degree through Northwest Online was found dead at her home in Boone County on August 22. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a homicide investigation and has identified the victims as 43-year-old Allison Abitz and her daughter, 11-year-old Jozee Abitz. The sheriff’s office […]

Trenton Water Treatment Plant

Trenton Utility Committee presented report regarding improvements to water treatment plant

Trenton’s Utility Committee got the first look Tuesday evening at a preliminary engineering report regarding proposed improvements and probable costs for major improvements at the 55-year-old water treatment plant.  Committee members also recommended bids be accepted for lime sludge removal and tree trimming services. Each of the three recommendations will advance to a meeting of […]