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Man from Hale injured at railroad crossing after colliding with railroad equipment

The Highway Patrol reports a Hale man sustained serious injuries when a ballast regulator struck a sport utility vehicle at a railroad crossing three miles northeast of Hale on Friday afternoon, December 3rd.  A ballast regulator (also known as a ballast spreader or ballast sweeper) is a piece of rail transport maintenance of way equipment used […]

Summit Natural Gas

Customers of Summit Natural Gas to see increase in natural gas rate beginning December 8th

To reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas as well as a change in the company’s Actual Cost Adjustment (ACA) factor, Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Inc. (Summit Natural Gas) customers will see natural gas rates change under a filing that takes effect on December 8, 2021. The ACA factor is a […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to nine years in prison for illegal firearm following high-speed police chase

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm after leading police officers on a high-speed chase through oncoming traffic and crashing into several police vehicles. Kyle K. Kessler, 35, Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to nine years in federal prison without parole. On Oct. 15, […]

Antlered Deer in the forest

Missouri Department of Conservation reports November firearms deer harvest ends with 187,967

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 187,967 deer during the November portion of firearms deer season, Nov. 13-23. Of the 187,967 deer harvested, 101,501 were antlered bucks, 16,435 were button bucks, and 70,031 were does. The top harvest counties in the state were Franklin with […]

Empire District Liberty Utilities Company

Empire gas customers in north Missouri to see price of natural gas double

To reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas as well as a change in the company’s Actual Cost Adjustment (ACA) factor, natural gas customers of The Empire District Gas Company d/b/a Liberty (Empire) will see natural gas rates change under a filing that takes effect on December 1, 2021. The ACA factor […]

Court News

News for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court on Tuesday, November 9, 2021

A Trenton resident has waived a preliminary hearing in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court. Colton Lester Chaney is scheduled to appear on December 9 in Division One of circuit court on charges of third-degree domestic assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child as of September 29. Another Trenton resident, Timothy […]

Livingston County Health Center

Livingston County Health Center to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children and adult blood draw clinic

The Livingston County Health Center will offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children at a clinic next week. Children at least five years old can receive the vaccine on November 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. Parents must sign for authorization to vaccinate any child younger than 18. Schedule an appointment for the children’s COVID-19 vaccine […]

Sex Offender

Four sex offenders found violating regulations on Halloween night in Trenton

The Trenton Police Department checked residences of sex offenders on Halloween night to ensure all were compliant with the regulations a sex offender is required to adhere to. The law requires offenders to avoid all Halloween-related contact with children and stay inside their homes between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Offenders are […]

Piglets in barn (Photo courtesy Diego San)

Smithfield withdraws request for CAFO permits environmentalists criticized as too lax

(Missouri Independent) – The global meat producer operating some of Missouri’s largest industrial hog operations has withdrawn requests to convert 10 of its permits to what environmental groups say would be more lenient ones. Smithfield Foods Inc., which has a history of environmental violations in Missouri, operates some of the largest concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in the […]

Livingston County Health Center

Livingston County Health Center to offer flu and COVID-19 vaccine at clinic on November 3

The Livingston County Health Center will offer flu shots and COVID-19 vaccine boosters next week. The immunizations will be available by appointment on November 3, 2021, from 9 to 3 p.m. The health center notes it is not offering walk-in flu shots on Tuesdays at this time due to billing constraints. Call the Livingston County Health […]

Official Whitehouse Photo of President Joe BIden - Photo by David Lienemann

Biden pitches new $1.75 trillion spending blueprint to Democrats that drops paid family leave

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden is meeting with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to pitch lawmakers on a new slimmed-down framework for what would be included in a massive social reform package, according to senior administration officials. The $1.75 trillion blueprint that Biden is presenting to Democrats includes a universal pre-K program for 3-and-4 […]

Gallatin City Hall

Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve ordinances, choose not to adjust sewer charges for additional water usage

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen on October 25, 2021, approved two ordinances, which amended the city code and entered into a contract. A section of the city code was amended relating to alcoholic beverages. It now says “all opening and closing days and hours for a license issued…shall be in accordance with the provisions of […]

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Missouri State Auditor releases closeout report for Coronado Drive Transportation Development District in Blue Springs

State Auditor Nicole Galloway today issued the closeout audit of the Coronado Drive Transportation Development District (TDD), located in Blue Springs. State law requires an audit of a TDD prior to moving forward with dissolution. The Coronado Drive TDD was established in 2009 by a vote of qualified voters in the district. The TDD was […]

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Trenton Police Department to conduct “Operation Candy Cruncher” in regard to Halloween and sex offenders

The Trenton Police Department is advising that they will be conducting compliance checks for registered sexual offenders in regards to Halloween restrictions defined by City Ordinance 215.1550 and State Statute 589.426. Sexual Offenders must follow these restrictions on Halloween: Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children Remain inside his or her residence between the hours of […]

Grundy County United Way seeks donations

Audio: United Way is a diverse organization serving your community in ways you probably didn’t know about

The United Way of Grundy County supports 10 organizations in the area through fundraising. Spokesperson Edna Foster says the local United Way organizations share a view that the way to improve lives is by mobilizing the caring power of communities.     When monetary donations are given to the United Way of Grundy County, they […]

Dr. Khannah Smith, M.D.

Screening encouraged during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since the program began in 1985, mammography rates have more than doubled for women age 50 and older. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, outside of skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (13%) women in the US will develop […]