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Spickard Board of Education adopts Grundy County Hazard Mitigation Plan; approves audit

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education approved a resolution at a meeting Tuesday evening, January 18th adopting the Grundy County Hazard Mitigation Plan. Superintendent Doctor Kristi Weldon reports Jennifer Wyckoff with the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission spoke on hazard mitigation planning. The board approved the 2019-2020 audit. Alexis Sturgeon and Glen Wilson were appointed […]

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Newtown-Harris Board of Education accepts resignation, begin putting together school calendar for next year

The Newtown-Harris R-3 Board of Education accepted a resignation at the latest meeting on January 11th from High School Social Studies Teacher Samuel Torbett. The contract for Superintendent Lucas McKinnis was extended. McKinnis reported the school calendar process for the next school year and the 2021-2022 budget process are beginning. Principal Amy Carlson congratulated Payton […]

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Statewide project testing wastewater for markers that cause COVID-19 underway

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and researchers at the University of Missouri – Columbia have been collaborating on a statewide project to test domestic wastewater for genetic markers of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Missouri’s Coronavirus Sewershed Surveillance Project is funded by a Centers for […]

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East Locust Creek Reservoir timber harvest announced

The North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission has posted a Request for Qualifications for an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract for Phase 1A for timber harvest.  This will be, likely, the smallest of multiple phases of timber harvest and tree clearing.  It is approximately 90 acres where the future East Locust Creek Reservoir (ELCR) dam […]

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Missouri monthly jobs report for November, 2020

The Missouri labor market showed further improvement in November 2020. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 17,400 jobs over the month. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points from October 2020 to November 2020, and the civilian labor force increased more than 23,000. However, the labor market still showed substantial losses from […]

Medical Marijuana

Judge tosses lawsuit challenging Missouri medical marijuana license caps

(Missouri Independent) – A Cole County judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit alleging limitations on the number of medical marijuana licenses issued by the state were unconstitutional.  Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that the regulations at the heart of the lawsuit were “properly promulgated and are in compliance with Missouri’s laws and Constitution.” She […]

University of Missouri Extension to help expand mental health resources in rural areas

Missouri’s rural counties lack mental health services despite growing financial stress and suicide rates with all of Missouri’s 99 rural counties facing a shortage of mental health professionals; 57 of them have none. The University of Missouri Extension hopes to change that through a multistate project to help farmers, ranchers, and farm families find affordable […]

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Department of Health and Senior Services says COVID-19 testing continues to be important factor in reducing spread

The State of Missouri is now partnering with the Missouri Primary Care Association and MAKO Medical to continue hosting free COVID-19 testing events throughout the state.  Missourians can register for events currently scheduled at health.mo.gov/communitytest and continue to check back for future opportunities to be tested at a nearby event. Missouri residency is the only requirement; individuals […]

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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services sets into motion plans for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine administration

Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services signed the standing order for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine administration after final review of recommendations made earlier today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  “The first week of vaccinations among health care workers in Missouri went extremely well,” said Williams. “We […]