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Chillicothe City Council addresses health insurance matters at Monday meeting

The Chillicothe City Council took action on health insurance matters on January 10th. The annual health insurance opt-out policy was adopted. City Clerk Roze Frampton reports if an employee opts out of receiving coverage through the city’s health insurance, the city will pay the employee $127.71 per month. The council also passed a motion involving […]

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Trenton R-9 Board of Education hears presentation on implementation of SafeDefend system

The Trenton R-9 Board of Education on December 14th heard about the implementation of the SafeDefend system for the district. Superintendent Mike Stegman reported employee training for the system was December 6th. Law enforcement and fire and rescue members were also invited to participate. On-site employees were fingerprinted into the system, and it is now […]

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North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission recommends names for roads near East Locust Creek Reservoir

At the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission meeting, the Commissioners took up the issue of adopting a “Naming Convention” that will guide the naming of approximately 113 features at or near the East Locust Creek Reservoir ELCR.  Features include, but are not limited to; roads, bridges, branches, coves, points, the marina, boat launch areas, […]

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Trenton City Council reviews problems with trash service; city health insurance premiums to decrease

All votes were unanimous Monday night when the Trenton City Council adopted four ordinances and approved a resolution. Faced with two dozen additional, documented complaints on trash service, at least two members of the council called for a change in trash hauling companies. The city of Trenton’s contract with Rapid Removal Disposal doesn’t expire until […]

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Trenton City Council approves ordinances and six motions at Monday evening meeting

Actions taken Monday night by the Trenton City Council include approval of two ordinances and six motions. Two of the topics resulted in split votes of the council. With a roll call vote of six in favor and two opposed, a conditional use permit was issued by ordinance to Terry Hearn to operate a used […]

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Sullivan County Adopt-A-Child accepting applications from families needing Christmas assistance

Sullivan County Adopt-A-Child is accepting applications from Sullivan County families that have children up through 12th grade that need assistance for Christmas. Spokesperson Christine DeRyke says everything is kept confidential. A wish list and clothing size can be submitted for each child. The program is run through the Milan Interfaith Food Pantry, which is for […]

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Spickard Board of Education declines the use of “Test to Stay” COVID protocol

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education voted October 18, 2021, to DECLINE the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education COVID-19 Test to Stay option for students and staff. The board accepted a bid from Ace Roofing for cafeteria roof repairs for $11,172. A Princeton bus mechanic proposal was approved. Superintendent Erica Eakes reports the Princeton […]

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How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S.

(Missouri Independent) – A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care. But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the […]

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University of Missouri System allows classroom mask mandate to expire

(Missouri Independent) – The University of Missouri System allowed a mask mandate for its four campuses to expire after Friday, October 15, 2021. Last month, the Board of Curators extended a rule that face masks be worn in classrooms by a 5-4 vote. That policy was scheduled to end at the close of Friday, and a meeting […]

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Mandatory 10-digit dialing in 660, 816 and 516 area codes to begin on October 24

The Federal Communications Commission has adopted 988 as a new three-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline. The use of this new three-digit number will begin on July 16, 2022. The FCC is implementing this new three-digit number in an effort to simplify the hotline’s […]

Trenton, Missouri

Trenton Administrative Committee discusses the breed-specific dog ban

Trenton’s Administrative Committee on Tuesday night voted two to one against repealing the breed-specific dog ordinance. This recommendation will be forwarded to the Monday night meeting of the full Trenton City Council. Committee members voting to keep the current ordinance were David Mlika and Danny Brewer. Voting to repeal the ordinance was Robert Romesburg. Kevin […]

Spickard School

Spickard R-2 Board of Education addresses a number of issues at Monday meeting

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education on September 20, 2021, approved changing the custodian position from part-time to full-time. Paula Fagan was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board. Superintendent Erica Eakes reports the term will go until the election in April. Fagan was the only applicant for the position.  Eakes says the position was […]

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Gallatin Board of Education hires several during closed session, approves development and evaluation plans

The Gallatin R-5 Board of Education approved the Professional Development and District-Wide Evaluation plans on September 15, 2021. The substitute teacher list was also approved, and a policy was readopted involving the conflict of interest and financial disclosure for the board. After a closed session, the board offered custodial positions to Jean Mott and Theresa […]

Laredo R-7 School

Laredo Board of Education vote to make teachers “essential” and end COVID leave, approve tutoring up to 40 hours

The Laredo R-7 Board of Education on Monday, September 13, 2021, voted to make teachers essential and end COVID leave. Secretary Robin Griswold says teachers will still be able to come to school if they are considered close contacts, but they will have to wear masks. The board approved the first and second-grade teachers tutoring up […]

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Trenton City Council refers dog breed ban to Trenton Administrative Committee, approve hiring of two police officers

After hearing a request from economic developer Scott Sharp of the North Missouri Development Alliance, the Trenton City Council Monday night authorized Sharp to offer parcels of the city-owned Industrial Park land for potential business and industrial development prospects. The council referred a request to the Administrative Committee on whether to repeal Trenton’s breed-specific dog […]

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Spickard R-2 Board of Education sets tax rate, votes to designate school employees as essential

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education on August 16th set the tax rate and voted to deem school employees as essential. The tax rate was set at $4.6604 per $100 of assessed valuation. Deeming school employees essential means if an employee has a known COVID-19 exposure and does not exhibit symptoms, he or she may […]

Pleasant View R-6 School

Pleasant View Board of Education reviews reopening plan; first day of school is August 25

The Pleasant View R-6 Board of Education set the annual tax rate at a hearing on August 10, 2021. The rate was increased by $.0136 to $4.9644. During the regular meeting, the board approved the American Rescue Plan and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief. The plan entails how Pleasant View will spend the COVID-19 […]

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Researchers find cattle are losing adaptations to environmental stressors

As a fourth-generation cattle farmer, Jared Decker knows that cattle suffer from health and productivity issues when they are taken from one environment–which the herd has spent generations adapting to–to a place with a different climate, a different elevation, or even different grass. But as a researcher at the University of Missouri, Decker also sees […]