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U.S. Senate agrees to move ahead on $550 billion in new infrastructure spending

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, and the Senate agreed on a procedural vote on Wednesday night to advance to debate on the proposal. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve contract with Friends of Gallatin; city crews continue with water and electric infrastructure installation

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved a resolution and two ordinances on July 26. The resolution involved appointing Julia Filley as the city prosecutor at $100 per hour. One ordinance involved entering into a contract for services with the Friends of Gallatin regarding Chautauqua in September. The other ordinance involved establishing a procedure to disclose […]

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Spickard Board of Education adopts budget and accepts bids

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education adopted a budget and accepted bids July 19th. Superintendent Erica Eakes reports anticipated revenues for the 2021-2022 budget are $1,033,529, and anticipated expenditures are $1,006,038. There is a surplus of $27,491. The 2020-2021 budget was also amended to match actual revenues and expenditures. Bids were accepted from AE Dairy […]

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Missouri Attorney General obtains $26,000 in restitution for victims of Buchanan County contractor

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that Kansas-City-area contractor Brian S. Pummell will pay back over $26,000 in restitution to Missourians who paid Pummell for work he never performed. “Protecting consumers is an important duty of the Attorney General’s Office, and the dedicated investigators, hotline operators, and attorneys in the Consumer Protection Section of my […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve LAGERS retirement program; update provided on new electric and water meter installation

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen on Monday, July 12 approved the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System performing a payroll case study. That was after two LAGERS employees presented information on the retirement program. The LAGERS employees reported that if the city chose to enter the LAGERS retirement program, a new payroll case study would […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation to offer free Outdoor Skills Fun Day at Fountain Grove Conservation Area

The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a free Outdoor Skills Fun Day at the Fountain Grove Conservation Area south of Meadville. Participants can learn basic hunting and shooting skills on July 17, 2021, from 10 to 2 o’clock. Participants can target shoot with shotguns, pellet guns, and archery. MDC staff and volunteers will provide tips […]

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Farm Service Agency now accepting nominations for county committee members

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency began accepting nominations for county committee members on June 15. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas for these members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. All nomination forms for the 2021 election must be postmarked or received in the […]

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Saint Luke’s Mercer County Clinic to remain closed until flood damage repaired

Due to damage from recent flooding, Saint Luke’s Mercer County Clinic in Princeton will be closed until the damage can be repaired.   Dr. Tammy Hart and advanced practice provider Jordan Jones will be treating patients at Wright Memorial Physicians’ Group in Trenton until the Mercer County Clinic is ready to re-open. Patients are asked […]

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Carroll County Memorial Hospital announces Dr. Nicholas Shuler joins Outpatient Specialty Clinic

Carroll County Memorial Hospital welcomes Dr. Nicholas Shuler, DO to the Outpatient Specialty Clinic team. Dr. Shuler will provide CCMH patients with Oncology and Hematology services. “We are excited to add Dr. Shuler to our team of specialty care providers,” said Tim Braun, Chief Operations Officer. “Dr. Shuler has specialized training for various cancers including […]

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Missouri Attorney General asks U.S. Supreme Court to review state’s eight-week abortion ban

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a petition for writ of certiorari in Schmitt v. Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, asking the Supreme Court of the United States to review Missouri’s law prohibiting abortions of unborn children with Down syndrome. “My son Stephen has shown me the inherent beauty […]

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U.S. House votes to remove bust of Supreme Court justice who wrote Dred Scott decision

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, who in 1857 wrote the Dred Scott decision (Dred Scott pictured above article) that stripped all Black Americans, free or slave, of their citizenship. The legislation passed on a vote of 285-120 with only 67 […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve 2020 financial statements audit, presented a multitude of reports

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved the 2020 financial statements audit on June 28th. CPA John Gillum presented an audit report. The Friends of Gallatin fundraising event to be held on June 26th was rescheduled for July 17th due to forecasted rain. The board of aldermen agreed to grant the picnic liquor license request to […]

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Niagara Bottling announces new manufacturing facility in Kansas City, creating nearly 100 jobs

Niagara Bottling, LLC, a family-owned beverage manufacturer headquartered in Diamond Bar, California, announced it will invest approximately $156 million in a new production facility in Kansas City, Missouri. This new facility will initially create nearly 100 jobs. “Niagara Bottling is excited to establish a second manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Missouri,” said Brian Hess, Executive […]

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Investment in EV infrastructure could add $1.3 trillion to U.S. Gross Domestic Product

As the Biden administration and Congress continue to wrangle over the size and scope of a federal infrastructure package, a new report showed how investing $274 billion to electrify the nation’s transportation system, including electric school busses, 18-wheelers, charging stations, and more would yield a five-fold return for the overall economy. Sam Shriver, strategy and content […]