Prison fence

What you need to know about Governor Parson’s proposed prison budget

Governor Mike Parson’s proposed state budget of $30.5 billion includes $825 million to fund the Missouri Department of Corrections and the 21 prisons it operates. The plan is about a $44 million increase compared to the current fiscal year. Parson wants to reduce the number of housing units within Missouri’s prison system. During a House […]

Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Governor Mike Parson to outline budget blueprint

Missouri’s governor will release his budget blueprint today (Wednesday) in Jefferson City.     Governor Mike Parson signed a 29-point-seven billion-dollar state operating budget into law last summer, which included a three percent pay raise for state employees. State Budget Director Dan Haug will unveil the Parson administration’s budget blueprint this afternoon, before the State […]

East Locust Creek Rervoir

Officials announce progress report on East Locust Creek Reservoir

While dam construction for the East Locust Creek Reservoir project cannot begin until environmental and construction permitting actions are complete, there has been a great deal of progress leading up to heavy construction activity. The list below represents some of the more significant activities in progress or completed. Land acquisition for the reservoir completed in […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Trenton R-9 Board of Education to open construction bids on August 30

The deadline for construction bids for the Trenton R-9 School District building project was Thursday. Building Project Liaison Dennis Gutshall reports the district received four bids which will be reviewed by Gutshall and Ellison-Auxier Architects of Saint Joseph as well as Trenton R-9 Superintendent Mike Stegman, Director of Supportive Services Kris Ockenfels, and administration. Gutshall […]

Sam Graves

Sam Graves announces intention to pursue “Ranking Member” position of House Transportation Committee

United States Representative Sam Graves of Missouri has officially announced his intention to pursue the Ranking Member position of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Graves says he feels he is qualified for the position and calls himself “an accomplished legislator with a strong conservative record”. Graves is also a professional pilot and user of […]

Fiber Optic Internet Access

North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission introduces “AquaSmart” broadband internet

The North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission is introducing a broadband delivery concept, called AquaSmart, to deliver fiber to 10 counties in North Central Missouri. The Water Commission is responsible for building the East Locust Creek Reservoir, which will provide a water supply to Sullivan, Grundy, Mercer, Putnam, Schuyler, Adair, Macon, Chariton, Linn, and Livingston […]

Tax Graphic

Missouri legislature passes income tax cut as legislative session winds down

Several proposals were introduced earlier in the legislative session that offered differing versions to massively overhaul the Missouri tax system and now, the Missouri legislature has passed an income tax reduction.     The various plans came on the heels of a federal tax package passed by Congress in late 2017. What the state legislature […]

Green Hills Regional Planning Commission Website

Green Hills Regional Planning Commission to hold blueprint planning session

The Green Hills Regional Planning Commission will hold part of the Blueprint planning process Thursday to outline the opportunities for business and community development that could be realized as a result of the completion of the Sullivan County Lake development. The second part of the planning process will be held at the Milan Community Center […]