Grain Belt Express

Audio: Missouri lawmakers and residents argue the future of Grain Belt Express

The Grain Belt Express is again bringing out passionate arguments at the statehouse. Republican Representative Mike Haffner’s bill makes it more difficult for the electricity transmission project to traverse Missouri.  The measure would require county commissions’ approval before the line can cross that county.  It’s another effort to keep Invenergy from using its public service […]

Coronavirus or COVID-19 Death

Caldwell County reports COVID-related death; Five area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19

A COVID-19-related death has been added for Caldwell County. The health department reports the total as 28. Forty-nine COVID-19 cases have been added since January 20th, bringing that total to 1,731. There are 80 active cases. The Livingston County Health Center reports 61 COVID-19 cases have been added since January 24th, raising the total to […]

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MoDOT planned road work in northern Missouri for the week of January 24, 2022

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in Northern Missouri for the week of January 24 – 30. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map.  Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned […]

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Director of Agriculture announces grants for 4-H and FFA service projects

Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced that 16 youth groups from across Missouri were awarded grants from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s 2022 Building Our American Communities grant program. Eight local chapters of the National FFA Organization and eight Missouri 4-H clubs statewide have been awarded funds for their community service projects this year. “We […]

Coronavirus Update

COVID-related deaths reported in Grundy and Caldwell counties; area health departments report on new COVID cases

The Grundy County Health Department reports another COVID-19-related death. That brings the total to 62 since the pandemic began. There have also been 78 new cases added since January 13th, raising that total to 2,181. Seventy-eight cases are active. The Grundy County Health Department asks residents who test positive for COVID-19 with a home test […]

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Caldwell County Health Department to offer free TSH blood test

The Caldwell County Health Department in Kingston will offer a free thyroid-stimulating hormone blood draw test to recognize January as Thyroid Disease Awareness Month. The TSH screenings will be available on January 31st by appointment. The health department explains the TSH test can determine if someone’s thyroid gland is working correctly. The test can tell […]

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MoDOT planned road work in north Missouri for the week of January 17, 2022

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in North Missouri for the week of Jan. 17 – 23. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map. Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned […]

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5-year-old child injured in two-vehicle crash west of Polo

The Highway Patrol reports a child from Lee’s Summit sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident four miles west of Polo the morning of January 13th. He was the passenger in a pickup truck. A private vehicle took the five-year-old boy to the Excelsior Springs Hospital. No injuries were reported for the driver of the […]

COVID-19 or Coronavirus Update

Five area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19

The Livingston County Health Center reports 10 COVID-19 cases have been added since January 10th, bringing the total to 2,729. There are 114 active cases. The Sullivan County Health Department on January 11th confirmed 10 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,429. There were 43 active cases. The Linn County Health Department reports it […]

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Caldwell County receives “Good” rating from Missouri State Auditor

State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced that her office has issued a rating of “good” in a regularly scheduled audit of Caldwell County, located in northwest Missouri. A December 2016 audit of Caldwell County also issued an overall rating of “good.” Auditors found that controls and procedures at the Caldwell County Detention Center in Kingston need improvement. The […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports three arrests over the weekend

The Highway Patrol made arrests on Sunday, January 9, 2022, in Caldwell, Putnam, and Nodaway counties. According to an online report, 39-year-old Keyla James of Hamilton has been accused of felony driving while her license was suspended, speeding, careless and imprudent driving, and having no seat belt. James was taken Sunday afternoon on a 24-hour […]

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Caldwell County Commission announces the award of a contract to construct the Little Otter Creek Reservoir

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Missouri and Caldwell County Commission announced the award of a contract to construct the Little Otter Creek Reservoir. The contract for $14,400,486.75 was awarded to Phillips Hardy, Incorporated of Booneville. Under the contract, a 345-acre reservoir will supply 1.24 million gallons of raw drinking […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol arrests Kingston man; charged with driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender

A Kingston man arrested by the Highway Patrol in Caldwell County on Thursday morning, December 16, 2021, has been charged in Caldwell County. Thirty-seven-year-old Shaun Allen Pickens has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender and misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident. Bond was […]

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Confusion around COVID ruling swirls as two Missouri school districts end semester early

(Missouri Independent) – As a growing number of Missouri school districts drop COVID mitigation measures under threat from Attorney General Eric Schmitt, at least two closed the doors on their fall semester early due to large numbers of staff and students out sick. Meanwhile, local public health departments said Tuesday they still have not heard […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation reports 14,896 deer harvested during antlerless portion

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 14,896 deer during the antlerless portion of the firearms deer season, Dec. 4-12. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 467 deer harvested, Pike with 376, and Morgan with 354. During the 2020 antlerless portion, the harvest total was 15,620.  Harvest […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports four arrests during the second weekend in December

A Kansas City man was arrested on Sunday in Harrison County. Fifty-four-year-old Bruce Brown was taken into custody on a felony, probation and parole warrant, issued by a court in Independence. Brown was taken to the Harrison County Jail in Bethany. No bond was set. Putnam County authorities arrested two men at separate times on […]

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MoDOT planned road work in north Missouri for the week of December 13, 2021

The following is a list of general highway maintenance and construction work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in North Missouri for the week of December 13 through December 19, 2021. All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map. Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of […]

COVID-19 or Coronavirus Update

Three area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19

The Livingston County Health Center reports 16 COVID-19 cases have been added since December 7th, raising the total to 2,471. The number of active cases went down nine to 34. Seventeen COVID-19 cases have been added in Caldwell County since December 6th. The health department reports the total as 1,443. Thirty-one cases are active. COVID-19 […]