Zachary Kerns

Former Chillicothe resident sentenced to 20 years in prison on child pornography charges

Sentencing has been held for an Independence man on two counts of possession of child pornography in 2018. 33-year-old Zachary Ryan Kerns was sentenced in Daviess County Circuit Court to serve 20 years with the Missouri Department of Corrections.  The sentence was listed as 10 years on each count with the terms served consecutively. Circuit […]

Coronavirus Update

Three area health departments report on COVID-19 case updates

The Sullivan County Health Department confirmed September 10th three additional COVID-19 cases, raising the total to 1,144. Eighteen cases were active. Thirty-six percent of Sullivan County residents had completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. Two more probable COVID-19 cases have been added in Mercer County. The health department September 10th reported 243 probable cases and 220 […]

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Dorris Rider Art Gallery featuring “Local Artists Showcase 13” is now open

A collection of works by area artists has begun the 2021-2022 exhibition schedule in the Dorris Rider Art Gallery at North Central Missouri College in Trenton.  “Local Artists Showcase 13” is now open and runs through October 8. The show includes 38 artworks by 21 different artists, seven of which are showing in the gallery […]

Court News

Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Thursday, September 9, 2021

Among cases Thursday, September 9, 2021, in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court, Trenton resident Kenneth Leon Talley was sentenced to three years with the Missouri Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to an amended charge. Talley was accused of felony possession of a controlled substance/synthetic cannabinoid as of March 25. The Grundy […]

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Study: Saint Louis University face mask policy reduced quarantines, COVID cases

(Missouri Independent) – Tying quarantine requirements to the Saint Louis University face mask requirement successfully reduced the number of students sent to isolation and helped cut COVID-19 infections this spring, according to a study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the university’s rules, students without masks who had close contact […]

Missouri Coronavirus

Audio: Eight of nine Missouri counties leading in COVID-19 case rates over the past week are in southeast Missouri

Eight of nine Missouri counties leading in COVID-19 case rates over the past week are in the southeast part of the state. They are Scott, New Madrid, Carter, Madison, Mississippi, Perry, St. Francois, and Bollinger Counties.  Nurse Eric Slaughter tells KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau the hospital turned a holding area into additional intensive care unit […]

Heroin and Needle

Mississippi man sentenced to seven years in prison for smuggling meth and heroin aboard train in Missouri

A Mississippi man was sentenced in federal court for transporting more than five pounds of methamphetamine and nearly three pounds of heroin through Kansas City, Missouri, en route to St. Louis, Mo. Willie Lewis Braison, 48, of Jonesboro, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to seven years and three months in federal […]

Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 cases increase by 23 in four area counties

COVID-19 cases increased in Mercer County on September 8th, with confirmed cases rising by two and probable increasing by four. The health department reported September 8th 219 confirmed cases and 241 probable cases. There were 34 active cases and 10 COVID-19-related deaths reported for Mercer County. Six COVID-19 cases were added in Harrison County. The […]

Audio: Missouri doctor says no evidence to support Ivermectin can effectively treat COVID-19

A growing number of COVID-19 patients are taking a drug to treat parasites in livestock to try and beat the virus rather than getting vaccinated. Medical experts at the local and national levels say this is a dangerous idea, including in northwest Missouri’s St. Joseph. Dr. Scott Folk, Mosaic Life Care’s Director of Infectious Diseases, […]

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“Simply unconscionable”: Advocates push Ameren to keep electric bills low during pandemic

(Missouri Independent) – Ameren Missouri should not increase its electrical rates for its customers as they struggle to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout, a coalition of environmental, veterans, and tenants advocates said Wednesday.  The St. Louis-based utility filed with regulators in March seeking a rate increase worth nearly $300 million per year to pay […]

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Audio: State Appeals court upholds another employee discrimination case against the Missouri Department of Corrections.

A state appeals court has upheld another employee discrimination case against the Missouri Department of Corrections.     The case could potentially cost taxpayers more than $700,000. The St. Louis Post Dispatch says it’s the latest in a series of big-ticket judgments against prison system administrators revolving around an employee’s concern about an attempt to […]

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Audio: Mask requirement in school triggers Pleasant Hill School Board meeting to turn violent

To mask or not to mask is a question that many local leaders have had to decide, including Tuesday night in Missouri, where that question fueled a rowdy response from some parents. Fights broke out, and one person was handcuffed after a school board meeting in western Missouri’s Pleasant Hill. KMBC-TV in Kansas City reports […]

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Missouri woman sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole for meth conspiracy

A Missouri woman was sentenced in federal court for her role in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine. Cassidy R. Clayton, 25, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. On Oct. 31, 2019, Clayton pleaded guilty to participating in the drug-trafficking […]

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Man from Chula charged with sexual misconduct after exposing himself to restaurant employee

Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples says officers located a suspect vehicle on September 7th regarding a call on September 3rd about someone in a restaurant drive-through exposing himself to an employee. The alleged incident happened in the 1000 block of South Washington Street. Maples says a 37-year-old man was arrested for sexual misconduct after officers […]

Chautauqua In The Park

36th Annual Chautauqua in the Park kicks off Saturday in Chillicothe

The 36th Annual Chautauqua in the Park will be held September 11 and 12, 2021, at Simpson Park in Chillicothe. This annual event, sponsored by the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chillicothe Area Arts Council, and presented by Hedrick Medical Center, has various entertainment, activities, artists, crafts, and food. “We have well over […]

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Virginia’s black farmers push lawmakers to provide debt relief, end lawsuits delaying USDA loan forgiveness

Farmers of color are urging Congress to end a slew of lawsuits delaying a loan-forgiveness program designed to make amends for years of loan discrimination against minority farmers. White farmers are claiming in court Congress’s $4 billion debt relief for Black farmers, part of a COVID-19 stimulus package, amounts to reverse discrimination. John Boyd Jr., president of […]