House Fire

Carport and vehicle destroyed by fire at residence on Maple Street in Chillicothe

Fire Saturday afternoon in Chillicothe extensively damaged the Ted and Norma Blankenship residence at 1308 Maple Street. A carport was destroyed and a car was a total loss; however, both residents were able to safely exit the home and vehicle. According to Chillicothe Fire Chief Eric Reeter, Norma Blankenship was planning to leave the residence […]

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Abortion amendment puts bill to finance Missouri Medicaid program in limbo

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Senate leadership pulled a bill vital for funding the state’s Medicaid program from floor debate Tuesday after adopting an amendment barring the use of public money for common contraceptive treatments. The amendment, sponsored by Republican Sen. Paul Wieland, could endanger the state’s entire Medicaid program by eliminating a health care service required by federal […]

Child Porn Charges

Former Chillicothe man arrested in Kansas on child porn charges

The Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports the arrest of a fugitive and former Chillicothe resident in Johnson County, Kansas on Wednesday evening, January 20th Thirty-two-year-old Zachary Ryan Kerns has been a fugitive on the charge since June. He was arrested on a Livingston County warrant alleging four counts of felony possession of child pornography. […]

Vaccine Distribution or Covid-19 or Coronavirus

Health departments in Missouri fighting a lack of vaccine as new tiers open up on state COVID-19 plan

Wondering where to go to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri? On Friday, the state launched an interactive map detailing where over 1,100 providers are located across the state. But not all locations identified on the map as providing the vaccine, actually have vaccines on hand to administer. And reports that the federal government has already exhausted its […]

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Census survey reveals COVID-19’s devastating impact in Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – Hundreds of thousands of Missourians are struggling to get by during our coronavirus public health emergency, including children, according to the recently released U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey. While 40.8 percent of Missouri households report losing income since March, families with children under 18 have been especially impacted, with 51.4 percent reporting […]

Animal Abuse

Two from Chillicothe charged with felony animal abuse involving horses

Two Chillicothe residents have been charged in Livingston County with felony animal abuse—second or subsequent offense or by torture and/or mutilation while the animal was alive. An initial court appearance for 43-year-old Larry Coffman and 37-year-old Cailin Dixon is scheduled for December 9th. Probable cause statements from Bradley Aldrich with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office […]

Federal Income Tax Paperwork

Initiative connects rural working families with valuable tax credit info

Starting in the 2020 tax season, more rural Missourians in need will be able to learn about their eligibility for the federal earned income tax credit (EITC), one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty tools targeting low- and moderate-income working families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health has awarded $1.35 […]