Easter Sunday

Audio: Churches being creative for Easter; “Stay-at-Home” order still in place

Governor Mike Parson says the social distancing portion of the stay at home order is still in place for worship on Easter Sunday – there are no exceptions. The Governor noted many churches are being creative for their services.     The Governor’s order states that Missourians shall avoid leaving their homes unless necessary to […]

Schools Closed COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Audio: Governor Mike Parson orders Missouri schools to remain closed for the rest of the school year

Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced on Thursday, April 9, 2020, that Missouri schools shall remain closed through this school year.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, along with several school superintendents from across the state made the recommendation to Governor Parson. During the briefing, Missouri K through 12 Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven encouraged school […]

St Joseph News Press

Saint Joseph News-Press to eliminate Saturday and Wednesday print editions

The Saint Joseph News-Press will eliminate its Saturday and Wednesday print editions, effective Saturday, April 18th and Wednesday, May 6th. The announcement was made in a letter to readers by Publisher and Editor David Bradley and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Stacey Hill.  The letter says the News-Press plans to “beef up” the […]

Medicaid

Audio: Supplemental budget passed by Missouri lawmakers expands Medicaid and funding for child care

One of the Missouri House Budget Committee’s senior members says the six-point-two billion dollar supplemental budget approved by the Legislature on Wednesday expands Medicaid to those impacted by the coronavirus and are below the poverty level. Versailles GOP State Representative David Wood chairs the Appropriations subcommittee on social services.     The budget contains funding […]

Road Closed

Linn County Route WW to remain closed; motorist drives around barricades, damaging roadway

Route WW will remain closed today, Thursday, April 9, through 3 p.m. for a culvert replacement. Local maintenance crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation replaced the culvert today, April 8, but their barricades blocking the roadway between Route ZZ and the Macon County line were moved, and a motorist drove through the freshly laid […]

Coronavirus News Graphic

Key health committee senators urge making COVID-19 antibodies test free for everyone

Senators Roy Blunt and Lamar Alexander, chairmen of the two Senate committees responsible for health policy and spending said, “Health professionals agree that Americans who have had the disease are almost certainly immune for a time and can go back to work and back to school without contracting the disease again or exposing others. Free […]

Generic City Water

Trenton Municipal Utilities Water Treatment Plant to begin disinfection of water on Friday

The Trenton Municipal Utilities Water Treatment Plant will begin using free chlorine, or a free chlorine conversion, in its water system on Friday, April 10th. Water disinfection involves feeding free chlorine, instead of chloramines, as the disinfectant leaving the water treatment plant. The process will last about three to six weeks and affect customers of […]

Bridge Work

Grand River bridge south of Chillicothe to be narrowed to one lane

A rehabilitation project on the Grand River Bridge on Highway 65 south of Chillicothe is scheduled to begin a new phase next week. Contractors from Radmacher Brothers Excavating Company, working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, will narrow the bridge to one lane beginning Monday morning, April 13, 2020, at 7 o’clock. The first portion […]

Grundy R-5 School

Grundy R-5 Board of Education accepts resignations

The Grundy County R-5 Board of Education accepted two resignations at a special meeting this week. The resignations were from Elementary Special Education Instructor Rachel Dow and High School Science Instructor Eric Dyer. After a closed session, the board approved hiring Rusty Burns as a Kindergarten through 12th Grade Special Education Instructor and Jennifer Dyer […]

Coronavirus Concerns

Missouri prison system reports first COVID-19 related death

St. Joseph city officials in northwest Missouri report the first death in Buchanan County from complications brought on by COVID-19; the former St. Joseph state prisoner transferred to Kansas City. The Missouri Department of Corrections made the announcement. City officials say the prisoner was transferred to St. Joseph for an unrelated illness that required isolation, […]