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Green Hills Animal Shelter receives over $2,600 in donations during “Betty White Challenge”

The Green Hills Animal Shelter in Trenton received more than $2,600 in donations through the Betty White Challenge. The public was encouraged to donate $5.00 to a rescue or animal shelter in memory of Betty White who died December 31st at age 99. Donations were received around the world for various shelters. Betty White was […]

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Missouri Senate hears bipartisan push to forgive mistakenly overpaid unemployment benefits

(Missouri Independent) – Tracie Engelmeyer was among hundreds of bus drivers who were furloughed in St. Louis County in March 2020 because of the pandemic. School-district authorities told them that even though drivers are contracted labor, they would qualify for unemployment benefits and urged them to apply. Engelmeyer recalled the conversation she had with a […]

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Agriculture secretary pressed about pandemic relief funds for farmers

(Missouri Independent) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic aid and fostering collaboration with historically Black colleges during a Thursday hearing before the House Agriculture Committee. Committee Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, asked Vilsack for “critical updates on the implementation of pandemic relief programs, including […]

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Governor Mike Parson touts Missouri’s COVID-19 response in annual State of State address

(Missouri Independent) – Gov. Mike Parson praised his administration’s handling of the still-unfolding COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, telling a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly that the state has emerged ready to make long-term investments in its future.  “The bottom line is Missouri’s economy is strong,” Parson said in his annual State of the State […]

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Graves, Huffman introduce “Save America’s Rural Hospitals Act”

Congressman Sam Graves and Congressman Jared Huffman introduced the bipartisan Save America’s Rural Hospitals Act to rescue rural hospitals on the brink of bankruptcy and help put these critical care providers back on solid ground. “This isn’t a new problem. Our rural hospitals have been struggling to keep their doors open to patients for years,” said […]

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Show-Me Strong Recovery Task Force releases final report of recommendations

Governor Mike Parson announced that the Show-Me Strong Recovery Task Force has released its final report of recommendations to support small businesses across the state. In the report, the Task Force summarizes its findings and provides potential solutions related to workforce, supply chain, access to resources, broadband, and support for minority- and women-owned businesses. “As […]

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Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general […]

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Audio: Wellness Challenge participants can register through January 17 at Ketcham Community Center

The Green Hills Wellness Challenge is back this year for residents in the Green Hills area. Organizer DeEtta Jones says registration and initial weigh-ins will be done at the Ketcham Community Center on the North Central Missouri College campus in Trenton. Individuals at least 18 years old can register through January 17th, when the challenge […]

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Green Hills Animal Shelter invites you to take part in the “Betty White Challenge”

The Green Hills Animal Shelter reports social media has challenged individuals to donate $5.00 to a rescue or an animal shelter in memory of Betty White on what would have been her 100th birthday, January 17th. The shelter in Trenton would appreciate being the shelter of choice for anyone who wants to participate in the […]

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Missouri Attorney General’s office delivers oral arguments at Supreme Court in vaccine mandate case

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office appeared in front of the United States Supreme Court to deliver oral arguments in Biden v. Missouri, the lawsuit brought by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office that challenges the federal vaccine mandate on health care workers. “Missouri was the first state to file suit against the Biden Administration’s private employer […]

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Audio: Missouri lawmaker expects several proposed bills that would limit local tax increases

A Missouri lawmaker expects several legislative bills proposed this session that would make it harder for cities to ask their voters for tax increases. State Representative Bill Falkner is chairing the state House Local Government Committee. Falkner tells Brent Martin he will focus on helping municipalities address their biggest need, recruiting and retaining quality workers. […]

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Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain […]

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Almost $4,500 raised during ballgames benefitting Bright Futures Bulldog Challenge

The Bright Futures Bulldog Challenge during the basketball games at Gallatin High School on January 4th raised $4,385 total. That is enough to fund 11 and a half beds for the Beds for Bulldogs Fund for Bright Futures in Trenton and Gallatin. Bright Futures Gallatin reports the first bed was delivered, and the student and […]

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Chillicothe authorities have plans in place should TikTok challenge to harm school students appear in Chillicothe

The Chillicothe Police Department has received information from a school resource officer about a nationwide TikTok challenge to make threats to harm students at school. Police Chief Jon Maples reports the Chillicothe Police work closely with schools, and school resource officers are in place for reasons like this. He notes the police have plans in […]

Wellness Challenge

University of Missouri Extension announces “Winter Wellness Challenge”

The University of Missouri Extension offices in Linn, Macon, and Randolph counties will host a free self-led wellness challenge to help individuals stay active this winter. The Winter Wellness Challenge runs from December 21, 2021, through March 22, 2022.  Participants will receive a mental, physical, and nutritional health Bingo card listing activities. Anyone who completes […]

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North Central Missouri College now offering Microsoft Office Certification

The North Central Missouri College Business department has revamped the Microcomputer Applications course under their direction.  Some of the new additions to the class include Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Office Certification exams. Microcomputer Applications is completed by all students earning a degree at NCMC.  Microsoft Teams trains students on virtual communication and makes communication easier […]

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Lillian DesMarias Youth Library to host “12 Days of Teen Christmas”

The Lillian DesMarias Youth Library of Chillicothe will hold a Teen 12 Days of Christmas. Some activities will be available all day, and others will be scheduled programs that do not require registration. The activities will begin December 1st with hot cocoa and cookies from 3:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon. Christmas creations will be […]