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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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Lindsey Batson selected as NCMC’s Outstanding Student for December

Lindsey Batson, an A+ student from Princeton, MO, has been selected as North Central Missouri College’s Outstanding Student for December 2021. Lindsey is a sophomore working toward her Associate in Arts degree. After graduating in May from NCMC, Lindsey plans to transfer her associate’s degree to the University of Missouri-Columbia to obtain a degree in […]

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Kristi Millhouse named Wright Memorial Hospital’s Employee of the Quarter

Kristi Millhouse, a patient access representative at Wright Memorial Hospital, was honored as the hospital’s Employee of the Quarter for third quarter 2021. Steve Schieber, CEO, presented the award to Millhouse at a ceremony held in her honor. The Employee of the Quarter Award recognizes an employee who provides exemplary service, going beyond the call […]

Rodney Keil NCMC Outstanding student November 2021

Rodney Kiel selected as NCMC’s Outstanding Student

Rodney Keil from Brookfield, Missouri, has been selected as North Central Missouri College’s Outstanding Student for November. Rodney is a sophomore working toward his Associate in Applied Science degree. After graduating in May from NCMC, Rodney plans to transfer his associate’s degree to Northwest Missouri State University to obtain a Bachelor of Applied Science in […]

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Managing potassium and phosphorus when prices are high

Farmers understand fertilizer prices fluctuate with time. “We are living through a substantial shift in potassium and phosphorus prices, from low prices in the 2020 growing season to the highest prices in the past decade for fertilizer purchased now for the 2022 growing season,” says John Lory, University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist. A […]

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Audio: Musical Weekend in Chillicothe to feature public performances and Master Classes from Doyle Dykes and Andy Leftwich

National recording artists Doyle Dykes and Andy Leftwich will appear at events in Chillicothe the weekend of November 20th and 21st. The Musical Weekend is presented by the Chillicothe Area Arts Council. In a recent interview on KTTN, Dykes said he has loved guitar since he was a child. He grew up in a church, […]

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Chillicothe Area Arts Council to host “Musical Weekend”

The Chillicothe Area Arts Council will hold a Musical Weekend featuring national recording artists Doyle Dykes and Andy Leftwich on November 20 and 21. Master classes with your choice of Dykes or Leftwich will be at the Chillicothe Comfort Inn and Suites on November 20 from 10 o’clock to noon. Two hours will cost $25. The […]

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Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce announces award winners at Annual Awards Banquet

Awards were presented for the 2020 year at the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet October 21st. The Outstanding Community Service Award went to David Adams. The Chamber Person of the Year was Larry Wilson. Ed Turner received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Chamber Business of the Year was Ehrhardt Properties, which includes […]

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Increasing access to counseling services for military families is goal of new bill by lawmakers

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) introduced the bipartisan COMFORT Act to solve the current shortage of Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) and increase access to counseling services on military installations. The senators’ bill allows for license portability for MFLCs, so counselors can work outside of the state in which they are licensed. “Families […]

Audio: 2021 School Counselor of the Year is from Missouri

Olivia Carter is the 2021 School Counselor of the Year, Missouri School Counselor of the Year, and the school counselor at Jefferson Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Carter, who has been a counselor for ten years, says she thinks she was chosen for the national award after helping her elementary school reduce in-school discipline […]

Telehealth going strong even after pandemic closures

The use of telehealth services – a combination of telephone, video, and other online tools – peaked during COVID closures, and Coloradans still are opting for remote visits, according to new data. Social isolation and other disruptions saw mental and behavioral telehealth visits rise dramatically. Cari Frank – vice president for communications with the Center […]

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Crowder State Park to host guided hikes on October 23 and October 30

Park staff members at Crowder State Park invite the public to the campground amphitheater at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 23, 2021, for a guided 2-mile hike on Redbud Trail. Park staff will discuss plants, trees, and animals along the way. Redbud Trail is a moderately rugged trail that allows visitors to cross several dry creek […]

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Missouri students can now ‘test to stay’ to remain in classroom after COVID exposure

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri students and teachers identified as being exposed to a coronavirus case in school may now be permitted to remain in class if they continue to test negative for the virus and properly wear a mask. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) updated its school reopening guidance Friday to include the new […]

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Guided hikes to be held at Crowder State Park with special attraction during weekend of Missouri Day festival

A two-mile guided hike will be held at Crowder State Park west of Trenton October 23rd. The Redbud Fall Hike will start at the campground amphitheater that morning at 10 o’clock. Park staff will discuss plants, trees, and animals along the way. Crowder State Park describes Redbud Trail as moderately rugged. It allows visitors to […]

The Board of Public Buildings, chaired by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, met on Sept. 13, 2021 (Photo courtesy Jason Hancock/Missouri Independent)

LGBTQ history exhibit goes unmentioned by Missouri Board of Public Buildings, governor cited for its removal

(Missouri Independent) – When news broke that an LGBTQ history exhibit was suddenly and without warning removed from the Missouri Capitol, Gov. Mike Parson contended the reason was that it didn’t get pre-approval from a board he chairs, but at that board’s first meeting in more than a year on Monday, neither the exhibit nor the […]

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Leadership Northwest Music Jam at Black Silo Winery quickly approaching

Country music star, Sunny Sweeney, will be headlining the first-ever Leadership Northwest Music Jam with ticket proceeds benefiting the Leadership Northwest Missouri program. The show will be hosted at Black Silo Winery in Trenton, MO on Saturday, September 25, 2021.  Trenton local, Salem Croy, will be the special guest opening the music event.  Tickets are […]

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Parson’s rationale for removing LGTBQ exhibit from Missouri Capitol called into question

(Missouri Independent) – Fireworks, this week over the sudden removal of an LGBTQ history exhibit from the museum in the Missouri Capitol caught the attention of John Cunning.  For 24 years before he retired in 2018, Cunning oversaw the museum as part of his job at Missouri State Parks.  So when he read Gov. Mike […]