Governor Parson talks with lawmakers as he leaves House Chamber after State of the State address (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel - Missouri House)

Governor proposes record $47.3B Missouri budget as he taps surplus and federal aid

(Missouri Independent) – Gov. Mike Parson proposed massive new spending on infrastructure and college buildings, and still found money to set aside for pensions and future revenue shortfalls, in the budget submitted Wednesday to lawmakers. Missouri will enter the new fiscal year with nearly $3 billion in surplus general revenue, an anticipation of record future tax collections, […]

Little Otter Creek Reservoir Project

Caldwell County Commission announces the award of a contract to construct the Little Otter Creek Reservoir

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Missouri and Caldwell County Commission announced the award of a contract to construct the Little Otter Creek Reservoir. The contract for $14,400,486.75 was awarded to Phillips Hardy, Incorporated of Booneville. Under the contract, a 345-acre reservoir will supply 1.24 million gallons of raw drinking […]

Blake Hurst Ag Service Award 2021

Missouri Farm Bureau honors six individuals with Outstanding Service to Agriculture award

Six individuals were honored with the Missouri Farm Bureau Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award on December 6. The presentations were made by MOFB President Garrett Hawkins during the opening session of the organization’s annual meeting at the Lake of the Ozarks. The award is given annually to select individuals who have demonstrated their desire to […]

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Audio: CoffeeTree Group expands to Marceline, investing $100,000 and creating 50 new jobs

Professional technology services company CoffeeTree Group announced today it will establish a new technology delivery center in Marceline, investing $100,000 and creating 50 new jobs. The new location will enable the company to accommodate its growth while meeting the increasing demand for its services. “My administration has made it a top priority to prepare our […]

Youth in Agriculture Missouri State Fair Scholarship

Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship deadline is February 1

The Missouri State Fair and the Youth in Agriculture Committee are accepting applications for Youth in Agriculture scholarships for Missouri high school seniors graduating in 2022. The application form can be found on the Fair’s website. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by February 1, 2022. Applicants must submit […]

Grand River Valley Choir and Orchestra

Audio: Grand River Valley Choir and Orchestra to feature winter concert on December 11

The Grand River Valley Choir and Orchestra will have a winter concert on December 11, 2021, with “Joy to the World” to be performed in the Trenton High School Performing Arts Center at 3 pm.  Doors will open at 2:30. Choir Conductor Linda Arnold:     Orchestra Director Buddy Hannaford acknowledges that most of the […]

Deadly Accident

Rural Livingston County woman dies after being struck by falling tree

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports a deputy responded Saturday to the 4000 block of Livingston County Road 424 because of a person who was injured from a falling tree. An investigation showed a chain saw was being used to cut a tree, and the tree had fallen and struck the 55-year-old victim. Chillicothe Department […]

Missouri Ag Awards Recipients 2021

Missouri agriculture awards presented during 49th Governor’s Conference on agriculture

Six agriculture leaders from across Missouri were recognized by Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe and Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn during the 49th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture. The award recipients were honored at the Missouri Agriculture Awards Luncheon for their commitment, service, and impact on Missouri agriculture. “It is a privilege to recognize these individuals […]

THS Alumni Association

Trenton High School Alumni planning for 2022 moving forward

Plans for the 2022 Trenton High School Alumni Reunion are moving forward following a recent meeting of all classes.  Events will kick off on September 2 and conclude on September 4th.  Many of the normal events are scheduled including the Friday night Hospitality, the Saturday Open House, and the Sunday Brunch.  In addition, the second […]

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Gun safety group files suit alleging NRA illegally coordinated with Hawley campaign

(Missouri Independent) – The Giffords gun safety organization has sued the National Rifle Association and the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley and U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana, alleging the group used shell corporations to improperly aid the Republican lawmakers in 2018. The suit alleges two NRA affiliates made up to $35 million in illegal […]

Faith Cerinity Richardson

Obituary for Faith Cerinity Richardson

Faith Cerinity Richardson age 17, a resident of Cameron, Missouri passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021, in Chillicothe, Missouri. Faith was born the daughter of Bobby Sayers on February 14, 2004, in St. Joseph, Missouri.  She attended Cameron High School Cameron, Missouri.  Faith participated in Marching Band and was on the Girls Wrestling team.  […]

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Biden administration rolls out new rule to bolster DACA as lawsuit continues

(Missouri Independent) – The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a proposed new rule that would strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect undocumented people in the program from legal challenges. The proposed rule, announced by the Department of Homeland Security, would “preserve and fortify” the DACA program, an Obama administration-era initiative that protects […]

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Food insecure urban agriculture matching grant funds now available

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced the availability of Food Insecure Urban Agriculture Matching Grant funds of up to $50,000 per project. Applications for the grant funds must benefit residents affected by food insecurity in urbanized areas and are due by Sept. 30, 2021. Projects must be complete and ready for verification by April 1, […]

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Coalition of lawmakers urge Biden administration to drop proposed tax hike on farm families

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), along with the entire Senate Republican caucus, sent a letter to President Biden urging him to abandon his effort to impose a capital gains tax increase on family-owned businesses, farms, and ranches. Repealing this part of the tax code would have a devastating effect on multi-generation operations, which could lead […]