Missouri Department of Social Services

Furious lawmakers demand answers from Missouri DSS for undercount of abuse reports

(Missouri Independent) – Lawmakers slammed the Department of Social Services on Thursday for underreporting the number of substantiated cases of abuse and neglect at youth residential facilities during a previous legislative hearing. For nearly an hour-and-a-half on Thursday, the House Special Committee on Government Oversight pressed DSS officials on why the number of findings of […]

Madison Troyer

Madison Troyer to serve as Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer at Life Options Green Hills

Life Options Green Hills Pregnancy + Health Center is pleased to announce that Madison Troyer of Chillicothe has been hired as the center’s Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS). Serving in this role, Mrs. Troyer has the opportunity to provide women a first glimpse of the child developing inside them. “Being able to see the instant […]

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Three from Georgia charged with hate crimes and attempted kidnapping in the death of Ahmaud Arbery

Three Georgia men were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Georgia and charged with hate crimes and the attempted kidnapping of Ahmaud Arbery. The indictment also charges two of the men with separate counts of using firearms during that crime of violence. Travis McMichael, 35; Travis’s father, Gregory McMichael, 65; […]

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Audio: Jury hears opening statements in northern Missouri murder trial; Court TV airing live coverage

A jury listened to two vastly different stories during opening statements Monday in Jefferson City, in a high-profile northern Missouri murder case. 54-year-old James Addie’s murder trial is being broadcast live nationwide on Court TV.     Addie and the victim, Molly Watson, both worked at the Moberly Correctional Center. The case has been moved from […]

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Biden infrastructure plan could boost apprenticeship programs

Apprenticeship programs at community colleges are poised for a big investment under President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan. The plan includes $12 billion dollars for community colleges. At a recent congressional hearing, members from both parties expressed support for targeting some of those funds at apprenticeship programs within community colleges. Shalee Hodgson, associate dean for technology, applied […]

Spickard School

Spickard Board of Education accepts resignation of Kristi Weldon

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education offered a contract for the superintendent/principal position after a closed session this week. Board Secretary Kelli Girdner reports the person’s name has not yet been released. The board accepted the resignation in February of current superintendent/principal Kristi Weldon. The board also hired teachers for the next school year. They […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Trenton R-9 School District announces resignations and those hired from Board of Education executive session

Several resignations were accepted and new employees approved following an executive session last night for the Trenton R-9 Board of Education. Names were released this morning by the school district office. Resignations from Rissler school positions are by Kelsey Donohue, Amy King, Hannah Ewbank, and Susan Gott. Resignations involving Trenton Middle School are from Lendy […]

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Todd Graves approved for University of Missouri curators despite bipartisan filibuster

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan coalition of state Senators was unable to stop politically connected Kansas City attorney Todd Graves from winning a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. After a two-round filibuster — three hours last week and eight more hours ending around 1 a.m. Wednesday — the Senate voted 19-13 to […]

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Clinton County selected to test new broadband internet technology

A small town in northwestern Missouri is one of seven communities in the nation testing experimental technology that could expand rural access to high-speed internet and the opportunities that can bring. Missouri University of Science and Technology is leading a team that has been awarded a one-year, $300,000 grant through the technology nonprofit US Ignite’s […]

Megan Pester is named NCMC's new Director Marketing and Admissions

Megan Pester named as Director of Marketing and Admissions at North Central Missouri College

Megan Pester from Trenton, Missouri, has been selected as North Central Missouri College’s Director of Marketing and Admissions. Megan has worked on the NCMC campus since 2007. She holds a Master’s of Science in Higher Education Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University and a bachelor’s degree from Northwest in Marketing. Before moving to the Director […]

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Newtown-Harris Board of Education approves employee health insurance plans and senior trip to Branson

The Newtown-Harris R-3 Board of Education on March 15th approved paying $575.08 toward employee health insurance plans. Insurance will continue through the Ozark Schools Benefits Association.  Superintendent Lucas McKinnis reported that the district offers seven plans, and insurance costs are less than last year. Employees can upgrade to a PPO plan, but they may have […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Trenton Board of Education tackles huge agenda including approval of salary schedule for next school year

The Trenton R-9 Board of Education March 9th approved salary schedules for the 2021-2022 school year. One thousand dollars will be added to the base for the certified salary schedule, making the base salary $34,000. This was estimated to cost the district $119,591. Superintendent Mike Stegman noted the base salary for certified staff was “pretty […]

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Missouri Supreme Court Judge Laura Stith retires after 20-years on the bench

A 20-year chapter ends today for Missouri Supreme Court Judge Laura Denvir Stith. After serving on the high court for two decades, Stith is retiring. The photos have come down off her office walls. Stith has packed up her certificates and awards she proudly showcased in her third-floor office along West High Street in Jefferson […]

Lamar Johnson

Audio: Missouri Supreme Court issues opinion in high-profile Lamar Johnson case

The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from convicted murderer Lamar Johnson of St. Louis, a case that has received national media attention. It’s also a case that has attracted attention from elected prosecutors from across the nation and Missouri. The 47-year-old Johnson has been incarcerated since 1995, serving a life sentence without parole […]

Tax Credit

Lawmakers propose permanent tax credit to stimulate development in nation’s underserved areas

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) have introduced a measure to permanently extend the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC), which has created jobs and driven investment in neighborhoods with high poverty and unemployment rates. The New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act (S.456) will permanently authorize a 39 percent federal tax credit for […]