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Missouri State Auditor gives McDonald County a rating of “Good” in latest audit

State Auditor Nicole Galloway released today her regularly scheduled audit of McDonald County, located in southwest Missouri. The audit report, which makes several recommendations to improve the efficiency of county government, gave a rating of “good.” A prior audit of McDonald County, issued in September 2016, issued an overall rating of “fair.” “My audit identified several areas for […]

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While Cedar County, Missouri awaits ruling in CAFO lawsuit, a large chicken operation moves in

(Missouri Independent) – When the attorney general’s office asked a judge in 2019 to lift a temporary restraining order blocking a Missouri law pre-empting county regulations on concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, that were stricter than the state’s, the argument was straightforward. No one was trying to build a large animal feeding operation in Cedar […]

Grain Belt Express

Audio: Missouri’s Governor reluctant to call special session on Grain Belt eminent domain issue

The governor is reluctant to call a special session on the Grain Belt eminent domain issue in northern Missouri. While Missouri House Agriculture Committee Chairman Don Rone of Portageville has asked for a special session, Governor Parson says he has to be responsive to taxpayers as well:     To be clear, Governor Parson supports […]

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Federal expenditures and road needs on agenda of Livingston County Commission next week

The Livingston County Commission will discuss federal expenditures and road needs next week. The commission’s agenda for its meeting at the courthouse in Chillicothe on June 15th includes auditors at 9:30 regarding federal expenditures for 2019-2020 and Angela Shoultz with the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission at 10:30 regarding road needs. The Livingston County Commission […]

Grain Belt Express

Audio: Anti-Grain Belt Express bill gets another Senate hearing with testimony lasting two hours

The Grain Belt Express project plans to run wind power transmission lines across eight rural counties in northern Missouri—from Buchanan through Ralls. Though the Public Service Commission has approved it and the commission’s approval won a court challenge, agricultural opponents have once again found support in the Legislature. The Missouri House passed HB 527 to stop utility […]

Grain Belt Express

Grain Belt transmission line forges ahead amid landowner, lawmaker pushback

(Missouri Independent) – On the heels of a historic cold snap that left thousands across the Midwest without power, Kansas and Missouri residents could soon reap the benefits of a massive high-powered transmission line delivering renewable energy.  Grain Belt Express, a project a decade in the making, is starting to acquire land along its route spanning […]

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Obituary for Joe Brinser, Trenton, Missouri

Joseph Brinser, a 56-year-old Trenton resident, passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at his residence. Brinser is to be cremated under the direction of Slater Neal Funeral Home with memorial services pending at a later date. Memorial donations are suggested to either the Grundy County Rural Fire Department or Maple Grove Cemetery. William Joseph Brinser […]

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Daviess County officials issue public health mask advisory

Daviess County Health Department Administrator Cheryl Alexander, Daviess County Commissioners, and Emergency Management Director David Roll have issued a public health mask advisory. All persons at least two years old are advised to wear masks when in contact with others who are not household members. The advisory will begin on December 20th and be reviewed […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson signs Executive Order 20-19 extending state of emergency in Missouri

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Missouri and across the Midwest, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-19 extending the state of emergency in Missouri through March 31, 2021.  This will allow continued flexibility in deploying critical resources around the state as well as the continued utilization of the Missouri National Guard […]

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Election Preview: Candidates running unopposed in many northern Missouri counties; other seats hotly contested

While five Green Hills counties do not have any head to head races in the general election today, there are contests to be decided in four area counties, plus for an area state representative seats and one for state senate. Candidates are unopposed for county-wide offices in Grundy, Mercer, Harrison, Putnam, and Sullivan counties. Also […]

Election Results

August 4th Primary Election results in northern Missouri

Grundy County will have a new commissioner at the first of the year following Businessman Brad Chumbley’s victory Tuesday evening in the Republican primary. Chumbley received 442 votes to defeat two others. Incumbent Joe Brinser had 296 votes and challenger Martha Roberts received 245. There’s no Democratic opponent for Chumbley in the November general election. […]

Election 2020

Primary Election: A review of north Missouri election issues and candidates

Candidates will be nominated by their respective political parties in today’s primary election to have their names on general election ballots in November. The poll sites are open until 7 o’clock this evening across Missouri. KTTN news plans to announce results, as they become available this evening while also carrying portions of the Kansas City […]