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Audio: Bible classes could be taught in Missouri public schools under proposed bill

Public school students in Missouri would be able to study the Bible as an elective if a pre-filed bill (SB684) in the State Senate becomes law.     Democrat Karla May of St. Louis is sponsoring the proposal. A summary of the bill on the Senate’s website says the courses would not “endorse, favor, promote, […]

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 […]

MDC welcomes 15 new conservation agents

Missouri Department of Conservation graduates 15 new conservation agents

The Missouri Department of Conservation congratulates 15 new conservation agents upon their graduation from MDC’s 2021 Conservation Agent Training Academy. The agent class of 2021 took the Conservation Agent’s Oath during a special graduation ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Richardson Fine Arts Center on the Lincoln University campus in Jefferson City. MDC Director Sara Parker […]

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Free online learning now available to Missourians

The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development and the Office of Workforce Development are expanding their partnership with the online learning platform Coursera, to offer free, online education opportunities to Missourians. Coursera partners with more than 200 of the world’s leading university and industry educators to offer courses teaching job-relevant skills in fields […]

Dr. David Russell appointed President of Columbia College

Dr. David Russell appointed President of Columbia College

The Columbia College Board of Trustees unanimously named Dr. David Russell the college’s 18th president on Friday afternoon. Russell has served as interim president since January 2021, and the promotion to president is effective October 1, 2021. Russell’s appointment will add three years to his current contract, which will now run through 2025.              “This […]

Amy Guthrie

Amy Guthrie selected as North Central Missouri College’s Outstanding Employee

Amy Guthrie, English Instructor, Education, and Communication Division Chair, has been selected as North Central Missouri College’s Outstanding Employee for September. Amy has been employed at NCMC for ten years and holds a Masters in English from Truman State University and a Bachelors of Arts in English with a minor in Music and Art History.  […]

Rape Aggression Defense

Livingston County Deputy certified as Rape Aggression Defense Training instructor

A Livingston County Deputy is now a Rape Aggression Defense Training Instructor. Deputy Jennifer Plummer is now certified to help women learn and put to use techniques if they find themselves in a situation where their physical safety is at risk.  Sheriff Steve Cox said Plummer attended RAD training in Grain Valley during August. Cox […]

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NCMC Board of Trustees set tax levy, hear reports on various matters, and hire new employees

The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees heard reports on housing and other matters on August 24. Resident Life Director Donnie Hillerman reported one new residence hall is open, and he hopes the other new residence hall will open September 1st. There are some displaced students currently staying in Selby Hall in the wing […]

Sergeant Aaron Griffin 2021 Instructor of the Year

Missouri State Highway Patrol: Sergeant Aaron Griffin named 2021 Instructor Of The Year

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol announced the State & Provincial Police Academy Directors have named MSHP Sergeant Aaron K. Griffin its Instructor of the Year for 2021. Nominations for this award come from police academies throughout the United States and Canada. SPPADS is a section of the International Association of Chiefs of […]

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Audio: Missouri Board of Education to vote on effort to boost substitute teacher pool

The Missouri Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday on a recommendation to get more K-12 substitute teachers in the classroom. Last August, the board voted to temporarily give prospective substitute teachers the choice to take an online training course of about 20 hours or fulfill the standard 60 college credit hours.     […]

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North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees approve bids and personnel matters

The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees approved bids and purchases as well as personnel matters July 27th. Athletic insurance was purchased through Dissinger Reed of Overland Park, Kansas for the 2021-2022 sports year at a cost of $31,467. That was for $26,980 for secondary accident insurance and $4,487 for catastrophic accident insurance with […]

COVID-19 Delta Variant

Delta variant spread means Missouri COVID cases may ‘double or triple’ in July

(Missouri Independent) – During June, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 took hold in Missouri, the seven-day average of new cases doubled. And now that the easily spread mutation has reached every corner of the state, July will be a repeat of June, or worse, according to the University of Missouri professor monitoring wastewater for the […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson fills five county office vacancies

Governor Mike Parson filled five-county office vacancies.  Densil Allen Jr., of Knob Noster, was appointed as the Johnson County Presiding Commissioner. Dr. Allen is a former veterinarian and owned and operated Warrensburg Animal Hospital until his retirement. He has also owned and operated Allen’s Auction Service and taught animal science courses at the University of Central […]

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Owner of school sentenced to prison for defrauding program dedicated to rehabilitating disabled military veterans

A Maryland man was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution for defrauding a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program dedicated to rehabilitating military veterans with disabilities.  According to court documents, Francis Engles, 65, of Bowie, was the owner and operator of Engles Security Training School (Engles […]