BTC Youth Benefit Website

BTC Area Youth Benefit Corporation raises $30,000 during annual fundraising campaign

The BTC Area Youth Benefit Corporation recently hosted its Second Annual Funding Futures fundraising campaign. One hundred sixty-five BTC Bank employees raised more than $30,000 during a month-long campaign. The original goal was $20,000. The BTC Area Youth Benefit Corporation is a local nonprofit organization of BTC Bank that focuses on supporting youth in the […]

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North Central Missouri College Homecoming and Alumni Appreciation Day King and Queen candidates announced

The candidates for the 2022 North Central Missouri College Homecoming and Alumni Appreciation Day have been announced. Festivities will be held on Saturday, January 29th.  Women’s basketball takes on North Platte Community College at 3:00 pm and men’s basketball tangles with Ellsworth Community College at 5:00 pm.                 Nominees for king and queen had to be […]

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Ketanji Brown Jackson considered among Biden’s top candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court

(Missouri Independent) – With the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer by this summer, President Joe Biden has said he will fulfill a campaign promise of appointing a Black woman to an open seat on the highest court in the land. A top contender, who was even vetted by the Obama administration in 2016 as […]

Coronavirus or COVID-19 Death

Grundy County Health Department reports COVID-related death; Five health departments report on new cases of COVID

The Grundy County Health Department reports an additional COVID-19-related death. That brings the total to 63. The health department will now include reinfections and home tests in its case report. A backlog of 49 reinfections and home test cases that occurred before January 1st has been added to the total number of cases. There have […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole for illegal firearm

A Missouri, man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm. Jeremiah Ezekiel Brown, 37, Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Wednesday, Jan. 26, to 10 years in federal prison without parole. This is the maximum statutory penalty for this offense. Brown was found guilty at trial […]

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Northwest Missouri State University to host retired NASA astronaut Captain Scott Kelly

Northwest Missouri State University will host retired NASA astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 8, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts as the next featured speaker for the University’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Kelly’s presentation centers on the remarkable story of his year in space – and how personal determination made […]

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Grundy County Clerk corrects information on election filing for Laredo Fire Protection District Board of Directors

The Grundy County Clerk’s Office has provided corrected information on the election filing for the Laredo Fire Protection District Board of Directors. Kevin Eckert filed for the open position. Information originally provided to the Grundy County Clerk’s Office contained a mistake. The Laredo Fire Protection District will forgo an election on April 5th because there […]

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer planning to retire from the bench

(Missouri Independent) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday. The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme […]

Medical Marijuana

Reversing state’s decision, Missouri panel awards marijuana license to jilted applicant

(Missouri Independent) – In a rare move, a Missouri commission granted a medical marijuana license to an applicant after discovering irregularities with how state regulators evaluated applications. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) decided to forgo appealing the ruling, announcing Tuesday that it had reached a settlement with the jilted applicant to […]

Missouri Soybean Association Website

Matt Wright elected to lead Missouri Soybean Association

This week Missouri Soybeans hosted the Missouri Soybean Association board in Jefferson City, MO for their annual meeting. During the meeting, the Association unanimously selected several farmer-leaders to step up in leadership positions to serve Missouri’s soybean growers. To lead MSA, Matt Wright was voted to serve as the president for 2022. Wright is a […]

Elections (Vote or Voting)

Several file for positions on area boards and governing bodies that require no election

Some governmental jurisdictions in Grundy County will forgo an election on April 5th. That is because of a law that allows them to go without an election when the number of candidates is equal to the number of positions to be filled. The candidates will assume the responsibilities of their offices at the same time […]

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Audio: FBI in eastern Missouri focusing on safety of souvenir military explosives

The FBI in eastern Missouri has launched its first-ever project to recover military ordnance, explosive devices that are stored at home where owners may be unaware of the potential danger. Interim Special agent in Charge Spencer Evans of the St. Louis Division.     These explosives could seem harmless, says Agent Evans, including civil war […]

Inmate at Chillicothe Correctional Center dies

The Missouri Department of Corrections reports an inmate at the Chillicothe Correctional Center has died. Sixty-four-year-old Peggy Goodin was pronounced dead at the Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City on Friday morning, January 21, 2022. An autopsy will be conducted. Goodin was serving a seven-year sentence for delivery of a controlled substance from Scotland County […]

Prison Sentence

Judge sentences Missouri man to 15 years in prison for child exploitation crimes

United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel sentenced Nicholas M. Ray to a term of 15 years in federal prison. Ray previously pleaded guilty to attempting to persuade or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity and distribution of child pornography in a court appearance held in October 2021. In 2014, Ray was convicted […]

Governor Mike Parson

Parson pay raise plan in limbo as $5.4 billion spending bill awaits vote

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri state employees counting on seeing a big raise in their February paychecks may be disappointed, as lawmakers fiddle with a $5.4 billion spending bill pushed by Gov. Mike Parson. When the Republican governor in December proposed a 5.5 percent pay raise for all state workers, he said he wanted it in effect by […]