18-Wheel Semi Trailer Truck or Big Rig

Trucking industry still looking for more Missouri drivers

COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the importance of many Missouri industries, including those sitting behind the wheel of big rigs. Dave Pfiffner, the director of the Des Moines Area Community College Transportation Institute, says truckers have been going the distance to try and get essential items to consumers. “There were shortages of a lot […]

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Mississippi man pleads guilty in Missouri to smuggling 5-pounds of meth in box of cookies

A Jonesboro, Mississippi, man has pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting more than five pounds of methamphetamine and nearly three pounds of heroin through Kansas City, Missouri, en route to St. Louis, Mo. Willie Lewis Braison, 47, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on Wednesday, Sept. 16, to one count of […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

Wright Memorial Hospital named “2020 Guardian of Excellence” award winner

Wright Memorial Hospital has been named a 2020 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey. The award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in clinical quality. It’s the second year in a row that Wright Memorial Hospital received this award. The Press Ganey Guardian of […]

Drug Bust

Grundy County authorities report Polo woman arrested on drug allegations

A Polo woman was arrested Thursday, September 10th on felony charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia—amphetamine or methamphetamine and driving while revoked or suspended. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports bond for 37-year-old Julie Mae Ledford is $7,000 cash only, and she is scheduled for the Associate Divison of Grundy County Circuit Court September […]

Crime and Courts

Grundy County Circuit Court news for Thursday, September 10, 2020

Two individuals received prison terms, then were placed on probation during Thursday’s session of Grundy County Circuit Court Division One. Jeremiah Lynn Burnett (no address given online) pleaded guilty to three felony counts and one misdemeanor stemming from incidents July 16th in rural Grundy County. Burnett was sentenced by Judge Thomas Alley to a five-year […]

Ridgeway School District Virtual Learning

Ridgeway Board of Education chooses to switch to virtual instruction next week

The Ridgeway R-5 Board of Education and administration has chosen to switch to virtual instruction next week. Superintendent Jonnie Beavers announces guidance from the Harrison County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education helped them make the decision to not hold in-person classes September 8th through September […]

Trenton Missouri Police Department (TPD)

Trenton man arrested on probation violation

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Trenton man Monday, August 24th on a technical probation violation on an original charge of delivery of a controlled substance. Thirty-eight year old Christopher Warren’s alleged violation involved special conditions of failure to successfully complete the third circuit treatment court. He posted bond of $5,000, […]

Missouri State Highway Patrol

Two from Illinois accused of drug-related offenses

The Highway Patrol reports the arrest of two Illinois residents in Linn County on the evening of Monday, August 17th on drug-related allegations. Twenty-one-year-old Alyssa Moriconi of Chatham, Illinois was accused of two counts of felony delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana and THC. Twenty-one-year-old Christopher Wonch of Alton, Illinois was accused of three felony […]