Sam Graves

Lawmakers successfully push White House to drop proposal that would hurt small cities and rural communities

Lawmakers are celebrating the decision to drop a proposal before the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to redefine a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The proposal would have raised the threshold for an MSA from 50,000 residents to 100,000, which would have eliminated 144 areas from the designation, including St. Joseph. The move to drop […]

Gallatin City Hall

Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve 2020 financial statements audit, presented a multitude of reports

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved the 2020 financial statements audit on June 28th. CPA John Gillum presented an audit report. The Friends of Gallatin fundraising event to be held on June 26th was rescheduled for July 17th due to forecasted rain. The board of aldermen agreed to grant the picnic liquor license request to […]

CAFO or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation

Some of Missouri’s largest CAFOs are seeking less stringent state regulation

Eleven of Missouri’s largest concentrated animal feeding operations are working to reduce the state’s oversight of their hog facilities despite a record of manure spills and clean water violations.  Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has 11 CAFOs seeking new state permits.  The facilities, dotted across northern Missouri, combined are capable of raising more […]

Planning and zoning

Trenton Planning and Zoning Commission to recommend approval of use permit for bed and breakfast in former funeral home

The Trenton Planning and Zoning Commission voted June 7 to recommend to the city council final approval of a conditional use permit for a bed and breakfast facility. The commission also voted to pass on a report to recommend the designation of the Downtown Historic District as a historic district within the meaning of Trenton […]

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Will the 30×30 initiative to protect land and water gain traction?

The 30×30 initiative, also called the “America the Beautiful” campaign, aims to preserve 30% of the nation’s lands and water by 2030. But its pledge to fight the climate crisis could face hurdles. Announced by the Biden administration earlier this year, the initiative acknowledged what’s called a tipping point in damage done to the natural world and […]

Prescription Drugs in Missouri

Missouri House approves prescription drug monitoring program, sends bill to the governor

(Missouri Independent) – In a historic vote, the Missouri House signed off Tuesday on legislation creating a prescription drug monitoring program — inching one step closer to ending Missouri’s designation as the only state without one. The bill now heads to Gov. Mike Parson for his signature or veto. Sen. Holly Rehder, a Sikeston Republican who […]

City of Trenton Website

Trenton City Administrator reports on 17th Street Bridge and proposed improvements at water treatment plant

On top of reports and public comment, the Trenton City Council agenda Monday night only included one topic. No mention was made last evening of the Planning and Zoning recommendations from last week, one to deny a cell phone tower at a specific location in Trenton and the other to approve the downtown historic district. […]

Planning and zoning

Trenton Planning and Zoning Commission recommends ordinance be drawn up for Downtown Historic Preservation District

The Trenton Planning and Zoning Commission May 3rd denied a request regarding a conditional use permit for construction of a 150-foot monopole at 212 East Seventh Street for wireless coverage. It also voted to recommend an ordinance be drawn up for a proposed Downtown Historic Preservation District. Deputy City Clerk Tracy Maberry reports the commission […]

Rotary Fellows

Trenton Rotary Club honored with 100% Paul Harris Fellows membership in District 6040

Twelve members of the Trenton Rotary Club have been honored as Paul Harris Fellows, named for the founder of Rotary. For each $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation, the club can designate a member as a Paul Harris Fellow. Receiving the designation at a recent meeting were Brent Wyant, David Bain, Doctor Hessam Borhani, Jacob […]

Driver License

Audio: Legislation involving Missouri veterans and driver’s licenses to be heard on Tuesday

Bipartisan legislation that requires designations of veteran status to be placed on the front of official driver’s licenses and ID cards will be heard by a Missouri Senate committee in Jefferson City on Tuesday.     The bill, which is sponsored by Marshfield State Representative John Black, was unanimously approved by the House by a […]

Planning and zoning

Trenton Planning and Zoning Commission to hear request regarding wireless coverage, discuss Downtown Historic Preservation District

The Trenton Planning and Zoning Commission will hear a request regarding wireless coverage and discuss a proposed Downtown Historic Preservation District. The commission will hold a public hearing at the Trenton City Hall May 3rd at 7 o’clock at night. KGI Wireless, in care of Verizon Wireless, will request a conditional use permit to allow […]

Trenton, Missouri

Trenton’s Historic Preservation Commission defines area of Trenton to be designated as historic district

Trenton’s Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday evening approved a resolution as part of the process in setting up a historic district in the downtown area. The document explains the significance of the district as it relates to the criteria for designation and integrity. It also lists types of exterior architectural features that are to be […]

Immigration

New attempt in Congress to help Dreamers runs into familiar obstacles

(Missouri Independent) – Legislation creating a path to citizenship for undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children face a new border crisis and old partisan objections, diminishing the chances it will become law despite full Democratic control of Congress and the White House. On Thursday, the U.S. House is poised to pass the American […]