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Fight over mask orders growing at rate to rival Missouri Delta variant cases

(Missouri Independent) – Politicians are fighting over masks. Public health officials are begging people to get vaccinated. And meanwhile, the Delta variant continues to spread almost unchecked in the state. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones defended their mask mandates during separate appearances Wednesday. Page held a press conference […]

Missouri 4-H shooting sports teams won third-place honors at the 2021 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships

Missouri 4-H shooting teams place third at national championships

The Missouri 4-H shooting sports teams won third-place honors at the 2021 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, June 20-25 in Grand Island, Neb. More than 590 participants from 32 states competed in nine disciplines, demonstrating excellence in marksmanship, safety, responsibility, and teamwork, said Jim Sappington, University of Missouri Extension state 4-H shooting sports coordinator. “It […]

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Pickup and SUV crash on rural road injuring Spickard man

A pickup truck and a sports utility vehicle sideswiped on a gravel road in northwestern Grundy County, injuring a Spickard resident. Eighty-six-year-old Thomas Stamper was taken by private vehicle to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton with minor injuries. The operator of the SUV, 19-year old Rory Jacobs of Spickard, was not reported hurt. The accident […]

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Two from Braymer charged with manufacturing marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child

Two Braymer residents face charges after law enforcement allegedly found them manufacturing marijuana on June 22. Twenty-three-year-old Jared Joseph Lange and 23-year-old Tiffany Amber Kincaid have both been charged with two felony counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and one count of manufacture of 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic […]

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Chillicothe Police Department busy with assault at water park, person that was “lost and confused,” and arrests on Alexander Street

Chillicothe Police officers took reports of an assault at the Chilli Bay Water Park, an apparently lost and confused person in the 700 block of Elm Street, and a disturbance in the 1400 block of Alexander Street on June 15. Assistant Police Chief Rick Sampsel says two juveniles assaulted each other at the water park, […]

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Eleven public high schools in Missouri recognized for helping students plan financially for higher education

Eleven public high schools in Missouri are being recognized for helping students plan financially for higher education. In an effort to promote completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid among high school seniors, the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development launched the Show-Me FAFSA Challenge in October 2020. The competition ended […]

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Bethany woman who stole drugs from Daviess County Nursing Home sentenced to prison

A Bethany woman accused of stealing drugs from Daviess County Nursing and Rehab in Gallatin was sentenced in Daviess County on March 10th. Twenty-eight-year-old Allison Deann Derwinis, who worked at the nursing home, pled guilty in three cases in January. Derwinis was sentenced, in one case, to the Missouri Department of Corrections for seven years […]

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Missouri Supreme Court Judge Laura Stith retires after 20-years on the bench

A 20-year chapter ends today for Missouri Supreme Court Judge Laura Denvir Stith. After serving on the high court for two decades, Stith is retiring. The photos have come down off her office walls. Stith has packed up her certificates and awards she proudly showcased in her third-floor office along West High Street in Jefferson […]

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Who defines the Missouri GOP: Roy Blunt, Josh Hawley or Eric Greitens?

(Missouri Independent) – The eyes of the nation turned to U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley over the holidays when he became the first senator to announce an objection to the certification of presidential electors. But the eyes of local politicos turned instead to his home-state colleague, Missouri’s senior senator. How would Roy Blunt — up for […]

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Man who escaped from Mercer County Jail twice, pleads guilty to multiple charges; handed 16-years in prison by judge

A Kansas City man who law enforcement reported escaped from the Mercer County Jail twice in August 2019 entered a plea of guilty to multiple charges on February 10th and was sentenced. Online court information shows, in one case, 29-year-old Drake Andrew Kately was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for five years on first-degree […]

Coronavirus Update

New COVID-19 death reported in Livingston County along with 16 new cases, Grundy County reports 5 new COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 cases have increased by five in Grundy County for a total of 777. The health department reports 578 cases have been confirmed and active cases went up by one to 104. Twenty-three COVID-19-related deaths have been reported for Grundy County. The Grundy County Health Department encourages residents to “present a unified front” and do […]

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Grundy County, Division One, court news for Thursday, December 10, 2020

Several defendants received a sentence with others receiving probation following appearances Thursday in Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Trenton resident Christopher James Warren pleaded guilty to felony drug possession/synthetic cannabinoid as of November 20th. Warren was sentenced to five years with the department of corrections. Another charge was dismissed. Polo resident Julie […]