Donald Kauerauf, the director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, speaks during a press conference at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City on July 21, 2021

Before ouster, Missouri health director drafted a letter to senators that was never sent

(Missouri Independent) – On the Friday before a drawn-out confirmation battle¬†ended with his ouster from office, Missouri state Health Director Donald Kauerauf wrote an impassioned letter meant to convince conservative legislators who were on the fence about his appointment.¬† The message: While he believed in vaccines and data and science, he didn‚Äôt believe in vaccine […]

State of Emergency

Governor Parson declares a State of Emergency, activating Missouri National Guard, in preparation for severe winter storm

Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 22-02 declaring a State of Emergency in Missouri and activating the Missouri¬†National Guard in preparation for the severe winter storm forecasted to affect most of the state over the next two days, including¬†significant¬†accumulations of snow, sleet, and ice.¬† “Severe winter weather isn’t something¬†we are strangers to here in the […]

Winter Storm Safety

Check out these safety tips for the upcoming winter storm

The American Red Cross of Missouri is offering safety tips ahead of the upcoming snow, ice, and frigid temperatures expected over the next few days. In addition, the Red Cross is coordinating with local emergency management officials and partners in the preparation for potential local community needs. Heavy snowfall is predicted in portions of Missouri […]

Donald Kauerauf, the director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, speaks during a press conference at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City on July 21, 2021

Anti-vaccine protesters rally against Senate confirmation of Missouri health director

(Missouri Independent) – State health director Donald Kauerauf adamantly spoke against mandating face masks and COVID-19 vaccines during a hearing Monday, as anti-vaccination demonstrators protested his confirmation in the halls outside. While protesters chanted outside the Capitol hearing room, senators inside grilled Kauerauf for nearly two hours on his views on how best to mitigate […]

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FEMA approves Governor Parson’s federal disaster declaration request for December 10 severe storms and tornadoes

Governor Mike Parson announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved his request for a major disaster declaration in response to severe storms and tornadoes in Missouri on December 10. Seven Missouri counties will receive federal assistance as a result of the Governor‚Äôs December 28 request, which included $27 million in identified qualifying disaster-related expenses. […]

Gallatin City Hall

Gallatin Board of Aldermen discuss 2022 budget and approve an agreement with Allstate Consultants

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen on December 13th approved an ordinance involving an agreement with Allstate Consultants LLC. The ordinance authorized the city to enter into an engineering service agreement for street and drainage improvements. City Administrator Lance Rains reported the City of Gallatin has received notice that D. A. Davidson and Company is willing […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson seeks Joint damage assessments in anticipation of requests for federal disaster declaration

Governor Mike Parson announced the state has begun the process to obtain federal disaster assistance for Missouri in response to severe storms and deadly tornadoes that swept across the state on December 10 leaving behind a trail of destruction, including extensive damage to electric power systems. Governor Parson is requesting the Federal Emergency Management Agency […]

Severe Weather

Audio: Grundy County Emergency Manager reviews weather and weather damage on December 15

Grundy County Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs calls December 15, 2021, a historic day in Northern Missouri, with its high winds and temperatures. When it came to Grundy County, overall, Briggs said it ‚Äúfared relatively well.‚ÄĚ     The business building at 12th and Main streets was vacant and the flag pole on top of […]

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Efforts continue to restore power to electric customers after Wednesday’s storms

As efforts continue Thursday morning to restore electrical power for many locations in north-central Missouri, Grundy County Emergency Management has obtained information on the number of power outages in four area counties. As of 5 am this morning, power outages numbered 560 in Harrison County, most of them are Evergy customers in the Eagleville and […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

Wright Memorial Hospital awarded national accreditation from Joint Commission

Wright Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission‚Äôs Gold Seal of Approval Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization‚Äôs commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. Wright Memorial underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review from October 5 ‚Äď […]

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New funds and strategy may boost “massive task” of reducing lead exposure for Missouri kids

(Missouri Independent) – It‚Äôs clear that lead exposure is a problem for Missouri‚Äôs children. An estimated 4.5% have¬†elevated levels of lead in their blood, more than almost any other state in the country. What‚Äôs far more difficult is figuring out where children are getting exposed to lead, said Carlton Waterhouse, President Joe Biden‚Äôs pick for […]

Severe Weather Information

Audio: Grundy County Emergency Management Director, Glen Briggs, on Sunday’s severe weather in north Missouri

Severe storms with radar indications of rotational winds capable of producing a tornado prompted the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning late Sunday afternoon for southeast Harrison County, northern Grundy County, and southern Mercer County. There was no known touchdown. Grundy County Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs reports tornado sirens in Trenton were […]