Coronavirus Update

Area health departments report on COVID-19 cases; announce dates of vaccine clinics

The Putnam County Health Department reports it has been notified of two female residents dying from complications of COVID-19. That brings the total number of deaths to 16. There have been 589 total cases, and five are active. Forty-three COVID-19-related hospitalizations have been reported for Putnam County. The Grundy County Health Department reports it received […]

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Biden administration opens civil rights investigation into states banning school mask mandates

(Missouri Independent) – Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing, saying those policies could amount to illegal discrimination against students with disabilities. The Biden administration notified the education chiefs in Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, Utah, and Oklahoma of the investigations through formal letters Monday. The new investigations will examine […]

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Chillicothe man charged with multiple felonies in crash that killed man from Hale bound to Division One of circuit court

A case has been certified to Division One of Circuit Court for a Chillicothe man charged with two felonies after an accident in Livingston County in May that reportedly caused the death of another man. Thirty-four-year-old Steven Lee Wilson waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the Associate Division on July 28. He is […]

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Governor Parson makes appointments to House and Senate Independent Bipartisan Citizens Commissions

Governor Mike Parson announced 40 appointments to the House and Senate Independent Bipartisan Citizens Commissions. On April 26, 2021, the United States Census Bureau delivered the 2020 Census Apportionment Results to the President of the United States. Consistent with the Missouri Constitution, this started the 60-day window for the Democrat and Republican state and congressional […]

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USDA, FCC, and NTIA announce interagency agreement to coordinate broadband funding deployment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced an interagency agreement to share information about and coordinate the distribution of broadband deployment federal funds. In accordance with the Broadband Interagency Coordination Act, the respective Cabinet and agency leaders announced that their agencies will […]

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Missing Harrison County teenager returned home safe

The teenage boy reported missing from New Hampton has been located and is described by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department as safely back home. No other information as to where Moreno was found was released by authorities. Fifteen-year-old Nicolas Moreno was listed on Tuesday morning as missing. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department expressed their appreciation to […]

Harrison County Sheriff seeks public assistance locating Nicolas Moreno

Harrison County Sheriff asking for help from public in locating Nicolas Moreno

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is asking for public assistance in locating a missing juvenile. Fifteen-year-old Nicolas Moreno was reported as missing from New Hampton on June 15th. Nicolas is possibly driving a 2000 Ford F-150 multicolored pickup truck with a Harley Davidson sticker in the back window. He may be on his way to […]

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COVID-19 vaccine clinics to be held in Putnam and Sullivan counties

The Putnam County Health Department reported on June 11 that it received notification of another COVID-19 case. That brought the total to 523. One person was being actively monitored by public health, and 509 had been released from public health monitoring. Thirteen COVID-19-related deaths had been reported. The Putnam County Health Department noted that some […]

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Trenton Middle School student eliminated in first round of Scripps National Spelling Bee

Trenton Middle School student Titus Kottwitz participated in one round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Saturday. The 13-year old misspelled Puchero, which is a type of stew. Two hundred nine students ranging in age from nine to fifteen qualified for the national bee. The first three rounds were held virtually on Saturday in […]

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Governor Mike Parson appoints fifteen to various boards and commissions

Governor Mike Parson announced fifteen appointments to various boards and commissions. Bryan Atkins, of Rea, was appointed to the Board of Probation and Parole. Mr. Atkins served as the Sheriff of Andrew County from 2009 until his retirement in 2020. Prior to being elected sheriff, he served as a Deputy Sheriff for Andrew County. He also formerly […]

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Audio: Missouri’s law enforcement community honors the state’s fallen officers

Missouri’s law enforcement community has honored the state’s officers who made ultimate sacrifice.     Eight Missouri officers died in the line of duty in 2020. During an annual candlelight vigil and a memorial service over the weekend, their families gathered to remember their loved ones. The fallen officers honored include DeKalb County Sheriff Andy […]

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Missouri KidsFirst announces recipients of 2021 “Standing with Children” awards

Missouri KidsFirst presented the 2021 Standing with Children Awards at a virtual event hosted by the organization at 12:00 PM on Monday, April 26, 2021. The 2021 recipients of the Standing with Children Awards are Laura Bauer and Judy Thomas, investigative reporters with the Kansas City Star, Dr. Linda Shaw, child abuse pediatrician with SSM […]