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Big rig travels into path of car on Highway 36 injuring Cameron woman and 12-year-old girl

Two Cameron residents sustained injuries when a subcompact car struck the towed unit of a tractor-trailer at Highway 36 and Mitchell Avenue in Chillicothe on Friday night. The driver of the car, 47-year-old Brandi Newcomer, and passenger, a 12-year-old girl, were taken by ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center. The Patrol called the girl’s injuries moderate […]

North Mercer Board of Education accepts four resignations, adds baseball for 2017

North Mercer Board of Education accepts resignation

The North Mercer R-3 Board of Education Monday evening added $1,000 to the base salary and approved each teacher to receive steps on the salary schedule. Other staff personnel will receive a three-point three percent salary increase. A resignation was accepted from Science Teacher David Fuller for retirement. Other resignations were accepted from Rebecca Bickel […]

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Audio: Missouri man sentenced to 4-years in prison for embezzling $4 million

A Kirkwood businessman who embezzled $4,000,000 from his employer is heading to federal prison for four years.     That sentence was handed down to Bryan Vonderahe who pleaded guilty back in October to wire fraud for embezzling nearly four-million-dollars from the Boyd Group. He served as the company’s CEO. Prosecutors say he set himself […]

Phone Scam

Scam: Increase in robocalls claiming to be Medicare representatives hits Missouri

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is warning Missourians about a recent increase in robocalls purporting to be a Medicare representative. The robocall then states that the person receiving the call is eligible for the top of the line medical braces, and that to receive those braces they should press “1” or press “9” to be […]

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Audio: Former CEO at Putnam County Memorial Hospital Pleads Guilty to $114 million billing scheme

A former executive of a northern Missouri hospital pleaded guilty in federal court in Florida to a $114 million pass-through billing scheme. The Justice Department in Washington says former Putnam County Memorial Hospital chief executive officer David Lane Byrns pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Byrns pleaded […]

Red Cross

Audio: Red Cross, first responder volunteers from Missouri have set out for Hurricane Dorian response

Trained volunteers from Missouri have set out for the East Coast to help with Hurricane Dorian response.     Two-person Red Cross teams from various regions in Missouri are taking emergency response vehicles used to provide food and other disaster response supplies to the residents affected by the hurricane. Other volunteers will serve in logistics, […]

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Fundraising nets $59,000 for Farmers’ Electric Cooperative Area Youth Benefit Fund

The twenty-seventh annual dinner-auction and golf tournament for the Farmers’ Electric Area Youth Benefit Fund (AYBF) resulted in $41,500 raised this year with an additional $7,500 in matching funds from CoBank’s Sharing Success program and $10,000 more donated from area foundations. Monies raised included $5,300 from nearly 900 Farmers’ Electric Cooperative Members who participate in […]

School Safety

Audio: Missouri panel recommends school-based mental health care to boost safety in schools

A state task force has made several recommendations to boost safety within Missouri’s K through 12 schools. Member Paul Fennewald, a former FBI agent, and state Homeland Security Director, says the group suggests integrating school-based mental health services. The report says teachers and administrators are often pressed into serving as mental health caretakers when one […]