Child Pornography

Missouri man charged with producing child porn after trading images of 5-year-old girl

An Independence, Missouri, man who was arrested on Tuesday, the same day he shared pornographic images over the internet that he had just taken of a 5-year-old child victim, was charged in federal court. Justin Swift, 35, was charged in a two-count criminal complaint with producing child pornography and with distributing child pornography over the […]

Senator Dan Hegeman

Senator Dan Hegeman selected as Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman

Incoming Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz announced his intention to appoint Senator Dan Hegeman as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The 100th Missouri General Assembly will convene its first regular legislative session on Wednesday, January 9. The Appropriations Committee is tasked with giving preliminary approval to the state operating budget for each fiscal […]

Backpack Buddies

Backpack Buddies food program at halfway mark in funding for current school year

Backpack Buddies is a supplemental weekend food program through the Grundy County Community Food Pantry for elementary age children that are food insecure. The program is provided for the 36 weeks of the school year and Coordinator Ginny Wikoff reports statistics show one in four children in Grundy County do not know where their next […]