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Republicans and Democrats agree on new map for 163 seats in Missouri House of Representatives

A panel of 20 Republicans and Democrats reportedly have agreed on a new map for the 163 seats in the Missouri House of Representatives. It’s a proposed map that makes several changes for our area legislative district. The House Independent Citizens Commission voted unanimously to approve the plan, which needed support from 14 members to […]

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Man from Hopkins injured in Friday crash; accused of multiple offenses

A northwest Missouri man received serious injuries in a traffic crash late last Friday night in eastern Nodaway County. Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Poppa of Hopkins was taken to Mosaic Life Care in Maryville. The crash happened seven miles northwest of Parnell on Route NN, in the area of Route E, as the eastbound car driven by […]

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Missouri woman sentenced to 9 years in federal prison without parole for illegal firearm

A Missouri woman who was arrested with 19 firearms and quantities of illegal drugs in her home was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm. Robin A. Graham, 38, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to nine years in federal prison without parole. On June 22, 2021, Graham […]

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Governor proposes record $47.3B Missouri budget as he taps surplus and federal aid

(Missouri Independent) – Gov. Mike Parson proposed massive new spending on infrastructure and college buildings, and still found money to set aside for pensions and future revenue shortfalls, in the budget submitted Wednesday to lawmakers. Missouri will enter the new fiscal year with nearly $3 billion in surplus general revenue, an anticipation of record future tax collections, […]

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December 2021 was the warmest on record in Missouri and Kansas – by a long shot

(Missouri Independent) – Kansas and Missouri logged their warmest average December temperatures on record last month, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Average temperatures over the last half of 2021 were higher than they’ve ever been in either state — and across the country. Meanwhile, despite a devastating cold snap that forced […]

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Pickup with snowplow backs into van during snow removal from streets in Trenton

The weekend process to remove snow downtown included an accident in which a city of Trenton vehicle backed into a van that was trailing the snowplow. No injuries were reported from the accident just before midnight Saturday night on Main street near 11th Street. Police reported the city of Trenton pickup was driven by 57-year-old […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the arrest of 7 people over the weekend

Highway Patrol troopers in northeast Missouri made seven arrests over the weekend. In Sullivan County, 33-year-old Edgar Matos of Browning was accused of driving while intoxicated early Saturday evening, Matos was taken to the Sullivan County Jail. In Linn County, 31-year-old Gara Curtis of Macon has been accused of driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning. […]

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Newtown-Harris Board of Education approve personnel actions; five file for seats on the Board of Education

The Newtown-Harris R-3 Board of Education approved personnel actions on January 12th. Mic Halferty was approved as a substitute and hired to fill the upcoming maintenance position in school year 2022-2023. Samantha Miller was hired to coach elementary basketball. The board approved transferring $50,000 from the General Fund to the Capital Projects Fund. Superintendent Doctor […]

Crime and Courts

Court news in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court for Thursday January 13, 2022

Multiple court cases were processed Thursday at the Grundy County Courthouse. Associate Judge Matthew Krohn of Mercer County presided on behalf of Presiding Judge Thomas Alley in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. Trenton resident Devin Aaron Pierce pleaded guilty to the delivery of a controlled substance or synthetic cannabinoid from October 20th of […]

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Missouri budget proposal includes dispersing federal funds for child care

More than half of Missouri families report paying more than $500 a month for child care, and child-care providers have been struggling to keep their doors open. Advocates for children say there are some promising actions the Legislature could take to improve both ends. Craig Stevenson, director of policy and advocacy with Kids Win Missouri, noted […]

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With high fertilizer prices, are you better off buying fertilizer or supplemental hay?

Increases in fertilizer prices add to the cost of growing forage for grazing. This leads farmers to ask if they should buy hay or fertilizer, says University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist John Lory. Comparing the benefits of buying hay vs. applying fertilizer for better yields is complicated, but it is crucial to the […]

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Missouri businesses oppose ban on COVID vaccine mandates, argue it’s their choice

(Missouri Independent) – Proposals that would bar COVID-19 vaccine mandates and provide greater exemptions for vaccinations more broadly faced a wave of opposition from Missouri business groups Wednesday. Representatives for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Associated Industries of Missouri, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and other business associations made clear to lawmakers […]

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Flue fire sends Chillicothe firefighters to Vine Street

The report of a flue fire sent Chillicothe firefighters to 827 Vine Street Tuesday night. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered fire from the chimney Firefighters entered the building and located the woodstove just inside the front door. The blower fan was shut down and metal buckets were used to remove contents of the woodstove. A fire […]

Drinking and Driving

Albany man crashes on Route A south of Evona; patrol accuses him of DWI

An Albany man was injured early Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle accident in rural Gentry county. Twenty-seven-year-old Tyler Parkhurst was southbound when his car went off the west side of Route A and struck a tree. Parkhurst received serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Mosiac Hospital in Albany. The car was demolished […]

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Trenton City Council approves financing of water treatment plant improvements

The city of Trenton will use the services of the Missouri Public Utility Alliance regarding financing an estimated two and a half million dollars worth of improvements at Trenton’s water treatment plant. Trenton is among the member municipalities across the state with the Alliance. The city council on Monday night, on a vote of seven […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty to meth trafficking and illegal firearms

A Missouri, man who was arrested with 19 firearms and quantities of illegal drugs in his home pleaded guilty in federal court to trafficking methamphetamine and illegally possessing firearms. Rusty W. Snow, 28, Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of […]

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Caldwell County Commission announces the award of a contract to construct the Little Otter Creek Reservoir

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Missouri and Caldwell County Commission announced the award of a contract to construct the Little Otter Creek Reservoir. The contract for $14,400,486.75 was awarded to Phillips Hardy, Incorporated of Booneville. Under the contract, a 345-acre reservoir will supply 1.24 million gallons of raw drinking […]

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Almost $4,500 raised during ballgames benefitting Bright Futures Bulldog Challenge

The Bright Futures Bulldog Challenge during the basketball games at Gallatin High School on January 4th raised $4,385 total. That is enough to fund 11 and a half beds for the Beds for Bulldogs Fund for Bright Futures in Trenton and Gallatin. Bright Futures Gallatin reports the first bed was delivered, and the student and […]

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Missouri Corn scholarship applications now available

The Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council are continuing the longstanding tradition of awarding seven deserving students $1,000 scholarships in 2022. Applications for the Missouri Corn Scholarship Program are now available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or a related area of agriculture. “We believe this […]

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Confusion around COVID ruling swirls as two Missouri school districts end semester early

(Missouri Independent) – As a growing number of Missouri school districts drop COVID mitigation measures under threat from Attorney General Eric Schmitt, at least two closed the doors on their fall semester early due to large numbers of staff and students out sick. Meanwhile, local public health departments said Tuesday they still have not heard […]