Elections (Vote or Voting)

Four candidates file for two positions on Grundy County Health Department Board

The Grundy County Health Department Board will have two races for the April 5th election. Four candidates filed for two positions lasting four years. They are Incumbent Cari Blackburn, Amy May, Jewell Harris, and Stacey McCullough. Two candidates filed for an unexpired two-year term. Those candidates are Korynn Skipper and Kenneth Weaver. Grundy County Health […]

Life Flight Helicopter

Minnesota man life-flighted to hospital after big rig is struck by detached tire from another truck

The Highway Patrol reports a Minnesota man sustained serious injuries when the Freightliner truck he drove was struck by a detached tire from another Freightliner north of Eagleville Friday morning, January 28. An air ambulance transported 58-year-old Thomas Einerson of Olivia, Minnesota to UnityPoint Health of Des Moines, Iowa. No injuries were reported for the […]

Coronavirus or COVID-19 Death

Grundy County Health Department reports COVID-related death; Five health departments report on new cases of COVID

The Grundy County Health Department reports an additional COVID-19-related death. That brings the total to 63. The health department will now include reinfections and home tests in its case report. A backlog of 49 reinfections and home test cases that occurred before January 1st has been added to the total number of cases. There have […]

COVID-19 or Coronaviru Vaccine

Daviess County Health Department to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children and adults

COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held in Gallatin for children and adults. The Daviess County Health Department will offer the children’s Pfizer vaccine on January 31st from 1 to 4 o’clock. The vaccine will be available to individuals five to 11 years old by appointment. The Daviess County Health Department and Main Street Pharmacy will […]

Chicken CAFO (Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash)

Counties ask Missouri Supreme Court to strike down law restricting local CAFO rules

(Missouri Independent) – A pair of Missouri counties are asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a 2019 law that stripped them of their ability to set their own rules for concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs.   Under the law, county commissioners are prohibited from setting policies that are “inconsistent with or more stringent than” state […]

Grundy Electric Foundation

GEC Community Foundation awards over $2,900 in grants

The Trustees of the GEC Community Foundation, Inc. met on January 26, 2022, and awarded four grants totaling $2,971.00. All grants are funded by member donations called Operation Round Up where members voluntarily round up their utility bills each month to fund grants to eligible entities. Education grants were awarded to Trenton-IX Middle School, Trenton, […]

Medical Marijuana

Reversing state’s decision, Missouri panel awards marijuana license to jilted applicant

(Missouri Independent) – In a rare move, a Missouri commission granted a medical marijuana license to an applicant after discovering irregularities with how state regulators evaluated applications. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) decided to forgo appealing the ruling, announcing Tuesday that it had reached a settlement with the jilted applicant to […]

Coronavirus or COVID-19 Death

Daviess County reports four COVID-related deaths; Sullivan County reports six new cases of COVID-19

Four COVID-19-related deaths have been added for Daviess County. The health department reports the total as 26. They were ages 44 to 90 and were all unvaccinated. Cases have increased by 93 since January 18th, bringing that total to 1,504. The number of active cases went down by 16 to 60. Nineteen of the active […]

USDA website

USDA invests $1 billion to improve community infrastructure for people living in rural towns across the country

United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh today announced that USDA is investing $1 billion to build and improve critical community facilities in 48 states, Puerto Rico and Guam (PDF, 449 KB). This infrastructure funding will increase access to health care, education, and public safety while spurring community development and building sound […]

Missouri Soybean Association Website

Matt Wright elected to lead Missouri Soybean Association

This week Missouri Soybeans hosted the Missouri Soybean Association board in Jefferson City, MO for their annual meeting. During the meeting, the Association unanimously selected several farmer-leaders to step up in leadership positions to serve Missouri’s soybean growers. To lead MSA, Matt Wright was voted to serve as the president for 2022. Wright is a […]

Audio: Missouri school board group responds to attorney general’s lawsuits against schools

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office is suing 45 K-12 public school districts around the state for what it calls illegally enforcing mask mandates. All of Missouri’s charter schools have mask requirements but they are not being sued. Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, cites a recent Cole County Court ruling he […]

Coronavirus or COVID-19 Death

Caldwell County reports COVID-related death; Five area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19

A COVID-19-related death has been added for Caldwell County. The health department reports the total as 28. Forty-nine COVID-19 cases have been added since January 20th, bringing that total to 1,731. There are 80 active cases. The Livingston County Health Center reports 61 COVID-19 cases have been added since January 24th, raising the total to […]

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Audio: Missouri health organizations urge public to stay away from ERs unless absolutely necessary

Missourians are being urged to only use the ER only when absolutely necessary.  The reason is probably obvious but those leaders say don’t stay away if you’re really in need.     Most of the state’s hospitals’ ER rooms are overcrowded because of the surge in COVID-19 patients, and the Missouri Hospital Association and the […]

Governor Mike Parson

Parson pay raise plan in limbo as $5.4 billion spending bill awaits vote

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri state employees counting on seeing a big raise in their February paychecks may be disappointed, as lawmakers fiddle with a $5.4 billion spending bill pushed by Gov. Mike Parson. When the Republican governor in December proposed a 5.5 percent pay raise for all state workers, he said he wanted it in effect by […]

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Missouri Attorney General sues nine additional schools to halt mask mandate policies

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Monday filed suit against nine more school districts to halt their illegal mask mandate policies. Districts that were sued include Bayless, Jennings, Lexington, Kirkwood, Ritenour, Hancock Place, Special School District of St. Louis, Meramec Valley, and University City. “As we’ve made clear from the beginning, the power to make […]

Legionnaires Disease

DHSS investigating Legionnaires’ disease cases possibly linked to Missouri hospital

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is investigating four cases of Legionnaires’ disease among previously hospitalized patients at Phelps Health in Rolla, Missouri. The first case occurred in May 2021. The source of the bacteria that caused these individuals to acquire infection is under investigation.  Out of an abundance of caution, DHSS is […]