Meat and Poultry Processing Grants

Missouri meat and poultry processors awarded nearly $17 million toward food supply expansions

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has awarded $16,716,406 million in CARES Act funding to nearly 150 small and medium-sized businesses. As a direct result of the reimbursement grant, more than 40 businesses were assisted in initiating or expanding their level of meat processing through a new grant of inspection or custom exempt inspection status. “As a […]

Back the Blue

Three police officers presented “Back the Blue” award by Missouri Attorney General

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt presented his Office’s “Back the Blue” award to three officers in the St. Charles County Police Department for their heroic acts in saving multiple people from two separate structure fires. “Officers Wilson, O’Brien, and Ronald represent the best of our society – selfless individuals who risked their own lives, multiple […]

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North Mercer R-3 Board of Education approves contracts to non-certified staff; resignations accepted

The North Mercer R-3 Board of Education approved offering contracts to non-certified staff members on April 12th. Non-certified staff will receive a two-point-five percent salary increase. The supplemental pay schedule was accepted for 2021-2022. Resignations were accepted from Lisa Prichard with the library, Katie Crabtree for business, and Dana Smith for math. Nine staff members […]

Find Your Future

New college/career exploration program helps middle schoolers find their “sparks”

March 2020 would have been the fifth year of Camp CaPow—College Access-Planning Our Way. Held at the University of Missouri’s Family Impact Center in Columbia, Camp CaPow is a weeklong opportunity for middle school students to explore career and postsecondary education options through workshops, tours of Missouri college campuses, meetings with professionals from a range […]

Election Day April 6, 2021

A preview of choices voters will see during today’s election in northern Missouri

In addition to candidates for public office, election ballots in the Green Hills Region today feature numerous ballot issues with polls open until 7 o’clock tonight. The city of Trenton offers the local use tax question which will be decided by the voters of the four wards of Trenton. All voters of Grundy county determine […]

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Audio: Jesus’ name invoked by both parties as Missouri House approves $34 billion budget, without Medicaid expansion

After a heated floor debate that included numerous biblical references, the Missouri House voted Thursday afternoon to give final approval to a $34.1 billion state operating budget. The House budget does not contain funding for Medicaid expansion. The operating budget now heads to the Missouri Senate, and Medicaid expansion supporters hope senators will include the […]

Sunnyview Nursing Home

Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors rescind bid that was previously accepted for heating and cooling

The Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors voted at a special meeting on March 31st to rescind the notice of award to Raines Heating and Cooling for the upcoming HVAC project. Sunnyview Nursing Home and Apartments Administrator Jerry Doerhoff reports Raines did not comply with bidding requirements. The board accepted the bid from […]

House Fire

Carport and vehicle destroyed by fire at residence on Maple Street in Chillicothe

Fire Saturday afternoon in Chillicothe extensively damaged the Ted and Norma Blankenship residence at 1308 Maple Street. A carport was destroyed and a car was a total loss; however, both residents were able to safely exit the home and vehicle. According to Chillicothe Fire Chief Eric Reeter, Norma Blankenship was planning to leave the residence […]

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University of Missouri Extension to host beef artificial insemination school on April 9-10

The University of Missouri Extension in Howard County, in partnership with Select Sires, will host a beef cattle artificial insemination school April 9-10. The school will be at the MU Beef Research and Teaching Farm, 5151 Old Millers Road, Columbia. The registration deadline is April 2. The school introduces participants to the art and science […]

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Biden calls on U.S. Senate to act on background checks after Colorado mass shooting

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to immediately pass legislation to close loopholes on background checks for guns and to ban assault weapons, following a mass shooting that killed 10 at a Colorado supermarket. “This should not be a partisan issue,” Biden said. “This is an American issue.” Biden’s […]

Back the Blue

“Back the Blue” Award presented to six Chesterfield Police Department officers

The Blue Award has been presented to six Chesterfield Police Department officers for their role in rescuing a man from a burning vehicle back in September 2020. “Missouri’s law enforcement serves their communities with bravery and honor, and their sacrifices for their fellow man should be recognized and celebrated. Each day, law enforcement and first […]

Wire Fraud

Branson performer pleads guilty to fraud scheme

A performer at a Branson, Missouri, theater pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing more than $85,000 from hundreds of his own audience members who donated to his non-existent charity for foster children. “For several years, this performer took advantage of his own audiences by pulling at their heartstrings while stealing from their pockets,” said […]