Mercer County Fatal Crash

One dead, one injured in Mercer County crash on Monday evening

One person was killed and another was injured in an accident early Monday evening one mile north of Mercer. Sixty-four-year-old Gary Sexton of Liberty was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:45 pm. Receiving serious injuries was 71-year-old Merlin Hall of State Center, Iowa who was taken by ambulance to Wayne County Hospital in Corydon, […]

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Missouri gives nursing homes a way to temporarily close in face of federal vaccine rule

(Missouri Independent) – With over 40% of Missouri’s nursing home staff still unvaccinated, the state health department is giving long-term care facilities a route to avoid losing their license if they shut down due to staffing shortfalls after a federal vaccine requirement kicks in next month. On Friday, the Department of Health and Senior Services […]

Holiday Parade

75th Annual Chillicothe Chamber Holiday Parade rolls through downtown Saturday morning

The 75th Annual Holiday Parade “Recipe for a Merry Christmas”, presented by the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, is sponsored this year by Sonoco & Chillicothe Hy-Vee. The parade will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 20th, and will include floats and entries from many different organizations, youth groups, churches, businesses, and individuals throughout […]

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Billions headed to Missouri transportation fund from gas tax hike, infrastructure bill

(Missouri Independent) – With $6.5 billion on the way from the federal infrastructure bill and a newly increased gas tax, Missouri is ready to take a big bite out of $4.5 billion in unfunded highway needs, Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, said this week. But that doesn’t mean the state is ready to tackle […]

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Experts say flu shots, COVID-19 Boosters go hand-in-hand

People are being urged to check with their healthcare providers about getting a flu shot, to help protect them from an illness during the holiday season. Seasonal flu activity dropped dramatically last year at the height of the pandemic, but as life gets back to near normal, researchers are also expecting a return of influenza.  The Centers […]

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Jury convicts two Mexican nationals, living in Kansas City, of distributing 220 pounds of meth

Two Mexican nationals have been convicted by a federal trial jury for their roles in a $2.1 million conspiracy to distribute over 100 kilograms (220 lbs) of methamphetamine in the Kansas City metropolitan area and in northwest Missouri. Juan Guzman, also known as “Flaco,” 40, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Maria De La Cruz Nava, […]

Murder

Jury trial scheduled in DeKalb County for Hamilton man charged with murder

A jury trial has been scheduled in DeKalb County for a Hamilton man charged with second-degree murder. The DeKalb County Circuit Clerk’s Office reports the trial for 38-year-old Frank Randall Allen Bostic is set to be April 25th through 29th. He has also been charged with felony first-degree domestic assault involving serious physical injury. In […]

Child Sex Crimes

Kansas sex offender sentenced to 21 years in a Missouri prison for illicit sex with a child

 A registered sex offender from Kansas City, Kansas, was sentenced in federal court for crossing state lines to engage in illicit sexual activity with a 14-year-old Missouri victim he met on Facebook. Montoryon Harris, 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 21 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. […]

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New funds and strategy may boost “massive task” of reducing lead exposure for Missouri kids

(Missouri Independent) – It’s clear that lead exposure is a problem for Missouri’s children. An estimated 4.5% have elevated levels of lead in their blood, more than almost any other state in the country. What’s far more difficult is figuring out where children are getting exposed to lead, said Carlton Waterhouse, President Joe Biden’s pick for […]

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USDA awards funds to 13 organizations to create livable communities attracting people and jobs

U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small announced that USDA is awarding $3 million in cooperative agreements to 13 organizations. These organizations will provide technical assistance to people living in rural and Tribal communities so they can apply for and access government resources for projects that will attract jobs and […]

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Missouri Attorney General files motion for preliminary injunction in border wall lawsuit

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and the Texas Attorney General’s Office filed a motion for preliminary injunction in their lawsuit against the Biden Administration for refusing to continue construction on the Southwest border wall. Missouri and Texas filed suit in late October to require the Biden Administration to continue construction on the border wall using […]

Porch Pirates or package theft

Audio: Porch pirates are on the prowl for holiday packages left on doorsteps in Missouri

‘Tis the season for thieving. With the calendar turned to November and the holidays coming up, Missouri law enforcement agencies are reminding people who purchase items online to make sure they have a safe area where the package can be delivered. Grant Bissell, with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, says porch pirates could come to […]

Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri

Audio: Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri promotes strategic plan for expanding projects

Expanding projects is one of three parts to the Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri’s strategic plan for the next few years. Executive Director Chris Small reports that, at a national level, Community Action has always focused on helping individuals and families. He explains that, in the last five to eight years, there has […]

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Ameristar Kansas City partners with Veterans Community Project for “Help Our Heroes” Events

Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City has partnered with the Veterans Community Project for “Help our Heroes” during November. “Veterans Community Project is built on community partnership,” said Sean Anderson, Lead Case Manager for Veterans Community Project. “Reminding Veterans, through our work and the work of our partners, that the community cares about them and wants […]

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Chillicothe City Council to consider bids for new police vehicles at Monday meeting

The Chillicothe City Council will consider ordinances involving acceptance of bids for three new police vehicles and two conditional use permits. The council will meet in the Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Meeting Room on November 8, 2021, at 5:30 in the evening. One conditional use permit would allow for the operation of a nonprofit organization to serve […]

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Iowa man faces charges in Putnam County after giving meth to a 16-year-old

A Centerville, Iowa man has been charged in Putnam County with two counts of felony first degree endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs after he allegedly supplied methamphetamine to a 16 year old twice. Fifty five year old Steven Charles Peckham has also been charged with felony distribution of a controlled substance in […]

Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University to celebrate Agriculture Week with an open house and national broadcast

 Northwest Missouri State University will celebrate agriculture with a series of activities Nov. 13-17, including a national broadcast emanating from the University’s new Agricultural Learning Center. All of the week’s activities are scheduled at the ALC, located on the R.T. Wright Farm at 22790 Icon Road in Maryville, and they are open to the public. […]