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University of Missouri President Choi won’t ask curators to reconsider vote against mask rule

(Missouri Independent) – The University of Missouri’s Columbia campus will begin the spring semester as planned Tuesday with no option for online classes, masking, or vaccination requirements, UM System President and campus Chancellor Mun Choi wrote to faculty leaders Friday. Choi’s response to concerns raised in a letter from the Executive Committee of the campus […]

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Trenton couple facing charges of stealing in Daviess County

A couple from Trenton faces multiple counts of stealing in Daviess County after they allegedly stole items from the Jamesport Sales and Surplus Store. Online court information shows 41-year-old Daniel Michael Betz has been charged with three felony counts of stealing $750 or more and three misdemeanor counts of stealing. Thirty-seven-year-old Lynnsey Marie Betz has […]

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Audio: Standardized test scores for Missouri’s K-12 public school students are on tap to be released in October

Standardized test scores for Missouri’s K-12 public school students are on tap to be released in October. Due to the pandemic interrupting in-person schooling, many education leaders nationwide have warned that they anticipate test scores to show a learning loss. During a House Budget Committee hearing this week, state Education Commissioner, Dr. Margie Vandeven, says […]

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Teachers across the country share FFA and agriculture opportunities

For years, teachers across the country have advocated for their students regardless of their environment – whether it be in-person, virtual, or hybrid. Agricultural education teachers are no exception. For the past few years, they have worked together to share the story of FFA and agricultural education in their states and communities. This summer, more […]

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Missouri man connected to drive-by shooting sentenced to 5-years in prison

 A  Missouri man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing several firearms, including the firearm used in a drive-by shooting. Eric L. Harper, 28, Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to five years and six months- in federal prison without parole. The sentence reflects an upward variance from the […]

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Missouri schools have a few days left to request rapid COVID-19 tests from the state

Missouri K-12 public and private schools who want rapid COVID-19 tests must request them by next Wednesday, October 21st at noon. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education). The department will then work quickly to get the BinaxNOW antigen testing to schools. The tests are not as uncomfortable as […]

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Audio: Northwest Missouri’s largest school district switching to hybrid model on Monday

A COVID outbreak among St. Joseph teachers has caused northwest Missouri’s largest school district to rethink its education model for 11,000 students. Reporter Brent Martin from St. Joseph affiliate KFEQ has details:     St. Joseph had offered students a choice: in class or online at home, then, 80 teachers had to stay home, either […]

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Grundy County Commission approves additional CARES Act funding; enrolls in cost-share program

The Grundy County Commission approved CARES Act funding Tuesday morning. The funding included $37,955.59 for the City of Trenton, $15,682.27 for Grundy County, and $2,600 for the Newtown-Harris School District. The commission voted to enroll in a Missouri Department of Transport cost-share program in conjunction with the Natural Resources Conservation Service Streambank Stabilization Program to […]

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Chillicothe Middle School migrates to virtual learning for two weeks due to COVID-19

Chillicothe Superintendent Dan Wiebers reported the district was notified Sunday that additional students and staff have been reported as positive for corona-virus and will require an even larger number of students and staff to be quarantined. A decision has been made, according to the Wiebers, that the Chillicothe Middle school will transition to all virtual […]

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Chillicothe Middle School students to attend classes using a “hybrid model” of instruction

Chillicothe Middle School students will attend in-person classes using a hybrid model starting Monday, September 21st due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 quarantined middle school students. Superintendent Dan Wiebers says students will be divided into two groups by the primary parent’s last name. A through M will report to class Monday and […]

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Governor Parson is pleased with start of school year, for K-12 and for higher education

Missouri’s governor says all of the state’s public schools are in session as of last week … some in-person, some online, and some with a hybrid model. Governor Mike Parson tells Capitol reporters that State Education Commissioner Dr. Margie Vandeven and state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams met Wednesday […]

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Hy-Vee launches free, flexible health and wellness program for schools

Hy-Vee, Inc. announces that Hy-Vee KidsFit is launching a free, downloadable Wellness Week guide. The guide includes in-person, virtual, and hybrid methods to help students prioritize healthy choices in school and at home. This school year, Hy-Vee KidsFit is offering the free Wellness Week guide consisting of a downloadable toolkit that contains fun education-based activities, […]

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Farmers urged to enroll early for popular Crop Management Conference, December 17 and 18th

Farmers ending an erratic crop year have help ahead. To get it, they should enroll for the MU Crop Management Conference in Columbia. Organizer Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri plant scientist, says the annual event fills quickly. He opened enrollment early for the December 17 and 18, 2019 event. There’s plenty to talk about. Bradley […]