Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

USDA implements measures to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by COVID-19

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep customers, partners, and stakeholders updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. Rural Housing Service Single-Family Housing Effective March 19, borrowers with USDA single-family housing Direct […]

Health News

Coronavirus Information: How organizations are handling the issue statewide

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education continues to receive many questions about COVID-19 and how it impacts student attendance, school closure, assessments, and virtual education opportunities. We are aware that local education agencies must consider a number of factors when making decisions in this current situation. Administrative Memo COM-20-001, issued from the Commissioner […]

Animal Abuse

Missouri Attorney General shuts down dog breeder due to animals being kept in cruel conditions

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his office has filed a lawsuit, citing violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA), and obtained a temporary restraining order against Cornerstone Farms, a dog breeding company operated by Debra Ritter and located in Curryville, Missouri. This case was referred to the Attorney General’s Office by the Missouri Department of […]

Sexual Assault

Third Batch of untested sexual assault kits delivered to lab from St. Joseph Police Department

The third batch of untested sexual assault kits identified by Missouri Attorney General Schmitt’s SAFE Kits Initiative inventory have been delivered to a private lab for testing. The kits were gathered at the St. Joseph Police Department as a “host agency” and sent directly to the private lab to preserve the chain of custody and […]

Gallatin City Hall

Gallatin Board of Aldermen vote to move forward with Mid-States for installation of fiber optic cable

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen voted Monday evening to move forward with negotiations and drafting of a contract with Mid-States Services, LLC for fiber installation and rental of electrical poles within the City of Gallatin. Mid-States proposed using Gallatin’s electrical system poles to install the fiber throughout the city at an annual per electrical pole […]

GFG Ag Services

GFG Ag Services to close for two days as business sells to Braymer company

Changes are coming in the business structure of GFG Ag Services that will include a temporary closing later this week of the office location in Trenton to prepare for the changes. According to Troy Smith, ownership of the GFG feed division will be changing effective March 1st. The new owner is Consumers Oil and Supply […]

Trenton, Missouri

Trenton City Council Administrative Committee hears request from fire department on inspections

Members of the Trenton City Council Administrative Committee Monday evening heard a request for the fire department to stop doing inspections of rental properties and resume with the commercial inspections or surveys. The committee on a split vote involving a motion will recommend to the city council that more of the residential inspections be handled […]

Fraud

Former Missouri business owner pleads guilty to multi-million dollar fraud schemes

A former Aurora, Missouri, business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to a series of multi-million dollar fraud schemes. Russell Grundy, 50, of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, formerly of Aurora, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to two counts of wire fraud, one count of making a false statement on […]

Firearms (Gun) Background Check with application

Missouri man pleads guilty to illegally purchasing, possessing 15 Firearms

 A Lee’s Summit, Missouri, man who illegally purchased 15 firearms pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally possessing firearms and to making a false statement on a federal form in order to purchase those firearms. Jay C. Miller, 28, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to one count of possessing firearms while […]

Rape Kit or DNA Testing

Missouri officials to have better grasp regarding backlog of untested sexual assault kits

State leaders will soon have a better grasp of the magnitude of Missouri’s backlog of untested sexual assault kits. With funding from a $2.8 million federal grant, the Missouri attorney general’s SAFE Kit Initiative is expected to complete its inventory of untested rape kits in the next couple of weeks. Matthew Huffman, public affairs director […]

Breast Cancer Support Group

Grundy County Breast Cancer Support Group provides vital services to cancer patients

The Grundy County Breast Cancer Support Group is in its second year and spokesperson Cindy Jennings says the group helps Grundy County breast cancer patients by providing them with care bags, gas cards, and Visa cards. The group also provides education on breast cancer, participates in parades and fundraising events, and is the sponsor of […]

East Locust Creek Rervoir

Officials announce progress report on East Locust Creek Reservoir

While dam construction for the East Locust Creek Reservoir project cannot begin until environmental and construction permitting actions are complete, there has been a great deal of progress leading up to heavy construction activity. The list below represents some of the more significant activities in progress or completed. Land acquisition for the reservoir completed in […]