Donald Peckham

Audio: Missouri jury finds 86-year-old former minister to be violent sexual predator

The attorney general’s office has convinced a Jasper County jury in southwest Missouri that an 86-year-old former minister is still at risk of sexually abusing teenage boys.     That’s even after he completed a 15-year prison sentence for the abuse. The unanimous verdict determined that Donald D. Peckham is a sexually violent predator who […]

Green Hills Womens Shelter

Audio: Green Hills Women’s Shelter in Trenton seeking volunteers and donations as facility is at capacity

The Green Hills Women’s Shelter in Trenton provides support to domestic violence victims in a ten-county area including Grundy, Livingston, Harrison, Daviess, Putnam, Sullivan, Mercer, Caldwell, Clinton, and DeKalb. Cabral says the women’s shelter provides a multitude of services.     Support groups at the shelter are available seven days a week with advocates also […]

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Audio: Missouri schools hire therapist to help with growing need for mental health services

The Sikeston School District in southeast Missouri has hired a licensed therapist to help with an increased need for mental health services among students. Third-grade teacher Jessica Mercer says the decision is welcome news.     “Just the things that they go through at home or they go through with other students, you wanna spend […]

Ashley Ewing

Wright Memorial Hospital launches Oncology Nurse Navigator program

Wright Memorial Hospital recently launched a new program that will provide an oncology nurse navigator dedicated to easing the physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial hardships of living with and beyond cancer. The program is being funded in part by the Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation. The program will center around an on-staff oncology nurse navigator whose […]

Parents and family

North Central Missouri Mental Health Center to host parenting classes

Parenting classes will start next week at the North Central Missouri Mental Health Center at 401 Youssef Drive in Chillicothe. The free classes will run each Tuesday morning from 8 o’clock to 9:30 September 17th through November 19th. Topics include an introduction to parenting; protective factors; why kids misbehave and what to do; 1, 2, […]

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA registration deadline has ended but help remains

The deadline for registering with FEMA for disaster assistance has passed, but that does not mean FEMA is leaving. The agency continues working with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency on the recovery process for this year’s spring and summer severe storms and flooding.   Recovery officials encourage Missouri residents who registered for disaster assistance […]

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Audio: Governor Parson open to reviewing measures intended to prevent mass shootings in Missouri

Governor Parson says he is open to reviewing measures intended to prevent mass shootings in Missouri. Parson says he wants to ensure that people’s rights to carry guns are protected but is open to considering things like more law enforcement and mental health support.     Parson says Missouri needs to fundamentally look at what […]

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Help available for Missouri residents feeling stress after disasters

The state of Missouri has received federal funding for a program that provides counseling for residents feeling stressed or overwhelmed because of the April 29-July 5 storms and flooding. The Show Me Hope program is open to individuals and families who live in the following 20 counties designated for federal disaster assistance: Andrew, Atchison, Boone, […]

School Safety

Audio: Missouri panel recommends school-based mental health care to boost safety in schools

A state task force has made several recommendations to boost safety within Missouri’s K through 12 schools. Member Paul Fennewald, a former FBI agent, and state Homeland Security Director, says the group suggests integrating school-based mental health services. The report says teachers and administrators are often pressed into serving as mental health caretakers when one […]