Prison Sentence

Former Missouri middle school teacher sentenced to 20 years in prison for illicit sex with her student

A former Missouri, middle school teacher was sentenced in federal court for charges related to enticing one of her students to engage in illicit sex. Amanda Ruth Schweitzer, 42, of Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Schweitzer to 15 years of […]

Bright Futures

Bright Futures Trenton “Back to School” event serves hundreds

Results have been announced in the recent Grundy County “Back to School” events hosted by Bright Futures Trenton. This was the fourth year for back-to-school activities, and the second year all Grundy County schools were invited to participate. Over 420 volunteer hours by community members on Thursday, August 12, 2021, were logged, with many more […]

School Classroom with desks

Audio: University of Missouri partners with 200 MO middle school teachers to create better classroom environment

An effort in the works between a team of University of Missouri researchers and 200 Missouri middle school teachers aims to create a better classroom climate. The team will share what are called prosocial behavior techniques – to help kids understand how their behavior affects others. The goal is also to improve student outcomes and […]

Schools Reopening

Governor Parson meets with Missouri school leaders to discuss reopening plans

Missouri school officials have been putting a lot of effort into developing reopening plans designed to help protect staff, students, and their families during the COVID-19 era. Gov. Mike Parson is traveling around the state this week to hear from teachers and administrators about their back-to-school plans. He has made stops in Jefferson City, Neosho, […]

Child Sex Crimes

Former Missouri middle school teacher pleads guilty to enticing a minor for sex

A former Joplin, Missouri, middle school teacher has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to enticing one of her students to engage in illicit sex. Amanda Ruth Schweitzer, 41, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Tuesday, June 16, to enticing a minor for illegal sexual activity.  Schweitzer was a […]