Demonstrators stand outside of the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City (Photo by Tessa Weinberg - Missouri Independent).

Medicaid enrollment backlog persists as advocates say Missouri could be doing more

(Missouri Independent) – Applying for health insurance through Medicaid expansion took Raven Cole just 10 minutes. But the wait to see if she’s approved has dragged on for months. The 23-year-old legal assistant applied for coverage, “well over two to three months ago.” “And I haven’t heard anything back,” Cole said. Cole is one of […]

Andrea Middleton and Taylor Stufflebean booking photo (Photos via Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail)

Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 4 arrests over the weekend

A Gallatin resident was arrested late Saturday night in Daviess County. Forty-one-year-old Andrea Middleton was accused of three counts of possessing a controlled substance, as well as being accused of possessing marijuana, paraphernalia, and a firearm. A Cameron resident was arrested Saturday night in Daviess County. Twenty-eight-year-old Taylor Stufflebean was accused of being a felon […]

Breed Specific Dog Ban (Photo of Pit Bull by Michael Anfang on UnSplash)

Trenton Administrative Committee to recommend repeal of breed specific dog ban

With six councilmen present, Trenton’s Administrative Committee is recommending the repeal of the current ban on specific breeds of dogs. In addition, the committee wants the Mayor to appoint, with council consent, an animal welfare committee of citizens to offer recommendations on animal control issues. Councilman Danny Brewer made the motion to lift the breed […]

Laredo R-7 School

Laredo Board of Education accepts health insurance bid; field trips approved for kindergarten through eighth grade

The Laredo R-7 Board of Education on March 7th took action on health insurance for 2022-2023. Ozarks School Benefits Association was accepted. The school will pay $540 plus vision and life insurance. Secretary Robin Griswold reports employees can choose between seven different plans, including HSAs and PPOs. Some of the plans cost more than $540. […]

Spelling Bee

Savannah Middle School student wins Northwest Missouri Regional Spelling Bee

A Savannah Middle School student, Makayla McGuire, won the Northwest Missouri Regional Spelling Bee held on Saturday in St. Joseph. She advances to the national spelling bee in National Harbor, Maryland in late May and early June. Finishing second was Reagan Watson of Bode Middle School in St. Joseph and another student at that same […]

Cutis Cain Superintendent of the Year 2022 (Photo courtesy AASA)

The National Superintendent of the Year, Curtis Cain, is from Missouri

Curtis Cain, superintendent of Wentzville School District, in Wentzville, Mo., has been named the 2022 AASA National Superintendent of the Year. The announcement came at the National Conference on Education, hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. The other National Superintendent of the Year® finalists were:  Quincy Natay, Chinle Unified School District No. 24, Chinle, Ariz. Kamela Patton, Collier County […]

First Responders Breakfast

THS/TMS Student Council to host breakfast honoring emergency personnel

The Trenton High School and Trenton Middle School Student Council will sponsor a breakfast to honor emergency response personnel. The event will be held in the THS Family and Consumer Sciences room on March 9, 2022, from 6:30 to 7:30 am. Reservations are requested, so enough food will be available. Emergency response personnel who would […]

Gallery View of Missouri Senate

Missouri Senate passes $4.6B spending bill with pay raises, federal school funds

(Missouri Independent) – With a deadline looming that could cost Missouri almost $2 billion in federal education aid, the bill to distribute the money passed the state Senate on Wednesday after Democrats slammed a zero-dollar funding line as a partisan attack on Planned Parenthood. The $4.6 billion spending bill approved on a 25-7 vote is the first legislation requiring […]

Gallatin Missouri High School FInal

Gallatin Board of Education approves calendar for 2022-2023; board accepts superintendent’s resignation

The Gallatin R-5 Board of Education on February 16th voted to offer the superintendent position to the current Gallatin Middle School principal. Doctor Justin Collins was offered the position with a three-year contract, beginning July 1st. The board accepted the resignation of current Superintendent Doctor Bryan Copple in December. His resignation will become effective June […]

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Audio: North Central Missouri College Scholarship Reception, held on Wednesday evening, featured speakers from staff and students

North Central Missouri College employees spoke at the scholarship reception on the campus in Trenton February 16th. Student Support Services Assistant Director Tocarra Williams talked about intangible things that scare us, like being the first person in a family to attend college. Williams, herself, was a first generation college student, and she attended NCMC. Student […]

Wright Memorial Hospital and Grundy County Health Department to offer free sports physicals

Wright Memorial Hospital and the Grundy County Health Department are once again working together to offer sports physical exams for Trenton Middle School and Trenton High School students who plan to participate in athletic/cheerleading activities during the 2022-2023 school year. Sports physical exams at Pleasant View, Spickard, Laredo, Galt, and Humphreys schools will be scheduled […]

Medical Marijuana

Criticism of Missouri medical marijuana system seeps into initiative petition debate

(Missouri Independent) – A handful of Republican lawmakers lashed out at the state’s medical marijuana industry Thursday, lobbing accusations of corruption into a Missouri House debate over whether to make it harder to amend the state’s Constitution.  On a mostly party-line 98-53 vote, the Missouri House signed off on legislation Thursday that would require a two-thirds […]