Healthcare

Special enrollment period to be held on healthcare website to obtain or change insurance plans

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services determined that the COVID-19 emergency presents exceptional circumstances for consumers in accessing health insurance and will provide a Special Enrollment Period for individuals and families to apply and enroll in the coverage they need. This SEP will be available to consumers in the 36 states served by Marketplaces […]

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Mercer County Health Department administers 200 doses of COVID-19 vaccine

The Mercer County Health Department held its first COVID-19 vaccine clinic on February 2nd. It was previously reported the office received 200 doses of Moderna and would be closed for February 2nd and 4th’s clinics. Individuals on the health department’s waiting list were called earlier this week and were at least offered a regional option. The […]

Justin and Stephanie Oaks and family

Video: 5th generation farmers in Harris, Missouri call their farm “Diversified”

Justin and Stephanie Oaks, along with their three boys, are proud to call their Harris, Missouri farm diversified, to say the least. On their 200 acres in Sullivan County, the Oaks family raises cattle, hogs, row crops, and hay. Justin, a fifth-generation farmer, is also a local seed salesman, adding more diversity to their operation’s […]

Gavel and Law book

There is a renewed push to expand access to legal aid

The movement to expand affordable legal services is receiving renewed focus since a U.S. Supreme Court Justice made a public endorsement of the idea. Conservative-leaning Justice Neil Gorsuch recently wrote an op-ed for USA Today, calling on states to find creative ways for more Americans to get free or affordable legal guidance, especially in non-criminal cases. […]

Senator Roy Blunt

Blunt releases statement on Congressional Certification of Electoral College Results

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on the congressional certification of the Electoral College results of the 2020 presidential election: “President Trump won the votes of millions of Americans. I supported President Trump and served as co-chair of his campaign in Missouri. “I defended the president’s right to pursue all legal options […]

Commodity Credit Corporation (USDA) website

USDA Announces Commodity Credit Corporation lending rates for January 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation announced interest rates for January 2021, which are effective January 4-January 31. These rates are used for a variety of farm credit options available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).  The CCC’s borrowing rate-based charge is 0.125%, the same as December.  The interest rate for crop year commodity […]

Farmer spraying with a tractor in a field

Audio: Farmers will have options when renewing Private Pesticide Applicators License in 2021

When the calendar changes to 2021, it’ll be time for farmers to either renew their Private Pesticide Applicators Licenses or to obtain certification for one. Valerie Tate is an MU Extension agronomist in Linn County. She tells there will be a limited number of face to face opportunities in Grundy, Livingston, and Linn counties to […]

Grundy County Courthouse Trenton Missouri

Grundy County Commission approves funding to repair Muddy Creek Bridge; presented updates on options for ambulance upgrades

The Grundy County Commission Tuesday morning, December 1st approved allocating funding to repair the Muddy Creek Bridge on 28th Street. The county portion totals $49,510. Trenton City Administrator Ron Urton last week presented a tabulation of bids for repairs. Shannon Howe from the Howe Company and Urton will meet with the commission Tuesday morning, December […]