Desks in School Room

Groups say slate of school bills would undermine public education

Advocates for public schools are urging the Missouri Legislature to bolster funding for public education rather than shift resources towards charter schools and school voucher programs. A bill pending in the House would provide tax credits for paying for private school tuition.  Another would change school funding formulas to give more resources to charter schools, specifically […]

Evergy Coal Plant in Lawrence Kansas

Evergy to shutter Kansas coal plant, speed transition to renewable energy

(Missouri Independent) – Evergy, an electric supplier to about 600,000 customers in western Missouri, will retire its coal power plant in Lawrence, Kansas, by the end of 2023, the company announced on Friday. The utility revealed its plan to regulators in a filing with the Missouri Public Service Commission. The “integrated resource plan” lays out Evergy’s next […]

Fugitive takes pursuit off-road, crashes vehicle, then flees into timber before being tracked down by authorities

Fugitive takes pursuit off-road, crashes vehicle, then flees into timber before being tracked down by authorities

Chillicothe Police Department K-9 Enoch and Handler Sergeant Jeremiah Grider assisted the Carrollton Police Department in finding a fugitive on April 30th. The Carrollton Police reports 50-year-old Steven Bittiker of Carrollton was taken into custody after a pursuit and is being held pending formal charges. He was wanted on outstanding felony warrants. The suspect allegedly […]

Missouri Department of Agriculture Website

Missouri Department of Agriculture celebrates “Buy Missouri Day” and announces those awarded grants

To celebrate Buy Missouri Day, the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Grown program announced funding for 14 retail businesses that carry Missouri Grown products. The Missouri Grown Retail Promotion Matching Grant awards up to $1,000 per retail store for reimbursement of expenses associated with promoting Missouri Grown member products. “Our Missouri Grown members have told […]

Tik Tok website

Lawmakers reintroduce legislation to ban TikTok from government devices

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) reintroduced his legislation to ban all federal employees from using TikTok on government devices. Despite reports that TikTok is a unique threat to data security, the Biden administration shelved plans by the Trump administration to force a sale of TikTok’s American operations. Text of the legislation, cosponsored by Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and […]

Antitrust law graphic

Video: Lawmakers introduce bill to subject Major League Baseball to antitrust Laws

U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have introduced a bill to remove the antitrust exemption that has been in place for Major League Baseball to subject them to existing law. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), with over 20 cosponsors, has produced companion legislation in the House. “MLB […]

City of Trenton Website

Trenton City Council to review budget, consider additional construction on 17th Street Bridge at meeting April 12

The Trenton City Council will consider an ordinance adopting an amended budget as well as other ordinances next week. The council will meet at the Trenton City Hall April 12th at 7 o’clock at night. The meeting will also be available on Zoom at us02web.zoom.us/j/87879251004. The ordinance involving the budget would be for the fiscal […]

Grand River Mutual

GRM Networks Community Improvement Grant deadline is May 1

The deadline for applications for the GRM Networks Community Improvement Grant Program is May 1. Applications may be downloaded by visiting the GRM website. Grant amounts vary, with a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,500 awarded to successful applicants. Questions regarding grant applications should be directed to Amy Davison at 660-748-2110 or [email protected] […]

Trenton man refuses treatment after pickup strikes three vehicles in Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot

The Trenton Police Department reports a Trenton man refused treatment after he allegedly blacked out, and his pickup truck struck three vehicles on April 3rd. Grundy County Emergency Medical Services and the Trenton Fire Department responded to the Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot, and EMS evaluated 32-year-old Scott Shull. A car owned by Noel […]

Immunization needle

Audio: Missouri bill would lower school immunization requirements

Missouri children attending daycares, K-12 public schools, or college might not be required to get vaccinated against certain illnesses – if they have a “conscientious belief” opposing the immunizations. Lebanon State Representative Suzie Pollock is proposing the change for vaccinations against polio, rubella, mumps, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, and others. Her bill would also […]

Governor Parson and Sen. Hegeman

Governor Parsons signs Executive Order 21-06 establishing Show Me Strong Recovery Task Force

 Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 21-06 establishing the Show Me Strong Recovery Task Force.  “COVID-19 had an overwhelming impact on businesses and communities across the state, but our economy continues to come back strong,” Governor Parson said. “We have made great progress in a short amount of time, and we must remain vigilant in our efforts […]

Sunnyview Nursing Home

Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors hear presentation on retirement plan

The Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors heard a presentation about an employee retirement plan on March 16th. Jeff Pabst with the Missouri Local Government Retirement Employees System (LAGERS) also answered questions. The board discussed the status of the energy project. Sunnyview Nursing Home Administrator Jerry Doerhoff noted the nursing home district is […]