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Spickard Board of Education approves changes to COVID-19 Contingency Plan

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education approved changes to the COVID-19 Contingency Plan on January 17th. Regarding a COVID-19 positive or household COVID-19 positive case, the contingency plan says students and staff should refrain from attending school for five days. If they are symptomatic, the positive case time frame may be extended five more days […]

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Missouri inmate, freed after serving more than 40 years, sues over medical care in prison

(Associated Press) –  A Kansas City man released from prison after serving more than 40 years for a wrongful conviction is suing the company that provides medical care for Missouri prison inmates. Kevin Strickland alleges in his lawsuit that medical care provided by Corizon LLC officials left him dependent on a wheelchair and able to […]

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Audio: TSA seizes record number of guns in Missouri airports

Missouri has set another record, his time its firearms seized at airports.     Transportation Security Administration officers at Missouri airports say they’ve found 183 firearms in travelers’ carry-on luggage last year. St. Louis Lambert International Airport broke the statewide record with officers finding 102 guns found, that’s more than all Missouri airports combined in […]

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Governor proposes record $47.3B Missouri budget as he taps surplus and federal aid

(Missouri Independent) – Gov. Mike Parson proposed massive new spending on infrastructure and college buildings, and still found money to set aside for pensions and future revenue shortfalls, in the budget submitted Wednesday to lawmakers. Missouri will enter the new fiscal year with nearly $3 billion in surplus general revenue, an anticipation of record future tax collections, […]

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Governor Mike Parson touts Missouri’s COVID-19 response in annual State of State address

(Missouri Independent) – Gov. Mike Parson praised his administration’s handling of the still-unfolding COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, telling a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly that the state has emerged ready to make long-term investments in its future.  “The bottom line is Missouri’s economy is strong,” Parson said in his annual State of the State […]

Task force recommends ways to help Missouri small businesses with workforce, supply chain and other problems

A statewide task force is recommending a variety of ways intended to help small businesses in Missouri with a workforce, supply chain, funding, and broadband problems.      The suggestions include improving childcare access and affordability, expanding hospitality industry apprenticeships, updating the Fast Track workforce grant program, and enhancing help for women and minority-owned businesses. […]

Audio: Former “Hollywood Madam,” Heidi Fleiss, moving to Missouri

The woman once called the “Hollywood Madam” is moving to Missouri. In the mid-90s, Heidi Fleiss made international news when she was accused of running a prostitution ring for Hollywood “A listers” and other wealthy and powerful people.  Her new nickname is “Nanny,” a title she coined being a caretaker for dozens of macaws that […]

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December 2021 was the warmest on record in Missouri and Kansas – by a long shot

(Missouri Independent) – Kansas and Missouri logged their warmest average December temperatures on record last month, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Average temperatures over the last half of 2021 were higher than they’ve ever been in either state — and across the country. Meanwhile, despite a devastating cold snap that forced […]

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Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau to prepare a request for proposal on photography

The Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau on January 12th voted to have a request for proposals for photography to start as soon as possible for a website gallery. Bureau Member Jordan Ferguson will work on the RFP for review. The vote was taken after a discussion on the hiring of a photographer to fill missing […]

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Spickard woman charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child turns herself in to authorities

A Spickard woman added to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office’s Most Wanted last week turned herself into the authorities on January 10th. The sheriff’s office reports 30-year-old Avery Elizabeth Mock has been charged with three felony counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk.  Bond was set at $25,000 cash only, […]

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Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau to meet on Wednesday

The board that comprises the Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau will have a meeting at mid-day Wednesday. The agenda for the noon meeting at Trenton City Hall includes the topics of photography for the website, non-compliance, and a Zoom update from the marketing company – Johnny Lightning Strikes Again. The public can also participate via […]

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Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain […]

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Helpful holiday safety tips from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department

Christmas and the New Year are almost here and everyone at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department wants you to have the best time ever. They also want you to be safe and think ahead. Sheriff Cox and his staff ask you to consider the following: Traffic safety is a priority. The highways will be jammed […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol arrests Kingston man; charged with driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender

A Kingston man arrested by the Highway Patrol in Caldwell County on Thursday morning, December 16, 2021, has been charged in Caldwell County. Thirty-seven-year-old Shaun Allen Pickens has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender and misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident. Bond was […]

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Trenton man arrested for failure to register as a sex offender

A Trenton resident has been charged with four counts of felony failure to register as a sex offender. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department reports 41-year-old Robert Eugene Ewing was arrested on December 15th. His bond is $5,000 cash only, and he is scheduled for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court on December 28th. […]

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Confusion around COVID ruling swirls as two Missouri school districts end semester early

(Missouri Independent) – As a growing number of Missouri school districts drop COVID mitigation measures under threat from Attorney General Eric Schmitt, at least two closed the doors on their fall semester early due to large numbers of staff and students out sick. Meanwhile, local public health departments said Tuesday they still have not heard […]

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Audio: Missouri counties challenging judge’s ruling that mask mandates are unconstitutional

St. Louis and County and Jackson County are returning legal fire after Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued to have the mask mandates effectively outlawed.     A Missouri judge last month invalidated many orders, including mask mandates, from the state Department of Health and Senior Services. The counties are appealing the ruling. If an […]

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Milan man facing multiple sex-related charges

A Milan man faces multiple sex-related felony charges. Twenty-one year old Brody Allen Smith has been charged with statutory sodomy involving deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14, first-degree statutory rape or attempted statutory rape involving a person less than 14, statutory sodomy or attempted statutory sodomy involving deviate sexual intercourse with a […]