Dr. Randall Williams

Audio: Missouri House Health Committee Chairman says former DHSS Director Williams “Did a fine job”

Two key Missouri lawmakers from opposite parties view Tuesday’s resignation of state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director, Dr. Randall Williams, very differently. Missouri House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Stephens (R-Bolivar) praises Dr. Williams, while House Minority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) says the resignation was long overdue. Chairman Stephens says Williams […]

Dr. Randall Williams

Audio: Head of Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services resigns

Missouri’s director of the Department of Health and Senior Services has resigned.     A press release from Governor Parson’s office says the governor has accepted a letter of resignation from Dr. Randall Williams. Parson’s deputy chief of staff, Robert Knodell, will serve as the acting director of the state health department. The governor says […]

Governor Mike Parson named Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Knodell as Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) effective immediately. Mr. Knodell has served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Parson since 2018. Over the past year, he has played an integral part in the state’s COVID-19 response efforts and taken a leading role in vaccine rollout and distribution in Missouri. “As Deputy Chief of Staff, Robert brings valuable knowledge and leadership experience to our team and the entire state of Missouri,” Governor Parson said. “For more than a year, he has also played a leading role in Missouri’s COVID-19 response efforts, and I am more than confident in him to take over as Acting Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services.” Governor Parson accepted a letter of resignation from Dr. Randall Williams earlier today. “Dr. Williams has been a huge asset to Missouri, especially this past year in dealing with COVID-19,” Governor Parson said. “We greatly appreciate all the work he has done for the people of our state and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Governor Parson names Robert Knodell as Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Governor Mike Parson named Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Knodell as Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services effective immediately.  Mr. Knodell has served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Parson since 2018. Over the past year, he has played an integral part in the state’s COVID-19 response efforts and […]

Economy

Lawmakers introduce legislation to support U.S. manufacturers

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Rob Portman (Ohio), James Lankford (Okla.), and James Inhofe (Okla.) announced that they have introduced the Permanently Preserving America’s Investment in Manufacturing Act of 2021. The bill would ensure that American manufacturers can continue to make large investments, hire workers, and produce goods in the United States. “The strength of […]

Pumpkins on display

University of Missouri Extension in Harrison County invites growers to participate in a large pumpkin growing contest

The University of Missouri Extension in Harrison County is inviting growers to participate in a large pumpkin growing contest at the Harrison County Fall Festival in Bethany this September. Cash prizes will be available for the three heaviest pumpkins. The Festival will take place on Saturday, September 25th, on the square in Bethany. All contestants […]

Rotary Website

North Central Missouri College President Doctor Lenny Klaver makes presentation to Rotary members

North Central Missouri College President Doctor Lenny Klaver talked to the Trenton Rotary Club on April 1st about his days as a baseball player and coach. He played and coached at the high school and college levels before becoming a school administrator. One story Klaver shared was about him as a Little League player when […]

Healthcare

Lawmakers introduce legislation to protect rural health clinics from added financial strain during COVID-19 crisis

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Mark Warner (Va.) introduced legislation to prevent further financial instability for rural health clinics and safeguard the care they provide to underserved communities. The bipartisan Strengthening Rural Health Clinics Act of 2021 would make a technical fix to protect existing rural health clinics from a sudden and unexpected Medicare […]

Back the Blue

“Back the Blue” Award presented to six Chesterfield Police Department officers

The Blue Award has been presented to six Chesterfield Police Department officers for their role in rescuing a man from a burning vehicle back in September 2020. “Missouri’s law enforcement serves their communities with bravery and honor, and their sacrifices for their fellow man should be recognized and celebrated. Each day, law enforcement and first […]

Power Outage

USDA invests $15 million to improve and modernize electric infrastructure in rural Missouri

U.S.Department of Agriculture Rural Development Missouri Acting State Director D Clark Thomas announced the agency is investing $15 million to build and improve electric infrastructure in Missouri through its Electric Loan Program. “For nearly 85 years—since the inception of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936—USDA has played a role in bringing electricity to rural areas,” […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson announces special funding to help Missouri’s youth

Governor Mike Parson announced a special cycle of the Department of Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) and Youth Opportunities Program (YOP), making $21.8 million available to assist nonprofit organizations and other entities providing services to at-risk youth. “Missouri nonprofits have been a lifeline for many Missourians throughout the COVID-19 crisis, providing critical services during […]

NEW COVID Dashboard for Missouri

Missouri adds county-level antigen test data to online public health dashboard

On its online public health dashboard, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) began posting county-level data showing “probable” COVID-19 cases detected by antigen testing. Last fall, DHSS began reporting statewide numbers of reported negative and positive antigen tests.  DHSS will follow the guidance of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) […]

Accident Graphic

Pickup strikes retail building in Trenton with driver allegedly leaving the scene of the crash

The Trenton Police Department released information on March 5th about an incident that happened in the 200 block of East 9th Street on February 13th, around 1 o’clock in the morning, in which a pickup truck hit a building and allegedly left the scene. Sergeant Matt Preston reports the truck driven by 36-year-old Braden Mark […]

Digital Photography Photo

“Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest” now open for entries

The beginning of the “Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest” is underway with photos of Missouri agriculture and rural life eligible for the contest. Last year, more than 1,000 entries were received showcasing Missourians’ passion for and commitment to the state’s No. 1 industry, agriculture. The contest is open to any amateur photographer with a […]