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Due to increase in COVID-19 cases, those attending performances of “A Christmas Carol” are strongly encouraged to wear a mask

All three performances are sold out for “A Christmas Carol” to be presented this weekend in Trenton. Organizers of the play are requesting because of a current increase in COVID-19 cases, that those attending are encouraged to wear a mask for performances that are held inside the 137-seat Hoover Theater of the Jewett-Norris Library. Arts […]

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Audio: Art’s Alive to present “A Christmas Carol” at Hoover Theater in Trenton

Art’s Alive will present A Christmas Carol at the Hoover Theater in the Grundy County Jewett Norris Library of Trenton starting next week. Performances will be December 4th at 2 and 7 o’clock and December 5th at 2 o’clock. Director Ann Plumb says she chose A Christmas Carol because it is well known and fun. […]

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Smithfield withdraws request for CAFO permits environmentalists criticized as too lax

(Missouri Independent) – The global meat producer operating some of Missouri’s largest industrial hog operations has withdrawn requests to convert 10 of its permits to what environmental groups say would be more lenient ones. Smithfield Foods Inc., which has a history of environmental violations in Missouri, operates some of the largest concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in the […]

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Trenton Rotary Club listen to presentation from Arts Alive board members

Arts Alive Board members Dan Maxey and Ann Plumb talked about the organization at the Trenton Rotary Club meeting on October 21, 2021. They also discussed Arts Alive’s efforts to bring fine arts opportunities to Grundy County and the surrounding area. Maxey said the group was organized in 2019 after the disbanding of the Friends […]

Rape Aggression Defense

Livingston County Deputy certified as Rape Aggression Defense Training instructor

A Livingston County Deputy is now a Rape Aggression Defense Training Instructor. Deputy Jennifer Plummer is now certified to help women learn and put to use techniques if they find themselves in a situation where their physical safety is at risk.  Sheriff Steve Cox said Plummer attended RAD training in Grain Valley during August. Cox […]

Not Guilty Plea

Chillicothe man charged with causing the death of an individual pleads “Not Guilty”

A Chillicothe man charged with two felonies after an accident in May that reportedly caused the death of another man pleaded not guilty in Division One of Livingston County Circuit Court August 5. Thirty-four-year-old Steven Lee Wilson waived formal arraignment, and the case was continued to September 16 for a plea or trial setting. Wilson […]

Division One of Circuit Court

Chillicothe man charged with multiple felonies in crash that killed man from Hale bound to Division One of circuit court

A case has been certified to Division One of Circuit Court for a Chillicothe man charged with two felonies after an accident in Livingston County in May that reportedly caused the death of another man. Thirty-four-year-old Steven Lee Wilson waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the Associate Division on July 28. He is […]

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Endangered fish, leaching ash ponds: Environmental groups oppose Missouri coal plant permit

(Missouri Independent) – For years, Lisa Zerbe said she biked, rode horses, and ran near Ameren Missouri’s largest coal-fired power plant in Franklin County because she “naively believed” state environmental regulators were protecting citizens from pollution.  Now, she won’t.  “It is truly a disheartening feeling of betrayal from an agency in my younger years I […]

CAFO or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation

Some of Missouri’s largest CAFOs are seeking less stringent state regulation

Eleven of Missouri’s largest concentrated animal feeding operations are working to reduce the state’s oversight of their hog facilities despite a record of manure spills and clean water violations.  Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has 11 CAFOs seeking new state permits.  The facilities, dotted across northern Missouri, combined are capable of raising more […]

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Chillicothe man who struck UTV with pickup facing charges after UTV driver dies in hospital

A Chillicothe man faces felony charges after a two-vehicle accident in Livingston County on May 23 that the Highway Patrol reports caused the death of a Hale man. Thirty-three-year-old Steven Lee Wilson has been charged with driving while intoxicated, death of another, and DWI, serious physical injury. Bond was originally set at $50,000 cash only, […]

Traffic Fatalities

One person dies at Liberty Hospital following Sunday night crash in Livingston County

One of the individuals has died after being injured when a pickup truck struck a utility terrain vehicle in rural Livingston County. Seventy-five-year-old Charles Plummer of Hale died Monday morning at Liberty Hospital after being flown there by medical helicopter following the Sunday night accident on Route JJ, one and a half miles north of […]

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Two life-flighted to KC after pickup slams into rear of UTV

An accident overnight injured two people, including a pedestrian, on Livingston County Route JJ.  The driver of a northbound pickup was arrested after it collided with a stopped utility terrain vehicle one and a half miles north of Avalon. Serious injuries were reported for the operator of the John Deere Gator, 75-year-old Charles Plummer of […]

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States question whether new federal stimulus law rules out tax cuts

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden’s massive pandemic stimulus law pumps a welcome infusion of federal aid into state and local government coffers — but one brief section is raising questions about whether states are barred from cutting their own taxes if they accept the federal help. The Senate added language to the COVID-19 relief package […]

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County Commission to restart process of appointing an interim Public Administrator; state of Missouri says Plumb not qualified

Grundy County Presiding Commissioner Phillip Ray reports the county commission will restart the process of appointing an interim public administrator. He says the information came from the state that Ann Plumb of Trenton is not considered a qualified applicant to serve as an interim public administrator. The commission appointed her the evening of February 25th […]