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Director of Agriculture announces grants for 4-H and FFA service projects

Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced that 16 youth groups from across Missouri were awarded grants from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s 2022 Building Our American Communities grant program. Eight local chapters of the National FFA Organization and eight Missouri 4-H clubs statewide have been awarded funds for their community service projects this year. “We […]

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5-year-old child injured in two-vehicle crash west of Polo

The Highway Patrol reports a child from Lee’s Summit sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident four miles west of Polo the morning of January 13th. He was the passenger in a pickup truck. A private vehicle took the five-year-old boy to the Excelsior Springs Hospital. No injuries were reported for the driver of the […]

Murder

Polo man charged with murder pleads guilty in Livingston County court

A Polo man charged with first-degree murder after a shooting in Polo in January 2021 pleaded guilty in Livingston County on January 6th. Online court information shows the prosecutor dismissed three counts for 36-year-old Kevin Lynn Barnett Junior. The dismissed counts were felonies of first-degree assault or attempt, armed criminal action, and first-degree robbery. The […]

Scott Fitzpatrick

Missouri schools must comply with COVID ruling to win treasurer approval of bond deals

(Missouri Independent) – If school districts want to take advantage of a lower interest rate on bonds, Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is requiring them to certify compliance with a recent court ruling targeting local health orders before his office will approve of the deal. Fitzpatrick detailed the decision he described as “unprecedented” in an interview Wednesday […]

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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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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the arrest of 10 individuals on Wednesday

Numerous arrests were reported on Wednesday in area counties by troopers of the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Chillicothe resident, 25-year-old David Gamble, was arrested Wednesday morning in Grundy County. He’s been accused of driving while intoxicated for drugs, misdemeanor possession of drugs, and drug paraphernalia. Gamble was taken on a […]

Driving Under the Influence or DUI or DWI arrest

Head-on crash at Stewartsville injures one, second driver arrested on DWI allegation

A two-vehicle crash at Stewartsville last night injured one driver and resulted in the arrest of the other. Forty-one-year-old Sarah Hanson of Stewartsville received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Mosiac Life Care in St. Joseph. Hanson was driving southbound on Route K when her sport utility vehicle was struck head-on by a […]

Terror Threat

Incident at Brookfield Walmart results in charge of terrorist threat

A Kansas City man has been charged in Linn County with first-degree terrorist threat after an alleged incident at the Walmart in Brookfield on November 17. Forty-two-year-old Brent Eric Bloss pleaded not guilty on November 19 with a bond hearing scheduled for November 24. A probable cause statement accuses Bloss of yelling obscenities, threatening customers, […]

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Missouri to provide credit monitoring for teachers after reporter found security flaw

(Missouri Independent) – Nearly a month after a reporter identified a security flaw in a state website that exposed teachers’ social security numbers, the state announced Wednesday it was offering a year of credit monitoring services to hundreds of thousands of teachers whose personal information was put at risk According to the Department of Elementary […]

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Caldwell County authorities arrest three, seize multiple weapons and drugs

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office reports two males and one female were taken into custody after the execution of a search warrant on a property in Hideaway Lakes in Polo on October 27, 2021. The search resulted in the seizure of multiple weapons, a large amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, cash, and numerous stolen items. […]

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Area students to receive American FFA Degree at National FFA Convention

Numerous members of area FFA Chapters are to receive the highest FFA individual degree this week at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. The American FFA Degree awards ceremony is to be held on Saturday morning October 30, 2021. Area recipients by school chapter include: Trenton: Allena Allen Grace Allen McKenna Cox Mackenzie McAtee Matthew […]

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Stanberry woman injured in crash at Polo intersection

One person was hurt when two vehicles attempted to turn at a Polo intersection. Seventy-seven-year-old Sherry Funk of Stanberry was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. She was a passenger in a sports utility vehicle driven by 78-year old Herman Funk of Stanberry who wasn’t hurt. The driver of the other vehicle, […]

Storm Siren

Livingston County Emergency Management reports storm siren in Danner Park malfunctioned triggering tornado warning

Livingston County Emergency Management reported on Wednesday night, September 29 that the storm siren at Danner Park in Chillicothe inadvertently activated and issued a tornado warning. The siren repair company could tell the siren was not activated from the fire or police departments and came from an outside radio signal source. The repair company was […]