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Man pleads guilty to obtaining over $700,000 in COVID-19 relief using fraud scheme

A Washington man pleaded guilty today to perpetrating a scheme to fraudulently obtain COVID-19 relief guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Nicholas L. McQuaid, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s […]

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Brimson teenager issued 3 citations after leaving the scene of an accident on 28th Street in Trenton

A Brimson teen was issued three citations after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident in Trenton on January 15th. The Trenton Police Department reports 16-year-old Gabriel Ray Gamble was cited for failing to report a motor vehicle accident, failing to drive on the right half of the road, and driving while intoxicated. A municipal […]

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Teenager issued citation after striking SUV and utility pole in Trenton

The Trenton Police Department reports a Trenton teen was checked by Grundy County Ambulance personnel and issued a citation after the car she drove struck a sports utility vehicle on Wednesday afternoon, January 19th. Sixteen-year-old Lilly Paige Berti reported her right eye was hurting, however, no injuries were reported at the time for passengers in […]

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Effort to stop charging 17-year-olds as adults has stalled in Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – Khadijah Wilson had a bully during her junior year at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles. She told her principal and teachers about the name-calling, and how the other girl constantly threatened to beat her up. But no one intervened. It went on for several months.  “I reported it more […]

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Public interest groups sue EPA for re-approving controversial herbicide dicamba

Public-interest groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s re-approval of products containing dicamba, a herbicide controversial for its tendency to drift into neighboring fields and damage farmers’ crops and homeowners’ gardens. Last fall, the EPA green-lighted dicamba use for five years, the third time the agency registered dicamba products. George Kimbrell, legal director at […]

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Charges filed against two men involved in high-speed pursuit that ended near Hamilton

Two men have been charged in Ray County with multiple felonies following a multi-county vehicle pursuit on January 13th. Law enforcement reported started in Ray County and ended north of Hamilton. Online court information shows 28-year-old Sergey Bocharov and 35-year-old Thomas Ainsworth have both been charged with assault—second degree—special victim, armed criminal action, property damage—first degree—damage […]

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Grundy County R-5 Board of Education approves extension of COVID Response Act; approves purchase of new math curriculum

The Grundy County R-5 Board of Education approved an extension of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on Wednesday evening, January 13th. The act provides employees 80 hours of paid sick leave if the employee is quarantined with COVID-19. The board approved the purchase of a new curriculum for the elementary school. Math Expressions will […]

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Annual essay contest sponsored by Farmers’ Electric Cooperative now open for submissions

The 58th annual essay contest sponsored by Farmers’ Electric Cooperative in Chillicothe will look different this year. The Youth Tour trip to Washington, D. C. has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, however, area high school sophomores and juniors will still have an opportunity to win an all-expense paid experience this summer. Juniors will compete […]

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Evergy electric customers to see monthly bills increase beginning February 1, 2021

The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved requests filed by Evergy Missouri West and Evergy Metro to adjust the demand side investment mechanism charge on customer bills. The charge allows Evergy to recover demand-side management program costs and incentives under the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act. An Evergy Missouri West residential customer using 1,000-kilowatt hours […]