Fast Track Website

Fast Track application now open for 2020-21, new schools added to eligibility list

The 2020-21 application for the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant is open, with more eligible institutions, and 15 new eligible program areas. Grant recipients can now spend their funds at Missouris non-profit private, as well as public, colleges, and universities. Fast Track, a state financial aid program, provides tuition assistance to adults over 25 years […]

Wright Memorial Hospital

Wright Memorial Hospital named “2020 Guardian of Excellence” award winner

Wright Memorial Hospital has been named a 2020 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey. The award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in clinical quality. It’s the second year in a row that Wright Memorial Hospital received this award. The Press Ganey Guardian of […]

Missouri FFA Jacket with emblem

Area students are winners in FFA proficiency categories; finalists for proficiency awards

Two FFA members in Mercer County are national finalists this year for proficiency awards. Others from chapters at Trenton and Gallatin are listed as winners of medals in their proficiency areas. Brylee Williams of the Princeton FFA Chapter is among four finalists across the country for a national award in swine production entrepreneurship. Zach Main […]

MoDOT

Missouri Department of Transportation reports an increase in work zone crashes

The Missouri Department of Transportation reports an increase in work zone crashes despite decreased traffic volumes. MoDOT had had 39 truck/trailer-mounted attenuators hit in work zones this year. That compares to 19 hits at this time in 2019. Attenuators are described as being “like giant, crushable shock absorbers” that absorb momentum and reduce the force […]

Drug Trafficking

Missouri man charged with illegal firearms, drug trafficking

A Missouri man was charged in federal court with illegally possessing firearms and with drug trafficking after twice leading officers on high-speed vehicle pursuits. Charles V. Bai, 27, of Independence, Missouri, was charged in a three-count criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City. The federal criminal complaint charges Bai with two […]

Stop the Human Trafficking

Missouri Attorney General’s office makes changes as to how human trafficking is reported in Missouri

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office is changing how human trafficking is reported in Missouri to help decrease response time and aid cross-jurisdictional cooperation, removing barriers to reporting human trafficking. Instead of using the Missouri-specific hotline, the Attorney General’s Office instead will be using the National Human Trafficking Hotline, and urges citizens of Missouri to also […]

Breastfeeding

Andrew County recognized as model program for their exemplary support of breastfeeding mothers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Andrew County, Missouri, with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Loving Support Award of Excellence for exemplary efforts in supporting breastfeeding WIC mothers. These awards were part of USDA’s National WIC Breastfeeding Week, celebrated August 1-7. Breastfeeding provides countless benefits to both babies and […]

AgButler Website

AgButler employment app debuts in North Missouri

A diverse group of individuals, from North Central Missouri, gathered to evaluate a new App called AgButler. The App is designed to connect individuals seeking work, with producers and agri-businesses needing temporary labor. Created by Kevin and Jamie Johansen, a Missouri farm family, they recognized the many benefits AgButler could provide to rural America. “Our […]