Wire Fraud

Branson performer pleads guilty to fraud scheme

A performer at a Branson, Missouri, theater pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing more than $85,000 from hundreds of his own audience members who donated to his non-existent charity for foster children. “For several years, this performer took advantage of his own audiences by pulling at their heartstrings while stealing from their pockets,” said […]

Tobi Crippen

Tobi Crippen selected as North Central Missouri College’s Outstanding Employee

Tobi Crippen, Extended Operations Specialist from Savannah, MO, has been selected as North Central Missouri College’s Outstanding Employee for March.  Tobi, an NCMC Alumni, has been employed at NCMC for three years and holds an Associate in Arts degree.  Tobi strives to make personal connections with each student at the North Belt Center. She feels […]

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State agriculture officials recommend enhancements to USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers to Families Food Box program and recommend adjustments to improve the program’s effectiveness.   “The Farmers to Families Food Box program has been a critical tool during the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Bradley Schad starts as CEO and executive director of the Missouri Corn Growers Association

Bradley Schad to take over as CEO of Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council

When Bradley Schad takes over as CEO and executive director of the Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council on March 15, he will bring a variety of agricultural experiences with him, starting with his time growing up on his family’s diversified farm near Versailles. “I grew up on a farm, I was […]

North Central Missouri Development Alliance or NCMDA

North Central Missouri Development Alliance announces qualifications for next Director

Qualifications have been announced for the next director of the North Central Missouri Development Alliance. The alliance is seeking a community/economic developer who is self-motivated. The person taking the full-time position should be capable of working independently as well as cooperatively with city and county governments, a board of directors, and regional, community, and county-based […]

Child in Swing

Governor Parson announces new office of childhood

Governor Mike Parson and the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Health and Senior Services, and Social Services announced the consolidation of several early childhood programs across state government into a single Office of Childhood. The new office will be housed by DESE and provide a comprehensive approach to early childhood care and education, […]

St. Louis Representative Wiley Price

Audio: Missouri House votes to censure member for allegedly having sex with an intern

For the first time in state history, a Missouri House member has been censured. The House voted 140-3 to publicly condemn St. Louis Democratic state Representative Wiley Price, who is accused of having sex with a capitol intern. Representative Jered Taylor, a Republican from southwest Missouri’s Republic, failed to get two-thirds of members to support […]

Indictment

19 Missouri residents indicted by grand jury for $1.2 million insurance fraud conspiracy

Nineteen defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a $1.2 million insurance fraud conspiracy that involved false claims of injuries suffered in car accidents. Lawrence Courtney Lawhorn, 32, and Latoya Marie Brown, 35, who resided in Columbia and in the Kansas City area; Lauren Courtney Luque, 34, Michael Jadon […]

Heroes for Hives Beekeeper For Veterans (Photo Credit University of Missouri Extension

“Heroes to Hives,” beekeeping program that supports veterans begins classes

Missouri has the first state chapter of Heroes to Hives, a program that supports veterans who want to learn beekeeping. New sessions of the free program begin on  March 2021, says Karen Funkenbusch, state director of the Missouri AgrAbility Project, which provides education and assistance to farmers and ranchers with disabilities. Enroll at www.heroestohives.com. Army […]

Scott Hoad Marine Veteran Welding in a shop

Connecting to Careers: Helping veterans transfer value and skills to civilian life.

Scott Hoad was at a low point this spring, trying to piece together a decent living after being laid off from a job painting commercial aircraft. Then Hoad crossed paths with Amy Patillo, a University of Missouri Extension labor and workforce development specialist based in Springfield. Hoad’s brother owns the ranch where Patillo boards her […]

Deb Thummel 5th Generation Farmer

Video: Deb Thummel says her philosophy on the farm is “Kids, Cattle and Christ”

“My philosophy on the farm is that the three things that I truly enjoy are kids, cattle, and Christ, and they all come together here in his creation,” said Deb Thummel. “Anytime that I can involve kids, cattle, and Christ in the same thing, I’m a very happy person.” Thummel’s faith is planted as deep […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson announces $1M grant to Urban League of St. Louis to expand violent crime de-escalation program

Governor Mike Parson announced a $1 million grant to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. for the expansion of the Serving Our Streets Initiative. This initiative drives at the heart of violent crime in St. Louis by focusing on community outreach and direct engagement with citizens in the highest crime and poverty areas. […]

Hy-Vee

Hy-Vee launches free, flexible health and wellness program for schools

Hy-Vee, Inc. announces that Hy-Vee KidsFit is launching a free, downloadable Wellness Week guide. The guide includes in-person, virtual, and hybrid methods to help students prioritize healthy choices in school and at home. This school year, Hy-Vee KidsFit is offering the free Wellness Week guide consisting of a downloadable toolkit that contains fun education-based activities, […]

Jenny Croy

Jenni Croy selected as North Central Missouri College’s outstanding employee

Jenni Croy, Head Women’s Basketball Coach/Developmental Math Instructor, has been selected as North Central Missouri College’s Outstanding Employee for May. Jenni, from Trenton, has been employed at NCMC for 13 years and holds a master’s degree in Secondary Administration from William Woods University. Since her employment, Jenni has consistently worked to build a successful women’s […]