Voting Rights

With voting rights stalled, some senators mull an update to the Electoral Count Act

(Missouri Independent) – A bipartisan group of senators is exploring legislation to overhaul how Congress counts Electoral College votes, but backers of stalled voting rights legislation are lukewarm on the effort as a substitute. The Electoral Count Act is an obscure law that has come under recent scrutiny, a year after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. […]

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Community leaders celebrated for commitment to learning

Community leaders in six northwest Missouri counties were part of Maximize Northwest Missouri’s 2021 Regional Learning Collaborative that wrapped up late last summer.  “Some of the keywords that participants used to describe their learning experience include: enlightening, motivating, empowering, informative, inspiring, insightful, and team-building,” shared Mary Hinde, president of The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri. […]

Elections (Vote or Voting)

Missouri bipartisan campaign seeks to switch to ranked-choice voting

A ballot initiative in Missouri is seeking to change the way statewide elections are run. Currently, in the Show-Me State, there are party primaries in August, and voters choose between the winners of the primaries in November. The Better Elections initiative seeks to move to what’s known as ranked-choice voting. Rosetta Okohson, a Democratic consultant and co-leader of the […]

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December 2021 was the warmest on record in Missouri and Kansas – by a long shot

(Missouri Independent) – Kansas and Missouri logged their warmest average December temperatures on record last month, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Average temperatures over the last half of 2021 were higher than they’ve ever been in either state — and across the country. Meanwhile, despite a devastating cold snap that forced […]

Newtown-Harris School Website

Newtown-Harris Board of Education approve personnel actions; five file for seats on the Board of Education

The Newtown-Harris R-3 Board of Education approved personnel actions on January 12th. Mic Halferty was approved as a substitute and hired to fill the upcoming maintenance position in school year 2022-2023. Samantha Miller was hired to coach elementary basketball. The board approved transferring $50,000 from the General Fund to the Capital Projects Fund. Superintendent Doctor […]

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Pattonsburg woman arrested after allegedly assaulting grandmother

A Pattonsburg woman faces charges in Daviess County after she allegedly assaulted her grandmother on January 12th. Online court information indicates 20-year-old Rhiannon Richelle Stieh has been charged with the felonies of second-degree assault involving a special victim and stealing a controlled substance or meth manufacturing material. She also has been charged with the misdemeanors […]

Trenton Convention and visitors bureau

Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau to prepare a request for proposal on photography

The Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau on January 12th voted to have a request for proposals for photography to start as soon as possible for a website gallery. Bureau Member Jordan Ferguson will work on the RFP for review. The vote was taken after a discussion on the hiring of a photographer to fill missing […]

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Trenton Board of Education addresses personnel matters in executive session

Personnel actions have been announced following an executive session Tuesday evening of the Trenton R-9 board of education. A letter of retirement was accepted from high school English instructor Shelly Forster. A letter of resignation was accepted from Rick Leafgreen as assistant high school volleyball coach. Hired were Whitley Richman as the high school post-secondary […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Trenton Board of Education hears evaluation reports on multiple programs at Tuesday meeting

The Trenton R-9 Board of Education heard evaluation reports on multiple programs on January 11th. Trenton Middle School Principal Daniel Gott presented the Health Services Evaluation Report, which was submitted by school nurses Tasha McCall and Tyann Cox. Gott said health office visits for the 2020-2021 school year included 33 for preschool, 4,237 for kindergarten […]

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USDA announces January 2022 lending rates for agricultural producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced loan interest rates for January 2022, which are effective Jan. 3. USDA’s Farm Service Agency loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment, and storage structures, or meet cash flow needs. Operating, Ownership, and Emergency Loans FSA offers farm […]

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Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain […]

Guilty Plea

Missouri man pleads guilty after crashing into federal deputy marshals while attempting to flee in stolen truck

A Missouri, man who injured two United States deputy marshals by crashing into them while attempting to flee in a stolen truck pleaded guilty in federal court to forcibly resisting federal law enforcement officers. Ray E. Clevenger, 46, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to two counts of forcibly […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 25 years in federal prison without parole for illegal firearms and drug trafficking

A Missouri, man who faces murder charges in state court was sentenced in federal court on multiple charges of illegally possessing firearms, including stolen firearms, and drug trafficking. Brandon L. Hill, 33, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 25 years in federal prison without parole. On April 29, 2021, Hill […]

Veterans

Scholarships available for service members and veterans

The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt.      Scholarship Details: Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to qualified applicants. Awarded scholarships are limited to one per family per semester. […]

Murder

Two from Chillicothe facing murder charges after death of a child

Two Chillicothe residents have been charged with second-degree murder following an investigation into the death of a child on December 24th. Online court information shows 22-year-old Avery Nicole Young and 46-year-old Christopher Robert Wilson have also each been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk involving a first offense and […]

Trenton Missouri Police Department (TPD)

Three from Trenton arrested including married couple

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a married couple from Trenton and another Trenton resident on January 6th. Thirty-seven-year-old Lynnsey Marie Betz has been charged with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance and delivery or possession of a controlled substance at a county or private jail or correctional center except […]

Traffic Fatalities

Missouri traffic fatalities surpass 1000 for the first time since 2006

For the first time since 2006, Missouri’s traffic fatalities surpassed 1,000. According to preliminary data, 1,007 people were killed in Missouri traffic crashes in 2021, a 2% increase over 2020 and marking the second straight year of growing fatality totals after nearly a decade of steady decline. Within the Green Hills region, the number of […]