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Mercer County Sheriff confirms explosion at Smithfield contract farm

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office confirms there was a minor explosion on January 11th at a contract farm for Smithfield Hog Production of Princeton. Smithfield Hog Production, Missouri General Manager, Michael Rainwater released a written statement saying the company is “deeply saddened” that a team member was “involved in a serious accident.” Rainwater said “Smithfield […]

Education and Teachers

Audio: Should Missouri K-12 teachers get a bonus for sticking around next school year?

Missouri Board of Education President Charlie Shields wants the state to check into whether a bonus can be given to K-12 teachers to help keep them next school year. During today’s board meeting, Shields says he wants the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to do some “serious” exploring of what measures the […]

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Court orders defendants of companies to stop selling vitamin D products as treatments for COVID-19

A federal court entered a permanent injunction barring a Georgia company from selling unapproved vitamin D products touted as treatments for COVID-19. In a civil complaint and accompanying court papers filed Nov. 23, 2020, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, the United States alleges that Matthew Ryncarz and his Alpharetta, Georgia, […]

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Three sent to hospital after crashing west of Princeton on Highway 136

Two Mercer residents and a 12-year-old boy from Excelsior Springs sustained injuries when a sports utility vehicle overturned and struck several trees six miles west of Princeton on January 4th. A passenger, 24-year-old Kayla Brown, received serious injuries, the child sustained moderate injuries, and the driver, 26-year-old Justin Sharp, had minor injuries.  All were transported […]

Traffic Fatalities

Missouri State Highway Patrol reports four traffic fatalities over New Year’s holiday weekend

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released preliminary statistics related to the New Year’s holiday weekend: Four people died in traffic crashes during the 78-hour counting period, which began at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020, and ended at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2021. 2021 New Year’s Holiday Traffic Statistics Troopers investigated the following: […]

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Seven injured, including children and infant, in crash on Interstate 35 north of Pattonsburg

Seven people from Texas, including five children, were injured when the van they occupied was hit by a large truck. The crash occurred on Sunday morning in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 about seven miles north of Pattonsburg. The highway patrol said the Volvo Truck driven by 51-year-old Haysam Elkott of Temple Terrace, Florida […]

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Two vehicles collide head-on killing one, third vehicle then strikes crashed vehicles in northbound lane of I-35

One person was killed and three others seriously hurt in a head-on crash involving a car and SUV on Interstate 35 south of the Lathrop exit. Fatally injured was the driver of the car, 48-year old Scott Ford of Kansas City. Three passengers in the sports utility vehicle were taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in […]

Winter storm to bear down on northern Missouri on New Year’s Day

A Winter storm is expected to impact the area late Thursday night into Friday bringing accumulating snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Travel conditions will quickly deteriorate. All areas north of Highway 36 in northern Missouri are encompassed by either a Winter Weather Advisory or a Winter Storm Warning. Areas, where lighter snow and ice is […]

Winter Storm Watch

Winter Storm Watch in place for New Year’s Eve and New Years Day in northern and central Missouri; 1 to 3 inches of snow possible

(12/31/2020) -The article below is now out of date.  We have an updated article on the storm that is to pass through northern Missouri on New Year’s day, which is available HERE. The potential for a widespread winter storm could bring hazardous road conditions at the peak of New Year’s celebrations. A complex weather system […]