Crime and Courts

Court news for Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Jail sentences were ordered for several defendants during Thursday’s session of Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. A Trenton resident, Joshua D. Phillips, pleaded guilty to felony domestic assault in the first degree, causing serious physical injury to another person. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stealing. Both charges stem from an incident in […]

Sales Tax

Grundy County on track to see $500,000 in the coffers for each category of sales tax if trend continues

With an influx of quarterly payments, Grundy County sales tax figures continue to be considerably ahead of the pace of one year ago. The report received today (Monday) shows the year-to-date sales tax collections of nearly $255,000 in each of three categories, general revenue, law enforcement, and the ambulance service. The figures are almost $21,000 […]

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North Central Missouri Board of Trustees address lengthy agenda at latest meeting on Tuesday

The North Central Missouri Board of Trustees received a consolidated budget update on May 25, 2021. The 2021-2022 budget projection includes total operating revenue of $11,111,547. With auxiliary operations of $12,151,045, the total consolidated income is projected at $13,262,592. Revenues include $7,433,078 for tuition and fees and $2,939,169 in state appropriations. The budget projection also […]

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Former Harrison County deputy sheriff sentenced to jail time and probation on tampering charge

A former Harrison County deputy sheriff has been sentenced in Harrison County after he entered a plea of guilty to misdemeanor tampering with a public record. Forty-four-year-old Kevin Lawson of Gilman City was sentenced to six months in jail. The court suspended the execution of the sentence, and he was placed on probation for two […]

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Audio: Missouri astronaut Mike Hopkins talks about recent space mission

Missouri astronaut Mike Hopkins says looking out the window at the International Space Station took his breath away. Hopkins, a native of southern Missouri’s Richland, was the commander of a crew who spent six months at the International Space Station. During a press conference, Hopkins recalls one night he looked out the window.     […]

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Bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hope to fund free tampons, pads in Missouri prisons

(Missouri Independence) – In Missouri, incarcerated women’s access to feminine hygiene products depends on where they’re housed. Some are forced to pay to buy tampons and pads to meet their needs, while others are provided with such low-quality products they end up having to make their own. A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hopes to change that […]

Governor Parson Signs House Bills 429 and 430

Governor Mike Parson signs HB 429 and HB 430 into law supporting Missouri adoptive families and children in foster care

Governor Mike Parson signed HB 429 and HB 430 into law, which both supports Missouri adoptive families and children in foster care.  “Every child deserves a family to provide love, support, and a strong foundation,” Governor Parson said. “Missourians who take on this role as foster and adoptive parents are invaluable to the children of our state, […]

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USDA announces funding available to assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announces the availability of $2 million to establish partnerships with organizations to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The funding was made possible by USDA’s new Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, an effort to distribute resources more broadly and to put greater […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Trenton Board of Education tackles huge agenda including approval of salary schedule for next school year

The Trenton R-9 Board of Education March 9th approved salary schedules for the 2021-2022 school year. One thousand dollars will be added to the base for the certified salary schedule, making the base salary $34,000. This was estimated to cost the district $119,591. Superintendent Mike Stegman noted the base salary for certified staff was “pretty […]

Nicole Galloway Missouri State Auditor

Missouri State Auditor releases monthly reports on municipalities and special district financial information

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway recently issued monthly reports detailing the compliance of municipalities and other political subdivisions with financial reporting laws. One report includes cities, towns, and villages, while the other lists political subdivisions such as water, fire protection, and other taxing districts.  These entities are required to file annual financial reports with the State […]

Prison Sentence

Mexican national sentenced to 8-years in prison for illegal firearm used in drive-by shooting

A Mexican national was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing the firearm he used in a drive-by shooting. Javier Guerrero-Garcia, 23, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to eight years and six months in federal prison without parole.  On June 29, 2020, Guerrero-Garcia pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession […]

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Former candidate for Sullivan County First District Commissioner pleads “Not Guilty” to election offenses

A former candidate for Sullivan County First District Commissioner charged with misdemeanor committing class four election offenses entered a plea of not guilty on February 4th. Online court information shows Colin Norman Sorhus of Green Castle was formally arraigned, and the case was continued to April 22nd. Sullivan County Second District Commissioner Michael Todd Williams […]

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Missouri business owner sentenced to prison for committing arson against rival business and residence

An Independence, Missouri, business owner has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to commit arson against a rival business as well as a residence, and for illegally possessing a firearm. William “Bill” Joseph Reneau, 44, of Overland Park, Kansas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark on Tuesday, Feb. […]