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Senator Josh Hawley: “Expect a battle if Biden nominates a woke activist for SCOTUS”

U.S. Senator Hawley (R-Mo.) released the following statement on the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy, following reports that Justice Stephen Breyer will retire: “Moment of truth for Joe Biden. Will this deeply unpopular & divisive president finally reject the radical elements of his party and nominate someone who loves America and believes in the Constitution? Or […]

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer planning to retire from the bench

(Missouri Independent) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday. The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme […]

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Audio: FBI in eastern Missouri focusing on safety of souvenir military explosives

The FBI in eastern Missouri has launched its first-ever project to recover military ordnance, explosive devices that are stored at home where owners may be unaware of the potential danger. Interim Special agent in Charge Spencer Evans of the St. Louis Division.     These explosives could seem harmless, says Agent Evans, including civil war […]

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Audio: Missouri man sentenced to 6 years in prison for stealing hearse with body inside

A man who stole a hearse with a body inside has been sentenced to six years in prison.     Thirty-nine-year-old Brian Schaake admitted he and one other person stole the William Harris Funeral Home hearse from a gas station in north St. Louis County.  The hearse was later recovered with the body inside. Investigators […]

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Caldwell County Health Department to offer free TSH blood test

The Caldwell County Health Department in Kingston will offer a free thyroid-stimulating hormone blood draw test to recognize January as Thyroid Disease Awareness Month. The TSH screenings will be available on January 31st by appointment. The health department explains the TSH test can determine if someone’s thyroid gland is working correctly. The test can tell […]

Audio: Former “Hollywood Madam,” Heidi Fleiss, moving to Missouri

The woman once called the “Hollywood Madam” is moving to Missouri. In the mid-90s, Heidi Fleiss made international news when she was accused of running a prostitution ring for Hollywood “A listers” and other wealthy and powerful people.  Her new nickname is “Nanny,” a title she coined being a caretaker for dozens of macaws that […]

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Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin January 19

(Missouri Independent) – The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at COVIDtests.gov. This is part of the administration’s effort […]

Wellness Challenge

Audio: Wellness Challenge participants can register through January 17 at Ketcham Community Center

The Green Hills Wellness Challenge is back this year for residents in the Green Hills area. Organizer DeEtta Jones says registration and initial weigh-ins will be done at the Ketcham Community Center on the North Central Missouri College campus in Trenton. Individuals at least 18 years old can register through January 17th, when the challenge […]

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Missouri businesses oppose ban on COVID vaccine mandates, argue it’s their choice

(Missouri Independent) – Proposals that would bar COVID-19 vaccine mandates and provide greater exemptions for vaccinations more broadly faced a wave of opposition from Missouri business groups Wednesday. Representatives for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Associated Industries of Missouri, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and other business associations made clear to lawmakers […]

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Pattonsburg woman faces multiple felonies after allegedly setting her house on fire and firing weapon at individual

A Pattonsburg woman faces multiple felonies after she allegedly set her house on fire and shot a gun at someone who stopped to help on January 6th. Online court information indicates 31-year-old Jessica Reid has been charged with first-degree assault or attempt, first-degree arson, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon involving exhibiting. […]

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Woman from Spickard added to Grundy County Sheriff’s “Most Wanted” list

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office has added a Spickard woman to its Most Wanted list. The office reports 30-year-old Avery Elizabeth Mock is aware of the recently issued warrant against her for three counts of felony endangering the welfare of a child and refuses to surrender to authorities. Online court information shows Mock’s bond is […]

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Nominations Sought for NCMC/TJC distinguished alumni

Nominations for distinguished alumni from North Central Missouri College and Trenton Junior College are being accepted for 2021.  The North Central Missouri College Foundation, Inc. will honor the selected alumni who attended TJC/NCMC during the Pirates Ball planned for March 26, 2022.  To nominate an alum (either a graduate or someone who successfully completed one […]

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Chillicothe authorities have plans in place should TikTok challenge to harm school students appear in Chillicothe

The Chillicothe Police Department has received information from a school resource officer about a nationwide TikTok challenge to make threats to harm students at school. Police Chief Jon Maples reports the Chillicothe Police work closely with schools, and school resource officers are in place for reasons like this. He notes the police have plans in […]

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Trenton R-9 Board of Education hears presentation on implementation of SafeDefend system

The Trenton R-9 Board of Education on December 14th heard about the implementation of the SafeDefend system for the district. Superintendent Mike Stegman reported employee training for the system was December 6th. Law enforcement and fire and rescue members were also invited to participate. On-site employees were fingerprinted into the system, and it is now […]

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Trenton City Council members hear concerns regarding motorists near library, two trash routes to change pickup days

Members of the Trenton City Council Monday night heard about plans for Rapid Removal Disposal to change the collection date on two of its residential routes beginning in January 2022. A safety concern was expressed by the Jewett-Norris Library Director regarding motorists not halting for the 3 way stop at Main and Crowder, and the […]

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Chillicothe Fire Department responds to smoldering brush pile

The Chillicothe Fire Department responded to a brush pile on fire the night of December 10th. A news release reports the fire department had been dispatched for the same brush fire across the street from 889 Shagbark Drive earlier December 10th, but that call was canceled en route. The reporting caller the night of December […]

Wellness Challenge

University of Missouri Extension announces “Winter Wellness Challenge”

The University of Missouri Extension offices in Linn, Macon, and Randolph counties will host a free self-led wellness challenge to help individuals stay active this winter. The Winter Wellness Challenge runs from December 21, 2021, through March 22, 2022.  Participants will receive a mental, physical, and nutritional health Bingo card listing activities. Anyone who completes […]