Spickard, Missouri

Grundy County Commissioner speaks to Spickard Board of Aldermen regarding antenna on water tower

Grundy County Commissioner Don Sager spoke to the Spickard Board of Aldermen on January 13th. Sager said the county commission is interested in putting an antenna on the city water tower to improve communications for emergency services. The board will check land and sizes, and the board plans to have a special meeting regarding the […]

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North Central Missouri College Criminal Justice Instructor speaks at Trenton Rotary Club meeting

North Central Missouri College Criminal Justice Instructor Jenna Vandel spoke at the Trenton Rotary Club meeting on January 6th. She told about her experiences working in the state prison system before becoming a teacher. Vandel was a drug counselor and worked with individuals who were getting ready to be released from the system. She helped […]

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Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation Director speaks at Trenton Rotary Club meeting

Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation Director Dave Bain was the speaker at a recent meeting of the Trenton Rotary Club. Bain said the foundation was founded in 2005 and has funded several projects to benefit Wright Memorial Hospital. There are 12 members of the board. Events are held to raise money for projects such as the […]

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Controversial bill would have aided Orscheln Products LLC, under scrutiny for contamination

(Missouri Independent) – Two years ago, a company led by an influential Republican businessman faced off with the state’s environmental regulators over whether it needed to do additional testing for a chemical that health officials worried could pose a cancer risk to the company’s workers.  The Moberly manufacturing facility, Orscheln Products LLC, is owned by […]

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Audio: Missouri Recycling Association Executive Director speaks at annual meeting of Green Hills Regional Planning Commission

Missouri Recycling Association Executive Director Angie Powell spoke at the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission’s Annual Meeting at the Trenton Rock Barn on November 9, 2021. The meeting also included an award presentation and an election of officers. Powell said the Missouri Recycling Association has been around since the 1980s, is a 501(c)(3), and has […]

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Audio: Missouri’s longest standing police chief speaks against Second Amendment Preservation Act

Missouri is making national news once again, this time regarding a controversial gun law. You may remember back in June when Governor Mike Parson signed into law the Second Amendment Preservation Act. Missourinet’s Joey Parker recaps what the act means and why it has some pro-gun rights supporters speaking out against it.     The […]

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Breast Health Radiologist, Dr. Amy Patel, speaks to NCMC students and staff

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month throughout October, North Central Missouri College hosted a guest lecture with Dr. Amy Patel. Dr. Patel, a Chillicothe native, is a Board-Certified Radiologist who specializes in Breast Imaging. She is a Breast Radiologist and Medical Director of The Breast Care Center at Liberty Hospital, while also serving as […]

Audio: 2021 School Counselor of the Year is from Missouri

Olivia Carter is the 2021 School Counselor of the Year, Missouri School Counselor of the Year, and the school counselor at Jefferson Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Carter, who has been a counselor for ten years, says she thinks she was chosen for the national award after helping her elementary school reduce in-school discipline […]

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Roadblocks facing Kevin Strickland’s innocence claim is nothing new for Missouri

(Missouri Independent) – Kevin Strickland was hopeful Thursday was going to be his first step towards freedom after 40 years in prison. A new law that went into effect on Aug. 28 gave Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker a legal avenue to free Strickland, who she says is innocent and wrongly incarcerated. But opposition […]

Suicide Prevention

Wright Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions speaks about the importance of talking about suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month. Wright Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program is working to raise awareness and educate the community on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Talk of suicide should never be dismissed. If you, or someone you know, are thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention […]

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Life Options Green Hills Executive Director Rachael Brothers speaks to members of Trenton Rotary

Life Options Green Hills Executive Director Rachael Brothers spoke at the Trenton Rotary Club meeting on August 5th. She said the center in Trenton has a goal of being the client’s “first choice for information” regarding pregnancy decisions. The facility opened in July of 2020 and has served 67 women and six men from the […]

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Consolidated Machine and Welding expands in Hannibal, creating 30 new jobs

Consolidated Machine and Welding announced it will expand its facility in Hannibal, investing $4.3 million and creating 30 new jobs in the area. “We’re excited to see Consolidated Machine and Welding grow in Hannibal,” Governor Mike Parson said. “This new facility brings good-paying jobs and opportunities for our citizens in Northeast Missouri. Businesses often find […]

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As COVID-19 causes hospitals to fill, Springfield asks Missouri for temporary care site

(Missouri Independent) – Facing a looming shortage of beds caused by rapidly rising COVID-19 cases, healthcare providers in Springfield are asking the state to set up temporary hospital beds so existing hospital space can be dedicated to caring for the most severely ill. The alternate care site would treat patients stable enough to be removed […]

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Missouri lawmakers passed a host of reforms aimed at keeping kids out of jail

(Missouri Independent) – Retired St. Louis Judge Evelyn Baker once sentenced a 16-year-old Black boy to 241 years in prison for two armed robberies.  No one was seriously injured in the robberies, but the boy “didn’t express any remorse,” Baker said, remembering the sentencing hearing.  Now, when she thinks back, Baker deeply regrets the sentence […]

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COVID-19 surge in north Missouri creates worries for summer as vaccinations decline

(Missouri Independent) – In the last week of April, the Linn County Health Department signaled that the COVID-19 pandemic had cooled enough that it could discontinue weekly reports on new cases. With only three active cases on April 21, the urgency for frequent updates seemed to have passed. But the coronavirus came roaring back this […]