Governor Parson talks with lawmakers as he leaves House Chamber after State of the State address (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel - Missouri House)

Governor proposes record $47.3B Missouri budget as he taps surplus and federal aid

(Missouri Independent) – Gov. Mike Parson proposed massive new spending on infrastructure and college buildings, and still found money to set aside for pensions and future revenue shortfalls, in the budget submitted Wednesday to lawmakers. Missouri will enter the new fiscal year with nearly $3 billion in surplus general revenue, an anticipation of record future tax collections, […]

General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site

Informational meeting regarding General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home and Locust Creek Covered Bridge set for November 10

An informational meeting will be held regarding the General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home and Locust Creek Covered Bridge state historic sites. Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to the meeting at the Pershing Memorial Museum and Leadership Archives Building in Laclede on November 10, 2021, at 7 p.m. The public can share […]

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Missouri Department of Natural Resources announces grants to area communities

Dru Buntin, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, announced 19 Missouri communities have been approved by the National Park Service to receive more than $3.3 million in federal grants to assist with park and recreation needs. The grants are part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal program that can be […]

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson

Governor and First Lady Parson to host fourth annual Parson Family Fall Festival and trick-or-treating events

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson announced that the fourth annual Parson Family Fall Festival and Trick-or-Treating events will be held at the People’s House on Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The combined events will take place on the Governor’s Mansion lawn and feature several vendors, children’s activities, […]

Crowder State Park

Crowder State Park to host guided hikes on October 23 and October 30

Park staff members at Crowder State Park invite the public to the campground amphitheater at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 23, 2021, for a guided 2-mile hike on Redbud Trail. Park staff will discuss plants, trees, and animals along the way. Redbud Trail is a moderately rugged trail that allows visitors to cross several dry creek […]

Missouri Day Festival

Audio: Approximately 135 vendors to be on hand at Missouri Day Festival in Trenton this weekend

Approximately 135 vendors will be on hand to ply their wares at the Missouri Day Festival in Trenton this weekend. They will be open in the Trenton Rock Barn, courtyard, pavilion, and flea market area on October 15, 2021, from 10 to 7 o’clock and October 16th from 9 to 7 o’clock. Trenton Area Chamber of […]

Crowder State Park

Guided hikes to be held at Crowder State Park with special attraction during weekend of Missouri Day festival

A two-mile guided hike will be held at Crowder State Park west of Trenton October 23rd. The Redbud Fall Hike will start at the campground amphitheater that morning at 10 o’clock. Park staff will discuss plants, trees, and animals along the way. Crowder State Park describes Redbud Trail as moderately rugged. It allows visitors to […]

Fall Color at Crowder State Park

Find the best places to see fall foliage with Missouri Department of Conservation’s fall color forecast

Missouri is blessed with a variety of trees, shrubs, and vines that make the fall season come alive with color. You can find the best places to view the changing foliage using the Missouri Department of Conservation’s fall color report at this link. “Our fall color report is updated weekly from MDC foresters all over […]

Missouri State Capitol

Parson’s rationale for removing LGTBQ exhibit from Missouri Capitol called into question

(Missouri Independent) – Fireworks, this week over the sudden removal of an LGBTQ history exhibit from the museum in the Missouri Capitol caught the attention of John Cunning.  For 24 years before he retired in 2018, Cunning oversaw the museum as part of his job at Missouri State Parks.  So when he read Gov. Mike […]

Drowning

Unionville man drowns at Thousand Hills State Park

The Highway Patrol reports a Unionville man has drowned at Thousand Hills State Park near Kirksville the afternoon of August 9 after he voluntarily left a pontoon boat in an attempt to rescue another swimmer. Sixty-four-year-old Steven Puckett was taken to the Travis Noe Funeral Home. Puckett went under the water at Forest Lake and did […]

Missouri State Parks

Three Missouri State Parks to hold public meetings on Saturday, August 14

Missouri State Parks near Laclede, Macon, and Kirksville have public information meetings coming up on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Pershing State Park along Highway 130 in Linn County has a 7 o’clock meeting that night in the campground amphitheater. Long Branch State Park in Macon county has a 4 o’clock meeting at the north shelter […]

Thousand Hills State Park Sign

Public meeting at Thousand Hills State Park near Kirksville set for August 14

Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to attend an informational meeting at Thousand Hills State Park near Kirksville on August 14, 2021. The meeting will begin at 1 o’clock at the Point Shelter House. When entering Thousand Hills State Park from Highway 157, turn right onto Big Loop Trail Road at the park […]

Princeton Missouri School District Website

Princeton Board of Education sets date for tax rate hearing; update provided on DNR grant for ball fields

The Princeton R-5 Board of Education approved bids July 12th. A milk bid was approved from Anderson Erickson, and a fuel bid was approved from MFA Oil of Princeton. Superintendent Jerry Girdner reports the fuel bid was tax free two cents off of retail. The board approved student and staff handbooks. The tax rate hearing […]

Crowder State Park

Crowder State Park hosts public information meeting July 10

Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to attend an informational meeting at Crowder State Park on Saturday, July 10. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Campground Amphitheater.  The public is invited to share comments and ask questions about the park and its operations. Representatives from the park will be present […]

Audio: Camp Rainbow at Crowder State Park in Trenton returns after missing 2020 due to COVID-19

Camp Rainbow will hold three sessions at Crowder State Park west of Trenton this year after not meeting last year due to the pandemic. The camp for individuals with disabilities will be held at Camp Grand River at the state park from June 18 through 26. Each session will involve a two-night stay. Then there […]

Princeton Missouri School District Website

Princeton Board of Education approves bids, presented update on summer maintenance projects

The Princeton R-5 Board of Education on Monday evening, June 14, approved a bid for a passenger vehicle pending availability and final approval of a facility grant. The approved bid was from Suburban Chevrolet of Tulsa, Oklahoma for $45,695. Pettijohn Auto Center of Bethany also submitted a bid for $44,414. Pettijohn’s bid was lower, but […]