Social Security Fraud

Missouri woman pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

A Missouri, woman who used a stolen identity to enroll in college pleaded guilty in federal court to Social Security fraud. Laura A. Oglesby, 48, of Mountain View, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of intentionally furnishing false information to the Social Security Administration. By pleading guilty, Oglesby […]

Lending or interest rates

USDA announces December 2021 lending rates for agricultural producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced loan interest rates for December 2021, which are effective Dec. 1. USDA’s Farm Service Agency loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment, and storage structures, or meet cash flow needs. Operating, Ownership, and Emergency Loans FSA offers farm […]

Todd Anthony McDowell booking photo

Gallatin man charged with burglary and domestic assault in Trenton

A Gallatin man has been charged in Grundy County after he allegedly unlawfully entered a residence in Trenton and assaulted an individual on November 21st. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports 31-year-old Todd Anthony McDowell has been charged with the felonies of second-degree burglary and third-degree domestic assault. He also faces a misdemeanor violation of […]

City of Trenton Website

Three police officers hired by Trenton City Council; discussion continues but no action taken on trash service

Three representatives of Rapid Removal Disposal met last night with the Trenton City Council and city officials to discuss issues regarding trash service, particularly complaints that have been received by staff at City Hall. Councilman Lance Otto led a discussion on his research on the banned breed dog ordinance as well as the dangerous dogs’ […]

Fake Meat Labeling News Graphic

Missouri Attorney General files letter with USDA opposing change in proposed fake meat labeling standards

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt earlier this month filed a comment letter during the comment period of a proposed USDA rule change that would affect the labeling of “fake meat” products. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has been successful in defending a Missouri state statute that prohibits the labeling of “fake meat” products as meat. […]

Gallatin Missouri High School FInal

Gallatin Board of Education accepts bids for snow removal and roof repairs, hires new custodian

The Gallatin R-5 Board of Education approved bids on November 17th for snow removal and high school roof repairs. The approved snow removal bid was from Will Salmon for $900 per snow removal, and if ice melt is needed $900 per application. Board Member Jesse Bird abstained from the vote. The board approved a discounted […]

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt speaks to a gathering of Missouri Highway Patrol officers in April 2021 (photo courtesy of the attorney general’s office)

Missouri Attorney General sues Springfield schools in quest to find critical race theory documents

(Missouri Independent) – Attorney General Eric Schmitt alleges in a newly filed lawsuit that Springfield Public Schools wants to avoid scrutiny of its curriculum and training materials — and is violating the Missouri Sunshine law to do it. The district improperly demanded a deposit of more than $37,000 to search its records for instances where it incorporated elements […]

Grundy County Courthouse Trenton Missouri

History of flags placed around Grundy County Courthouse presented to Trenton Rotary Club

When U.S. flags line the sidewalks of the Grundy County Courthouse on select holidays, it takes the work of several volunteers. That was part of the message from Jeb Walker who presented information on the flags to a Veteran’s Day meeting of the Trenton Rotary Club. Walker, a sergeant with the Trenton Police Department, said […]

Pleasant View R-6 School

Pleasant View R-6 School District sets candidate filing dates; announces dates and times of upcoming activities

Board candidate filings in the Pleasant View R-6 School District will occur from December 7 through the 28. According to the school, board terms of Danny Westcott and Laurie Frisbie expire with the election in April 2022. During a Board of Education meeting on Thursday night, it was noted school officials are looking to get […]

Laredo R-7 School

Laredo Board of Education sets filing period for school board election in 2022

The Laredo R-7 Board of Education has set the candidate filing period for the school board election on April 5, 2022. Candidates for a three-year term can file starting December 7, 2021. The filing period concludes on December 28, 2021, which is during the Christmas holiday break. The Laredo school plans to be open on […]

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New funds and strategy may boost “massive task” of reducing lead exposure for Missouri kids

(Missouri Independent) – It’s clear that lead exposure is a problem for Missouri’s children. An estimated 4.5% have elevated levels of lead in their blood, more than almost any other state in the country. What’s far more difficult is figuring out where children are getting exposed to lead, said Carlton Waterhouse, President Joe Biden’s pick for […]

City of Trenton Website

Trenton City Council reviews problems with trash service; city health insurance premiums to decrease

All votes were unanimous Monday night when the Trenton City Council adopted four ordinances and approved a resolution. Faced with two dozen additional, documented complaints on trash service, at least two members of the council called for a change in trash hauling companies. The city of Trenton’s contract with Rapid Removal Disposal doesn’t expire until […]

Division One of Circuit Court

Court news for Thursday, November 4, 2021 in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

Prison sentences were issued on four defendants Thursday in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. At a probation violation hearing, evidence was presented and the court found that Juan Gallegos of Spickard had violated conditions of probation. Gallegos was sentenced to eight years with the Missouri Department of Corrections on each of two counts […]

Farm Service Agency FSA

2021 Farm Service Agency county committee elections underway

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin mailing ballots this week for the Farm Service Agency county and urban county committee elections to all eligible agricultural producers and private landowners across the country. Elections are occurring in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for these committee members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs […]

Animal Abuse (dog) Generic

Following Missouri lawsuit, Hickory County dog breeder barred from commercial breeding, dogs rescued

Following a lawsuit filed by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, a Hickory County dog breeder has been barred from operating as a commercial dog breeder forever, and dogs in her possession were seized and rescued by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. “This is another great result in our important work with the Missouri Department of […]

Cold Weather Rule

Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule takes effect November 1

The Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule, designed to help customers with heat-related utility bills, begins on November 1, 2021. The rule will remain in effect through March 31, 2022. It has been a part of the Commission’s rules and regulations since 1977. The Cold Weather Rule applies to natural gas and electric utilities […]