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Missouri ICUs filling as Delta variant wave moves into northeast, southeast regions

(Missouri Independent) – New cases from the Delta variant wave that has killed more than 1,150 Missourians since June 1 have plateaued, but hospital ICUs continue to fill — and small, rural hospitals are among the hardest hit. There were 690 patients in ICU beds across the state on Tuesday, the most recent day reported by the state Department of Health […]

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Creating Entrepreneurial Communities Conference set for September 29-30

How can small towns and rural areas promote entrepreneurship to drive economic growth and revitalize their communities? University of Missouri Extension and partners in the Hannibal area will explore that question at the first Creating Entrepreneurial Communities Conference, Sept. 29-30 in downtown Hannibal. The two-day conference is open to anyone interested in learning more about […]

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Trenton City Council responds to concerns over residential trash pickup

Much of the discussion during Monday night’s Trenton City Council meeting involved discussion on trash service complaints. City administrator Ron Urton provided a list of recent complaint calls received by city hall detailing addresses that experienced issues. Two members of the public, Larry Huffstutter and Gaylon McCorkle voiced their concerns. Responses were provided by Rapid […]

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Fireworks, Food and Family: Cookout costs remain steady for Fourth of July

Much like Christmas and birthday wish lists, kids compile their own “wish list” of fireworks for the Fourth of July celebration. The youngest took inventory of firecrackers leftover from last year (aka, a stash he had hidden) and determined we need roman candles, bottle rockets, parachutes, and artillery shells. This year’s explosions and bright lights […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation Protection Branch to launch new canine unit this summer

The Missouri Department of Conservation is set to launch a new canine unit through its Protection Branch this summer. The new unit, consisting of five dogs and their conservation agent-handlers, will be stationed around the state and used as necessary to work throughout Missouri. According to MDC, the capabilities of canines are extensive in conservation-related […]

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Missouri Department of Agriculture celebrates “Buy Missouri Day” and announces those awarded grants

To celebrate Buy Missouri Day, the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Grown program announced funding for 14 retail businesses that carry Missouri Grown products. The Missouri Grown Retail Promotion Matching Grant awards up to $1,000 per retail store for reimbursement of expenses associated with promoting Missouri Grown member products. “Our Missouri Grown members have told […]

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Audio: Missouri businesses ready for tourism industry to make a full comeback

Missouri businesses are ready for the state’s tourism industry to get back to normal. Since the early days of the coronavirus, conventions, sporting events, weddings, festivals, and other major events have taken a hit all over the state. In northeast Missouri, Hannibal business owner Fred Smith says the pandemic altered his antiques and home décor […]

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Five percent lodging tax discussed at meeting of Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau tabled several items at a meeting on November 11th. One regarded changes and adjustments to the ordinance involving the 5% lodging tax for funding the visitors’ bureau. President Cara McClellan says the organization is seeking City Attorney Tara Walker’s guidance for clarification on the ordinance before adopting bylaws. There […]

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Audio: Missouri Receives $15 Million in CARES Act Funding for Tourism

Missouri’s governor announced $15 million in grant funding on Thursday to help rebuild Missouri’s tourism industry, which has been hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) says Missouri has seen 30,422 confirmed coronavirus cases, along with 1,113 deaths. State Department of Economic Development (DED) Director Rob Dixon tells Capitol reporters in Jefferson […]

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Audio: How the “Bed Tax” on the June 2 ballot works and the benefits the tax offers to Trenton

If a five percent lodging tax is approved by Trenton voters next Tuesday, a seven-member commission will be appointed to oversee the spending of the money for tourism-related promotions. Trenton City Councilmember Cathie Smith provides details.     Among other communities, money generated by the so-called “bed tax” has been used to purchase advertising in […]

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Trenton City Council member gives presentation on proposed bed tax at Rotary meeting

A Trenton City Council member talked about the bed tax to appear on the April 7th city election ballot at the Trenton Rotary Club meeting on Thursday. Cathie Smith represents Trenton’s Third Ward and is a member of the council’s economic development committee. She said the proposed five percent tax would be paid by individuals […]

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Trenton Economic Development Committee to recommend public vote on hotel/motel bed tax issue

Members of the city councils’ Economic Development and Administrative committees met separately Tuesday evening at the Trenton City Hall. Information provided by City Administrator Ron Urton shows the Economic Development Committee is recommending a public vote next year on a hotel/motel bed tax issue at Trenton. The recommendation that’s to be presented to the full […]

Grand River Technical School administrator receives national award

An administrator at Grand River Technical School of Chillicothe has received a national award. School Director Jayme Caughron received the Family, Career, and Community Leaders National Outstanding Administrator Award at the National Leadership Conference last week. Caughron was one of two winners who received the Missouri Outstanding Administrator Award at the State FCCLA Conference in […]

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Missouri Department of Conservation announces plan for Missouri elk hunting

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shared its initial plan for a limited elk-hunting season with the Missouri Conservation Commission at the Commission’s public meeting June 28 at MDC headquarters in Jefferson City. The Commission gave its initial approval of the proposed plan, and MDC is asking for public comments. According to MDC Elk and […]

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Director of the Grand River Technical School to receive National School Administrator Award

Director of the Grand River Technical School of Chillicothe Jayme Caughron has been selected to receive the National School Administrator Award sponsored by the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. Caughron will receive the award during the National Leadership Conference this summer and was one of two administrators who received the State Administrator of […]

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Trenton FFA Chapter places 4th, earns “Top Chapter Award” at State FFA Convention

Trenton FFA placed fourth out of 347 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 91st Missouri FFA Convention. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year. The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the […]