Gallatin City Hall

Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve purchase of utility mapping system

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance the evening of February 8th regarding a master project agreement for an advanced metering infrastructure system. City Clerk Hattie Rains reported the agreement establishes a partnership with Core and Main LP. The board authorized Administrator Lance Rains and Public Works Director Mark Morey to purchase a utility […]

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Evaluate your calving distribution this spring

Record calf birthdates this calving season to track calving distribution. “Evaluating a calving distribution takes very little time but can provide valuable insight into reproductive performance and productivity of the herd,” says University of Missouri Extension veterinarian Craig Payne. Calving distribution is often expressed as the percentage of calves born at 21-day intervals since 21 […]

Vaccine Distribution or Covid-19 or Coronavirus

Feds tell states to give COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 65 and older in bid to speed rollout

(Missouri Independent) – The Trump administration on Tuesday directed state officials to expand who is getting vaccinated for COVID-19, and announced that all available doses will be distributed to states instead of holding back a reserve of follow-up doses. Under the policy changes outlined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, states should begin […]

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Statewide project testing wastewater for markers that cause COVID-19 underway

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and researchers at the University of Missouri – Columbia have been collaborating on a statewide project to test domestic wastewater for genetic markers of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Missouri’s Coronavirus Sewershed Surveillance Project is funded by a Centers for […]

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University of Missouri Extension entomologist lists pests farmers should watch for in 2021

University of Missouri Extension field crop entomologist Kevin Rice says Missouri soybean and corn growers should be on the lookout for growing populations of yield-robbing insects in 2021. Soybean gall midge MU Extension found soybean gall midge in two northwestern Missouri counties in 2019. Soybean gall midge larvae feed internally in the base of soybean […]

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Trenton Police Department reports uptick in package theft from doorways and porches

The Trenton Police Department reports that with many residents shopping online for Christmas, it has recently seen incidents of thefts of packages from doorsteps. The police department advises residents to be vigilant and take steps to protect deliveries. Those steps include tracking packages and knowing delivery details, being available for the delivery or asking a […]

Joni Oaksk NCMC New Registrar

Joni Oaks appointed as North Central Missouri College’s new Registrar

Joni Oaks from Newtown, MO, has been selected as North Central Missouri College’s Director of Records and Enrollment/Registrar. Joni, an alumna of NCMC, has worked for NCMC since 2007 and holds a Master’s in Business from Western Governors University. Before moving into the Registrar role, Joni served as the Assistant Registrar. Joni replaces Linda Brown, […]

COVID-19 or Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 Update: Grundy County reports 7 new cases, 21 deaths; Sullivan County 3 new cases, 8 deaths

The Grundy County Health Department, in a report released Monday morning, says the number of active COVID-19 cases is steady with Saturday’s number after coming down in recent days. As of Monday morning, the health department reports 96 active cases of COVID-19 out of a total of 667 cases for the year to date total. […]

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Biden wants mask mandates nationwide: ‘We can save tens of thousands of lives’

(Missouri Independent) – President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus response plan seeks to put a national mask mandate in place by calling on all governors to require face coverings in their states. It’s a move that public health experts say could dramatically reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths. But putting wider mask laws in place […]

Paul Callicoat had plans to convert the former Sarcoxie Nursery into a medical marijuana cultivation facility (Joplin Globe file photo).

Missouri medical marijuana trial focuses on alleged role of insiders on license rules

(Missouri Independent) – A Missouri family that was denied a license to grow medical marijuana alleged in court this week that outside groups and individuals had undue access to top state officials — and that access led to an opaque process and contributed to the decision to cap the number of licenses granted. To buttress […]