COVID-19 or Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 cases decline in Grundy County, increase in Livingston, Caldwell and Mercer counties

The Grundy County Health Department reports the active count of COVID-19 went down for the county Friday, September 18th, as more cases were released from isolation than were added as new. There are 52 active cases. The overall total is 181, which is an increase of four. One hundred fifty-two of the total cases have […]

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Chillicothe Middle School students to attend classes using a “hybrid model” of instruction

Chillicothe Middle School students will attend in-person classes using a hybrid model starting Monday, September 21st due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 quarantined middle school students. Superintendent Dan Wiebers says students will be divided into two groups by the primary parent’s last name. A through M will report to class Monday and […]

U.S.Senator Josh Hawley

Senator Josh Hawley: increases in social isolation from pandemic may be contributing to surges in drug addiction

Missouri’s junior senator is urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to address the mental health needs of Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R) has written a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, calling on the agency to deploy more of the $425 million that Congress appropriated to […]

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City of St. Joseph issues emergency order requiring masks or face coverings at all indoor public places

The city of St. Joseph has issued an emergency order requiring individuals to wear masks or face coverings at all indoor public places. The order began today and will be in place for 30 days. St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray says the number of COVID-19 patients at Mosaic Life Care is what prompted the expansion of the […]

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Mississippi man pleads guilty in Missouri to smuggling 5-pounds of meth in box of cookies

A Jonesboro, Mississippi, man has pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting more than five pounds of methamphetamine and nearly three pounds of heroin through Kansas City, Missouri, en route to St. Louis, Mo. Willie Lewis Braison, 47, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on Wednesday, Sept. 16, to one count of […]

2020 Elections vote

Jay Ashcroft and Chillicothe Mayor Theresa Kelly to promote voting options for November 3 election

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and Chillicothe Mayor Theresa Kelly will join other local officials at City Hall on Wednesday, Sept.23, 2020, at 11:00 am to promote the safety of in-person voting and the new 2020 absentee and mail-in voting options. The public is encouraged to attend the event on the front steps of City […]

Newtown-Harris School Website

Newtown-Harris Board of Education approves tuition rate, minor updates to policies, regulations and forms

The Newtown-Harris R-3 Board of Education Tuesday, September 15th approved increasing substitute pay from $70 per day to $75 per day. Substitute teachers were also approved. The tuition rate was approved at$13,500 per year, along with other items that included the 2020-2021 testing calendar, after school contracts, the Local Compliance Statement, and hiring Sally Schroeder […]

Fast Track Website

Fast Track application now open for 2020-21, new schools added to eligibility list

The 2020-21 application for the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant is open, with more eligible institutions, and 15 new eligible program areas. Grant recipients can now spend their funds at Missouris non-profit private, as well as public, colleges, and universities. Fast Track, a state financial aid program, provides tuition assistance to adults over 25 years […]

Sunnyview Nursing Home

Seven residents of Sunnyview test positive for COVID-19, Eleven residents under restriction

Eleven residents at Sunnyview Nursing Home and Apartments of Trenton are under COVID-19 restrictions as of the morning of Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Administrator Jerry Doerhoff says seven of those residents have tested positive, and four were close contacts who shared a room with positive residents. The facility contacts a resident’s family if he or […]