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DEA warns of increase in mass-overdose events involving deadly fentanyl

The Drug Enforcement Administration sent a letter to federal, state, and local law enforcement partners warning of a nationwide spike in fentanyl-related mass-overdose events. Administrator Anne Milgram outlined the current threat and offered DEA support to law enforcement officers responding to these tragic incidents. “Fentanyl is killing Americans at an unprecedented rate,” said DEA Administrator […]

Rape Kit or DNA Testing

Missouri clearing backlog of untested, unreported rape kits, getting FBI matches on suspect DNA

In a major milestone, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced at a press conference earlier that the Attorney General’s Office has worked with 169 law enforcement agencies to clear their backlogs of untested, report sexual assault kits. In total, 3,298 untested, reported kits have been sent to the lab to be tested. Further, because of […]

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Trenton High School music students take top honors at competition in St. Joseph

Numerous music students at Trenton High School have qualified for state competition following the district events Saturday in St. Joseph. The Trenton High School vocal music department qualified seven entries for the state music contest on April 29th in Columbia. The Trenton High School instrumental music department qualified six entries and they have the opportunity […]

Scholar Bowl

Grand River Conference All-Conference Scholar Bowl teams and results announced

The Grand River Conference All-Conference Scholar Bowl has been announced. Selected for the Eastern Division First Team include Aden Segal of Polo, Mary Scott of South Harrison, Gabe Hacking of Gallatin, Shelby Williams of Trenton, and Cole Clay of Milan. Students selected for the Western Division First Team include Matthew Heintz of North Harrison, Ryelin […]

Girl Scouts

Area residents to be honored with National Girl Scout Award

Area residents will be recognized at a ceremony in May for earning a National Girl Scout award. Libby Hall of Trenton and Cynthia McWilliams of Carrollton will receive the award, which recognizes an individual’s service in Girl Scout leadership. Service Unit 820 Manager Abigail Looney says Hall and McWilliams have nurtured the Girl Scout program […]

Drug Trafficking

Missouri driver who led officers on high-speed chase charged with meth trafficking and illegal firearms

A man who led police officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen car driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 was charged in federal court with illegally possessing several firearms and more than two kilograms of methamphetamine. Davon R. Williams, 28, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in […]

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Senate winds up grueling Supreme Court hearings on Ketanji Brown Jackson nomination

(Missouri Independent) –  Representatives of the American Bar Association reiterated their finding that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is well qualified to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, and law enforcement groups rebutted GOP accusations Jackson is soft on child pornographers during the final day of Jackson’s confirmation hearings Thursday. Republicans, however, called in witnesses to […]

Pillars of the Community

Audio: Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce honors “Pillars of the Community” and Businesses of the Year

BTC Bank and Mid-States Services received awards for Businesses of the Year at the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on March 18th. The Green Hills Animal Shelter was also recognized as the Organization of the Year. Chamber Board Member Andy Cox presented the awards to the Businesses of the Year. He said the […]

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Activities announced for Pleasant View R-VI Extravaganza on March 26

Pleasant View R-VI supporters, alumni, former staff and board members, and current staff and families are invited to attend the Pleasant View R-VI Extravaganza on Saturday, March 26, 2022, for a fun-filled evening of history, fundraising, and dodgeball. The evening’s activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View School Gymnasium, 128 SE 20th […]

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Biden urges city leaders to take advantage of billions in federal relief funds

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden on Monday urged local and city governments to continue to use the $130 billion in funds allocated to them from the American Rescue Plan to help during the pandemic. The president of the National League of Cities, Vince Williams of Union City, Georgia, introduced the president to attendees of […]

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Judges release new boundaries for Missouri Senate districts

(Missouri Independent) – A panel of Missouri judges tasked with redrawing 34 state Senate districts released a tentative plan Monday, part of a once-in-a-decade process that reconfigures political boundaries following the U.S. Census. The new map, drawn by the Judicial Redistricting Commission after a citizen commission failed to reach consensus, will be formally submitted to […]

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North Central Missouri College to host Diversity and Inclusion Alumni panel

North Central Missouri College will host a Diversity and Inclusion Alumni panel on Thursday, March 24, at 1:00 p.m. in Cross Hall 208 or virtually. Students, staff, and the public are invited to attend. The panel will feature three alumni Cle Ross, Donovan Thompson, and Dr. Cassie (Hunt) Williams. Panelist will share their story and […]

Pleasant View R-6 School

Pleasant View planning annual extravaganza; coop agreements approved with Laredo and Trenton schools

The Pleasant View R-6 school near Trenton is planning its annual extravaganza with several activities on March 26th beginning at 5:30 pm. One of the events is a dodge ball tournament and another is a benefit auction with all proceeds going to the Kaley Williams family and the Pleasant View R-6 Community Club. Also scheduled […]

Annual Banquet

Audio: Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet to have a Casino Night theme.

The Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Banquet will have a Casino Night theme. The event at the Ketcham Community Center of Trenton on March 18th will include social time at 5:30 in the evening, a dinner catered by Hy-Vee at 6 o’clock, awards at 7:30, and the entertainment at 8 o’clock. Chamber Member Crystal […]

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North Central Missouri College scholarship recipients recognized at reception

The 2021-2022 North Central Missouri College Scholarship Reception was held on Wednesday, February 16th, in the Jeanette Hoffman Robison Auditorium at the Ketcham Community Center. Over 260 students were recognized for receiving an NCMC Foundation, Athletic, SSS, or other institutional scholarships. The North Central Missouri College Foundation hosts this annual event. Phyllis Jackson, NCMC Foundation […]

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Missouri man indicted for child pornography on workplace computer

A Missouri man was indicted by a federal grand jury after child pornography was found on his workplace computer. Shane Tyler Barton, 55, of Carthage, was charged with receiving and distributing child pornography in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo. The indictment replaces a criminal complaint that was filed against Barton […]

Pillars of the Community

Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce to honor “Pillars of the Community” on March 18

The Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce will honor two individuals, two businesses, and a local organization during its annual membership dinner meeting scheduled for Friday night, March 18, 2022. Selected as the “Businesses of the Year” are Mid-States Services and BTC Bank while the Green Hills Animal Shelter is the “Organization of the Year.” As […]