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Biden pitches new $1.75 trillion spending blueprint to Democrats that drops paid family leave

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden is meeting with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday morning to pitch lawmakers on a new slimmed-down framework for what would be included in a massive social reform package, according to senior administration officials. The $1.75 trillion blueprint that Biden is presenting to Democrats includes a universal pre-K program for 3-and-4 […]

Jillian Simpson has been awarded the NCMC Upward Bound Dual Credit Scholarship

NCMC Upward Bound Dual Credit Scholarship awarded to Jillian Simpson

North Central Missouri College Upward Bound student, Jillian Simpson, from Trenton, MO received the NCMC Foundation Jack N. Young, Mildred M. Young, Noble J. Young, and Myra A. Young Upward Bound Dual Credit scholarship to use towards her NCMC dual credit tuition. Jillian will be graduating high school in the spring of 2022 and plans […]

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Gallatin Board of Aldermen approve ordinances, choose not to adjust sewer charges for additional water usage

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen on October 25, 2021, approved two ordinances, which amended the city code and entered into a contract. A section of the city code was amended relating to alcoholic beverages. It now says “all opening and closing days and hours for a license issued…shall be in accordance with the provisions of […]

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Performance bull sale averages $3,678

Forty-four performance and genomically tested bulls averaged $3,678 on October 25, 2021, at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, said University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole. The Angus sale-topper brought $6,200 for longtime consignors Wiles Ridge Ranch, Willow Springs. The successful buyer was an even longer buyer at the sale, Brackenridge Brothers, El Dorado […]

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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 […]

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Two from Unionville injured in Highway 5 crash

Two people from Unionville received minor injuries Wednesday afternoon in a Putnam County crash on Highway 5 south of Highway 136. The two drivers, 76-year-old Allen Foster and 83-year-old Marvin Logan were taken by ambulance to Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville. Logan’s sports utility vehicle was northbound when it crossed the centerline colliding with […]

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Audio: Don’t count on natural immunity to protect you from COVID-19 long term

If you have had COVID-19, natural immunity only lasts so long. Lisa Cox, with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, says you cannot count on natural immunity to protect you long term. If you have had the virus but have not been vaccinated yet, Cox suggests getting immunized sooner rather than later.   […]

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Missouri State Auditor releases audit results of Greene County Collector

State Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit of the Greene County Collector. Missouri law requires an audit to be performed when a vacancy occurs in a county collector’s office. The previous collector resigned from the office in February and a new collector was appointed on March 1. The audit, which gave the office a rating […]

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Man from California indicted for smuggling nearly eight pounds of fentanyl aboard bus in Kansas City

A man has been indicted by a federal grand jury after smuggling nearly eight pounds of fentanyl aboard a bus traveling through Kansas City, Missouri. Jonatan Gutierrez, 28, of San Diego, California, was charged with possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., […]

Coronavirus Update

Two area health departments report on latest COVID case count

Nineteen COVID-19 cases have been added in Linn County since October 19th. The health department on October 27 reported 1,898 cases total, and 15 were active. One COVID-19-related hospitalization was reported for Linn County. Thirteen COVID-19 cases have been added in Daviess County since October 21. The health department reports a total of 1,011 cases. The […]

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Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the arrest of Newtown woman with multiple warrants

The Highway Patrol reports the arrest of a Newtown woman in Sullivan County on October 27, 2921, on multiple warrants. An arrest report shows two warrants for 25-year-old Lindsey Tovrea were from Grundy County for failure to appear on original charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and one from Sullivan County for speed. She […]

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Missouri Department of Natural Resources announces grants to area communities

Dru Buntin, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, announced 19 Missouri communities have been approved by the National Park Service to receive more than $3.3 million in federal grants to assist with park and recreation needs. The grants are part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal program that can be […]

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Threat received by Cameron R-1 School District results in arrest of 17-year-old teenager

An investigation into a threat received by the Cameron R-1 School District on Tuesday evening, October 26, 2021, resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old teenager. According to Detective Sergeant Dan Miller with the Cameron Police Department, the school administration and the school resource officer contacted the police and reported the threat that was made […]

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Trenton High School Drama Club to present “Disorder in the Court” and host “Paint Party” fundraiser

The Trenton High School Drama Club will present the play “Disorder in the Court” in December. The play will start in the THS Performing Arts Center on December 10th at 6 p.m. Drama Club Sponsor Tashyana Dowell explains the play is about a lady who is wrongly accused and charged with a triple crime, and […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor’s Council on Disability seeks nominations for annual recognition awards

The Governor’s Council on Disability is currently accepting nominations for its 2021 annual Inclusion and Youth Leadership Awards. The Governor’s Council on Disability promotes full participation and inclusion of the nearly one million Missourians with disabilities in all aspects of community life by educating citizens, businesses, schools, organizations, and others of their rights and responsibilities under […]

Hope Award winner Ashley Stiles 2021

Wright Memorial Hospital announces Hope Award winner

The Saint Luke’s Hope Award celebrates employees who exemplify spirituality, integrity, and compassion while carrying out the healing ministry of Saint Luke’s Health System. Saint Luke’s Health System began with the founding of Saint Luke’s Hospital by the Episcopal Church. The Church named the hospital after Saint Luke, author of the Gospel of Luke in […]