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Judge sentences Missouri man to 15 years in prison for child exploitation crimes

United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel sentenced Nicholas M. Ray to a term of 15 years in federal prison. Ray previously pleaded guilty to attempting to persuade or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity and distribution of child pornography in a court appearance held in October 2021. In 2014, Ray was convicted […]

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Missouri 4-H Foundation accepting scholarship applications

The Missouri 4-H Foundation is accepting scholarship applications from current or former Missouri 4-H members pursuing post-secondary study. Applications are due March 1, 2022. Missouri 4-H youths are encouraged to showcase their personal growth and development as well as their career goals on their scholarship applications. “For more than 70 years, the Missouri 4-H Foundation, […]

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Hawley questions why Department of Homeland Security is focusing on “Woke Climate Agenda” instead of border crisis

Senator Josh Hawley wrote to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas demanding answers on the agency’s Climate Change Professionals Program and why they are focusing on woke partisan government programs while ignoring the crisis at our southern border. Senator Hawley wrote, “In a press release, you said, ’The Climate Change Professionals Program will be instrumental in […]

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Registered sex offender sentenced to 15 years in prison for possessing images of child sexual abuse

A man was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possessing images of the sexual abuse of children. Ian Andrew Zearley, 40, of Louisa County, Virginia, pleaded guilty to possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children in July 2021. According to court documents, Zearley […]

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Community leaders celebrated for commitment to learning

Community leaders in six northwest Missouri counties were part of Maximize Northwest Missouri’s 2021 Regional Learning Collaborative that wrapped up late last summer.  “Some of the keywords that participants used to describe their learning experience include: enlightening, motivating, empowering, informative, inspiring, insightful, and team-building,” shared Mary Hinde, president of The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri. […]

Murder

Two from Chillicothe facing murder charges after death of a child

Two Chillicothe residents have been charged with second-degree murder following an investigation into the death of a child on December 24th. Online court information shows 22-year-old Avery Nicole Young and 46-year-old Christopher Robert Wilson have also each been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk involving a first offense and […]

Brandi Ellis Wins Young Farmer Excellence Award

Brandi Ellis wins Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award

Brandi Ellis, of Weatherby, won the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award during the organization’s 107th annual meeting on December 7 at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Excellence in Agriculture Award is designed to recognize young farmers and ranchers who have not received a majority of their income from […]

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Missouri Farm Bureau honors six individuals with Outstanding Service to Agriculture award

Six individuals were honored with the Missouri Farm Bureau Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award on December 6. The presentations were made by MOFB President Garrett Hawkins during the opening session of the organization’s annual meeting at the Lake of the Ozarks. The award is given annually to select individuals who have demonstrated their desire to […]

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Audio: Missouri inmate serving 241 years in prison for a non-homicide crime granted parole

A Missouri man sentenced to 241 years in prison will be paroled sometime late next year.     Forty-two-year-old Bobby Bostic was just 16 when he and another young man were arrested in St. Louis for robbing a group of people delivering holiday presents and shooting two of the victims, both of whom survived. The […]

Linn County Health Department

Linn County Health Department to offer “Safe Sitter” class

A class will be held in Brookfield to prepare sixth through eighth-grade students to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The instructor-led Safe Sitter class will be at the Linn County Health Department on December 30th from 9 am to 2 pm. The class will include games and role-playing […]

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Lexington man demolishes vehicle in Saturday morning crash

A Lexington resident was hurt when the vehicle he was driving overturned on Route E in Carroll County and caught fire. Forty-two-year-old Paul Young was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton with minor injuries. The crash happened early Saturday morning as Young was driving west on Route E when the vehicle traveled off […]

COVID-19 or Coronavirus Update

Three area health departments report on new cases of COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon

Twenty-one COVID-19 cases have been added for Daviess County since November 30th. The health department reports 1,128 total cases. Of the 50 active cases, 17 involve residents 20 to 39 years old, 15 involve those 19 or younger, 10 involve those at least 60, and eight involve residents 40 to 59. Ten of the active […]

Lillian DesMarias Youth Library

Lillian DesMarias Youth Library to host “12 Days of Teen Christmas”

The Lillian DesMarias Youth Library of Chillicothe will hold a Teen 12 Days of Christmas. Some activities will be available all day, and others will be scheduled programs that do not require registration. The activities will begin December 1st with hot cocoa and cookies from 3:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon. Christmas creations will be […]

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Five area health departments report on COVID-19 cases

The Livingston County Health Center reports an additional COVID-19-related death, bringing the deaths to 79 total. Eighteen cases were also added since November 29th’s update, making that total 2,435. There are 36 active cases. The Sullivan County Health Department confirms five additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,302. There are 13 active cases.As of […]

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Two programs at libraries in Chillicothe to feature “The Dulcimer Guy”

Mike Anderson, known as the Dulcimer Guy, will present Hugo Coming to Town on Monday, December 6th at 10:00 am a the Lillian DesMarias Youth Library at 917 Washington Street as part of our Twelve Days of Christmas. Hugo Kringle, Santa Claus’s younger brother, sings holiday songs and tells stories of growing up with the […]