Area News

Piedmont Man Victim of Home Invasion

During the early morning hours of Christmas Eve, Alton Clark of Piedmont awoke to find his house being burglarized. Several items were taken from the Clark house. Piedmont Police Chief Richard Sanders said that his department has suspects in the case but no arrests have been made. Clark, a retired Highway Patrolman, was home alone…

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Many Working to Improve Piedmont Economy

It takes a village to rear a child. That same adage could be applied to improving a community’s economy.  Two representatives from University Extension presented details from a study at a meeting Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Piedmont City Hall. During that meeting, it became apparent that not only the City of Piedmont and Piedmont Area…

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Study Shows Retirees Migrating to Area

The City of Piedmont recently partnered with University of Missouri Extension to have a demographic study conducted on the area. Results from the retail analysis study were presented Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 18, at a public meeting at city hall. Two Extension personnel presented data at the meeting. Pat Curry, based in Columbia, is an analyst,…

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Food Manufacturing Could Bring Additional $25 Billion to Missouri

By Eric Bohl A new study soon to be released by the University of Missouri and agriculture industry partners including Missouri Farm Bureau finds that Missouri has the capability to grow the impact of its food and agriculture industry by over $25 billion in the next eight years. Dean Chris Daubert of the University of…

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Dinkins Elected to Leadership Position in House

House Republicans – including newly-elected and returning lawmakers – elected the following members of their leadership team for the 100th General Assembly at a Wednesday meeting:   Speaker of the House: Rep. Elijah Haahr Speaker Pro Tem: Rep. John Wiemann Majority Floor Leader: Rep. Rob Vescovo Assistant Majority Floor Leader: Rep. J Eggleston Majority Whip:…

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Reynolds Countians Favor Republicans

Reynolds County voters favored Republican candidates in Tuesday’s election. Fifty-eight percent of the county’s registered voters cast ballots. Josh Hawley received 70.72 percent of the votes cast in Reynolds County for U.S. Senator. Unofficial returns show Hawley received 1,795 votes to incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill’s 673. Saundra McDowell, a Republican, received 1,532 votes for state…

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State Rep Races

State Representative – District 152 37 of 37 Precincts Reported Hardy Billington Republican 7,373 69.036% Robert L. Smith Democratic 3,307 30.964% Total Votes: 10,680 State Representative – District 153 29 of 29 Precincts Reported Jeff Shawan Republican 9,716 74.475% Matt Michel Democratic 3,330 25.525%     State Representative – District 144 38 of 38 Precincts…

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Cates, Sisco Win in Wayne County

Wayne County went red in the November General Election. Republicans carried all contested races. A huge voter turnout, fueled by the many statewide issues and a heated U.S. Senate race, brought 54.7 percent of the county’s registered voters out. Josh Hawley received 3,564 votes in Wayne County in his quest to unseat incumbent Democrat Claire…

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13-Year-Old Boy Killed at McGee Residence

A Wayne County teen was killed Wednesday afternoon at his home in rural McGee. Wayne County Sheriff Dean Finch identified the 13-year-old victim as Ricky Taylor. A 15-year-old boy is currently in juvenile custody related to the death. Ricky Taylor was a student in the Greenville R-2 School District. Members of the community came together…

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Sovereignty at Stake

By U.S. Congressman Jason Smith Eighth District, Missouri As I write this, a 7,000-person migrant caravan is marching across Mexico towards the United States’ southern border. From the politicians that helped inspire and form the caravan to the immigration holes it highlights, it should serve as a wakeup call showing our need for a more…

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