This Week's News

County experiences shortage of foster care homes

Recently there has been an increase in the number of children needing foster care and a decrease in families willing to help. Northwest Missouri’s five-county region has between 80 ad 85 children in the foster care system and 10 licensed foster homes. There are about 30 homes in which family members have taken in  children

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Haitian women, girls receive aid from Northwest Missouri youth

Youth from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helped with a project for women in Haiti this summer. In June, 150 girls and women gathered at Mozingo Lake for the church’s annual girls camp event. Jola Casey, founder of Haitian Women’s Outreach, Madison, KS, shared stories and pictures of her experiences in Haiti

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Nixon makes appointments to Northwest Regents

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed Jerry Genochio, Democrat, Kansas City; Matt Kitzi, Democrat, Columbia; Roxanna R. Swaney, Republican, Liberty and Janay Orange, Kansas City, to the Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents. A 1991 graduate of Northwest, Genochio currently serves as the producing director for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.  He was production manager

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Skidmore City Council sets tax levy

Skidmore City Council met August 11 to set the tax levy. The 2016-2017 tax levy was set at $2 per $100 of assessed value, with $1 for the general fund and $1 for streets and roads. Skidmore’s assessed value was $1,820,138. During the July 22 special meeting, the council voted to approve Tonya Wilmes as

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Burlington Jct. City Council appoints new city lawyer

Burlington Jct. council members voted during their August 10 meeting to approve Taryn Henry as city lawyer. Henry replaces Pat McLaughlin, who has taken leave for health issues. City officials met with two potential attorneys. Henry’s fee was $135 per hour while Robert Sundell’s rate was $250 per hour. Henry was awarded the contract. Mayor

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Mozingo budget to include rip rap

Maryville City officials presented the 2017 Mozingo budget to the Mozingo Advisory Board for approval during the August 15 meeting. City Manager Greg McDanel proposed the inclusion of a rip rap project in the upcoming budget. His proposal would use the $15,000 in rip rap Mozingo currently has and add $30,000 of rip rap from

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Public safety trains with life-like scenarios

Maryville Public Safety recently trained with a real-life simulation program. The force and firearm video training program, Milo Range, is offered through Maryville’s insurance company, Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (MIRMA). Once a year, Loss Control Specialist Jeff Arp, hosts a training session for Maryville Public Safety. The Milo Range projects life-sized interactive scenarios onto

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