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Extension granted to update base acres for ARC/PLC programs

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015.  The final day for farm owners and producers to

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  • Constituent Day at Hawk Point

    Posted on March 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    With the start of a new Congress, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer and his staff have officially announced Constituent Service Days information to better serve the constituents of the 3rd District. “Our country is at an interesting time right now. There are lots of questions floating around about tax exemptions in the president’s health-care law, veterans have questions about access to care, and small businesses have concerns about the constant regulations

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  • Lincoln County Recorder of Deeds to offer new record alert system

    Posted on March 2, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    The office of the Lincoln County Recorder of Deeds has recently upgraded to new records management software. The software was developed by Mobilis Technologies in Blue Springs, Mo. Currently, 32 Missouri counties are using Mobilis Technologies EpicRecord RMS product for their management software. The man who developed the software, David Mudd, Chief Technical Officer, worked for Boone County, Missouri prior to co-founding Mobilis Technologies. During this time, he worked closely

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  • Gov. Nixon appoints John Watson as Missouri State Auditor until a permanent appointment is made

    Posted on March 2, 2015 at 9:32 am

    To ensure continuity of government operations, Gov. Jay Nixon today appointed John Watson as Missouri State Auditor. Watson has agreed to serve as the State Auditor until a permanent appointment by the Governor is made, immediately prior to which Watson will resign. “The Missouri State Auditor’s Office provides a critical public service,” Gov. Nixon said. “John will serve as the State Auditor and carry out the important functions of the

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  • Pike County businessman arrested for having 114 pounds of marijuana

    Posted on March 2, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Bill McMurtrey

    In one of the largest drug busts in Pike County history, a senior citizen-businessman from Clarksville was arrested for allegedly possessing 114 pounds of marijuana for distribution. William (Bill) Joseph McMurtrey, 74, was incarcerated in the Pike County Jail on a $50,000, cash-only bond after an arrest warrant was served on him at his home on Thursday, Feb. 19, according to Pike County Circuit Court records. Investigators from the federal

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  • Arrested on child molestation charge

    Posted on March 2, 2015 at 9:19 am


    Earlier this month, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Maurice Eldon Cissell, 59, of the 100 block of Sumac Drive, Troy, after receiving an allegation he had sexual contact with a female under the age of 14 years old. Investigators determined Cissell had sexually abused the victim on at least one occasion within the past 24-months. Cissell is charged with Felony Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree and Felony

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  • State Auditor Schweich dies

    Posted on February 26, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has died, Spence Jackson, a spokesperson for his office confirms. Schweich was hospitalized Thursday following a “medical situation at his home.” Further details have not been disclosed. Late last month, Schweich announced he would seek the Republican nomination for governor, facing fellow Republican Catherine Hanaway. According to his website, Schweich was a fifth-generation Missourian. He attended public school in St. Louis County before attending Yale University

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  • Faria case sent back to county judge

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    The next step in the appeal process for a man convicted for the murder of his wife played out this week when court of appeals sent the case back to Lincoln County. On Tuesday, the Missouri Court of Appeals sent the Russell Faria case back to 45th Judicial Court Judge Chris Mennemeyer Kunza for a hearing  on a retrial motion. Judge Mennemeyer has 90 days to hold a hearing and

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  • Howell eagerly looking forward to leading development of Troy parks

    Posted on February 23, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Ryan Howell assumed his duties Feb. 9 as the first full-time parks director for the City of Troy. He will assist with existing parks and help develop new programs for Troy’s parks system and Aquatic Center.

    The parks in the City of Troy have gained a greater emphasis for expanding and meeting future needs with the hiring of the city’s first full-time parks director. Ryan Howell assumed his duties Feb. 9 after being selected from several applicants. He is a graduate of Troy Buchanan High School in 2003. He then earned a degree in Marketing/Business Administration through Missouri Baptist University. While in college, he was a

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