Saint Joseph, MO Government

Low turnout at city wide job fair

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) For Hollie Park, it's been a long road towards finding employment, she said a lot of companies were downsizing which made her job search tougher and more daunting. "After the pandemic, it seemed like everybody was on unemployment so it should be easier to find a job,"...
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Political fight begins over vaccine mandate for employers

Area politicians have launched a fight over an impending federal rule that will require large employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or testing. Under an executive order signed by President Joe Biden, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will make a regulation requiring companies employing 100 or more people to mandate vaccines or weekly testing of employees. The rule would impact the majority of St. Joseph’s workforce, according to the Chamber of Commerce.
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City Of King City Close To Implementing Credit Card Payment Option

King City’s Board of Aldermen received word that the city is moving forward with plans to accept credit card payments from city residents. The city personnel is awaiting training before credit card payments can be accepted. There will be a credit card machine at King City City Hall to take payments, but payments will also be taken through the city’s website eventually.

History Mysteries at the Museum: 'Chief James White Cloud'

Back on the road pursuing all things history with my friend Lyle Hinz and as per usual fashion, our trip included incredible histories shared since the last road trip and gems uncovered of local cemeteries in Brown County and Doniphan County. The journey, at one point, landed us in the Tesson Cemetery, which is the final resting place for Chief James White Cloud. The Tesson cemetery named after the Chief's brother-in-law, Joseph Tesson.

Top Republican visits Atchison

The Republican National Committee chairwoman visited Kansas on Thursday for the first time. Ronna McDaniel, the RNC chairwoman, attended an event in Atchison, Kansas, hosted by her state counterpart. Attendees were charged $30 per person, and the event was held at Elizabeth's Special Events and Catering. "So just like Kansas...

St. Joseph Health Department announce clinic closures, changes in hours this week

The St. Joseph Health Department clinic will be traveling off-site this week, prompting a change in hours the next three days. The department’s Stephanie Malita says these closures will only affect the clinic and not the other parts of the department. The clinic will be closed on all day today, tomorrow until 1pm and then Thursday starting at 11am, for the rest of the day.

Council denies AT&T appeal

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) St. Joseph's city council taking care of a final procedural vote related to that AT&T cell tower debate. During a ten minute special council meeting Tuesday afternoon, council members voted unanimously on a resolution denying AT&T's appeal of a decision to not allow a permit for a new cell tower in the 38th and Karnes Road area.

Mask mandate to continue in SJSD

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Mask wearing will continue to be mandatory in the St. Joseph School District. By a 6-1 vote, the board passed a measure to continue requiring the use of masks by staff and students in its facilities until Covid test positivity rates in Buchanan County fall to below five percent for two consecutive weeks.

City receives financial reporting award

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The City of St. Joseph has received an award for financial reporting. Announced Monday, the Government Finance Officers Association of the Unites States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the city of St. Joseph for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.

Michelle Horner Announces Candidacy for State House

Michelle Horner. Candidate for Missouri State Representative. Photo by Michelle Horner for State Representative. A King City resident has announced her campaign for the state representative seat currently held by J. Eggleston. Michelle Horner has filed as a Republican candidate for the district that includes Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry and Harrison...

Tough choices on city pools

This time of year, when evenings bring the first glimmer of an autumn chill, lazy days at the city pools might be the furthest thing from your mind. But now is the time for the city of St. Joseph to begin contemplating the future of municipal pools. It will be a difficult conversation due to aging facilities, lifeguard availability and declining usage. It shouldn’t be a decision based on nostalgia or the belief that once a neighborhood has something, it can never be taken away.

Student math scores slide statewide

As early data comes out showing Missouri kids may be struggling more with mathematics, the leader of St. Joseph’s board of education argued the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education made a mistake. “The big message is, we shouldn’t have tested,” said Tami Pasley, a career math teacher herself. “What...

Health Department hours to change for COVID-19 vaccine clinic

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The city of St. Joseph Health Department staff will be off-site conducting COVID-19 vaccine clinics September 14 through 16. The Health Department clinic will be closed Tuesday, September 14, the morning of Wednesday, September 15, and the afternoon of Thursday, September 16. COVID-19 vaccine clinics will take...

Petitions available next week to run for city office

Candidates can start the official process of running for mayor, St. Joseph City Council and municipal judge beginning next week. A primary election for the mayor, city council and the municipal judge will be held Feb. 8, 2022, with a general election following on April 5. Candidates for mayor and...

SJSD adopts plan for possible mask-optional rule

The St. Joseph Board of Education has voted to sustain its current mask mandate until the event that Buchanan County test positivity rates fall below 5% for a two-week period. Per a 6-1 vote, Kenneth Reeder dissenting, a “mask-optional” rule would then ensue. Until that happens, all persons will still be required to wear a face covering in most indoor situations on all district property. Exceptions apply for temporary removal to, for example, enable oneself to be better heard while speaking and during meal times.