Echoes of the Past: The Rise and Fall of Harris, Missouri
The Ghost Town of Harris, nestled in Sullivan County, Missouri, epitomizes the dramatic shift from a bustling town to a quiet rural community. Established in 1887 and named after early settler A.W. Harris, it reached its zenith in the 1920s with over 500 residents. Today, however, the 2010 census registers only 61 inhabitants, slightly inching up to 65 by 2020. This once lively town now holds an aura of silence, its history a testament to the resilience of its people, including notable resident John C. England, a naval officer who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Dump truck crash near intersection in Princeton injures Trenton man
An accident involving a dump truck occurred on Monday morning, November 27, 2023, resulting in minor injuries to the driver. The incident took place on Highway 136 near its intersection with Highway 65 in Princeton. Gerald J. Hostetler, a 76-year-old man from Trenton, Missouri, was driving a 2015 Mack dump...
Driving while intoxicated arrest leads Trenton teenager to face judge in circuit court
A Trenton youth is scheduled to appear in circuit court Tuesday morning, November 28, following his arrest last week. Cooper Mason Berry, 19, faces three misdemeanor charges: driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving, and possession of intoxicating liquor by a minor. Berry was permitted to post a cash bond of $500, which is 10% of the initial $5,000 bond.
Milan, MO: Preserving the Rich Tapestry of History at the Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum
Nestled in the heart of Milan, Missouri, the Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum is more than a collection of artifacts; it's a vibrant celebration of the town's storied past. As visitors step through its doors, they are greeted by an impressive array of Native American arrowheads and tools, each telling the silent tales of the indigenous tribes that once flourished here. The museum's dedication to preserving these relics provides a tangible connection to a time when the Sioux and Iroquois nations roamed freely, long before European settlers made their mark.
Snowy conditions lead to head-on crash on Highway 6 east of Milan
A crash occurred on Highway 6, approximately two miles east of Milan, Missouri, causing two drivers to be hospitalized with serious injuries. The incident occurred on November 26, 2023, at around 8:30 a.m., amid snowy conditions. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2014 Ford Escape, driven by Cesar...
Delores Kuttler receives Missouri Community College Award of Distinction
Delores and the late John Kuttler of Trenton, Missouri, were recently recognized by the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) for their outstanding support of Missouri community colleges. Delores was present to receive the 2023 Award of Distinction at the statewide MCCA convention held in Kansas City, Missouri. This is one of the highest awards given to an individual who goes above and beyond in supporting Missouri community colleges.
North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees approves new insurance policy amid significant increase in premium
The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees approved purchasing property/casualty/liability insurance on November 28. The insurance through the Missouri United School Insurance Council for the 2024 calendar year will cost $246,369. Vice President of Business and Finance Tyson Otto reported that this was an increase of $177,181 from last year’s premium.
Precautionary Boil Advisory Hits Mercer County
A precautionary boil advisory is in effect for a portion of Mercer County. Reports say the Mercer County Public Water Supply District issued the advisory for customers within the area from Highway 65 south to the Grundy County line. The advisory comes due to water line repairs. The length of...
Albia man facing 18 felony charges in pharmacy theft
Colton Butz, 27, of Albia, has been arrested and charged with 18 felonies related to the robbery of a pharmacy in Unionville, Mo. back in March. The charges are related to the theft of thousands of dollars worth of narcotics from the Putnam County Memorial Hospital Pharmacy in Unionville, Mo.
Trenton Building Inspector’s report Oct 18 through Nov 9, 2023
Eleven building inspections were completed in Trenton from October 18th through November 9th. Building Inspector Wes Barone reports nine of those were for rentals and two were for right of way. The report also shows seven building permits were issued. There were eight citations or notices and two cases on...
Trenton’s Building and Nuisance Board provides updates on local properties
Trenton’s Building and Nuisance Board made significant decisions regarding several properties in the area at Monday night’s meeting. The board, based on recommendations from Building Inspector Wes Barone, released two properties from consideration due to recent improvements and compliance. The former Lakeview property was removed from the list...
Trenton Police Department records 140 nuisance incidents in 2023
The Trenton Police Department reports 140 nuisance incidents have been reported for the year so far, as of November 27th. This is six more than what was reported up to October 23rd and 54 fewer than what was reported from January to November 28th, 2022. In a detailed nuisance summary,...
Trenton Mayor discusses sales tax and economic development ahead of election; Hostetler’s Market opens in Trenton
In a Monday night discussion about a potential Trenton sales tax issue for the election ballot, Mayor Jackie Soptic highlighted significant contributions by economic development officials in attracting a new local business, Hostetler’s Market. The market, owned by a Trenton resident, opened its doors in the former Orscheln’s building this week.
Grundy County Commission elects to place a use tax on the April ballot
The Grundy County Commission November 28th elected to place a use tax on the April ballot. The Missouri Department of Revenue reports Grundy County’s use tax rate 4.225%. The Missouri Department of Revenue explains a use tax is imposed on the storage, use, or consumption of tangible personal property in the state. The state rate is 4.225%, and cities and counties can impose an additional use tax.
Trenton R-9 School District to honor late custodian with early release
The Trenton R-9 School District has announced an early dismissal of classes on Friday to honor the memory of Graham McVay, a dedicated custodian at Trenton High School (THS) who recently passed away. Rissler School will conclude its sessions at 11:55 AM this Friday, and the afternoon preschool session will...
NCMC Nursing Practical Nursing Program Ranks Best in Missouri
The North Central Missouri College Practical Nursing program has been named on the 2024 list of Best LPN Programs in Missouri by Practicalnursing.org, earning the #10 rank. NCMC earned this top ten spot through a methodology including NCLEX-PN pass rates, admissions and requirements, tuition and costs, and how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond. For more information about NCMC’s ranking, visit https://www.practicalnursing.org/lpn-programs/missouri/#top.
Panthers advance to first state title in 25 years
North Platte is headed to the Class 1 state championship game after defeating Milan 54-34 in the state semifinals on its home field. The size difference between the Panthers and the Wildcats was evident. The stout North Platte team, particularly on the offensive and defensive lines, towered over the smaller Milan team. However, the speed and shiftiness of Milan allowed them to offer some defiance toward North Platte.
April ballot in Trenton to feature economic development sales tax; city employees to receive cost of living wage increase
Voters in Trenton will decide on an economic development sales tax in the upcoming election next April. Alongside this, one council member from each of Trenton’s four wards will be elected next year. The City Council voted to grant a 6.5% cost of living allowance to employees of the city and Trenton Municipal Utilities. Additionally, a new starting wage for the water and sewer distribution department was approved.
Veterans Service Officer to offer in-person assistance at Trenton VFW Post in December
The Veterans Service Officer is scheduled for in-person visits on two specific dates in early December. These sessions will be hosted at the VFW Post Home, located at 919 Washington in Trenton, on Friday, December 1st, and Monday, December 4th. The officer will be available from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. to assist with Veterans Affairs (VA) paperwork and to answer any related questions. Veterans attending are advised to bring a copy of their DD 214 form and any VA paperwork they have.
Humphreys Centennial: A Century of Community and Celebration
Marking a milestone of 100 years, the Humphreys Centennial Celebration stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of a town rich in history and brimming with community spirit. This centenary jubilee, observed only once every century, transforms the town into a vibrant tapestry of cultural festivities, drawing both locals and visitors to partake in the grandeur of the occasion. The festivities are a cornucopia of joyous parades, showcasing the colorful history of Humphreys through floats and performances that narrate the town's storied past.