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MDC hosting prescribed burn workshopin March in Houston

The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a prescribed burn workshop for area landowners from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the USDA Service Center on South Highway 63 in Houston.


Missouri Highway Patrol closes U.S. 60 eastbound after crash near Fordland, Mo.

FORDLAND, Mo. -- The Missouri Highway Patrol is working a crash involving an overturned tanker truck on icy U.S. 60 near Fordland. Troopers responded to the crash shortly before 4 p.m. Troopers closed the eastbound lanes near Burks Street in Fordland. They do not expect to reopen the lanes until aro


HERALD ARCHIVES: Looking back at February 1979

Houston and Missouri were very different places 40 years ago, and the Houston Herald was there to document what things were like. In the Feb. 15, 1979 issue, staff writer Jo Woodward (who had moved north from Florida in 1972) made some interesting observations about the cold and snowy winter the reg


VIDEO: Massive pileup, including multiple semis, on I-70 near Concordia, Missouri

CONCORDIA, Mo (KMOX) - A massive accident has Interstate 70 completely blocked near Concordia, Missouri. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, five tractor trailers are involved and the accident is believed to be caused by snowfall.


What Kansas And Missouri Lawmakers Think About Trump's Border Emergency Declaration

For the most part, the reactions of Kansas' and Missouri's congressional delegation to President Donald Trump's emergency declaration Friday fell along party lines. Trump made the declaration Friday when he signed a bipartisan spending bill to keep the government open. The bill allocated only $1.3 b


Houston police issue several citations

The following are excerpts from just some of the reports recently generated by the Houston Police Department:. •Joseph L. Treacy, 49, of 17765 Highway B at Houston, was issued a citation for stealing under $750 after allegedly shoplifting at Walmart on Feb. 6.


Missouri city loses power, opens warming shelter

STODDARD COUNTY, MO- The city of Bernie in southeast Missouri has lost power and is opening a warming shelter for residents. The Stoddard County Emergency Management Agency posted this information on its Facebook page Friday night:


Dispute leads to arrest by county deputies

The following are excerpts from just some of the reports recently generated by the Texas County Sheriff’s Department:. •A deputy was dispatched at about 6:35 p.m. Feb. 3 after a woman called to report that her 35-year-old daughter was drunk and yelling at her and her grandson at their U.S. 63 reside


Northeast Missouri woman killed in power takeoff accident on farm

CANTON, Mo. — A northeast Missouri woman is dead as the result of a tragic farm accident. It happened around 4:45 p.m. on Thursday on her farm along Lewis County Route P just southwest of Canton.


Sales tax revenue jumps at Houston

Sales tax revenue in Houston during the first month of the year jumped about 13.4 percent from the same period a year ago, the Missouri Department of Revenue reports. The total from a one-cent sales tax was $67,922, which was up $9,125 from the first month of 2018.


Missouri English Teacher Allegedly Admitted She Had Sex with Student

A 23-year-old Missouri teacher resigned earlier this week following her arrest for allegedly having sex with a student. Police allege an unlawful encounter occurred between Jan. 14 and Jan. 21, according to the Joplin Globe.


Lady Tigers snap skid with impressive win

The Houston Lady Tigers have struggled down the final stretch of the season. But for at least one night, that changed. HHS snapped a five-game losing skid Saturday with its most complete efforts of the season. The Lady Tigers outscored visiting Plato by five or more points in every quarter en route


Winter weather causes traffic woes throughout Missouri, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) - The predicted snowfall Friday morning and early afternoon materialized and paralyzed Kansas City’s drivers. As of 1 p.m., several major interstates across the city had been closed.


State test score results and bond issue

As we begin the downhill run to the 2018-2019 school year, there are a couple of items that I want to provide more information on. •APR: Last week, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the state of Missouri came out with the APR for the 2017-2018 school year. The APR (Annual Perf


Missouri man charged after dog bound with duct tape found in freezing ditch

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. -- Authorities in Missouri arrested and charged a man after a dog was discovered dumped in a ditch with its legs and mouth bound with duct tape. FOX2 in St. Louis reports that prosecutors charged Paul Garcia, 39, with felony animal abuse - torture and/or mutilation while animal


Missouri hospital suspends operations in another blow to former North KC chain

Hospitals that until recently were run by North Kansas City-based EmpowerHMS continued to fall like dominoes Friday. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said the I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs had taken the unusual step of voluntarily suspending its license, in the latest


Bowen out as Houston City Administrator

HOUSTON, Mo. — Tona Bowen is no longer the Houston City Administrator following a closed session of the Houston City Council on Monday. The Houston Herald reports that Bowen and the city council agreed to her resignation Monday following a rocky relationship for the past several months. Tensions bet


Man faces pair of felony assault charges; held on $500,000 bond

A Springfield man is charged with two felonies and is jailed on $500,000 bond after a Cabool investigation. James Ruark, 41, of 1224 S. Belcrest Ave., No. 74, in Springfield, is charged with first-degree assault (a class B felony) and second-degree domestic assault (a class D felony).


Texas County 911 handles more than 25,000 calls in 2018

It’s safe to say that dispatchers at the Texas County 911 call center in downtown Houston answered a lot of calls in 2018. Assistant director Terra Culley reports that the agency fielded 25,321 calls last year. Of that total, 61-percent were related to law enforcement, 19-percent medical issues, 8-p


Former Missouri drama teacher charged with having sex with a student

WASHBURN, MO (AP) — A former Missouri drama teacher has been charged with having sex with a 16-year-old student at the high school. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 23-year-old Chelsie Leroy, of Washburn, was charged last week with four felonies, including two counts each of second-degree st