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Candidates file for elections

The candidate filing period for the April 4, 2017, General Municipal Election, which includes five county school boards, ended on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

The following four people signed up at the City of Gallatin — for mayor: incumbent Barbara Ballew; for west ward alderman: incumbent Steve Evans; for east ward alderman: incumbent Carol Walker and Judy Bush.

All but Winston have three people signing up for the three open

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Are you eligible for a refund of your property tax or rent?

The Missouri Property Tax Credit Claim (MO-PTC) is a tax credit available for persons 65 years of age or 100% disabled or 60 years of age and receiving survivors benefits based on their paid real estate taxes or paid rent receipts.

The maximum credit is $750 for renters and $1,100 for homeowners. The actual credit is based on the amount of real estate taxes paid or 20% of the rent

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Five county officials take oath of office

Five of Daviess County’s recently elected officials took the oath of office during a ceremony held Dec. 28 in the courtroom of the Daviess County Courthouse in Gallatin. Pictured are David McWilliams, coroner; David Cox, district 1 commissioner, Wayne Uthe, district 2 commissioner, Kayla Michael, public administrator, and Ben Becerra, sheriff. Judge Daren Adkins administered the oath. These officials began their duties on Jan. 1. The General Election was held

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Auditor Galloway raises business privacy concerns surrounding regulatory process

Clean Water Commission decision raises privacy concerns for businesses required to submit proprietary information to the state

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released the results of a review into whether the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Clean Water Commission will begin requesting confidential and proprietary financial information from businesses seeking operating permits, and whether the department has implemented safeguards to keep that information secure.  Auditor Galloway initiated

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Penalties increased for government officials who steal public money

Auditor Galloway announces bipartisan effort to increase penalties for government officials who steal public money

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has announced a bipartisan effort to increase penalties for government officials who steal public dollars. Senate Bill 176 increases the penalties for public officials convicted of misconduct, and grants additional authority to Missouri prosecuting attorneys and law enforcement agencies when inappropriate or illegal activity is suspected at the local level.

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Regional jail shows marginal profit over 10 month budget

The Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail recorded a net income of $112,554 between January and October of 2016, according to its Profit and Loss Budget, which was discussed during a meeting of the board on Thursday, Dec. 22.

It is important to remember that the jail has two sources of income. One source is the money it makes off the business of housing inmates in the jail proper. The second source is

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911 Board places funds in CDs

During board member comments at the Daviess County Central 911 Board meeting held on Nov. 17, John Sullenger noted that there had been one Certificate of Deposit made in the amount of $110,001 and an additional CD will be made of $60,691.88.

In other business, the board agreed to pay employees up to 80 hours of unused accrued vacation in lieu of the Continuing Employment Incentive.

Daniel Wilson was added

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Winston fills board seat, seeks recycling grant

Brent Wagaman was appointed to fill the open seat on the Winston Village Board of Trustees during their meeting held Friday, Nov. 11. The clerk administered the Oath of Office to Mr. Wagaman, after which he took his seat for the remainder of the one year term, until the next regular municipal election.

The clerk informed the board that numerous residents were interested in recycling within the Village. The board

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County election decisions drawn into sharper focus at forum

Robust questions and conversations marked a local candidate forum hosted by Daviess County Farm Bureau at Gallatin last Thursday. Approximately 60 persons attended, one of the largest crowds ever attracted to such an event held here.

No doubt interest was fueled by anticipation of confrontation between two candidates for county sheriff, which failed to materialize. Republican challenger Kevin Heldenbrand aggressively ridiculed incumbent Democrat Sheriff Ben Becerra for not appearing at

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