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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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Criminal charges against former funeral home owner

AG Koster files criminal charges against former Ray County funeral home owner for stealing and financial exploitation of the elderly

–charges relate to pre-need funeral funds–

Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a criminal case against Toby L. Polley in Ray County for multiple counts of financial exploitation of the elderly, stealing and unlawful merchandising practices.  Koster is assisting Ray County Prosecuting Attorney Camille Johnston in prosecuting Polley.

Koster alleges

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Farm Bureau to host meet the candidates; Sheriff not to attend

Daviess County Farm Bureau is hosting a “meet-the-candidates” forum at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 6, at the Gallatin Lions Club Building at 801 W. Grand Street in Gallatin. The event is open to the public.

There are four local races in the spotlight of the upcoming election, but competition between Democrat Ben Becerra and Republican Kevin Heldenbrand for Daviess County Sheriff is especially heating up.

Both men have served two

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Gallatin Fire Protection District Report for August

Incident Responses for August:

5th at 2:14 p.m. Medical Assist at 28745 Hwy M;
13th at 10:45 a.m. Public service at Main St, Jameson;
14th at 5:30 p.m. Public service at Olive St. (Elementary School);
15th at 2:26 p.m. Cooking fire confined to container at 205 E Van Buren;
20th at 6:21 a.m. Medical Assist at 1337 W Grand;
22nd at 10:53 a.m. Passenger vehicle fire at Hwy 13 &

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Senator Blunt’s staff host Mobile Office  

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host a Mobile Office from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from at the Daviess County Courthouse.

Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

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Tax rate adopted at Winston meeting

The 2016 property tax rate was adopted at the state authorized maximum during the Aug. 1 meeting of the Winston Village Board of Trustees meeting.

The income and expense report was reviewed and bills paid.

Utilities Clerk Amber White distributed a new list of delinquent customers, including seven due for shutoff. The clerk also mentioned that a contractor is still needed to install shutoffs within the village. The board gave

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Borntreger sentenced to 25 years for death of wife

Samuel Borntreger, 39, was sentenced to 25 years in the Department of Corrections on Aug. 8 in the Harrison County Circuit Court, on a charge of second degree murder. The hearing was conducted by Judge Terry Alan Tschannen of the 9th Judicial Circuit.

Borntreger is an Amish man who confessed in January, 2016, to killing his wife while he was living in Bethany in late 2006. He was living in

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Gallatin License Office closed indefinitely

The Gallatin License Office is closing at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, and will not be open again in the near future.

The Missouri Department of Revenue oversees license offices across the state which are each operated by independent agents.

The Gallatin office has been contracted by Heather Duvall since 2011. Duvall resides in Sullivan County and operates the Milan License Office. Jessica Griffin was employed by Duvall as

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Are you focused on the upcoming Primary Election to be conducted next Tuesday, Aug. 2?

Voters have the most choices in determining party nominees for U.S. Representative, 6th District. There are five choices on the Democrat ballot and three listed on the Republican ballot. Republican Sam Graves is the incumbent now serving as 6th District Congressman.

Similar candidate counts are found among choices on party ballots for U.S. Senator and nearly all statewide offices.

On the local level, most contests will be determined in the

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