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Unemployment in county lowest in years

The unemployment rate for Daviess County measured at the end of 2015 at 3.3%, that’s down considerably from the  4.6% recorded a year earlier in December 2014, and is the lowest rate in the past 15 years. The high mark for unemployment was in 2009 at 10.5%. The figures were released recently by the state Department of Economic Development’s Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

2015: 3.3%
2014: 4.6%

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Community Foundation hosts 5th annual event

The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri, Inc. has announced its 2016 annual event scheduled for Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at the Fulkerson Center on the campus of 4525 Downs Drive, St. Joseph.  Guest speaker is Cliff Illig, Vice Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Cerner Corporation. The Kansas City-based company provides health information technology. Mr. Illig and his long time business partner Neal Patterson, co-founder and CEO of Cerner,

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Keeping abreast of the ups and downs of area birds

The Grand River Audubon Society donned their binoculars and armed themselves with picture guides and checklists to join in their 26th Christmas Bird Count (CBC), according to Terry McNeely of Jameson. Mr. McNeely has compiled the record for all of the local membership’s 26 years.

Data collected during this wildlife census is submitted to a nationally based science staff and used to assess how the birds of the Americas are

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Tiny glaciers down the Grand

New channel of the Grand River, beginning to flow ice

New channel of the Grand River, beginning to flow ice

The new Grand River was capped with ice flows Sunday morning and the Old Grand was popping and cracking under a sheathe of ice.

If cold enough a river can freeze, according to research, but most rivers do not freeze solid. It would have to be extremely cold for a very long to time to freeze a river of considerable

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Ameren adjustment approved

The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri to adjust the Energy Efficiency Investment Charge (EEIC) that appears on the monthly bills of electric customers of Ameren Missouri. The adjustment will result in a decrease of approximately $7.27 a month for a typical residential customer. The change is expected to take effect on Jan. 27, 2016.

Ameren Missouri filed this change

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2015 ends with highest fatalities in three years for state, zero for county

The year 2015 ended with an 11.4% increase in fatalities on Missouri roads. After two years of lower numbers, the fatalities in Missouri for 2015 were over 800 for the first time since 2012. As of Dec. 31, 853 lives were reported lost in 2015 Missouri traffic crashes. Sixty-three percent of the drivers and passengers killed were not wearing seat belts.

The statistics for traffic fatalities in Daviess County add

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Missouri’s storm-related death toll rises to 13

Daviess County is fortunate to have had no fatalities or serious injuries reported due to the recent storm which covered local roads with a mix of rain, sleet, snow and ice. The death toll in other areas of Missouri from storm-related injuries has risen to 13, with the majority being caused by vehicles swept from submerged roadways.

Nine people have drowned, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Seven people

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El Nino and its impact on Missouri winter

Winter is upon us. Will it be cold and snowy or will there be a mild winter this year in Missouri?

That’s not an easy call, even though December is off to a warm start. The current strong El Nino, which is warmer than normal sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific, doesn’t exert a lot of control over Missouri’s winter weather, according to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction

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Monitoring for floods

Boat ramp on the Grand River near Gallatin during minor flooding, Dec. 14

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) monitors four sites on the Grand River – Pattonsburg, Gallatin, Chillicothe and Sumner.

The rivers are monitored 24 hours a day by radar equipment affixed to the bridges. The monitors send readings to the National Weather Service every 15 minutes. The National Weather Service uses this information to determine flood stage and

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