Shigellosis Cases in Moberly Declining

Oct 25, 2016
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The Randolph County Health Department reports that the number of confirmed cases of the infectious disease Shigellosis has declined since the outbreak’s peak in late September.

As of this week there are only 23 confirmed cases of the bacterial infection, the lowest it has been in a month. The Health Department confirmed the outbreak with a letter written to parents and guardians of students at the Moberly Public Schools District, outlining what the disease was, and warning that children should not go to school if they exhibited any of the symptoms listed.

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A settlement has been reached between the state of Missouri and the bond underwriter who worked with the City of Moberly on its Mamtek project.  

Cardinal Health Creates Jobs in Moberly

Dec 4, 2015
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 Over the next six years Cardinal Health in Moberly, Missouri, is expected to create fifty new jobs for the area due to expansion in its manufacturing facility. Some of the job openings will include: maintenance technicians, machine operators, and material handlers.  

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Three people have died in central Missouri in what authorities are describing as a double homicide and a suicide. The Randolph County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that deputies responded early Saturday to a report of a shooting at a residence near Moberly. 

Moberly Hires New Emergency Management Director

Oct 14, 2015
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 The City of Moberly hired a new Emergency Management Director (EMD), relieving Moberly Fire Chief Robert Creed of his dual duties.  Retired state employee Jim Charrier took on the EMD position on October 1. 

Lakeview Energy, LLC is expanding its biofuel operations to Moberly.  After announcing its purchase of the former biodiesel plant at 607 West Fowler Road last week, Lakeview has already begun upgrades to the facility.

National roofing manufacturer GAF announced Thursday it will not go through with plans to build a new plant in Moberly.

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Construction contractors who haven't been paid for work on a failed artificial sweetener plant in Moberly will be in court this week to discuss receiving the money they are owed.

The contractors did preliminary work for the Mamtek plant, which began construction in 2010. But ended in 2011 after the company missed its first bond payment.

The former CEO , Bruce Cole of California, was sentenced to seven years in prison in November for stealing more than $700,000 from the project.

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Downtown Moberly features many different small businesses, but the two that occupy 517 W. Reed Street have an interesting upbringing.

Pat Myles runs a tea room with her sister, Joy Roberts, called Tea and Treasures that is open on weekends.  Since early December, they have served tea and pastries while also providing a place indoors where people can sit and interact. 

“We haven’t been here long enough to actually make a salary for us, and thank goodness our husbands don’t expect that,” Pat said.

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An investment banker and a St. Louis law firm are settling for up to $8.25 million in a lawsuit over bonding for a failed Missouri sweetener factory.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports a settlement deal filed earlier this week will give investors back more than 80 percent of losses on the plant that never was built.

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Attorneys say an investment firm has settled a federal lawsuit accusing it of bilking investors out of $39 million in a failed effort to build an artificial sweetener plant in Moberly. 

PM Newscast for November 19, 2014

Nov 19, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • New trail proposed in Moberly
  • Security guard requests in Ferguson
  • Urgent care facility to open in Macon
  • Deer hunting season off to quick start

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A federal judge has ruled that former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole committed fraud to obtain almost $1.3 million from bond funds that were to be used to build an artificial sweetener plant in Moberly.

Moberly to add a fresh food farmers market

Apr 21, 2014
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A new community farmer’s market is opening in Moberly. 

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The criminal trial of former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole has been delayed until December by a St. Charles County judge presiding over the case.

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Moberly Area Community College will offer benefits for domestic partners of full-time college employees.


A leading shingle manufacturing company says it will build a new production facility in the central Missouri town of Moberly.


Randolph County Commissioners are preparing for an upcoming vote on a consolidation of two county courthouses. The commission’s plan is to merge all of the offices in both the Huntsville and Moberly Courthouses in a new structure that would be located in front of the Randolph County Justice Center.

Presiding Commissioner of Randolph County Susan Carter says that a main issue with both of the current courthouses is the lack of security.

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For the first time in 10 years, Moberly's Safe Passage Domestic Violence Center did not receive a grant from the Missouri Housing Development Commission

The center has been using these funds to pay half of the operation expenses, such as utilities, internet and phone. Co-director of the Moberly center Kelly Pedigo says she is not sure why the grant was rejected.

“We really don’t have any information as to why we were cut,” she says.

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A federal judge has ruled that the city of Moberly, Mo., and its industrial development authority are not responsible for bonds involved in a failed artificial sweetener plant project.

After sharing a facility with an alternative school for about 14 years, a Moberly School District program is receiving a new center to thrive in.

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A bankruptcy trustee has filed lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages against former officials with Mamtek, the company behind a failed plan to build a sweetener facility in Moberly.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Trustee Bruce Strauss filed lawsuits last week seeking repayment of $7 million that former officers and agents of Mamtek received. The lawsuits also seek actual damages of $72 million and punitive damages.

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A helicopter ambulance company that operates in 15 states has chosen the northeastern Missouri city of Moberly for a new base.

MFA Oil approved to purchase Mamtek property in Moberly

Dec 3, 2013
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MFA Oil announced this afternoon it has been approved to purchase property in Moberly that would have housed the Mamtek facility. MFA officials could not comment on the sale price, but say a bankruptcy court has approved the sale of the 33 acre property. 

Corey Mehaffy is the President of Moberly Area Economic Development. He said the city is looking forward to assisting MFA in preparing the facility for use after the previous trouble the city had with the space.

The City of Moberly

The city of Moberly made a Yahoo Homes top ten list of the nation’s cheapest markets for family homes. The report says the average listing of a four bedroom, two bathroom house is $99, 593. In comparison, the most expensive place to buy a home in the U.S. is Malibu, California which has an average price of more than $2 million dollars.

Indoor skate park open to Moberly kids and teens

Nov 22, 2013
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A northeast Missouri community has agreed to pay $95,000 to end its involvement in a lawsuit filed by investors in a failed artificial sweetener plant.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Moberly and the Moberly Industrial Development Authority have settled a lawsuit filed by Shelter Insurance Cos. and other Mamtek investors.

The city filed notice of the deal with the Missouri Supreme Court this week and asked it to dismiss a pending case to determine whether the city could be forced to take part in the suit.

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A former Missouri death row inmate says he can now try to put his life back together after a prosecutor dismissed a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of a fellow inmate 30 years ago.

Reggie Griffin says he has gotten married and landed a job in the year since he was released from prison while awaiting a new trial. The 53-year-old says he found out Friday that Randolph County prosecutor Mike Fusselmann was dropping the charge.

Sen. Blunt visits local officials in Moberly

Oct 29, 2013
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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. visited local officials and employers in Moberly on Saturday afternoon.

About 20 people gathered at the Bank of Cairo and Moberly to listen to the senator speak about issues facing the economy. Although Blunt covered a number of issues, the majority of his visit revolved around health care and job creation.

Blunt said it is important to keep employers updated with changes made in health care coverage. He also stressed the importance of job creation.

New classroom building for Moberly approved

Oct 11, 2013

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a plan to build an $850,000 building for the Early Childhood Program in Moberly.

The state of Missouri will reimburse the district for 57 percent of the cost through its Special Education Finance Section. Director of Special Services Jim Johnson says the new building is necessary due to the state of the current structure.