A St. Joseph mother was charged Monday with failing to maintain obligatory school attendance of her children for roughly four months, according to court documents.

Atcha Boyington, 44, was charged with violation of the education requirement for a child, a Class C misdemeanor. Prosecutors alleged that she had custody of an 8-year-old child and 7-year-old child, both of whom were absent or tardy for 54 days out of 68 school days from Edison Elementary School between Jan. 14 and May 14.

According to a probable cause statement, Ms. Boyington failed to cause the children to attend school on a regular basis or provide home instruction.

Ms. Boyington was issued a criminal summons and required to appear for arraignment Nov. 25.

Alumni honor local lawmaker

State Rep. Mike Thomson, R-Maryville, Mo., was named one of two winners of the Mizzou Alumni Association's 2013 Geyer Public Service Awards.

The association said Mr. Thomson received the award for his continued efforts on supporting higher education public policy. The other recipient was MU Chancellor Brady J. Deaton.

 “This year’s recipients have demonstrated what it truly means to personally commit to tirelessly protecting, and advancing higher education in this state.” said Lesa McCartney, chair of the MAA’s Legislative Network Committee.

Mr. Thomson serves as chairman of the Higher Education Committee and Joint Committee on Education.

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