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Monroe County reports first COVID-19 cases

The Monroe County Health Department reported the first two positive tests for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus late Monday morning.


 Health Department Director Paula Delaney said the cases involve a couple, who are currently quarantined in their home. Delaney said the Health Department could not address their ages or location in the county.


 Delaney said that she learned late Sunday night of the two positive cases. She said the Health Department informed Monroe County Emergency Management of the coronavirus cases early Monday.


 “They are in quarantine and our staff is working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to trace any close contacts of the couple who may have been exposed,” Delaney said. “If we find there were close contacts with any person, we will work to help the person – or people – and monitor them closely for the development of any symptoms.”

Restaurant helps feed school children
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Restaurant helps feed school children

Brothers who own Subway restaurant make 150 sandwiches daily for kids

Restaurant helps feed school children

Restaurant helps feed school children

Brothers who own Subway franchise make 150 sandwiches per day for kids.

Senator, SBA host small business stimulus package webinar

Senator, SBA host small business stimulus package webinar

A state senator is joining with the Small Business Administration to host a webinar to explain opportunities for small firms to participate in the $2.2 trillion stimulus package signed into law over the weekend by President Donald Trump.


Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin, R-Shelbina, who represents much of Northeast Missouri, announced the webinar, which is scheduled for 9 a.m., Thursday.


“I want to make certain that small businesses know how to navigate the bureaucracy. Businesses need assistance now,” said O'Laughlin, who operates Leo O'Laughlin Inc., a ready-mix concrete supplier based in Shelbina. “We operate a small business, so I understand the pressures.”

Corps expands Mark Twain Lake restrictions

 


PERRY, Mo.| The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday that it has closed off all access to federally operated public areas of Mark Twain Lake.


The new restrictions are in addition to those announced last week and cover all recreation areas, including boat ramps, day use areas and campgrounds at Mark Twain Lake. In a reversal, the Corps of Engineers said that all camping reservations scheduled through April 30 are now cancelled, and this date may be extended.

Parson orders closures as safety measure
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Parson orders closures as safety measure

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issued a sweeping order Saturday afternoon to limit public gatherings and social interactions as the state joins the nation's intensified fight against the spread of COVID-19

Grain Belt stops in-person visits

Grain Belt stops in-person visits

NEW LONDON, Mo. | Representatives of the Grain Belt Express project said Tuesday morning that they are standing down from making in-person visits to area landowners because of the fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus.


The action came less than 24 hours after Krista Mann, director of renewable development, said during a conference call on Monday morning with the Ralls County Commission that Invenergy, the company that owns Grain Belt, would continue to call on landowners in an effort get rights-of-way approval for the project.


Mann said on Tuesday the company reversed course and would not make in-person visits to landowners or county courthouses during the period of social distancing urged by the Centers for Disease Control and an order issued over the weekend by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.

Parson issues sweeping COVID-19 order impacting daily life in Missouri

Parson issues sweeping COVID-19 order impacting daily life in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issue a sweeping order Saturday afternoon to limit public gatherings and social interactions as the state joins the nation's intensified fight against the spread COVID-19 – the coronavirus.


The order, which Parson posted on his Twitter account, falls short of stay-at-home orders issues in California, New York and Illinois, but it does effectively shut down much of restaurant and entertainment industry for the next two weeks, and orders state schools to remain closed until at least April 6.


However, the state's two largest cities – St. Louis and Kansas City – are issuing restrictive stay-at-home rule, which start on Monday.

Ralls, Monroe agencies, schools respond to coronavirus fight

Tara Garside, executive director of the Paris Senior Citizens Community Center, watched the news on the nation's coronavirus battle all weekend, and knew that it was becoming an intensely local issue.


By 11 a.m. Monday, she announced that the Paris Senior Center, effective Tuesday morning, would stop serving an average of 75 people who come to the center for lunch. However, to ensure that senior citizens receive meals, the center will offer curbside meals.


Garside said that senior center staff will deliver meals to patrons, who will not get out of their cars, while volunteers will deliver enough food for one week to Meals on Wheels clients.

Monroe City falls to Charleston in state semifinals

Monroe City falls to Charleston in state semifinals

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. | The best Monroe City season in 25 years is over.
Monroe City was on the short end Friday night of a hard-hitting defensive battle with the high-flying Charleston Blue Hays, 51-49, in the semifinal game of the Class 3 Missouri Show-Me Showdown at JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University.