Potterfield tops incumbent in Monroe City mayor's contest
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Potterfield tops incumbent in Monroe City mayor's contest

A sharp critic of Monroe City government posted a solid defeat of the incumbent mayor on Tuesday night, setting the stage for major changes at City Hall.


Jerry Potterfield, 69, a retired banker and business owner, and U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, downed first-term Mayor John Long, 258-203, following a bitter campaign that featured clashes over city operations ranging from the delayed selection of city attorney in 2018 to contracting practices to blighted properties in the city limits, and economic development.


The feud between Potterfield and Long started almost immediately when Long took office in April 2018, after the Monroe City Board of Aldermen was challenged over the award of a no-bid contract to Colorado-based PeopleService Inc. to operate the city's troubled water plant, which was woefully short of qualified employees.

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Cole County judge considers Monroe County murder case bond reduction
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Cole County judge considers Monroe County murder case bond reduction

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | A Cole County judge is considering a motion to reduce a $500,000 cash-only bond for a former Missouri Department of Corrections officer charged with first-degree murder in the death of his fiancée near Middle Grove more than two years ago.


James A. Addie, 53, was charged with first-degree murder by Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick Smith in the April 28, 2018, death of Molly Watson, 35, of Huntsville, Mo. Addie was employed as a corrections officer at the time of his arrest, according to Missouri payroll records.


Earlier this month, Addie's attorney, T.J. Kirsch, said that Addie's $500,000 bond is excessive under the Missouri Constitution. Moreover, he said that a pretrial risk assessment found that Addie is not a threat.

Monroe County reports first COVID-19 cases
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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.”

Local farmers avoid flooding issues
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Local farmers avoid flooding issues

Unlike in past years, local farmers have avoided any major Mississippi River flooding issues this year.
Although a flood warning was issued for the Mississippi River early this week, the river is expected to crest at 16.1 feet, which is just above the flood stage of 16.0 feet. It is nowhere near last year's flooding, which crested at nearly 29 feet.

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Missouri food stamp program begins allowing online purchasing

The Missouri Department of Social Services has announced that Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households will be able to use an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to purchase eligible foods online.

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Mark Twain Lake issues campground changes and opening information

MONROE CITY, Mo. | The U.S. Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake has implemented some changes to camping policy to protect the health and safety of the public and USACE employees as they open their facilities.

Businesses at Mark Twain Lake adapt to social distancing guidelines
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Businesses at Mark Twain Lake adapt to social distancing guidelines

With summer quickly approaching and the stay-at-home order lifted, Mark Twain Lake is preparing for an influx of visitors.

Missouri Route 15 to temporarily close at railroad crossing in Paris
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Missouri Route 15 to temporarily close at railroad crossing in Paris

Weather permitting, Missouri Route 15 will temporarily close at the railroad crossing south of U.S. 24 in Paris for railroad repairs

United Way distributes pork to agencies
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United Way distributes pork to agencies

Agency says increase in processed meat donations will feed thousands of people and families in need

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Akright takes over as Mark Twain boys hoops head coach

CENTER, Mo. | The Mark Twain boys basketball team will enter a new era next season with a new head coach.
Jared Akright has been promoted to the head coach position after spending three seasons as an assistant coach for the Tigers. He succeeds Cody McCann, who stepped down recently, and will continue his current role as athletic director.