Body of missing Monroe City woman found; murder charge is filed
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Body of missing Monroe City woman found; murder charge is filed

PARIS, Mo. | A man was charged on Saturday afternoon with murdering a missing Monroe city woman.


 Jerry Asbell, 29, of Monroe City, was charged with the alleged first-degree murder of Amanda Johnston, 32, by Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick Smith. Additionally, he was charged with armed criminal action. He is being held in the Monroe County Jail without bond.


 According to the charging document, Asbell could face up to life imprisonment with no parole, or the death penalty if convicted on the first-degree murder charge.


 Jessica Ellsworth, 37, of Monroe City was charged with felony tampering with evidence in the alleged murder case. She is in the Macon County Jail, according to police.


 Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Eric Brown said Johnston's body was found off a road in rural Pike County early Saturday morning after an extensive four-day search.

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The United Way of the Mark Twain Area receives donation from General Mills
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HANNIBAL | General Mills presented a $35,000 check to The United Way of the Mark Twain Area for the COVID-19 response fund on Thursday at its plant in Hannibal.
The General Mills Foundation has committed $1 million to aid communities most impacted by the novel coronavirus through a gift to United Way agencies across the country. Funding will provide emergency assistance to people experiencing poverty with resources for food, shelter, childcare and other support.

Route A bridge reopens
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The Ralls County Route A bridge across the Salt River reopened to traffic Friday morning after being closed for repairs for three months, announced the Missouri Department of Transportation

New Mark Twain principal goes back to where it started
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New Mark Twain principal goes back to where it started

CENTER, Mo. | Deacon Windsor began in career in education as a high school teacher and football coach at Mark Twain High School in 1994. He now returns as the new principal of the school after leaving his previous post in 1999.

Perkins wins GOP nomination for House District 40
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Perkins wins GOP nomination for House District 40

BOWLING GREEN, Mo. | The former mayor of Bowling Green blew past four opponents to win the Republican nomination for the 40th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives during Tuesday's Primary Election.


Chad Perkins, 42, who works as a deputy for the Pike County Sheriff's Department, won the race to replace outgoing Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Frankford, who is leaving office after eight years because of term limits.


There is no Democrat running for the 40th District seat, meaning that Perkins has a clear path to being elected in the Nov. 3 General Election.


The 40th District covers all of Pike, Ralls and Monroe counties and a small portion of Lincoln County in Northeast Missouri.

Stinson sweeps Haught in bitter Ralls County Sheriff race
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NEW LONDON, Mo. — A bitterly fought and intensely personal race in the Republican primary election for Ralls County sheriff ended with a lopsided victory Tuesday.


Monroe City Police Officer Brad Stinson, a former Ralls County deputy, rolled over Ralls County Chief Deputy Ronald Haught, 1,175 votes to 867 votes — an overwhelming 67% to 33% margin — in a race marked by third-party social media attacks on Haught.


There is no Democrat in the Nov. 3 general election, giving Stinson an unopposed path to the sheriff's four-year term, which begins Jan. 1.


Stinson, who was outspent by Haught, said he was surprised by his winning margin.


"I am humbled by the victory. I attribute this win to God and to my friends and family who helped in my campaign," he said.

Colston downs Wheeler for Monroe County Sheriff
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Colston downs Wheeler for Monroe County Sheriff

PARIS | Monroe County's chief deputy posted a convincing win Tuesday to be the next sheriff in the Republican Party Primary Election.


Joe Colston defeated his challenger, Monroe City Police Chief Tyler Wheeler, 1,166 votes to 751 votes, a nearly 61 percent to 39 percent margin to replace retiring Sheriff David Hoffman. There is no Democrat running in the November General Election, meaning that Colston is the presumptive sheriff-elect.


“We just got with the people of the county and let them know what my goals were for the sheriff's office,” Colston said, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic has made for a “weird year to campaign.”


Wheeler, a veteran law enforcement office who is the elected city marshal in Monroe City, offered well wishes for Colston and said that his department will continue to have a good working relationship with the Sheriff's Department.'

Paris nursing home reports COVID-19 case
Salt River Journal

Paris nursing home reports COVID-19 case

PARIS | Monroe Manor nursing home announced Sunday evening that the facility has a positive case of COVID-19.
Combined with four new cases reported on Friday by the Monroe County Health Department, there have been five new cases over three days in the county.
“We will be testing everyone this evening and tomorrow early morning. We are going to be suspending all outside visits at this time,” Monroe Manor posted on its Facebook page. “We are asking for your understanding at this time. We have worked very hard to keep this out of the building. Please don't call and ask us who is positive. We cannot reveal this information. At this time, our focus is to take care of the residents.”
Based on numbers provided by the Health Department, Monroe County has reported 17 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Four cases were reported on Friday. Seven cases are active.
“We will get on this the first thing Monday morning,” said Paula...

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Monroe City cancels preseason sports jamborees

MONROE CITY, Mo. | The Monroe City High School preseason fall sports jamborees have become another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.
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