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 | 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...
MONROE CITY, Mo. | The Monroe City High School preseason fall sports jamborees have become another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, Monroe City High School officials decided to cancel the annual preseason football jamboree that was scheduled for Aug. 21. The softball jamboree scheduled for Aug. 24 was also canceled.
PARIS | Four more COVID-19 cases were reported by the Monroe County Health Department on Friday morning.
Neighboring Ralls County reported 20 cases as of Friday, two more than on Thursday. The county warned of social gathering that may be add more cases.
The case count in Monroe County is now 16, including six active cases, said Paula Delaney, director of the Monroe County Health Department. She said none of the new cases appear to be travel related.
Cases in Monroe County are a small fraction of the 50,323 cases reported in the state by the Missouri Department of Health and Seniors Services, as of 2 p.m. on Friday. That was an increase of more than 3,400 cases in two days. The department reports that Missouri has 1,243 deaths attributed the coronavirus, with 10 new deaths reported on Friday.
The FBI has contacted the Ralls County clerk after she was attacked on social media in the run-up to the Aug. 4, Primary Election
HANNIBAL | Gov. Mike Parson met with Hannibal leaders and law enforcement officials to discuss violent crime on Tuesday at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
Parson and Director of Public Safety Sandy Karsten have been traveling around the state to meet with law enforcement, city officials, judges and legislators to come up with ideas to curb the rise of violent crime in Missouri.