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COVID-19 Numbers From Audrain County Health Department

COVID-19 Numbers From Audrain County Health Department One new case of COVID-19 being reported in Audrain County today. In a statement from the Audrain County Health Department, as of noon today there are 139 positive cases of which 13 are active, 125 recoveries and one death. 2,903 residents have been tested so far.Continue Reading

IBM Facility Moving Jobs to Columbia

IBM Facility Moving Jobs to Columbia Almost 350 jobs will be coming to Columbia after an IBM Client Innovation Center is closing in Dubuque, Iowa. Yesterday (Wednesday) an official from the company Greater Dubuque Development Corporation reported the IBM facility will close by November, and employees will have the opportunity to relocate to an IBM…Continue Reading

I-70 Crash in Boone County Near Midway

I-70 Crash in Boone County Near Midway A Tennessee man is recovering from serious injuries after a crash yesterday (Wednesday) that shut down an on-ramp of eastbound I-70 in Boone County near Midway. According to the Highway Patrol it happened just before 3pm, when a truck slowed and stopped for a traffic backup and was…Continue Reading

Details On Proposed Columbia Mask Ordinance

Details On Proposed Columbia Mask Ordinance More details are becoming available about an ordinance the Columbia City Council will review at its July 6 meeting that wold require people to wear face masks. Under the ordinance, everyone 10 years and older would be required to wear a mask any time they will be in contact…Continue Reading

Fulton Sun Newspaper Making Changes in August

Fulton Sun Newspaper Making Changes in August Starting August 8, the Fulton Sun Newspaper will be going to 7 days of digital edition and a one day printed newspaper. Walter Hussman Jr., president off WEHCO Media, which owns the Fulton Sun, made the announcement in a letter to subscribers last week. The change follows 2…Continue Reading

Audrain County Health Department Daily COVID-19 Briefing 7/1

Audrain County Health Department Daily COVID-19 Briefing No new cases of COVID-19 reported in Audrain County this (Wednesday) morning. According to the Audrain County Health Department as of 11 this (Wednesday) morning, 12 cases remain active. Of the 138 total positive cases of COVID-19, 125 cases have recovered with 1 death.Continue Reading

Mexico’s Walk Back In Time Canceled This Year

Mexico’s Walk In Time Canceled This Year A tradition in Mexico is canceled for 2020 amid concerns over COVID-19. In a Facebook post Tuesday afternoon, the Walk Back In Time is announcing that they are canceling this year’s festival due to the pandemic. They say they will be hosting it next year, provided the outbreak…Continue Reading

Mexico Public Safety Says Investigators Have Information on Suspect Vehicle in West Street Homicide

Mexico Public Safety Says Investigators Have Information on Suspect Vehicle in West Street Homicide Mexico Public Safety says it is releasing the Major Case Squad, however will continue investigating the homicide on West Street that happened on Saturday morning. According to Public Safety they have followed up on numerous leads in multiple jurisdictions, and information…Continue Reading

Audrain County Health Department Releases COVID-19 Testing Numbers for 6/30

Audrain County Health Department Releases COVID-19 Testing Numbers for 6/30 The Audrain County Health Department reports no changes in COVID-19 testing numbers from yesterday (Monday) to today (Tuesday). According to the press release sent out at 11 this (Tuesday) morning there are still 12 active cases in the county. Of the 138 total positive cases…Continue Reading

Boone County COVID-19 Update

Boone County COVID-19 Update Eleven new cases of COVID-19 being reported in Boone County yesterday (Sunday). According to Boone County Health Department this brings the total to 101. The current total positive cases in Boone County stands 353. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported an increase of over 300 cases of COVID-19…Continue Reading

Mexico Homicide Investigation Continues

Mexico Homicide Investigation Continues The investigation into a homicide in Mexico Saturday morning continues. According to Mexico Public Safety, 25 year old Chance Davis was shot in his home in the 800 block of West Street Saturday morning. Davis’ girlfriend called police at 4:41 saying in intruder entered the house and shot her boyfriend. As…Continue Reading

Homicide Investigation Underway in Mexico

Homicide Investigation Underway in Mexico A homicide investigation is underway in Mexico after an intruder went into a home early this (Saturday) morning. According to Mexico Public Safety it happened around 4:41am in the 800 block of West Street. A woman reported an intruder came into the home and shot her 25 year old boyfriend.…Continue Reading

License Issued to Missouri’s Only Abortion Clinic

License Issued to Missouri’s Only Abortion Clinic Missouri’s only abortion clinic now has a license to operate after a year long legal battle. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued the license to Planned Parenthood today. A lawsuit was brought last year after Missouri’s Health Department declined to renew the clinic’s license, which…Continue Reading

Lincoln University Announces Position Cuts

Lincoln University Announces Position Cuts Lincoln University is announcing they will cut 41 positions and employee pay will be reduced 2.5 percent in the coming fiscal year to make up for COVID-19 related losses. The University’s Board of Curators approved the budget for fiscal year 2021 this week. The position cuts include 17 jobs that…Continue Reading

New Appeal in From Accused Killing of a Columbia Newspaper Editor

New Appeal in From Accused Killing of a Columbia Newspaper Editor The man accused of the 2001 killing of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt is looking to be released from prison. According to a news release a new petition was filed by Charles Erickson’s attorney for his client in the Missouri Court of…Continue Reading

Audrain County Health Department Daily COVID-19 Briefing for 6/25

Audrain County Health Department Daily COVID-19 Briefing for 6/25 No new cases of COVID-19 in Audrain County as of 11 this (Thursday) morning. According to the Audrain County Health Department there are still 16 active cases in the county. Of the 137 total positive cases, 120 have made recoveries with 1 death.Continue Reading

No Roots And Blues in Columbia This Year

No Roots And Blues in Columbia This Year A popular Fall event in Columbia is being postponed until next year due to COVID-19. The organizers of the Roots N Blues Festival have called off the event that was scheduled for October 2nd through the 4th until next September. Those that have already purchased tickets for…Continue Reading

Fulton Kidnapping and Domestic Violence Incident

Fulton Kidnapping and Domestic Violence Incident A Fulton man is in the Callaway County Jail following a domestic assault on King Street last (Tuesday) night. According to Fulton Police 31 year old Christopher W. Cornett grabbed a victim by the throat, covered the victim’s mouth to muffle the screams. Then picked up a small child,…Continue Reading

Governor Parson Responds To Record Increases In COVID-19 Cases

Governor Parson Responds to Record Increases in COVID-19 Cases Missouri Governor Mike Parson says that record increases in new statewide COVID-19 cases is not a surge or a second wave and are because of increased testing and outbreaks in specific areas. The governor spoke yesterday (Tuesday) at his daily briefing in Jefferson City and says…Continue Reading

Columbia Public Schools Releases Plan for Return to Fall Classes

Columbia Public Schools Releases Plan for Return to Fall Classes Columbia Public Schools is laying out plans for a return to school in the fall amid COVID-19. According to an email sent out to parents from the school yesterday (Monday) students will be asigned to sable groups and assemblies will no longer take place. Some…Continue Reading

Boone County Entering Next Step in Reopening

Boone County Entering Next Step in Reopening Boone County is entering the next step in it’s reopening today, despite cases of COVID-19 continuing to increase. Sunday marked the largest jump in cases statewide with 802 cases since Friday. As of yesterday, there have been 18,143 positive cases in Missouri and 956 deaths statewide, there are…Continue Reading

Second COVID-19 Death in Cole County

Second COVID-19 Death in Cole County A second COVID-19 death of a Cole County resident reported yesterday (Monday) by the Cole County Health Department. The health department did not release any additional identifying information about the victim. There are currently 4 active cases in the county with 55 cases recovered.Continue Reading

Audrain County Commission Announces CARES Act Funding

Audrain County Commission Announces CARES Act Funding The Audrain County Commission is releasing information about funding available through the CARES Act. Audrain County received nearly 3 million dollars from the State of Missouri and has now developed an application process for the first round of funding for local governments, non-profits, and businesses affected by COVID-19.…Continue Reading

New Cases of COVID-19 Reported In Audrain County

New Cases of COVID-19 Reported In Audrain County Two new cases of novel coronavirus are being reported today by the Audrain County Health Department. As of noon today, there are 136 total cases in the county with 16 active, 119 recoveries, and one death. As of Friday, there were 134 total cases in the county.Continue Reading

Callaway County Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars Worth of Methamphetamine

Callaway County Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars Worth of Methamphetamine Over three hundred thousand dollars worth of methamphetamine discovered during a traffic stop in Callaway County yesterday (Sunday) morning. According to the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office the traffic stop happened on US Highway 54 near State Road HH. K9 Kreiger…Continue Reading

Three Missouri State Prisons Will Allow Visiting Again

Three Missouri State Prisons Will Allow Visiting Again Three state prisons in Missouri will allow visitors once again starting on Wednesday. The Missouri Department of Corrections released a statement this (Monday) morning saying limited visiting will be allowed in Jefferson City, Chillicothe, and Licking where testing was completed recently with no COVID-19 cases. All visitors…Continue Reading

Two Fatalities In Howard County Single Car Crash

Two Fatalities In Howard County Single Car Crash A Columbia teen and Tipton man are dead after a single car crash in Howard County yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports it happened around 4pm on Route J west of County Road 318, when a vehicle went off the road and overturned. Both 27…Continue Reading

Drug Charges Filed Against Callaway County Couple Seeking Political Office

Drug Charges Filed Against Callaway County Couple Seeking Political Office A Callaway County couple seeking different political offices are facing felony drug charges. According to court records Adela and Aaron Wisdom were charged on Thursday with manufacture of a controlled substance and attempted tampering with evidence. Law enforcement claim the couple tried to burn 22…Continue Reading

Shooting at Columbia Juneteenth Celebration

Shooting at Columbia Juneteenth Celebration A man is recovering from a gunshot wound after a shooting in Columbia last night (Friday) during a Juneteenth Celebration at Douglass Park. Columbia Police say they went to the call around 8:30 in the 400 block of Providence Road and the victim was taken by medics to a local…Continue Reading

MU Students Will be Required to Wear Masks Indoors On Campus In Fall

MU Students Will be Required to Wear Masks Indoors On Campus In Fall When classes begin in August MU Students will be required to wear face masks while indoors on campus while the coronavirus pandemic continues. UM System President Mun Choi confirmed the decision yesterday (Thursday) after a UM System Board of Curators meeting. Choi…Continue Reading

Murder Charges Filed In Centralia Hit And Run Accident

Murder Charges Filed In Centralia Hit And Run Accident The driver who was responsible for a hit and run accident in Centralia on Tuesday night that killed a 74 year old victim is now charged with a murder. According to court records Amy Rievley has been charged with 2nd degree murder, driving while intoxicated, and…Continue Reading

New Health Order For Boone County Takes Effect Tuesday June 23

New Health Order For Boone County Takes Effect Tuesday June 23 Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services is issuing a new health order effective Tuesday, June 23. In the new order, most occupancy limits are removed for most businesses as long as required social distancing is followed. Personal care facilities can operate with 50%…Continue Reading

Daily COVID-19 Release From Audrain County Health Department

Daily COVID-19 Release From Audrain County Health Department The Audrain County Health Department is releasing the latest numbers for COVID-19 testing in the county. As of 1:00 this afternoon, the situation is unchanged from yesterday’s report of 15 active cases in the county and one death. 2,451 residents have been tested with 2,318 negative. 133…Continue Reading

Vandalia Women’s Prison With Fourteen Positive Cases of COVID-19

Vandalia Women’s Prison With Fourteen Positive Cases of COVID-19 The Women’s prison in Vandalia is testing all offenders and staff for COVID-19, after 14 positive cases. According to the Audrain County Health Department 7 staff and 7 offenders have tested positive as of yesterday. About 700 Staff and offenders remain to be tested, which will…Continue Reading

FFA Awards For Centralia And Ashland And Instructor at Community R-6

FFA Awards For Centralia And Ashland And Instructor at Community R-6 Several FFA Awards being announced yesterday (Tuesday) as the Centralia FFA received the Premier Chapter Award in building communities. The Ashland FFA received the Premier Chapter in strengthening agriculture. Stacy French who is an agriculture instructor at Community R-6 and FFA Advisor for the…Continue Reading

City of Ashland Names New Police Chief

City of Ashland Names New Police Chief The city of Ashland has a new police chief. The Ashland Board of Alderman voted to appoint Sgt. Gabe Edwards to the position at last night’s meeting effective immediately. Edwards appointment comes after police chief Lyn Woolford was placed on adminstrative leave in February where he was accused…Continue Reading

Massive Condominium Fire at Lake of the Ozarks

Massive Condominium Fire at Lake of the Ozarks No injuries after a massive fire at a condominium building at the Lake of the Ozarks last night (Tuesday). About 50 fire fighters from the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District, and about 7 other agencies responded to the fire at the Emerald Bay Condominiums. The state fire…Continue Reading