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Oncology Clinic At MU Women’s & Children’s Hospital Remains Open

Oncology Clinic At MU Women’s & Children’s Hospital Remains Open KOMU Channel 8 is reporting that the oncology clinic at MU Women’s & Children’s Hospital will not be closing after all. Citing several sources, KOMU says that the clinic will continue to provide hematology and oncology services for pediatric patients. Initial reports said the clinic…Continue Reading

Missouri 4-H Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced

Missouri 4-H Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced The Missouri 4-H Foundation is announcing the winners of their scholarships. In Audrain County, Lauryn Robnett was awarded an Orscheln 4-H Scholarship. In Boone County, winners were Saylor Forsyth, Stephen Coy, William Adkins, Matthew Vaugn, Sophia Cunningham, and Heather Snow. Bryar DeLashmutt from Callaway County, Marlena Long of Monroe…Continue Reading

Audrain County Jail Has No Positive COVID-19 Cases

Audrain County Jail Has No Positive COVID-19 Cases Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller is setting the record straight regarding inmates and COVID-19 testing. According to a press release from Oller, a central Missouri media outlet erroneously reported an outbreak of COVID-19 among Audrain County inmates. Oller reached out to that media outlet and they had…Continue Reading

MU Women’s & Children’s Hospital Closing Oncology Clinic

MU Women’s & Children’s Hospital Closing Oncology Clinic MU Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Columbia is closing their oncology clinic. A physician leaving is the cause of the closure, effective July 31st. Hospitals in St. Louis or Kansas City are the closest options for families with pediatric cancer patients. MU says they are recruiting for…Continue Reading

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding In Audrain County

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding In Audrain County Heavy rains cause flooding in western Audrain County. Storms that moved through last night caused numerous road closures in the Highway T and Highway E area of Audrain County and at least one water rescue. Estimates provide by fire department responders indicated fast-moving water nearly a foot deep…Continue Reading

NECAC Looking For Another Montgomery County Board Member

NECAC Looking For Another Montgomery County Board Member NECAC is seeking nominations for a civic interest representative from Montgomery County on its board of directors. Applications will be taken from June 17th to July 17th, with the three-year term of service starting in September. The person chosen will join two other Montgomery County residents on…Continue Reading

Ameren Missouri Starts COVID-19 Clean Slate Program

Ameren Missouri Starts COVID-19 Clean Slate Program Ameren Missouri is announcing more money available for energy assistance for customers. In a press release today (Wednesday), Ameren Missouri is providing 3.5 million additional dollars in energy assistance funds to customers statewide. In March, the company announced a million dollars in assistance funds to assist needy families.…Continue Reading

City of Mexico Extends Phase 1 Of Their Reopen Plan

City of Mexico Extends Phase 1 Of Their Reopen Plan The City of Mexico is extending Phase 1 of its Reopen Plan In a release from City Manager Bruce Slagle, Mexico will follow the State of Missouri’s Recovery and Reopen Guidelines and extend Phase 1 through Monday, June 15th. Provided Mexico meets the CDC Gateway…Continue Reading

Audrain County Sheriff’s Department Releases Statement On Planned Vigil And Protest in Mexico Tonight

Audrain County Sheriff’s Department Releases Statement On Planned Vigil And Protest in Mexico Tonight This is a release posted on the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page this morning. The Audrain County Sheriff’s Office is aware that there have been numerous conversations through social media about vigils or protests occurring in Mexico on Wednesday, June…Continue Reading

Some Election Results From Tuesday Night

Some Election Results From Tuesday Night Voters in Audrain County approved a 1.75 percent use tax on online and out of state purchases during yesterday’s (Tuesday) Municipal Election. The city of Mexico also approved a 2 percent use tax with the yes votes garnering 65 percent. On the Mexico Board of Education Kelli S. Teel,…Continue Reading

Columbia Police Geoff Jones Releases Releases Statement On Protests

Columbia Police Geoff Jones Releases Statement On Protests Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones is responding to the protests around the state in a statement released yesterday (Tuesday). Jones said as demonstrations continue to take place in Columbia, officers will ensure the safety of residents while supporting demonstrators’ constitutional rights. Jones went on to say that…Continue Reading

Jefferson City Man Arrested In Fulton On Sodomy Charges

Jefferson City Man Arrested In Fulton On Sodomy Charges A Jefferson City man is facing 2 different sodomy charges. The Fulton Police Department arrested De’Ontae Gish around William Woods Drive yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. He was arrested and taken to the Callaway County jail, thirty thousand dollar cash only bond has been set by the court.Continue Reading

Mexico Man With Minor Injuries in Audrain County Accident

Mexico Man With Minor Injuries in Audrain County Accident A Mexico man is recovering from minor injuries after a 2 car accident in Audrain County last night (Monday). According to the Missouri Highway Patrol it happened shortly after 6 on US 54 westbound about 596 feet before bridge A4687. One vehicle swerved to miss another…Continue Reading

Jefferson City Shooting Near Walgreens Pharmacy

Jefferson City Shooting Near Walgreens Pharmacy An 18 year old is recovering from gunshot wounds after a shooting near the Walgreens Pharmacy in Jefferson City last night (Monday). Officers went to the 3700 block of West Truman Boulevard just before 6:30 last night, and found the victim who was taken to a local hospital to…Continue Reading

Jefferson City Protest Incidents

Jefferson City Protest Incidents Several incidents under investigation in connection near the Capitol protest last night (Monday) in Jefferson City. The Jefferson City Police say around 4:13 yesterday evening a call was received from a Jefferson City Transit bus driver in the 1200 block of Linden Drive. The driver said that a window had been…Continue Reading

First COVID-19 Death Reported in Audrain County

First COVID-19 Death Reported in Audrain County The first COVID-19 death in Audrain County is being reported. The Audrain County Health Department released the information at 3 Monday afternoon and say out of respect for privacy, they will not be releasing any further information regarding the patient. According to the health department Audrain County has…Continue Reading

Audrain Ambulance District Welcomes New Administrator

Audrain Ambulance District Welcomes New Administrator The Audrain Ambulance District is welcoming a new adminstrator. According to The Mexico Ledger, Graeme Goodwin is the former chief medical officer of the Lincoln County Ambulance District in Troy and is now the administrator for Audrain Ambulance District. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand and now living in Fulton,…Continue Reading

Missouri Casinos Set to Re-Open

Missouri Casinos Set to Re-Open Missouri casinos are set to reopen today (Monday), ending an almost 2 1/2 month shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All 13 of Missouri’s casinos were closed on march 17th in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The closure was extended last month through May 31st. Many…Continue Reading

Multiple Cases of COVID-19 Reported On The Base Of Fort Leonard Wood

Multiple Cases of COVID-19 Reported On The Base of Fort Leonard Wood Almost 70 cases of COVID-19 are being reported on the base of Fort Leonard Wood. A press release yesterday (Sunday) said the results came after about 500 soldiers and trainees were tested over a 2 day period. Affected individuals have been isolated or…Continue Reading

Protests Continuing In Missouri

Protests Countinuing In Missouri Protests continuing in mid-Missouri yesterday as protestors gathered in Columbia and Boonville to protest police brutality following the death of George Floyd. In Columbia, traffic was blocked on College Avenue yesterday as the protestors held signs and chanted. Last night in Columbia the protestors blocked the intersection of Broadway and Providence.…Continue Reading

Marches Held In Columbia Over George Floyd Police Killing

Marches Held In Columbia Over George Floyd Police Killing A march held in Columbia yesterday (Friday) morning to bring awareness to police brutality against African Americans and the need for accountability and justice. The march came after days of nationwide protests and a video showing a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George…Continue Reading

Missouri’s Only Remaining Abortion Clinic Can Remain Open

Missouri’s Only Remaining Abortion Clinic Can Remain Open Missouri’s only abortion clinic will remain open. In the ruling yesterday by the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commissioner states that Planned Parenthood is entitled to renewal of the abortion facility license and that the state only identified two causes to deny the license and that Planned Parenthood had…Continue Reading

COVID-19 Patient Visited Lake Ozarks Bar During Memorial Day Weekend

COVID-19 Patient Visited Lake Ozarks Bar During Memorial Day Weekend The Camden County Health Department is warning a Boone County resident who has tested positive for the coronavirus was a visitor at the Lake of the Ozarks during Memorial Day Weekend. The Camden County Health Director said yesterday, the case arrived at the Lake last…Continue Reading

Columbia Shooting Victim Dies

Columbia Shooting Victim Dies A Columbia man has died from injuries sustained in a shooting earlier this week. According to the Columbia Police Department 36 year old Rod Jamal Jones was taken off life support on Wednesday. The shooting happened in the 2700 block of Quail Drive in Columbia on Monday. An investigation into the…Continue Reading

Governor Parson Extends Phase One of Show Me Strong Recovery Plan

Governor Parson Extends Phase One of Show Me Strong Recovery Plan Governor Mike Parson is extending Phase 1 of the state’s Show Me Strong Recovery Plan from Sunday, May 31st through Monday, June 15th. Parson said yesterday that some communities are farther along than others in the recovery process. Extending Phase 1 will give communities…Continue Reading

City of Mexico is Delaying Phase Two of Reopening Plan

City of Mexico is Delaying Phase Two of Reopening Plan The City of Mexico is delaying the reopening of their facilities due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases throughout the community. In a release yesterday the city says the phase 2 of the city’s facility reopen plan that was set to take place June…Continue Reading

Urgent Call For Blood Donors

Urgent Call For Blood Donors The American Red Cross is putting out an urgent request for blood donors. All types are needed and healthy, eligible individuals are encouraged to donate to help replenish the blood supply. If you are in good health, over 16 years old and weigh more than 110 pounds and haven’t donated…Continue Reading

COVID-19 Tests At All Missouri Veterans Homes

COVID-19 Tests At All Missouri Veterans Homes Residents and staff in all of Missouri’s Veterans Homes will be tested for COVID-19. Governor Mike Parson made the announcement yesterday as part of the states comprehensive testing strategy called sentinel testing. Testing in Mexico will be conducted next week, and in the remaining facilities the following weeks.…Continue Reading

Jefferson City House Fire at Park Crest Drive

Jefferson City House Fire at Park Crest Drive One person is recovering from smoke inhalation after a house fire in Jefferson City last night. The Jefferson City Fire Department went to the call around 8:30 in the 2400 block of Park Crest Drive. Fire units say they found the occupant outside of the home, and…Continue Reading

Moniteau County Fatal Car Accident

Moniteau County Fatal Car Accident A California, MO woman is dead after a 2 car accident in Moniteau County yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol it happened on U.S. 50 at Business 50 east junction. A vehicle was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 50, and struck the driver…Continue Reading

Joseph Elledge Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charges of Missing Wife

Joseph Elledge Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charges of Missing Wife Joseph Elledge is pleading not guilty in the murder of his wife Mengqi Ji. His lawyer entered the plea in the Boone County Courthouse yesterday. His wife was reported missing last October. Joseph Elledge was named a prime suspect in her disappearance by Boone…Continue Reading

Two Staff Members At Fulton State Hospital Test Positive For COVID-19

Two Staff Members at Fulton State Hospital Test Positive For COVID-19 2 staff members at the Fulton State Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Missouri Department of Mental Health they were the second and third positive results among hospital staff. A spokesperson for the department said they were notified of the cases…Continue Reading

Daily COVID-19 Testing Numbers From Audrain County Health Department

Daily COVID-19 Testing Numbers From Audrain County The number of active COVID-19 cases in Audrain County continues to rise. As of 1 this afternoon, according to the Audrain County Health Department, there are 66 positive cases in the county. Of those 66, 56 are active including 3 that are hospitalized; 10 cases have now recovered.…Continue Reading

Tornado Touches Down in Chariton County On Monday Night

Tornado Touches Down in Chariton County On Monday Night Minor structural damage being reported in Chariton County after a tornado briefly touched down last night. The National Weather Service in Kansas City said the tornado touched down around 6 last night at the corner of Mike Road and Vernon Kennedy near Mendon.Continue Reading

Ten New Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Audrain County

Ten New Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Audrain County The Audrain County Health Department is reporting 56 active cases of COVID-19 in the county as of 6pm tonight (Monday). That is an increase of 10 new cases since the last report of testing numbers on Friday, May 22nd. According to the health department 509 individuals…Continue Reading

Paris and Fulton Teens Injured in Monroe County Accident

Paris and Fulton Teens Injured in Monroe County Accident Four teens are recovering from minor injuries following a one car accident in Monroe County last night (Sunday). According to the Missouri Highway Patrol it happened just after 7 on Business-154 east of US-24 in Paris. A vehicle went off the road after overcorrecting and hit…Continue Reading

Missouri Expanding COVID-19 Testing This Week

Missouri Expanding COVID-19 Testing This Week An effort for expanded COVID-19 testing in Missouri will get underway this week. Governor Mike Parson says the plan is to reach 7,500 tests per day. In Columbia testing will be done at the Hickman High School on June 1st and 2nd. The only requirement to be tested is…Continue Reading

Jefferson City School District Pushing Back Graduation Date

Jefferson City School District Pushing Back Graduation Date The Jefferson City School District is pushing back graduation. The announcement was posted on the district’s Facebook page yesterday that it will not be able to hold a graduation commencement on June 12th. The district cited current COVID-19 restrictions as to why June 12th would not work…Continue Reading

New Boone County Reopening Plans Announced

New Boone County Reopening Plans Announced New Boone County health orders are being announced amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The orders announced yesterday by Boon County and Columbia leaders go into effect on Tuesday, May 26th at midnight. Under these new orders, businesses will be able to reopen at 50% capacity. Most retail businesses will not…Continue Reading

Audrain County Positive COVID-19 Double In Twenty-Four Hour Period

Audrain County Positive COVID-19 Double In Twenty-Four Hour Period The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Aurain County doubles in twenty-four hours. In the daily press briefing from the Audrain County Health Department, as of 3:30 this (Saturday) afternoon, 499 county residents have been tested with 47 positive results. One of the positive cases has…Continue Reading

Fifty Thousand Dollars Worth of Motorcycles Stolen From Mid America Harley-Davidson In Columbia

Fifty Thousand Dollars Worth of Motorcycles Stolen From Mid America Harley-Davidson In Columbia Columbia Police are asking for public assistance in identifying suspects and recovering stolen property from a burglary at the Mid America Harley-Davidson on Tuesday. During the investigation it was found the burglars broke glass and got inside the business and four motorcycles…Continue Reading