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With no statewide mandate in Missouri, more local governments are requiring masks

(Missouri Independent) – In early July, the Columbia City Council passed an ordinance requiring everyone over 10 years old to wear a face mask when in close contact with someone from outside their household. Since that vote, a requirement for face masks has been in every health order issued for the city of 123,000 by the Columbia-Boone […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Governor Parson says “It’s about local control,” holidays must be different

Mask requirements are happening at the local level. After Governor Mike Parson on Thursday sent towns and counties an ADVISORY for keeping down the rampant spread of the virus, leaving them the option.     But Parson says, it’s more than just masks, distancing, not staying inside with anyone more than 15 minutes, plus handwashing. […]

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Audio: United States Postal Services urges you to mail your packages early

The U. S. Postal Service is urging you to mail your holiday packages early this year. Brian Hauswirth has our report.     The Postal Service describes 2020 as an extraordinary year of unprecedented challenges, with the COVID pandemic. The Postal Service is expecting significant volume increases. They have 644-thousand employees dedicated to ensuring gifts […]

Holiday Parade

Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce announces results of “74th Annual Holiday Parade”

With just over 50 entries, the 74th Annual Holiday Parade “Home for the Holidays, sponsored by Hedrick Medical Center & HyVee, was carried out in true community tradition. The parade was announced live from the courthouse location on Washington by Dave Rogers and Bill Shaffer. Entries were judged on the use of theme, originality, and […]

Grundy R-5 School

Grundy R-5 to close buildings due to spike in COVID-19 cases; instruction to continue by virtual format

The Grundy County R-5 School District buildings will be closed to students on November 23rd and 24th due to the recent spike in county COVID-19 cases, the potential loss of staff, quarantined students, and close contact conditions. Superintendent Phillip Fox says instruction will continue those days using a virtual format. The situation will be explained […]

North Central Missouri Mental Health Center

North Central Missouri Mental Health Center to remain closed through end of the year

The North Central Missouri Mental Health Center has extended its closure to the public through the end of the year. Mental Health Center offices will be open for staff only. Consumer activities will be conducted via telephone services or telehealth. Medication refill requests will be addressed and completed as usual. Offices will be staffed with […]

Grundy County Health Department Website

Grundy County Health Department reports 220 cases of COVID-19 over the last three weeks; positivity rate is 32.3%

Over the last three weeks, since October 28th, the Grundy County Health Department reports 220 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified. The health department reports Grundy county’s positivity rate for the week from November 8th through 14th is 32 point two (32.2) percent, or one in three, which is in between two other methods […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Governor Parson reiterates opposition to statewide mask mandate; promotes “Show Me You Care” campaign

Missouri’s governor has been using stops this week to tout a program called the “Show Me You Care” campaign, which emphasizes the need for you to wear a mask, practice good hygiene, and to social distance. Governor Mike Parson says everyone must step up to stop the spread of COVID. The state Department of Health […]