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    Mid-Mo receives update on response to COVID-19
    Members of the Mid-Mo Ambulance District Board of Directors met by conference call Tuesday evening, March 24. The special meeting was held by phone due to precautions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Electric cooperatives provide a
    vital lifeline for rural Americans
    The COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic has closed workplaces and schools across the country while moving the office and the classroom into our homes for the foreseeable future. Now more than ever, we are aware of the importance of broadband connectivity in rural areas.
    Packing meals
    Tipton R-VI cafeteria workers pack meals Thursday for the next day in the district’s food program offered to area children while school attendance is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    School making scheduling change in meal distribution
    The Moniteau County R-VI School District is making a scheduling change beginning next week in its meal distribution program to area children during the restrictions brought on by a need to alleviate exposure to the novel coronavirus.
    County's count for positive COVID-19 at 2
    The Moniteau County Health Center has confirmed its second positive case of COVID-19 in Moniteau County. The individual is an adult, in their 20’s with travel history. The patient’s identity will remain confidential and the health center will not be releasing any personal information about this case.
    Changes in meal distribution
    The Moniteau County R-VI School District has changed its meal distribution program to area children during the restrictions brought on by a need to alleviate exposure to the novel coronavirus.
    Afternoon stroll
    Kaylynn Harkins, left, Erica Harkins and Amy Ayers enjoys some chit chat while walking around Tipon Thursday, March 26. The streets were filled with walkers and bike riders, while Tipton City Park was filled with people of all ages, playing, walking and fishing in the 72 degree weather. After being cooped up in their homes to self-quarantine, the day seemed like a good one to get out for some fresh air, while still practicing "social distancing."
    County has one case of COVID-19;
    responders follow new protocols
    The Moniteau County Health Center issued a press release on Saturday, March 21, confirming the county’s first positive case of COVID-19.
    4-H offers virtual learning
    As schools are closed across the local area, 4-H is offering virtual learning activities open to all youth. These activities can be found on the Missouri 4-H Facebook website and through links on the Moniteau County 4-H Facebook page. There is also a list of activities on the Missouri 4-H website under Missouri 4-H QuaranTIME where there are Facebook live sessions and Zoom sessions that anyone is able to access.
    Tipton Oak Manor happenings
    As we continue another week of lock down here at the nursing home, we are keeping life upbeat and positive for the folks who depend on us! We have tweaked the group activities to implement social distancing. I have put the residents into groups of 10 or less so we can stay 6 feet apart. This means I’m calling bingo several times a day to include the special care unit. We are also coming up with fun things to do on a one-to-one basis.
    April 7 election postponed to June;
    filings for Primary close March 31
    The April 7 Municipal Election has been postponed to June 2 due to the state of emergency in effect in response to COVID-19, and the Moniteau County Clerk’s office continues to take filings until the March 31 deadline for the August Primary Election despite closure of the courthouse to the public.
    Chamber postpones annual hunt for Easter Eggs
    With only four members of the Tipton Chamber of Commerce attending the Friday, March 20, meeting at Downtown Café, a decision was made to postpone the annual Easter Egg Hunt.
    Changes to MU Extension programming
    As everyone knows, the COVID-19 virus has caused major disruptions and adjustments to our lives, and MU Extension has been impacted as well.
    Club notes
    Grow and Glow
    Tipton Nutrition Center manu
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    Real life can be funny
    Protecting mommy
    Remembering the day
    These six Bunceton students posed Wednesday, March 18, realizing this may be their last day of school for the 2019-20 school year. From the left are juniors Trevor Anderson and Jason Burnett, seniors Landon Petree, Braxton Kempf and George Troupe and junior Hunter Shuffield.
    Bunceton students sacrifice during coronavirus pandemic
    BUNCETON- Here is a message I received from Bunceton High School’s business instructor. “Today (March 18, 2020) was a somber day for the Seniors at Bunceton High School. They are only slated to be out until the 13th of April, but the kids are very smart. They understand the potential for a longer period of quarantine that may be in the cards. Landon Petree, Braxton Kempf and George Troupe posed for some pictures, for potentially one last time as high school seniors. Fulling understanding the gravity of the moment, juniors Jason Burnett and Hunter Shuffield tagged along, to pose for a picture. We all remember our senior year and how fast it flew by. I think it’s important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifice the class of 2020 is making to keep the rest of us safe.” 

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    Price James Library offers new books and news of operation
    The following books are now available at Price James Memorial Library.
    Rural ‘school gardens’ reconnect children with their food, MU study finds
    As technology and supermarkets have made buying food easier and more convenient than ever, researchers believe people are growing more distant from the food they consume. As knowledge about crops, food production and healthy eating is lost over generations ? a process sociologists call “de-skilling” ? some school districts are looking to reconnect children with their food by educating them in a garden setting.
    Weather, virus impact area
    SYRACUSE- We are officially in the first week of spring and between the COVID-19 virus and the weather, things seem like they cannot get much worse. Everything is shut down, schools have closed, stores have empty shelves. Even the churches have closed for a couple of weeks. The order of the day is to stay away from people. Quarantine is the word of the week. Hospitals, nursing homes and even funerals are closed to the public with few exceptions. Restaurants only have drive through service. Traveling is not encouraged which is affecting hotels, motels and spring breaks. Now some talk of shutting down factories and small businesses. This certainly has been the biggest crisis in my lifetime since WWII.
    Just like school
    Rozyn and Raygann Millsap’s mother put the girls’ names on their chairs so they could do their school work. Their mother said they start every morning at 8:30.
    As we are social distancing because of coronavirus
    OTTERVILLE- This is a week to remember. I ventured out twice, once to get my eye shots and second to the Mennonites over by Versailles to look at washing machines. Otherwise I’ve been reduced to watching the squirrels try to beat the blue jays to the numerous pecans in my yard.
    Moniteau County Court proceedings
    Infractions, Misdemeanor, Criminal Felony and Civil Cases Disposed
    Deeds record changes
    in property ownership
    The following changes in property ownership were filed recently with the Moniteau County Recorder of Deeds. This report is a brief description of the deeds filed with the recorder. For a complete description of the properties visit the recorder’s office at the Moniteau County Courthouse in California.
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