Moniteau County Treasurer Sarah Jones, left, and Lorna Houk, a deputy in the county clerk's office, conduct the tedious process of a hand count of ballots cast at Tipton in Tuesday's Primary Election. A count of at least one precinct chosen randomly is a routine part of the clerk's verification of each election. Tipton was chosen on purpose this time, however, due to problems encountered with the automatic tabulating machine at the precinct which ultimately had to be replaced during the day with another machine. The precinct was also chosen due to the closeness of the results in the Tipton R-VI bond issue question which came to within five votes on the overall total in three counties of the required four-sevenths majority to pass. UPDATE: The count was started Wednesday and completed Thursday, with no change in the total reported Tuesday night.
County Clerk Roberta Elliott said Thursday afternoon there was no change in the outcome of votes at Tipton in a manual and electronic recount due to malfunctions with the tabulating equipment. With more than a 40 percent voter turnout that may have been compromised by a machine that eventually had to be replaced, concerns were that results reported Tuesday night may have been off enough to change the turnout of the Tipton R-VI bond question, Proposition Kids. The measure required a four-sevenths majority of the total votes cast in Moniteau, Morgan and Cooper counties to pass, but overall received about 56.64 percent, shy by about five votes. The total vote was 550 yes and 421 no. Elliott said as part of the verification process her office is required to recount a precinct, normally chosen randomly. She said the Tipton was the precinct recounted. A Democrat and a Republican conducted the manual recount.
Carrie Irey deposits her ballot in the tabulating machine after marking as a participant in the Primary Election in Tipton Tuesday morning, Aug. 4. Irey voted just before 8 a.m. prior to beginning her UPS route.
Arlene Su sets up privacy sections on counters and tables in the Knights of Columbus dining hall Monday, Aug. 3. Su was there helping the Moniteau County Clerk's office, Moniteau County Commissioners and a couple volunteers to prepare for the Primary Election that will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4. The Knights of Columbus Hall will be open for registered voters at 6 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m. Plastic dividers have been set up similar to the voter polls in June. Hand sanitizers will be available and volunteers will be cleaning booths and pens frequently. Masks are not required at the booths. All voters must show a form of I.D.
While it has previously not given specifics about the location of new COVID-19 cases in the county when posting updates, the Moniteau County Health Center last week named a local restaurant in “potential COVID-19 community exposure.”
I’m loving the cooler temperatures this week. It’s making me anxious for fall. I know this is August in Missouri, but I’m thankful for the break from the heat to just get outdoors and enjoy myself without the extreme heat.
Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, has asked the public to take part in a public opinion survey regarding safety and security, officers’ attitudes and competency, overall agency performance, and concerns regarding crime and social issues.
A hummingbird’s attraction to a cardinal flower is an example of how using the appropriate plants can turn your yard into bird-friendly habitat. Learn more about plants that can attract birds at a free virtual Missouri Department of Conservation program Wednesday, Aug. 12.
Learn how to create a bird-friendly yard in MDC online program
Providing good habitat for birds involves more than putting water in a birdbath and hanging a feeder in the backyard. Having the proper combination of shrubs, wildflowers and small trees can attract a variety of birds around your home for your viewing pleasure.
Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission to adjust the fuel and purchased power adjustment charge on the bills of its electric customers.
Prairie Grove Baptist Church members Monica Boone, left, and Deborah Thomas fill a backpack with school supplies for Breanna Patton while her mother, Melissa Shoemaker watches. The church provided free school necessities according to lists provided by area schools during their Back to School Bash held Saturday, Aug. 1. The supplies are all purchased through donations by the small congregation.
Debbie Lake, interim city clerk at Otterville, left, congratulates Valarie Main who was recently hired by the Otterville City Council to fill that position.
Otterville City Council names new city clerk
by Wilma Watring
OTTERVILLE- Debbie Lake was asked to fill in as city clerk at Otterville until a new clerk could be hired after former City Clerk Judy Bailey resigned. Debbie graciously offered to do just that. Resumes were sent, prospects were interviewed and the City Council thought the best fit for the position would be Valarie Main.
Renee Hughes has fixed up her backyard so nicely she was awarded the Bunceton Community Betterment Association’s Yard of the Month for July.
Bunceton plans Back-to-School social
by Sarah Kuschel
BUNCETON-July 27-31 was scheduled to be the last week of Bunceton’s summer school. With the increase of COVID-19 cases in Cooper County, the administration decided to shorten the camp by two days making Wednesday, July 29, the last day of school.
The unemployment rate in Moniteau County fell by three tenths of a percentage point in June as the area continues to recover from the closing of what the government deemed non-essential businesses in March and April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A dual celebration will take place at the Tipton Area Veterans’ Memorial at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7. Not only is it Purple Heart Day in Missouri, as recently proclaimed by Gov. Mike Parson, the dedication of two additional stones will take place.
SYRACUSE- July is history and now it is August and time for the Syracuse City Council to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Syracuse City Hall. Here is some of the old business that was discussed at the July 9 council meeting. Lori Wineland said there was no outstanding water bills. Councilman Moberly reported no outages form Ameren poles. The swing set payment and mulch payment were sent by certified mail on June 20, 2020. The Syracuse City Parkhouse was booked for July 12 and 19 and Aug. 9 and 22.
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.