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The Monroe City R-1 School District is committed to helping support local veterans. During the week of October 19-23, the school will hold a coin drive competition, called Panthers for Patriots.  The High School, Middle School and Elementary School buildings will compete to raise the most mo…

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The Monroe City Fire Department (M.C.F.D.) celebrated Fire Prevention Week with a bon fire and hayride at South Lake on Saturday evening, October 17. Families and friends gathered together for an evening of outdoor fall fun. The M.C.F.D. and volunteers were present to create an inviting atmo…

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The annual Monroe City Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival blew in to town at St. Jude’s Park on Saturday, October 17. The windy conditions didn’t stop vendors from setting up their goods to sell. The park was filled with people of all ages, who came out to enjoy the day’s events despite the c…

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The Monroe City R-1 School District is committed to helping support local veterans. During the week of October 19-23, the school will hold a coin drive competition, called Panthers for Patriots.  The High School, Middle School and Elementary School buildings will compete to raise the most mo…

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In an attempt to get a jump on this year’s winter season, the Missouri Department of Transportation will hold its annual winter operations drill on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22. The drill has been expanded to two days this year to accommodate social distancing requirements due to…

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The Monroe City Board of Alderman met in regular session on October 8 in the City Council Chambers of City Hall. Prior to the board meeting, an Economic Development meeting was held with Lakeside Casting Solutions to discuss possible future growth for the business.

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The Monroe City basketball season is only a few short weeks away. The new season will welcome players and their fans to the high school gymnasium with a fresh new look. The gym floor shines brightly with a new color scheme, which is eye catching and professionally detailed. MCHS Boys’ Basket…

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The Monroe City Police Department (MCPD) welcomes Officer Brian Dulany, of Moberly. Officer Dulany is a 2007 graduate from the Moberly Area Community College Law Enforcement. He previously served the Centralia community before joining the MCPD. Officer Dulany shared, “I like the department a…

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MA Bank has welcomed old and new customers into their new location for the past week, opening to the public on October 5. The new building provides an inviting atmosphere filled with natural lighting and a sense of openness. The lobby includes an inviting coffee bar complete with great flavo…

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The Monroe City Fire Department (MCFD) held a Grain Bin Rescue Training class on October 10 at the Fire Department from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The University of Missouri Extension Division Fire and Rescue Training Institute were present to instruct those in attendance. The training was made possib…

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A drive down Main Street in downtown Monroe City gives those passing by an eye catching welcome. Downtown businesses have been working hard to perfect the appearance. Several have worked to change the atmosphere and bring an appearance which is both colorful and full of life.

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The Macon-Atlanta State Bank opened in their new location on Monday, October 5. The bank reopened with a new name and logo, along with their new building. Branch Manager Sheila Kendrick stated, “The bank is excited to be open and is ready to serve the community.”

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The City of Monroe City has been awarded a grant for a Pour In Place surface playground made from recycled tires. Bids were sent out for a company to do the project. The low bid was received from S. Bollinger & Associates in the amount of $43,120. City Administrator Jackie Pangborn expla…

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The waterway located between Dover and Cleveland Streets was the topic for discussion at the September 17 City Council meeting. There have been complaints from homeowners of crop debris blowing in the creek nearby from the Farmers Elevator. The waterway collects debris of corn and dust, caus…

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The Monroe County Health Department reports the first death of a Monroe County resident due to COVID-19. The elderly resident tested positive for COVID-19 in August. This case was not travel related.

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The yard of the month has been chosen by the garden club for the month of September. The residential winner was Cliff and Susan Seward located at 827 Park Street. For the business category, Lakeside Casting was chosen as the winner, located at 2 Lakeside Drive.

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Yesterday, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson both tested positive for COVID-19. The First Lady was tested Wednesday morning after experiencing mild symptoms. Although the Governor was not experiencing any symptoms, he was tested as well and received a positive result. At this…

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A Monroe City man suffered fatal injuries and another was listed as seriously injured after a crash on Tuesday, September 23 in Pike County, Illinois.

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The Monroe City Ducks Unlimited chapter has decided not to gather together in person for their annual meeting event due to the pandemic health precautions. Although Ducks Unlimited is not able to offer their usual appetizing meal and friendly atmosphere, there is still a way for participants…

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Today, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, the First Lady was tested this morning after displaying minor symptoms. The Governor was then tested as well and received a positive result.

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Following reports of a positive COVID-19 test for First Lady Teresa Parson, and due to quarantine restrictions, Gov. Mike Parson’s campaign staff has confirmed he will not be able to attend the Missouri Press Association/KOMU-8 gubernatorial forum scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25.

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On Sunday, September 20, the First Baptist Church hosted their eighth annual block party at St. Jude’s Park. The event filled the park with children and adults, as they gathered together to enjoy the afternoons festivities. The entire community was invited to attend and take part in several …

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The City Council chambers were filled with citizens on September 17 for the regular scheduled City Council Meeting. All Board of Alderman members were present including Connie Painter, Marvin Viloria, Jason Osbourne, Jeff Botkins, Rusty Rothweiler and Ralph Lemongelli, along with City Clerk …

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The Monroe City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Everything Under the Sun on September 21, celebrating the newly opened consignment shop. Owner, Britinee Hinch, along with her three children attended the ceremony cutting the ribbon together as chamber members stood in support of…

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SRO Sergeant Brian Walters has determined in his heart to be a helping hand to local families in need. Sgt. Walters has coordinated with the Monroe City Police Department to start Operation Blue Santa. Sgt. Walters stated, “I want to take the Blue Santa theme of giving a little farther. I wa…

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The City of Monroe City Generator project has been the focus of Mayor Jerry Potterfield. The City is working to decommissioning the electric production capabilities of the City. The council will have to decide which is the better option for the City and the citizens. The council will be voti…

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“It’s time for a change,” stated City Administrator Jackie Pangborn, as she finishes out her 21 year long career working for the City of Monroe City. Pangborn recently resigned her position as City Administrator, giving a two weeks notice at the previous City Council meeting. Pangborn explai…

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The Mark Twain Lake was filled with a Republican Sea supporting the upcoming election to re-elect President Donald Trump. Mark Twain Lake took part in an organized lake parade, as did several other lakes around the nation on Sunday, September 6.

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Ashley Yager, a second-grade teacher at Monroe City R-1 Elementary School, received a $250 grant through WGU Missouri’s “Fund My Classroom” initiative. Yager was awarded the grant during Teacher Appreciation Week in early May. The funds were used to purchase a collection of nonfiction books …

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Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick Smith announces the following individuals were sentenced to the Missouri Department of Corrections from the period beginning May 1, 2020, and ending August 31, 2020:

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As the smell of BBQ filled the air this past Labor Day weekend, a gathering in Ely, brought an agrarian vibe to the holiday. A group of about 25 people gathered at Jim Underhill’s equipment shop for his annual watermelon growing contest and tiller race.

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Downtown Monroe City has added another attraction to Main Street with a new business. Everything Under the Sun opened on August 3. Entrepreneur Brittnee Hinch, of Monroe City, recently opened the consignment shop located at 104 North Main Street. Hinch stated. “I’ve always dreamed of being a…

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The Board of Alderman met in regular session on September 3 at South Park. The meeting was held at the park in order to allow more space for social distancing and provide increased COVID-19 Pandemic precautions. The meeting was well attended by several concerned citizens prepared to defend t…

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Three University of Missouri-Kansas City students have been awarded Chang-Lin Tien Scholarships from the University of Missouri System President Mun Choi. Of those receiving the awards, was Samantha N. Hays, a biology major, of Monroe City. Samantha is the daughter of Rick and Melissa Hays.

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The Monroe City R-1 School (MCR-1) District was effected by the COVID-19 pandemic on the third day of the school year. Students had barely had time to learn their new schedules, before being switched to a new way of learning. Superintendent Tony DeGrave announced on August 26, MCR-1 High Sch…

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Instead of finding the golden ticket on August 27, the Monroe City FFA Chapter shared in reaping the benefits of John Heinecke finding a mysterious green cup in his pail of talc.  Heinecke was one of three recipients to find the winning green cup this year. During each annual packaging seaso…

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The Monroe City Ambulance District Board recently voted for the ambulance district to improve the retirement of its employees by offering Missouri LAGERS as a retirement option. MO LAGERS is the largest public pension system in Missouri serving local government employees. We believe a dignif…

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The Missouri Ad Managers’ Association (MAMA) held its annual ad contest for 2019. The Lake Gazette won several awards in the state-wide contest. To enter the contest, newspapers submit ads to the association and a panel of judges then awards each for its advertising qualities in the differen…