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The Board of Alderman met in regular session on May 21. The fate of the Monroe City Pool for the summer season was on the agenda for discussion. Among the discussion of health safety, the City Administrator also informed the board there was a lack of interest in applications to staff the pool.

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The Monroe City Municipal Election gives voters the option to re-elect or bring in new faces to be elected on the June 2 ballot. The ballot contains open positions for Mayor and an Alderman from Ward I and Ward II. After election, each will serve a two-year term. The Municipal election is to…

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On May 23, two subjects were taken into custody by the Monroe City Police Department on charges of stealing a motor vehicle/watercraft/aircraft. Arrested was Marvin Vernell Martin, of Perry, and Kristin Branham, of Hannibal.

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Ashley Yager, a second-grade teacher at Monroe City Elementary School, has received a $250 grant through WGU Missouri’s “Fund My Classroom” initiative. The funds will be used by Yager to purchase a collection of nonfiction books to add to her classroom library.

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Memorial Day weekend represents honor and service. In years past, the VFW Post 4240 would be standing at the intersection giving out poppy flowers in remembrance of great lives lost during wars. The VFW Post also took donations at this time to help fund the local post, which helps with vario…

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Despite the world-wide pandemic and slowing economy, several projects are moving onward as planned in Monroe City. New projects are being constructed, old buildings are being restored, along with others being demolished. The community continues to change and grow among the challenging times …

The Monroe City Fire Department (M.C.F.D.) firefighters participated in a training exercise on May 18 in front of the fire station. Fire Chief Rich Enochs explained, “We were doing structural hose training and teaching the new guys how to hook the hydrants during a structure fire.”

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The Monroe City R-1 School District (MCR-1) will be starting the 2020-21 academic year with changes. The halls will see new faces in leadership in the high school building. Superintendent Dr. Tracy Bottoms will enter his twenty-fifth year at the Montgomery County School District resigning hi…

On May 8, an Officer assisted with a Civil Dispute on Garden Lane. Officer made contact with both individuals and a resolution was made shortly after.

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As the last day of the academic 2019-20 Monroe City R-1 School year approaches, parents are getting an extra month for graduation preparations. The last day is officially today, Friday, May 15. The MCR-1 School District has been making end of the year preparations for students to re-open bui…

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of Erica I. Johnson, 20, of Seabrook, New Hampshire, for class B felony attempted child kidnapping. The arrest was the result of an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Dru…

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has deemed Monroe City Manor Care Center worthy of a 5-Star Quality Rating. Factors such as health inspections, meeting set clinical quality data measures, and the level of staffing determine the overall star ratings for every nursing ho…

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On May 11, the Missouri Highway Patrol had traffic stalled on Main Street, escorting an extremely wide load with flashing lights. The trucks passing through sparked the interest of several watching. The heavy haul spent the night parked at Ren Potterfield Trucking’s lot.

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The Mosswood Meadows Golf Course and the City of Monroe City met on May 7 to clarify numbers and expectations. Mosswood shared the need to have two items cleared up. While the City had four items needing to be determined to prepare the Contract for Services, discussed at the previous meeting…

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More than twenty local women have continued to spread their ability to give by volunteering their time and skills. Together, they are helping to provide safer environments for anyone needing a face mask during the pandemic of COVID-19. The women formed the group Masks for MC. They have been …

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This week, around the nation, nurses will be recognized for National Nurses Week May 6-12. Nurses are the heartbeat to healthcare, the communication and advocate between patients, doctors, therapists and families. Nurses are the glue. Nurses perform duties every day that fit the role of seve…

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The Monroe City Food Pantry received 600 pounds of ground pork on April 30 from the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The fund was launched last month by the United Way of the Mark Twain Area in an effort to address the increasing need for food at area senior centers and food pantries. Volunteers Dev…

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Sharon Murphy woke on April 24 ready for the day and started her routine on the farm. Bright and early, Sharon headed out to take the dogs on their morning walk at 6:30 a.m. She soon learned this day would be anything but routine as she walked by the pasture and observed a newborn stud colt …

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The Monroe City Chamber of Commerce has been working with local businesses encouraging community members to shop local. The campaign called “Share the Love” began in an effort to showcase the support of shopping local. Chamber officer Mindy Hays shared, “The Chamber of Commerce wanted to spu…

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The Monroe City Board of Alderman requested the Mosswood Golf Course establish a contract for services and payment plan for the debt owed to the City in the amount of $37,606.85. The Mosswood board gave a presentation at the April 23 City Council meeting requesting the City of Monroe City fo…

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The Board of Alderman discussed the of hiring lifeguards and pool staff for this year’s summer season on April 23 at the regular session city council meeting.  City Administrator shared the importance of hiring early to provide training to the guards and if the City had plans to open the poo…

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The Board of Alderman discussed the possibly of customers not being able to pay their utility bills related to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on April 23. Customers needing additional time to pay their utilities will have to make contact with the City to discuss a payment plan.

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The Monroe City Manor Care Center (MCMCC) welcomed the warm weather on Sunday, April 26 with the residents sitting outside in front of the building for a social distancing parade. Family of loved ones, staff and community members drove through the parking lot to show their support and care t…

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A sister’s bond cannot be stopped by the new times of social distancing. This can be seen in a photo captured at the Knox County Nursing Home as two sisters, Carol Sue Johnson and Mary Beth Adams, traveled to Edina to visit their sister, Anne Mallet, a resident at the home. The smiles and lo…

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The American Red Cross will be hosting a Monroe City Community Blood Drive on Monday, April 27. The blood drive will be held at the K of C Hall from 12:45 – 6 p.m. The drive is being sponsored by the Monroe City United Methodist Church.

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson has signed Executive Order 20-09 which extends the state of emergency through June 15, 2020.  Governor Parson will introduce the reopening order next week, which will take effect on Monday, May 4.

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COVID-19 update for April 23: 6,321 positive patients. We are saddened to report we have lost 218 Missourians to COVID-19.

It’s that time of year again.  We will soon see farmers markets set up to sell produce and fruit.  Helpful information is set out below for a safe and healthy Farmers Market for sellers and buyers alike.  If you have any questions, please call Monroe County Health Department at 660/327-4653.

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The Monroe City Fire Department answered a different call to the public this week, going above the line of duty. The department received a letter from a local family asking if they had badges for children. Karen Kendrick explained, stating, “I was hoping for a letter back with a few stickers…

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The United Way of the Mark Twain Area, which launched a COVID-19 Emergency Fund last month, announced on Wednesday a major new effort to address the increasing need for food at area senior centers and food pantries.

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The Board of Aldermen met in a special session on April 16 via social media Zoom at 5 p.m. The meeting was held to address the unfinished business at the previous meeting concerning a utility policy and circumstances for customers who may experience hardships during COVID-19.

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There are four storm shelters located in Monroe City and will be open to the public to take shelter during COVID-19. Should the need arise, those taking shelter are asked to wear a mask if they have one available. The shelters are located at City Hall, the Holy Rosary Church Basement, the Ba…

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In recent weeks, Mary Lou Dawson, like many of us, has found herself feeling a little more lonely than before.  Mary Lou’s husband passed away Feb 2, 2014 and since, she has take care of her yard work alone.  Expressing how she loves to mow, but just cant get in there and rake much anymore. …

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The community was filled with eager faces and excitement on the evening of April 10, as children and parents waited to drive by the Easter Bunny and receive a basket filled with goodies. Vehicles lined up through both HNB and Prairie Queen Ag parking lots before entering the Mark Twain Shopp…

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As Monroe County and the surrounding counties continue to practice social distancing, the Monroe County Health Department continues to report zero confirmed cases of COVID-19. The two adjoining counties of Shelby and Ralls have had one confirmed case each, which are now recovered.

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PeopleServices Manager George Hausdorf informed the City Council on April 9 of repairs needed at both Route J Lake and the sewer plant. The cost of the repairs is estimated to cost $11,800 should the City agree to fix them.

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Utility assistance was the topic of discussion for the Board of Alderman at the April 9 City Council meeting. The meeting was held in regular session via Zoom. The council discussed options for utility customers facing hardships due to reduced income related to COVID-19.

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Monroe City was bumper to bumper on Saturday evening, as community members were “Cruising for a Cause” along the old cruise strip. The Monroe City Food Pantry collected a trailer full of food items and approximately $760 in donations. The event was organized by several community members, who…

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Joe and Debbie Timbrook will continue their giving generosity this Easter for many youth, despite the social distancing guidelines. Although they have had to cancel the popular Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, they still made a way to pass out Easter Baskets to the area youth in Monroe City. The …