Archives for April 2020

Adair County Commissioners Vote to End Social Distancing Ordinance

Adair County Commissioners voted to end Social Distancing Ordinance 2020-2 effective 11:59 pm May 3. The Commissioners encourage residents to follow guidelines issued through Executive Order 20-09 by Governor Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The rules under the first phase of the “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan next Monday states that every person and business in the state of Missouri shall abide by social-distancing requirements, including maintaining 6 feet of space between individuals. This provision shall not apply to family members or individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than 6 feet. Individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than 6 feet should take enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate the risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

Scotland County R-1 High School Graduation Plans

The Scotland County R1 School District has announced the date of their High School graduation. It will take place on Sunday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the football field. The school district says they’ve been
working diligently with local health officials as well as the Scotland County Health Department to formulate a plan for commencement.

The event will take place outside on the football field.

Each graduate will only be allowed to have 6 total family members and/or guests attend the commencement.

Each family/guest grouping of 6 will be spaced 6 feet or more apart in the football bleachers.

There will be assigned seating in the football bleachers for each family/guest grouping.

Commencement will not be open to the public, but will broadcast via Facebook Live on the Scotland County R-1 Facebook Page.

South Shelby Student Wins Poster Contest

South Shelby student Veronica Grawe, is the winner of the Missouri Division of Fire Safety poster contest. She will be awarded a prize, and her drawing will be hung up in their Jefferson City office. See her poster on the Shelbina Fire Protection District’s Facebook page:

ER Tent at Scotland County Hospital Removed

Scotland County Hospital reports that the ER tent that was located outside the hospital to screen all ER patients has been taken down. A spokesperson says the tent came down due to the lack of surge in COVID testing/patients. Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms needs to call the COVID Hotline to arrange to be screened. Patients entering the Hospital and Clinic will continue to be screened at the entrances with a temperature check and questioning.

Energy Assistance Program Extended for Ameren Customers Impacted by Coronavirus

An energy assistance program has been extended to May 31 for Ameren Missouri customers whose income has been affected by the coronavirus. Ameren Missouri is encouraging customers to apply for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is administered by the Missouri Department of Social Services and was recently expanded in the national CARES Act. The application period for the LIHEAP heating program that has been extended offers a one-time payment of up to $300 for a heating bill from November 2019 through May 31, 2020. LIHEAP also includes an Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP), which helps pay up to $800 toward fuel bills when a household’s energy is shut off or at risk of disconnection. Find a link to learn more about those programs and see a
complete list of energy assistance programs, by visiting

Rapid Testing For Covid-19 Available In Adair County

Rapid testing for COVID-19 is now available in Adair County. The Adair County Health Department is one of 16 public health departments to which the State of Missouri has provided an Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 instrument. It provides results to Coronavirus COVID-19 tests within 90 minutes or less. The Abbott ID NOW tests will be processed by Northeast Regional Medical Center for Adair County and nine surrounding counties, including Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Sullivan, Knox, Linn, Macon, Chariton and Randolph.

The rapid testing is targeted toward vulnerable populations, including healthcare workers, first responders, law enforcement, fire department staff, residents of congregate living facilities, hospital patients, adults age 65 and older, and people whose underlying health conditions places them at higher risk.

Chariton County Reports 5th COVID-19 Case

The Chariton County Health Department is reporting the county’s fifth case of the coronavirus. The county’s health center was notified Friday that a resident of Chariton County had tested positive for COVID-19. The health department said no other information about the person will be released to protect their privacy. The department is currently working to obtain a history of contacts the patient has had over the past two weeks and will contact those people directly to notify them of the potential exposure.

Governor Extends MO Emergency Declaration

Governor Mike Parson is still planning on lifting the Stay-At-Home Order on Monday, May 4th for Missouri, but he is extending the state’s Emergency Declaration . During the Governor’s daily briefing on Friday, Parson announced that he signed Executive Order 20-09 extending the state of emergency in Missouri through June 15, 2020. Extending the emergency declaration allows waivers and suspensions of many state statutes and regulations to remain in place as the state moves into the recovery process. Governor Parson said the extension also allows continued flexibility in utilizing and deploying resources around the state where they are most appropriate.

KHS Planning on August Graduation Ceremony

Kirksville High School is doing what they can to hold an in-person graduation ceremony for seniors who can’t have their ceremony in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this week’s school board meeting, results of a survey given to seniors showed over 90-percent supported the idea of planning a graduation ceremony later in the summer. The hope is to hold a graduation ceremony on the Truman State University Campus on August 2nd. Details of where on campus are still being worked out. If the plans for August fall through, the High School may create a virtual ceremony for the seniors.

North Shelby High School Wins High Honors in Safe Driving Campaign

North Shelby High School is being awarded a $500 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for their educational efforts in the “It Only Takes One” campaign. North Shelby was one of three schools selected in the region to receive this award. They were also selected as the statewide winner of the Public Service Announcement portion of the campaign and the recipient of another $500 grant. North Shelby competed against other schools from around the state by developing a 30 second PSA that focused on roadway safety. These grants will be used to further highway safety educational efforts in the school. In addition, they will receive a bronze banner for achieving 93% seat belt usage. North Shelby was one of two northeast Missouri schools to receive banner honors in the competition.