Archives for May 2020

Long time KTUF DJ Marvin McClanahan Passes Away

Long time KTUF DJ Marvin McClanahan has passed away. He was born July 7, 1947 in Kirksville. He passed away peacefully at Missouri Veterans Home – Mexico, on May 25, in the arms of his wife and virtually surrounded by his two sons and a host of family and friends. McClanahan was a decorated Vietnam Veteran. After returning from his military service, McClanahan graduated from college and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Truman State University. He was hired at KIRX and then moved to the morning show on KTUF. In 1985, the Country Music Association named McClanahan its Broadcast Personality of the Year for Small Market. He won Editorial of the Year from the Missouri Broadcasters Association for an opinion piece he wrote and produced. His family asks that you honor his memory with a contribution to the Marvin L. McClanahan Communications Scholarship at Truman State University.

Adair County COVID-19 Case Count Climbs to 52

There are now fifty-two Adair County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, thirty-seven people are in isolation and fifteen have left isolation. Three females, ages 23, 26 and 28, are the most recent people to have positive test results. One is related to an area meat-processing plant. Transmission of the virus to the other two women was due to community spread.

Governor Extends Phase One of Re-Open Plan

Governor Mike Parson announced yesterday that Phase 1 of the state’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan has been extended from Sunday, May 31st, through Monday, June 15th. Parson says the order extension gives the state more time to prepare for a phase two reopening. He says nothing about phase one has changed, as long as social distancing and other necessary health and safety measures are implemented, businesses can still be open. Events such as graduations, weddings, county fairs, summer schools, and camps can still take place.

2 More COVID-19 Cases

Two individuals related to area meat-processing plants have become the forty-eighth and forty-ninth Adair County residents to have tested positive for COVID-19. The Adair County Health Department has been notified of positive results for a 37-year-old male and a 22-year-old male. There are now thirty-four people in isolation and fifteen who have left isolation.

Wearing a Mask in Public isn’t a Political Statement

Wearing a mask in public isn’t a political statement. Adair County Health Department administrator Jim LeBaron, says it’s a precaution that can help reduce transmission of coronavirus, particularly from people who don’t have symptoms, to other people. LeBaron advises residents to remain vigilant to keep the spread of the virus down to a minimum. He says to keep practicing those things that have been recommended by health experts and scientists, including washing your hands, not touching your face, staying six feet away from others and wearing a mask in public to protect others in case you’re carrying the virus

Battle of the Badges at NEMO Fairgrounds

There’s a great need for blood and you can donate today and help decide who wins the “Battle of the Badges.” This blood drive honors the men and women of the Kirksville Fire and Police Departments and gives donors the option to vote for either Department prior to giving blood in the friendly competition. Battle of the Badges is from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Building at the NEMO Fairgrounds in Kirksville. You are asked to call 1.800.RED.CROSS or visit and enter “KirksvilleBOB” to schedule an appointment.

Safety Protocols in Place for Blood Drive

Safety protocols will be in place during today’s Battle of the Badges blood drive to ensure that donations are made in the safest way possible Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols and staff health assessments are done prior to all blood drives. If you have your own mask bring it. Anyone who does not have a mask will be provided one by Red Cross and required to wear it throughout their time at the blood drive. We are also going to take your temperature at the door

47 Cases of COIVD-19 in Adair County

The number of COVID-19 cases in Adair County rose again with new cases yesterday. Adair County Health Department Administrator Jim LeBaron says there have now been forty-seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. The latest two cases involve a 38-year-old female and a 24-year-old male related to area meat-processing plants. As of yesterday, fifteen of those forty-seven individuals who tested positive previously have left isolation. There are now thirty-two active cases and no deaths.

To date, 1,270 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Adair County using lab tests, rapid ID Now tests, and tests prior to surgical procedures. Of those, 1,122 have had negative results, fifty-seven have tested positive, and the results of ninety-one are still pending. Forty-seven of the fifty-seven positives have been Adair County residents. The other ten results are for individuals tested here but living outside Adair County.
The Adair County Health Department has made 275 contacts in its contact-tracing efforts. Staff continue to focus on contact tracing to reduce transmission of the virus by people who have tested positive.

Governor Moves up Vote on Missouri’s Medicaid Expansion

Governor Mike Parson is moving up the date that voters will decide on the expansion of Medicaid health care coverage. A proposed constitutional amendment expanding Medicaid eligibility will now be on the August 4th primary ballot, instead of the November general election ballot. State Auditor Nicole Galloway, the presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee, said Parson made the change, so he wouldn’t have defend his opposition to Medicaid expansion as a candidate on the fall ballot. Parson said he made the change to give the state as much time as possible to financially prepare if the measure is approved. The proposed constitutional amendment would expand Medicaid eligibility to an estimated 230,000 adults in Missouri, including adults earning less than $18,000 individually or $30,000 for a family of three.

New COVID-19 Cases Reported Over Holiday Weekend

New COVID-19 cases were reported over the holiday weekend in Adair County. On Friday, one new case of
COVID-19 was confirmed by the Adair County Health Department – a 29-year-old female. On Saturday, 2 more cases were confirmed – a 40-year-old male related to the Smithfield Foods Plant in Milan and a 66-year-old male. On Sunday, Adair County Health Department Administrator Jim LeBaron confirmed three more positive cases of COVID-19 – a 54-year-old male, a 35-year-old female, and a 33-year-old female. All three are related to area meat-processing plans. These brought the total number of cases in Adair County to forty-five. There are now 33 individuals who are in self-isolation. The Adair County Health Department has contacted nearly 240 people regarding their contact with those who have tested positive for COVID-19.