Archives for July 2020

Results from National Guard Testing Event in Macon County

The Macon County Health Department released the final numbers from the National Guard COVID-19 testing that was held July 20th at the Macon County Fairgrounds. 125 Macon County residents were tested resulting in 3 new positive cases. These positive cases were reported in previous press releases from the health department. Macon County has 55 total positives cases with 9 of those cases active and 1 hospitalized. More information can be found on the Macon County Health Department web site at

New COVID-19 Cases in Sullivan and Clark Counties

The Sullivan County Health Department confirmed one additional positive case of COVID-19 in the county yesterday afternoon. This new case brings the total number of positive cases to date up to 133.

Clark County has reported 8 new COVID-19 cases over the past 2 days. 6 were reported on Wednesday, and 2 more yesterday. These cases bring the total positive cases since March to 13 with 2 recovered, 8 in isolation at home, 2 in isolation out of the county, and 1 hospitalized.

Blood Drive in Memory of Zach Cupp Saturday

For the ninth consecutive year the American Red Cross is teaming up with family and friends and Marceline Fire and Rescue to host a blood drive in memory of Zach Cupp. In August 2012, Zach Cupp was only 17 years old when he was killed in a car accident. After the crash, he received several pints of blood during surgery. Zach’s parents, Matt and Laurie Cupp, have organized this annual blood drive in his memory the last eight years as a way of giving back to the community. They hope the efforts of drawing awareness to blood donations inspires others to donate for patients in need. 1,180 blood donations have been collected over the past several years. You can join this effort during the blood drive which is tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walsworth Community Center, in Marceline.

Adair County Case Count Reaches 126

Adair County’s COVID-19 case count reaches 126. The Health Department reports that A 25-year-old male and 54-year-old female have tested positive. Both were infected as the result of community spread. There are now nine residents in isolation and 117 who have left isolation.

The Sullivan County Health Department reported three additional positive cases of COVID-19

Knox County Health Department reported 3 more cases for 15 total, 11 released and 4 active.

On Tuesday, the Macon County Health Department reported 7 new cases.

MO Department of Agriculture Asks Residents to Report Unsolicited Seed Shipments

A warning this week from the Missouri Department of Agriculture about suspicious packages from China with seeds. Residents in several states, including Missouri, have received the unsolicited seed packages. Officials say no one should open the packets, plant them, or throw them away. The full risk associated with the seeds is unknown, however they could be an invasive species that has the potential to destroy native plants and damage crops. Invasive species can also introduce diseases to plants and may be harmful to livestock. Anyone who gets a packet of seeds in the mail should them in an airtight bag and wash their hands immediately. You’re also asked to contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture at (573) 751-2462

Faith Lutheran School Hires Interim School Director

Faith Lutheran School , a ministry of Faith Lutheran Church in Kirksville, has announced the hiring of Mr. Marty Archer as Interim School Director. With the pending retirement of Mrs. Janie Fouch who has served FLS for over 35 years, Faith Lutheran Church began searching for a replacement in the past year. Mr. Archer will assume his responsibilities on August 1st. Archer graduated from Truman State in 1985 with a Bachelor’s of Science and then earned a Masters of Education in Administration from William Wood University in 2012. For the past 2 years he has been the physical education and social studies teacher at FLS. Prior teaching experience includes Macon R-1 Middle School, Schuyler R-1 High School, Lakeland R-3, Osborn High School, and Wheeling School District. From 1995-2008 he co-founded and performed with the Living Sacrifice Gospel Quartet. He and wife, Lisa who is employed at ATSU, are members of First Baptist Church and live northeast of Kirksville.

Street And Storm Drainage Repairs On East Patterson Street

The City of Kirksville’s contractor, Stanton Contracting, started street and storm drainage work at the culvert on East Patterson Street, between Jamison Street and Hollis Way this week. East Patterson Street will be closed to through traffic in this area during construction until completion of the project. The anticipated completion date of this project is Friday, August 14, dependent upon weather. The project will consist of installing reinforced concrete retaining headwalls along the culvert and the removal of the existing asphalt street surface to raise the street surface with a new concrete slab. Once complete, the project will result in improved storm drainage and lessen the impact of hazardous shoulder erosion affecting both sides of the street.

Adair County Health Department Administrator Commends The Pines

The Pines is being commended for their actions which prevented the spread of COVID-19. Upon learning of the positive test result of an employee on July 21, the facility tested all employees and residents twice and restricted access to the facility. When an 80-year-old resident tested positive in the second round of testing, he was quarantined immediately to limit potential exposure. After 2 more rounds of testing on the resident came back negative, it was determined his case was a false positive. Justin Puckett, D.O., the physician advisor to the local Emergency Operations Command for COVID-19, said the resident never exhibited symptoms of COVID-19. Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department says The Pines did everything right, adding that their immediate, decisive action was critical in keeping the virus from spreading through the facility.

2 Seriously Injured in 7 Vehicle Crash Near Paris

7 vehicle crash blocked US 24 west of Paris for several hours yesterday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, 2 people were seriously injured, including a juvenile. 6 of the involved vehicles were stopped for a flagman in a construction zone when a vehicle driven by 64-year-old Leslie Thrasher struck vehicle 2. That vehicle was pushed into vehicle 3. Thrasher’s vehicle continued, side-swiped vehicles 3 and 4, overturned, struck the trailer of a semi, which was vehicle 5, which was pushed into vehicle 6, which was pushed into vehicle 7. Thrasher, was air-evaced to a hospital. A 16-year-old girl in vehicle 2 was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

Tests Confirm The Pines Resident Negative For COVID-19

Additional testing of an 80-year-old male at The Pines has confirmed that the resident is negative for COVID-19. Following the July 21, positive test of an employee of The Pines, all residents and all employees were tested twice to determine whether the virus had been transmitted to anyone else in the facility. The 80-year-old resident was tested initially using the ID Now rapid test which was negative. The subsequent test, a PCR test, came back positive, so he was tested a third time using the ID Now. When that test showed negative results, The Pines, at the recommendation the physician advisor to the local Emergency Operations Command for COVID-19, conducted another PCR test and an antibody test. The results of the last two tests are negative.