Flu activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks, especially during the holidays when people travel to visit family and friends.The CDC is reporting thta the flu season has seen its earliest start in 10 years. In fact, 38 states are already reporting flu activity. Most of those are in the south. Right now, Missouri and Iowa are reporting a minimal level of influenza activity. The CDC urges everyone six-months and older to get a flu shot.
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Tomorrow will be Small Business Saturday across the country, and the City of Kirksville encourages you to stay local and “Shop Small.” Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and communities across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, and promoted through the social media hashtag #SmallBusinessSaturday, this day is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. American consumers have reported spending more than $85 billion at independent retailers and restaurants through this event. In Kirksville you can take part in the Shop Small Cookie Crawl where you will get a Shop Small bag and cookies as you visit participating local, downtown businesses. The event begins at 10:00am tomorrow and lasts until the cookies run out. See more details online from Main Street Kirksville at: facebook.com/downtownkirksville
Other Holiday events coming up:
The Kirksville Kiwanis Christmas Parade is on Saturday, December 7, and afterwards visit Santa at the Adair County Courthouse and receive hot cocoa and cookies, or take a ride on the train.
December 14 Santa will be back at the Courthouse 10am-noon, and that afternoon from 3pm-5pm the Living Windows event will be held in the Downtown Business windows.
December 21, the last Saturday before Christmas, Santa will visit with the children so they can get their final wishes to him before Christmas day.
See facebook.com/downtownkirksville for more details on all of these events.
As shoppers start looking for holiday deals, the Salvation Army bell ringers are out for the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, there’s a new way to give. If you have a smart phone and have either Apple Pay or Google Pay, Kettle Bells electronic pay allows you to scan a barcode to donate. The barcode is no signs located by the kettles. Once you scan the barcode, you will be directed to a custom donation page that accepts Apple or Google payment options. The funds will then be distributed to local Salvation Army units based on your billing ZIP code, and an email receipt will be sent directly to your phone.
Lt. Brian Hoscheit, Corps Officer of the Kirksville Salvation Army, says Kettle Pay makes it even easier for donors to join the organization’s Fight for Good. Salvation Army programs help those who are experiencing poverty through programs in the community, including food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and Christmas assistance for families in need. The funds you donate will be used to for these programs locally throughout the year.
The Kirksville Aquatic Center closed last night in preparation for facility renovations. Due to the closure, the Parks and Recreation office has relocated to the first floor of City Hall, 201 S. Franklin St. The Parks and Recreation Department can still be reached through both 660.627.1485 and 660.627.POOL (7665) phone numbers. Be sure to visit the new office at City Hall to register for programs and events
Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows that deer hunters in the state harvested 178,936 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 16- 26. Last year hunters checked 200,738 deer during the 2018 November portion of firearms deer season. Deer hunting in Missouri continues with archery deer hunting which started yesterday and runs through Jan. 15, 2020. The late youth portion of firearms deer season runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.
All City of Kirksville offices, including the administration offices of the Kirksville Police Department, are closed today through Sunday, December 1st in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. City offices will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, December 2nd. This does not affect the police patrol division, which are on duty 24/7/365. If you need to speak with an officer, contact Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621.
The City of Milan is closing Infirmary Road, also known as SW State Street, until further notice, due to the bridge not passing inspection. Traffic may enter/exit Infirmary Road from Hwy 5 & 6.
Holiday decorations/lights have gone up in Macon. Through a grant from the Industrial Development Authority, new decorations are being displayed throughout the downtown area this year in Macon. Macon Municipal Utilities placed the new decorations throughout downtown and will betaking care of them throughout the holiday season. The annual Macon Downtown Christmas Parade is scheduled for December 6th.
Be alert today as strong winds impact Northeast Missouri. A High Wind Warning remains in effect until noon today for winds at 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 60 mph. .Damaging winds will have the potential to blow down trees and power lines. Some power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
The concrete slab repairs on North Osteopathy Street, between West Elizabeth Street and West Potter Avenue that were previously scheduled to begin on Monday, November 25th, will now begin Monday, December 1st, weather permitting. Additionally, in order to most efficiently complete this project, North Osteopathy Street between West Elizabeth Street and West Potter Avenue, will be closed to thru traffic beginning Monday at 12:00 pm. This section of street is anticipated to be closed to thru traffic until at least Friday, December 6th. Watch for temporary signage and detour instructions.