Archives for January 2021

COVID-19 Cases Rise to 2,143 in Adair County

COVID-19 cases in Adair County are up to 2,143. The Adair County Health Department confirmed 13 new cases Wednesday and another 22 cases yesterday. There are 98 active cases and 2,026 people who have left isolation. Among yesterday’s cases, one is in the K-12 schools’ sector, six are in the higher education sector and 11 reside at addresses with at least one other confirmed case.

Elsewhere in Northeast Missouri, 7 new cases were reported the last couple of days in Knox County. The Schuyler County Health Department confirmed 14 active cases yesterday, bringing the county’s total case count to 373.

Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Asks for Public’s Help in Property Damage Investigation

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in a property damage investigation. In the late evening hours on Friday, January 22, approximately 20 MoDOT and Scotland County road signs were damaged. All signs in question were intentionally pushed over by an unknown full-size pickup truck. Paint transfer and tire track evidence was collected by the Sheriff’s office at the scene. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office at 660-465-2106. All tips will remain confidential.

Latest Recipients COVID Stops With Us Recognition Program

The latest recipients of The COVID Stops With Us Recognition Program have been announced.
This week’s Medical Champion is Kat Probst, the Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the Adair County Ambulance District for her efforts to ensure our region had access to state provided rapid testing.

The Education Champion is John Stewart, general manager of Sodexo at Truman State University for making adjustments to continue food service to students during the pandemic.

The Community Champion is Sarah Halstead, Administrative Services Coordinator for the City of Kirksville, for figuring out the equipment and systems needs for the City to be able to conduct public meetings remotely and keep citizens informed.

You can nominate a Champion who has stepped up during the pandemic at

Another Multi-Vehicle Incident Stops Traffic in NEMO

Wintery roads were the cause of another multi-vehicle incident in Northeast Missouri. Yesterday afternoon, Troopers with Troop B announced at 1:40PM that traffic was stopped on US 36 eastbound east of Monroe City due to multiple traffic crashes. According to the Highway Patrol, there were four non-injury crashes involving eight separate vehicles. Two of the vehicles were jackknifed tractor trailers. All eastbound 36 traffic was detoured until the road was open at 3PM.

Sullivan County Health Department to Host Vaccine Clinic

The Sullivan County Health Department has received 200 doses of Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine for which they will be hosting a clinic. The clinic will be targeting the following groups: PHASE 1A-PATIENT-Facing Health Care Workers and Long-Term Care Facility Residents and Staff, Phase 1B-Tier 1: First Responders, Emergency Services, and Public Health Infrastructure and -Phase1B-Tier 2: High-Risk Individuals. Members of these target groups must Pre-Register for the clinic by calling one of three registration phone lines. Registration will be this Friday from 9AM-7PM and Saturday from 10AM-7PM. Find those numbers on the Sullivan County health Department’s Facebook page.

Date for Kirksville State of the City Address

A date is set for Kirksville’s State of the City Address. The virtual event be held Friday, February 5th, at 8:00 am, via both YouTube Live and Zoom. The State of the City Address will be delivered by Kirksville Mayor Zac Burden. Find the links to virtually attend the State of the City Address at:

Financial Help Available for NEMO Families Facing COVID-19 Hardship

Financial help is available for northeast Missouri families facing COVID-19 hardship. Ameren Missouri encourages customers to apply for available energy assistance dollars and utilize payment programs. Since March, the company has helped thousands of Missourians with their statement balances and provided nearly $12 million in energy assistance and charitable contributions. Connie Taylor, manager of customer advocacy at Ameren Missouri says thousands more are eligible for these funds and haven’t applied. For a complete list of energy assistance programs, visit

Multi-Vehicle Pileup Causes Emergecy Closure North of Canton

A crash that started with a jackknifed semi resulted in a pileup involving 20-30 vehicles in Lewis County. The pileup began around 8 a.m. yesterday on U.S. 61, about 2 miles north of Canton. According to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, a semi-truck jackknifed on the slick roadway, triggering a chain reaction crash. U.S. 61 northbound remained closed until last night while tow crews worked to clear crashed vehicles, and traffic was diverted at Highway 16. The driver of the jackknifed semi was transported to the hospital.

Name of Woman Killed in Fatal Crash in Adair County Released

The name of the woman who was killed in a fatal accident in Adair County has been released. Robin Wasson, of Milan and a 12-year-old girl from Kirksville both died when the SUV they were traveling in, lost control on an icy patch on Highway 6 about 9 miles west of Novinger. The vehicle was driven by Carlos Varelas, who had moderate injuries. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s report, Wasson and the girl were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by the Adair County Coroner.

Troop B Responded to 61 Calls on Monday

Winter weather kept troopers busy in the Troop B region. On Monday, as the snow and ice moved into the area, troopers responded to 61 calls for service between the hours of 1201 am to 11:59 pm. Of those calls 13 were reported crashes, 11 being non-injury, and 2 being injury. The 2 fatalities reported among those crashes was the accident in Adair County.