Governor gives update on public schools, federal funding to help address COVID-19 needs

In Wednesday’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson and Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven gave an update on K-12 schools following last week’s announcement that all Missouri public and charter school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.

What birds is worthless and what ones ain’t

By Larry Dablemont
    The virus hasn’t made life much different for me because how I live now is not much different than I have always lived. Up here on this isolated ridgetop I call Lightnin’ Ridge, the highest point in this county, I have to spend a lot of time watching the birds that come to Gloria Jean’s bird feeders.

Parson talks of reopening state as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

CLAIRE COLBY, Missouri News Network
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit Missouri, Gov. Mike Parson is turning his sights on reopening the economy.
"We got to get people back to work," he said in Wednesday’s press briefing. "We got to get the economy going here in the state of Missouri, that's critical. It's an important issue we're dealing with right now. And we're making plans to reopen the state."

Some area restaurants doing carryout and delivery, others closed

By TRP Staff
    While restaurants can be open as essential businesses during the ongoing pandemic, social distancing orders have meant all have had to close their dining rooms. For locally owned dining establishments, that has led many to offer carryout and delivery service while others have opted to temporarily close.

Council discusses cemetery rules

    During an April 13 meeting, the St. James City Council revisited an ordinance that would set new guidelines on what is permitted in the St. James Cemetery, sets rates for plots, and allow the city a way to reclaim unused lots. A vote was tabled until next month in order to amend the ordinance.