Two co-owners launched their new outdoor equipment repair business just before COVID-19 shutdowns, yet they’ve had a fortunate beginning.

Recognizing the ongoing financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Ameren Missouri will provide $3.5 million in additional energy assistance funds to customers across the state.

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Franklin County Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker has reported the death of a 71-year-old man in Luebbering as the 18th COVID-19-related fatality in the county.

Gov. Mike Parson announced last week that there would be $209 million in additional expenditure restrictions.

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Union’s parks and recreation department has announced a schedule for its reopening of park sites.

Franklin County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

CVS Pharmacy at 2120 Osage St. in Pacific is one of 22 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites that opened May 29 across Missouri by CVS Health managers.

Due to COVID-19 public safety concerns, Pacific aldermen voted 4-2 at their May 19 board meeting to not open the city’s pool for the 2020 season.

This year marks a “big” milestone for Pacific-based creators of Bigfoot 4X4 monster truck, however, some celebratory events for the company will have to wait.

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Four first responder groups in Franklin County have applied to the county for CARES funding reimbursement.

The 20th Judicial Circuit is now operating under Phase 2 of its plan to return to normal operations following COVID-19-related restrictions.

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Franklin County health officials have reported another COVID-19-related death, a 94-year-old woman.

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At this time of year, the Franklin County Relay For Life is typically gearing up to host its annual event in an effort to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer.

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Franklin County Clerk Tim Baker says there are many unknowns going into the general municipal election Tuesday, but encourages county residents to get out and vote.

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The Union Board of Aldermen will discuss reopening certain park facilities a week earlier than first anticipated.

Mercy Clinic Four Rivers and Mercy Hospital Washington continue to reopen services to the community and safely bring back patients whose testing, procedures and surgeries were postponed in light of COVID-19.

Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday that Phase 1 of the state’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan has been extended through Monday, June 15. 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Washington Historical Society board of trustees met last week and formed a small committee to study and determine the protocol for reopening the museum, which has been closed since March 18 due to the coronavirus.

Along with other Old Town Pacific business owners searching for ways to reopen and operate safely past COVID-19, James McHugh, president of the Pacific-based public policy MAGI Foundation, is guessing what the “new normal” will be.

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Victorian Place of St. Clair announced the death of one of its residents associated with COVID-19.

With the high demand and shortages of quality cloth face masks, Hodges Badge has reconfigured its Washington factory and introduced a line of quality, reusable cloth face masks to meet the needs of consumers and businesses.

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Area superintendents said as they continue to navigate this historic COVID-19 health challenge, nothing is more important than protecting the health of students, employees and the communities they serve.

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In a letter sent to St. Clair businesses, the city of St. Clair announced that it is launching an initiative to help encourage residents within the community to shop local during the upcoming extended Memorial Day weekend.

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Although it has been reopened for two weeks, the St. Clair License Office is still experiencing a large influx of calls and messages left by customers attempting to schedule appointments.

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During the school board meeting Thursday night, St. Clair Superintendent Dr. Kyle Kruse discussed a document released by the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA), titled “Pandemic Recovery Considerations: Re-entry and Reopening of Schools.”

This year’s 18th annual Pacific Car Show scheduled for late June is canceled due to crowd health concerns and a shortage of volunteers related to COVID-19.

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Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft admits he saw the long line outside the Union License Office, where some were not wearing masks or social distancing while waiting to get a driver’s license or registration, when he drove into town Friday, May 15.

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The coronavirus pandemic disrupted life on campus for East Central College staff, faculty and students.

JCPenney is reopening its Washington store at 5886 Highway 100 Wednesday after temporarily closing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.