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An unwelcome, expensive and possibly illegal surprise was the topic of discussion at an emergency city meeting Thursday night in New Haven. The Board of Aldermen and other city officials met to discuss a quadruple increase in the price of the city’s natural gas in February compared to Januar…

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More than 8 percent of Franklin County residents have received their first COVID-19 vaccinations, and as the rollout continues, employers are grappling with vaccination policies.

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When Antonio Ceballos moved from Mexico to Washington four years ago, he joined a community that prides itself on legacy. Neighborhoods, or "barrios," are seemingly filled with people who can trace their family lineage through generations of Franklin County citizenship. The title of “local” …

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Mary Salois remembers the memo she got from the Mercy Hospital system. It was March 2020. Most elective surgeries had been canceled as the Washington hospital’s staff began treating COVID-19 patients — then a disease with many unknowns. Salois, who has been in chaplaincy for 34 years and is …

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The Union Board of Aldermen approved the use of the City Auditorium as the site of two vaccination clinics for the Franklin County Health Department.

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DEFIANCE — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is creating an opportunity for both adults and youths to discover upland gamebird hunting at the Beginning Youth Pheasant Hunt and Clinic. The staff at MDC’s August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Defiance is pu…

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As the rest of the world came to a screeching halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri Department of Transportation stayed busy completing more 541 projects statewide and issuing $100 million more in payments to contractors in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the department’s annua…

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Overwhelming demand for COVID-19 vaccines has prompted Mercy Hospital Washington to extend the days and hours of its vaccination clinic.

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Franklin County reported an 89-year-old Washington woman has died from COVID-19. She is the county’s 113th victim reported since the pandemic began in March and the first death to be reported in 2021, although it is unclear whether she died after the start of the year. At the start of Decemb…

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Nestled among the treasures at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis was a carved wooden crib from the Tyrol region of western Austria. According to a history book of St, Ann’s Parish, a descendent of the craftsman, Ferdinand Stuflesser, “it is with high probability this is the hand carved, woo…

The Boy Scouts’ annual Scouting for Food Drive collected 19,000 food items, an additional 2,800 pounds of food and around $2,000 in donations for area food pantries. At press time, final numbers from the individual units in the Osage District — which governs troops in Franklin, Gasconade and…

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The Franklin County Government Center, Historic Courthouse, Judicial Center, and the Frnaklin County Health Department will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to a press release from Franklin County Clerk Tim Baker. 

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The year 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of statehood for Missouri — Aug. 10, to be exact. Almost seven years ago, the 97th Missouri General Assembly put the State Historical Society of Missouri in charge of planning statewide commemorations of the bicentennial. Since that time, we have vis…

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Fifty-nine new Franklin County residents were reported as COVID-19 positive Friday, among them a newborn girl in Beaufort, a 7-year-old child in Robertsville (sex not reported), an 83-year-old woman in St. Clair, an 83-year-old man in Villa Ridge and an 86-year-old woman in Washington. 

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Editor's Note: Since this story's initial publication at 5 p.m. Dec. 2, The Missourian has learned from the attorney general's office that Avery Jr. is in custody in a facility in St. Louis County, but custody has not yet been transferred to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. This change …