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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Pacific Fire Protection Department firefighters asked voters June 2 for a tax increase for the first time since 2004. Prop Fire/F, a proposed 27-cent increase collected on property taxes, was defeated, according to unofficial vote totals.

On the June 2 ballot, Pacific voters face a potentially pivotal police issue. Pacific “marshals,” or police chiefs, have been elected by citizens in the past; that could change with the results of the upcoming municipal election.

Two newcomers — Harold Frick and Christopher “C.J.” Ruyle are seeking the Pacific Board of Aldermen Ward 1 seat in the April 7 election.

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.

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.

Dates are approaching for several large events annually held in Pacific, and aldermen began discussing public safety risks associated with COVID-19 at their May 5 board meeting.

To bolster COVID-19-related food shortages, a $5,000 donation was awarded to area food banks by the Pacific-based team of Graphic Packaging International, LLC.

Pacific City Hall was reopened to the public with certain restrictions Monday, May 4, after being closed since March 20 due to COVID-19 public safety concerns.

A 20 percent decrease in core revenues and a 10 percent decline in other city revenues are forecasted for Pacific’s proposed Fiscal Year 2021 city budget.

Memorial Day weekend traditionally mean the opening of the Pacific city pool. This season, that timeframe looks less likely, given current health concerns as public services are just reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

To fortify community support for Pacific High School seniors, especially during their unusual 2020 graduation due to a COVID-19 school closure, sponsors and product donations are being sought for traditional Senior Week activities.

A $10,000 donation was made by Phillips 66 to support Meramec Valley R-III School District families negatively affected by results of the COVID-19 health crisis.

To help feed local residents in need during the coronavirus pandemic, the Pacific Lions Club members are providing 100 free hot meals May 1 and May 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

After analyzing the likelihood of being able to conduct summer school in June, Meramec Valley R-III School District administrators thought it was best to move the traditional summer school period to July 6-31.

Pacific High School seniors and their relatives now can plan for a newly targeted July 19 graduation -— at least for the time being.

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe,” reminded prominent naturalist and conservationist John Muir in 1911.

Aldermen met virtually from different locations in their first “Brady Bunch theme-look’ videoconference for the April 7 Pacific board meeting.

First State Community Bank has donated $500 to support the Meramec Valley R-III School District’s weekend meal backpack program.

As a new way to continue serving patients during social distancing, SSM Health PT professionals in Pacific established a TeleRehab service through videoconferencing options.

A Pacific resident has asked other local users of the online social networking platform Nextdoor if their trash pickup, like his, had been suspended for at least a month “in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.”

Rather than daily pickup for student meals, Meramec Valley R-III School District families now can secure meals only on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Robertsville Elementary, Coleman Elementary in Villa Ridge and Pacific Intermediate School

One local enthusiast made good on his promise to keep safeguarding a Pacific park structure that was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a Route 66 highlight.

Meramec Valley R-III schools, which already were on spring break until March 20, announced Monday that due to the coronavirus pandemic all of its schools will be officially closed until at least Friday, April 3.

After the top of a Meramec Valley District R-III school bus intersected with a power line at a Highway OO work site, Pacific Intermediate students inside the bus arrived home 40 minutes late March 3.