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Hundreds of children around Franklin County are receiving free breakfasts and lunches through local public school districts’ distributions this summer, and the meals are not limited to students.

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The Franklin County Health Department reported Friday that a 70-year-old Pacific man has died of COVID-19-related complications, and an 88-year-old Washington woman has been listed as a probable COVID-19-related death. Their deaths occurred between January and May. 

Officials with the Scenic Regional Library have begun repealing some restrictions that were implemented during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and have announced when the remaining restrictions will be lifted.  

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In two months, Beau and Ashley Bekemeier will open a coffee shop in the same St. Clair building where they got married 13 years ago.

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Franklin County has sold much of the land near a Washington County radio tower it purchased in 2019.

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The body of the woman recovered by the Franklin County Sheriff's Department Tuesday morning has been identified, according to Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton.

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Memories of walking the hallways of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, being challenged to think critically and to be innovative by the faculty and staff, the joys of celebrating both academic and athletic achievements, the laughter shared among friends, the pride of being a Knight — t…

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The Franklin County Health Department reported Friday that 34 county residents tested positive for COVID-19 over the previous week. The residents range in age from an infant boy in St. Clair to a 74-year-old woman in Washington. The report showed no active long-term care cases and three resi…

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The Sahara Desert is composed of 3.5 million square miles of sand. The Arabian Desert adds nearly 1 million square miles to that. Still, the world — and Franklin County — is facing a sand shortage.

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A three-day trial has been scheduled for the man charged in connection with the 1987 killing of a St. Clair woman, whose death marked one of the longest local cold cases in recent years. 

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Representatives serving Franklin County were split on a fuel tax increase that was approved this week by the state Legislature.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and inside in most situations.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's gas tax would increase for the first time in decades under a bill passed late Tuesday by the GOP-led Legislature.

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The Franklin County Health Department reported Friday that a 53-year-old Villa Ridge man died of COVID-19-related complications in April. He is the 173rd county resident to die of the virus since the pandemic began in March 2020. An additional 28 people are listed in the probable death category.

Five St. Clair High School seniors were recently named distinguished student leaders by the Missouri Association of Student Councils. Brooklyn Hyatt, Taylor Johnson, Addyson Murphey, Haylee Tretmann and Elexis Wohlgemuth were recognized at the 73rd annual state convention held virtually in M…

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The Franklin County Health Department announced Thursday it would move to releasing one weekly report of new COVID-19 cases each Friday. 

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At both of St. Clair’s new Mexican restaurants, orange paint covers the walls, tacos are menu staples, and the deals are abundant. This aside, each eatery brings its own flair to the cuisine.

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After repeated problems, Franklin County is ditching its Kronos workforce management software and returning to its previous provider, Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP).