We woke up Monday to the news that Pfizer, an American drug company working with a German company, reported that their COVID-19 vaccine candidate demonstrated a 90 percent efficacy rate in recent tests. Results will be studied for 60 days while Pfizer will begin manufacturing the vaccine imm…

Whenever there is a delay in reporting election results, it’s an emotional downer, especially in the outcome of a presidential race. The delay in counting ballots in some states in the Trump-Biden race and the filing of lawsuits alleging irregularities in the voting process have taken away s…

This is one of those elections where many Americans are not overjoyed about either presidential candidate. At least that’s what we’ve heard from a number of our readers.

It’s been a bad week for our state as a result of the coronavirus.

Missouri Science and Technology, Rolla, is the worthy recipient of the largest single gift in the history of Missouri higher education.

The city of Washington has taken proactive steps to promote a wide range of housing options that are making Washington a desirable place for more people to call home. As a result, developers are now aggressively looking at the city as a place to invest and build affordable housing and rental units.

Early Monday morning temperatures fell to the low 30s in Franklin County, and we noted that summer was slipping into fall.

One of the interesting dynamics of Missouri state politics is the pluck Democratic gubernatorial candidates display knowing full well if elected they will have to work with a General Assembly that is controlled by a supermajority of Republicans.

This is National Newspaper Week. It’s the time of year when we get a chance to speak up for ourselves, our mission and the profession of journalism.

One of Downtown Washington, Inc.’s signature events is celebrating a milestone this weekend.

Among the traits missing in leadership today, especially in government, is optimism that can be effectively transmitted to the populace to inspire hope for the future.

We wish Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and first lady Teresa Parson a speedy recovery after learning both tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Few would argue that we are in a strange time due to the coronavirus threat that is engulfing the world, causing much illness, quarantines, hospitalizations and deaths. The virus has disrupted normal life, changed working conditions and resulted in deep divisions of opinion as to which preca…

We have been impressed with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s advocacy for health care — particularly mental health care — for some time.

It’s easy to dismiss Gov. Parson’s special session on violent crime, which concluded this past week, as a bust.

Last week, Goldman Sachs, a major Wall Street investment bank, updated its index of economic activity for the country. It calculated the index at 72 — that economic activity has hit 72 percent of the pre-COVID level — citing “back-to-normal” metrics, including app downloads, spending data, T…

The City of Union could spend up to $30,000 to survey and relocate freshwater mussels in the Bourbeuse River before it starts construction on a planned $12 million Union Expressway. The road project includes a new bridge over the Bourbeuse.

Most things change over the years. One that hasn’t is the Franklin County Area United Way’s core mission. What was true in the 1950s for the United Way still holds true in 2020.

It’s a presidential election year and there are reports making the rounds about what the candidates said in the past, aimed at showing they are unfit for the presidency.

This is a tough time to be a police officer. Recent cases of police misconduct have caused the profession to be maligned and have catapulted the country into violent protests.

With 52 days until the Nov. 3 election, the claims and accusations by politicians are flying.

National political pundits have been commenting on an anchor that is pulling Joe Biden down in his presidential race against President Donald Trump. It is his weakness in bowing to the radical element in the Democratic Party, and the fear of the influence it will exert on him if he resides i…

There are promising indications that a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready by the end of the year. That has spurred a debate on which Americans should receive the first doses.

A recent survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the current state of the mental health of adults in the U.S. shows a marked increase in anxiety/depressive disorders, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts related to the COVID-19 crisis. The study found that ind…

In a community that prides itself on civic leadership, one need not look further than Don Means for an exemplar. His life and career were marked by integrity and service.

The coronavirus pandemic is leaving its mark on the restaurant industry.

Don Means was a visionary who had a strong sense of responsibility and always persevered to complete a mission.

Every crisis inspires scam artists who view it as an opportunity to make a fast buck from unsuspecting victims.

Not much has been written by state and local press on the upcoming race for control of the U.S. Senate. Perhaps that’s because Missouri has no Senate race on the ballot this year. The senior senator from Missouri, Roy Blunt, has a term that ends in 2023. Josh Hawley’s term expires in January 2025.

The internet has many positive benefits but as with any technology, there can be drawbacks. One is the misinformation that it distributes, and the fact too many people believe most of what is transmitted through the internet.

Joe Biden finally made forceful statements on “law and order” Sunday and Monday.

Washington’s riverfront is growing in popularity. It is an especially attractive destination when the weather cooperates. Even on a very hot day there’s always a refreshing breeze along the river.

Editorial writers for more years than the memory recalls have been writing editorials about the importance of voting in a democracy. In too many elections the turnout is a low percentage of the registered voters.

The Franklin County Area United Way is having a campaign this year.

This week I would like to return to a topic we have written about several times in the past two months: the importance of participating in our democracy.

Thousands of Americans across the country turned out over the weekend to participate in organized “Save the Post Office” rallies.

A national survey by WalletHub, the personal-finance website, found that State Technical College of Missouri at Linn is the best community college in the United States to receive the best eduction at the cheapest rates.

Since I joined The Missourian as publisher/editor over two months ago, we have published many stories on the uncertainty our readers face in these days of extraordinary health and economic challenges.

Often heard is that the study of history places too much emphasis on dates when important events occurred. Most countries publicize and observe dates when important and significant happenings took place that played a part in shaping their history.

“Business Is Rolling on the River(s).”

It has been one of the most troubling decisions school boards and administrators have ever faced — what to do about opening schools, and how to conduct classes during the pandemic.

It didn’t compare with past Washington Town & Country Fair Blue Ribbon Livestock auctions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year’s revised event was better than not holding one at all. The fair board and livestock committee deserve credit for staging the best possible livestock show…

There was a time when Republican Party orthodoxy held dear the belief that local control is best.

It usually is not that visible, but as Gov. Mike Parson pointed out, military spending in Missouri is significant and very important to our economy. The most recent economic numbers he released, based on the 2018 fiscal year, will be an eye-opener to some Missourians.

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