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Missouri farms finding new ways to sell locally amid the pandemic

Penelope Ritchie of Barnview Fields & Farm fixes the produce display during the Oakville Community Market.

By Colleen Wouters, Missouri Information Corps

July 5, 2020

A new website and “Food Finder” map are connecting Missourians with their nearest farm-to-table food options. The new site is meeting a need arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this year, Buckeye Acres, a farm just north of Warrensburg, Missouri, had a website but customers couldn’t use i...

Bill Gianino, one of South County’s best-known restaurant owners, dies

The Gianino's family of restaurants posted this tribute to patriarch Bill Gianino after his death Friday.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

July 2, 2020

One of South County’s best-known restaurant owners, Bill Gianino, died Friday at his family farm in Cuba, Missouri. William “Bill” Gianino, 69, owned the self-named Gianino’s family of restaurants that started in Oakville with Bill Gianino’s and Frankie G’s, which are next to each other in...

Man accused of throwing dachshund out car window in Jefferson County gets 10 years on gun charge

Flick, a dachshund dog, was found by a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy bound with duct tape in a ditch in February 2019. The deputy matched a fingerprint on the duct tape to Paul Garcia, who was charged in the case. Photo courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

May 7, 2020

A man who was charged with animal abuse in Jefferson County for throwing a dachshund out of his car last year, its muzzle and legs bound with duct tape, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Thursday on an unrelated charge. Paul “Paco” Garcia, 40, of Barnhart, Missouri, appeared Thursday before U...

Effort to send Clean Missouri back to voters one step from final approval

Gov. Mike Parson signs HB 397 and hands the signed bill to the daughter of Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman.  Also pictured is Sen. Jeanie Riddle.

By Ashlyn O'Hara, Missouri News Network

May 6, 2020

A new version of Clean Missouri is steps away from reappearing on November’s ballot following a committee vote in favor last week The proposal — Senate Joint Resolution 38 — sponsored by Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, would alter changes made to the Missouri Constitution by voters during the November 2018 election, including revisions to the redistricting process in Missouri. The original Clean Missouri constitutional amendment passed by 62% statewide and empowered a nonpartisan state demographer to oversee redistricting. It also put in strict limits on lobbyist gifts and lowered some campaign contributions for state lawmakers, among other things. The proposed changes would remove the state demographer...

Business owners sue St. Louis County, city so that businesses can reopen

Some businesses were forced to close by St. Louis County's March 21 stay-at-home order, but others like the Macy's at South County Center, seen above during the stay-at-home order, voluntarily closed before that.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 6, 2020

Business owners from St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the stay-at-home orders that are forcing “nonessential” businesses to stay closed until at least mid-May due to the coronavirus outbreak. In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Allan Finnegan of...

Feed My People seeking donations on Give STL Day and beyond due to rising need

Caregiver Denise Phelps helps her 85-year-old uncle, William Speck, with groceries obtained from Feed My People in Lemay, Mo., on April 24

May 5, 2020

Almost 17 percent of the 22,000 people served by Lemay-based food pantry Feed My People each year are seniors over the age of 60, a high-risk group for COVID-19. Seniors living in poverty must often choose between medical care and food. “Your financial gift will enable us to ensure that our elderly...

Food pantries need help during this crisis; donations down, need is up

Letters to the editor

May 2, 2020

To the editor: Throughout the region food pantries such as Feed My People, Circle of Concern and the Arnold Food Pantry among others, are facing unprecedented challenges as they work to ensure their clients receive adequate food supplies. Chief among these challenges is limited income. The Arnold ...

Hundreds say they will protest in Jefferson City to ‘Reopen Missouri’

Hundreds say they will protest in Jefferson City to 'Reopen Missouri'

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 20, 2020

Missouri is joining a growing list of states nationwide that have seen protests against the stay-at-home orders handed down by most governors in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Over the weekend Tennessee and Arizona became the 19th and 20th states to see demonstrations against shelter-in-place ...

Jefferson County reports second death from coronavirus, unveils data dashboard

Some of the data released on Jefferson County's new data dashboard.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 6, 2020

Jefferson County has reported its second death from the coronavirus, just days after its first death during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of 76 total cases, the county has had two deaths and one recovered case, according to a new data dashboard unveiled on the Jefferson County Department of Health’s web...

After first coronavirus death, Jefferson County extends stay-at-home order and dining ban

A sign points to the Mercy drive-thru testing site in Chesterfield. Mercy has also opened two sites in Jefferson County.

April 3, 2020

The Jefferson County Health Department on Thursday announced the first death related to COVID-19 in Jefferson County, Missouri, followed by the extension of a stay-at-home order and a dining ban. The resident was a female in her 80s who had been hospitalized, the county said in a news release. “W...

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