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Cape Girardeau SportsPlex Back Open

Officials at the Cape Girardeau Sportsplex have confirmed that the facility has reopened. Officials say the facility had to close down because a part-time employee had tested positive for the virus. The employee did not have any direct contact with participants or spectators. Officials said  all staff that was in contact with the COVID-19 positive…read more »

Governor Parson directs nearly $50 million in relief funds to aid in broadband expansion and COVID-19 response

Today Governor Parson announced nearly $50 million to support broadband expansion across Missouri, including support directed at telehealth and education. The Governor also signed house bill 1768, which expands the state’s existing Missouri Broadband Grant Program until 2027.Funding for the new programs comes in large part from the Coronavirus Relief Fund and is aimed at…read more »

Audit reveals over $115,000 taken from Southeast Missouri town

PARMA, Mo. (AP) – State auditors have found that more than $115,000 in fraudulent payments and purchases were made by former leaders of a tiny Missouri town that drew widespread attention last year when two mysterious fires burned records sought for the audit. State Auditor Nicole Galloway said Wednesday that the examination of Parma, a…read more »

City of Carbondale Sending Out Past Due Utility Notices Again

City officials in Carbondale have confirmed that they are once again  sending out second notices for water and sewer accounts of citizens with overdue bill balances  City officials say they will  will work with customers who have past due balances. Citizens who are looking to make arrangements are asked to contact Water and Sewer Office at…read more »

Jackson School Board Members Approve Salary Raise for Educators

Members of the Jackson R-2 School Board gave their approval to a budget that includes a two percent increase for staff salaries, for the school year that starts in August during a special Board of Education meeting last Tuesday. The board gave their approval to a one percent raise on every level of the certified salary…read more »

Southern Illinois University Carbondale to Offer In-Person Classes This Fall

Southern Illinois University Carbondale officials say that regular in-person classes will resume for the upcoming semester. The majority of the spring semester was held in a virtual format because of the coronavirus pandemic. University officials say health and safety measures will be in place for students returning to campus. Officials say face masks will be…read more »

All St. Vincent Schools in Perryville to Close for Two Weeks

Beginning on Monday, all campuses of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Perryville will be closed to all students and their families. School officials say they are closing the whole school to keep the spread of the coronavirus down Over the past few days officials with the local health department have confirmed there has…read more »

Governor Parson Signs HB 1768 and HB 2120 Extending Missouri Broadband Grant Program

Today, Governor Mike Parson signed HB 1768 and HB 2120 extending the Missouri Broadband Grant Program through 2027. The Missouri Broadband Grant Program was created in 2018 to help providers, communities, counties, and regions invest in broadband infrastructure for unserved and underserved areas. In the 2019 legislative session, $5 million was appropriated for the inaugural…read more »

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