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A parent who was concerned about the number of times her student has been quarantined addressed the R-2 Board of Education on Nov. 24 to discuss alternative learning methods because virtual learning … more
The Maries County R-2 School District added a COVID-19 Dashboard to the school’s website at www.mariesr2.org to help the community keep track of positive cases within the school. The chart … more
BELLE — The Maries R-2 Board of Education approved a mask mandate Nov. 24 with a 4-2-1 vote. The mandate is set to begin at the beginning of the second semester in January, following Christmas … more
BELLE — Belle aldermen approved two new ordinances at the Nov. 10 meeting with a 4-0 vote. Ordinances 600-601 were introduced for the second month in a row to be passed. According to … more
Belle city treasurer and mother of three Michelle Jones died Sunday at Mercy Hospital Washington from complications due to stage four stomach cancer. Family members and co-workers said Jones will be … more
A Christmas Parade hosted by local businesses has been approved for Dec. 19 by Belle aldermen. Sheila Thomas with Prokey’Z Barbeque told aldermen on Nov. 10 that the Halloween Parade they … more
BELLE — Marshal Joe Turnbough responded to an inquiry by Alderman Sundi Jo Graham on Nov. 10 for a STARS report update, since the board had been informed during the Oct. 19 meeting that the … more
Alderman Sundi Jo Graham on Nov. 10 asked the marshal and fellow elected officials if they had a system in place to take care of nuisance violations, as they are currently violating the separation of … more
Bland alderman on Nov. 9 promoted appointed Marshal Dwayne Goodridge to a full-time police officer at his request, which gives him the availability to participate on the city’s insurance … more
BELLE — Alderman Sundi Jo Graham questioned Marshal Joe Turnbough during the Nov. 10 city meeting about his inaction to comply with the board’s request to submit monthly activity logs, … more
A $500 reward is being offered by the city of Bland, according to Mayor Lee Medlock, who discussed on Monday night the vandalism of the city’s well-house radio antennas that controls the water … more
Maries County R-2 board agreed to raise substitute teachers’ pay amidst the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) offer to reimburse potential educators for training, … more
 BLAND — Ned Steiner was sworn in as a new alderman for the city of Bland during the Nov. 9 meeting, replacing former alderman Sherry Spradling, who resigned on Oct. 21. Spradling … more
As part of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) from the CARES Act, Maries County R-2 schools requested and received approval to install commercial fans — from the company Big Ass Fans — in … more
The Maries County R-2 Board of Education completed a district goals list Tuesday, Oct. 27, prior to the regularly scheduled board meeting. Superintendent Dr. Lenice Basham suggested at the … more
The Belle Board of Aldermen voted 3-0-1 on Oct. 19 to re-bid the MFA building demolition project with new specifications after an asbestos test is completed and returned. The discussion occurred … more
Since returning home from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. on Oct. 18 following a kidney transplant, Mindy Jarvis has been enjoying a remarkably, somewhat boring life — compared to the last … more
BELLE — During the rescheduled Belle Board of Aldermen meeting Monday night, Mayor Steve Vogt told fellow board members and visitors that Marshal Joe Turnbough would not be … more
BELLE — A Maries County man died of a suspected opioid overdose Sept. 12, making him the most recent death in a string of overdoses in the past month. Kevin Ahart, 29, was found at a … more
Maries R-2 Superintendent Dr. Lenice Basham told the board of education on Sept. 29 that the district is at a 13 percent no-fill rate for substitute teachers — more than a month after the … more
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