Phelps County News

TAC/MRPC confirm Highway 63 and 50 as top transportation priorities

    The expansion of Highways 63 and 50 to four-lane corridors remain the number one and two regional transportation priorities, respectively, the Meramec Region’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) confirmed at its December meeting. The proposed projects on Highway 63 and Highway 50 have topped the regional priority list for several years. The group met virtually on Dec. 12.

Active COVID-19 cases continue slight decline

    The Phelps-Maries County Health Department reported active COVID-19 cases have continued to decline slightly just as Missouri rolls out its COVID-19 vaccination plan. The health department did not report as normal on Monday due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but did report as normal last Thursday. The county has seen numbers gradually decline since cases spiked to their peak in December.

Local agencies prepare for Phase 1B of the statewide vaccination plan

    Area health agencies have begun vaccinations of area frontline workers for COVID-19 and additional vaccinations are also soon to begin as the state has announced activation of Phase 1B of Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Local pharmacies have also requested vaccinations and are taking online applications from people who would like to be vaccinated.

One dead, one injured after shooting near Doolittle

    One person is dead after a fatal shooting took place outside Doolittle on Saturday, according to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department.