Phelps County News

County COVID-19 cases continue to decline

    Active COVID-19 cases continue to decline and more vaccinations are being reported by the Phelps-Maries County Health Department.
    The health department reported on Monday, May 10, active cases are now at 29. Total PCR positive tests are at 3,635 and there have been 137 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Phelps County. Initiated vaccination for the area is climbing, now at 29.6 percent, with 25 percent having completed the vaccination process.

Public input being sought for Phelps County SMTS deviated fixed-route feasibility study

    Residents and students of Phelps and Dent counties are asked to participate in online surveys, one for students and one for general public, about the potential for the creation of a Southeast Missouri Transportation Services (SMTS) deviated fixed-route bus service in the Rolla area with possible connections to St. James and Salem. The surveys are available at

S&T alumnus John C. Wagner to speak at Missouri S&T commencement May 14-15

Dr. John C. Wagner of Idaho Falls, Idaho, director of Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and president of Battelle Energy Alliance LLC, will speak at commencement ceremonies at Missouri University of Science and Technology this month. Wagner will receive the doctor of engineering, honoris causa.

Heroin awareness seminar set for Saturday

    S.A.V.E. Ministry will host its fourth annual heroin awareness and prevention seminar this Saturday, May 15, and will feature several guest speakers who will share their stories of opioid abuse and how drugs affect local communities. The seminar will also offer a $1,000 grand prize essay contest for local students.