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The annual Rock Island 5K Run, sponsored by the Gerald Area Chamber of Commerce was held in October for the first time. The run, usually scheduled for early May, was postponed due to COVID-19 … more
Nine new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Gerald area in the last seven days. These include four men ages 85, 77, 27 and 66. Five women ages 84, 30, 73, 60, and 35 are part of that total. The … more
Third grader Landon Korman (above, with teacher Katie Schaning) was recognized for great behavior at GES. Understanding that both good and bad behavior is the result of a decision made by the … more
A public hearing was held last Thursday, Sept. 17, at city hall to determine the city’s tax rate for 2020. Even though no one from the public was in attendance to speak for or against the … more
Bob and Gloria Flottmann of Gerald have been hatching monarch butterflies for the last two summers. Last week, they invited some neighborhood girls over to help them release some of the creatures. … more
Three new COVID-19 deaths and 214 new positive cases were identified by the Franklin County Health Department this week. Seven of those new cases were assigned to the Gerald area. This is the highest … more
The death of an 86-year-old woman from Washington reported in the totals from Monday, Sept. 14, was the 25th county fatality from COVID-19. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Franklin … more
Earlier this year at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, East Central College engineering student Joe Jasper saw a need that fit his skill set. Jasper, of the Leslie area, owns his own laser … more
“Due to the rapid increase in cases, our capacity to investigate cases in a timely manner is no longer possible,” the Franklin County Health Department (FCHD) wrote in their daily update … more
The first week of September saw another increase in Franklin County COVID-19 cases. There were either 139 or 132 new cases this week, depending on which set of numbers issued by the Franklin County … more
Dianna Leiweke, 32, was injured in a single-vehicle accident Wednesday, Sept. 2. John O. Vasquesdiego, 34, was a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle on the South Service Road near St. Clair … more
The Gerald Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the ninth annual Rock Island Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 10. The 5K event kicks off at the Historic Rock Island Railroad Depot located in the Legion … more
Wally Weiss, a seven year veteran with the Gerald-Rosebud Fire Department (GRFD) has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. His fellow firemen have planned a benefit barbecue for Sunday, … more
This week three more Franklin County residents died as a result of COVID-19. The deaths of a 50-year-old Roberstville man, a 65-year-old Pacific woman and an 81-year-old Grubville man bring the death … more
Heather M. Tatkenhorst, 35, of Gerald was killed after being struck by a train while laying on the tracks. The accident occurred at 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, near Jefferson City Subdivision in … more
A special meeting of the Gerald Board of Aldermen held Thursday, Aug. 27, ended with a surprise twist. After a 17-minute executive session, the board returned to open meeting to pass an … more
This Sheryl Crow fan (above) was one of the loudest voices in opposition at the Desegregation/Integration Rally held Saturday afternoon in Gerald’s Legion Park. Clyde Zelch (above right) was … more
A special meeting of the Gerald Board of Aldermen held Thursday, Aug. 27, ended with a surprise twist.  After a 17 minute executive session, the board returned to open meeting to pass an … more
Bob and Kathy Foy, owners of the Gerald Cafe on Main Street, have opened another business in Gerald. The Rock Island Trail Retreat is open on Canaan Road on the former Norman “Red” Mesger … more
Included in the daily COVID-19 report, the Franklin County Health Department announced it would no longer report “recovered cases.” “Due to the ongoing increase in Covid-19 … more
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