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There is one piece of really good news to report in this COVID-19 updated numbers. There has not been a death in Franklin County due to the virus in a month. The last reported death was June 7. … more
Each Monday through Friday just before noon, volunteer teachers from Gerald Elementary School set up shop in front of Community Outreach. The volunteer teachers are there to hand out prepackaged … more
Tim Baker, Franklin County Clerk and Election Authority, has issued an important reminder to county voters. Those residents of Franklin County that have not registered to vote and that wish to … more
As last Wednesday, June 24, began, there were 192 reported  cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County. By Tuesday, June 30, that number had grown to 205 cases. The Department of Health and Senior … more
Jennifer Hall, the principal at Gerald Elementary School since 2012, sat behind her desk for the last time Tuesday, June 30. Hall first walked through the doors of the school as a kindergarten … more
Last Thursday, June 18, Franklin County officials reported four new cases of COVID-19 in the county, and one of those included a 38-year-old woman from Gerald. When the county lists the location of … more
A community testing event for Covid-19 was held at the Washington fairgrounds Saturday, Sunday and Monday, June 13 - 15. Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker reports that a total of 308 people were … more
Last Thursday, June 11, the Gerald Board of Aldermen met for their regular meeting. Ward 1 Alderman Ruth Haase took her seat for the last time after deciding not to seek another term. During … more
The Franklin County Health Department (FCHD) issued five pages of health violations against Lonigro’s Supermarket last week. The store was closed, and will remain so, until the … more
Lonigro’s Supermarket held a fundraiser last Saturday. All profits from a barbecue were donated to the family of Lucas Parshall. Parshall was a former coworker of Luke Lonigro’s at … more
Last Tuesday, voters went to the polls for a Municipal Election. At least a few voters did. 5,182 voters in Franklin County cast ballots out of 70,216 registered voters for an appalling turn-out rate … more
Since June 1, there have been 15 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Franklin County and two additional deaths. A 94-year-old woman from Union died June 2 and a 71-year-old man from Luebbering … more
Lonigro’s Supermarket has been closed by the Franklin County Health Department. Employee cars block access to the store’s parking lot, but customers are still coming to the door to try to … more
A crowd of around 100 people gathered in Union Tuesday afternoon to protest the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The protestors were generally received positive … more
Franklin County Clerk Tim Baker has been working hard to provide a safe election in trying times. Municipal Elections are normally held the first Tuesday in April. This year that fell right as … more
For decades, at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, a service is held at the cemetery of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, just east of Gerald. This year was no different, with one noticeable … more
The Gerald Board of Aldermen held a special meeting Monday, May 18, in order to pay bills which weren’t presented at a meeting held the previous Thursday, May 14. As he perused the list of … more
Due to a series of unfortunate events, John W. Kolditz, 85, of Gerald, was the first Franklin County death attributed to COVID-19. Jesse Bogan’s article, “‘Sheer Panic’: … more
Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton says that one of his deputies was coughed and spit on by a man claiming to have COVID-19. Pelton says the situation began at 9:42 p.m., May 17, when deputies … more
Franklin County Presiding Commissioner Tim Brinker continues to issue daily updates on the COVID-19 outbreak in Franklin County. In the last seven days, five new active cases, 17 recovered and … more
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