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Columbia readies to “Paint the Town”

By Drew Bergman Contributor Wednesday morning City of Columbia summer interns Ty Cheatham and Nikki Bair were out and around the square taping off sections of sidewalk all the way across the promenade.  “We’re putting the squares in front of each business and people can ‘paint’ it or businesses can ‘paint’ it what they like,”…

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Masks required on buses, recommended in classrooms

First day of school for students is August 24 By Jeff Neagle Editor Face-to-face classes ended on March 13 for the Adair County School System due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the start of school for the 2020-2021 school year has been pushed back to August 24 for students. School will be different for students…

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Adair families sue Signature HealthCare in wake of COVID-19

By Jeff Neagle Editor The families of four Summit Manor residents have filed a lawsuit against the facility owner, Signature HealthCare. The suit has been filed on behalf of Billie Crosby, Edna Melson, the estate of Winfred Cowan, and the estate of Virginia Rowe. The complaint was filed in the Adair Circuit Court on June…

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Unite Columbia

  By Drew Bergman Contributor “We had a good turnout at the event tonight,” said Reverend Russ Wheat, one of the featured speakers at Tuesday night’s Unite Columbia rally, “but we still have to stop the racism that is in our county. I know a lot of people do not believe it is here, but…

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New audit shows missing jail funds total up to $178,438

By Jeff Neagle Editor The audit of the Adair County Fiscal Court for fiscal year 2018-2019 is complete and the results have been released by the office of the Auditor of Public Accounts, Mike Harmon. This audit comes three months after the 2017-2018 fiscal year audit was reported in The Adair Progress on March 12,…

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County seeks to borrow $200,000 to cover budget to end of June

By Jeff Neagle Editor Concerns over falling revenue and rising costs have caused the Adair County Fiscal Court to reach out to local banks for money to cover the remainder of the fiscal year. At Tuesday night’s meeting of the court, County Judge Executive Gale Cowan made the case to the magistrates. “Everyone knows how…

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Local general election candidate list is now complete

By Jeff Neagle Editor The deadline for candidates to file for non-partisan offices without a primary for the November 2020 General Election has now passed. To run in November, candidates were required to file by June 2, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The original deadline had been in August. In Adair County, there are three races…

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Primary election voting begins June 8

By Jeff Neagle Editor This year’s primary election voting will be a little different than in years past, thanks to the COVID-19 virus. In person voting will take place over 14 days this month to allow citizens plenty of time to get to the single polling station. Beginning Monday, June 8, the Adair County Annex…

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City Council meeting conducted virtually Monday evening

By Jeff Neagle Editor The city council addressed several issues at the Monday meeting. While the debate regarding the Jim Blair Center took up a majority of the meeting, that issue can be found by clicking HERE. The zoning change for the property on Gaston Avenue that was purchased by Cookout restaurant was given final approval…

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Contention over Jim Blair Center increases

By Jeff Neagle Editor Control of the Jim Blair Center has again become a point of contention between the city and county governments. A majority of the June 1 meeting of the Columbia City Council was dedicated to a discussion of recent communications between the two government entities. The discussion began when the mayor turned…

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