A lot can change in a year. If there’s been a change in your health, finances or medical needs, you may need to change your Medicare coverage. During the Medicare Annual Election Period, Medicare recipients can change existing health or drug plans, which may lower the cost of medical insurance, prescription drugs, and preventive care. Starting in 2021, many plans will also offer dental and vision coverage. Recipients may even be eligible for free over-the-counter medications, home health supplies, and meal
Local SERVPRO fire restoration specialist says use common sense and caution to help control risk of holiday season home firesRolla, MO (Grassroots Newswire) November 18, 2020 - In a year when large holiday gatherings may not be possible, fire damage restoration specialist Robert Corley of SERVPRO of Rolla says a focus on family decorating traditions and more intimate celebrations may take on extra significance. "It's as important to keep safety top of mind with a small family gathering as it is with a large
100 of the nation’s top health care systems, representing thousands of hospitals in communities across the U.S., have come together with an urgent plea for all Americans – mask up, because wearing a facemask is our best chance at slowing the surging COVID-19 pandemic now. More than 11.5 million Americans have tested positive for the virus – including an additional one million in just the past week – leading to approximately 250,000 deaths. The current trends are daunting and frightening. If the nation
Earlier this year, National Small Business Week was cancelled, so the RACC has decided to host our own local Small Business Week celebration (November 28-December 5). Below are the details that we have so far. The week will kick off with Small Business Saturday, November 28. We encourage everyone to support our local small businesses during this day, as well as all holiday season. We will host the annual ribbon cutting/Proclamation reading on Tuesday, November 24 at 10:30 a.m. at 7th & Pine
Due to COVID-19, many are choosing to celebrate Thanksgiving in smaller groups this year. That could mean a lot of people will be preparing a turkey and all the trimmings on their own for the first time. “I remember the first time that I prepared a Thanksgiving dinner complete with turkey and all the side dishes by myself at my own house,” says Londa Nwadike, state extension food safety specialist with the University of Missouri and Kansas State University. “My mom and brothers were going to drive seven
With a rise in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, Mercy is proactively reaching out to patients to ask them to consider becoming plasma donors. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the liquid portion of blood from recovered COVID-19 patients, called convalescent plasma, may contain antibodies. These antibodies may help others as they’re fighting the virus. Using the MyMercy app and online patient portal, Mercy is sending a message to patients, asking those who tested positive if
The State of Missouri made available $22 million in grant funds through the CARES Act for eligible Missouri nonprofits directly impacted by the public health emergency, with priority given to those serving at-risk populations in the areas of: homelessness prevention, job training, food insecurity and basic needs, at-risk youth services, childcare, and academic/educational support. The grant allows nonprofits to continue providing community safety nets that improve quality of life and lead to economic and
Each year the St. James High School participates in a Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Caring Center. Clubs helping Senior Beta, Student Council and Pay It Forward gathered in front of the Caring Center truck for a photo. The Caring Center distributes food to families throughout the community, and it is especially important during the holiday season. What a wonderful group of students who are willing to gather food items and share with those in need.
Drury University and East Central College sign transfer agreement for students seeking teaching, bus
A new agreement between Drury University and East Central College streamlines the path to a four-year degree for business and education students in eastern Missouri. The formal partnership guarantees that the credits for ECC students who have completed an associate of arts in teaching degree or an associate of arts in business will transfer seamlessly to Drury GO, the university’s evening and online program. Robyn Walter, ECC vice president of academic affairs, said this agreement between the
Nominations are being accepted for the January 25– 29, 2021 election to the University of Missouri Extension Council of Phelps County, says Council Chair Sarah Oerther. The University of Missouri Extension Council of Phelps County is the local link between county residents and the University of Missouri. Council members assist in planning and carrying out Extension educational programs to improve people’s lives. As public officials, council members administer a local budget to support education that
Four years after construction began, and with two phases already open, Mercy is welcoming patients into the fully-completed Mercy Heart Hospital Springfield. The last phase of construction included all-new surgical and procedural rooms, equipped with the very latest technology.Patients can now access all of Mercy’s cardiovascular care – from doctors’ visits to tests, procedures and surgeries – through a single door, complete with valet parking. “This is about more than the sign on the building,” said Dr.
East Central College is reaching out to community members and stakeholders in the Rolla area with a community survey intended to influence the direction of the college for years to come. The Rolla campus is an important part of ECC’S strategic plan — SOAR to 2024. A primary goal of the plan is to identify and define the experience ECC provides to its students. The survey is a key component of the strategic planning process.Please visit https://www.eastcentral.edu/rollasurvey to take part in the
The St. James Caring Center was blessed with an offer of receiving huge containers of new and gently used winter boots. In response, we contacted the Russell House in Rolla to make a donation to their cause. Caring Center staff member Don Shimon is assisting the representatives from Russell House re-box 150-200 pairs of boots. Wonderful gift to the Caring Center to pass on to other organizations.
Congratulations to Mrs. Carmel Dare, Chef/Instructor for Rolla Technical Institute’s Culinary Arts Program, on being selected to join the 2021 Class of Fellows with the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE). The ACTE National Leadership Fellowship program is designed for CTE educators in ACTE and assists individuals in further developing their leadership skills in CTE and their involvement in professional associations. The program also provides an opportunity for CTE educators to become
Phelps County offering expense reimbursement grants to businessesPHELPS COUNTY—The Phelps County Commission has now opened its CARES funding to businesses within the county. Phelps County received $5,229,302 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic (CARES) Act for reimbursable COVID-19 expenses that they have incurred, beginning March 1, 2020. The county can reimburse costs up to Dec. 15 or until funds run out, whichever comes first. Any funds not spent by Dec. 30, 2020, must be returned to the U.S.
On an ordinary day, you’ll find Dr. David Barbe seeing patients at his Mercy Clinic office in the small town of Mountain Grove, Missouri. And in some ways, that’s how today will go, too, after an early morning videoconference. His patients probably won’t even be aware he’s just been installed as the president of the World Medical Association. As the COVID-19 pandemic brings into sharp focus the worldwide importance of health care, Dr. Barbe will lead the organization that represents more than 9