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Madison County

Scouts in Fredericktown will distribute plastic bags throughout the city of Fredericktown and Cobalt Village today.

They are asking residents to fill the bags with any non-perishable food item. On Saturday, Nov. 19, the Scouts will return to pick up the filled bags. They are asking everyone to have their bags outside their doors before 8:30 a.m. for pick up.

All the donated food will be distributed to the Madison County Food Bank.

Anyone not in the distribution area and who would like to make a donation, may drop off items at the Fredericktown Armory between 9-11 a.m. on Nov. 19.

Aldermen discuss spec building

During a work session of the Fredericktown Board of Aldermen, City Administrator C. Tim Morgan reported on building a spec or incubator building at the Fredericktown Business Park.

The building would be available to potential companies interested in moving into the business park. Once a company has bought, leased or rented the building, the funds from the sale or lease of the building would be used to create another building for other potential commercial clients.

Aldermen agreed to draw up a contract between Madison County Progress and the city. MCPI would pay the initial expense for building the building and the city would provide the lot.

Iron County

Committee to study economic development

The Iron County Commission hopes to put an economic development committee in place this winter.

A 12-member committee will study the future of economic development in Iron County.

Commissioner Terry Nichols believes the community can rely on the mines for employment for only a few more years. He hopes the committee will come up with a plan by January of 2007.

The committee will consist of an alderman from each city, as well as leaders of local businesses. The commission will also include commission appointed-members, Steve Schulte, CPA, and attorney Scott Killen.

Informational meetings on Medicare

Residents of Iron County will have a chance to learn more about Medicare Part D.

Several informational meetings on the prescription drug plan will be held by the East Missouri Action Agency. The agency can provide information and help people choose and enroll in a plan.

Meetings will be held at 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 15 at the Viburnum Medical Clinic; 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 16, at Ozark Regional Library in Ironton; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 23 at the Annapolis Food Pantry (Community Center); 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Signer Senior Center in Arcadia.

Those who plan to attend need to bring a list of their current medications, the brand names, dosage amount and how often the medications are taken. For more information, call EMAA at (573) 546-3191.

Washington County

Salvation Army needs bell ringers

The Washington County Unit of the Salvation Army will kick off its bell ringing campaign a week earlier this season.

Wal-Mart management has given special consideration to the Salvation Army this year and will allow them to ring more than the usual 14 days. This year they will have 30 days. The hours have also been expanded so more volunteers will have the opportunity to participate.

This campaign will raise money for families in Washington county.

Bell ringers will be at the Potosi Wal-Mart Monday through Saturday, Nov. 18 through Dec. 24. To volunteer contact Juanita at 436-8150 or Glennes at 438-2193 at Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan.

Ste. Genevieve

Hospital receives critical access hospital

The Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital has received the distinction of being a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The distinction allows the hospital to convert to cost based reimbursement and makes the hospital eligible to receive enhanced Medicare reimbursement for services.

As a CAH, Ste. Genevieve Memorial Hospital can be reimbursed 101 percent of the &#8220reasonable and customary costs for services.” Hospital officials have said that the increased reimbursement will allow the hospital to consider new programs and upgrade existing equipment.

Unemployment rate rises

The unemployment rate in Ste. Genevieve County went up to 4.5 percent for the month of September which was up from 4.3 percent in August.

The rates are still lower than the 5.3 percent reported in September of 2004. The national average is reported at 4.8 percent.

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