5 years ago

• The West Nile Virus has hit Texas really hard, causing servile deaths and numerous people to become ill.

“There have been a few cases in Missouri this year, but not any in Newton County so far,” said Rene Bohns, registered nurse at the Newton County Health Department. “Missouri hasn’t seen the amount of cases that Texas has.”

The message that Newton County Health Department officials want to send to area residents is personal protection.

• While the drought has hit us all and takes its toll on just about everyone, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says it is possible to seek help when someone has those constant worries that brings about stress. Stress is a normal reaction to world events and difficult situations.

• Seneca School District has a new meal plan this year, with several changes being made to make the meals healthier.

“Our meals are based on components,” said Pat Holmes, registered dietician and area manager for Fresh Ideas, which provides food serves to the school district.

10 years 

• The lawsuit against the City of Seneca filed by Tom and Linda Holt was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 30, with Newton County Judge Tim Perigo presiding. The trial did not take place. During a break in the jury selection process, both parties came to agreement on an out-of-court settlement.

• Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services is sponsoring a program at each home football game in Seneca. Nationwide will be selling $1 chances to win a $25,000 check. All profits of the program will benefit the Seneca School District Foundation.

15 years ago

• The Seneca Police Department has reported that someone stole an elderly person’s quadriplegic cane from in front of the Dollar General Store last week.

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