As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and more and more people continue to become ill, restrictions have popped up state by state to keep the virus from spreading. Businesses are not allowed to have more than 10 people at a time in one location and restaurants are restricted to only providing pick-up and delivery.

With the restrictions come the cancellations of many local events. Here is an update on some of the businesses closed or events cancelled due to COVID-19 (this is not a complete list).


The First Baptist Church in Tarkio has cancelled services for the next two weeks, but will have Facebook Live videos.

The Tarkio and Westboro United Methodist Churches are closed. Services will be broadcast through Facebook Live.

The Tarkio Presbyterian Church has closed until further notice.

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Tarkio will be closed until April 24.

St. John’s Lutheran Church is closed for the next few weeks, but services are being broadcast on the Saint John’s Lutheran Church Facebook page. The services are also being broadcast on radio station FM88.7. This will be a very low power broadcast, so you may want to sit in your car in the church parking lot and listen.

The Rock Port United Methodist Church is cancelling worship services for the next two weeks. A service will be telecast on Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. on Channel 61. They are also working on providing a livestream Facebook service at the regular time of 10:45 a.m.

The Rock Port Lutheran Church has cancelled services.

The Rock Port and Watson Methodist Churches are closed for two weeks.

First Christian Church in Rock Port has cancelled services.

Fairfax United Methodist Church is cancelling in-house services. church parishioners will meet on Facebook Live each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Bible study and church meetings will be done using Zoom.

The Watson Baptist Church is closed until further notice. It and the First Baptist Church Hamburg are FaceBook Live streaming Sundays at 10 a.m. on the First Baptist Church FaceBook page.


The Atchison County Courthouse doors will be locked to the general public. All offices are open and able to meet all needs of citizens, but you will be required to call for an appointment with the office that you need assistance from. In addition, prior to setting up the appointment, the office will go over a brief questionnaire with you. Upon entrance to the building you will be required to sign a form so they have a record of all visitors to the building in the event it is needed.

The April 7 Municipal Elections have been postponed to June 2.

Colonel Eric T. Olson, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol announced that the Missouri State Highway Patrol is suspending driver road testing at all locations through March 31. The Patrol is monitoring the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and will update the public on testing after March 31 as more information becomes available. Written testing services will continue, but the Patrol will restrict the number of applicants allowed in each facility at one time to ensure recommended social distancing measures are followed. The location of services is subject to change due to building closures in some jurisdictions.

Tarkio Municipal Court scheduled for April 27 and May 11 has been cancelled. The next Tarkio Municipal Court night will be June 22, 2020, at 5 p.m. Mail in payments (or make them online) or put them in City Hall’s dropbox at 602 Main Street in Tarkio. Call 660-736-4821 for questions.


AA meetings are cancelled until April 7.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is suspending driver road testing at all locations through March 31.

OATS Transit will only be providing essential service transportation. A date to return to normal operations has not been set. They will do so when it is safe, as determined by government officials and the Center for Disease Control.

Youth soccer has been cancelled.

The Pinewood Derby race has been postponed until April.

All 4-H activities in Missouri have been suspended through May 15.

In-person WW workshops have been postponed until the week of April 30 at the earliest.

Tiffany Care Centers, including Pleasant View Nursing Home in Rock Port, has restricted all visitors.

Tarkio Rehabilitation and Health Care is not allowing any visitors. As the guidelines become a little tighter, TRHC can no longer accept flower deliveries, for residents and staff. If you were planning on sending a resident flowers, please consider a hanging basket for outside the window. The ladies at The Flower Mill will be happy to help you with this (660-736-4612). Most residents have hooks. If they don’t, one will be set up for them. This will brighten their day and give you a chance to say hi through the window. If you are sending flowers to a worker, The Flower Mill will ask them to pick it up after work. TRHC is also no longer accepting any food from individuals into the building (your pizza for the workers or cookies for the residents, etc.).

Casey’s (to include the Tarkio and Rock Port locations) has new hours. The business will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the kitchen closing at 9 p.m. From 8 to 9 a.m., only customers 60 and over or those will health issues will be allowed.

Atchison County Library will close all three branches April 7.


The lobby at Farmers State Bank will be closed until further notice, but the drive-through is still open. There is also an active night drop on the southeast corner of the drive-up lane at the Tarkio branch that you can utilize if you wish. For questions, please call 660-736-4197. The night drop at the Fairfax branch is located in the drive-through lane. Fairfax customers can call 660-686-3312.

Bank Midwest in Rock Port is closed to the public (drive-through services still available).

The Citizens Bank & Trust lobby in Rock Port is open only by appointment (drive-through services still available).

US Bank in Tarkio has made changes. Their drive-through is open, but the lobby is open by appointment only.


Fairfax City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. Cash or check payments can be placed in the drop box. Credit card payments can be made by phone (660-686-3520) or online.

The Fairfax City Park remains open at this time. The amenities are not sanitized, so use with caution at your own risk.

Vision Source will not see patients at the Fairfax office. If you need a routine eye exam, you can see one of the doctors in the Maryville office Tuesday or Thursday. If you have an eye emergency, call 660-582-4022 and the voicemail will direct you to the proper after-hours emergency number. Vision Source will still see all emergent/urgent cases at all times, so if you are experiencing eye pain, redness, sudden changes in vision, etc., don’t hesitate to contact them instead of heading to the ER! If you have glasses or contact lenses at the Fairfax office to pick up, you will be contacted with the best way to do that.

The Gift Shop at Community Hospital-Fairfax is closed.

KG Buds is accepting orders by phone (660-686-3313). Please leave a message. Deliveries will be made to Atchison County residences.

The dining room at Daybreak Cafe is open for 10 people or less at a time (breakfast and lunch). Take-out, curbside pick-up, and deliveries in Fairfax are also available. Call 660-686-3488.

MDT Woodworks will close its store front and DIY workshop temporarily, although they will remain open online. Please continue to use curbside pick-up, free local delivery and free shipping nationally. Curbside pickup will be offered Monday – Saturday.

The Fairfax Kiwanis Club has cancelled all meetings for the time being.

The Fairfax Optimist Club has also cancelled all meetings until further notice.

The Fairfax Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled.


Rock Port’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by New Horizons has been cancelled. As an alternative option, we will be distributing gallon-sized baggies of pre-filled eggs at the school lunch pick up next week free of charge for families to use for personal use. First come, first served while supplies last.

The Rock Port Senior Center is no longer able to provide grab and go meals. All meals must now be home delivered on Mondays (one hot meal and four frozen meals). Restrictions have been lessened; call 744-5812 for more information.

Rock Port City Hall is closed. Payments may be put in the dropbox between City Hall and the fire station. For questions, call City Hall at 744-2636 or 744-2676 (for utilities).

Atchison-Holt Electric Cooperative is closed to the public. They will re-evaluate the situation at a later date for further action. You may pay your bill online at, make payments by phone at 844-859-5980 or you may drop your payment in the night depository. If you have an outage or need immediate assistance, please call the office at 660-744-5344. Your patience, understanding and cooperation is appreciated.

Midwest Data Center, Rock Port Telephone, and the Rock Port License Bureau, all in Rock Port, are closed to the public until April 6 at 8:00 a.m. The NorthwestCell office in Tarkio will remain open by appointment only.

Food Country will be adding another day to their home delivery for people who are social distancing. For complete details, see the article on page 5.

Dusty Trail Restaurant is closed until further notice. This could be anywhere from 30-90 days.

Oswald Crow Agency will be closed to the public until further notice. Face-to-face appointments can be made if necessary. Payments may be made directly with your company or by calling the office.

Midwest Chic Boutique will be switching to online only until further notice. The business will be offering free delivery of any orders that are placed by someone who lives in town Rock Port and will still be offering the free in store pick up option as well. Message 816-351-2578 to set up a day/time.

Ella&Grey is moving to online orders only. There is free delivery in Rock Port.

The Rock Port High School Alumni Banquet has been cancelled.

The Rock Port Rotary Club has cancelled all meetings.

Cedar Bluff Lodge in Rock Port is not accepting party reservations at this time.

The C.A.R.E. House will be closed March 19 to April 6. Counseling and support group will also be cancelled for the next two weeks. For C.A.R.E. services, call 877-835-7233 (toll free) or 660-744-7233. C.A.R.E. is asking that no donations be given at this time.

River Rock Lanes is temporarily closed.

Beta Gals’ Palm Sunday dinner has been cancelled.

K-9 Inn has closed until further notice.

Rock Port’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by New Horizons, has been cancelled. As an alternative option, the organization will be distributing gallon-sized baggies of pre-filled eggs at the school lunch pick-up March 30-April 3 free of charge for families to use for personal use. First come, first served while supplies last.

Stolt’s Fitness in Rock Port will close April 1 and stay closed until May 1.

Rock Port High School Prom has been cancelled.

Rock Port JH and HS Blue Jay Relays has been cancelled.

The annual meeting of the Rock Port Telephone Company that was scheduled for April has been postponed to a date to be determined.

A Perfect 10 is closed until further notice.


The Tarkio Easter Egg Hunt is cancelled.

Battle of the Books has been postponed.

The Tarkio Nutrition Center is now closed, but home deliveries will still take place once a week (Friday) which will include five meals. They are NOT doing grab-and-go curb service.

Tarkio City Hall has closed to the public. Appointments may be made by calling 660-736-4821 or visitors will be asked a series of questions at the door before allowed admittance.

The Atchison County Health Department is open normal business hours, Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., but you must call 660-736-4121 to arrange curbside service. Those who need to enter the building will be asked to complete a screening form.

The Tarkio Board of Public Works office is closed to the general public. Essential services will continue. Payments may be left in the drop box by the door or call 660-736-4812 during regular business hours.

The Midwest Data Smart Store and the NorthwestCell office in Tarkio will remain open by appointment only.

Hy-Vee in Tarkio has changed the first hour of the work day (7:00 – 8:00 a.m.) to provide services ONLY for expectant mothers, people ages 60 and older, and people with underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to serious illness. All other customers may shop from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.

The Tarkio Activity Center (TAC) will be closed through April 3.

Oswald Crow Agency will be closed to the public until further notice. Face-to-face appointments can be made if necessary. Payments may be made directly with your company or by calling the office.

The Meek & Sons office in Tarkio will be closed to the public. Meek & Sons is permitted to remain open for essential services such as no heat, no cooling, plugged sewers, no water and other emergency services. They will be taking calls for all other services, but they will be put on a waiting list. If you are in need of any parts, please call 660-736-5511 or text/call 660-623-0537 for further assistance.

Colfax Farmers Mutual is closed to the public.

Flower Mill is not open to the public. They appreciate customers who continue to shop the Flower Mill and are happy to take phone orders and provide curbside pick-up, as well as make deliveries to Atchison County residences.

The Tarkio Rotary Club has cancelled all meetings.

Due to the circumstances going on in the world right now, 1887 Bar and Grill is having to modify its hours to try and keep from having to close the doors during this trying time. The new (temporary) hours of operation are 4-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The restaurant is only providing take out (they are closed to indoor seating) so call 660-736-5258 to place your order.

Atchison County Community Services will still be open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with lunch break being from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Director Sam O’Riley will still be helping with energy assistance, food stamps applications, HUD applications, and food commodities, it will just look a little different. Starting March 23, they are asking the community to call the office at 660-736-4646 to do a phone interview for services that are not food. Food services will now be walking up to the window and ringing a bell for service rather than coming inside of the building. If they are not at the office you may also call Central Office in Maryville at 660-582-3113. Hopefully, by temporarily making these changes, they can keep from spreading sickness and still empower our community. Community Services also has volunteers who can deliver if the client is on homebound quarantine at this time, whether from sickness or taking precaution due to age and crisis.

Due to the occurrence of an active Covid 19 case in Atchison County, Atchison County Veterinary Clinic in Tarkio has begun creating measures to limit exposure and to keep staff and clients safe. At this time, the office will keep normal business hours, but the door will remain locked. Your pets’ health is their top priority, so for illness or emergency services, medication refills, and food pick-up, please call (660) 736-5722 in advance and they will be happy to meet you at your car outside the office for deliveries. When an animal requires veterinary services, an employee will meet you at your car and bring the animal in for treatment then return them safely to you. Of course, the after-hours emergency number is (660) 736-5935 and it is the best way to contact Doc Walter for after-hours emergencies.

The Tarkio Avalanche office is closed to the public, but give them a call at 660-736-4111 if you have an order that needs to be placed or an order to pick up.

Hidden Beauty will be closing effective Friday, March 27, at 1 p.m.

Jones law office in Tarkio is closed to walk in traffic, call for appointments by phone/zoom/digital until further notice.

Tarkio Golf Club community, Tarkio Golf Club’s top priority is the safety and well-being of its members, customers and staff. Due to Atchison County’s Health Emergency Proclamation and ongoing restrictions throughout the nation, the board has decided not to open the clubhouse and course to the general public until at least May 1, with safety precautions until then. At that time, the board will reassess the situation. Only members (or non-members that pay green fees in the Honor Box) will be allowed to play with the safety precautions listed below:
• No pulling of the pins. We have arranged so your ball will not go to the bottom of the cup.
• Sand traps will not have rakes. We will rake occasionally. Please smooth with your foot or club in bunkers.
• The clubhouse will not be open. We are exploring possibilities to sell merchandise with little or no contact.
• Drinking fountain and restrooms will not be open on the course.
• The driving range will not be open unless you provide your own golf balls.
• Rental carts will only be available to cart memberships. These will be available on a “first-come, first-serve” basis and we will provide a shed for these carts so they will only be used by that specific cart membership holder. Carts will be disinfected and returned for use when the course re-opens to the public.
We will have signage at the course as a reminder. Please follow the rules for everyone’s safety! We will be monitoring play closely, to prevent trespassing by non-members who have not paid. This means you will need to be a paid member to play. Like always, please have your membership paid BEFORE you play! Call a board member or visit for fee information. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 235 or dropped in the locked Honor Box at the clubhouse door. Please complete the membership fee form to turn in with payment. Thank you for your understanding in these difficult and uncertain times. We appreciate your adherence to these safety measures and we hope the delayed opening comes very soon!

Tarkio Parks are closed until further notice. All Tarkio Youth Baseball practices and games are cancelled until May 1.

In order to cut down on congestion in our business during Covid 19, Quality Auto will not be doing motor vehicle inspections until May. This may be extended past that time if the state extends the timeline.


The Westboro Lions Club has cancelled all meetings for the time being.

KJ’s Cafe is carry-out only. Call 660-984-5415.

As of right now, Hurst Greenery is not open to the public. They will be open with restricted hours after Easter. There will not be an open house this year. If you are in need of a basket or pot before Easter, please message them and they will be happy to pull one out and leave it there for you.