The Historic Courthouse is now open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, using social distancing and health guidelines. Entry is through the south and north doors (handicapped/elevator entry). It is still preferable to do as much of your business online or by telephone as possible. Some individual offices may have limited hours or access.
The license office located in the courthouse is now open by appointment. Call 466-4087 to make an appointment or leave a message. There is also a license office located in Aurora.

You may contact the following offices at these numbers:

HEALTH DEPT - Call 466-2201 or visit web site.

 

HEALTH DEPT. - Call 466-2201 or visit web site.

 

COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE - Call 466-2638 or visit web site.

COLLECTOR'S OFFICE - Call 466-2410 or visit web site.

RECORDER'S OFFICE - 466-2670 or visit web site.

ASSESSOR'S OFFICE - Call 466-2831 or visit web site.

COUNTY COMMISSION - Call or leave message at 466-3666.

MT. VERNON LICENSE OFFICE - Call 466-4087 to arrange an appointment or get information.

UNIVERSITY EXTENSION OFFICE - Call 466-3102.

TREASURER'S OFFICE - Call 466-2662 or e-mail lawrencecountytreasurer@yahoo.com.

PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE - Call 466-2846.

We encourage you to follow Lawrence County Health Dept.'s Facebook page for COVID-19 related updates specific to Lawrence County.
Events & Announcements
May 30

County clerk's office open 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 30, for absentee voting.

June 2

The April General Municipal Election has been re-set for June 2 by Executive Order. View Sample Ballot.

County news

Virus is still circulating, so use caution as we reopen

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept., May 4, 2020)  As today is the first day of "re-opening" PLEASE REMEMBER:

• The coronavirus is STILL circulating, it isn’t gone.

• Even though business/restaurants are back in business does NOT mean life is completely back to normal. Certain guidelines still have to be followed by businesses and patrons to minimize risk and spread.

• It is YOUR responsibility to continue social distancing (6ft) and to avoid or leave gatherings or situations in which social distancing and precautions are not being followed.

• Continue to practice good hygiene, including:

o Washing hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces;
o Avoiding touching your face;
o Sneezing or coughing into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow; and
o Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

• Minimize travel to the extent possible.

What about Masks?

A key transmission route of COVID-19 is via droplets that fly out of our mouths—that includes when we speak, not just when we cough or sneeze. Therefore, wearing a mask when out in public, especially when social distancing is difficult, can help protect others from YOU, the wearer. Only put on and remove the mask with the ear loops. Never touch the front of the mask.

If we can ALL do our part to do things the safe and correct way, we will be able to continue to make progress in fighting this virus and work towards getting back to “normal” again.

Six more positive tests in same long term care facility in county

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept. news release, May 7, 2020)  The Lawrence County Health Department is announcing 6 additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The six individuals who tested positive are residents of the same long term care facility as the first case. All residents at the facility have been tested and three of those results are still pending. In addition, all staff at the facility are undergoing testing, and results are pending. The Lawrence County Health Department has been working closely with the facility administrator and will be monitoring the positive cases and their close contacts.

Lawrence County Health Department is mandated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to protect health information about cases that arise in our county. Information we are allowed to release is very limited.

The Health Department urges anyone who develops a fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, headache, or muscle pain to stay home and CALL your heath care provider, or use CoxHealth or Mercy virtual visits to get referred for testing. Links to virtual visits can be found on our website www.lawrencecohealthcom

County has first lab-confirmed COVID-19 case

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept. news release, May 2, 2020)  The Lawrence County Health Department is announcing Lawrence County’s first laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19.

The individual who tested positive is a resident of a long term care facility and was not exhibiting COVID 19 specific symptoms at the time of testing. The facility is taking necessary measures to control the virus including testing and isolation. Close contacts have been notified.

 

The Lawrence County Health Department will be monitoring the positive case and their close contacts.

The Lawrence County Health Department is mandated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to protect health information about cases that arise in our county. Information we are allowed to release is very limited.

County following Governor's Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept., April 29, 2020) The Lawrence County Commission and Lawrence County Health Department have made the joint decision to follow the Governors Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan starting May 4th. Phase I of the plan will remain in effect until May 31, 2020 unless extended further.

The details of the state’s plan can be found at https://showmestrong.mo.gov/ or on the health department’s website www.lawrencecohealth.com.

The Show Me Strong Recovery Plan requires citizens to maintain six feet of social distancing space in most cases. There are certain situations that require additional procedures to protect businesses, communities, and citizens. Refer to the Health Order for more details.

Citizens who feel sick should stay home!

Avoid socializing in groups that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (receptions, trade shows, etc.).

When in public (parks, outdoor recreation spaces, shopping malls, etc.), individuals should maximize physical distance from others.

Continue to practice good hygiene, including:

• Washing hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces;
• Avoiding touching your face;
• Sneezing or coughing into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow; and
• Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

Minimize travel to the extent possible.

Elderly or otherwise vulnerable populations should take enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate the risks of contracting COVID-19.

Individuals may go to and from a place of worship, provided that limitations on social distancing are properly adhered to.

The health department will reach out to provide guidance to as many restaurants, bars, retail establishments, grocery stores, conveniences stores, hair salons, barber shops, parks, etc. as possible.

Citizens will also need to make informed, personal choices about whether to participate in activities such as organized recreation (including sports teams), to shop, worship, etc.

You are welcome to call our office with questions at 417-466-2201, but please read through the entire detailed plan as well as the “frequently asked questions” to see if your questions can be answered there.

Keep in mind, this is the plan that Lawrence County chooses to adopt. Surrounding counties may choose to add stricter guidelines so be cautious when traveling.

175th celebration to be rescheduled

 

Lawrence County's 175th celebration event will be rescheduled. It was originally set April 9.

 

Election re-set to June 2; absentee voting expanded, extended

 

Voters with a compromised immune system or who are in a high risk age group for the coronavirus have the option of voting absentee in the General Municipal Election - which has been rescheduled from April to June 2.

In addition to regular weekday hours, the County Clerk's office in the Historic Courthouse will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 30, for absentee voting.

There will be extra precautions and sanitizing at the polls due to the COVID-19 health emergency.

Road, bridge sales tax up for retention in June 2 election

 

The longstanding road and bridge sales tax in Lawrence County will be up for renewal on the June 2, 2020, ballot. Voters first approved the sales tax in 1984, and have voted in favor of renewing it each of the five times it has come up for renewal. This time it will be presented without an expiration date. The sales tax supports the 15 road districts in the county.

County clerk outlines 2020 election information

Lawrence County Clerk Tammy Riebe has announced election information for 2020:

  • PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY - MARCH 10

Register to vote before Feb. 12. Absentee voting: Jan. 28-March 9.

  • GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION - April 7 (Rescheduled to June 2)

Register to vote before March 11. New deadlines for absentee voting: By mail until March 27; in person until June 1. Request absentee ballot.

  • PRIMARY ELECTION - AUG. 4

Register to vote before July 8. Absentee voting June 23-Aug. 3

  • PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION - Nov. 3

Register to vote before Oct. 7. Absentee voting Sept. 22-Nov. 2

1905 Courthouse

Lawrence County (Mo.) Courthouse in 1905, four years after it was completed. (Lawrence County Historical Society)