United Way will hold annual meeting Feb. 6

Posted: Jan. 14, 2020 10:00 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. | The United Way of the Mark Twain Area will hold its Annual Meeting and Luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at The Depot in Downtown Hannibal. 

At this meeting, leadership with the organization will review the past year and give an update on the 2019-20 Give Hope Campaign. The organization will honor volunteers, introduce new Board Members and award their Lifetime Dedication Award, Business of the Year Award and Agency of the Year Award. Additionally, they will announce who will be honored at the 2nd Annual United Way Evening of Philanthropy.

Seats can be reserved by calling the United Way at 573-221-2761 or visiting Cost is $15 and includes lunch. 


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A man was arrested on charges of possessing nearly one pound of cocaine following a routine traffic stop in Monroe County late Thursday.

Law enforcement sources estimate the street value of the alleged cocaine at between $75,000 and $100,000.

Ruben Eduardo Villeda Duarte, 26, a citizen of the Central American nation of Guatemala, charged by Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Smith with trafficking drugs in the first degree, an “A” felony that carries a potential sentence of 10 to 30 years.

He was arraigned before Monroe County District Court Judge Michael Wilson on Friday morning, who denied bail.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Villeda Duarte was stopped by Chief Deputy Joe Colston while driving a 2004 Toyota Corolla on U.S. Highway 24, traveling westbound just east of Madison at an alleged speed of 72 mph, 12 mph above the posted 60 mph limit.