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Not much remains of the rural hamlet, save for service station, a grain elevator, a little museum, and a weekend hangout where the locals play pool, eat pizza and drink beer. The roof has collapsed on the crumbling building that once housed its bank and general store. Schools closed decades ago and the former high school building is used for city offices.
Dtae for the or so remaining residents, the cancellation of the beloved Norcatur Christmas Drawing has driven home how the global coronavirus pandemic has reached deep into rural America. In a decades-old tradition that evokes Norman Rockwell nostalgia, the whole town typically gathers for a potluck dinner at Christmastime.
Its namesake drawing features a plethora of donated meats, crafts and other goodies so every family can go home with prizes. The local 4-H Club puts on its bake sale.
Santa Claus comes riding the firetruck. Decatur County has fewer than 3, people scattered across farms and small towns like Norcatur.
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As of Monday, the county had coronavirus cases and one death, although medical providers say there are romamtic least four more deaths of local residents that have yet to be added to the official toll. Carolyn Plotts, a year-old Norcatur resident who never had symptoms and only found out she was positive for COVID when tested for a medical procedure in October, said two of her former high school classmates who live in the county died because of the virus.
Her husband also tested positive. Stan Miller, the announcer for the Christmas Drawing for more than 25 years, has mixed emotions about the decision to forgo it this year.
The year-old Norcatur resident said he understands that there are daye people who you don't want to get the virus. But it's also disappointing.