Last updateFri, 01 Aug 2014 12pm


County could cut cost on phone bills

    Crawford County is considering options to streamline its phone system. Commissioners held a preliminary discussion on the idea with Bryan Campbell of Steelville Telephone Exchange at their meeting on June 3. The main motivation is to improve phone service and decrease costs.

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Clerk working to attract businesses

    Economic growth may be on the horizon for Crawford County, growth from both new development as well as existing businesses. County Clerk and economic developer Mardy Leathers is encouraged by recent progress in both arenas, noting that, “it takes both components to truly cultivate and sustain a growing economy.” 

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Suspect arrested in Leasburg burglary

    Travis B. Ensor, 23, of Leasburg, stands charged with class A felony robbery in the first degree, along with class C felony burglary in the second degree, class C felony stealing, and class C felony stealing a firearm. The charges are the result of an incident that took place on May 14 in Leasburg.

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Rosati murder hearing set

    One of the two alleged murderers in the Rosati shootings that occurred in April has waived his preliminary hearing, causing his case to be bound over to the Crawford County Circuit Court without the initial trial. Oryon Dain Guinn, 29, appeared in court with his attorney on Monday, June 2 to file a written waiver in his case.

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Friends Helping Friends to resume woodworking shop

Workshop activities are scheduled to resume at the Friends Helping Friends facility in Cuba. The board of directors overseeing Friends Helping Friends reported on Monday that the woodworking shop equipment was installed and ready to go. Once the federal paperwork is prepared, the shop can reopen and participants at Friends Helping Friends will be able to go to work and be paid for their work inside the shop.

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Crocker found guilty during Meramec River murder trial - UPDATED WITH MORE DETAILS

    In a highly anticipated trial in Steelville, James Crocker was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison on May 14 after just two days in court. The trial, held in Crawford County, was the result of a shooting on the Meramec River in July of 2013 that resulted in the death of Paul Franklin Dart Jr. The incident brought to the forefront issues between local residents and tourists who visit local waterways, and sometimes cause conflict.

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