Howdeshell Jr. steps down as Gibbs administrator
The Board of Directors of Gibbs Care Center in Steelville has announced that Administrator Larry Howdeshell Jr. will be leaving the organization in September. Howdeshell has accepted an opportunity to join a regional healthcare organization that will allow him to further develop his extraordinary skills in managing healthcare facilities.
Steelville Country Club passes half-million-dollar mark in donations
The Steelville Country Club has now given more than half a million dollars to the local community. The club gave $69,257 in 2013 and 2014 for a total of $537,664 in the past 14 years.
School district getting ready for August 14 start
Steelville students will be wrapping up their summer as they prepare for the 2014-15 school year, which begins Thursday, August 14. The high school, middle school, and elementary buildings are hard at work preparing for another year of learning and there is a lot of information that parents and students understand before returning to school.
Lawnmower fire quickly extinguished
Steelville firefighters got a special thank you visit from the kids and adults of the Meramec Baptist Association on Friday, July 25. They brought the crews special treats that they had made to show their appreciation for what the volunteers do for the community, and were given a tour of the firehouse and equipment.
SFPD personnel were thankful for their thoughtfulness and were glad to have them in the station. The kids enjoyed the opportunity to see the station and to get a first hand look at what it takes to be a firefighter on the trucks.
The SFPD responded to the following calls between July 15-29:
• July 24—Engine 44 responded to a lawn mower fire on Hawthorne Street. The fire was partially extinguished prior to arrival by a neighbor’s garden hose. SFPD was called to a motor vehicle accident, reported as a single vehicle rollover near Highway 19 and 49. Engine 42 arrived on scene to report finding the passenger vehicle lying on its top in the ditch, but no occupants located.
• July 26—Still alarm vehicle fire on Highway 49. Units responded to find that the owner of the vehicle had started to extinguish it prior to the arrival of firefighters, and no further action was required. SFPD responded to a second vehicle fire on Highway E with a report of several large hay bales on a trailer on fire. People at the scene could not remove the trailer from the truck hauling it. SFPD personnel saved the truck. Landing zone set up for EMS on East Highway 8.
• July 28—SFPD responded to a natural cover fire on Bowers Road where approximately half an acre burned, started by an unattended, burning brush pile. Units extinguished the flames using brush trucks.
Local young women interested in becoming a Harvest Festival Queen candidate for this year may enter now. The annual pageant is scheduled for Thursday, September 4, at the Meramec Music Theatre in Steelville with the theme “50 Magical Years.”
School offers to manage part of Community Park
Steelville Schools Superintendent Mike Whittaker approached the city council at their last meeting to discuss a potential park agreement that could have the school district essentially managing the inner circle of the Community Park. The city of Steelville had sent the school district a letter stating that a contract between the two entities needed to be in place for the district to begin using the park for fall sports in August. As a result, the school district came up with a proposal to manage the area inside the circular roadway at the park.