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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.

Harvest Festival queen candidates sought

    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.

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City trying to market old San Val bulding

    The city of Steelville will soon be advertising the availability of the old San Val building. Aldermen agreed at Monday’s city council meeting to purchase a banner to install in front of the former factory to begin the process of letting the public know it could be utilized. Comptroller Jennifer Basham also pointed out that there are websites that allow government entities to post such items at no cost.

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School district receives donation from bank

    The July meeting of the Steelville Board of Education was held Thursday, July 17. The following business was conducted:
    • Peggy Alexander of First Community National Bank presented the Board with a check for $1,756.74 from the Cardinal Debit Card program.

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Riverat Challenge to raise funds for track

    A new type of physical challenge is coming to the area to help raise funds for the Steelville Community Park track. The first Riverat Challenge, which includes a two-mile run, two-mile kayak, and mud course, will be held in Steelville on September 13.