Senior commencement held at Cuba High ~ with PHOTO GALLERY

Senior commencement held at Cuba High ~ with PHOTO GALLERY

on 27 May 2016

It was a big weekend for the graduating seniors at Cuba High School. This year’s senior class assembled for one last time inside Mike Voigt Gymnasium on Saturday, as each...

Lady motorcycle riders to converge on Wagon Wheel

on 26 May 2016

Local lady motorcycle riders are invited to stop by and meet the Historic Motor Maid Ladies Motorcycle Club on June 3-4 during their stay at the Wagon Wheel Motel in...

Workman awarded UCM’s Red and Black Scholarship

on 25 May 2016

Dedication to academic success in high school has earned Cloe Workman, daughter of Dave and Tricia Workman of Cuba, a Red and Black Scholarship in the amount of $500 per...


Cottrell receives MFA Foundation scholarship

on 25 May 2016

Paige Nicole Cottrell, a graduating senior at Steelville R-III High School has won a $2,000 MFA Foundation scholarship. The scholarship was awarded at the school’s Award Assembly.

Plein Air painting returns to Steelville

on 24 May 2016

The Steelville community will once again host a week of outdoor painting from June 6 to 11 with the annual Plein Air event sponsored by the Steelville Arts Council.

SHS Class of 2016 receives scholarships

SHS Class of 2016 receives scholarships

on 23 May 2016

Graduates of the Steelville High School Class of 2016 were awarded close to $900,000 to further their educational careers. These students received a projected total of $877,582 for the next...

St. James

Summer Reading program set to start in June

on 26 May 2016

Summer Reading will return to the James Memorial Public Library next week, with a kick off party scheduled for June 2. Children’s Librarian and Director of the Summer Reading program...

Veterans Home to hold Memorial Day program

on 25 May 2016

Memorial Day will be celebrated on Monday, May 30. Workers at the Missouri Veterans Home St. James will hold a program in honor of the veterans residing at the home,...

Seniors presented private scholarships during senior awards night

Seniors presented private scholarships during senior awards night

on 25 May 2016

On Wednesday night, the John F. Hodge Class of 2016 met to celebrate the end of their high school careers with the senior awards night, held in the middle school...



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Murder suicide is under investigation

on 27 May 2016

Crawford County officials are still investigating the apparent murder and suicide of a couple who lived on Mound Ridge Road. The Crawford County Sheriff's Department issued the following release on...

Join the summer reading club

on 27 May 2016

Come read at the library this summer! Join us for one of our weekly summer programs at your local branch! Learn the ways of a ninja, all about the Summer...

Clerk sounds off to former commish

on 24 May 2016

The May 17 Crawford County Commission meeting included a short argument between current County Clerk John Martin and former Presiding Commissioner Ed Worley about why Worley had not been placed...


Troop I prepares for Memorial Day traffic

on 26 May 2016

Captain James W. Remillard, commanding officer Troop I, Rolla, MO, announces that Troop I will be participating in enforcement operations throughout the Memorial Day weekend. The objective of these operations...

Click It Or Ticket enforcement campaign to be conducted in Phelps County

Click It Or Ticket enforcement campaign to be conducted in Phelps County

on 25 May 2016

Captain James W. Remillard, commanding officer of Troop I, Rolla, announces a Click It Or Ticket enforcement operation will be conducted in Phelps County on Thursday, May 26, 2016, and...

 Troop I to conduct selective enforcement operations In June

on 25 May 2016

Captain James W. Remillard, commanding officer of Troop I, announces that sometime during the month of June, troopers assigned to Troop I will participate in a special enforcement operation that...


Church donates to gospel night

First United Methodist Church of Bourbon recently presented a check to the Sullivan Ministerial Alliance for their upcoming Gospel Night at the Meramec Community Fair.

Colby Stack earns CMU nursing pin

Colby Stack has earned his Central Methodist University Nursing Pin.

Pizza party held for candidates

The candidates for Little Mr. and Miss Bourbon and friends and family enjoyed a Pizza Party together on Wednesday evening at Planet Sub in Bourbon.

State and Regional

Gov. Nixon announces planning funds available for design, site selection for new Missouri veterans’ home

27 May 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that planning, design and site selection for a new state veterans’ home will move forward. The Governor thanked members of the...

This Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Nixon encourages Missourians to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation

27 May 2016

• Flags will fly at half-staff at all state facilities on morning of May 30JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The U.S. and Missouri flags on all state buildings in Missouri will...

Gov. Nixon directs Missouri Department of Revenue to accelerate the processing of tax returns for Missourians

26 May 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today directed the Missouri Department of Revenue to accelerate the processing of Missourians’ tax returns. Previously, the Department of Revenue has stated there...


Echo Bluff State Park to open July 30, Gov. Nixon announces

25 May 2016

Missouri’s newest state park – Echo Bluff State Park in Shannon County – will officially open to the public on July 30, Gov. Jay Nixon announced today. Echo Bluff State...

It should be a holiday, too

It should be a holiday, too

24 May 2016

Monday, May 30, is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor those who gave their lives in defense of our country. I consider it one of the most important...

Headed to the Great White North

23 May 2016

Sometimes fishermen think the month of May is too early to fish in Canada. There are lakes in northwest Ontario that still have a lot of ice earlier in the...


Contestants wanted for Meramec Community Fair Children’s Pageant

27 May 2016

It’s time to register for the 2016 Meramec Community Fair Children’s Pageants. The pageant is open to boys and girls ages 6 months – 13 years of age. Pageant divisions...

Spring Fling Gala was a success

26 May 2016

Attending a fundraiser event can be more fun than you might think. The Spring Fling Gala and Auction sponsored by Steelville Arts Council at Wildwood Springs Lodge on May 19,...

Contestants sought for Meramec Community Fair Queen Pageant

25 May 2016

Teen-age girls in Crawford, Franklin, and Washington Counties wishing to compete in the Meramec Community Fair Queen Pageant are encouraged to sign up now for the chance to win the...

Letters to the Editor

Need to investigate use of herbicide

A year or so ago, Crawford County road maintenance sprayed a herbicide along the county roads in front of and near my home and elsewhere. This chemical killed everything it...

Where is that in the constitution?

Socrates was one of the greatest philosophers of all time. Although he never wrote a book, his ideas had incredible impact on his followers. By asking questions, he used to...

Just fix the bridge

I am writing to you about an article in the Thursday, April 21, 2016, Cuba Free Press. The article on the front page called “County workers concerned about safety,” concerning...


Missouri's gaming tax trend focuses on fantasy

on 19 May 2016

Final action on major bills is often left until the end of legislative sessions, and this was especially true in Missouri's 2016 session. With a range of pending proposals encompassing...

Ask the gubernatorial candiates

on 12 May 2016

As the Missouri legislative session winds down its 2016 session, I've been thinking about the issues lawmakers have left unresolved. Those issues present a foundation for questions that could be...

It’s past time that road districts unite

on 05 May 2016

Basic business strategy teaches you that communication and the disposal of bureaucracy enables synergy. Despite calls being made for the past eight years, the associate commissioners running two different road...