Options program helps students graduate

The Steelville School District offers an alternative for high school students who are struggling to earn enough credits to graduate and receive a diploma. The district utilizes the Missouri Options Program to help those students who have the ability to complete Missouri’s high school graduation requirements but are unable to do so for a variety of reasons.

Steelville High School Principal Tana Booker and Missouri Options Program Coordinator Dee Dee Everett compiled a report on the students who have been able to take advantage of this opportunity to graduate from high school, students who probably would not have done so if it weren’t for this program.

Cherokee cyclists travel through Steelville

Fifteen cyclists representing the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians traveled through Steelville last week as they retrace the Trail of Tears. The annual event is called the Remember the Removal Bike Ride, and those who participate ride 950 miles across seven states to travel the same path their ancestors once did.

The group made it to Steelville on Wednesday, June 15 at close to 6 p.m., having ridden from Farmington. They stopped at the Steelville Community Park for the day, rested a bit, loaded up bicycles into their trailers, then spent the night at Wildwood Springs Lodge. They were looking forward to spending some time in the pool and to the delicious food served for their meals.