Steelville students participate in Law Day 2015

Drew Whittaker read his winning essay to his classmates in the Crawford County Courthouse courtroom.

“Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law” was the theme for Law Day 2015. High school students from both Cuba and Steelville participated in a special Law Day event sponsored by the Crawford County Republican Women’s group on Wednesday, April 15. Students traveled to the courthouse for a video presentation from Missouri Representative Jason Chipman on the theme and to hear from local county office holders on their particular roles within the county government.

A student from each school was also chosen as the winner of an essay contest based on the theme and awarded $100 by the Republican women. In Steelville, that student was Sophomore Drew Whittaker. His essay follows.

Students remember classmate

Students and staff at Steelville High School took time to remember Tabitha Henry at a balloon launch held in her honor on Thursday, April 9. Henry, a 17-year-old sophomore, had taken her own life the previous week.

Teacher Matt Hammonds led the ceremony. He said, “Today, as the family prepares for Tabitha’s funeral, it seemed appropriate for us to remember her through a balloon launch. I have asked several students and staff to help us show our respect.”

SFPD Fire Call Report

Photo: The Steelville Fire Protection District’s new squad truck was decaled on March 31 and is ready for service in the local area. The truck will be used as a multi-use vehicle, to carry personnel, to provide water from its’ 150-gallon tank, five gallons of foam, a backboard and a Stokes basket. There will be cabinets on both sides—one side for extrication gear, the other for leaf-blowers and other equipment to fight natural cover fires. It will be used to respond to motor vehicle collisions and brush fires and it can act as a command post as needed.

Steelville Fire personnel responded to eight natural cover fires in the last two weeks, four that occurred on the same day. Chief Steven Lefler noted it is very important for people to consider wind and humidity levels before burning anything, whether it is trash or natural vegetation. Caution should also be exercised when disposing of ashes. Lefler recommended placing them in a metal container until they are completely cooled. Those who intend to burn a specific area are asked to call the Crawford County E-911 Communications Center at 775-4911 to inform emergency services of the plan. If it is not reported, the fire department must respond if someone calls it in.

Steelville student among DAR good citizen award winners

    Four area high school seniors were named the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen of their respective schools on March 21, 2015, at the Noah Coleman Chapter DAR meeting held at Sybill’s Restaurant in St. James, MO. The students were Ian Barnes of Licking High School, Erin Nicole Gaddis of Steelville High School, Sarah G. Jones of Rolla High School, and Resha Swanson of Waynesville High School.

SHS Prom 2015

“A Gatsby Affair” was the theme for the 2015 Steelville High School prom, held at Wildwood Springs Lodge on Saturday, April 11. The junior class had been planning the event for over a year, putting together a spectacular 1920s-themed evening at the lodge that opened during that era. The 2015 Prom King was Nicholas Marshall (left) and Prom Queen was Kelsea Booker.