Riverat Challenge Competitor Spotlight: Jessie Turnbough

Run, Kayak, Get Muddy! The Second Annual “Riverat Challenge” will be held on September 19 in Steelville and offers the opportunity for people of all fitness levels to participate in an event to support the community and to complete a physical challenge they can be proud of. Riverat Challenge is a fundraising event that includes a 2.5-mile run, a 2.75-mile kayak, and a mud course. Riverat Challenge is parented by Eagle Flight Ministries, a non-profit organization, and all funds raised will go to needs in the Steelville community. Funds this year will again go towards needed repairs to the Steelville track.
The Riverat Challenge is the type of event that means different things to different people. Some are diehard athletes who train year-round for physical challenges and compete at the highest level. Others may use this as a fitness goal for their personal training regimen. And still others compete with a friend or group of friends not only for the physical challenge, but also for the simple joy of spending time together and having a good time.
Over the next couple of months leading up to the challenge, we will feature stories of those who completed the challenge in its inaugural year. Maybe their story will encourage a reader to consider participating in this unique event, or at least to come out and watch the fun!
Other competitors who would like to share their stories about the challenge may send them to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include a photo, if possible. More information on this year’s challenge can be found on the website at riveratchallenge.com.

Steelville Fire Protection District Report

The SFPD wishes the community a happy Independence Day and hopes everyone will stay safe for the holiday. When shooting off fireworks, it’s important to keep away from structures and any dry, flammable materials. Do not hold fireworks in your hand, as they explode with dangerous force and can cause injury or even death.

Also be sure to stop by to see the SFPD Auxiliary at Freedom Fest on Saturday. They’ll be selling fish sandwiches and other food and drinks to raise money for their outreach programs.

The SFPD responded to the following calls between June 11 and 24:

Steelville alderman resigns

Ward I Alderman Mike Pounds resigned last week at the conclusion of a special Steelville City Council meeting called on Tuesday, June 23 to discuss moving City Hall and the Police Department. During the meeting, Pounds abstained from the vote to make the move permanent, citing his imminent resignation. At the end of the meeting, Mayor Terry Palmer offered him the opportunity to speak, and Pounds said, “I am resigning—effective immediately—for personal reasons. I want to thank everyone personally and I appreciate your help and hope for the best for the city of Steelville.”

Fellow council members expressed their appreciation for his service. Alderwoman Sharon Hubbard said, “You’ve been a valuable asset. I’ve been astounded at how smart you are.”

Mayor Palmer reported he plans to appoint someone to fill the remainder of Pounds’ term—approximately one year—until the April 2016 election.
Pounds had served in his role as alderman for five years.

SFPD June Board Report

New Steelville firefighters with previous experience will have their probationary period waived, their tenure at another department accepted, and be allowed to step into the role of an officer (lieutenant). The Steelville Fire Protection District (SFPD) Board approved the new policy to this effect at their June 16 meeting.

Board President Michael “Tiny” Keen noted the policy was adjusted after two recent additions to the fire district volunteer personnel. Both came with previous experience, and the fire chief and board agreed the probationary period was unnecessary.

In other business conducted during the June 16 meeting:

Freedom Fest is Saturday

Food, fun and fireworks are on tap for Saturday’s celebration of the 4th of July in Steelville. The annual event is sponsored by the Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce and will include a variety of enjoyable activities for the whole family.

Food and craft booths will open at 2 p.m. The Car Cruise-In, presented by River Valley Rod and Custom, begins at 3 p.m.

Musical entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m. with hometown performer Jacob Daniel Beers. The Lesters, a Southern Gospel group, follow at 6:15 p.m. There will be a Salute to America at 8 p.m. The featured band, country group 6 Degrees West from Kansas City, will take the stage at 8:15 p.m.

Kids can once again decorate and race a turtle for the turtle races, sponsored by the Laxton Agency. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the races will start at 5:30 p.m. Free t-shirts will be handed out while supplies last and prizes will be awarded to the top turtles.

Fantastic fireworks, produced by Showtime Pyrotechnics, will conclude the festivities at 9:30 p.m.