CHS Scholar Bowl team wins district championship

The Cuba High School scholar bowl team won its district tournament on Saturday, April 14, by defeating Sullivan 360 – 340 in the championship game. Cuba finished the tournament with a perfect 5 – 0 record. It was the school’s eleventh district championship in scholar bowl.


Art in the Park - PHOTO GALLERY

Art in the Park was held at the Steelville Community Park on Saturday, April 14. Despite rain in the morning, there were still a few brave people who came out to enjoy the Steelville Arts Council's annual outdoor event, and the sun came out to shine on event-goers in the afternoon.


District considering changes to Extra T.I.M.E. program

Changes could be coming to the Extra T.I.M.E. program, which provides teachers with the opportunity to earn more money while tutoring or mentoring students in the district. The St. James Board of Education held discussion on whether changes to the program should be considered as the board is preparing the fiscal budget for next year.


County dispatchers recognized with proclamation

Crawford County Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring this week as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Crawford County.


Fire department responds to tractor-trailer blaze on 66

The Cuba Fire Department responded to the scene of a tractor-trailer on fire on Thursday, April 5.


Council discusses federal flood insurance details

Council discusses federal flood insurance details

on 24 April 2018

State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) representatives offered information to the Cuba City Council on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and what designating the city as a floodplain area entails.

Fanning Outpost holding Customer Appreciation Day on May 5

on 23 April 2018

Fanning Feed and the Fanning 66 Outpost will hold a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 5. The public is invited to participate in the events that take place from...

UPDATED: Softball tournament will benefit Montalbano family

on 20 April 2018

A charity softball tournament is being held to support the Montalbano family as seven-year-old Ethan Montalbano goes through leukemia treatment. Ethan is the son of Jake and Rebecca Montalbano, and...


School adjusts finances to continue improvements

School adjusts finances to continue improvements

on 23 April 2018

Steelville School Board members approved an additional payment on current bonds held by the district at their April 19 meeting. This will allow the district to propose a no-tax-increase bond...

Peaceful Bend will host Grand Re-Opening

on 20 April 2018

Peaceful Bend Winery invites the community to celebrate the opening of their new building with them at their Grand Re-Opening event to be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 28...

Stream Team plans to plant trees on Saturday

on 17 April 2018

The Yadkin Creek Watershed Coalition will be marking Earth Day this weekend with another tree-planting project. The group also recently completed a trash pickup along the Yadkin Creek with the...

St. James

High and middle schools nominated as National Showcase Schools

High and middle schools nominated as National Showcase Schools

on 25 April 2018

The John F. Hodge High School and St. James Middle School have been nominated as Capturing Kids’ Hearts (CKH) National Showcase Schools for the 2017-18 school year. This is the...

Tip a Cop to be held Thursday night

on 24 April 2018

St. James police officers will be waiting and busing tables at Country Bob’s Café on Thursday, April 26 to raise money for the Special Olympics of Missouri. Last year, officers...

Prescription drug take back will be held Saturday

on 24 April 2018

The St. James Police Department and St. James Kiwanis Club are once again teaming up for a prescription drug disposal on Saturday, April 28. The program is used each year...


Reps seek support from county for Bike Route 66

on 16 April 2018

Representatives working to designate Route 66 as an official United States Bicycle Route (USBR) approached Crawford County Commissioners last week, seeking their support of the proposal.

New murder charges filed in 2015 overdose death

on 16 April 2018

New charges were filed in March in connection with the heroin overdose death of Cody Alexander in 2015. Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney Kent Howald reported that information gathered during the...

Local children’s book author shares her passion for storytelling

on 13 April 2018

A six-week series in the Cuba Free Press and Steelville Star newspapers will feature pages from local children’s book author Mary Young’s latest work, a coloring and activity book about...


Parenting workshop being held on Friday, May 11 in St. James

on 25 April 2018

The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency program will host a free workshop May 11 in St. James on “Kids and Self...

‘Personal Finance 101’ workshop set for Thursday, May 10

on 24 April 2018

The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) will host a free workshop May 10 on “Personal Finance 101” in Cuba for residents of Retirement...

Christ Episcopal Church to host annual spring salad luncheon

on 20 April 2018

The flowers are beginning to bloom, which means it’s time for the annual ECW Spring Salad Luncheon. Join the ladies of Christ Episcopal Church in Rolla for “A Rainbow of...


BHS hosts mock accident scene – PHOTO GALLERY

A mock accident exercise was held at Bourbon High School on Thursday, April 19 in advance of last weekend’s BHS prom, as a way to educate kids about the dangers...

Bourbon School Board Notes: April 19, 2018

The Crawford County R-1 Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, April 19 to discuss the following items of school board business:

Motorcycle chase results in felony charges

A Bourbon man faces felony charges after allegedly leading police on a motorcycle chase along Old Highway 66 on April 7. Steven P. Brendel, 28, was charged with class E...

State and Regional

Please watch for slow-moving striping crews on the roads

25 April 2018

The Missouri Department of Transportation's annual roadway striping operations have started and drivers will see slow-moving caravans of trucks refreshing the lines on the roadway.

Top Republican leaders unite in call for Greitens' departure

24 April 2018

By Lexi Churchill, Columbia MissourianJEFFERSON CITY — Republican leadership in the House and Senate abandoned Gov. Eric Greitens last Tuesday evening, calling for his resignation. But the governor said he’s...

Senate budget proposal gives less to K-12 education to meet other needs

24 April 2018

By Tyler Wornell and Grigor Atanesian, Columbia MissourianJEFFERSON CITY — Deliberating and shifting money around for five hours, the Senate Appropriations Committee finalized the details of its version of the...


Outdoor Recreation Roundtable promotes access to public lands and waters

25 April 2018

The economic impact of outdoor recreation in the United states is enormous, totaling $673 billion annually, according the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.

MDC to host Kids’ Fishing Day at Maramec Spring Park on May 19

25 April 2018

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in cooperation with The James Foundation is hosting Kids’ Fishing Day again this year on Saturday, May 19. It’s a day of free fishing...

MDC encourages motorists to give turtles a brake

25 April 2018

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages motorists to give turtles crossing roads a brake. Turtles are struck by cars throughout warmer months, but are at special risk this time...


Grapes and Grain Fun Run 5K winds through St. James Winery Vineyard

25 April 2018

Lace up your running shoes for a mesmerizing and magical run or walk through the greening grape vines of St. James Winery Vineyards. The winery and Public House Brewing Company...

Rusty Young to perform on Leach Theatre stage

24 April 2018

Leach Theatre will host a performance of Grammy Award-nominated steel guitar player Rusty Young at Missouri University of Science and Technology next month.

The Phantom of the Opera returns to the Fox Theatre

17 April 2018

Casting has been announced for Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for its highly anticipated return to St. Louis at the Fabulous...

Letters to the Editor

Congrats on heading to West Point

on 19 April 2018

Congratulations to Ally Gibbs and Garrett Marshall for their selection to the summer session at the West Point Academy.

We don’t need gun-free zones

on 19 April 2018

I disagree with the article written by Maxine and Ken Horgan in the April 12 issue of your paper. They said the workplace is safer for our legislative leaders because...

Pilot project to foster neighborly relations

on 19 April 2018

Rural communities are evolving and so are the issues that confront us: new technologies, the opioid crisis, cattle wrestling, land owners who live outside the area and many others. As...


What makes them think they can get away with it?

on 19 April 2018

By Phil Brooks Eric Greitens' sex scandal prompted a journalism editor to ask me why some politicians are so arrogant that they think they can get away with improper shenanigans....

Senator, congressman working to stop tariffs

on 19 April 2018

Help could be on the way for newspapers throughout the United States that recently fell victim to a tariff on Canadian newsprint imposed by the Trump Administration. Two of Missouri’s...

Newspapers take hit with Canadian tariffs

on 05 April 2018

Are President Donald Trump’s new tariffs impacting you? If you are reading this they are, and the long-range impacts of two new tariffs on Canadian newsprint could cause major problems...