State releases audit report of county collector’s office

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced on Tuesday that her office has completed an audit of the Crawford County Collector and Property Tax System. The audit recommended increased oversight of the county’s property tax system and questioned spending by the former collector from the Tax Maintenance Fund.

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City, school discuss SRO contract

There are still questions about how to figure the costs involved in a School Resource Officer for Steelville, but the city says the current contract with the school district is not bringing in enough funds to cover the position. At the February 22 city council meeting, the council talked with Steelville School District Superintendent Mike Whittaker about the issue.

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Opening weekend of trout season draws large number to Maramec Spring Park - PHOTO GALLERY

Trout season opened on Friday, March 1, with crowds filling Maramec Spring Park for the first time for this year’s fishing season. Despite cold weather and icy conditions, the park saw a large turnout for the weekend fishing and the season is now underway.

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Local art group looking to expand

Rich Kimerle, a local woodcarver, has begun bringing together a group of local craftsmen and artists to enjoy an artist retreat at his home twice a month. Kimerle is hoping to expand the group to include other trades as well, with artists coming together and learning from each other’s skills and talents each meeting.

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Expansion project underway at American Precision Die Casting

 American Precision Die Casting (APDC) is growing. Construction is underway on a new 16,000 square foot building addition. When the project is finished in the spring of this year, the total size of facilities under roof at APDC’s North Industrial Park property will total 44,600 square feet.
 

Cuba

Wallis makes donation to Cuba Knights

Wallis makes donation to Cuba Knights

on 14 March 2019

Lynn Wallis of Wallis Companies (left) accepted a $500 donation for the Bill Wallis Scholarship Foundation from Ron Lee, representing the Knights of Columbus #8920.

Cuba Arts Council sends local sixth graders to the Symphony

on 13 March 2019

By Jim Welch For decades, the Cuba Arts Council has been sending the Crawford County R-2 sixth graders to the St. Louis Symphony's Education Concerts. This year was no exception....

Improvements are approved for Routes 19 and ZZ in Cuba

Improvements are approved for Routes 19 and ZZ in Cuba

on 12 March 2019

Pedestrian facility improvements along Missouri Route 19 and Crawford County Route ZZ in Cuba have been approved by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. At its meeting today, the commission...

Steelville

Prop S seeks votes to improve Steelville schools

Prop S seeks votes to improve Steelville schools

on 15 March 2019

Proposition S will ask Steelville voters to decide whether to approve a no-tax-increase bond issue for the Steelville School District. The question will be on the April 2 Municipal Election...

Viburnum Pre-K and K screenings are April 3-5

on 14 March 2019

Screenings for preschool and kindergarten in Viburnum will be held Wednesday through Friday, April 3 to 5. Please call the Iron County C-4 Lower Elementary School at 573-244-5606 during school...

Empty Bowls 2019 brings in record funds

on 12 March 2019

Steelville’s annual art and dinner event to raise funds for the food pantry was wildly successful this year, bringing in a record-breaking $4,774 to help feed the hungry in our...

St. James

Math League students recognized by board

on 16 March 2019

The St. James Board of Education met on Thursday, February 21 to discuss topics pertaining to the district. During the meeting, the board,• Recognized students from the elementary Math League...

Officers take the plunge

Officers take the plunge

on 14 March 2019

St. James School Resource Officers Tony Gray and Jenna Riggs took the Polar Plunge at Fugitive Beach. The officers raised $185 for the Special Olympics of Missouri. So far, the...

Barb Bryan is Senior Center's Artist of the Month

on 14 March 2019

This month’s St. James Senior Center artist being spotlighted is Barb Bryan. The former St. James art teacher has selected artwork that will be highlighted on the art wall in...

Crawford

Local teen meets, shadows state officials at 4-H Legislative Academy

on 13 March 2019

Bethany Donnell, age 16, a member of the Lone Star 4-H Club of Crawford County, participated in the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Legislative Academy, Feb. 18-20. Donnell was one...

Contracts awarded for microsurface of Crawford, Gasconade County roadways

on 12 March 2019

At its regular meeting today in Jefferson City, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a contract to microsurface three roadways in Crawford, Gasconade and Iron counties. Microsurfacing Contractors was...

Two resignations accepted on E911 Board

on 11 March 2019

The Crawford County E911 Board voted at a March 4 meeting to accept letters of resignation from two of its members. Neither resignation came as much of a surprise, since...

Phelps

Meeting planned

on 14 March 2019

Noah Coleman Chapter will resume its usual meeting schedule after cancellation in January due to bad weather, on the third Saturday of the month. The March 16 meeting will begin...

National Quilt Day celebrated

National Quilt Day celebrated

on 14 March 2019

Each year the Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild donates a baby quilt to Phelps Health Hospital, in recognition of National Quilt Day, celebrated the third Saturday of March.

Meeting being held

on 13 March 2019

The Phelps County Genealogical Society presents David Hummingbird, United Cherokee Keetoowah on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2 p.m. The program will include a brief history of the Cherokee, history...

Bourbon

Agriculture Market Outlook to be held

A dinner meeting on the 2019 Agriculture Market Outlook will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Bourbon Community Center located in Bourbon...

Bourbon students tour Tacony Manufacturing

Bourbon students tour Tacony Manufacturing

on 27 February 2019

When you talk with students about working in manufacturing, many have the false impression of dirty, dangerous, dimly lit factories. In reality, factories have become some of the most safe,...

Bourbon Senior Center News

on 26 February 2019

On February 14, the Bourbon Senior Center had a great Valentines party. It included fun, fellowship, pictures and food/candy. Several attendance prizes were drawn. On February 21 the monthly monthly...

State and Regional

Lawmaker wants state to determine if welfare is used as 'family tradition'

Lawmaker wants state to determine if welfare is used as 'family tradition'

18 March 2019

BY ROSEMOND CROWN, COLUMBIA MISSOURIANJEFFERSON CITY — A lawmaker who says he is worried that some low-income Missourians rely on welfare as a “family tradition” wants the state to conduct...

House passes measure that would extend prescriptions for birth control

18 March 2019

BY ANNA LEWIS, COLUMBIA MISSOURIANJEFFERSON CITY — The House passed a bill characterized by its sponsor as “pro-life” Monday, but some Republicans saw it differently.House Bill 487 would allow women...

Model prisoners could get second chance with increased parole board discretion

18 March 2019

BY ABIGAIL E SHAW, COLUMBIA MISSOURIANJEFFERSON CITY — A bipartisan effort to give parole boards more discretion in releasing inmates who’ve been model prisoners received strong support during a March...

Outdoors

From bow fishing to trout fishing—it’s all hot in March

From bow fishing to trout fishing—it’s all hot in March

14 March 2019

March is hands down one of the best months of the year as far as fishermen are concerned. All kinds of fishermen. It seems it’s “bite on” with about any...

Saturday is a chance to meet the readers

13 March 2019

I hope that many of the folks who read this column can attend the 10th Annual Grizzled Old Outdoorsman Swap Meet, held on Saturday, March 16 in the church gymnasium...

Annual Katy Trail Ride Registration now available

06 March 2019

Registration is now available for bicyclists who would like to participate in the 2019 Katy Trail Ride across Missouri, June 17-21. The annual week-long bicycle ride on Katy Trail, the...

Entertainment

Mean Girls’ star to host benefit concert in St. Louis for Ozark Actors Theatre

12 March 2019

Tony nominated actress Taylor Louderman, currently starring as Regina George in Tina Fey’s mega-hit Mean Girls The Musical on Broadway, is excited to announce a one night benefit concert titled...

S&T St. Pat’s schedule announced

07 March 2019

Missouri University of Science and Technology is preparing to celebrate its 111th annual “Best Ever” St. Pat’s celebration. The theme for this year’s celebration is “St. Pat’s in Middle Earth.”

Jersey Tenors playing at the Ozark Actors Theatre on March 19

06 March 2019

Ozark Actors Theatre will present THE JERSEY TENORS in concert at 7:30 pm Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Highway 72 Event Center. All income from this event will go...

Letters to the Editor

Answer is God

on 13 March 2019

This poem is in reply to Mr. Drone's last week.A nice poem, Mister DroneAnd is even quite cheery

Stop wild hogs

on 13 March 2019

The average feral hog weighs a little more than 100 pounds—the biggest, about 400. And every one of them is hitting above their weight class when it comes to damaging...

Improve infrastructure

on 28 February 2019

Agriculture is a huge part of Missouri’s economy. In fact, a 2016 economic impact study found that Missouri agriculture, forestry and related industries account for over $88 billion in sales...

Opinions

Even with limitations, our freedoms must be defended

on 13 March 2019

Although there is some debate about who said it, most of us have at least heard the famous quote: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to...

Missouri farmers should face consistent rules for raising livestock

on 13 March 2019

By Blake Hurst Bacon is popular, but living near a hog farm is not. Bacon isn’t possible without hogs, so if we want bacon, we’re going to have to raise...

Let's reimagine rural health in our state

on 28 February 2019

 By Ann Schlueter As the chief operating officer of a small rural hospital in Fairfax, Mo., I see the difficulty rural Missourians have in accessing health care daily. Our hospital,...