Local livestock processing plant awarded state grant

A group of Cuba area investors is breathing new life into an old livestock processing plant and they’ve been getting a little help from the state of Missouri. Earlier this month, Cuba Processing Plant, LLC, which is doing business as Oak Hill Meats and Processing, was awarded a $45,540 grant from the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA).

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New high school classrooms now in use

Construction at the John F. Hodge High School is nearly complete, with new classrooms now being utilized after work was finished last week. Eric Sherrill, of Branco Enterprises Inc., and Brandon Dake, of Dake Wells Architecture, updated the St. James Board of Education February 18 on what remains before construction is officially finished.

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Bourbon’s Taylor Louderman part of new NBC sitcom

Bourbon actress Taylor Louderman is part of the cast in the new situation comedy series “Kenan” on NBC. The show premiered on February 16 and airs on Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. local time.

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Cuba Fire Department: 87 Years and Counting

A volunteer fire department is at the heart of every rural community. Here in Cuba, brave and heroic residents give their time to protect and serve the community. Local frontline firefighters put out fires, respond to vehicle accidents, provide search and rescue support, and deal with hazardous situations all on their own time.

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Steelville group promotes bike park on city property

Steelville could become a destination for outdoor enthusiasts for another reason in addition to floating on area rivers. The Steelville MTB (Mountain Biking) Collective is a newly formed group pitching a bike park to the city of Steelville, and they have met with support from the council so far.

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Cuba

Emergency providers urging residents to sign up for alert services during Severe Weather Preparedness Week

on 03 March 2021

• Alert services available for county and Cuba residents It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week—March 1-5—and local emergency services authorities are urging area residents to sign up to get emergency notifications.

Mass vaccinations given in Cuba

Mass vaccinations given in Cuba

on 03 March 2021

Numerous residents from throughout the area received their first COVID-19 vaccination during a two-day event held at the Cuba Knights of Columbus Hall this week. The drive-through shot clinic was...

School district planning for teacher vaccinations

on 02 March 2021

The Cuba School Board met on February 23 and Superintendent Jon Earnhart gave members of an update on quarantine procedures. Earnhart stated that after a conversation with the Crawford County...

Steelville

Absentee ballots now available for April 6 election

on 03 March 2021

The Crawford County Clerk’s Office now has absentee ballots available for the April 6 General Municipal Election. In Steelville, there are races for school board and city council on the...

Troutt elected Chamber president

on 02 March 2021

The Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce will see a change in leadership this month when a new president takes over at the annual banquet meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 16...

Aldermen, mayor argue about city business

on 01 March 2021

The animosity between council members and mayor was again evident at the February 22 Steelville City Council meeting as arguments became heated at times, even leading to the mayor pounding...

St. James

New gymnasium named after Phil West

New gymnasium named after Phil West

on 03 March 2021

The newly constructed gymnasium at John F. Hodge High School has been named after long-time educator and former district athletic director Phil West. A ceremony was held during basketball games...

School district announces new administrators

on 02 March 2021

The St. James School District announced two teachers will be taking administrative roles next year and another will join an intern program designed to give administrative experience.

City receives recycling grant

on 02 March 2021

The city of St. James has received a grant to expand its recycling program and plans on having recycle bins available for citizens to use in the coming months. Grant...

Crawford

County still behind in vaccinations

on 02 March 2021

While only 12 new COVID cases were reported in Crawford County over the last week, the county continues to lag behind others in vaccine doses administered to residents.

Assessment forms due March 1

on 24 February 2021

Personal property assessment forms must be submitted to the Crawford County Assessor’s office by March 1.

FirstNet expands network access to Crawford County first responders

on 24 February 2021

Missouri’s first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communications with the addition of new, purpose-built FirstNet cell sites in 18 counties across the state, including Crawford County.

Phelps

Absentee ballots available for April election

on 03 March 2021

Absentee ballots for the April 6 general election are now available in the Phelps County Clerk’s office or via the county website. The deadline to vote absentee is Monday, April...

Federal priorities discussed at February MRPC board meeting

Federal priorities discussed at February MRPC board meeting

on 03 March 2021

Donna Hickman and Brett Hoffman with Rep. Jason Smith’s office and Hannah Larrick and Aris Loukis with Sen. Roy Blunt’s office, Ray Bozarth and Matt Bain with Sen. Josh Hawley’s...

Active COVID-19 cases remain steady while vaccination numbers rise

on 02 March 2021

The number of active COVID-19 cases remain steady as more residents get vaccinated in Phelps County. While the Phelps-Maries County Health Department reported it has still not received any COVID-19...

Bourbon

Bourbon Community Foundation now accepting nonprofit pandemic recovery grant applications

The Bourbon Community Foundation is accepting applications for a grant program supported by the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation. A total of $10,000 is available. Organizations with...

BHS seniors joined the Navy

BHS seniors joined the Navy

Congratulations to Bourbon High School seniors Tyler Slawson (below) and Richard Daniel Converse (bottom) who have enlisted with the United States Navy.

Bourbon district moving to four-day school week

During their meeting last week, the Bourbon School Board voted to move the district to a four-day week. The change will start with the 2021-21 school year.

State and Regional

Governor announces release of remaining FY21 restrictions, over $280 million in General Revenue

01 March 2021

Today, Governor Mike Parson announced the release of the remaining $280,783,940 in FY21 general revenue restrictions. “Thanks to our balanced approach to COVID-19, Missouri is in a much better position...

Missouri Senate passes COVID-19 liability protections

01 March 2021

BY JONATHAN JAIN, Missouri News NetworkJEFFERSON CITY — A bill that would protect businesses, churches, health care facilities and other entities from liability of COVID-19 exposure is now headed to...

Could the next 'Ozark' be filmed in the Ozarks? Lawmakers hope to lure filmmakers

01 March 2021

BY JONATHAN JAIN, Missouri News NetworkJEFFERSON CITY — A proposed bill would incentivize movie crews to film in Missouri. Senate Bill 367 would establish the Show Missouri Film and Digital...

Outdoors

Opening day brings anglers to Maramec Spring Park - PHOTO GALLERY

03 March 2021

Sunny, cool weather provided a great day to kick off catch-and-keep trout season at Maramec Spring Park on Monday, March 1. More than 1,000 anglers visited the park to enjoy...

MDC offers free virtual program on peregrine falcon recovery March 16

01 March 2021

Peregrine falcons have returned to Missouri skies thanks to a recovery program based in cities and at power plants. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free virtual...

MDC reminds snaggers that paddlefish season begins March 15

01 March 2021

Imagine catching a giant, prehistoric fish whose ancestors swam during the time of dinosaurs. That is a reality for thousands of paddlefish snaggers during Missouri’s annual spring paddlefish snagging season....

Entertainment

Missouri S&T theater students to livestream one-woman show

25 February 2021

Theater students in Missouri University of Science and Technology’s arts, languages and philosophy department will perform “To Bathe or Not to Bathe,” a dark-comedy memoir by Gwyneth Strope, this February.

Smithsonian traveling exhibition exploring water’s environmental, cultural impact arrives at State Tech

28 January 2021

State Tech, in cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council, is pleased to host the local showing of “Water/Ways,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “Water/Ways” will be on view through March...

OAT acquires Pine Street property

OAT acquires Pine Street property

10 December 2020

Ozark Actor’s Theatre (OAT) has acquired a property located at 612 Pine Street, Rolla, MO through a grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development and a generous gift from...

Letters to the Editor

Bills could hurt local education

on 25 February 2021

The attack on public education in Missouri is a comment on the importance of education for the future. At this time there are 33 bills in the Missouri House at...

Why is office closed?

on 18 February 2021

Casey’s pizza girls are working for minimum wage. People at Country Mart are working.

Opinions

Should legislators be punished, or expelled?

on 25 February 2021

By Phill Brooks Missouri history provides a fascinating contrast to the U.S. House vote to remove Rep. Marjorie Greene, R-Georgia, from committee assignments. Unlike Greene, similar disciplinary actions in Missouri...

Eroding trust can also erode the U.S. economy

on 18 February 2021

By Rik Hafer Recent events surrounding the presidential election and the transfer of power to a new administration has widened a rift amongst U.S. citizens. Many have lost trust in...

Governor puts money where his mouth is

on 11 February 2021

By Daniel P. Mehan, President and CEOMissouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Missouri, did you happen to watch the big speech on January 27? It was Gov. Mike Parson’s annual...