Kreitner reigns at annual county fair

It was a night of royalty at the Crawford County Fair on July 13 as the queen talent and coronation ceremony featured an appearance by 14 former queens. Three of those queens also served as judges and, at the end of the night, they crowned Emma Kreitner, of Steelville, as this year’s queen.

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Crawford County Fair Queen Pageant - PHOTO GALLERY

Congratulations to this year’s Queen Emma Kreitner, First Runner-up Lacie Volkmann, and Second Runner-up Alisha Reynolds.

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Davidson named new Cuba superintendent

After conducting interviews in closed session on Monday morning, the Cuba School Board has hired a new superintendent.

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City contracts with Integrity for library repair

The city of St. James has contracted Integrity Engineering to design repairs for a cupola at the James Memorial Public Library. The contract will be for $9,200 and will fix a leak leading into the main reading room.

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Alternative learning center faces setback

Steelville City Council members have put a hold on a potential alternative learning center for the Steelville School District to be located in the former factory building that houses City Hall, the police department and utility department offices.

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Cuba

MoDOT to host hiring fair at Cuba Maintenance Facility

on 05 August 2022

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is looking for service-oriented individuals who are ready to help maintain the transportation system in Crawford County. MoDOT will be hosting a hiring fair...

New ladder truck arrives in Cuba

New ladder truck arrives in Cuba

on 05 August 2022

In January of 2021 the Cuba Fire Protection District set out on a journey to replace its aging aerial ladder truck with newer, more modern apparatus. After locating a truck...

Law enforcement’s strong bond with Special Olympics Missouri continues at USA Games in Florida

Law enforcement’s strong bond with Special Olympics Missouri continues at USA Games in Florida

on 05 August 2022

By Diego BrandaSpecial Olympics Missouri marketing and communications intern The relationship between law enforcement and Special Olympics Missouri has an extensive history. Whether it be organizing a Law Enforcement Torch...

Steelville

Thrift store fashion show fundraiser is underway

on 05 August 2022

Bargains for Missions and Rich’s Famous Burgers are sponsoring and hosting a thrift store fashion show fundraiser to raise money for the Steelville R-3 Schools Backpack Program.

Local artist has work on display in Jefferson City

Local artist has work on display in Jefferson City

on 05 August 2022

Well-known Steelville carver Jim Barksdale, whose work is best known by local residents who see him during Old Iron Works Days at Maramec Spring Park every year, currently has a...

Council approves take-home cars for officers

on 04 August 2022

Steelville police officers will now be able to take their patrol vehicles home, even if they live outside the city limits, as long as that is within 10 miles.

St. James

UTV ride raises over $18,000 for Special Olympics team

on 05 August 2022

A UTV fundraising ride was held on Saturday, raising $18,463.87 for the St. James Tigers Special Olympics team. Sponsored by the St. James Police Department and the Phelps County Riders,...

Improvement at high school moving forward

on 05 August 2022

Work to improve roofs at the high school is moving forward with GRP Wegman repairing leaks and installing new HVAC systems. GRP is also overseeing an expansion of the high...

City moving forward with waste water improvement

on 04 August 2022

The city of St. James held a pre-construction meeting last week with Mid-State Pipeline, LLC for construction of the bypass treatment and improvements at the wastewater treatment plant, with plans...

Crawford

MU Extension holds livestock drought recovery meetings in August

on 05 August 2022

Livestock producers in the southern half of Missouri face many challenges because of the drought. To help ease their stress, University of Missouri Extension is holding free in-person meetings in...

Sullivan man holds elderly woman hostage

on 04 August 2022

A Sullivan man stands charged with kidnapping after reportedly entering an elderly woman’s apartment, threatening to kill her dog, and refusing to cooperate with police.

Black takes presiding commissioner’s seat; 911 tax passes

on 02 August 2022

Voters at the August 2 Primary Election in Crawford County chose Steve Black as the next presiding commissioner for Crawford County and approved an increase to the sales tax that...

Phelps

Public input needed for Route 63 in Osage, Maries and Phelps counties

Public input needed for Route 63 in Osage, Maries and Phelps counties

on 04 August 2022

The Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking public comments as part of a U.S. Route 63 Environmental Study Re-evaluation over the corridor from just south of the Route 50 interchange...

Clayton wins only local race in Phelps County primary election

on 03 August 2022

Incumbent Associate Circuit Judge Kenneth G. Clayton retained his position in the only local race for Phelps County voters, defeating challenger Andrew Russek. Only 6,878 registered voters out of 29,125...

Missouri S&T offers summer research for students from HBCUs

on 02 August 2022

Twenty students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) participated in a summer program at Missouri University of Science and Technology that is designed to encourage engineering students from underrepresented...

Bourbon

New Board of Directors announced

on 04 August 2022

Totes for Tots and Teens/Mr. Rif’s Readers would like to announce the members of their new Board of Directors: Carolyn Emily of Sullivan, Judy Hoevelmann (Board Chair) of Sullivan, and...

Boosters seeking Bourbon Junior Miss candidates

on 01 August 2022

The Bourbon Boosters have announced they are seeking candidates for this year’s Bourbon Junior Miss pageant, which is part of the annual Bourbon Fall Festival.

American Legion Auxiliary Post 81 News

American Legion Auxiliary Post 81 News

Unit 81 Bourbon American Legion Auxiliary President Shirley Pinkston and Vice-President Ruth Woodson attended the Missouri State Convention at the St Louis Airport Hilton.

State and Regional

Multiple work zones to impact Interstate 44 during August

04 August 2022

Motorists traveling through the central part of the state on Interstate 44 will experience lane closures and significant delays during the month of August, as multiple work zones are in...

MOCASA thanks Governor Parsons and legislature for budget increase

04 August 2022

The Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (MOCASA) was thrilled to learn that its recent proposed budget increase had passed through the House, Senate, and the Governor’s Office on June...

Board of Directors of the Missouri Silver Haired Legislature meets in Jefferson City

29 July 2022

Missouri’s Silver Haired Legislature (SHL) was founded in1973, the first in the nation after the Older Americans Act was amended to include advocacy groups.

Outdoors

Learn about secrets of snakes with MDC Wild Webcast Aug 17

05 August 2022

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites you to join its upcoming Wild Webcast, “Secrets of Snakes: Research Revealed about Copperheads,” on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from noon to 1 p.m....

Fly fishing the Dog Star

05 August 2022

By Bill Cooper Many fly fishermen avoid fishing during the “dog days” of summer. Dog days are the hottest days of the summer season, which fly rod enthusiasts historically have...

Researchers reveal latest findings in Powder Valley Nature Center Copperhead Study during in-person and virtual presentation Aug. 5

02 August 2022

Copperheads conjure up curiosity, mystery, and even fear. In truth they are one of Missouri’s most intriguing and often least understood venomous snakes. Researchers have been conducting a study of...

Entertainment

Ozark Actors Theatre presents Rumors

Ozark Actors Theatre presents Rumors

28 July 2022

OAT is pleased to present RUMORS; its second main stage show this summer. This hilarious comedy was written by famed author of stage and screen Neil Simon. The farce follows...

David Phelps coming to Steelville

21 July 2022

The unmistakable sound of multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist David Phelps will be featured in Steelville, Missouri on Saturday, July 23 at the Meramec Music Theatre. This exciting concert...

OATS to prevent 'Rumors'

19 July 2022

OAT is pleased to present RUMORS; its second main stage show this summer. This hilarious comedy was written by famed author of stage and screen Neil Simon. The farce follows...

Letters to the Editor

A matter of leadership

on 21 July 2022

As the August 2 primary election approaches, I have been reflecting on the role of leadership in government. While leadership is always important, it is crucial in challenging times.

Now how about a sign

on 21 July 2022

Several weeks ago in the Cuba Free Press, you had an article from Linda Brennan about her road.

We like Steve Black

on 15 July 2022

I encourage all those who are eligible to vote in the Republican primary election on August 2, as the outcome will determine the office holders for Crawford County.

Opinions

Criminal justice is not a game

on 21 July 2022

By Larry Newman Get out of jail free! No, we're not talking about playing a friendly game of Monopoly, but rather, the far higher stakes of criminal justice with habitual...

Support 911 tax increase during August 2 primary

on 21 July 2022

If you want good service, especially in government, then you must be willing to pay for it. On the federal level we often ask for the best, our military is...

Five historic dissenting opinions that shaped our First Amendment rights

on 15 July 2022

By David L. Hudson Jr. Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo once said, “The meaning of today is not the meaning of tomorrow.” Dissenting opinions play a vital role...