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).


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.


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.


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.


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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Schools set kindergarten screening dates

on 04 March 2021

The Cuba and Bourbon school districts have announced dates for their annual kindergarten screenings.

Four CHS students reach state DECA finals

Four CHS students reach state DECA finals

on 04 March 2021

Four Cuba High School students have qualified for the state DECA contest finals, which will be held in March. Each reached the state contest during district competition held in February.

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.


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...


Financial statement published this week

on 04 March 2021

Crawford County Clerk John Martin has submitted the 2020 annual financial statement for the county to Three Rivers Publishing for publication. It appears on pages 6-9B of this week’s Steelville...

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.


MRPC to host Black Balloon Day events in Rolla, Cuba on March 5

on 04 March 2021

The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) through the Opioid Affected Youth Initiative (OAYI) is hosting two Black Balloon Day events at Stonehenge, University of Missouri S&T in Rolla and Peoples...

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...


Several BHS students place at FBLA contest

Several Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members at Bourbon High School earned awards at district competition recently, with several advancing to the state finals.

Preschool/kindergarten screening is being held

The Crawford County R-1 School District will hold its annual Preschool/Kindergarten screening the week of March 15-19.

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...

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...


The great swap meet is returning

04 March 2021

By Larry Dablemont We had to skip the Grizzled Old Outdoorsman’s swap meet last year because of the coronavirus, but for about 10 years before, we had held it in...

Food plots and game calls on hunters’ minds

04 March 2021

By Bill Cooper The snow may be deep and outside temperatures low, but hunter’s thoughts are heating up, when it comes to preparing food plots for next season and thinking...

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...


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

Only speaking the truth

on 04 March 2021

As I read all the articles in the February 11 newspaper I was appalled at all the ignorance written there in.

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...


Think education and income in Missouri

on 04 March 2021

By Rik W. Hafer As we dig out from the social and economic calamity wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, policy makers in Jefferson City will face some important decisions. Educational...

Common-sense policies move rural America forward

on 04 March 2021

By Garrett Hawkins Brutal. Miserable. Those were a couple of words (among others) used to describe the recent Arctic blast. As farmers and ranchers, we know dealing with the elements...

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...