Dix wins Beauty is Ageless pageant

Patsy Dix was crowned queen at the Beauty is Ageless pageant, held on Friday, June 29 in Maryland Heights. Dix represented Steelville Senior Living at the pageant sponsored by the Missouri Health Care Association, District 3. As the winner for this district, she will go on to compete at the state conference in Branson in August.

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City beginning summer asphalt projects

Residents living near South Louise should be prepared as road reconstruction will begin next week. The City of St. James will completely reconstruct the roadway to eliminate the current issues facing the street, such as alligator cracks and a failing surface.

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Campaign on to designate Route 66 as historic trail

On July 2, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Route 66 to its National Treasures portfolio and announced plans to pursue National Historic Trail status for one of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.” The centerpiece of the campaign is a month-long road trip to help preserve the “Main Street of America.”

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Cuba

Bakery owner questions application of grease ordinance

on 17 July 2018

The owner of Little Jack Horner’s bakery has expressed to the Cuba City Council her concerns about how the city’s grease management ordinance is being enforced. The mayor ensured her...

Cuba City Council Notes

on 16 July 2018

The Cuba City Council met on Monday, July 2 for a regular meeting at City Hall. The following items of city business were discussed at that time:• Shirley Carroll of...

Winner announced

on 12 July 2018

Cuba Masonic Lodge #312, in partnership with Mace Supermarket, has completed their first scholarship fundraiser drawing. The winner, Ray Breese (second from left), won a $500 Mace Supermarket gift certificate....

Steelville

Steelville to vote on tax to fund street improvements

on 20 July 2018

Steelville voters will be asked to reapprove a sales tax on the primary ballot on August 7. The transportation tax was originally passed by voters in April of 2014, and...

Local woman charged for taking a joint to jail

on 20 July 2018

Charges have been filed against a Cook Station woman who was arrested for allegedly being belligerent to officers investigating an incident, and having marijuana after her transport to the Crawford...

Steelville man charged with burglary, stealing

on 17 July 2018

A Steelville man has been charged with burglary and stealing after an investigation by local law enforcement on July 6. Chad Andrew Brandt, 29, faces two felony charges and a...

St. James

Library hosts sleepover

on 20 July 2018

The James Memorial Public Library held a stuff animal sleepover event July 12. Kids brought in their stuffed animals, decorated them, played games, and had their animals scattered around the...

FFA seeking rodeo sponsors

on 19 July 2018

The St. James FFA will again host a rodeo on August 10 and 11 at the Nelson Hart Park Arena. This fundraiser will benefit the local FFA chapter and members...

City relocating electric lines near MPC

City relocating electric lines near MPC

on 19 July 2018

The St. James Municipal Utilities department has been busy relocating electric lines near the Midwest Petroleum Company (MPC) expansion project. Electric Supervisor Chuck Hitch said the electric project has included...

Crawford

Kids learn about spiders at county libraries

on 20 July 2018

Kids at the Cuba, Bourbon and Steelville libraries found that nursery rhymes and spiders rock during Story Time last week.

Rain dampens fair on Saturday, but overall a good week

on 17 July 2018

Another fair week in Crawford County has come and gone. Last week’s fair, featuring a “Barrels of Fun” theme, was the 72nd anniversary of the Crawford County Fair, which first...

Fair auction nets over $200k for local youth

on 17 July 2018

Livestock sales at the 2018 Crawford County Fair were down from 2017, although there were nearly the same number of animals auctioned on Saturday as there the preivous year. There...

Phelps

Mercy’s Back-to-School Fair returns to Rolla

on 20 July 2018

Hundreds of families in Phelps County will have less of a burden on their budgets this back-to-school season. Mercy’s annual Back to School Fair is returning on August 8.

Taking a Stand Against Child Abuse

Taking a Stand Against Child Abuse

on 20 July 2018

Phelps County Bank (PCB) sponsored the annual Take a Stand Against Child Abuse program on Friday, July 13. Lemonade stands were set up throughout Phelps County as volunteers sold refreshments...

Phelps County 4-H member attends 4-H Public Speaking Academy at CMU

Phelps County 4-H member attends 4-H Public Speaking Academy at CMU

on 19 July 2018

Missouri 4-H members from throughout the state participated in the 4-H Public Speaking Academy, June 20-21. Twenty-one young people gathered at Central Methodist University, Fayette, Mo. with the goal of...

Bourbon

Car show held in Leasburg

The second annual John A. Delaney car show was held in Leasburg on Saturday, June 30 with several cars turning out for the event despite the hot weather.

Free physicals being offered

Dr. Seth Black of Active Chiropractic will be providing free sports physicals for Bourbon students entering seventh-12th grade on August 2 from 3-6 p.m. in the BHS library.

Kids learn about gemstones at Bourbon Library

Kids at the Bourbon Library learned about gemstones on Thursday, June 21. Ms. Beth read to the kids, talked about different kinds of rocks and gems and show them how...

State and Regional

Donations accepted for Table Rock Lake boat disaster

20 July 2018

Donations are being accepted to support needs of victims, families and others involved in the tragic sinking of the sightseeing boat on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri, Thursday night.

Governor praises responders and rescuers for efforts in aftermath of duck boat tragedy at Table Rock Lake

20 July 2018

Governor Mike Parson spent Friday in the Branson area meeting with survivors, victims' relatives, rescuers, and emergency responders following the tragic sinking of a "duck" boat that killed 17 people...

Governor signs executive order placing 47 counties on drought alert

19 July 2018

On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson called upon the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to activate the Drought Assessment Committee and the associated drought impact teams.

Outdoors

Revisiting old fishing grounds pays off big time

Revisiting old fishing grounds pays off big time

19 July 2018

I have my favorite places to fish, but sometimes I get the urge to return to areas I have not fished in years. Such was the case last week. I...

Those cuss-ed hogs have been around for years

19 July 2018

In the tape recording I did with my grandfather back in 1965, we talked a little about hogs in the woods before and after World War I. But, it wasn’t...

MDC offers two-day basic canoeing class, including float on the Meramec River

14 July 2018

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to help newcomers to paddling discover nature on the water by offering a two-day Canoeing Basics course. The class is designed not only...

Entertainment

Trinity hosts recital

Trinity hosts recital

19 July 2018

The students of Gina Gruhn Leeker performed an afternoon of music at Trinity Presbyterian Church Sunday, July 8. Mrs. Leeker and students from Franklin, Crawford, Gasconade, Phelps, and St. Louis...

Happily Ever After Fairytale Festival being held July 20-21

17 July 2018

Fine Linen Theatre is proud to present its spectacular Happily Ever After Fairytale Festival on July 20 and 21. After success with a similar event last summer, Fine Linen is...

Casting announced for 80’s musical Footloose at Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock, Missouri

12 July 2018

Casting is now complete for the Lyceum premiere of the fast-paced musical, Footloose, based on the movie and filled with all the songs that made that soundtrack an enduring classic....

Letters to the Editor

Help keep City Hall at current location

on 19 July 2018

Citizens of Cuba, Missouri. Rally Around! Mark your calendar for Monday, August 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Recklein Auditorium on Smith Street, Cuba, Missouri.

Why are lifeguards still spraying water?

on 19 July 2018

While working for the Cuba Free Press the evening of Tuesday, July 10 taking photos of the Crawford County Fair Parade, I was sprayed by water guns by the Cuba...

Prop A intended to be deceptive

on 19 July 2018

The wording of Prop A is purposely deceptive—do not be deceived! It is vitally important for all Missourian to vote and to Vote NO on Prop A. The facts are:

Opinions

City is in need of jobs more than it is a new city hall, police dept.

on 19 July 2018

Should the Cuba City Hall be moved from its current location to the former MEPCO manufacturing on Highway PP? The city council already answered that question on January 25, and...

Missourians should be given a fair shot

on 19 July 2018

By U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill When it comes to trade in the global marketplace, there will always be winners and losers. And when Missouri businesses have a fair shot, they...

National Trail designation needed for ‘Mother Road’

on 17 July 2018

Although most area residents probably missed it, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.savingplaces.org) recently listed Route 66 as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Following the announcement,...