Cuba teen crowned Miss Route 66 Summerfest

    A Cuba teenager took one of two crowns that were awarded during the 26th Annual Route 66 Summerfest, which was held Friday and Saturday in Rolla. Kristin Leija was crowned Miss Route 66.

Public input is being accepted on Phelps County Hazard Mitigation Plan until July 31

    Public input is being accepted until July 31, 2020, on the Phelps County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The public survey is available on Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s website at

Missouri’s rate of opioid deaths decreasing

    Federal Opioid overdose deaths in 2019 decreased from 2018, marking the first year since 2015 that Missouri has experienced a decrease in opioid overdose deaths. The number of deaths due to opioid overdose decreased by 3.4% compared to the previous year. From 2015 to 2016 there was a 35% increase in opioid overdose deaths in the state, followed by a 5% increase in 2017, and a 19% increase in 2018.

MBSH Doctor’s Building given Welch Allyn Audiometer through Ambassador Funds

    Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Ambassadors provided funds to purchase a Welch Allyn AM 282 Audiometer for the Sullivan Medical Office.  This new piece of equipment is used for testing patients two years and older for hearing issues.

Heat wave could cause bumpy roads

    Though not as dramatic as the name would imply, pavement “blow-ups” are the summer’s version of potholes, created by a combination of moisture, weakening pavement and temperatures consistently reaching 90 degrees or more across the state. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges motorists to stay aware of road surfaces during these hot summer days.