Candidate filing ends Tuesday

            Those interested in serving on the Steelville City Council or as a member of several local governing boards have only a few more days—until Tuesday, January 21—to file as a candidate. Voters will decide who will take on the roles at the April 7 election.

            Currently, the only contested race is for mayor of Steelville. Curtis Crouch and Terry Beckham have filed for that office. All other positions in the city and on the other boards either have not had anyone file, or only one person for each role.

Osage leaders speak at library dinner

    The first annual Friends of the Crawford County Library District dinner was held on Friday, January 10, and served as a celebration to welcome the Patriot Nations exhibit to the area. The event featured guest speakers Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear of the Osage Nation and John Williams, senior advisor to the chief and veteran of the Vietnam War.

USDA Invites Input on Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Rule

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) seeks public comments on its interim rule for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).  ACEP is USDA’s premier conservation easement program, helping landowners protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. The rule – now available on the Federal Register – takes effect on publication and includes changes to the program prescribed by the 2018 Farm Bill.

‘A Day ON, Not a Day Off’ for many S&T students Jan. 20

A group of civic-minded students at Missouri University of Science and Technology will participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by taking “A Day ON, Not a Day Off” on Monday, Jan. 20. This year, more than 290 students and staff will volunteer throughout Phelps County.

Governor delivers 2020 State of the State address

On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson delivered the 2020 State of the State Address to the Missouri General Assembly. Governor Parson highlighted several of the state’s major successes in workforce development and infrastructure last year, including a $1.5 billion investment from General Motors and an $81.2 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding American grant to build a new I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport, among many others.