New members elected to University of Missouri Extension Council

Congratulations are extended to three new council members and three returning members who were elected to the University of Missouri Extension Phelps County Council following elections held countywide on January 22-25, 2019. New Council Members are as follows: Earl Michael Collins, Maretta Diestelkamp, Paul Long, Sarah Oerther, Patty Reynolds, and Rosalie Spencer. They will serve a two-year term, effective March 1, 2019.

Governor leads statewide infrastructure effort to ‘Focus on Bridges’

This week, Governor Mike Parson plans to visit 5 of the 250 bridges scheduled for immediate repair or replacement if his administration’s proposed funding program is passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year. The Governor first outlined the statewide bridge infrastructure program in the State of the State address on January 16.

Alderman argues against need to replace officer

The Steelville police chief and a city alderman are still at odds over staffing needs for the municipal law enforcement department. Following the decision last fall to contract one Steelville officer to the local school district as a School Resource Officer, the police department has been running one patrolman short. Alderman Terry Beckham maintains filling that position is not necessary, but Chief Mike Sherman disagrees.

Think about fishing for some walleye before spring

    It is hard to think of fish spawning with some of the February weather found around the Midwest, but down in the White River of North Arkansas, the brown trout have finished spawning. My friend Jerry McCoy, who guides on the White told me he caught two big brown trout up around 10 pounds each in the catch-and-release area which extends about a mile below the Bull Shoals dam.

Close vote pushes chicken ordinance closer to adoption

    The St. James city council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would allow chickens within the city limits and would establish the guidelines necessary for residents to raise chickens. A close vote pushed the ordinance on to next month, where a final reading and vote will determine its fate.