Bourbon mourns sudden death of Mayor Skaggs

Bourbon Mayor Danny Skaggs passed away suddenly last Thursday, casting a sad and somber tone for last weekend’s annual downtown Fall Festival, BBQ Contest and Car Show. Mayor Skaggs passed way too soon at the age of 63, and the festival served to celebrate his memory and legacy as a city official.

Exploring the ecology, culture, and history of the Missouri River, from Hermann to the confluence

Paddle MO 2019 will be held September 21-25. Paddle MO is an educational journey down the last 100 miles of the Missouri River, beginning at Hermann and ending at the confluence with the Mississippi River. Participants travel by canoe or kayak over five days and paddle through the confluence with the Mississippi River during the last mile of the trip. Along the way, participants stop at the historic river towns of New Haven, Washington, Augusta, and St. Charles. This year’s event will have over 100 total participants from 12 U.S. states.  

Genealogical Society to meet on Sept. 22

    The Phelps County Genealogical Society will present “How DNA Reveals Your Genetic Heritage” with guest speaker David Westenberg, Associate Professor Biological Sciences at Missouri S&T, on Sunday, September 22 at 2 p.m. at the Wellington Clubhouse located at 1200 East 10th Street (just past Rolla Nazarene Church) in Rolla.

Arts and Education Council awards $25,000 in grants for rural communities

Arts Rolla, Steelville Arts Council receive funds

    The Arts and Education Council has awarded five organizations a combined total of $25,000 through the Bayer Fund Rural Community Arts Program.
    Since 2007, the Bayer Fund Rural Community Arts Program has invested more than $225,000 in our region to provide access to the arts for people living in the rural communities surrounding St. Louis.

Members elect directors, make other decisions at sweltering Crawford Electric annual meeting

    Despite sweltering temperatures, more than 700 Crawford Electric consumer-members and guests participated in the 79th annual meeting of the cooperative on Wednesday, September 11. During the business session, the members accepted the audited 2018 financial statements and elected three directors. Retiring board member Eldon Harris received a special honor for 22 years of service on behalf of the co-op membership. Members voted down a fellow member’s motion that sought to amend the co-op’s bylaws governing the director election.