May 16-22 is National Safe Boating Week

    Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to stress the importance of safe boating by making the public aware of National Safe Boating Week, which takes place May 16-22, 2020.

Watch for MoDOT mowing crews

    Spring rains and warm temperatures bring seasonal growth on Missouri roadways.
    The Missouri Department of Transportation urges motorists to use caution when encountering tractor mowers near the shoulder of interstates and other busy roadways.

Governor highlights economic recovery as part of the ‘Show Me Strong’ Recovery Plan

During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson discussed the economic recovery portion of the “Show Me Strong” Recovery Plan.
“I’m glad to see Missourians begin to safely re-engage in the economy, and we are thankful for the businesses across the state that have stepped up and implemented new measures to keep employees and customers safe,” said Governor Parson.

City approves contract for library improvements

    On Monday, May 11, the St. James City Council approved a contract with Alexander Construction to build a new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible restroom at the James Memorial Public Library. The company will also work to fix brick columns around the exterior of the facility, while the city electric department will be working on exterior lighting around the facility.

MDC reports spring turkey season ended with 41,454 birds harvested

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 38,730 birds during Missouri’s 2020 regular spring turkey season, April 20 through May 10. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 899 birds harvested, Callaway with 699, and Laclede with 651.

Council members argue over releasing ‘embarrassing’ information

    An investigation initiated by the Steelville Star in February into why the city of Steelville had not published required financial statements was revisited by the city council in April and May. At least one council member felt the news reports reflected unfairly on the city’s comptroller and conducted further research on the issues. After obtaining more information, Alderman Terry Beckham questioned Alderwoman Amanda Sherrill’s decision to release information to the press that was “embarrassing” to the city.