City delays resurfacing of tennis courts until spring

    The city of St. James has delayed the resurfacing of the tennis courts in the city park until next spring, as it waits for information from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) about whether a grant will be awarded for the project.

Woman assaults man with pepper spray

    A woman who allegedly pepper-sprayed her mom’s boyfriend during an argument faces assault charges in Crawford County.
    Krysanya Lynn Degonia, 25, of Park Hills, stands charged with class E felony third-degree assault as a result of the incident that took place on November 11 in Cherryville.

Historical District getting 75,000 Christmas lights

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at in the Recklein Historical District, thanks to the efforts of small group of volunteers and workers from the city of Cuba’s Electric Department. A month-long effort to put up 75,000 lights is nearing completion, with plans to flip the switch just in time for Thanksgiving.

Lost friend introduced me to quail hunting

By Larry Dablemont
    Two weeks ago, I wrote about attending the funeral of an old family friend who grew up in Texas County and died just a few days before. His name was Charlie Hartman Jr., one of the finest men I ever knew. The day of his funeral was exactly 61 years after my father was hurt on the river, and Charlie helped me, as a small boy to retrieve our boat and float it down the Big Piney to a take-out point.

Phelps Health’s Cindy Butler receives MRPC award for community service

    Cindy Butler, administrative director of patient care services at Phelps Health, was one of 13 individuals recently honored for outstanding community service by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).