Board discusses future budget planning

    Superintendent Dr. Merlyn Johnson spoke to the St. James Board of Education about future budget planning, as the district is facing rising healthcare costs, potential cuts to Walmart Foundation money, and teacher’s salaries rising in the coming years.

State continues efforts to streamline government processes amid COVID-19 crisis

Governor Mike Parson and his administration continue to take steps to streamline government processes and provide relief to those impacted by COVID-19.
“In order to meet the increasing healthcare needs of Missouri citizens as a result of COVID-19, we are working hard to quickly remove some statutory barriers, allowing more trained healthcare professionals to work in ways that are both safe and productive,” Governor Parson said.

Missouri state parks remain open for day-use, temporarily closing campgrounds and lodging March 27 through April 30

Out of an abundance of caution and in reaction to the presence of COVID-19 in Missouri, Missouri State Parks will temporarily close all campgrounds and lodging, effective Friday, March 27, through Thursday, April 30. This includes campgrounds, park-run lodging and concessionaire-run lodging. Missouri State Parks will remain open to the public, including day-use areas, boat ramps and trails.

MSHP suspends all written and driver road testing statewide

Colonel Eric T. Olson, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol announces that the Patrol is immediately suspending all written and skills-based driver road testing at all locations through April 6, 2020. This includes operator, commercial driver license and motorcycle testing.

Numerous area businesses changing operating hours or closing during pandemic

    A new order from the governor on Saturday has forced many Missouri businesses to change their operating procedures during the ongoing pandemic. The biggest change is a requirement that all state residents “avoid eating or drinking at restaurants, bars, or food courts.”

Trump receives vast majority of votes at Primary Election

    The Presidential Preference Primary Election in Crawford County on March 10 only brought out 2,724 of 16,118 registered voters. Of the ballots cast, current President Donald Trump (R) received the vast majority of votes at 1,587. Democrat Joseph Biden was next with 662 votes, followed by another Democrat, Bernie Sanders, with 384 votes.