Governor announces emergency water and hay access for farmers

Today, in response to worsening drought conditions throughout the state, Governor Parson announced the availability of water for family farms at 28 Department of Conservation areas and five Department of Natural Resources state parks. Governor Parson also announced the creation of a lottery for farmers interested in haying, free of charge, on almost 900 acres of Missouri State Parks lands.

MDC confirms invasive Emerald Ash Borer in 11 new Missouri counties

Foresters with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in conjunction with the Missouri and U.S. departments of agriculture, have confirmed the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in 11 new counties across Missouri. New detections have been confirmed in Adair, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Cole, Greene, Jefferson, Lewis, Lincoln, Pike, Polk, and Warren counties. Since EAB was first detected in Missouri in July 2008, the exotic, tree-killing pest has spread to a total of 53 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.

Kraus will play Cedar Street Playhouse on Aug. 23

The 2018 OAT After Dark: Concerts and Cabarets series comes to a close on August 23 with a concert from local musician Bob Kraus at the Cedar Street Playhouse. Mr. Kraus will be playing his solo show “The Songs You Remember”, a fun evening of folk, pop, and a whole lot of nostalgia. The concert is produced by Ozark Actors Theatre.

“Bob is a mainstay of the local music scene,” said Ozark Actors Theatre Artistic Director, A.S. Freeman, “And he’s an incredible guy on top of being a supremely talented musician. When we decided to launch this concert series, he was at the top of our list to give a call to try and get a show.”

Audiences may know Bob Kraus from his work with local band “Trilogy” as well as in praise bands around town - most recently at First United Methodist Church.

The show takes place at 7:30 on Thursday night at the Cedar Street Playhouse, located at 701 N. Cedar Street in Rolla. Tickets are available through the Ozark Actors Theatre Box Office. Tickets are all $12.

Karsten named acting director of Misssouri Department of Public Safety

Charles A. (Drew) Juden, current Director of Department of Public Safety, will depart the agency effective August 31, 2018. Governor Mike Parson has asked Colonel Sandra K. Karsten to serve as Acting-Director of Missouri’s Department of Public Safety during the transition. Colonel Karsten will also continue her role as superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.