Lebanon Lodge Masonic Lodge Officers for 2019 are (front row, from left) Douglas Donal, Jr. Deacon; Terry Jones, Sr. Warden; Bruce Vestal, Worshipful Master; Jerry Bryan, Jr. Warden; Ralph Souders, Chaplain; G. Norman Riebel, Secretary; (back row) Johnny Snodgrass, Sr. Deacon; Lance Hyde, Marshall; Art Cook, Sr. Steward; John Craig, Jr. Steward. Not pictured: Kem Schwieder, Treasurer; and Alan Grayson, Tiler.
The Steelville police chief and a city alderman are still at odds over staffing needs for the municipal law enforcement department. Following the decision last fall to contract one Steelville officer to the local school district as a School Resource Officer, the police department has been running one patrolman short. Alderman Terry Beckham maintains filling that position is not necessary, but Chief Mike Sherman disagrees.
Proponents for a new city pound spoke to the Steelville City Council at their February 4 meeting. Several people associated with the Santana’s Hope 4 Paws rescue group were in attendance at the meeting to address the need for a new facility to house unwanted dogs.
Ozark Connect, the grassroots organization responsible for hosting the Steelville and Cherryville Farmer & Artist Markets will be holding a public planning meeting at Spare Rib Inn on Tuesday, February 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. Ozark Connect invites all shareholders – vendors, attendees, performing musicians, and the general public to give their input on the 2019 vending season. Drinks and eats will be available for purchase.
The Steelville R-3 School District Board of Education met on January 17. The board held two open session meetings, one special meeting held prior to the regular meeting to discuss facilities planning and then the regular session.