Steelville News

Chamber will host fireworks display for July 4

    There will be fireworks in Steelville for the Fourth of July, but the annual Freedom Fest will not take place as it has in the past.
    Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce President Tamra Cape approached the city council at its meeting on Monday, May 18, to discuss potential plans for this year’s Fourth of July celebrations.

School district plans for decreased funding, providing for educational needs

    The Steelville School District is planning for the potential decrease in funding as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in addition to preparing for the need for more technology and continuing to provide quality education. Superintendent Mike Whittaker assured the board at their May 21 meeting that the district is currently in good financial condition, but he also urged caution moving forward as a result of the uncertain economy.

Five compete for two seats on city council

Five candidates have filed for two open seats as aldermen for the Steelville City Council. One seat in each ward will be filled at the June election. Each candidate was given the opportunity to write their own profile in order to present themselves to our readers and discuss their opinions on any issues they felt were important to the voting public.

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.