Resident questions city’s PILOT program

    St. James resident Jesse Singleton is questioning the payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT), which is a line item on every municipal utility customers monthly bill. The PILOT was established in 2008 by city ordinance originally to be capped at $400,000, but the ordinance was later amended to be six percent of a customer’s utility bill for an interagency transfer of funds.

Ashcroft discusses voting options

    Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft visited the Rolla City Hall to meet with city and county employees to discuss voting options and safety for the November election. Missouri voters have until October 7 to register for the November 3 general election and Ashcroft outlined the three voting options voters have during his September 24 meeting.

Street work raises questions for VFW post

    Local VFW Quartermaster Don Gummersheimer is questioning why the city of Steelville paved through the post’s property in recent weeks, asking if the city has plans to take over ownership of that portion of their lot. Some city officials claim the area in question is already a city street, but the public works supervisor noted he hadn’t consulted mapping before determining to have asphalt laid across the section that crosses that lot and that of the adjacent business.

State expands COVID-19 Dashboards

    Following three consecutive days of record high hospitalizations, Governor Mike Parson announced Monday that the state of Missouri has expanded its COVID 19 dashboards. The new dashboards, now located on the Show Me Strong website at, provide Missourians with multiple charts, maps, and measures about COVID-19 and its impact in the state.

Fatal crash leads to felony charge

    The out-of-state driver involved in a fatal crash in Crawford County on September 14 now stands charged with a DWI felony.