School district considers drug screening

            St. James Schools Superintendent Tim Webster intends on introducing a plan to the St. James Board of Education this month that would require high school students participating in extracurricular activities to participate in random drug screenings. This comes after several students died from overdoses.

Area unemployment rate drops in June

• Crawford County report lowest rate since 1990
            As the federal government reported the addition of 528,000 new jobs created in July last week—getting the country back to pre-pandemic employment levels—the state of Missouri released its county unemployment numbers for June and they were also encouraging. Both Crawford and Phelps counties showed reduced unemployment.

School board tables two projects, approves MBSH contract

            The Cuba School Board put the brakes on two construction projects, opting to move one back a year and hold off on the other until more information on costs can be gathered. During their July 25 meeting, board members also approved a new contract with Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital (MBSH) for an athletic trainer.

Yarn art and pottery featured at gallery this month

            Heartland Arts Gallery and Gifts’ August Featured Artist is Laura Friz. Her items on display and for purchase are handspun yarns, handknit apparel, felted items, and hand-thrown pottery.

Several facing felony drug, stealing charges

           The Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has filed felony charges against the following people. Each person is presumed innocent of the charges until proven guilty in a court of competent jurisdiction.