Steelville schools will have new food service provider

    At a special meeting on April 1, the Steelville School District Board of Education voted unanimously to extend a new food service contract to Fresh Ideas. Pending approval from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), they will officially take over the program in July.

Blunt announces $27.7 million in coronavirus response grants for 29 Missouri Community Health Centers

Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), co-chair of the Senate Community Health Center Caucus, announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded more than $27 million in coronavirus response grant funding to 29 Missouri community health centers (CHCs). The funding will help CHCs meet staffing needs, and prevent, diagnose, and treat coronavirus patients.

It is 'Mushroom Week' in the Ozarks

By Larry Dablemont
    It is “Mushroom Week” here in my area of the Ozarks. I found the first ones on the second day of April, which is unusual because the average time of eruption over the years has been about 10 to14 days into the month. I have what I call an “indicator tree.” It is a big ash tree on my place where the very first mushrooms appear each spring, and over a two-week period in past years it has produced from 20 to 35 mushrooms.

Tickets still available for gun raffle

    The St. James Chamber of Commerce is holding a gun raffle to raise money to pay for the new carnival coming to the annual Grape and Fall Festival. To help offset the additional cost the Chamber is raffling off a commemorative Henry “Goldenboy” H004 .22 Long rifle. Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased before the June 20 deadline.

Area grocery stores taking steps to combat coronavirus

    Area grocery stores are remaining open to give residents access to essential food and household items, but all are taking steps to keep their facilities clean and customers and employees safe from the coronavirus. Stores are taking new measures to limit the number of customers allowed inside, sanitized properly, and offer seniors a chance to safely shop.