Briggs & Stratton to expand in Poplar Bluff, create 130 new jobs

Briggs & Stratton, a gasoline engine manufacturer, announced Thursday the expansion of its current facility in Poplar Bluff, creating 130 new jobs over the next 12 months with an average salary of $36,531 and additional hiring in 2021. The project represents a capital investment of $15 million to help streamline production and increase the utilization of available square footage.

Onondaga Cave State Park offers hosts hummingbird banding event Aug. 31

Join researcher Lanny Chambers at Onondaga State Park as he captures, bands and studies ruby-throated hummingbirds during at a banding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31 at the park’s visitor center. Reservations are not required.

Numerous felony drug charges filed

    The following people were charged in recent weeks for drug-related felonies in Crawford County.
    • Gordon W. Wilson, 41, of Washington, Mo., stands charged with class D felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and class D misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cuba Police Department hosts annual Youth Camp

The Cuba Police Department held its annual Youth Camp August 7-9 at Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch near Steelville. The free camp was open to children ages 6-14 and included a wide range of activities, including water sports, a high-ropes course, and a mud obstacle course. See page 1B for more photos.

City contracts for storm water projects

    The St. James City Council approved three resolutions Monday night to move forward with a project to improve the water and sewer system. CM Archer Group was approved to do engineering work on the project and the city will move forward with data acquisition to determine where water is entering the water system and how to stop it.

City plans on putting use tax on November ballot

    A use tax of two percent is being considered for the November ballot in St. James. The city is looking to pass a ballot measure that puts a sales tax on mail order and online orders from companies which have a warehouse in Missouri. Revenues generated through the tax would help fund the police department, would help establish animal control, and would benefit streets and provide for other needs.