Arson suspect charged in connection with Highway 19 house fire

An investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office has led to the arrest of a man on arson charges. Chad M. Ritter, 43, has been charged with class D felony arson in the second degree for allegedly setting fire to a residence on Highway 19.

Steelville will host rally kick-off event

Steelville will again host rally cars and teams this year as part of the annual Rally in the 100 Acre Wood. The event – scheduled for Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 – will feature a Parc Expose at the Steelville Community Park on Friday, and a special race and service area at Huzzah Valley Resort on Saturday.

Utility department crew is dwindling

The City of Steelville is in need of several new employees after eight people have decided to leave the municipality since last October. The departures have left the city short-handed in the electric and police departments already, and they will soon affect the rest of the utilities departments, but the mayor and council are working on finding ways to continue to provide services to residents.

Kindergarten registration is March 22

Kindergarten registration and information for the 2018-2019 school year will be held on March 22 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Steelville elementary multipurpose room. Those who have a child who will be five years of age on or before July 31 may register the child at this time. Please bring the following items:  official birth certificate, immunization record, and proof of residency (utility bill, mortgage or rental agreement - must include name and physical address).

Former Steelville lifeguard charged with child sex crimes

A former Steelville lifeguard stands charged with molesting a child more than 28 times over the course of two summers. Spenser Farr, 24, of Springfield, Missouri, has been charged with four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy – deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old, resulting from the allegations made against him in Crawford County. Farr is also charged with another count of the same felony crime in Phelps County for an incident that reportedly took place in Rolla.