Steelville News

Chamber seeks Business of the Year nominations

    Nominations are needed for the 2020 Business of the Year. Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce members will be asked to propose potential recipients of the award, then vote to select the 2020 Business of the Year. The winner will be announced at the annual banquet scheduled for March 16.

Steelville grad shot and killed in St. Louis

    A Steelville High School graduate was shot and killed in St. Louis on Sunday morning. James Cook graduated with the Class of 2008. He was a husband and father of two and had been working as a security guard for MetroLink.

School board hears about park needs

• Track and ballfields need repairs for student use
    The Steelville School District has a contract with the city of Steelville to utilize the center portion of the city park for school sporting events. That area includes baseball and softball fields, in addition to the track, and needs work. To completely update the area could cost $1 million.

State senate bill could cause problems for local schools

    Superintendent Mike Whittaker shared a “Critical Issue Alert” from the Missouri School Boards’ Association at the January 21 school board meeting. “We need to be really proactive this year or education will take a hit,” he told board members. “You’ll see me taking a little harder stance on some things at the capital.”

Aldermen keeping mayor out of the loop

    Steelville aldermen are putting items on the agenda for city council meetings without giving the mayor a heads-up on the issues involved. During the January 19 council meeting, Mayor Terry Beckham noted several times he had been unaware of the concerns presented by aldermen who spoke openly of having discussed the topics among themselves.