Viva Cuba honored by Arbor Day Foundation

Viva Cuba was officially recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation last week when it was presented with its eighth Tree City USA award. The group also took time on Arbor Day, which was Friday, April 30, to plant trees at Cuba Elementary School, Holy Cross Catholic School, and the Viva Cuba Garden.

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Legendary Poco co-founder leaves legacy of music and kindness

Rusty Young, a Davisville resident and co-founder of the country-rock band Poco, passed away on April 14, 2021, at the age of 75. Young is survived by his beloved wife Mary, with whom he shared a log home in the Mark Twain National Forest.

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Chamber presents awards during annual dinner

The St. James Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership and awards evening on Thursday, April 29, honoring individuals, businesses, and organizations that made a difference in 2020.

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Area unemployment rates declined in March

Area unemployment rates have shown a steady decline through the first quarter of 2021 following a spike in rates in December and January. In Crawford County, the March rate was even lower than before the pandemic forced many businesses to temporarily close, but the Phelps County rate remained higher than before COVID-19.

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Trout fishing elegance at Westover Farms near Steelville

Trout fishing opportunities abound in the Missouri Ozarks, but none offers angling for rainbows in a more elegant setting than Westover Farms southeast of Steelville.

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Cuba

Neglected dog finds forever home

Neglected dog finds forever home

on 14 May 2021

Cuba, MO Animal Control recently received a dog that had been seriously neglected, but after some hard work and a little TLC, the pup has now found a forever home.

Rolla nursing student makes time for education

on 14 May 2021

Many people have asked when Carli Nesheim, of Cuba, finds the time to eat, let alone attend classes at East Central College. “I eat in my car on my way...

MVP students honored

MVP students honored

on 14 May 2021

The 27th annual MVP (Most Valuable Person) breakfast was held last week at the Cuba High School. Teachers nominate a student that has brightened their day, adds spice to the...

Steelville

STE will provide broadband benefits to local customers

on 14 May 2021

Steelville Telephone Exchange is one of more than 825 broadband providers across the nation participating in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP). During the COVID-19 pandemic,...

SHS Theatre Dept. presents “Secret of Skull Island”

SHS Theatre Dept. presents “Secret of Skull Island”

on 13 May 2021

The Steelville High School Theatre Department presented “Secret of Skull Island” by Tim Kelly on Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, in the Paul E. Simmons Auditorium.

City plans for opening swimming pool

City plans for opening swimming pool

on 12 May 2021

Summer is on the way and the Steelville City Pool will be open this year for swimmers of all ages to enjoy. Plans are to have opening day for the...

St. James

After being adopted by St. James 25 years ago, Phil West retiring

After being adopted by St. James 25 years ago, Phil West retiring

on 13 May 2021

The St. James School District tries to operate as one big family, with a high percentage of its employees being St. James natives. It is also a member of the...

Council hears update from utility board

on 12 May 2021

The St. James Municipal Utility Board and City Council met in a joint session Monday night to hear an update on the status of city utilities and how the winter...

Council discusses food truck ordinance changes

on 12 May 2021

The St. James City Council held discussion and took the first steps to altering a food truck ordinance, after food truck owner Larry Karnes approached the city about lessening requirements...

Crawford

Crawford County PA files numerous felony charges

on 14 May 2021

The Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney’s office recently filed the following felony charges: • Anna Amber Robbins, 47, of Piedmont, stands charged with class E felony driving without a valid license...

CC ranks in top 10 for COVID cases per 100k

on 11 May 2021

Crawford County is again in the top 10 of state jurisdictions in new positive COVID cases per 100k over the week reported from May 1 to 7. As of Monday,...

CCSO to participate in seat belt campaign

on 11 May 2021

The Crawford County Sheriff's Office will be joining with statewide law enforcement May 24–June 6 for a statewide “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to step up enforcement on Missouri’s seat...

Phelps

County COVID-19 cases continue to decline

on 12 May 2021

Active COVID-19 cases continue to decline and more vaccinations are being reported by the Phelps-Maries County Health Department. The health department reported on Monday, May 10, active cases are now...

Public input being sought for Phelps County SMTS deviated fixed-route feasibility study

on 12 May 2021

Residents and students of Phelps and Dent counties are asked to participate in online surveys, one for students and one for general public, about the potential for the creation of...

S&T alumnus John C. Wagner to speak at Missouri S&T commencement May 14-15

on 11 May 2021

Dr. John C. Wagner of Idaho Falls, Idaho, director of Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and president of Battelle Energy Alliance LLC, will speak at commencement ceremonies at Missouri University of...

Bourbon

Crawford elected to Bourbon council

Bourbon finally has a full city council. During a special election on Tuesday, the Ward 2 alderman position was filled in runoff after two candidates tied in a race to...

Lane crowned May Day queen

The Bourbon School District held its annual May Day celebration at the high school on Friday, May 7. Victoria Lane was crowned May Day queen.

Bourbon Park Board looks forward to summer

The Park Board Commission has exciting news for the upcoming summer season. Recently two new gazebos have been installed to provide shade for park patrons. You will find them located...

State and Regional

Federal Communications Commission launches the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

14 May 2021

Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a new Emergency Broadband Benefit program. This temporary benefit program will lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during...

State withdraws State Plan Amendments for MO HealthNet expansion

14 May 2021

On Thursday, the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) formally withdrawing its State Plan Amendments (SPAs) for MO...

Governor proclaims May as Foster Care Month

14 May 2021

Governor Parson signed a proclamation designating May Foster Care Month in Missouri to recognize the vital role of foster parents and their support of children who have been abused or...

Outdoors

MDC offers free virtual training in conducting butterfly surveys May 15

14 May 2021

If you enjoy watching butterflies, you may also enjoy contributing to scientific knowledge about them. The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a free virtual training session from 10 to...

MDC reminds hunters and anglers squirrel and black bass seasons open May 22

14 May 2021

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages the public to discover nature this summer by squirrel hunting and black bass fishing. Both seasons open Saturday, May 22.

Updated MDC website gives users new look and easier navigation

14 May 2021

The Missouri Department of Conservations (MDC) announces it has updated its website to offer a new look and better navigation for site users. According to MDC, the majority of web...

Entertainment

Dinner being held at Vichy

11 May 2021

The Vichy Volunteer Fire Department will host a grilled pork steaks and chicken and dumpling dinner on Sunday, May 16.

S&T theater students to livestream one-man play

14 April 2021

Theater students in Missouri University of Science and Technology’s arts, languages and philosophy department will perform “Buyer & Cellar,” a comedy written by Jonathan Tolins, this April. The performances will...

Vichy Fire Department holding dinner on Sunday, April 18

13 April 2021

The Vichy Volunteer Fire Dept. will host a whole hog sausage and chicken and dumpling dinner on Sunday, April 18.

Letters to the Editor

Still confused

Having waited a full month for my Democrat friends to answer my inquires, it seems appropriate to continue my quest to understand the present political situation. Perhaps my questions were...

Great performance

Wow, wow, wow. There are not enough words to describe the St. James High School band concert I just witnessed on Saturday afternoon. It was great in two parts. First,...

Property rights battle coming down to wire

On a recent afternoon in mid-April, hundreds of Missourians rallied at the Missouri State Capitol to urge the legislature to protect their property rights. The rally was sparked by an...

Opinions

Don’t burden family businesses with death tax

on 13 May 2021

By Garrett Hawkins Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1789 that “nothing in this world can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” While both remain certain 232 years later,...

Lung cancer screening can save lives, and now more people can get it

on 13 May 2021

By Dr. Graham A. Colditz, Siteman Cancer Center Even with COVID-19 still dominating health news, stories about new lung cancer screening guidelines were able to break into recent headlines, and...

Rally could become a victim of Cancel Culture

on 06 May 2021

If the GOP is either officially or unofficially standing up against “Cancel Culture,” then nobody bothered to tell the three Crawford County commissioners—all Republicans. After just a handful of complaints,...