Original Coolidge sold for $5 at yard sale

Cuba’s annual citywide yard sale doesn’t officially begin until Saturday, but that didn’t stop one area resident from making the purchase of a lifetime earlier this week. The Cuba resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased an original C.M. Coolidge painting valued at up to $500,000 for just $5.

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Voters to decide on county CI tax proposal

Voters in Crawford County will be asked to decide on two county taxes at the polls on Tuesday, April 6. Neither would add to the county tax rate but are extensions of what is currently on the books. Proposition No. 1 asks voters to allow the county to continue to collect a half-cent tax to fund capital improvements to roads, bridges and county-owned properties.

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School district to hold open house at high school

The St. James School District is celebrating the end of the construction projects undergone over the past two years with an open house. Residents will be able to tour the new facilities and view the many additions to the district.

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Green, Sackman and Strong seek school board seats

There are three candidates for two seats on the Board of Education for the Steelville School District. Terms are three years. Each candidate was given the opportunity to write their own profile for publication, presenting the information they believe is important for voters to know about themselves

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County seeks renewal of jail tax at current rate

Crawford County voters will be asked whether to extend the half cent jail tax at the polls on Tuesday, April 6. The question on the sales tax for the jail will be on ballots along with another county question to extend the half cent capital improvement tax used for roads, bridges, and county-owned properties.

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Cuba

CHS artists earn awards at GVC show

CHS artists earn awards at GVC show

on 15 April 2021

The Gasconade Valley Conference Art Show featuring artwork created by students from six area high schools is on display in Steelville at Gallery Zeke through April 24. Among the featured...

Election winners sworn in during council meeting

Election winners sworn in during council meeting

on 14 April 2021

The Cuba City Council swore in three incumbent members following last week’s election at its meeting on Thursday, April 8. Aldermen Sam Black and Jeff Bouse, and Alderwoman Debbie Martin...

Firefighters battle two house fires in two days

Firefighters battle two house fires in two days

on 13 April 2021

The Cuba Fire Protection District responded to two major house fires last week in less than 24 hours. Both required assistance from several nearby districts.

Steelville

Superintendent announces retirement

Superintendent announces retirement

on 14 April 2021

After eight years as superintendent—but a total of 21 years in the Steelville School District—Mike Whittaker is retiring. He has accepted a position with the Missouri Department of Elementary and...

Council approves concept of MTB trail on city property

on 13 April 2021

Steelville city council members have approved the concept of utilizing city property to construct a mountain biking trail. This will allow members of the Steelville MTB Collective to more effectively...

Rescue group questions agreement to build new pound

on 12 April 2021

Misunderstandings and errors and lack of information were the elements of the discussion held about the construction of a new animal shelter at the April 5 Steelville City Council meeting.

St. James

St. James to receive funding through the American Rescue Plan

on 15 April 2021

The city of St. James has been notified it will receive $743,013.01 in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding, which will provide funds to be used for COVID-19 related improvements and...

Fire department seeking volunteers

Fire department seeking volunteers

on 15 April 2021

The St. James Fire Protection District is seeking volunteer firefighters to join, as volunteers have dwindled in recent years. Volunteers are what keep the department functioning and serve the community...

Meeting being held by DAR

on 15 April 2021

Noah Coleman Chapter, NSDAR, will meet Saturday, April 17 at 11:30 a.m. at Sybil’s in St. James, Missouri.

Crawford

CCSO recognizes challenges of autism

CCSO recognizes challenges of autism

on 15 April 2021

Crawford County Sheriff's Office employees are joining with other organizations around the world to promote Autism Acceptance Month by wearing autism ribbons on their uniforms. CCSO personnel will be wearing...

Chesnutt to highlight county fair

on 14 April 2021

The Crawford County Fair Board has released a schedule of events for the 74th annual fair, which will be held July 13-17 at Hood Park in Cuba. This year’s featured...

County drops to second in per capita COVID cases

on 13 April 2021

Crawford County is no longer at the top of the list in the state for its per capita rate for positive COVID cases after being in that spot for two...

Phelps

Missouri S&T to host fourth TEDx talk April 22

Missouri S&T to host fourth TEDx talk April 22

on 15 April 2021

Students, community members and business professionals will come together in April to share their ideas and life experiences during Missouri University of Science and Technology’s fourth TEDx event.

Radiological Tech Program is transitioning to ECC

on 14 April 2021

East Central College is poised to take over sponsorship of the radiological technology training program from the Rolla School District.

Missouri suspends Johnson and Johnson vaccine use

on 14 April 2021

On Tuesday, April 13, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) rescinded the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine order due to health concerns. The Phelps-Maries County Health Department shared a statement...

Bourbon

BHS FFA plant sale begins Saturday

BHS FFA plant sale begins Saturday

Members of the Bourbon FFA have been busy recently getting ready for their annual Spring Plant Sale, which will be held April 17-24. The FFA will be offering bedding plants,...

Special election set to break Bourbon tie

A special election has been scheduled for May 11 in order to break a tie for one aldermanic seat in Bourbon that occurred on April 6.

BHS prom royalty crowned

BHS prom royalty crowned

Bourbon High School held its junior/senior prom on Saturday, April 10, and attendees voted seniors Hanna Holland and Marten Thunder-Mathews as prom queen and king.

State and Regional

City of Potosi receives $240,000 in CDBG funds to extend road in the county industrial park

15 April 2021

The city of Potosi, on behalf of the Washington County Industrial Development Authority (IDA), has been awarded a $240,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Missouri Department of Economic...

Drive high, get a DWI

15 April 2021

April 20, also referred to as 420 by cannabis enthusiasts as code for smoking marijuana, has quickly spread as a celebratory day across the country. While cannabis is now legalized...

Veteran Affairs Day being held in Salem

14 April 2021

The Sixth Annual Veteran Affairs Day is being held Friday, April 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the VFW Post 6280 in Salem.

Outdoors

Memories of some long-ago gobblers

15 April 2021

By Larry Dablemont I likely won’t kill a gobbler this year because I don’t like seeing the declining wild turkey numbers throughout the Ozarks. So while I probably will not...

Crazy hunting tactics attract the whackiest gobblers

15 April 2021

By Bill Cooper Every turkey hunter who has spent much time in the woods has had those days when absolutely nothing worked to coax a gobbler to within gun range....

MDC urges public to “bee-friend” native pollinators

12 April 2021

Spring and summer months bring both the buzz of lawnmowers and bees. These fuzzy flyers are important pollinators, playing a crucial role in the production of many favorite fruits and...

Entertainment

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.

Real couples to star in East Central College’s ‘Almost Maine’ production

08 April 2021

The next East Central College Theatre Department’s production, “Almost, Maine” follows the journey of eight couples for one night.And it is fitting that the cast includes three real-life couples.

Letters to the Editor

Grants will help local producers

on 15 April 2021

Many of us have changed the way we purchase and prepare our food over the past 12 months. Families now spend more time cooking at home. We are learning that...

Confused

on 08 April 2021

Along with many other people, I am confused about the political situation in our country. Therefore I intend to pose questions to those who voted for the Democrats in the...

SMTS opposes bill

on 01 April 2021

Southeast Missouri Transportation Service, Inc. (SMTS, Inc.) is in opposition to proposed legislation—like House Bill No. 52 sponsored by Representative Adam Schnelting (R-St. Charles)—allowing concealed-carry permit holders to lawfully bring...

Opinions

FB helping protect livestock from predators

on 15 April 2021

By Kelly Smith In recent years, black vultures have been extending their range into southern Missouri. A cousin of the more-common turkey vulture, these aggressive birds with a five-foot wingspan...

Faith on the field: Athletes exercise religious freedom

on 15 April 2021

By Tristiaña Hinton Standing up, kneeling down or sitting out for what you believe isn’t always easy. Athletes whose talent has thrust them into the public spotlight can face an...

How MO legislature controls filibusters

on 08 April 2021

By Phill Brooks The debate about changing U.S. Senate filibuster rules demonstrates how different that chamber is from Missouri's Senate. Missouri Senate rules make it more difficult to kill a...