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

Assistant CMS principal named new CHS principal - CORRECTED

Assistant CMS principal named new CHS principal - CORRECTED

on 07 May 2021

Assistant Cuba Middle School Principal Myra Siebert, who is a former Cuba student, has been named the Cuba School District’s new high school principal. She will be taking over from...

Viva Cuba completes 37th annual Trash Bash

Viva Cuba completes 37th annual Trash Bash

on 07 May 2021

On Saturday, May 1, Viva Cuba held its 37th annual Trash Bash. This yearly event is held to clean up the streets of Cuba. With the help of volunteers and...

Bridge maintenance to take place on Route 19 over Interstate 44

on 07 May 2021

Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) bridge crews will be making bridge deck repairs on Missouri Route 19 over Interstate 44 next week.

Steelville

Prayer service held on courthouse lawn - PHOTO GALLERY

on 07 May 2021

Local residents gathered on the Crawford County Courthouse lawn in Steelville on Thursday, May 6, to celebrate the National Day of Prayer. The service included prayers from several community members...

Legendary Poco co-founder leaves legacy of music and kindness

Legendary Poco co-founder leaves legacy of music and kindness

on 06 May 2021

By Melissa Dragich-Cordero and Kirk Pasich 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...

NHS holds induction, awards ceremonies

NHS holds induction, awards ceremonies

on 05 May 2021

Steelville High School’s National Honor Society held an induction ceremony for new members on Tuesday, April 20 and senior members honored educators with Golden Apple awards on Thursday, April 22.

St. James

Maheny takes title at Team Roping Championship

Maheny takes title at Team Roping Championship

on 07 May 2021

Greg Mahaney (left) of St. James wins it all after making his way to the CINCH United States Team Roping Championship, National Finals of Team Roping in Fort Worth, Texas....

Chamber presents awards during annual dinner

Chamber presents awards during annual dinner

on 06 May 2021

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. Each year,...

Kiwanis Club raffling kayak

on 06 May 2021

The St. James Kiwanis Club is raffling off a kayak and tickets are on sale now. A drawing will be held during the Grape and Fall Festival later this year.

Crawford

911 center assists with addresses

on 05 May 2021

Crawford County’s 911 call center does more than answer emergency calls. In order to send the appropriate first responders to the scene, Crawford County E911 Emergency Services also needs an...

Spring, summer rains can mean flooding in Missouri; flood insurance can cushion the blow

on 05 May 2021

First in a three-part series Already this year, some areas of Missouri have seen some significant flooding. Missouri home and landowners should get ready for the rainy season by making...

County COVID vaccine rate is slow

on 04 May 2021

Even with the COVID-19 vaccine available to all, Crawford County residents aren’t rushing to get it. Only 15.8 percent of the population has completed the vaccine regimen, 3,770 of the...

Phelps

Phelps Health to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day Saturday, June 5

on 05 May 2021

Phelps Health will celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day with a drive-through breakfast celebration for area cancer survivors on Saturday, June 5, 2021. This year’s theme is “Follow the Yellow Brick...

County COVID-19 cases remain steady

on 04 May 2021

Following a spike in active COVID-19 cases two weeks ago, the Phelps-Maries County Health Department reported cases have once again plateaued.

Missouri S&T earns second place finish in Solar Decathlon with accessible housing design for disabled veterans

on 03 May 2021

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Solar House Design Team recently earned a second-place finish in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Design Challenge. The virtual competition was held...

Bourbon

Leasburg man assaults woman, threatens cops

A Leasburg man stands charged with domestic assault after allegedly choking a woman and threatening to burn their house down and shoot cops and himself on April 18.

Pine Street paving completed

Work on Pine Street in downtown Bourbon is drawing to completion as crews paved and striped the street during the end of last week.

Bourbon race to be decided Tuesday

A special election will be held on Tuesday, May 11, to break a tie for one aldermanic seat in Bourbon that occurred on April 6.

State and Regional

Bill limiting agricultural inspections heading to Parson

07 May 2021

BY LIANNA KOWALKE, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORKJEFFERSON CITY — Lawmakers gave final approved Tuesday to a bill that places limits on inspections of agriculture facilities.Next, the bill will go to the...

High-profile crime bill banning chokeholds sent to the Senate for final approval

07 May 2021

BY ADAM S. JACKSON, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORKJEFFERSON CITY — For the second day in a row, Missouri lawmakers tacked on a slew of amendments to one of the few major...

Signature 'school choice' bill passes legislature

07 May 2021

BY RACHEL SCHNELLE, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORKJEFFERSON CITY — Lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to the creation of Education Savings Accounts in Missouri, a major success for Republican leaders who had...

Outdoors

MDC asks anglers to help stop invasive round gobies

MDC asks anglers to help stop invasive round gobies

07 May 2021

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) fisheries biologists say that the Show-Me-State has another aquatic invader to be on the watch for. This one has the potential to throw off the...

Bear sightings reported in Crawford County, other nearby areas—MDC biologists say don’t feed them

06 May 2021

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has received several reports of recent bear sightings in Fenton—as well as others in neighboring Jefferson, Franklin, and Crawford Counties. They remind us that...

Trout fishing elegance at Westover Farms near Steelville

Trout fishing elegance at Westover Farms near Steelville

06 May 2021

By Bill Cooper 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.

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

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...

What will you do for a cell phone?

on 29 April 2021

Even a year ago, as misinformation was deliberately spread across the land and unnecessary shutdowns were forced upon us, I would not have believed I would ask this question of...

Media narrative distracts from focus on improving lives

on 22 April 2021

Each of the past several elections has thrust rural people into the media spotlight. Rural and urban people are divided, the pundits tell us. Neither understands the lives of the...

Opinions

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,...

Legislature considering a possible tax increase

on 06 May 2021

By Phill Brooks One of the fascinating issues for the 2021 legislative session has been the idea of a tax increase. You would think such an idea would be dead...

Free Expression Awards: How nine honorees used First Amendment powers

on 29 April 2021

By Patty Rhule The right to free expression is the pounding pulse of American democracy. “Free expression” sums up the sentiment of the 45 words of the First Amendment to...