CHS ALC offers learning options

Cuba High School is offering three alternative learning options for students this year. One is for virtual learning for those who are choosing not to attend classes in person, but the other two are specifically for students who may be in danger of not graduating to earn their diplomas.

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Fire station construction project delayed

Construction on a new fire station in Cherryville has not only come to a halt, but has also taken a step backwards.

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Council discusses ARPA funding

The city of St. James has been working with Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) on ways American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funding can be spent and members of the city council this week heard an update on several projects which could be funded using those funds.

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County taxpayers can choose emailed tax statements in 2021

Taxpayers in Crawford County now have the option to receive their annual tax statements electronically via email as opposed to a paper copy in their mailbox.

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Cuba

School may partner with sheriff for SROs

on 27 October 2021

The Cuba School District could soon be working with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) for its School Resource Officers (SRO) program. Superintendent Dr. Curt Graves recently met with Sheriff...

School board discussed substitute issues

School board discussed substitute issues

on 27 October 2021

Like schools across the country, the Cuba School District is having trouble finding enough substitute teachers due to the pandemic. As the Board of Education learned last week, however, excessive...

Four ordinances approved at council meeting

on 26 October 2021

The Cuba City Council approved four ordinances at its October 19 meeting. The measures addressed construction of a salt storage building, changes to the city’s pretreatment list, and a grant...

Steelville

Halloween fun for kids in Steelville

on 27 October 2021

Two fun and safe community events will be held to celebrate Halloween in Steelville this year. A drive-through Trick-or-Treat evening will be held at the downtown campus of the Steelville...

Anderson Family Center will host free Thanksgiving meal

on 27 October 2021

Anderson Family Center will host a free feast for the community on Sunday, November 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. to ensure that everyone in our community receives a Thanksgiving...

SMS to host Veterans Day appreciation

on 26 October 2021

All veterans, current active military, and spouses are invited to join in a special Veterans Day appreciation event hosted by Steelville Middle School on Friday, November 12, at the Meramec...

St. James

Council passes UTV ordinance

on 27 October 2021

The St. James City Council passed an ordinance during a special session on Monday night making utility vehicles (UTV) legal on some city streets. Many citizens appeared before the council...

BOE hears new COVID-19 guidance by DESE

on 27 October 2021

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released new COVID-19 guidance to Missouri school districts. On Wednesday, October 20, the St. James Board of Education discussed what the...

Board approves scope change request with GRP Wegman

on 27 October 2021

The St. James Board of Education approved a change request on a contract with GRP Wegman, which is currently working to improve roof and ventilation of school buildings. The project...

Crawford

County could provide SRO program

on 27 October 2021

Crawford County schools could have a new provision for School Resource Officers. Although those positions have typically been filled by municipal police departments in Steelville, Bourbon and Cuba, county commissioners...

Commission plans to open ARPA funds to health and infrastructure needs

on 26 October 2021

Crawford County Commissioners have determined to open applications for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for two of the five categories currently allowed in guidance issued with the act.

Four charged with felonies

on 26 October 2021

The Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has filed felony charges against the following people. Each person is presumed innocent of the charges until proven guilty in a court of competent...

Phelps

PPQG offering class in Rolla on November 6

on 27 October 2021

The Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild (PPQG) is offering another interesting quilt class by certified Studio 180 instructor and member Terrie Welch. The class will be held from 9 a.m....

Tickets on sale for Missouri S&T TEDx Talk on October 29

Tickets on sale for Missouri S&T TEDx Talk on October 29

on 27 October 2021

What does it mean to move forward rather than remain in place? Seven speakers will speak on that topic from seven very different perspectives during TEDxMissouri S&T on Friday, October...

ECC to take over health care programs in Rolla

on 21 October 2021

East Central College will assume sponsorship of two health care programs from the Rolla Public School District beginning fall 2022 — licensed practical nursing (LPN) and surgical technology.

Bourbon

BACC announces 50/50 raffle

on 27 October 2021

The Bourbon Area Community Center (BACC) is a hub of activity for the Bourbon city/community. The center was established in 1988 and in 1989 the site was secured at 575...

DNR awards $50,000 wastewater grant to Bourbon 

on 12 October 2021

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $50,000 Clean Water Engineering Report Grant to the city of Bourbon to evaluate its wastewater system. The grant offers funding to...

Bourbon coffee shop gets new owners

Bourbon coffee shop gets new owners

on 08 October 2021

A local couple has purchased Jo’s Coffee Shack and Shave & Flave in Bourbon. They hope to be able to expand the business into Cuba.

State and Regional

Include safety in your plans for Halloween

Include safety in your plans for Halloween

27 October 2021

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, encourages everyone to have a safe Halloween.

MoJobs Connect Mobile App launched to help job seekers on the go

25 October 2021

The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development has launched a mobile app to better connect job seekers with hiring employers. The new MoJobs Connect mobile app will help...

Missouri Department of Natural Resources releases “MGS Hub” site – a one-stop shop for ArcGIS data

21 October 2021

The “MGS Hub” site, recently released by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Missouri Geological Survey, provides a wealth of geospatial information about geology, water, earthquakes and more.

Outdoors

Nothing matches a beautiful golden smallmouth in the fall

22 October 2021

By Larry Dablemont There wasn’t anything about that point to tell me it was any special hideout for bass. I knew I’d love to fish it sometimes when the wind...

Fall squirrel hunting with My Ruger .17 HMR rifle

22 October 2021

By Bill Cooper A few decades ago squirrels were the most commonly hunted small game animal in the United States. Around 1930 roughly two-thirds of Americans lived in a rural...

MDC brood survey shows improvement in turkey production compared to five-year average

21 October 2021

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) annual wild turkey brood survey for 2021, average turkey production statewide was similar to production at the statewide scale in 2020, but...

Entertainment

Pretty Woman: The Musical playing at The Fox

27 October 2021

The producers of PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL are excited to announce the full touring cast for the North American Tour.

Spooktacular Halloween set for October 30

25 October 2021

Maramec Spring Park and the St. James Parent Teacher Community Organization (PTCO) are teaming up this year to bring a Spooktacular Halloween & Trunk or Treat to the park. The...

Leach Theatre announces 2021-22 season

21 October 2021

Leach Theatre’s 30th season will open with a one-man show about former president Harry S. Truman’s life and presidency. The 2021-22 Campus Performing Arts Series will feature a mix of...

Letters to the Editor

Sound familiar?

on 15 October 2021

If anyone wishes to learn about Communism or Marxism, he would be well advised to read The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn who lived under the communist government of Joseph Stalin....

No laughing matter

on 07 October 2021

Often I find humor in Ray Plank’s letters...but not this time. And it’s not because it is aimed at me, but rather, because it makes light of what I believe...

Now flying the Union Jack

on 30 September 2021

Will my troubles never end? Now I found out that this great country of ours was founded on a sinful act.

Opinions

Farmers committed to caring for land, water

on 15 October 2021

By Garrett Hawkins My sons farm thousands of acres, or at least that is what they say when they have their farm toys set up in our basement. They love...

Four First Amendment cases to watch this Supreme Court term

on 15 October 2021

By David L. Hudson Jr. The Supreme Court’s October 2021 term, which officially began on the first Monday of the month, promises to be an eventful one for those concerned...

Mourning loss of a major state leader, Jim Mathewson

on 07 October 2021

By Phill Brooks Missouri has lost one of the most influential Senate leaders in at least the past half century. It would be difficult to exaggerate the accomplishments of Jim...