CHS ‘Odyssey’ team takes 20th during worldwide competition

A six-student team from Cuba High School finished 20th at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Iowa late last month. The group qualified for the competition after taking first in Missouri.


Equipment for new SROs among $100,000 in funding approved for sheriff’s office

The Crawford County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund (LERF) Board met on Tuesday, June 7, and approved funding for nearly $100,000 in requests from Sheriff Darin Layman.


SMTS could add loop from St. James to Rolla

Representatives from Southeast Missouri Transportation Service (SMTS) and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) recently presented plans to the St. James city council on adding two new loops to the transportation service, one of which would provide service to and from St. James to Rolla.


Steelville Arts Council hosts 12th annual Plein Air event - PHOTO GALLERY

Steelville Arts Council has held 12 Plein Air events thus far and it just keeps getting better and better. The artists continue to improve their outdoor painting skills, and it shows in their work. And the community of Steelville continues to show their support throughout the week.


Life House opens youth center

Life House Youth Center (LHYC), which has been providing free activities for children ages 10 to 17 in Sullivan since 2017, has opened a new location in Cuba.


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PA, judge swap positions

on 05 July 2022

The city of Cuba has a new municipal judge and prosecuting attorney after resignations from the current judge and prosecutor were accepted at the June 21 council meeting. Alderman reappointed...

Cuba school board approves $16.8 million 2022-23 budget

on 05 July 2022

During their meeting on June 21, Cuba School Board members approved the budget for the 2022-23 school year with anticipated spending of $16.79 million. The district should end the year...

School board votes to cancel grant application for field upgrades

on 30 June 2022

The Cuba School Board has decided not to seek a grant for improvements to the High School baseball and softball fields. At least some of the planned upgrades, however, will...


City council approves FY2023 budget

on 05 July 2022

Steelville’s city council has approved an annual budget for fiscal year 2023 with total revenues of $4,267,170 and total expenditures of $4,167,525.

Sheriff’s dept will provide officer for Steelville schools

on 05 July 2022

The Steelville School Board has approved an agreement with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office to provide a School Resource Officer to the school district. The Crawford County Commission has also...

Steelville elementary needs more room

Steelville elementary needs more room

on 30 June 2022

“We are crunched,” Superintendent Christina Hess told the Steelville School Board at their meeting last week as she described the lack of necessary space at the elementary school. “We are...

St. James

Forest City Explorers begins this week

on 05 July 2022

The Forest City Explorers program begins this week and will run through August 12. Put on by the City of St. James Parks and Recreation Department, the program will see...

School board discusses life insurance costs

on 05 July 2022

The St. James Board of Education held discussion about increased rates for retiree life insurance during a meeting held on June 22. Last month, the board had agreed to accept...

Tiger Shark Waterpark open for the season

Tiger Shark Waterpark open for the season

on 30 June 2022

After a month-long delay, Tiger Shark Waterpark officially opened for the season on Thursday, June 23 and had a strong opening weekend as swimmers returned to the facility. Despite a...


July 13 deadline approaches for Crawford Electric board petitioners

on 05 July 2022

Individuals interested in serving on the Crawford Electric Cooperative board of directors have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, to submit a nominating petition signed by at least 15 co-op...

Proscutor's office files numerous felony charges

on 05 July 2022

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...

Cuba man attacks woman at river access

on 30 June 2022

A convicted criminal with a previous history of violence attacked a woman attempting to fish at a local river access point after he tried to steal her truck. As a...


Phelps County PHA elects new officers

on 05 July 2022

The Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) elected new officers for fiscal year 2022-2023. Gasconade County Presiding Commissioner Larry Miskel will serve as chairman, while Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darrell...

MDC to hold informational Master Naturalist meeting in Rolla

on 01 July 2022

Protecting Missouri’s natural resources is an ongoing and challenging task. The challenge is made easier when private citizen groups can coordinate efforts with state agencies to provide education, outreach information,...

Rolla Job Center partners with Emery Sapp to offer CDL apprenticeship program

on 29 June 2022

The Rolla Job Center has partnered with Emery Sapp to host a CDL apprenticeship registration event on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing paid training...


Lady Warhawks basketball camp dates set

Bourbon High School will host this summer’s Lady Warhawks Youth Basketball Camp July 19-20.

Council approves police double time pay policy

The Bourbon City Council approved the police department to proceed with a double time pay policy on traffic enforcement programs through the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). Police Chief Scott...

Bourbon Bread and Coffee Saloon opening new patio

Bourbon Bread and Coffee Saloon opening new patio

Bourbon Bread and Coffee Saloon celebrated its first anniversary earlier this month and announced the construction of a new outside patio and stage.

State and Regional

Missouri Department of Labor warns of messaging scams

05 July 2022

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations is warning individuals about potential messaging scams involving Missouri’s unemployment program.

Governor issues legislative vetoes, calls for special session for permanent tax relief, largest tax cut in state history 

03 July 2022

Today, during a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Parson announced that he is vetoing HB 2090, SB 724, HB 1720, and HB 1667. In response to his vetoes...

MDC to offer free kayaking programs this summer in the Ozarks

01 July 2022

Summer is here and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is encouraging you to spend a day paddling a local waterway or fishing your favorite stream following four free beginner...


Apply online for MDC managed deer hunts starting July 1

29 June 2022

Beginning July 1, deer hunters can apply online through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) website for a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state this...

Summertime fun – the heat is on!

29 June 2022

Stay safe and well when visiting Missouri State Parks Don’t let your hot fun in the summertime turn into summertime blues! While being outside and enjoying nature is usually a...

Missouri Department of Natural Resources seeks public comment on proposed restoration project in southeast Missouri: Feral Hog Removal for Ecological Restoration

29 June 2022

The U.S. Forest Service, serving as a trustee for Missouri’s natural resources, along with co-trustees the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are seeking...


OAT opens season with Mamma Mia!

30 June 2022

Ozark Actors Theatre is proud to present MAMMA MIA! with Sarah Smith and Taylor Lewis as the charming mother-daughter duo leading this production. Smith traveled the country for three years...

OAT to present 'Mamma Mia!'

23 June 2022

Ozark Actors Theatre is proud to present MAMMA MIA! with Sarah Smith and Taylor Lewis as the charming mother-daughter duo leading this production.

‘Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play’ brings Christmas in July to ECC Theatre

15 June 2022

The East Central College Theatre Department will be celebrating “Christmas in July” with its summer production of “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play.”

Letters to the Editor

Here for our patients

on 16 June 2022

To Our Patients and Community: The partnership between physicians and their patients is one built on confidence, mutual respect and honesty. When patients find physicians they value, these relationships are...

Good question: Where is the money going

on 10 June 2022

When I started reading Gary Hoover’s letter to the editor last week, I thought he was talking about Beamer Lane. We have also asked the road district to work on...

Modern day fake news

on 10 June 2022

It should come as no surprise that history is replete with examples of fake news but the question is why would a person or group of people want to create...


Road complainers still deserve good service

on 24 June 2022

Complaints about county roads are nothing new, but they’ve taken on a life of their own in Crawford County recently. The lead paragraph in a story published in this week’s...

Five big anniversaries in June that defined our First Amendment rights

on 24 June 2022

By the Freedom Forum Institute June, when the Supreme Court wraps up its term each year, is often a big month for rulings with significant impact. Here are five times...

A free GIS service should be provided

on 16 June 2022

A Crawford County citizen attended a recent meeting of the county commission and raised a good point about having public access to the GIS (geographic information system). Taxpayers fund it,...