Kreitner reigns at annual county fair

It was a night of royalty at the Crawford County Fair on July 13 as the queen talent and coronation ceremony featured an appearance by 14 former queens. Three of those queens also served as judges and, at the end of the night, they crowned Emma Kreitner, of Steelville, as this year’s queen.


Crawford County Fair Queen Pageant - PHOTO GALLERY

Congratulations to this year’s Queen Emma Kreitner, First Runner-up Lacie Volkmann, and Second Runner-up Alisha Reynolds.


Davidson named new Cuba superintendent

After conducting interviews in closed session on Monday morning, the Cuba School Board has hired a new superintendent.


City contracts with Integrity for library repair

The city of St. James has contracted Integrity Engineering to design repairs for a cupola at the James Memorial Public Library. The contract will be for $9,200 and will fix a leak leading into the main reading room.


Alternative learning center faces setback

Steelville City Council members have put a hold on a potential alternative learning center for the Steelville School District to be located in the former factory building that houses City Hall, the police department and utility department offices.


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City council approves paving contract

on 10 August 2022

During its meeting last week, the Cuba City Council approved nearly $230,000 in street improvements. Aldermen also accepted the resignation of a Cuba police officer.

SRO contracts on hold, several bids approved

on 09 August 2022

During its meeting on July 25 the Cuba School Board was expected to approve new contract for school resource officers (SRO) for the 2022-23 school year but instead tabled the...

Two hired in shorthanded Cuba Electric Department

on 09 August 2022

The Cuba City Council hired two new workers for the Electric Department on August 2, but the department remains shorthanded after a motion to transfer another employee into the department...


City council hears from energy co-op

on 10 August 2022

Steelville City Council members heard an update from the city’s energy cooperative at their last July meeting, learning the co-op is asking it’s member cities for a longer-term contract in...

Gallery Zeke features recycled art in August

on 10 August 2022

“Creative Re-Imaginings” is the current exhibit on display at Gallery Zeke on Main Street in Steelville. The show is an exhibit of art (mobiles, wall art, jewelry, glass and more) ...

Next phase of Steelville Bike Park is underway

on 09 August 2022

Steelville Mountain Bike Collective members talked to the city council about the location for the next phase of the bike park at the August 1 meeting. Ground was broken on...

St. James

DNR awards St. James $2.4 million for treatment plant improvement

on 10 August 2022

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Tuesday it has awarded St. James with nearly $2.4 million to assist with a project to update the city’s wastewater treatment system. The...

Council agrees to job description for Public Works Director

on 10 August 2022

The St. James City Council reviewed an updated job description for Public Works Director and will begin the hiring process for filling a vacancy in the position left after Lyle...

City agrees to contract with MoDOT for downtown paving

on 09 August 2022

Last month, the St. James City Council agreed to partner with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) on a downtown paving project. During Monday night’s meeting of the council, that...


Several facing felony drug, stealing charges

on 08 August 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...

MU Extension holds livestock drought recovery meetings in August

on 05 August 2022

Livestock producers in the southern half of Missouri face many challenges because of the drought. To help ease their stress, University of Missouri Extension is holding free in-person meetings in...

Sullivan man holds elderly woman hostage

on 04 August 2022

A Sullivan man stands charged with kidnapping after reportedly entering an elderly woman’s apartment, threatening to kill her dog, and refusing to cooperate with police.


Rolla Job Center partners with Columbia College to offer on-site interviews with over 30 different employers

on 08 August 2022

The Rolla Job Center has partnered with Columbia College to offer on-the-spot interviews with over 30 different employers on Thursday, August 18, 2022, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at...

Public input needed for Route 63 in Osage, Maries and Phelps counties

Public input needed for Route 63 in Osage, Maries and Phelps counties

on 04 August 2022

The Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking public comments as part of a U.S. Route 63 Environmental Study Re-evaluation over the corridor from just south of the Route 50 interchange...

Clayton wins only local race in Phelps County primary election

on 03 August 2022

Incumbent Associate Circuit Judge Kenneth G. Clayton retained his position in the only local race for Phelps County voters, defeating challenger Andrew Russek. Only 6,878 registered voters out of 29,125...


New Board of Directors announced

on 04 August 2022

Totes for Tots and Teens/Mr. Rif’s Readers would like to announce the members of their new Board of Directors: Carolyn Emily of Sullivan, Judy Hoevelmann (Board Chair) of Sullivan, and...

Boosters seeking Bourbon Junior Miss candidates

on 01 August 2022

The Bourbon Boosters have announced they are seeking candidates for this year’s Bourbon Junior Miss pageant, which is part of the annual Bourbon Fall Festival.

American Legion Auxiliary Post 81 News

American Legion Auxiliary Post 81 News

Unit 81 Bourbon American Legion Auxiliary President Shirley Pinkston and Vice-President Ruth Woodson attended the Missouri State Convention at the St Louis Airport Hilton.

State and Regional

New 557 area code coming to 314 area code region

10 August 2022

The Missouri Public Service Commission reminds telephone customers in the current 314 area code that implementation of an overlay plan and the introduction of a new area code in the...

Grant funds available for cultural heritage institutions

09 August 2022

The State Historical Society of Missouri is seeking proposals of up to $500, each, to help Missouri cultural heritage institutions preserve and provide access to local history. The deadline for...

Initiative on adult-use marijuana legalization qualifies for November ballot

09 August 2022

Missouri voters will soon have an opportunity to determine whether the Show-Me State becomes the 20th in the nation to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana for adult use.


Boosting quail was focus of national conference hosted by MDC Aug. 1-5 at Springfield

09 August 2022

Being flexible and innovative in managing habitat is the way to best boost bobwhite quail and the five other quail species found in America, experts say. Applying research data and...

Learn about secrets of snakes with MDC Wild Webcast Aug 17

05 August 2022

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites you to join its upcoming Wild Webcast, “Secrets of Snakes: Research Revealed about Copperheads,” on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from noon to 1 p.m....

Fly fishing the Dog Star

05 August 2022

By Bill Cooper Many fly fishermen avoid fishing during the “dog days” of summer. Dog days are the hottest days of the summer season, which fly rod enthusiasts historically have...


'The Great Gatsby' being presented by OAT August 11-21

09 August 2022

Ozark Actors Theatre is proud to present THE GREAT GATSBY with Paul Pilcz, Shaina Vencel, and Brendan Massar leading the production. Pilcz comes to OAT by way of New York...

Ozark Actors Theatre presents Rumors

Ozark Actors Theatre presents Rumors

28 July 2022

OAT is pleased to present RUMORS; its second main stage show this summer. This hilarious comedy was written by famed author of stage and screen Neil Simon. The farce follows...

David Phelps coming to Steelville

21 July 2022

The unmistakable sound of multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist David Phelps will be featured in Steelville, Missouri on Saturday, July 23 at the Meramec Music Theatre. This exciting concert...

Letters to the Editor

A matter of leadership

on 21 July 2022

As the August 2 primary election approaches, I have been reflecting on the role of leadership in government. While leadership is always important, it is crucial in challenging times.

Now how about a sign

on 21 July 2022

Several weeks ago in the Cuba Free Press, you had an article from Linda Brennan about her road.

We like Steve Black

on 15 July 2022

I encourage all those who are eligible to vote in the Republican primary election on August 2, as the outcome will determine the office holders for Crawford County.


Criminal justice is not a game

on 21 July 2022

By Larry Newman Get out of jail free! No, we're not talking about playing a friendly game of Monopoly, but rather, the far higher stakes of criminal justice with habitual...

Support 911 tax increase during August 2 primary

on 21 July 2022

If you want good service, especially in government, then you must be willing to pay for it. On the federal level we often ask for the best, our military is...

Five historic dissenting opinions that shaped our First Amendment rights

on 15 July 2022

By David L. Hudson Jr. Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo once said, “The meaning of today is not the meaning of tomorrow.” Dissenting opinions play a vital role...