BOE makes change to GRP contract

The St. James Board of Education approved a change order to a contract between the district and GRP Wegman, which will be renovating locker rooms and the surrounding area of the high school later this year.


Rezoning approved for new subdivision

During its meeting on January 17, the Cuba City Council officially approved a pair of rezoning requests to allow for multi-family housing and commercial development on a new subdivision being developed on the western edge of town.


Treasurer reports on fund balances, seeks higher bond

Crawford County Treasurer Karen Sikes presented a financial report and made an official proposal to increase her bond at the Crawford County Commission meeting on January 17.


School board approves first four-day calendar

The Cuba School Board has approved the district’s calendar for the 2023-24 school year, which will be the first full year students will be attending classes four days a week. There will be no classes on Mondays except just prior to Thanksgiving and if snow day make-up dates have to be scheduled.


New dog pound ready for animals

In what was just a 20-minute meeting on January 17, the Steelville City Council heard updates on several projects from Public Works Director Jason Evans. On the top of his list was the new city dog pound, which is ready for animals.


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Shooting death under investigation

on 02 February 2023

The Cuba Police Department has announced it is investigating a shooting that occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 1. The incident left one man dead.

Building principals share updates with school board

on 01 February 2023

During the January meeting of the Cuba School Board, each principal in the district submitted their regular monthly reports. Items detailed included the following:

CHS honors five cancer survivors during Pink Night

CHS honors five cancer survivors during Pink Night

on 31 January 2023

The Cuba High School Lady Wildcats basketball teams hosted their annual Pink Night games on Saturday as part of a four-game afternoon and evening of games against Steelville. The event...


Steelville School Board honors Options graduates

Steelville School Board honors Options graduates

on 02 February 2023

Two Steelville alternative school students were recognized for their completion of the Missouri Options Program and received their diplomas at the school board meeting on January 19.

Hess reports on potential minimum teacher salary

on 31 January 2023

Steelville School District Superintendent Chris Hess provided information to the school board for its January 19 meeting about a potential state mandate to increase minimum teacher salaries to $38,000 annually.

Principals give report on building levels

on 30 January 2023

Steelville School District principals provided the following information for their monthly written report to the school board in January.

St. James

St. James assigned Aa3 rating by Moody’s

on 02 February 2023

On January 25, Moody’s Investors Service assigned a Aa3 issuer rating to St. James, showing the city has been financially sound and pays its debts. Moody’s also upgraded the city’s...

LIHEAP offers energy assistance for low income families

on 02 February 2023

With colder weather affecting area residents, the city of St. James is sharing information regarding the Missouri Ozark Community Action (MOCA) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which can...

Daddy-Daughter dance to return on February 25

on 01 February 2023

The St. James Parks and Recreation Department will offer the second annual Daddy-Daughter Dance on February 25. Last year’s dance was a widely-enjoyed event, bringing together the community and providing...


Cook Station man charged with assault, witness tampering

on 02 February 2023

A Cook Station man who is a persistent felony offender stands charged with domestic assault and tampering with a witness after an incident in January. He is currently out on...

County Commission approves 2023 budget

on 01 February 2023

• Black still opposed to $1.2 million coroner’s facility Crawford County Commissioners approved a 2023 budget on Monday at the county’s official budget hearing, but one big expense is still...

Voters to decide on marijuana tax

on 31 January 2023

Crawford County Commissioners have approved a ballot question for the April election to ask voters to institute a three percent tax on recreational marijuana sold within the county.


New media pioneer Jay David Bolter to visit S&T March 2

on 02 February 2023

Author, critic, technologist and new media pioneer Dr. Jay David Bolter will deliver two lectures at Missouri S&T on Thursday, March 2. Among his many accomplishments, Bolter is known for...

Ozark Rivers seeks area sponsors for 32nd Annual Earth Day Art Contest

on 02 February 2023

Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District is seeking area sponsors within its seven-county region for the 32nd Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash Art and Graphic Art Contest. Sponsorships provide prizes...

Phelps County Sheriff’s Department reports

on 01 February 2023

On 01/24/2023, deputies responded to the 500 block of West 2nd Street and arrested Jack M. Cole Jr, 59 of Rolla, on Phelps County Warrants charging him with excessive blood...


BHS welder earns scholarship

BHS welder earns scholarship

on 02 February 2023

Bourbon High School Students Michael Zuzack (left) and Ryan Cain competed on January 26 in the High School Welding Competition at Missouri Welding Institute (MWI) in Nevada, Mo., where students...

Bourbon council hears about park vandalism

on 30 January 2023

On January 24, Park Board representative Steve Pasch spoke to the Bourbon City Council about recent bathroom vandalism that occurred last month and ways to stop it. A toilet was...

Bourbon superintendent search moving ahead

on 25 January 2023

The search to find a new superintendent continues as the Bourbon Board of Education plans on conducting the first round on candidate interviews this week. Last month, the board selected...

State and Regional

State seeking organizations to provide nutritious meals to children during the summer months

02 February 2023

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is looking for non-profit organizations throughout the state to help feed thousands of children who would otherwise go without meals during...

The Missouri Well-Being Playbook – a Guide to Workforce Wellness

01 February 2023

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) recently released the Missouri Well-Being Playbook which shares strategies and resources to promote organizational wellness. It provides practices used in behavioral health and developmental...

Missouri unveils plans to fight hypoxic dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico

31 January 2023

Missouri and 11 other states bordering the Mississippi River are working together to address the different factors that together create seasonal dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. Each partner...


Huzzah hike offers exploration and education

Huzzah hike offers exploration and education

02 February 2023

By Bill Cooper Hiking is an enjoyable outdoor recreation activity for many reasons including, exercise, fresh air, fun, sharing time with friends and nature study. On a recent hike I...

MDC offers free virtual class on firearm cleaning and storage

02 February 2023

Firearms used for hunting and target shooting need care and maintenance to work properly year after year. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free virtual Firearms Basic...

Roaring River and Montauk state parks release campsites

30 January 2023

Missouri State Parks announces campsites previously on hold at Montauk State Park and Roaring River State Park will be released for guests to reserve in March and April.


Buddy Mondlock to perform for The Ozark Artists Theatre in Rolla

17 January 2023

Award winning singer/songwriter Buddy Mondlock will be performing a record release concert presented by The Ozark Actors Theatre at the Cedar Street Playhouse in Rolla on Friday, February 10th at...

SIX the Musical playing at The Fox Theatre January 24-February 5

12 January 2023

The Fabulous Fox Theatre is delighted to announce the casting for the Tony Award®-Winning electrifying new musical phenomenon SIX by Tony Award®-winners Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss playing at the...

Les Misérables playing at the Fox January 17-22

27 December 2022

Casting for Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, has been announced for the touring production coming to the Fabulous Fox...

Letters to the Editor

Ag data is important

on 02 February 2023

The deadline is quickly approaching for farmers and ranchers to fill out the 2022 Census of Agriculture.

Appreciate support

on 02 February 2023

I am writing to thank Cuba-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

The rest of the story

on 02 February 2023

By now you probably have heard about the Cuba School Board meeting on January 19, so you already know the board approved the four-day calendar for next year, the district...


Improving the Sunshine Law

on 02 February 2023

By Phill Brooks The 50-year golden anniversary of Missouri's Sunshine Law has led me to reflect on what could be done to restore the vision of Missouri's original Sunshine Law...

State voters won’t fall for politicians ballot initiative power grab

on 26 January 2023

By Jamie Corley For over a century, Show-Me-State voters have had the ability to amend the constitution by ballot initiative and simple majority vote. As a conservative, I take pride...

MOFB looks forward to 2023 legislative session

on 26 January 2023

By Garrett Hawkins The 2023 Missouri Legislative Session is underway and legislators have been back in Jefferson City since January 4. Every year brings a new opportunity to address items...