Firebirds will be on display at Cuba Fest

The I-55 Firebirds are thrilled to be a small part of the Cuba Fest event in Cuba that will be held October 15-16. Centered in Troy, Illinois, our car club does a lot of events and cruises to unite folks together.


Hometown deputy is now Steelville’s SRO

Steelville’s new School Resource Officer is a 13-year graduate of the school district he is now serving, having spent his entire public school career from kindergarten through 12th grade there.


Phelps Health offers the world’s smallest pacemakers

Phelps Health today announced that it is offering the world’s smallest pacemakers, the Micra™ VR and Micra™ AV Transcatheter Pacing Systems (TPS), to patients in south-central Missouri.


Pickleball court construction nearing completion

Gary and Linda Underwood, of the Underwood Foundation, met with Mayor Rick Krawiecki on Friday morning, providing an update on the construction of new pickleball courts in downtown St. James.


Commission hears complaints on board appointments

After a couple of months of turmoil over appointments to the Board of Trustees for Crawford County Library District (CCLD), county commissioners moved forward with reappointing the members whose terms had expired.


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Highley, Lewis crowned CHS homecoming royalty - PHOTO GALLERY

on 27 September 2022

Cuba High School seniors Evan Highley and Riley Lewis were crowned king and queen of homecoming during a ceremony held last Friday night before the Wildcats home football game against...

Trial delayed in lawsuit against city

on 27 September 2022

A jury trial was scheduled to be held in Franklin County September 22-23 in an age-discrimination lawsuit against the city of Cuba. After a request for a continuance was filed...

Council may set Trick or Treat date

on 23 September 2022

At the request of a citizen, the Cuba City Council may establish an official trick or treating date for Halloween at the end of October. During its meeting last week,...


Superintendent reports on shorter week, behavioral health liaison

on 27 September 2022

In her report to the school board last week, Steelville Schools Superintendent Christina Hess shared updates on a behavioral health liaison program, capital improvement projects, software system changes, and added...

NHS blood drive is Oct. 25

on 27 September 2022

Steelville High School’s National Honor Society will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 25, from noon to 6 p.m.

Park plans discussed by panel and council

on 22 September 2022

The city of Steelville again has an active group of community residents working with council members to better the local parks. After a few years without one, following the disbanding...

St. James

Library book sale is this week

Library book sale is this week

on 27 September 2022

The James Memorial Public Library will hold its annual book sale from September 29 through October 1, offering residents a great chance to purchase new and used books at a...

BOE hears bond refinancing could yield savings

on 27 September 2022

The St. James Board of Education received notice from LJ Hart & Company that there may be savings available on general obligation bonds from 2018. While a representative was not...

Council moves forward with transferring municipal court to county

on 23 September 2022

The St. James City Council took further action to transfer the municipal court to the Phelps County Circuit Court on Monday night, amending an ordinance to meet Missouri Supreme Court...


Commission directs boards on appointments

on 27 September 2022

Crawford County Commissioners have drafted, approved, and sent out letters to representatives of the three boards that govern the operation of tax-funded entities in the county. The commission is responsible...

Pedestrian killed on I-44

on 27 September 2022

An 18-year-old Sullivan pedestrian was killed in the early hours on Monday, September 26 when the woman entered the roadway on Interstate 44 and was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

County Extension office could use more space

on 19 September 2022

Crawford County’s University of Missouri Extension office is located in a former residence on Water Street in Steelville. The small structure was purchased by the county a number of years...


Phelps Health to hold groundbreaking for new Emergency Medical Services base

on 23 September 2022

Phelps Health will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) base and second helipad at 10:45 AM on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. The public is invited...

Phelps County has higher poverty rates than neighboring counties

on 23 September 2022

On September 16, the Missouri Community Action Network (MCAN) released its 2022 Missouri Poverty report, which provides information across a variety of data showing aspects of poverty and how it...

Patient finds relief from edema thanks to Phelps Health Occupational Therapy

Patient finds relief from edema thanks to Phelps Health Occupational Therapy

on 22 September 2022

For about 5 years, Dixon-area resident Cindy Dack simply dealt with edema, a condition that causes swelling due to excess fluid trapped in a person’s body tissues.


Bourbon council hears update on water usage

on 27 September 2022

During its regular monthly meeting last week, the Bourbon City Council heard an update on water usage from Monty Todd, who was tasked with performing a water study after it...

Zuzack family named Missouri Farm Family

Zuzack family named Missouri Farm Family

on 21 September 2022

Mike and Tammy Zuzack and family of Bourbon were among the families honored during the 64th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair.

Heritage Day being held October 16

on 20 September 2022

By Alice Bremer The Bourbon Community Foundation will hold the third Heritage Day for Bourbon on October 16, 2022 at the Bourbon Community Center. The first Heritage Days were held...

State and Regional

Area unemployment rates remained low in August

27 September 2022

While Missouri’s unemployment rate was unchanged from July to August, area rates were mixed while remaining low. Crawford County also reported the same unemployment rate from July to August but...

MRPC seeking input from transit providers, users

23 September 2022

Users of public transportation in the Meramec Region (Crawford, Dent, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities) are being asked to help update the region’s transit...

TAC prioritizes high-priority, unfunded Tier 3 needs, local system bridge projects for region

22 September 2022

The Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), meeting August 11 at MRPC, prioritized the next round of high-priority unfunded Tier 3 needs in the region, including the...


Keep and eat spotted bass to help smallmouth

22 September 2022

By Larry Dablemont A couple of weeks ago a friend and I found a stretch of the Sac River we wanted to fish and a strange thing happened…we caught five...

Teen hunter enjoys teal opener

22 September 2022

By Bill Cooper Teal are on the move. They begin their migrations from breeding grounds in the prairie pothole regions of the U.S. and Canada in mid-August as the primordial...

MDC partners with Bayer to support pollinator education efforts

20 September 2022

Pollinators play a critical role in the production of most fruits and vegetables and a great way to support them is by planting native plants. Bayer is helping the cause...


Missouri Quilt Museum is voted best in the U.S.

22 September 2022

The Missouri Quilt Museum, Hamilton, along with the National Quilt Museum of Paducah, Kentucky and the International Quilt Museum of Lincoln, Nebraska, have been chosen as the top quilt museums...

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove to speak at Missouri S&T

21 September 2022

Rita Dove, whose many accomplishments include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and a stint as United States Poet Laureate, will appear at Missouri University of Science and Technology as the...

Doe Run will offer mine tours during Old Miners’ Day in Viburnum

19 September 2022

On Saturday, Oct. 1, The Doe Run Company and the Viburnum community will celebrate the region’s mining history at the Old Miners’ Day festival. The event returns after being canceled...

Letters to the Editor

Smith is ineffective

on 22 September 2022

The 8th Congressional District is suffering from the lack of effective representation in Congress. Jason Smith ranks last in effectiveness of all our federal elected officials according to an analysis...

Restore lost freedom

on 22 September 2022

Is freedom important to you? The U.S. Supreme Court recently made the radical decision to overturn nearly 50 years of precedent and end the legal right to abortion opening the...

Scared and hateful

on 22 September 2022

In regards to “You should be scared” is that what your religious belief is about! Being scared, frightened, than progressing into hate, vengeance revenge.


There are so many benefits of spending time in greenspaces

on 16 September 2022

By Dr. Graham A. Colditz, Siteman Cancer Center As wonderful as summertime can be, there’s also something really nice about the calendar—and the weather—turning toward fall. The light starts to...

Make a plan to pay for higher education

on 16 September 2022

By Scott Fitzpatrick According to a Georgetown University study, the cost of higher education has increased 169 percent over the last 40 years. And according to Sallie Mae’s annual How...

It’s wrong for the government to tell us ‘Shut up or else’

on 08 September 2022

By Gene Policinski There may be no worse assault on our freedom of speech than a law that would permit the government to tell us to “shut up” when it...