High school evacuated after bomb threat

St. James High School had to be evacuated on November 15 after law enforcement was notified of a potential bomb threat. Students and staff were taken offsite while a search of the building was conducted. No explosive devices were found.


Town & Country Bank honored as 2022 Lender of the Year at MRPC annual dinner

Town and Country Bank was honored as the 2022 Lenders of the Year by the Meramec Regional Development Corporation (MRDC) for its partnership efforts to bring jobs and private investment to the Meramec Region.


CCSO congratulates new deputy

The Crawford County Sheriff's Office recently congratulated one of its Detention Officers on his graduation from the Missouri Sheriff's Association Training Academy.


School board approves four-day week

Cuba students will only be in classes four days a week starting with the 2023-24 school year. At a special meeting on Thursday, November 10, the Cuba School Board approved the change 5-1.


NHS provides Christmas gifts

Operation Christmas Child is a global organization that provides gifts to children in need in countries around the world. National Honor Society at Steelville High School has been collecting donated items over the past eight weeks to fill the boxes.


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Church will host Santa after parade

on 01 December 2022

The Cuba Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Santa will be handing out presents at the United Methodist Church at 903 W. Washington following Saturday’s Christmas parade.

FFA members participate in district speaking competition

FFA members participate in district speaking competition

on 01 December 2022

On Thursday, November 10, the Cuba FFA traveled to Rolla to compete in the district speaking competition.

Cuba schools to recognize state champions

on 30 November 2022

During its November 21 meeting, the Cuba School board heard a proposal from one of the districts coaches who would like to start honoring Wildcats who have earned individual state...


Candidate filing opens next week

on 01 December 2022

Candidate filing begins on Tuesday, December 6 for those interested in serving on various local boards governing tax-funded entities in the community. Filing for the April 4, 2023 election is...

Several Christmas events planned in Steelville

on 30 November 2022

Christmas is just around the corner and there are a variety of festive events planned in Steelville to help enjoy the holiday spirit.

Steelville Schools address lead in water sources

on 30 November 2022

Parents of Steelville students were notified Monday about results of water testing throughout the school district. New legislation in the state of Missouri requires testing for lead and, in the...

St. James

Registration for city winter activities is open now

on 01 December 2022

Registration for city winter sports and activities is open now for a variety of age groups. Most activities will be held in January, but sign ups can be completed for...

Christmas parade is Saturday

on 30 November 2022

The annual St. James Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade will take place this Saturday, December 3, and the community is invited to line up the parade route to view this...

Sewer leak reported on Anna Street

Sewer leak reported on Anna Street

on 30 November 2022

A sewer leak in the roadway was reported on Anna Street Monday due to a failing force main, which pushes wastewater up the steep hill before transporting it to the...


Duo plead guilty in Palmer murder case

on 29 November 2022

Although the alleged main perpetrator was found not guilty in the murder of Mark Palmer two other people have admitted guilt and been sentenced to prison for the crime.

Silver Alert canceled for California man

on 22 November 2022

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has canceled an Endangered Silver Advisory for a California man who was last seen in Bourbon. The man was located and is safe.

Salary commission says no to coroner increase

on 21 November 2022

After voting for a 20 percent salary increase for themselves last month, the majority of Crawford County office holders said no­—at least for now—to raising the coroner’s salary to be...


Phelps Health Mission Possible group sponsors the annual Basket of Thanksgiving food drive

Phelps Health Mission Possible group sponsors the annual Basket of Thanksgiving food drive

on 01 December 2022

Phelps Health is working with GRACE (Greater Rolla Area Charitable Enterprise) this fall to provide holiday meals to families in need. Phelps Health employees and volunteers were encouraged to donate...

MRCF grant program accepting applications

on 01 December 2022

Schools, churches, local governments and charitable organizations contemplating a community project that needs a small amount of funding can apply for a grant from the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF).

State announces grants for water infrastructure

on 24 November 2022

Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced Friday the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will award $410 million to help improve drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure as well as lead service...


Bourbon city council hears citizen concerns regarding culvert issues

on 24 November 2022

Jerry White, representing the Concordia Lutheran Church, addressed the Bourbon City Council on November 15 to report on water issues near the church due to a nearby culvert. White requested...

Bourbon gets more barrels

Bourbon gets more barrels

on 17 November 2022

Bourbon High School mechanical ag students Anna Poole and Lizeth Fajardo were joined by Joe Starr last week as more Bourbon Barrels were installed for the Bourbon Economic Development Group...

Tree lighting scheduled

on 16 November 2022

Bourbon's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and visit with Santa will be Thursday, December 1.

State and Regional

Governor extends drought alert until March 1

29 November 2022

Governor Mike Parson today issued Executive Order 22-07 extending Missouri’s drought alert until March 1, 2023, to address issues outlined by the state’s Drought Assessment Committee.

Governor announces Career and Technical Education Grants

29 November 2022

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has awarded several Missouri Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs with grant dollars to further support the important work that these programs...

Cybersecurity grant program announced

25 November 2022

The Missouri Department of Public Safety announced the availability of up to $3.6 million in grant funding to assist local and state agencies manage and reduce systemic cybersecurity risks.


Maramec Spring Park season passes on sale

01 December 2022

Maramec Spring Park Season Passes for 2023 are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The James Foundation Office located at 21506 Maramec Spring Drive and...

MDC forester says live Christmas trees offer gifts both during and after the holidays

30 November 2022

A living Christmas tree can be wonderful holiday gift for your home. It’s also the perfect gift for nature long after the holidays are over, according to Missouri Department of...

Great gift ideas for the outdoorsman in your life

25 November 2022

By Bill Cooper I admit it. The recent snow that blanketed the Ozarks, turning it into a winter wonderland, prompted a burst of inspiration about the upcoming Christmas holidays. I...


Celebrate the holiday season with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, December 11

23 November 2022

Sleigh what? The critically acclaimed live stage show Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical returns this fall to entertain families at theatres across North America. The national tour featuring the...

The Illusionists - Magic of the Holidays coming to the Fabulous Fox Theatre on November 26

16 November 2022

It’s the most magical time of the year… ‘Tis the season for The Illusionists – Magic Of The Holidays (www.theillusionistslive.com), an all-new installment of the world-famous, blockbuster touring magic spectacular...

Thomas Hart Benton Lithographs Exhibition at Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin  

08 November 2022

The complete collection of 91 Thomas Hart Benton Editioned Lithographs will be on exhibition at the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts as part of the opening celebration of...

Letters to the Editor

Parents should be trusted to make own decisions

on 01 December 2022

Republican Sec. of State Jay Ashcroft has proposed a new censorship rule (15 CSR 30-200.015). If passed, he can take away funding from our local library as well as all...

Limiting access is just mental enslavement

on 01 December 2022

History has repeatedly shown that when civilizations enact rules to ban books, they have begun down a slippery slope which frequently ends in violence. Book bans erase history and represent...

Not being held accountable?

on 10 November 2022

Recent actions by the school board seem to just be a distraction to avoid the real issue.


Let public opinion, not the Supreme Court, curb social media companies

on 01 December 2022

By Gene Policinski The U.S. Supreme Court will now step into the national debate about regulating social media, a move that might be popular but is the wrong one at...

Legislative fights for leadership

on 25 November 2022

By Phill Brooks The recent party caucuses of Missouri's legislature provide an example for the U.S. Congress of a more civil and productive approach to dealing with changes after a...

Big tech uses journalism and should pay for it

on 25 November 2022

By John Galer The powers that Google and Facebook have over economic and political power in society—especially over the news industry—has caught the attention of lawmakers in Washington, DC. After...