Cuba teachers and students celebrate end of school year - PHOTO GALLERY

Cuba teachers gathered at Hood Park on May 19 to celebrate the end of the 2019-20 school year with students after not having seen each other in person for two months after in-person classes were suspended due to the ongoing pandemic. School staff lined the old racetrack at the park, while students and their parents drove through and waived at each other.


Memorial Day observed in St. James

Members of the VFW Post 5608 held a short Memorial Day service in front of the Veterans Memorial at the Missouri Veterans Home-St. James. Members fired shots and played Taps in honor of passed veterans.


Courts reopen but under social distancing and disinfection requirements

With courts slowly reopening after the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Crawford County commissioners heard from Circuit Clerk Karen Harlan last week on plans being put into place to hear cases while still following requirements for social distancing.


Cuba High School virtually awards local scholarships

Cuba High School awarded over $36,000 in local scholarships to the graduating class of 2020. The scholarship celebration was scheduled to take place on Friday, May 15 but was canceled due to social distancing restrictions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.


School board hears about work plans, questions costs

Plans will move forward with the bidding process for the traffic flow and parking area in the front of the downtown campus of the Steelville Schools, but school board members expressed their discontent with costs that have been well over the estimates for the capital improvement projects funded through a no-tax-increase bond issue approved by voters in 2019.


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Cuba man charged with child sex crimes

on 04 June 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story contains crime details that some people may find offensive. A Cuba man stands charged with 19 counts of felony sex crimes against a child. The incidents...

‘Small Town Big Deal’ highlighting Route 66 and Cuba

‘Small Town Big Deal’ highlighting Route 66 and Cuba

on 04 June 2020

Nationally syndicated TV show “Small Town Big Deal,” hosted by agricultural machinery industry leader Rodney Miller and former Entertainment Tonight correspondent Jann Carl, is rolling down Route 66 and right...

Billboard erected for Animal Shelter

Billboard erected for Animal Shelter

on 04 June 2020

Community support for the Cuba Animal Shelter comes in many ways. The latest is a new billboard located just past the Cuba Industrial Park on Highway 19 going toward Steelville.


Beckham is next Steelville mayor

on 02 June 2020

At the municipal election for 2020, held on Tuesday, June 2, Steelville voters selected a new mayor, aldermen, and school board members, in addition to approving a tax proposal from...

Summer tourism looking different in Steelville

on 02 June 2020

The summer season has arrived, and the coronavirus crisis has definitely changed the way local outfitters and resorts will do business with those who come out to enjoy the local...

Summer school in Steelville kicks off this month

on 02 June 2020

• SHS classes begin in June, SES and SMS in July Steelville students will be able to participate in summer school but plans this year will be somewhat different as...

St. James

St. James graduation date officially set

on 05 June 2020

Graduation for the St. James senior class of 2020 will be held on Friday, June 26 at the Multi-Sports Complex, the district announced on Friday. Guests will be limited and...

DRA project will expand utilities near Prock Operations

on 04 June 2020

The city of St. James has started a Delta Regional Authority (DRA) funded expansion of water services in the intersection of Hardy and Wishon streets, near Prock Operations. The city...

City working to replace bridge at TIC

City working to replace bridge at TIC

on 04 June 2020

The St. James Street Department has used their downtime during rainy weather to begin constructing a new bridge to replace a failing one at the Tourist Information Center (TIC). The...


Cuba, Steelville other area driver's license testing sites to reopen Monday

on 04 June 2020

Captain Eddie A. Blaylock, commanding officer of Troop I, announces additional locations will resume driver’s license testing Monday, June 8.

CCHD partnering with YCHC for COVID-19 testing on Friday

on 04 June 2020

Crawford County Health Department is partnering with Your Community Health Center to provide a COVID-19 community testing event this Friday, June 5th. The test is a PCR test done with...

CASA needs volunteers

on 04 June 2020

Although the COVID-19 health crisis has effected much of our day-to-day lives, it has not brought a halt to child abuse. Volunteers with Mid-Ozark CASA are working hard to ensure...


Vintage Market will begin taking donations

on 05 June 2020

If you haven’t already heard, the Vintage Market fundraiser sale will be held this October 23-24 at Columbia College, and all proceeds will be donated to The Rolla Mission who...

Protect your home now from future flood damages

on 04 June 2020

Third in a series Anyone who has experienced flooding may have also cleaned out basements filled with sewage and water, torn out wet drywall and carpeting, or replaced water heaters...

Applications now being accepted for Phelps County CARES Act funds

on 01 June 2020

The Phelps County Commission has received $5,229,302 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic (CARES) Act, and is now ready to begin accepting applications from cities, political subdivisions and public...


Legion reopens building

The Bourbon American Legion met Tuesday, May 26 following the state guidelines.

Bourbon man charged with burglary

A Bourbon man has been charged with three felonies in connection to a 2018 incident. Steven Paul Brendel, 30, was charged for class D felony burglary in the second degree,...

Bourbon graduation plans announced

The Bourbon School District has announced an updated plan for its 2020 graduation. The ceremony is now scheduled for Friday, June 26, and it will be outside.

State and Regional

Governor takes security measures to safeguard election process, protect Missouri voters during COVID-19

05 June 2020

On Thursday, Governor Mike Parson took security measures to safeguard the election process and protect Missouri voters during COVID-19 by signing SB 631 into law.

Missouri announces additional extended benefits for unemployment

04 June 2020

The Missouri Department of Labor’s (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security (DES) announced today that Missouri will begin offering the extended benefits (EB) program for those who have exhausted their previous...

ECC Nursing Program ranked fourth in state

04 June 2020

East Central College once again has been named the fourth best nursing school in Missouri. That’s according to, a nursing advocacy organization, which ranks nursing programs statewide and nationally....


Explore a Missouri State Parks trail on National Trails Day June 6

05 June 2020

Missouri State Parks invites the public to get outside and explore Missouri’s great natural and cultural resources on a Missouri State Parks trail this Saturday, June 6, for National Trails...

Missouri State Parks reopens some visitor centers and offices

04 June 2020

Beginning this week, Missouri State Parks, a division of the Department of Natural Resources, will open visitor centers, park offices and site offices on a limited basis. Programming will be...

Redear sunfish are fun to catch and good to eat

Redear sunfish are fun to catch and good to eat

04 June 2020

By Bill Cooper Redear sunfish are a fish of the southeast. They often feed heavily on snails, thus the nickname shellcracker. However, they also are known by Georgia bream, cherry...


ECC Theatre modifies plans for summer shows

27 May 2020

The East Central College Theatre Department is moving forward with tentative plans to present two summer productions — GRITS, and Church and State. A final decision regarding the shows will...

Leach Theatre delays start of 2020-21 CPAS season

23 May 2020

In the interest of public health and safety, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Leach Theatre has announced that its Campus Performing Arts Series (CPAS) will be delayed until winter...

St. John’s UCC-Bem cancels spring picnic

20 May 2020

After 122 years the spring picnic at St. John’s UCC-Bem is canceled due to COVID-19. We regret that this must happen. We are looking forward to seeing you August 29.

Letters to the Editor

God would have wanted kids fed

on 04 June 2020

My answer to Pastor Heironimus. I’m not using Bible passages to respond to your letter. I’m using common sense and the Declaration of Independence. The second paragraph stated that we...

Wearing masks could be a game changer

I urge everyone to wear a mask to cover their nose and mouth when in public spaces. The text below is from an article dated May 14, 2020 by JEREMY...

Shouldn’t disobey governor’s orders

Recently a beauty shop owner in Texas, Mrs. Luther, received much attention by reopening her shop against the governor's order regarding coronavirus after having followed it for 30 days.


Missouri rainbow trout are turning 140 this year

on 04 June 2020

By Rik Hafer If you fish for trout in Missouri, you have something to celebrate this summer. Because rainbow trout are not native to Missouri, the first stocking in the...

Small business owners don’t see quick recovery

on 04 June 2020

Small business owners in Missouri—at least the ones who responded to a recent survey from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)—don’t see a quick economic recovery as we all...

Legislative successes, losses and several missed opportunities

on 28 May 2020

By Phill Brooks I had expected limited production from Missouri's 2020 annual session because of the several weeks lost from the extended spring break to avoid COVID-19 exposure. Indeed, the...