Retired teachers pursue their interests

Local artists Rob and Willie Bowness spent a total of 60 years between the two of them teaching art in public schools – the vast majority in the Steelville School District.

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City looking at improving animal shelter building

The Tri-County Humane Society lease with the city of St. James is expiring in October. While the fate of the facility is still in question, City Administrator Jim Fleming said the city is looking to make improvements to the facility if the Humane Society continues operation.

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Sheriff’s Office will add K9 units

Two new deputies will soon join the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office: deputies of the canine variety. The two K9 units will be training for about six weeks with their human counterparts beginning later this month, and the dog duo will join the Sheriff’s Department after training is complete.

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Pride Night at CHS takes place September 6

Wildcat fans, it’s time to celebrate the start of another football season at Cuba High School. Wildcat Pride Night will take place on Friday, September 6, prior to the home opener against the Houston Tigers at the Wildcat Field of Pride.

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School start date postponed in Steelville

Students in Steelville will not head back to school next week as originally planned. The first day of classes for the 2019-2020 school year has been moved back a week to Thursday, August 22.

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Cuba

Food pantry moving into new location

Food pantry moving into new location

on 20 August 2019

Big changes are underway at the Cuba Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry. After a lengthy search for a relocation site, the food pantry is moving from its current location on North...

Dedication ceremony being held for the new aviation display

Dedication ceremony being held for the new aviation display

on 19 August 2019

A special dedication program for the Cuba aviation display will take place at the Cuba Municipal Airport on August 24, and the public is invited to attend the event to...

Cuba Police Department hosts annual Youth Camp

on 15 August 2019

The Cuba Police Department held its annual Youth Camp August 7-9 at Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch near Steelville. The free camp was open to children ages 6-14 and included a...

Steelville

School board approves tax rate for 2019

on 21 August 2019

The Steelville School Board met in regular session on August 15. During the meeting the board: • Held the annual tax rate hearing as required by law and approved the...

School board okays plan for new elementary gym

School board okays plan for new elementary gym

on 20 August 2019

During its August 15 meeting, the Steelville School Board approved plans for a new elementary gym as part of a multi-phase $3.2 million building and improvement project at the elementary/middle...

Council approves hiring additional electric worker

Council approves hiring additional electric worker

on 20 August 2019

The Steelville City Council approved hiring an additional lineman to work in the utility department during its meeting on Monday night, but the decision was not without some controversy. One...

St. James

Library creating take a book boxes with the help of Eagle Scout

Library creating take a book boxes with the help of Eagle Scout

on 21 August 2019

The James Memorial Public Library is partnering with the city of St. James, the St. James School District, local student Abram Schisler, and the Boys Scouts to create three outdoor...

School board hears proposal on bus lane pavement

School board hears proposal on bus lane pavement

on 21 August 2019

The St. James Board of Education held discussion on August 15 about plans for a bus lane that runs behind the elementary school. It is being expanded during construction of...

Painter gives school construction update

Painter gives school construction update

on 20 August 2019

Branco Enterprises Project Manager Harold Painter gave the St. James Board of Education an update on ongoing construction at the elementary and high school on Thursday night. Along with discussing...

Crawford

Property tax sale set for August 26

on 19 August 2019

The annual Crawford County Tax Sale will be held on Monday, Aug. 26, in front of the courthouse in Steelville at 10 a.m. The sale is held to collect back...

St. Louis man drowns while swimming in the Meramec

on 19 August 2019

A 37-year-old St. Louis man fell victim to a drowning accident while swimming in the Meramec River on Saturday afternoon. While there remains some mystery as to what may have...

Numerous felony drug charges filed

on 15 August 2019

The following people were charged in recent weeks for drug-related felonies in Crawford County. • Gordon W. Wilson, 41, of Washington, Mo., stands charged with class D felony possession of...

Phelps

Repair work will require closing one lane of I-44 near Rolla

on 20 August 2019

As work takes place on the Phelps County Route V interchange on Interstate 44 in Rolla, contractors plan to begin pavement repair work on eastbound lanes near the interchange.

Phelps Health Diabetes Support Group benefits everyone, not just patients

Phelps Health Diabetes Support Group benefits everyone, not just patients

on 14 August 2019

You may have recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have had the condition for years. You may be a caregiver for a person with diabetes or know of someone who...

Meeting planned for Saturday, August 17

on 14 August 2019

Noah Coleman Chapter will resume meeting August 17, after summer break. A special thank you to Fran Erickson for presenting the DAR Award to Cadet Andrew Gerth at the Missouri...

Bourbon

Bourbon Elementary School receives $2,500 to address substance abuse

on 20 August 2019

The Bourbon Elementary School received a $2,500 grant from Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) through the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative to address health issues in relation to substance abuse. The...

T&C Bank celebrates 125 years

on 08 August 2019

Town & Country Bank, locally lead in Bourbon, by Kyle Hofstetter, has reached a rare milestone of 125 years in the banking industry! With a local Board of Directors and...

Thompson retires after 23 years at Bourbon Schools

Thompson retires after 23 years at Bourbon Schools

on 07 August 2019

By Cierra Donal After 23 years of dedicated service to the Crawford County R-I School District, Patricia Thompson called it quits as Bourbon’s superintendent of schools this summer and is...

State and Regional

Governor announces special session to address motor vehicle sales tax allowances

Governor announces special session to address motor vehicle sales tax allowances

21 August 2019

Today, Governor Mike Parson announced a special session beginning September 9, 2019, that will run concurrently with veto session. The special session will focus on amending a state statute to...

Be alert for children going back to school

21 August 2019

As parents rejoice and students lament, schools are returning to session across the Show-Me State. Drivers are reminded to slow down and pay attention as more children will be on...

More work zones ahead prompt MoDOT to issue a safety plea

More work zones ahead prompt MoDOT to issue a safety plea

20 August 2019

Just because summer is winding down doesn’t mean road and bridge construction is coming to a halt. In fact, the Missouri Department of Transportation’s construction and maintenance season stretches for...

Outdoors

Blacksnakes will not be tolerated on Lightnin’ Ridge

21 August 2019

After what I wrote about snakes a couple of columns back, I got many letters and emails that basically asked me why a professional naturalist would kill blacksnakes on his...

Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Central Railroad receive negotiation extension for Rock Island Line Corridor

16 August 2019

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has approved a request submitted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Central Railroad seeking an additional 133 days to negotiate an agreement...

Onondaga Cave State Park offers hosts hummingbird banding event Aug. 31

15 August 2019

Join researcher Lanny Chambers at Onondaga State Park as he captures, bands and studies ruby-throated hummingbirds during at a banding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31...

Entertainment

ECC searching for retro vehicles for 50th anniversary vehicle display

21 August 2019

If you have a car or truck from the ‘50s, ‘60s or ‘70s, East Central College invites you to take part in its 50th Anniversary Celebration Vehicle Display on September...

Variety Show taking place

21 August 2019

Friday and Saturday, August 23, 24, 30, & 31 is the “Annual Variety Show” at the Lyric Live Theater in Newburg.

Auditions announced at Fine Linen Theatre

20 August 2019

Fine Linen Theatre is excited to announce auditions for the upcoming season. More information about all of these auditions, registration information, and audition materials are available on their website at...

Letters to the Editor

Stop the era of bias and hate

on 14 August 2019

As a loyal reader of the Cuba Free Press, it is time to address the rants and raves of the Missourians from Mountain Grove who write letters to the editor,...

Do nothing congress?

on 14 August 2019

This letter is in answer to the Horgans’ letter, “GOP representative, senators do nothing” in last week’s paper. I think you’re forgetting one very important thing. The GOP Representatives in...

Lie, lie, lie, and whine, whine, whine

on 14 August 2019

Oh you Dems, bless your little pointed heads. You will soon learn that if you are going to argue with us Trump supporters you are going to have be “truth...

Opinions

Repair historic park before taking on any new projects - PHOTOS

on 14 August 2019

While the Steelville City Council has been arguing about what steps to take regarding the old gazebo roof it somehow inherited from Crawford County, the irony of spending money on...

All businesses deserve law’s equal protection

on 08 August 2019

Should our elected representatives make policies, vote on proposed laws, and run our various government agencies based on their own personal beliefs, or use the rule of law and input...

Mayor should resign

on 05 August 2019

In what may a first for Steelville, the town’s aldermen unanimously asked Mayor Michael Keen to resign last week. He refused, but for the betterment of the town he should...