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

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...

Farm business is welcomed as new member of Cuba Chamber

Farm business is welcomed as new member of Cuba Chamber

on 14 August 2019

Members of the Cuba Area Chamber of Commerce took a short trip out of town on Friday, Aug. 9, to welcome a new member, Brush Creek Valley Farms, with an...

Steelville

2019 Harvest Festival parade information released

on 19 August 2019

The 55th Annual Harvest Festival Parade in Steelville is Saturday, September 7, at 1:30 p.m. The parade theme this year is “Once Upon A Dream.” The parade is sponsored by...

Annual quilt show returns to Gallery Zeke

on 13 August 2019

If you love quilts, you will not want to miss the upcoming Show-Me Quilt Show. This annual exhibit at the Steelville Arts Council’s Gallery Zeke starts on September 2 and...

Gazebo project still causing arguments

Gazebo project still causing arguments

on 13 August 2019

The Steelville gazebo—formerly located at the Crawford County Courthouse—is still causing some uproar in the community. The latest argument about restoring the structure took place at a Steelville City Council...

St. James

Reading program ends for the summer

Reading program ends for the summer

on 16 August 2019

The summer reading program at the James Memorial Library came to an end on August 8, with participants playing games of BINGO and the awarding of the grand prizes.

Council approves update to city code book

on 16 August 2019

The St. James City Council met on Monday, August 13 to discuss several matters pertaining to the city. During the meeting, the council:• Heard citizen comment from Louis Lehmer, who...

City contracts for storm water projects

on 15 August 2019

The St. James City Council approved three resolutions Monday night to move forward with a project to improve the water and sewer system. CM Archer Group was approved to do...

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

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...

Program being held August 25

on 13 August 2019

Phelps County Genealogical Society presents Murder, Bankruptcy, Whiskey, and Revenuers - Myron Colony’s Excellent Adventures presented by Lynn Morrow, Archivist and Historian, on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 2p.m. at...

Bourbon

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...

West wins contest for best baked beans

West wins contest for best baked beans

on 02 August 2019

Bruce West was chosen as the winner of the Bourbon Community Center and Bourbon Library 1st Annual Baked Bean Competition.

State and Regional

Chip sealing extends life of roadways

16 August 2019

In an effort to maximize available resources and to extend the life of roadways, the Missouri Department of Transportation uses a pavement repair process called chip sealing to maintain some...

Lyft offers discounted rides for drivers during safety campaign

16 August 2019

• Statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign runs August 16 – September 2. Getting a safe and sober ride home can be a bit easier and cheaper...

Briggs & Stratton to expand in Poplar Bluff, create 130 new jobs

16 August 2019

Briggs & Stratton, a gasoline engine manufacturer, announced Thursday the expansion of its current facility in Poplar Bluff, creating 130 new jobs over the next 12 months with an average...

Outdoors

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...

Late Night Cathedral Cave Tours offered at Onondaga Cave State Park Aug. 31 and Sept. 1

14 August 2019

Join representatives from the Onondaga Friends Association for a unique, guided, late night Cathedral Cave Tour from 9:30 p.m. to approximately midnight Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

Entertainment

ECC receives AEAC grant

15 August 2019

East Central College is proud to announce it has received an Arts Engagement in American Communities (AEAC) grant for second year in a row!

Free climate film series being held

13 August 2019

The Rolla Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby is offering a free documentary film series concerning the effects of climate change and possible actions to curb its effects on our planet.

'Accidental Artist' planning Heartland Arts sale to benefit Santana's Hope 4 Paws

'Accidental Artist' planning Heartland Arts sale to benefit Santana's Hope 4 Paws

18 July 2019

By Mary Young, member STARCO It’s no accident that Heartland Arts (Evans House, 303 Main Street, Steelville) features some of the finest artwork in Missouri. During the month of July,...

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...