Dedication ceremony being held for the new aviation display

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 commemorate the addition of a C-12 Huron aircraft and to recognize those who participated in making it a reality.

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Weird deer behavior and other outdoor happenings

My son, Jayson Cooper, and several friends were enjoying a Saturday afternoon on a river gravel bar near the Highway 8 access on the upper Meramec River, cooking and relaxing. Suddenly a magnificent buck strolled out of the nearby woods, walked right through the crowd, through a smoldering campfire and into the river, where it proceeded to drown.

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Council approves hiring additional electric worker

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 council member felt there should be no new jobs created until the police department is fully staffed.

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Food pantry moving into new location

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 Franklin Street to a new one on West Spencer Street that was formerly being used by Car/X Auto Sales as a used car lot.

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School board okays plan for new elementary gym

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 school campus approved by voters earlier this year. The gym project is expected to cost between $1.7 and $2 million, with bids due on September 17.

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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

Harvest Festival 2019 promises fun for all

Harvest Festival 2019 promises fun for all

on 23 August 2019

Harvest Festival 2019 is next week! Steelville’s annual fall festival will kick off events on Tuesday, September 3, and daily activities will be offered through Sunday, September 8. The theme...

Trailblazers rodeo is Sept. 6-7

Trailblazers rodeo is Sept. 6-7

on 22 August 2019

It’s rodeo time again! Rain or shine, the annual Ozark Trailblazers Rodeo will be held during Harvest Festival in Steelville next week.

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...

St. James

Beaner set to show at GFF

Beaner set to show at GFF

on 22 August 2019

Will Beaner is one of many who will be showing at this year’s annual Grape and Fall Festival livestock show and auction in early September. He recently showed animals at...

City looking to create tree nursery at middle school

on 22 August 2019

City Administrator Jim Fleming presented a proposal to the St. James Board of Education on August 15 to create a tree nursery at the middle school. His idea would provide...

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...

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

Woman charged for hiding wanted boyfriend

Woman charged for hiding wanted boyfriend

on 22 August 2019

A Leasburg woman has been charged with a felony crime after allegedly hiding a man under her bed while the police were looking for him. Billie Jo Waltrip, 37, stands...

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...

State and Regional

MSHP seeks commercial vehicle officer applicants

22 August 2019

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, a premiere law enforcement agency, is accepting applications for new commercial vehicle officers. The 10th CVO Class is scheduled to begin training on February 3,...

Commercial motor vehicle awareness campaign runs through the summer

22 August 2019

Respect the Load. Share the Road. That’s the message you’ll be seeing across Missouri August 5-31 in a statewide campaign urging drivers to drive safely around big rigs.

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...

Outdoors

Weird deer behavior and other outdoor happenings

Weird deer behavior and other outdoor happenings

22 August 2019

My son, Jayson Cooper, and several friends were enjoying a Saturday afternoon on a river gravel bar near the Highway 8 access on the upper Meramec River, cooking and relaxing....

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...

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

Use tax will help to level the playing field for local retailers

on 22 August 2019

The city of St. James announced last week that it is considering placing a two percent use tax on the November ballot for voters’ approval. The tax would be placed...

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...