Bourbon WWII veteran knighted by Belgium

Before a large crowd of high school and middle school students, area veterans, school officials, foreign dignitaries, friends, and family, Bourbon World War II veteran Reid Stephens was awarded the Order of the Crown, the second highest Belgian Order of Knighthood, on Friday, Feb. 21, in the Bourbon High School gymnasium. The honor was presented for Stephens’ service to Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.

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Commissioners question treasurer’s $3.1 million error

Crawford County Commissioners called out Treasurer Karen Sikes at their meeting on February 18, asking that they be kept informed of situations like a recent mistake she’d made in disbursing funds. Their main concern was not necessarily the mistake, which had been rectified, but the fact that they were unaware of it and hadn’t had an answer for constituents who had questioned the situation.

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Trout season begins March 1

Trout season opens on Sunday, March 1 and Maramec Spring Park will be filled with anglers seeking their first catch of the season. The James Foundation is preparing for another great year of fishing and the park will be open for camping with the reception building operating during regular hours.

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CHS senior wins $100,000 scholarship to CMU

Senior Madelyn Mehl probably thought February 18 was just going to be another regular day of classes at Cuba High School, but she might have been curious why her parents insisted she wear her Central Methodist University (CMU) hoodie that morning. In the afternoon, she found out they had 100,000 reasons why.

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Officer shot, suspect killed during domestic disturbance

A Cuba police officer was shot in the line of duty on Saturday, Feb. 8. The suspect who reportedly fired at the officer was killed when the officer returned fire.

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Cuba

Drugs and cash seized in search

on 25 February 2020

Local law enforcement and an area task force found drugs and cash during the execution of the search warrant in the Cuba area on February 21.

School district searching for new CHS principal

School district searching for new CHS principal

on 24 February 2020

During its February 19 meeting, the Cuba School Board officially accepted the resignation of High School Principal Tim Webster. He is leaving the district to accept the position of assistant...

Council approves sewer fix, new police officer

on 21 February 2020

At its February 18 meeting, the Cuba City Council approved two bids for materials and supplies needed to address an ongoing sewer problem at two residential homes on Trainer Avenue....

Steelville

Chamber’s annual dinner is March 17

on 26 February 2020

The Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 2020 Annual Awards Banquet and meeting on Tuesday, March 17. The event will be held at Golden Echoes, with the social...

Empty Bowls 2020 is next week

on 25 February 2020

Plan now to attend the Empty Bowls fundraiser in Steelville—the annual event that involves music, art, dinner, and of course, bowls—all for a good cause. The 2020 dinner will be...

School board sets 2020-21 calendar, extending length of school day

on 24 February 2020

Steelville School Board members approved a calendar for the 2020-21 school year at their monthly meeting on Thursday, February 20. It includes a later start date and an additional 10...

St. James

School board considers snow routes

on 27 February 2020

The St. James Board of Education held discussion on snow routes and late starts during inclement weather during their meeting on Thursday, February 21. Board members had brought up discussion...

City borrowing SRO, making changes to district funding

on 26 February 2020

St. James City Administrator Jim Fleming and Police Chief Ron Jones presented changes to the School Resource Officer (SRO) position due to lack of manpower at the St. James Police...

Council approves fund for cemetery, discusses new rules

Council approves fund for cemetery, discusses new rules

on 26 February 2020

The St. James City Council approved an ordinance to establish a perpetual-care fund for the St. James Cemetery, creating a long-term funding source for the maintenance and operation of the...

Crawford

Local youth competes at State 4-H Meats Judging Contest

on 27 February 2020

Lane Flowers, age 13, a member of the Blue Ribbon Kids 4-H Club of Crawford County, competed at the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Meats Judging Contest, February 15, 2020.

Couple flees from cops in stolen car

on 25 February 2020

A high-speed chase in a stolen car traveled through northeastern Crawford County and ended in the arrest of a Sullivan man and woman on February 22.

County budgets $3.1 million for law enforcement

on 25 February 2020

Fighting crime is a costly venture, one that is anticipated to cost the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) more than $3.1 million in 2020. Of that, the vast majority is...

Phelps

Ozark Rivers seeks area sponsors for Annual Earth Day Art Contest

on 27 February 2020

Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District is seeking area sponsors within its seven-county region for the 29th Annual Earth Day Trash Art and Poster Contest. Sponsorships provide prizes for students...

Federal priorities discussed at February MRPC board meeting

Federal priorities discussed at February MRPC board meeting

on 26 February 2020

Jenni Riegel with Rep. Jason Smith’s office and Hannah Larrick with Sen. Roy Blunt’s office met with the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board to discuss federal legislative priorities as...

Assessment forms due

on 25 February 2020

Phelps County residents are encouraged to fill their personal property tax forms out and return them to the assessor’s office before the March 1 deadline. Forms can be filled out...

Bourbon

R1 school screenings scheduled

on 25 February 2020

The Crawford County R-1 School District will hold its annual Preschool/Kindergarten screening the week of March 16-20.

Bourbon WWII veteran knighted by Belgium

Bourbon WWII veteran knighted by Belgium

on 24 February 2020

Before a large crowd of high school and middle school students, area veterans, school officials, foreign dignitaries, friends, and family, Bourbon World War II veteran Reid Stephens was awarded the...

Bourbon school district exploring four-day week

on 24 February 2020

The Bourbon School District is considering a transition into a four-day school week. Superintendent Kyle Gibbs is currently working on both a four-day and five-day school calendar for next year,...

State and Regional

Medical marijuana would lead to failed drug test under Senate proposal

26 February 2020

By Kassidy Arena, Missouri News NetworkJEFFERSON CITY — Missouri voters legalized medical marijuana in 2018, but some lawmakers are worried about what that could mean for the workplace.

Courts' case management system could be at risk without additional state funding

26 February 2020

By Madison Czopek, Missouri News NetworkJEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's aging court system technology could become vulnerable to security breaches as early as July 2021.That's the message court officials delivered to...

Critics worry marriage bill would discriminate against same-sex couples

25 February 2020

By Claire Colby, Missouri News NetworkJEFFERSON CITY — Rep. Adam Schnelting says his bill, which he informally refers to as the “Get Government Out of Marriage Bill,” is not about...

Outdoors

It is going to be a swap meet like no other you’ve ever seen

26 February 2020

By Larry Dablemont If you are reading this column, you may not know who I am but I have been an outdoor writer for a long, long time and there...

Citizens to continue keeping politics out of conservation

26 February 2020

By Bill Cooper Attacks on the Missouri Department of Conservation by duly elected officials of the Missouri Legislature are an annual event, which costs Missouri taxpayers tens of thousands of...

Time to buy annual hunting and fishing permits

24 February 2020

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters and anglers that annual hunting and fishing permits expire at the end of February, including 2019 permits for small game, fishing, trout...

Entertainment

Missouri S&T prepares for 112th St. Pat’s celebration

26 February 2020

Missouri University of Science and Technology is preparing to celebrate its 112th annual “Best Ever” St. Pat’s celebration in March. The theme for this year’s celebration is “St. Pat’s in...

ECC screening ‘13TH’ documentary film

21 February 2020

The ECC Film and Lecture Series will screen the documentary "13TH" Thursday, Feb. 27.

‘Driving Miss Daisy’ to be at Leach Theatre

20 February 2020

The Neil Simon Festival Production Co. will present an off-Broadway performance of Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” at Missouri University of Science and Technology this February. Television veterans Clarence Gilyard,...

Letters to the Editor

Most giveaways are not for the poor

on 27 February 2020

I appreciate the diversity of opinions you publish. Our country needs a well-informed electorate more now than ever. There are a diversity of opinions, but not everyone who speaks out...

In response to “Commissioners address road complaints”

on 20 February 2020

I happen to be from St. Louis, however, that does not make me uninformed about gravel roads. I grew up in a rural area and have experienced many hundreds of...

Abortion still wrong

on 13 February 2020

Sorry to write again so soon, but I want to comment on something said by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, of Michigan, in her Democratic response to Pres. Trump's State of the...

Opinions

Secretaries join to fight election misinformation

on 27 February 2020

By Jay Ashcroft, Missouri Secretary of Stateand Tre Hargett, Tennessee Secretary of State As we gear up for the 2020 elections, voters in both the Show-Me State and the Volunteer...

Eminent domain is not for sale in Missouri

on 27 February 2020

By Eric Bohl Imagine if Warren Buffett wanted to build a private toll road across northern Missouri. The billionaire would charge cars $100 apiece to race from his home city...

Privacy rights vs. the public’s right to know

on 20 February 2020

By Phill Brooks A recent lawsuit filed against the Missouri House has highlighted a growing conflict between demands for openness in government versus the expectation of Missouri citizens for personal...