Tornado confirmed as part of Saturday storm

The National Weather Service (NWS) has determine that Saturday’s storms that hit the Cuba area included a small tornado that passed to the northwest of the city. No injuries were reported.


St. James Class of 2020 graduates - PHOTO GALLERY

The St. James High School Class of 2020 held its commencement ceremony Friday night at the multipurpose sports complex. Students celebrated to a firework display before moving on to school, military, or careers.


Summer school enrollment forms due by July 1

Summer school may be looking a little different this year as Assistant Superintendent Ryan Graves announced the district’s official plans for its much-anticipated program, which will run from July 13 through Aug. 12, giving students just 12 days off before the start of the new academic year.


City will follow Phase 2 of state reopening plan

The city of St. James will enter Phase 2 of Governor Mike Parson’s statewide Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, slowly reopening city facilities. Plans are already in place to open the pool for the summer later this month and the city is looking at opening other facilities such as the community hall, historic train depot, and more following the guidelines presented by state health officials.


Ward 1 voters will head back to the polls on July 7

In the June 2 Cuba municipal election, incumbent Alderman Warren Graddy and challenger Harold Halbert finished in a dead heat. The result has prompted a new election, which is scheduled for July 7.


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Cuba Summer School safety guidelines announced

on 10 July 2020

In what will be a trial for a full return to school in late August, the Cuba School District will be opening its summer school on Monday, July 13. The...

Cuba High School prom canceled

on 10 July 2020

Cuba High School is moving ahead with plans to hold graduation for the Class of 2020 on July 25, but prom has officially been canceled. Officials had hoped to make...

ABC Investments owner planning changes, memorabilia auction

ABC Investments owner planning changes, memorabilia auction

on 09 July 2020

ABC Investments, a well-known mom-and-pop retail business at 408 S. Franklin Street in Cuba, is getting a face lift. Owner and operator Darlene Mullen is switching things up at the...


Council hears about potential paving projects

on 10 July 2020

Steelville Public Works Supervisor Jason Evans presented a proposed asphalt schedule for the current fiscal year at the city council meeting held on July 7. The schedule included groupings of...

Class of 2020 earns $172,250 in scholarships

on 06 July 2020

Graduates of the Steelville High School Class of 2020 have received a total of $172,250 in scholarships to further their education. Scholarships have been awarded as follows:

Woman kicks in door, fights with another

on 30 June 2020

A Cuba woman has been charged with burglary and assault after reportedly forcing her way into her ex’s house in Steelville and attacking his new girlfriend.

St. James

Summer brings water issues to the city

on 09 July 2020

Several water main breaks occurred over the past week, with the city attributing the change of temperature as stressing the system with hot days affecting the water system. Public Works...

School construction making progress

School construction making progress

on 09 July 2020

Construction on school campuses is moving forward quickly, with the exterior walls of the performing arts center being constructed, work on the early childhood center continuing, and additional classrooms being...

COVID-19 testing planned in St. James fully booked

on 08 July 2020

Phelps Health will be offering free drive-through testing for COVID-19, including nasal swab and antibody testing, on Saturday, July 11, in St. James. The event is already completely booked with...


Sheriff reports on summer law enforcement issues

on 10 July 2020

Crawford County Sheriff Darin Layman reported to commissioners on how his department is addressing a couple of local summer-related issues recently.

CCSO reports on youth DWI enforcement campaign

on 10 July 2020

The Crawford County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) participated in a statewide youth alcohol enforcement campaign conducted from June 4 to 15 in an effort to combat the issue of impaired driving...

Collector and assessor revisit tax sale concerns

on 10 July 2020

Both the collector and assessor of Crawford County were at the commission meeting on July 7 to provide an update to information on tax sale issues presented by Collector Pat...


COVID numbers continue to spike following Great Circle outbreak

on 08 July 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise after a recent outbreak in St. James. More than 40 cases in Phelps, Maries, Dent, Franklin, and Pulaski counties have been epidemiologically...

MRPC, Phelps County PHA opens

on 08 July 2020

The offices of Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and the Phelps County PHA are now open. The Phelps County PHA is seeing clients by appointment only. Appointments can be made...

TAC learns about Missouri’s Safety Circuit Rider Program

on 07 July 2020

The Missouri Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) has started a safety circuit rider program to help local governments improve safety on local roads.


Illinois man charged with burglary in Bourbon

An alleged thief was caught after a friend of the victim saw him carrying the stolen property to a car parked along Interstate 44. Anthony Dewayne Smith, 46, of Eldred,...

Woman arrested for alleged assault on deputies

A Bourbon woman faces three felony charges and two misdemeanor charges following an altercation with Crawford County deputies on Sunday, July 5.

BHS sends off 74 grads - PHOTO GALLERY

BHS sends off 74 grads - PHOTO GALLERY

The Bourbon High School class of 2020 received their diplomas on Friday, June 26. The commencement ceremony was held outside for the first time on the school’s newly built track...

State and Regional

Governor announces approximately $125 million for workforce and higher ed initiatives

10 July 2020

Gov. Mike Parson outlined several budget priorities in his press briefing Thursday, including funding to help job seekers and Missouri students.

State of Missouri receives donation of PPE from Republic of Korea to aid in COVID-19 response

09 July 2020

Missouri received a shipment of 60,000 nitrile and latex gloves from its sister state of Jeollanamdo Province, Republic of Korea in June to assist in the response to COVID-19.

WGU Missouri and Bridge My Return announce partnership

09 July 2020

To help provide military service members in Missouri with an affordable pathway to earning their graduate or undergraduate degrees and connect them with in-demand careers, WGU Missouri and Bridge My...


Missouri State Parks hosts Learn2 Aim archery and atlatl instruction

10 July 2020

Missouri State Parks invites the public to begin their archer journey by attending a hands-on instruction at Graham Cave and Knob Noster state parks. This program is for those who...

Staycations boosting the economy

Staycations boosting the economy

09 July 2020

By Bill Cooper The outdoor economy is not having the pandemic problems that are plaguing other industries. Airlines, car rentals, hotels and restaurants are hurting, while outdoor businesses such as...

Big bullfrogs and bright lights

09 July 2020

By Larry Dablemont I remember catching frogs from the river when I was only about 13 or 14 years old. We used carbide headlamps like miners used, with polished globes....


Summerfest is July 10-11

07 July 2020

An entire gamut of activities is being planned for the 26th Annual Route 66 Summerfest event set for Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 in the Rolla Downtown Festival...

David Phelps to perform at the Meramec Music Theatre

02 July 2020

The unmistakable sound of multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps, will be featured in Steelville, Missouri on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at the Meramec Music Theatre. This exciting...

Vichy Fire Department to host whole hog sausage, chicken and dumpling dinner on Sunday, June 14

10 June 2020

The Vichy Volunteer Fire Department will host a whole hog sausage and chicken and dumpling dinner on Sunday, June 14.

Letters to the Editor

Give your support to Medicaid expansion

on 09 July 2020

There is a very important vote for the August 4 primary election. There is a significant effort to defeat Medicaid expansion for the people of Missouri. The forces behind the...

We prayed to God and He gave us Trump

on 09 July 2020

I don’t know who Amanda (Mitchell) is but I know this about her. She is deluded by her political religion. Amanda, if you truly read the Bible with a discerning...

Do Democrats ever do anything wrong?

on 09 July 2020

Mr. Don Sellers wrote a wonderful letter to the editor last seek and how better could it be demonstrated then in the letter written by Amanda Mitchell. Ms. Mitchell talks...


A simple question

on 09 July 2020

By Phill Brooks This column is prompted by a simple question asked of the governor at one of his news conferences. Missouri had reached a peak level of COVID-19 infections.

Wearing a mask is your patriotic duty

on 02 July 2020

Throughout the history of our country people have proudly stepped up when called into service during times of crisis. At no time was that more evident than during World War...

A tale of two states - rural and urban Missouri

on 28 June 2020

By Rik W. Hafer Missouri’s economy has lagged the national average for many years. Over the past two decades, only a handful of states have expanded at a slower rate....