Cuba schools feeding program under way - pickup time at CMS changed

The Cuba School district has released its plan for feeding students while they are away from school due to the coronavirus pandemic. The program began on Monday and is open to all children younger than 18.


Campus rallies to 3-D print protective medical gear

When representatives from Phelps Health, anticipating a shortage of protective masks due to the coronavirus outbreak, needed help, students, faculty and staff at Missouri University of Science and Technology answered by harnessing the power of technology and ingenuity.


Phelps Health screening station open daily 8 a.m. to midnight

Phelps Health's drive-through respiratory screening station will be open over the weekend from 8 a.m. to midnight. These hours will remain the same until further notice.


Clerk reverses course, April election postponed until June

Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced on Wednesday, March 18 that the state’s April 7 Municipal Elections would be postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Crawford County Clerk John Martin’s first response to the Executive Order was, “I consider this an unlawful order, and so far, am continuing as stated. If I change my mind, I'll let you know.”


Cuba High School gets 16 on all-conference band

The 2019-20 school year has been a great one for the Cuba High School band, from doing well at marching festivals to placing numerous students in honor bands. Band Director Shannon Moore is pleased with what her students have accomplished and is looking for even bigger things in the future.


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Cuba man charged with making terrorist threat

Cuba man charged with making terrorist threat

on 31 March 2020

The Cuba Police Department has arrested a local man for making terrorist threats after he allegedly coughed toward customers and wrote COVID on the inside of a cooler door at...

County clerk objects to mayor’s absentee ballot information

on 30 March 2020

In some of his campaign literature, Cuba Mayor Ray Mortimeyer thought he was providing a good idea to local voters who might fear heading to the polls for the now...

School board hears budget, insurance updates

on 27 March 2020

The Cuba Board of Education received updates on the current school budget and health insurance during its latest meeting, which was held on March 17. The board also approved the...


Steelville schools to provide learning pages in Star

on 31 March 2020

Although school closure in Steelville has been extended, the school district has decided to use the Steelville Star to provide an alternative form of instruction to local schoolchildren. The alternative...

STARCO announces postponements, cancellations

on 20 March 2020

Steelville Arts Council President Scott Perkins announced closure of the organization’s theater and galleries on Wednesday, March 18, along with cancellations and postponements of upcoming events.

Steelville Schools offer free meals to all kids

on 18 March 2020

The Steelville School District is planning to continue to feed children during the school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. James

St. James School District announces extended closure

on 31 March 2020

The Saint James School District has announced that it is extending its school closure through May 1, with classes now tentatively scheduled to resume on Monday, May 4, due to...

PCB and Country Mart aid food pantry

PCB and Country Mart aid food pantry

on 31 March 2020

The St. James Caring Center Emergency Food Pantry received donations from Phelps County Bank (PCB) and Country Mart to receive critically needed items as supplies dwindled last week. As more...

School staff serve meals to families during school shutdown

School staff serve meals to families during school shutdown

on 31 March 2020

St. James Nutrition Services kicked off its first week of feeding children in the community while school is out due to COVID-19. Cars pulled up to the Lucy Wortham James...


County candidate filing is complete

County candidate filing is complete

on 01 April 2020

There will be four races for county offices in August, with three current office holders facing opposition in their bid for re-election. All but one candidate on the ballot are...

No meeting in April

on 31 March 2020

The Wings of Eagles, Crawford County-Wide Prayer Meeting, will not be holding a prayer meeting during the month of April. This is being done as a precaution necessary to protect...

Crawford County Missouri Shelter-in-Place Order FAQ

on 30 March 2020

Q: Why was this order issued?A: The Shelter-In-Place Emergency Order was issued to protect the health and safety of all residents of Crawford County, with the goal of limiting the...


Phelps County Extension specialists providing online programs

on 01 April 2020

Specialists out of the Phelps County MU Extension office will be providing online programs in the month of April. Programs will include natural resources, youth, nutrition and health programs. These...

Phelps Health announces updated visitor policy

on 01 April 2020

Phelps Health announced this morning that it has further restricted its visitation policy until further notice. The following release was issued:

Phelps County PHA announces temporary operating procedures

on 31 March 2020

As of March 23, 2020, the Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) office is closed to the public. In an effort to reduce Covid-19 exposure, PHA staff are using extra...


Bourbon officials sued by former police chief

The city of Bourbon, mayor, and entire Bourbon City Council is being sued in their official and personal capacities by former police chief Paul Satterfield in the wake of his...

Bourbon city hall closed to public

During its meeting this week, the Bourbon City Council voted to close city hall until further notice due to the ongoing pandemic. The city also took action to help residents...

Free Internet hot spot opens at Bourbon Community Center

Thanks to the generosity of Blue Bit Internet Service, the Community Center in Bourbon is making free Wi-Fi Internet service available to people in the parking lot outside of the...

State and Regional

Lawmakers looking to prevent COVID-19 spread at Capitol amid budget talks

01 April 2020

BY MADISON CZOPEK, Missouri News NetworkLawmakers will return to the Capitol next week with new measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among themselves and essential employees...

Governor gives updates on Missouri National Guard, Department of Economic Development efforts to assist with COVID-19 response 

31 March 2020

 In today’s press briefing, Governor Mike Parson provided updates on efforts by the Missouri National Guard, Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED), Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC), and the Missouri...

Department of Social Services’ special payment to Child Care Subsidy providers covers income loss due to COVID-19

31 March 2020

The Department of Social Services made additional programmatic changes to support Child Care Subsidy providers during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. To address income loss due to local restrictions and reduced...


Missouri State Parks modifies operations to address overcrowding

31 March 2020

Out of an abundance of caution and in response to recent events, Missouri State Parks will modify operations at five state parks to address overcrowding and concerns regarding public safety....

White bass fun with light tackle

White bass fun with light tackle

31 March 2020

By Larry Dablemont White bass caught on ultra-lite equipment, will outfight about anything in a stream…except smallmouth. And when there is a good current in a tributary to any Ozark...

Enjoy some social distancing in the outdoors

Enjoy some social distancing in the outdoors

31 March 2020

By Bill Cooper I may have reached the pinnacle of my outdoor writing career, with the coronavirus pandemic. I’ve pedaled the outdoors as a cure for most social ills for...


Dent County Courthouse holding 150th birthday celebration Monday, March 30

12 March 2020

By Deloris Gray Wood A 150th birthday ceremony will be held on the exact date, when the contract was let to build the Dent County Courthouse at 4 p.m. on...

Vichy Fire Department to host dessert auction and cake walk on March 14

10 March 2020

The Vichy Vol. Fire Department's Annual Old-Fashioned Pie Supper, Dessert Auction and Cake Walk is at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the Vichy Firehouse and Community Hall. The...

ECC screening ‘13TH’ documentary film

21 February 2020

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

Letters to the Editor

No toilet paper, no loan

on 25 March 2020

My wife and I had a totally unbelievable experience this week. We went to our bank to see about getting a loan and they wouldn’t even talk to us about...

God heals in various ways

on 25 March 2020

One of the differences between Bible-believing Christians is whether God is still doing miracles today like in the book of acts—especially physical healing. I had always wondered why He didn't...

If commissioner can’t fix roads, find another

on 12 March 2020

A question for Mr. Boast. Since you feel county roads cannot be fixed why are you running for commissioner of District #2 again?


Look for any ‘missing’ news on our website

on 31 March 2020

“Desperate times call for desperate measures.” According to Wiktionary, this phrase likely originates from a saying of the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, which appears in his Aphorisms: "For extreme diseases,...

Preparing for financial dips

on 30 March 2020

By Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, Ph.D., Economist, author, and professorThe health and well-being of everyone in our communities is everyone’s top priority. We understand the concern and uncertainty that people may...

A strong case for proactive policies

on 25 March 2020

By Rik W. Hafer Current estimates of the federal government’s aid package to offset the effects of the coronavirus epidemic exceed $1 trillion, significantly more than the $787 billion response...