Cuba teachers and students celebrate end of school year - PHOTO GALLERY

Cuba teachers gathered at Hood Park on May 19 to celebrate the end of the 2019-20 school year with students after not having seen each other in person for two months after in-person classes were suspended due to the ongoing pandemic. School staff lined the old racetrack at the park, while students and their parents drove through and waived at each other.

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Memorial Day observed in St. James

Members of the VFW Post 5608 held a short Memorial Day service in front of the Veterans Memorial at the Missouri Veterans Home-St. James. Members fired shots and played Taps in honor of passed veterans.

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Courts reopen but under social distancing and disinfection requirements

With courts slowly reopening after the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Crawford County commissioners heard from Circuit Clerk Karen Harlan last week on plans being put into place to hear cases while still following requirements for social distancing.

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Cuba High School virtually awards local scholarships

Cuba High School awarded over $36,000 in local scholarships to the graduating class of 2020. The scholarship celebration was scheduled to take place on Friday, May 15 but was canceled due to social distancing restrictions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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School board hears about work plans, questions costs

Plans will move forward with the bidding process for the traffic flow and parking area in the front of the downtown campus of the Steelville Schools, but school board members expressed their discontent with costs that have been well over the estimates for the capital improvement projects funded through a no-tax-increase bond issue approved by voters in 2019.

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Cuba

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday

on 28 May 2020

Area voters should have chosen new city council, school board, and other positions in April, but a delay in the vote due to the ongoing pandemic pushed the election back...

Veterans groups observe Memorial Day in Cuba - PHOTO GALLERY

on 28 May 2020

Members of Cuba’s American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts gathered at Kinder Cemetery in Cuba on Monday to observe Memorial Day and remember all those...

Cuba FFA member among those selected for 2020 Missouri Agribusiness Academy

Cuba FFA member among those selected for 2020 Missouri Agribusiness Academy

on 28 May 2020

Thirty high school sophomores were recently selected to participate in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Agribusiness Academy. The students will spend time throughout the year exploring various segments of...

Steelville

June 2 election includes mayoral race, fire district tax question

on 28 May 2020

The municipal election for 2020 will be held on Tuesday, June 2. The election date was moved from April 7 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All ballots for this...

Four seek mayor’s seat in Steelville

Four seek mayor’s seat in Steelville

on 27 May 2020

Current Steelville Mayor Michael “Tiny” Keen faces three challengers in his bid for re-election. Voters will select the mayor for the next two years at the June 2 election, rescheduled...

School board hears about work plans, questions costs

School board hears about work plans, questions costs

on 27 May 2020

Plans will move forward with the bidding process for the traffic flow and parking area in the front of the downtown campus of the Steelville Schools, but school board members...

St. James

General election is June 2

on 28 May 2020

The municipal election for local offices will be held next Tuesday, June 2, after being postponed in April. There will be races for three seats on the St. James City...

Three aldermanic races will be decided on June 2

Three aldermanic races will be decided on June 2

on 28 May 2020

Tuesday, June 2 will see three races for seats on the St. James City Council in Wards 1, 2, and 4. In Ward 3, only one candidate is on the...

Bentley named May Senior Companion of the Month

on 28 May 2020

St. James resident Carmalea Bentley was chosen Senior Companion of the Month at the May 20 Zoom in-service meeting hosted at the Phelps County Courthouse.

Crawford

Courts reopen but under social distancing and disinfection requirements

Courts reopen but under social distancing and disinfection requirements

on 27 May 2020

With courts slowly reopening after the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Crawford County commissioners heard from Circuit Clerk Karen Harlan last week on plans being put into place to...

First CCSO scholarship recipient graduates with honors

First CCSO scholarship recipient graduates with honors

on 22 May 2020

Crawford County Sheriff's Office employee Michael Moore has graduated from the Mineral Area College Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Deputy Williams retires after almost 20 years of service

Deputy Williams retires after almost 20 years of service

on 22 May 2020

On May 13, Crawford County Sheriff Darin Layman announced “with respect and gratitude” the retirement of Deputy Frank Williams from the Crawford County Sheriff's Office.

Phelps

Thinking about a construction or renovation project in Phelps County? A floodplain development permit may be required

on 28 May 2020

Second of a three-part series Phelps County does not have a building codes program that requires a permit. However, you may need a floodplain development permit if you are planning...

Phelps Health patients, doctors share benefits of telehealth visits

Phelps Health patients, doctors share benefits of telehealth visits

on 27 May 2020

St. James resident John “Keith” Livingstone wanted to discuss a medication adjustment with his doctor, Rachelle Gorrell, DO, a family medicine physician and division chief of primary care with Phelps...

Missouri S&T alumnus named chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering

Missouri S&T alumnus named chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering

on 27 May 2020

Dr. David Bayless returns to Missouri University of Science and Technology on Jan. 1, 2021, as the new chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering. A 1987 Missouri S&T mechanical engineering...

Bourbon

Mother and son welding duo graduate together

Mother and son welding duo graduate together

A family that welds together, graduates together. That’s the case for East Central College Class of 2020 graduates Bridget Teaters and Wyatt Watkins.

Bourbon School District voters to decide on $2.3 million bond issue

Voters in the Bourbon School District will decide on a $2.3 million no-tax-increase bond issue during the municipal election on Tuesday, June 2. The measure will require approval from four-sevenths...

BHS seniors cheered on during parade - PHOTO GALLERY

A parade for Bourbon High Schools seniors was held on Sunday. Seniors gathered in their vehicles at the Elementary School and drove throughout town and were greeted by a large...

State and Regional

MSHP expands upgraded notification system to now include Blue Alerts

27 May 2020

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the Patrol has expanded its recently upgraded Missouri AMBER Alert System to include Blue Alerts.

Preliminary reports indicate six traffic fatalities, zero boating fatalities, two drownings over Memorial Day weekend

Preliminary reports indicate six traffic fatalities, zero boating fatalities, two drownings over Memorial Day weekend

27 May 2020

Six people died in traffic crashes over the 2020 Memorial Day weekend counting period of 6 p.m., Friday, May 22, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 25, 2020.

HHS announces  $165,385,000 distribution to nursing facilities impacted by COVID-19 in Missouri

23 May 2020

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it has begun distributing 502 payments totaling $165,385,000 to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in Missouri to help them...

Outdoors

Why can’t we keep the outdoors clean?

27 May 2020

By Larry Dablemont I believe that we all should give maximum effort to leaving the outdoors and the world around us as natural and as clean as possible. Why are...

Bedding bluegill offer fishing fun

Bedding bluegill offer fishing fun

27 May 2020

By Bill Cooper It’s happening now. The annual bluegill spawn has begun and offers one of the best opportunities of fishing fun for the calendar year. Bluegills spawn from mid-May...

Get hooked on fishing with MDC Free Fishing Days June 6 and 7

Get hooked on fishing with MDC Free Fishing Days June 6 and 7

20 May 2020

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to get hooked on fishing through its Free Fishing Days June 6 and 7. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish...

Entertainment

ECC Theatre modifies plans for summer shows

27 May 2020

The East Central College Theatre Department is moving forward with tentative plans to present two summer productions — GRITS, and Church and State. A final decision regarding the shows will...

Leach Theatre delays start of 2020-21 CPAS season

23 May 2020

In the interest of public health and safety, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Leach Theatre has announced that its Campus Performing Arts Series (CPAS) will be delayed until winter...

St. John’s UCC-Bem cancels spring picnic

20 May 2020

After 122 years the spring picnic at St. John’s UCC-Bem is canceled due to COVID-19. We regret that this must happen. We are looking forward to seeing you August 29.

Letters to the Editor

Become a CASA

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused abrupt changes in the lives of most everyone. The inability to see our friends and family, a strong desire to return to what we knew...

Panic or peace?

This article is not meant to scare you, but as the United States, and the world, are fighting a very serious pandemic, here is some food for thought. I first...

Fill out the census

As we navigate the current crisis let's not forget that the census opened on April 1. Missouri has a response rate of only 54.2 percent. Crawford County has a response...

Opinions

Remember our heroes

on 21 May 2020

Submitted by The American Legion National Headquarters Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran...

It’s time to move Missouri forward

on 21 May 2020

By Harold Selby Despite concerns over a Coronavirus-induced recession, the Show-Me state has plenty to look forward to. Thanks to the diligent work of 39 communities, local leaders, and our...

Wearing a mask is the best way to get back to ‘normal’

on 14 May 2020

With key state and federal elections looming in November, one would think our elected officials might want to take steps to make sure their economic reopening plans are not derailed...