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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Leathers elected Cuba’s new mayor

on 02 June 2020

Ray Mortimeyer was seeking his 10th term as mayor Cuba during the annual municipal election, which was held Tuesday after being delayed in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Voters...

Earnhart gives budget updates to school board

Earnhart gives budget updates to school board

on 01 June 2020

Cuba School District Superintendent Jon Earnhart told board members during their May 21 virtual meeting on Zoom to be prepared to spend money out of the district’s reserve funds during...

Employee suing city of Cuba for age discrimination - UPDATED

on 01 June 2020

A lawsuit was filed against the city of Cuba in Crawford County Circuit Court last week by an employee who alleges he was passed over for promotion due to his...


Beckham is next Steelville mayor

on 02 June 2020

At the municipal election for 2020, held on Tuesday, June 2, Steelville voters selected a new mayor, aldermen, and school board members, in addition to approving a tax proposal from...

Summer tourism looking different in Steelville

on 02 June 2020

The summer season has arrived, and the coronavirus crisis has definitely changed the way local outfitters and resorts will do business with those who come out to enjoy the local...

Summer school in Steelville kicks off this month

on 02 June 2020

• SHS classes begin in June, SES and SMS in July Steelville students will be able to participate in summer school but plans this year will be somewhat different as...

St. James

Election sees new faces on BOE and council

on 02 June 2020

There will be new faces on the St. James City Council and Board of Education after the general election, held Tuesday, June 2. There were races in three wards of...

PMCHD announces new COVID-19 case with potential St. James exposure

on 02 June 2020

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department (PMCHD) has been notified of its fifth confirmed case of COVID-19 in Phelps County. The individual is currently isolated at home.

Municipal court to be held this month

on 02 June 2020

St. James Municipal Court will be held this month after having been suspended in March due to COVID-19. Plans are to hold court on June 17 at the Nelson Hart...


Crawford County Fair canceled

on 01 June 2020

Crawford County Fair President Shane Staples announced via Facebook Monday evening that this year’s fair has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Staples made the announcement via video...

Summer reading program starts this week

on 01 June 2020

Imagine Your Story! is the theme for the Crawford County Library District’s (CCLD) virtual summer reading program. The program will feature online reading challenges to earn badges and prizes. Participants...

Cherryville man resists arrest

on 30 May 2020

Christopher Glen Nash, 43, of Cherryville, has been charged with class E felony resisting an arrest as a result of an April 5 incident.


Applications now being accepted for Phelps County CARES Act funds

on 01 June 2020

The Phelps County Commission has received $5,229,302 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic (CARES) Act, and is now ready to begin accepting applications from cities, political subdivisions and public...

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...


Bourbon man charged with burglary

A Bourbon man has been charged with three felonies in connection to a 2018 incident. Steven Paul Brendel, 30, was charged for class D felony burglary in the second degree,...

Bourbon graduation plans announced

The Bourbon School District has announced an updated plan for its 2020 graduation. The ceremony is now scheduled for Friday, June 26, and it will be outside.

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.

State and Regional

Missouri Summer Safety Day, June 3, is a reminder of the serious hazards posed by lightning and excessive heat

Missouri Summer Safety Day, June 3, is a reminder of the serious hazards posed by lightning and excessive heat

01 June 2020

With temperatures on the rise this week and summer officially about to get underway, Missourians are reminded that excessive heat and lightning pose serious hazards and to take precautions as...

Governor announces $209 million in additional expenditure restrictions

01 June 2020

During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced over $209 million in additional expenditure restrictions due to COVID-19. “It goes without saying that COVID-19 has had severe impacts on our...

COVID-19 testing coming to local VA clinics

01 June 2020

Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the Columbia Vet Center are teaming up to provide mobile COVID-19 screening and testing services for veterans at all eight of Truman VA’s...


MDC updates definition of handguns used for deer hunting

28 May 2020

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved an updated definition of a pistol/handgun from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for the Wildlife Code of Missouri at its May 28 meeting in...

Missouri State Parks accepting nominations for three members of Missouri Trails Advisory Board

28 May 2020

Missouri State Parks is now accepting nominations for three members to serve a three-year term on the Missouri Trails Advisory Board. The term period is Nov. 1, 2020 through Nov....

May 31 is last chance to apply for MDC’s first elk hunts in fall

28 May 2020

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missouri hunters that the application period ends May 31 for Missouri’s first elk hunts this fall.MDC will offer Missourians the state’s first elk-hunting...


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

Wearing masks could be a game changer

I urge everyone to wear a mask to cover their nose and mouth when in public spaces. The text below is from an article dated May 14, 2020 by JEREMY...

Shouldn’t disobey governor’s orders

Recently a beauty shop owner in Texas, Mrs. Luther, received much attention by reopening her shop against the governor's order regarding coronavirus after having followed it for 30 days.

Too risky to have fair this summer

I think the Crawford County Fair should be canceled this year or try to have it in the fall. There will be out-of-state workers and people from all over attending.


Legislative successes, losses and several missed opportunities

on 28 May 2020

By Phill Brooks I had expected limited production from Missouri's 2020 annual session because of the several weeks lost from the extended spring break to avoid COVID-19 exposure. Indeed, the...

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...