Two Cuba wards have aldermanic races in June 2 election

Three positions on the Cuba City Council will be decided in the June 2 election, which was originally scheduled for April before being rescheduled due to the ongoing pandemic. There are races in two of the city’s three wards.


Council members argue over releasing ‘embarrassing’ information

An investigation initiated by the Steelville Star in February into why the city of Steelville had not published required financial statements was revisited by the city council in April and May. At least one council member felt the news reports reflected unfairly on the city’s comptroller and conducted further research on the issues.


Council tables proposal closing street for medical marijuana manufacturer

At its meeting on May 5, the Cuba City Council considered an ordinance that would have closed a dead-end portion of Commerce Avenue in the Industrial Park in front of Green Farms’ location for a new medical marijuana manufacturing facility.


Lewis takes over as library director

The James Memorial Public Library has a new director after former director Linda Ray retired last month. Michael Lewis took over the position in May and brings his love of the library to the position.


Cuba girl offers thanks, and goodies, to first responders

A nine-year-old Cuba girl took a little time away from homebound studies to offer thanks to her local first responders recently. Her work even garnered a little national attention.


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Still time to bash some trash

on 23 May 2020

Viva Cuba wants to remind Cuba area residents that there is still time to participate in the group’s 36th Annual Cuba Trash Bash, which was scheduled for Saturday but canceled...

Council moves to put an end to ‘mayor days off’

on 22 May 2020

During a discussion at the May 19 Cuba City Council meeting, aldermen narrowly approved a measure to bring a proposed ordinance limiting the mayor’s authority to give extra days off...

Parade held to honor Cuba High School seniors - PHOTO GALLERY

on 22 May 2020

Area residents gave a salute to CHS seniors during last week’s senior parade, which was held on May 14. A large crowd gathered along the route from the school to...


School district plans for decreased funding, providing for educational needs

on 23 May 2020

The Steelville School District is planning for the potential decrease in funding as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in addition to preparing for the need for more technology...

Five compete for two seats on city council

on 21 May 2020

Five candidates have filed for two open seats as aldermen for the Steelville City Council. One seat in each ward will be filled at the June election. Each candidate was...

2020 Remember the Removal Bike Ride canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

on 14 May 2020

The Cherokee Nation is canceling the 2020 Remember the Removal Bike Ride in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution.

St. James

Librarians to host book giveaway June 3

on 23 May 2020

St. James school librarians will be hosting a book give away event on June 3 for students as they enter the summer months. The event will be held in the...

PCB grants $6,000 to school district to help kids

on 23 May 2020

Phelps County Bank (PCB) has again given a grant of $6,000 to the St. James School District to be used for classroom needs. As part of a School-Business Partnership, PCB...

District discusses reopening strategy

on 22 May 2020

The St. James Board of Education heard a reopening strategy from school safety coordinator Josh Cahill during the May 21 meeting of the board. He highlighted how the district could...


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.

Treasurer again questions software access

on 20 May 2020

Crawford County Treasurer Karen Sikes again approached commissioners at their weekly meeting on May 12 to revisit her concerns with her access to county financial software. Although County Clerk John...


Missouri S&T researchers work to develop simple test for breast cancer

on 23 May 2020

The American Cancer Society notes that detecting breast cancer early can lead to better outcomes, but current methods to detect cancer at its earliest stages can be invasive, uncomfortable and...

Phelps Health Foundation to hold butterfly release event

on 23 May 2020

In honor of those we care about and to celebrate life, the Phelps Health Foundation will hold a Butterfly Release Celebration on Saturday, June 13 from 9 to 11 a.m....

PCMHD announces new COVID-19 case

on 22 May 2020

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


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...

Improvements being made on Pine Street

Improvements being made on Pine Street

The city of Bourbon has been busy for the past several months making improvements along Pine Street, installing new curb and gutter and replacing water lines, as part of a...

Bourbon school district has single race for one-year term

Five people are running for four spots on the Bourbon School Board that will be decided during the June 2 election, which was originally scheduled for April before being rescheduled...

State and Regional

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...

Missouri launches two new online resources to help businesses and unemployed workers

23 May 2020

The Missouri Department of Labor’s (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security (DES) has created a claims tracker for claimant ease in identifying their unemployment claim status and has launched a new...

Medicaid expansion will appear on November ballot

22 May 2020

Today, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft certified initiative petition 2020-063 regarding Medicaid expansion to appear on the November ballot.


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...

Department of Natural Resources annual photo contest is now open

20 May 2020

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual photo contest.

Troop I to conduct special operations during Memorial Day holiday

19 May 2020

Captain Eddie A. Blaylock, commanding officer of Troop I, announces special enforcement operations during the 2020 Memorial Day weekend. The official counting period for this year’s holiday begins at 6...


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.

Route 66 Summerfest announces new dates

06 May 2020

The Route 66 Summerfest committee has announced that the new dates for the 26th Annual event will be July 10 & July 11. Due to the corona virus safety issues,...

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...


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...