Viva Cuba honored by Arbor Day Foundation

Viva Cuba was officially recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation last week when it was presented with its eighth Tree City USA award. The group also took time on Arbor Day, which was Friday, April 30, to plant trees at Cuba Elementary School, Holy Cross Catholic School, and the Viva Cuba Garden.

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Legendary Poco co-founder leaves legacy of music and kindness

Rusty Young, a Davisville resident and co-founder of the country-rock band Poco, passed away on April 14, 2021, at the age of 75. Young is survived by his beloved wife Mary, with whom he shared a log home in the Mark Twain National Forest.

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Chamber presents awards during annual dinner

The St. James Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership and awards evening on Thursday, April 29, honoring individuals, businesses, and organizations that made a difference in 2020.

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Area unemployment rates declined in March

Area unemployment rates have shown a steady decline through the first quarter of 2021 following a spike in rates in December and January. In Crawford County, the March rate was even lower than before the pandemic forced many businesses to temporarily close, but the Phelps County rate remained higher than before COVID-19.

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Trout fishing elegance at Westover Farms near Steelville

Trout fishing opportunities abound in the Missouri Ozarks, but none offers angling for rainbows in a more elegant setting than Westover Farms southeast of Steelville.

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Cuba

Mace, Mullally among those Chamber honors

Mace, Mullally among those Chamber honors

on 12 May 2021

The Cuba Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet at Recklein Auditorium Friday and Randy Mace and Missy Mullally were among those honored as they were named man...

City utility bills increasing this month

on 11 May 2021

City utilities customers in Cuba will notice their bill is increasing this month. The extra charges are coming as a result of the spike in electricity and gas prices from...

City hosting vaccination clinic

on 11 May 2021

The Cuba Board of Alderman held a short meeting on Tuesday, May 4, where Emergency Preparedness Director Rodney Neff announced that the state would like to host another COVID-19 vaccine...

Steelville

City plans for opening swimming pool

City plans for opening swimming pool

on 12 May 2021

Summer is on the way and the Steelville City Pool will be open this year for swimmers of all ages to enjoy. Plans are to have opening day for the...

Rescue group and city at an impasse over shelter agreement

on 11 May 2021

Volunteers with Santana’s Hope 4 Paws don’t like the agreements being proposed by the city of Steelville to construct a new animal shelter. Some agree there should be “something in...

Mayor makes city appointments

on 11 May 2021

Following the April Municipal Election, Steelville Mayor Terry Beckham made appointments for city personnel and committees for aldermen.

St. James

Council hears update from utility board

on 12 May 2021

The St. James Municipal Utility Board and City Council met in a joint session Monday night to hear an update on the status of city utilities and how the winter...

Council discusses food truck ordinance changes

on 12 May 2021

The St. James City Council held discussion and took the first steps to altering a food truck ordinance, after food truck owner Larry Karnes approached the city about lessening requirements...

Scholar Bowl team places second at state

Scholar Bowl team places second at state

on 11 May 2021

The John F. Hodge High School Scholar Bowl team competed in the Final Four for the State Championship on Friday, May 7, finishing second overall. This year’s team had a...

Crawford

CC ranks in top 10 for COVID cases per 100k

on 11 May 2021

Crawford County is again in the top 10 of state jurisdictions in new positive COVID cases per 100k over the week reported from May 1 to 7. As of Monday,...

CCSO to participate in seat belt campaign

on 11 May 2021

The Crawford County Sheriff's Office will be joining with statewide law enforcement May 24–June 6 for a statewide “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to step up enforcement on Missouri’s seat...

You may need a floodplain development permit if you are thinking about a construction or renovation project in Crawford County 

on 11 May 2021

Second of a three-part series Crawford 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

County COVID-19 cases continue to decline

on 12 May 2021

Active COVID-19 cases continue to decline and more vaccinations are being reported by the Phelps-Maries County Health Department. The health department reported on Monday, May 10, active cases are now...

Public input being sought for Phelps County SMTS deviated fixed-route feasibility study

on 12 May 2021

Residents and students of Phelps and Dent counties are asked to participate in online surveys, one for students and one for general public, about the potential for the creation of...

S&T alumnus John C. Wagner to speak at Missouri S&T commencement May 14-15

on 11 May 2021

Dr. John C. Wagner of Idaho Falls, Idaho, director of Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and president of Battelle Energy Alliance LLC, will speak at commencement ceremonies at Missouri University of...

Bourbon

Lane crowned May Day queen

The Bourbon School District held its annual May Day celebration at the high school on Friday, May 7. Victoria Lane was crowned May Day queen.

Bourbon Park Board looks forward to summer

The Park Board Commission has exciting news for the upcoming summer season. Recently two new gazebos have been installed to provide shade for park patrons. You will find them located...

Leasburg man assaults woman, threatens cops

A Leasburg man stands charged with domestic assault after allegedly choking a woman and threatening to burn their house down and shoot cops and himself on April 18.

State and Regional

Governor announces Missouri to end all federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits

12 May 2021

In order to address workforce shortages across the state, Governor Mike Parson Tuesday directed the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR) to notify the U.S. Department of Labor...

Lawmakers tack on COVID-19 amendments to higher education bill

11 May 2021

BY JUDY LUCAS, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORKJEFFERSON CITY — With time in the session running out, lawmakers have been hastily pushing COVID-19-related amendments onto bills set to be sent to the...

Lawmakers close to approving law promoting teaching the Bible in public schools

11 May 2021

BY WILL MORRIS, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORKJEFFERSON CITY — A new Missouri Senate bill that was heard in the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee today would allow school districts to...

Outdoors

MDC asks anglers to help stop invasive round gobies

MDC asks anglers to help stop invasive round gobies

07 May 2021

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) fisheries biologists say that the Show-Me-State has another aquatic invader to be on the watch for. This one has the potential to throw off the...

Bear sightings reported in Crawford County, other nearby areas—MDC biologists say don’t feed them

06 May 2021

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has received several reports of recent bear sightings in Fenton—as well as others in neighboring Jefferson, Franklin, and Crawford Counties. They remind us that...

Trout fishing elegance at Westover Farms near Steelville

Trout fishing elegance at Westover Farms near Steelville

06 May 2021

By Bill Cooper Trout fishing opportunities abound in the Missouri Ozarks, but none offers angling for rainbows in a more elegant setting than Westover Farms southeast of Steelville.

Entertainment

Dinner being held at Vichy

11 May 2021

The Vichy Volunteer Fire Department will host a grilled pork steaks and chicken and dumpling dinner on Sunday, May 16.

S&T theater students to livestream one-man play

14 April 2021

Theater students in Missouri University of Science and Technology’s arts, languages and philosophy department will perform “Buyer & Cellar,” a comedy written by Jonathan Tolins, this April. The performances will...

Vichy Fire Department holding dinner on Sunday, April 18

13 April 2021

The Vichy Volunteer Fire Dept. will host a whole hog sausage and chicken and dumpling dinner on Sunday, April 18.

Letters to the Editor

Property rights battle coming down to wire

On a recent afternoon in mid-April, hundreds of Missourians rallied at the Missouri State Capitol to urge the legislature to protect their property rights. The rally was sparked by an...

What will you do for a cell phone?

on 29 April 2021

Even a year ago, as misinformation was deliberately spread across the land and unnecessary shutdowns were forced upon us, I would not have believed I would ask this question of...

Media narrative distracts from focus on improving lives

on 22 April 2021

Each of the past several elections has thrust rural people into the media spotlight. Rural and urban people are divided, the pundits tell us. Neither understands the lives of the...

Opinions

Rally could become a victim of Cancel Culture

on 06 May 2021

If the GOP is either officially or unofficially standing up against “Cancel Culture,” then nobody bothered to tell the three Crawford County commissioners—all Republicans. After just a handful of complaints,...

Legislature considering a possible tax increase

on 06 May 2021

By Phill Brooks One of the fascinating issues for the 2021 legislative session has been the idea of a tax increase. You would think such an idea would be dead...

Free Expression Awards: How nine honorees used First Amendment powers

on 29 April 2021

By Patty Rhule The right to free expression is the pounding pulse of American democracy. “Free expression” sums up the sentiment of the 45 words of the First Amendment to...