Area unemployment remained high in June

Area unemployment rates remained historically high in June but continued on a mostly downward trend since peaking in April when the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of nonessential businesses. Initial monthly jobless claims also dropped.


Bourbon School District announces reopening guidelines

The Bourbon School District released its reopening plan to parents on Tuesday. The following information was released:


Cuba Elementary School reports COVID-19 case

Cuba School District Superintendent Jon Earnhart has reported that a student at Cuba Elementary School attending summer school classes has tested positive for COVID-19.


Pool restricting occupancy due to COVID-19

Tiger Shark Waterpark in St. James is reducing the number of people allowed in the facility as area COVID-19 cases rise. For the safety of patrons, the number allowed inside the pool has been reduced from 200 to 130 for now.


Livestock auction also helped fund memorial scholarship

The Crawford County agriculture community rallied around Jason Martin’s family once again at this year’s Youth in Ag show, which was held at the Interstate Regional Stockyard on July 19.


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Local church hopes you will ‘Love Your Neighbor’

on 06 August 2020

Covenant Praise Church of God in Cuba is diving head first into plans of opening a community resource center named Love Your Neighbor, which would be available for anyone living...

Cuba woman faces burglary, assault charges

on 05 August 2020

Burglary and assault charges have been filed against a Cuba woman after she allegedly entered a residence without permission and got into a fight with a person inside.

School, businesses report possible COVID exposures

on 04 August 2020

As COVID-19 cases in Crawford County continue to climb, four notices of potential public exposures have been made in Cuba over the past week. Two of those came from the...


Steelville moves start of school to Sept. 8

on 06 August 2020

The first day of school in Steelville has been postponed to Tuesday, September 8. School board members met briefly on the morning of Thursday, August 6, and voted to approve...

School board chooses to offer traditional classes and virtual option, recommend masks

on 31 July 2020

Steelville School Board members held a special meeting on Tuesday, July 28 to make some decisions on how to move forward with plans for the 2020-21 school year. The nearly...

Council hears concerns about roaming dogs, flooding

on 28 July 2020

At the Steelville City Council meeting on Monday, July 22, Alderman Duane DeRennaux addressed the council about issues with dogs running loose in the city.

St. James

YEP donates to Sleep in Heavenly Peace

YEP donates to Sleep in Heavenly Peace

on 07 August 2020

The Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) has donated $1,000 and members volunteered time building beds with the Rolla chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) on Saturday. Members helped build 20...

St. James Commodity Day hours changed

on 06 August 2020

Effective August 20 Commodity Day hours of distribution will be from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Please be sure to make a note on your calendar reminding yourself of this shorten period.

City working on burn permit procedure

on 06 August 2020

The city of St. James is working on establishing a burn permit procedure after it received word the St. James Fire Protection District is not wanting to deal with permits...


Steelville man faces drug charges

on 05 August 2020

A Steelville man has been charged for drug possession following his arrest on a felony warrant on July 13. Nathanael Koshiway Pendleton, 36, of Steelville, stands charged with the class...

Randazzo wins race for circuit judge

on 05 August 2020

Five Republican candidates sought the judge’s seat in Division 2 of the 42nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Crawford, Dent, Iron, Reynolds, and Wayne counties, on Tuesday. Mike Randazzo won the...

Vestal, Dake, Cummings win county races

on 04 August 2020

Crawford County voters chose to keep two current county officials in place at the August 4 Primary Election. A new coroner was also elected. The majority of local races were...


Leaders to discuss Missouri S&T fall semester during Aug. 13 virtual town hall

on 07 August 2020

Chancellor Mo Dehghani and other leaders at Missouri University of Science and Technology will hold a virtual town hall at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, to discuss precautions the university...

Missouri S&T temporarily suspends standardized testing requirements for incoming fall 2021 undergraduate students

on 05 August 2020

Incoming first-year students who apply to Missouri University of Science and Technology for the fall 2021 semester now have the choice of whether to submit their standardized test scores to...

Commission approves six CARES Act requests

on 05 August 2020

The Phelps County Commission on Thursday approved six agencies to receive a portion of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security) Act funding the county received earlier this year....


Bourbon School District announces reopening guidelines

The Bourbon School District released its reopening plan to parents on Tuesday. The following information was released:

Bourbon sees slight drop in summer school enrollment

Summer school in Bourbon kicked off last week and saw a slight decline in enrollment due to concerns of a potential coronavirus outbreak. The school was expecting around 210 kids,...

Bourbon School Board weighing options for return

The Bourbon School Board met in an open session on July 16 to discuss the school’s plan to reopen in August. Although the board didn’t land on a definite plan,...

State and Regional

Motorists are reminded to watch for students as school begins across state

07 August 2020

Students across Missouri are preparing to begin their 2020-2021 school year. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers this brings a change in traffic patterns ─ school buses and parents...

Missouri’s Buckle Up Phone Down safety initiative is gaining national attention and momentum

07 August 2020

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s Buckle Up Phone Down safety initiative is being recognized nationally for its success in saving lives on Missouri highways, with other states joining the cause...

Missouri taxpayers to save $22 million through bond refinancing

06 August 2020

Today, the state of Missouri competitively sold $173 million to refinance outstanding bonds, saving Missouri taxpayers approximately $22 million. The true interest cost of the new bonds was 0.38 percent.


MDC invites families to back-to-school fishing event at Bray Conservation Area

07 August 2020

Young anglers and their families will have opportunities to ring in the school year with a catch-and-release fishing event on Aug. 13.

MDC invites people to explore a Missouri stream on Aug. 11

06 August 2020

A healthy Missouri stream is full of life—literally. Crayfish, fish, turtles, and a variety of insects are among the creatures that can be found at or beneath the surface of...

August just ain’t so bad

06 August 2020

By Larry Dablemont It is unusual for the Ozarks to get so much rain in July, but it certainly doesn’t hurt fishing, especially in streams. When I was a kid,...


Vichy Fire Department to hold carry out dinner on Sunday, August 9

04 August 2020

The Vichy Volunteer Fire Department will host a grilled pork steaks and chicken and dumpling dinner on Sunday, Aug. 9.

Summerfest is July 10-11

07 July 2020

An entire gamut of activities is being planned for the 26th Annual Route 66 Summerfest event set for Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 in the Rolla Downtown Festival...

David Phelps to perform at the Meramec Music Theatre

02 July 2020

The unmistakable sound of multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps, will be featured in Steelville, Missouri on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at the Meramec Music Theatre. This exciting...

Letters to the Editor

Don’t let the mob rule

on 06 August 2020

History is replete with examples of mob rule. Following the time of the Caesars, Rome was scourged by groups of citizens allowed to pillage when politicians thought it was to...

These are rough times

on 06 August 2020

It goes without saying that America is going through some rough times but there is a glimmer of hope. President Trump is telling us that American is fortunate in that...

Why does Cuba Senior Center remain closed?

on 30 July 2020

Why is the Cuba Senior Center staying closed? It is shut down tighter than a quarantined politician. No one knows (or not telling).


To contain COVID, it’s wants vs. needs

on 06 August 2020

“I just want to get back to normal.” People say it all the time. It’s an appropriate feeling, but these are far from normal times. If we want to get...

Continuing to stay socially connected while physically distanced

on 06 August 2020

By Graham A. Colditz, Siteman Cancer Center If you feel that time has been moving at a different pace during the coronavirus pandemic, it seems you’re not alone. A study...

The responsibility of all journalists

on 30 July 2020

By Phill Brooks As an emeritus faculty member of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, I feel compelled to offer some thoughts about the recent controversy involving the tweets...