Teacher helps restore history

Bourbon High School teacher J.D. Huitt doesn’t just teach history—he lives it. In sharing his passion through a YouTube channel, Huitt has traveled across the United States and Europe creating videos about the Civil War to World War II and beyond. During one trip, he even became inspired to help restore a special place in Georgia where paratroopers trained for D-Day.


Steelville’s animal shelter is finally under construction

Construction is well under way on a new animal shelter for the city of Steelville. It has taken several years of planning and fundraising and a few misunderstandings between all the parties involved, but trusses on the new structure were set last week.


Governor Parson visits Mural City - PHOTO GALLERY

Missouri Governor Mike Parson visited Cuba on Tuesday, July 27, as part of his Bicentennial Tour through the state. The governor and First Lady Teresa Parson made a brief stop in the Route 66 Mural City in the evening, taking time to meet community members, hear a bit about the history of the area, speak briefly to the crowd, and view some of the city’s public artwork.


Marijuana manufacturer seeks bond backing

During its meeting on July 20, the Cuba Board of Aldermen swore in new Ward I Alderman Dave Honea and heard a request from the owners of a new medical marijuana facility to consider supporting an industrial revenue bond for the facility.


New superintendent plans to listen, learn and lead

Chris Hess took over duties as superintendent of the Steelville School District on July 1. At her first school board meeting on July 15, she thanked them.


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School announces 2021-22 COVID plan

on 03 August 2021

Following last week’s school board meeting, the Cuba School District has released its “CCR2 Continuity of Services Plan” that will be in place for the opening of the 2021-22 school...

Administrative assistant salary adjustment approved by council

on 03 August 2021

Despite passing the FY 2021-22 budget that included all salaries for the year at the end of June, the Cuba City Council agreed on July 20 to a proposal that...

Governor Parson visits Mural City - PHOTO GALLERY

Governor Parson visits Mural City - PHOTO GALLERY

on 30 July 2021

• Cuba is stop on Bicentennial Tour Missouri Governor Mike Parson visited Cuba on Tuesday, July 27, as part of his Bicentennial Tour through the state. The governor and First...


Council supports pool staff decisions

on 04 August 2021

In spite of concerns expressed by one alderwoman, the Steelville City Council as a whole agreed the pool manager was doing a good job overall and didn’t need to be...

Harvest Festival Queen candidates are needed

on 03 August 2021

Young women interested in competing for the title of 2021 Harvest Festival Queen can register for the contest now. The annual pageant is scheduled for Thursday, September 9, at the...

Steelville’s animal shelter is finally under construction

Steelville’s animal shelter is finally under construction

on 03 August 2021

Construction is well under way on a new animal shelter for the city of Steelville. It has taken several years of planning and fundraising and a few misunderstandings between all...

St. James

City text notification system live

on 04 August 2021

A new text notification system is now live for the city of St. James. The system will be used to push notifications in times of emergency to residents and allow...

City moving forward with lift station repair

on 04 August 2021

Bids were opened on a construction project to repair Lift Station #2 on July 27, with plans for the city Utility Board to recommend a bidder to the city council...

Camp Brim Shire ending season due to COVID-19

on 03 August 2021

Camp Brim Shire will be ending its camping season early this year due to rising COVID-19 cases in the area. Co-founder Rich Hashagen said the decision was made as a...

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County officials salary meeting is Friday

on 04 August 2021

Crawford County office holders will meet on Friday, August 6, at 8 a.m. in the upstairs courtroom of the courthouse to vote on their salaries for the next term.

Resident thanks commission for roadwork

on 04 August 2021

Following a recent story in the Steelville Star and Cuba Free Press about complaints from a property owner on Cotton Dodd Road, another resident on the road came to the...

Oklahoma woman killed in I-44 crash

on 03 August 2021

An Oklahoma woman was killed in single-vehicle crash on Interstate 44 just east of the Leasburg exit on July 30.


Area continues to be a hotspot for COVID-19

on 04 August 2021

Phelps Health reported last week that positivity rates of COVID-19 continue to be high as active cases have been holding steady. The two-week positivity rate jumped from 16.8 percent to...

A Fair to Remember set for August 14

on 03 August 2021

A Fair to Remember, a fundraiser for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Association, will be held on August 14, offering participants plenty of activities to enjoy while helping a local...

Missouri S&T commencement speaker celebrates the beginning of post-college life

on 03 August 2021

Commencement is not a celebration of the end of a college education, but a celebration of the beginning of life after college. That is the message John Warmack of Texarkana,...


Teacher helps restore history

Teacher helps restore history

on 04 August 2021

Bourbon High School teacher J.D. Huitt doesn’t just teach history—he lives it. In sharing his passion through a YouTube channel, Huitt has traveled across the United States and Europe creating...

Former Bourbon fire chief’s felony case continues

The case against the former Bourbon fire chief who was charged with assault of a police officer and resisting an arrest following an incident that took place in Bourbon in...

County approves EEZ benefits for Bourbon business

The Crawford County Enhanced Enterprise Zone (CCEEZ) has approved a real estate tax abatement for a factory renovation and modernization project in Bourbon that will include a $250,000 capital investment...

State and Regional

State task force invites Missourians to complete survey on rights of sexual assault victims and survivors

04 August 2021

A new state task force is seeking comments and suggestions from the public on how to strengthen protections and services for Missouri sexual assault victims. Comments and suggestions are being...

Missouri commemorating bicentennial of statehood on August 10 

04 August 2021

A special, public event on Missouri Statehood Day, marking the state’s bicentennial, will be held at the Missouri State Capitol August 10.

Vote for Missouri in the 2021 Best Looking Cruiser Contest

28 July 2021

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is taking part in the American Association of State Troopers’ "2021 America's Best Looking Cruiser Contest" and invites the public to vote for the MSHP's...


Elephant Rocks State Park hosting Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing Event Aug. 13

04 August 2021

To mark this year’s biggest summer meteor shower, Elephant Rocks State Park staff invites the public to a rare after-dark event at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13. The Perseid Meteor...

MDC invites deer hunters to virtual Introduction to Bowhunting class Aug. 9

04 August 2021

Hunting deer with firearms may be the most popular method, but it’s the bowhunters who get the most time and opportunity in the field. Missouri’s bowhunting season spans four months,...

Maramec Spring Park to host Monarch Habitat Workshop

30 July 2021

The iconic monarch butterfly is disappearing across North America. The Ozark Highlands are part of the critical central monarch flyway, as such, it is essential for all of us to...


ECC Theatre to present ‘Grits: The Musical’

ECC Theatre to present ‘Grits: The Musical’

22 July 2021

The East Central College Theatre Department will present “Grits: The Musical” for its summer performance.

OAT to present 'Always...Patsy Cline'

01 July 2021

Ozark Actors Theatre (OAT) is proud to present ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, as their first production of the Summer 2021 season! ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE will run July 8-18, 2021. Check Ozark Actor’s Theatre’s...

David Phelps to perform July 18 at Meramec Music Theatre in Steelville

30 June 2021

The unmistakable sound of multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps will be featured in Steelville, Missouri on Sunday, July 18 at the Meramec Music Theatre. This exciting concert...

Letters to the Editor

Wonderful story

on 23 July 2021

What a wonderful story about the Gladden twins. I must confess, I cried when I read it. Ina was my Sunday School teacher and a wonderful Christian lady. I didn’t...

White supremacy

on 23 July 2021

There has been much discussion around the country concerning the meaning of white supremacy. Therefore it is necessary to air this idea to more fully understand its importance.

America is in grave trouble

on 09 July 2021

It goes without saying that our country is in grave trouble and it is getting worse every day. People are dying by the dozen by violent means


Medicaid's financial history

on 29 July 2021

By Phill Brooks There is a fascinating history to Missouri's recent special session to fix the legislature's failure to continue one of the state's most important financial mechanisms that assures...

With COVID surging, vaccinated must stay alert for symptoms

on 23 July 2021

Breakthrough COVID, it’s a rare thing but it can happen. It happened to me last week.

Founding farms pass the test of time, build 200 years of Missouri tradition

on 23 July 2021

By Garrett Hawkins Missouri has seen a lot of changes in its first 200 years. Since gaining statehood on August 10, 1821, we have survived countless floods, droughts, a Civil...