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.

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Bourbon School District announces reopening guidelines

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Cuba

Livestock auction also helped fund memorial scholarship

Livestock auction also helped fund memorial scholarship

on 31 July 2020

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.

Cuba Elementary School reports COVID-19 case

on 30 July 2020

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.

Cuba Bakery announces temporary closing due possible coronavirus exposure

on 30 July 2020

On Wednesday, Cuba Bakery and Deli announced via social media that it is temporarily closing due to a potential exposure to COVID-19. The business expects to reopen on August 11.

Steelville

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.

UPDATED - Steelville schools announce positive COVID-19 test

on 24 July 2020

The Steelville School District announced today (July 24) that an individual who attended a recent practice has tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent Mike Whittaker released the following statement:

St. James

Kiwanis club raffling kayak

on 29 July 2020

The St. James Kiwanis Club are raffling off a kayak and tickets are on sale now. This is the second year the kayak raffle has been held, with the club...

MRPC  hosting opioid use disorder awareness walk in St. James August 1

on 29 July 2020

The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Rural Opioid Initiative in partnership with Mid-MO Addiction Awareness Group (MAAG) will host an opioid use disorder awareness walk in St. James on Saturday,...

Library picnic is canceled

on 28 July 2020

The Friends of the Library volunteer organization announced this week the annual picnic fundraiser for the facility has been canceled this year. The event was scheduled for September 19.

Crawford

Illinois man drowns in Huzzah

on 03 August 2020

The third drowning of the summer in Crawford County occurred on August 1.

CCHD reports potential public exposures to COVID-19

on 31 July 2020

The Crawford County Health Department has released information on places of notable potential exposures to COVID-19 in recent days. Numbers for Thursday, July 30 as reported by the CCHD included...

Argument escalates to stabbing, woman charged with armed assault

Argument escalates to stabbing, woman charged with armed assault

on 30 July 2020

A Cook Station woman has been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action after allegedly stabbing a man in the stomach on July 11.

Phelps

Missouri S&T wins $1.5 million award to create cutting-edge spectrometer

on 31 July 2020

Missouri University of Science and Technology has received a $1.5 million award from the National Science Foundation to develop a new, state-of-the-art, rotational microwave spectrometer on its campus in Rolla.

Missouri CIT internationally recognized

on 31 July 2020

The Missouri Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Council has received exciting news. Detective Jason Klaus, Missouri CIT Coordinator, was given the 2020 CIT International Coordinator of the Year Award and Corporal...

Two seeking chance at District 2 commissioner seat

on 31 July 2020

Two Republicans will face each other in the August Primary for the District 2 Commissioner seat, with the winner facing Democrat Kristina Leininger in the November general election.

Bourbon

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

Local school districts discuss reopening challenges

30 July 2020

Area public school superintendents met last Friday at the Rolla Technical Center to discuss many of the challenges school district leaders are presently facing as they prepare for the 2020-2021...

Local families can collect school supplies for children worldwide

30 July 2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted everyday life in some way for nearly everyone on the planet. Yet, Samaritan’s Purse continues to share hope through a shoebox. Staff and volunteers...

Area unemployment remained high in June

29 July 2020

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...

Outdoors

Grandson catches trophy Gasconade River smallmouth

Grandson catches trophy Gasconade River smallmouth

30 July 2020

By Bill Cooper I’ll never forget taking my nine-year-old grandson, Ronnie Cooper Austin, on a recent fishing trip to the Gasconade River near Vienna. I suspect Ronnie will long remember...

You should always carry Finland’s finest lure

30 July 2020

By Larry Dablemont If I had to pick a half-dozen lures to take with me all the time no matter where I intended to fish, one of them would no...

Bears on the move in Missouri, MDC encourages Be Bear Aware

24 July 2020

The black bear is one of the largest and heaviest wild mammals in Missouri with some reaching up to 500 pounds. It is also a long-distance roamer constantly in search...

Entertainment

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...

Vichy Fire Department to host whole hog sausage, chicken and dumpling dinner on Sunday, June 14

10 June 2020

The Vichy Volunteer Fire Department will host a whole hog sausage and chicken and dumpling dinner on Sunday, June 14.

Letters to the Editor

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).

Invest in family, friends and personal health

on 30 July 2020

Just sharing my heart…COVID and the political divisiveness in this country are wearing people down emotionally and destroying the economy.

Auxier has what it takes to be commissioner

on 30 July 2020

Joey Auxier is qualified to be the next great Phelps County Commissioner. Eastern Phelps County must have a commissioner who understands the needs of Rolla, St. James and rural Phelps...

Opinions

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...

America needs more meat processing options

on 24 July 2020

By Eric Bohl “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” This saying goes at least as far back as Don Quixote, written in 1615, and is probably much...

Tale of two hospitals shows impact of Medicaid expansion

on 16 July 2020

By Paul Taylor Consider this a tale of two hospitals. Four years ago, our health system was forced to shut down Ozark Community Hospital in Springfield. Two hundred employees lost...