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New flood zone won’t change school plans

            In spite of a new flood plain study that could raise the base elevation at the downtown campus of the Steelville School District by two- to three-and-a-half feet, putting the entirety of it below flood plain elevation, the school board voted to continue with the current construction projects as they have been designed.

Big birds are making a big comeback

By Larry Dablemont
    I am amazed at the great increase in the number of large-species birds. Back in the fall there were thousands of huge white pelicans in the Ozarks. Most likely there are 10 times as many pelicans today as there were 100 years ago. I could write a whole column about pelicans, a fascinating bird I have observed in both northwest Canada and the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Ozarks.

Stratman announces he won’t seek reelection

    Phelps County District 1 County Commissioner Larry Stratman announced last week this will be his final term and he will not seek reelection in the fall. Stratman has served on the commission for four terms and has been an active part of the growth of Phelps County.