CHS ‘Odyssey’ team takes 20th during worldwide competition

A six-student team from Cuba High School finished 20th at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Iowa late last month. The group qualified for the competition after taking first in Missouri.


Equipment for new SROs among $100,000 in funding approved for sheriff’s office

The Crawford County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund (LERF) Board met on Tuesday, June 7, and approved funding for nearly $100,000 in requests from Sheriff Darin Layman.


SMTS could add loop from St. James to Rolla

Representatives from Southeast Missouri Transportation Service (SMTS) and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) recently presented plans to the St. James city council on adding two new loops to the transportation service, one of which would provide service to and from St. James to Rolla.


Steelville Arts Council hosts 12th annual Plein Air event - PHOTO GALLERY

Steelville Arts Council has held 12 Plein Air events thus far and it just keeps getting better and better. The artists continue to improve their outdoor painting skills, and it shows in their work. And the community of Steelville continues to show their support throughout the week.


Life House opens youth center

Life House Youth Center (LHYC), which has been providing free activities for children ages 10 to 17 in Sullivan since 2017, has opened a new location in Cuba.


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School board votes to cancel grant application for field upgrades

on 30 June 2022

The Cuba School Board has decided not to seek a grant for improvements to the High School baseball and softball fields. At least some of the planned upgrades, however, will...

Cuba School District bans student cell phones

on 30 June 2022

Students in the Cuba School District won’t be able to carry their cell phones during regular class hours following approval of a change to the Elementary, Middle School, and High...

Wildcat football camp set for July

on 30 June 2022

The Second Annual Cuba Wildcat Football Camp, sponsored by Maries County Bank, is scheduled for July 18, 19, and 21 at Hood Park. It is open to kids entering kindergarten...


Steelville elementary needs more room

Steelville elementary needs more room

on 30 June 2022

“We are crunched,” Superintendent Christina Hess told the Steelville School Board at their meeting last week as she described the lack of necessary space at the elementary school. “We are...

Freedom Fest is July 4

on 30 June 2022

Freedom Fest 2022 will be held on Monday, July 4, at the Steelville City Park. The annual Independence Day celebration is sponsored by the Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Donor questions completion of dog pound

Donor questions completion of dog pound

on 29 June 2022

Mary Young has been pushing hard to get a new facility for unwanted or lost dogs in Steelville for several years now. The local resident has worked with rescue organizations...

St. James

Tiger Shark Waterpark open for the season

Tiger Shark Waterpark open for the season

on 30 June 2022

After a month-long delay, Tiger Shark Waterpark officially opened for the season on Thursday, June 23 and had a strong opening weekend as swimmers returned to the facility. Despite a...

Chamber holding fireworks display for July 4 celebration

on 30 June 2022

The St. James Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual July 4 fireworks display next Monday night beginning at 9:20 p.m. Fireworks will be shot from the St. James Middle...

July 1 is last day to vote for Small Town Showcase

on 30 June 2022

Friday is the final day to vote for St. James in the 2023 Small Town Showcase. The top five communities will be featured by the Missouri Humanities Council and voting...


Cuba man attacks woman at river access

on 30 June 2022

A convicted criminal with a previous history of violence attacked a woman attempting to fish at a local river access point after he tried to steal her truck. As a...

Crawford, Phelps unemployment ticked up in May

on 30 June 2022

Unemployment in Crawford County went up four-tenths of one percent in May, while the rate jumped six-tenths of a percent in Phelps County. Despite the fact more people worked in...

Crawford County Felony Report

on 30 June 2022

The Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has filed felony charges against the following people. Each person is presumed innocent of the charges until proven guilty in a court of competent...


MDC to hold informational Master Naturalist meeting in Rolla

on 01 July 2022

Protecting Missouri’s natural resources is an ongoing and challenging task. The challenge is made easier when private citizen groups can coordinate efforts with state agencies to provide education, outreach information,...

Rolla Job Center partners with Emery Sapp to offer CDL apprenticeship program

on 29 June 2022

The Rolla Job Center has partnered with Emery Sapp to host a CDL apprenticeship registration event on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing paid training...

Students participate in Youth Tour

on 29 June 2022

Ninety-three high school students participated in Missouri's 59th annual Missouri Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., June 13-19. Intercounty Electric’s local delegates were Gracie Elledge of Licking, Alyssa Peifer of...


Lady Warhawks basketball camp dates set

Bourbon High School will host this summer’s Lady Warhawks Youth Basketball Camp July 19-20.

Council approves police double time pay policy

The Bourbon City Council approved the police department to proceed with a double time pay policy on traffic enforcement programs through the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). Police Chief Scott...

Bourbon Bread and Coffee Saloon opening new patio

Bourbon Bread and Coffee Saloon opening new patio

Bourbon Bread and Coffee Saloon celebrated its first anniversary earlier this month and announced the construction of a new outside patio and stage.

State and Regional

Governor issues legislative vetoes, calls for special session for permanent tax relief, largest tax cut in state history 

03 July 2022

Today, during a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Parson announced that he is vetoing HB 2090, SB 724, HB 1720, and HB 1667. In response to his vetoes...

MDC to offer free kayaking programs this summer in the Ozarks

01 July 2022

Summer is here and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is encouraging you to spend a day paddling a local waterway or fishing your favorite stream following four free beginner...

Governor Parson Takes Action on FY23 State Operating Budget Bills

01 July 2022

Today, Governor Mike Parson signed Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) state operating budget bills, approving historic investments in Missouri's infrastructure, communities, workforce, education systems, public safety resources, and public services.


Apply online for MDC managed deer hunts starting July 1

29 June 2022

Beginning July 1, deer hunters can apply online through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) website for a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state this...

Summertime fun – the heat is on!

29 June 2022

Stay safe and well when visiting Missouri State Parks Don’t let your hot fun in the summertime turn into summertime blues! While being outside and enjoying nature is usually a...

Missouri Department of Natural Resources seeks public comment on proposed restoration project in southeast Missouri: Feral Hog Removal for Ecological Restoration

29 June 2022

The U.S. Forest Service, serving as a trustee for Missouri’s natural resources, along with co-trustees the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are seeking...


OAT opens season with Mamma Mia!

30 June 2022

Ozark Actors Theatre is proud to present MAMMA MIA! with Sarah Smith and Taylor Lewis as the charming mother-daughter duo leading this production. Smith traveled the country for three years...

OAT to present 'Mamma Mia!'

23 June 2022

Ozark Actors Theatre is proud to present MAMMA MIA! with Sarah Smith and Taylor Lewis as the charming mother-daughter duo leading this production.

‘Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play’ brings Christmas in July to ECC Theatre

15 June 2022

The East Central College Theatre Department will be celebrating “Christmas in July” with its summer production of “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play.”

Letters to the Editor

Here for our patients

on 16 June 2022

To Our Patients and Community: The partnership between physicians and their patients is one built on confidence, mutual respect and honesty. When patients find physicians they value, these relationships are...

Good question: Where is the money going

on 10 June 2022

When I started reading Gary Hoover’s letter to the editor last week, I thought he was talking about Beamer Lane. We have also asked the road district to work on...

Modern day fake news

on 10 June 2022

It should come as no surprise that history is replete with examples of fake news but the question is why would a person or group of people want to create...


Road complainers still deserve good service

on 24 June 2022

Complaints about county roads are nothing new, but they’ve taken on a life of their own in Crawford County recently. The lead paragraph in a story published in this week’s...

Five big anniversaries in June that defined our First Amendment rights

on 24 June 2022

By the Freedom Forum Institute June, when the Supreme Court wraps up its term each year, is often a big month for rulings with significant impact. Here are five times...

A free GIS service should be provided

on 16 June 2022

A Crawford County citizen attended a recent meeting of the county commission and raised a good point about having public access to the GIS (geographic information system). Taxpayers fund it,...