Tornado confirmed as part of Saturday storm

The National Weather Service (NWS) has determine that Saturday’s storms that hit the Cuba area included a small tornado that passed to the northwest of the city. No injuries were reported.

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St. James Class of 2020 graduates - PHOTO GALLERY

The St. James High School Class of 2020 held its commencement ceremony Friday night at the multipurpose sports complex. Students celebrated to a firework display before moving on to school, military, or careers.

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Summer school enrollment forms due by July 1

Summer school may be looking a little different this year as Assistant Superintendent Ryan Graves announced the district’s official plans for its much-anticipated program, which will run from July 13 through Aug. 12, giving students just 12 days off before the start of the new academic year.

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City will follow Phase 2 of state reopening plan

The city of St. James will enter Phase 2 of Governor Mike Parson’s statewide Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, slowly reopening city facilities. Plans are already in place to open the pool for the summer later this month and the city is looking at opening other facilities such as the community hall, historic train depot, and more following the guidelines presented by state health officials.

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Ward 1 voters will head back to the polls on July 7

In the June 2 Cuba municipal election, incumbent Alderman Warren Graddy and challenger Harold Halbert finished in a dead heat. The result has prompted a new election, which is scheduled for July 7.

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Cuba

Chamber hears local economic update

on 06 July 2020

The Cuba Chamber of Commerce met in an open meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, July 1. The chamber discussed progress on the new medical marijuana facility opening up in the...

Ward 1 voters heading back to polls

on 02 July 2020

In the June 2 Cuba municipal election, incumbent Ward 1 Alderman Warren Graddy and challenger Harold Halbert finished in a dead heat. The result has prompted a new election, which...

School board honors retirees, gets graduation update

School board honors retirees, gets graduation update

on 02 July 2020

The Cuba Board of Education honored four retirees and one board member for their service to the district during its meeting on Thursday, June 25. Updates on graduation and summer...

Steelville

Class of 2020 earns $172,250 in scholarships

on 06 July 2020

Graduates of the Steelville High School Class of 2020 have received a total of $172,250 in scholarships to further their education. Scholarships have been awarded as follows:

Woman kicks in door, fights with another

on 30 June 2020

A Cuba woman has been charged with burglary and assault after reportedly forcing her way into her ex’s house in Steelville and attacking his new girlfriend.

Meramec Music Theatre reopening

on 30 June 2020

The Meramec Music Theatre will reopen its doors in July following a three-month intermission caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. James

City receives $50,000 grant from DNR

on 07 July 2020

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded a $50,000 Small Community Engineering Assistance Program grant to the city of St. James to help evaluate the city’s wastewater collection...

Iron Hill Armory opens downtown

Iron Hill Armory opens downtown

on 02 July 2020

Iron Hill Armory held a grand opening on Saturday, June 20, at its new home located at 120 North Jefferson Street in downtown St. James. Owned and operated by Jeremy...

School board approves finishing CSIP

on 02 July 2020

The St. James Board of Education voted last week to move forward with FirEd up Consulting to finalize the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) after it was delayed due to...

Crawford

Collector reports tax sale issues

on 06 July 2020

Crawford County Collector Pat Schwent brought two concerns to the commission at their June 30 meeting—both related to the annual tax sale—and both connected to properties that have been discovered...

First application for CC CARES Act funds received

on 06 July 2020

The first application for CARES Act funds from the county was received last week. Crawford County Associate Commissioner and CARES Act Committee member Jared Boast updated his fellow commissioners about...

Crawford County now has 15 positive COVID-19 cases

on 02 July 2020

The Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) is no longer issuing press releases with each confirmed positive case of COVID-19, but plans to continue to report public locations of potential exposure...

Phelps

TAC learns about Missouri’s Safety Circuit Rider Program

on 07 July 2020

The Missouri Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) has started a safety circuit rider program to help local governments improve safety on local roads.

Rolla special waste collection at Brewer Science diverts 29.91 tons of recyclable material from landfill

Rolla special waste collection at Brewer Science diverts 29.91 tons of recyclable material from landfill

on 06 July 2020

Meramec Regional Planning Commission, with funding from the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) and volunteer support from Brewer Science and the city of Rolla, gathered 29.91 tons of...

Phelps County PHA elects new officers

on 02 July 2020

The Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) elected new officers for fiscal year 2020-2021. Maries County Presiding Commissioner Vic Stratman will serve as chairman, while Crawford County Presiding Commissioner Leo...

Bourbon

Woman arrested for alleged assault on deputies

A Bourbon woman faces three felony charges and two misdemeanor charges following an altercation with Crawford County deputies on Sunday, July 5.

BHS sends off 74 grads - PHOTO GALLERY

BHS sends off 74 grads - PHOTO GALLERY

The Bourbon High School class of 2020 received their diplomas on Friday, June 26. The commencement ceremony was held outside for the first time on the school’s newly built track...

BHS seniors awarded nearly $325,000 in scholarships

Bourbon High School awarded over $25,000 in local scholarships and $294,000 in national and university scholarships to the senior class of 2020 during their graduation ceremony which was held on...

State and Regional

Ashcroft announces Missouri Census Record and Tax List Database is now available online

07 July 2020

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced the Missouri Census Record and Tax List Database is now available online at https://s1.sos.mo. gov/records/archives/archivesdb/census/Default.aspx.

New Troopers graduate from MSHP Academy

07 July 2020

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces that 21 troopers graduated from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on today, Friday, June 26, 2020.

As Missouri’s COVID-19 cases rise, health departments grapple with contact tracing burdens

06 July 2020

By Colleen Wouters, Missouri Information CorpsNearly four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, city and county health departments in Missouri are working to expand contact tracing plans. But some say they’re...

Outdoors

Bear named ‘Bruno’ by social media sedated and transported to safety on Sunday by MDC staff

06 July 2020

The adult male bear who attracted public attention and was christened “Bruno” by social media has been sedated and transported to suitable habitat outside the urban area, according to the...

Get fall deer and turkey hunting info from new MDC booklet

06 July 2020

Missouri deer and turkey hunters can get the most current information on upcoming fall hunting from the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) 2020 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting & Regulations...

MDC announces five hunters drawn for elk permits

06 July 2020

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering Missourians the state’s first elk-hunting season in modern history starting this October. For the inaugural season, MDC will issue one permit each...

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

We continue to dumb down our country

on 02 July 2020

During WWII one of the best of the German generals, Irwin Rommel, made an interesting observation about the American troops. He said that when an American officer leading the troops...

America needs to stand for the truth

on 02 July 2020

Our country is in trouble in so many ways. Donald Trump was elected because he was at the top of the Republican ballot. Evangelical Christians are trusting him, though they...

Picture brought back childhood memories

on 02 July 2020

The picture of the tallest man in (a recent) paper brought back memories of when I was a young girl.

Opinions

Wearing a mask is your patriotic duty

on 02 July 2020

Throughout the history of our country people have proudly stepped up when called into service during times of crisis. At no time was that more evident than during World War...

A tale of two states - rural and urban Missouri

on 28 June 2020

By Rik W. Hafer Missouri’s economy has lagged the national average for many years. Over the past two decades, only a handful of states have expanded at a slower rate....

Remembering Harriett Woods

on 28 June 2020

By Phill Brooks As I reflect on the final months of term-limited state legislators who have made a profound difference for the state, I also remember Harriett Woods. While she...