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

Blood drive being held on August 19

on 11 August 2020

There will be a blood drive on Wednesday, August 19 from 3-6 p.m. at the Cuba Knights of Columbus 8920, 7057 Old 66 in Cuba, Missouri held by the Mississippi...

City moves ahead with police station, splash park plans

on 11 August 2020

The Cuba City Council met on August 4 and discussed the condition of the city’s police station and the possibility of a new building for Cencom. Several ordinances were also...

Alternative learning plan for Cuba students released

on 09 August 2020

The Cuba School District has formulated its plan for Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI, which is virtual learning) for the 2020-21 school year. It will be used by students who...

Steelville

Council discusses dog, cat limits in city

on 11 August 2020

Steelville Alderman Duane DeRennaux wants pets controlled and registered in the city. The recently elected alderman has spoken to his counterparts at the two most recent city council meetings about...

Steelville moves start of school to Sept. 8

on 06 August 2020

The first day of school in Steelville has been postponed to Tuesday, September 8. School board members met briefly on the morning of Thursday, August 6, and voted to approve...

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...

St. James

JMPL and elementary school offering book giveaway Friday

on 11 August 2020

The James Memorial Public Library is teaming with the Lucy Wortham James Elementary School to provide a free book giveaway this Friday, August 14. The event will take place in...

Chamber gun raffle tickets still on sale

on 11 August 2020

Those interested in entering a gun raffle only have a short time left to enter. The St. James Chamber of Commerce will hold the raffle drawing for a Henry “Goldenboy”...

YEP donates to Sleep in Heavenly Peace

YEP donates to Sleep in Heavenly Peace

on 07 August 2020

The Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) has donated $1,000 and members volunteered time building beds with the Rolla chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) on Saturday. Members helped build 20...

Crawford

COVID-19 cases total 77 in Crawford County

on 11 August 2020

Crawford County’s positive COVID-19 cases totaled 77 as of Monday, August 10. That is an increase of 19 cases over a week ago on August 3, when the total was...

Randazzo won three counties, took second in another on way to circuit judge election victory

on 11 August 2020

Having good name recognition and experience is generally a winning combination for any political candidate and that certainly turned out to be the case for Mike Randazzo in last week’s...

Primary election had 28 percent of voters at polls

on 11 August 2020

The August 4 Primary Election brought out just over 28 percent of Crawford County voters to cast their ballots. Of the registered voters in the county, just 4,612 out of...

Phelps

Pavement repairs scheduled for I-44 in Phelps County

on 11 August 2020

Missouri Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be working along Interstate 44 next week to improve the driving surface.

Vaccine to prevent tuberculosis may help limit spread of COVID-19

Vaccine to prevent tuberculosis may help limit spread of COVID-19

on 11 August 2020

A vaccine developed about a century ago to prevent tuberculosis may also help prevent the transmission of COVID-19, according to two Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers who examined...

Leaders to discuss Missouri S&T fall semester during Aug. 13 virtual town hall

on 07 August 2020

Chancellor Mo Dehghani and other leaders at Missouri University of Science and Technology will hold a virtual town hall at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, to discuss precautions the university...

Bourbon

New pastor welcomed to Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Bourbon, Rolla and Sullivan

on 11 August 2020

The Seventh-day Adventist Churches in the Bourbon, Rolla and Sullivan District are pleased to welcome a new Pastoral family to serve in this area. Elder Bryan Gallant accepted the call...

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,...

State and Regional

Governor expands call to special session on violent crime

11 August 2020

On Monday, Governor Mike Parson expanded his call to special session on violent crime to include a new provision to assist with the growing backlog of murder cases in St....

Motorists are reminded to watch for students as school begins across state

07 August 2020

Students across Missouri are preparing to begin their 2020-2021 school year. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers this brings a change in traffic patterns ─ school buses and parents...

Missouri’s Buckle Up Phone Down safety initiative is gaining national attention and momentum

07 August 2020

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s Buckle Up Phone Down safety initiative is being recognized nationally for its success in saving lives on Missouri highways, with other states joining the cause...

Outdoors

MDC invites public to free Aug. 19 kayaking clinic near Rolla

MDC invites public to free Aug. 19 kayaking clinic near Rolla

11 August 2020

Whether you enjoy fishing area streams or you simply like to relax by spending a day paddling a local waterway, kayaks are increasing in popularity as a way to connect...

MDC invites families to back-to-school fishing event at Bray Conservation Area

07 August 2020

Young anglers and their families will have opportunities to ring in the school year with a catch-and-release fishing event on Aug. 13.

MDC invites people to explore a Missouri stream on Aug. 11

06 August 2020

A healthy Missouri stream is full of life—literally. Crayfish, fish, turtles, and a variety of insects are among the creatures that can be found at or beneath the surface of...

Entertainment

Vichy Fire Department to hold carry out dinner on Sunday, August 9

04 August 2020

The Vichy Volunteer Fire Department will host a grilled pork steaks and chicken and dumpling dinner on Sunday, Aug. 9.

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...

Letters to the Editor

Don’t let the mob rule

on 06 August 2020

History is replete with examples of mob rule. Following the time of the Caesars, Rome was scourged by groups of citizens allowed to pillage when politicians thought it was to...

These are rough times

on 06 August 2020

It goes without saying that America is going through some rough times but there is a glimmer of hope. President Trump is telling us that American is fortunate in that...

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).

Opinions

To contain COVID, it’s wants vs. needs

on 06 August 2020

“I just want to get back to normal.” People say it all the time. It’s an appropriate feeling, but these are far from normal times. If we want to get...

Continuing to stay socially connected while physically distanced

on 06 August 2020

By Graham A. Colditz, Siteman Cancer Center If you feel that time has been moving at a different pace during the coronavirus pandemic, it seems you’re not alone. A study...

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...