Bourbon WWII veteran knighted by Belgium

Before a large crowd of high school and middle school students, area veterans, school officials, foreign dignitaries, friends, and family, Bourbon World War II veteran Reid Stephens was awarded the Order of the Crown, the second highest Belgian Order of Knighthood, on Friday, Feb. 21, in the Bourbon High School gymnasium. The honor was presented for Stephens’ service to Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.

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Commissioners question treasurer’s $3.1 million error

Crawford County Commissioners called out Treasurer Karen Sikes at their meeting on February 18, asking that they be kept informed of situations like a recent mistake she’d made in disbursing funds. Their main concern was not necessarily the mistake, which had been rectified, but the fact that they were unaware of it and hadn’t had an answer for constituents who had questioned the situation.

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Trout season begins March 1

Trout season opens on Sunday, March 1 and Maramec Spring Park will be filled with anglers seeking their first catch of the season. The James Foundation is preparing for another great year of fishing and the park will be open for camping with the reception building operating during regular hours.

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CHS senior wins $100,000 scholarship to CMU

Senior Madelyn Mehl probably thought February 18 was just going to be another regular day of classes at Cuba High School, but she might have been curious why her parents insisted she wear her Central Methodist University (CMU) hoodie that morning. In the afternoon, she found out they had 100,000 reasons why.

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Officer shot, suspect killed during domestic disturbance

A Cuba police officer was shot in the line of duty on Saturday, Feb. 8. The suspect who reportedly fired at the officer was killed when the officer returned fire.

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Cuba

Drugs and cash seized in search

on 25 February 2020

Local law enforcement and an area task force found drugs and cash during the execution of the search warrant in the Cuba area on February 21.

School district searching for new CHS principal

School district searching for new CHS principal

on 24 February 2020

During its February 19 meeting, the Cuba School Board officially accepted the resignation of High School Principal Tim Webster. He is leaving the district to accept the position of assistant...

Council approves sewer fix, new police officer

on 21 February 2020

At its February 18 meeting, the Cuba City Council approved two bids for materials and supplies needed to address an ongoing sewer problem at two residential homes on Trainer Avenue....

Steelville

Empty Bowls 2020 is next week

on 25 February 2020

Plan now to attend the Empty Bowls fundraiser in Steelville—the annual event that involves music, art, dinner, and of course, bowls—all for a good cause. The 2020 dinner will be...

School board sets 2020-21 calendar, extending length of school day

on 24 February 2020

Steelville School Board members approved a calendar for the 2020-21 school year at their monthly meeting on Thursday, February 20. It includes a later start date and an additional 10...

City Superintendent reports on utility department

on 18 February 2020

Steelville City Superintendent Jason Evans provides reports to the city council at each meeting—giving information on work underway and completed, requesting approval for needed purchases, and discussing other utility related...

St. James

Council chooses Hochschild Bloom & Company as new auditor

on 25 February 2020

During a meeting last week, the St. James City Council approved Hochschild Bloom & Company LLP as the city’s new auditor and hired current auditor Cindy Bates, of Bates CPA,...

Ambulance stolen during drop off at Mizzou

on 25 February 2020

An ambulance from St. James was stolen during a delivery of a patient to the University Medical Center Emergency Department in Columbia last week. The vehicle was taken by a...

Trout season begins March 1

on 24 February 2020

Trout season opens on Sunday, March 1 and Maramec Spring Park will be filled with anglers seeking their first catch of the season. The James Foundation is preparing for another...

Crawford

Couple flees from cops in stolen car

on 25 February 2020

A high-speed chase in a stolen car traveled through northeastern Crawford County and ended in the arrest of a Sullivan man and woman on February 22.

County budgets $3.1 million for law enforcement

on 25 February 2020

Fighting crime is a costly venture, one that is anticipated to cost the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) more than $3.1 million in 2020. Of that, the vast majority is...

Commissioners question treasurer’s $3.1 million error

on 24 February 2020

Crawford County Commissioners called out Treasurer Karen Sikes at their meeting on February 18, asking that they be kept informed of situations like a recent mistake she’d made in disbursing...

Phelps

Assessment forms due

on 25 February 2020

Phelps County residents are encouraged to fill their personal property tax forms out and return them to the assessor’s office before the March 1 deadline. Forms can be filled out...

Deadline for Project Graduation docudrama assistance grants is Friday, February 28

on 25 February 2020

The 2020 Project Graduation and Docudrama Grants are now available through Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), in partnership with the Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety. The grant deadline is...

Missouri S&T to launch Global Engineering Program in fall 2020

on 24 February 2020

Future engineers who aspire to work globally can prepare for their careers through Missouri University of Science and Technology’s new Global Engineering Program. Engineering students will enroll in the program...

Bourbon

R1 school screenings scheduled

on 25 February 2020

The Crawford County R-1 School District will hold its annual Preschool/Kindergarten screening the week of March 16-20.

Bourbon WWII veteran knighted by Belgium

Bourbon WWII veteran knighted by Belgium

on 24 February 2020

Before a large crowd of high school and middle school students, area veterans, school officials, foreign dignitaries, friends, and family, Bourbon World War II veteran Reid Stephens was awarded the...

Bourbon school district exploring four-day week

on 24 February 2020

The Bourbon School District is considering a transition into a four-day school week. Superintendent Kyle Gibbs is currently working on both a four-day and five-day school calendar for next year,...

State and Regional

Critics worry marriage bill would discriminate against same-sex couples

25 February 2020

By Claire Colby, Missouri News NetworkJEFFERSON CITY — Rep. Adam Schnelting says his bill, which he informally refers to as the “Get Government Out of Marriage Bill,” is not about...

Bill would add requirement for public employee unions

25 February 2020

By Maria Benevento, Missouri News NetworkJEFFERSON CITY — Public employee unions trying to collect fees could face an extra requirement if a bill heard by a Missouri Senate committee Tuesday...

K-12 education bill rallies support, others receive mixed views from public testimony

25 February 2020

By Mikayla Easley, Missouri News NetworkJEFFERSON CITY — Proposals dealing with the Bible, armed resource officers and increased suicide prevention efforts in schools were the subject of a House education...

Outdoors

Time to buy annual hunting and fishing permits

24 February 2020

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters and anglers that annual hunting and fishing permits expire at the end of February, including 2019 permits for small game, fishing, trout...

Preparations being made for upcoming trout season

20 February 2020

By Bill Cooper Excitement is in the air as opening day of the 2020 Missouri trout season approaches for the four trout parks in the state. Montuak State Park, Bennett...

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a secret place in the woods

20 February 2020

By Larry Dablemont As much as I love to hunt and fish, I was born a naturalist first and foremost, and I have made much of my living actually working...

Entertainment

ECC screening ‘13TH’ documentary film

21 February 2020

The ECC Film and Lecture Series will screen the documentary "13TH" Thursday, Feb. 27.

‘Driving Miss Daisy’ to be at Leach Theatre

20 February 2020

The Neil Simon Festival Production Co. will present an off-Broadway performance of Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” at Missouri University of Science and Technology this February. Television veterans Clarence Gilyard,...

‘Sip &  Sample’ being held in Sullivan

18 February 2020

The Sullivan Fraternal Order of Eagles will be hosting a “Sip & Sample” event on Saturday, March 7, to benefit the Life House Youth Center. The event, which will be...

Letters to the Editor

In response to “Commissioners address road complaints”

on 20 February 2020

I happen to be from St. Louis, however, that does not make me uninformed about gravel roads. I grew up in a rural area and have experienced many hundreds of...

Abortion still wrong

on 13 February 2020

Sorry to write again so soon, but I want to comment on something said by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, of Michigan, in her Democratic response to Pres. Trump's State of the...

How can you follow Jesus and Trump?

on 13 February 2020

Like many, I’m perplexed by the divide in the Christian community over President Trump—but I’m not surprised. The media is fueling lies, and the world is listening. This was demonstrated...

Opinions

Privacy rights vs. the public’s right to know

on 20 February 2020

By Phill Brooks A recent lawsuit filed against the Missouri House has highlighted a growing conflict between demands for openness in government versus the expectation of Missouri citizens for personal...

For 150 years, innovation has run through Mo. S&T

on 13 February 2020

By Mohammad Dehghani Doppler radar. Mobile payment systems. A GPS in the palm of your hand. We take these types of everyday technologies for granted. But behind each of them...

Dark money in the 2020 campaigns

on 06 February 2020

By Phill Brooks The Missouri Ethics Commission has struck another blow against "dark money." The term describes money spent on behalf of candidates and ballot issues using a legal loophole...