COVID-19 sharp rise calls for community response, local health officials say

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase rapidly in our area, leaders at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, the Crawford County Health Department and the Franklin County Health Department are asking for the community's support in helping to slow community spread of this virus.


Missouri’s statewide ‘ShakeOut’ earthquake drill set for Oct. 15

Registration is now open for the 2020 Great Central U. S. “ShakeOut” earthquake drill on Oct. 15. More than one-half million Missourians participated in last year’s ShakeOut, and more than 100,000 are already registered for this year’s drill, which is designed to remind people how to protect themselves during an earthquake.


School district will add mental health specialist

The Cuba Board of Education met in open session on August 25.  The administrators—Assistant Superintendent Curt Graves and Superintendent Jon Earnhart—reported a successful first couple of days for the district.


Steelville schools announce fall sports restrictions

Simmons Auditorium at Steelville High School will be a lot quieter this fall. For home volleyball matches, no students will be allowed to attend unless they have a sister playing for the Lady Cardinals.


Ribbon cutting held for newly resurfaced tennis courts

A ribbon cutting was held last week to officially open the newly resurfaced tennis courts in the St. James City Park. Work was done over the past two weeks to repair cracks and resurface the courts, which have been in disrepair for several years.


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School reports uptick in those quarantined

on 22 September 2020

Just a week after reporting a drop in both COVID-19 cases and the number of teachers and students quarantined due to possible exposures to the disease, the Cuba School District...

CHS making changes for homecoming

on 22 September 2020

Cuba High School will celebrate its annual football homecoming game on Friday, October 2, when the Wildcats host Sweet Springs. Due to the ongoing pandemic, several changes are being made...

Animals rescued after carbon monoxide poisoning

Animals rescued after carbon monoxide poisoning

on 15 September 2020

Cuba Animal Control responded to an unusual call for help Sunday and wound up temporarily sheltering 65 dogs and one cat when a driver transferring shelter animals was found unresponsive...


Suicide prevention walk to be held Sept. 27

on 22 September 2020

The Steelville Missouri Community Betterment group is hosting its first annual suicide prevention walk on Sunday, September 27 at 1 p.m. at the Steelville City Park.

School projects nearing completion

on 22 September 2020

In a facilities update presented at the September Steelville School Board meeting, board members approved a final change order on the work completed in the front of the downtown campus,...

Council hears questions on pit bull service dog

on 14 September 2020

More research will need to be completed before the Steelville City Council will make a determination on a request to waive insurance requirements for a pit bull dog living inside...

St. James

St. James man charged sodomy

on 22 September 2020

A St. James man has been arrested on three counts of statutory sodomy of a person less than 12 years old, and one count of child molestation, second degree, of...

Two charged with murdering 15 year old

on 22 September 2020

Two teens have been arrested for allegedly murdering a 15-year-old boy after they all escaped from the St. James campus of Great Circle.

Quilts to be on display at St. James Tourist Information Center Oct. 1-5

Quilts to be on display at St. James Tourist Information Center Oct. 1-5

on 17 September 2020

The Missouri Bicentennial & Phelps County Commemorative Quilts will both be on display at the Tourist Information Center in St. James October 1-5.


County reports biggest jump yet in new COVID cases

on 22 September 2020

Crawford County’s positive COVID-19 cases have increased by 145 in the past two weeks, due in part to mass testing and facility-wide testing resulting in new cases being identified in...

Two killed in separate wrecks

on 22 September 2020

Two people were killed in Crawford County last week in unrelated wreck. One of the victims was from Nebraska, but the other lived in St. James. An 87-year-old woman was...

Commission rescinds bid award, gives to different supplier

on 22 September 2020

The annual propane bidding process for Crawford County ran into a snag when commissioners received a complaint that the lowest bidder had reportedly utilized a state inspection to undercut the...


Four more COVID-related deaths reported by health department

on 22 September 2020

The Phelps/Maries County Health Department has reported four more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the county to six total coronavirus deaths. Positive cases continue to increase, with several from the...

Missouri S&T to host virtual race to help celebrate 150th anniversary

on 17 September 2020

Join Missouri University of Science and Technology campus community, Miner Athletics, alumni and friends in a virtual 5K and support Missouri S&T students in the process. Participants can run, walk...

Phelps County youth place at 2020 Missouri State Fair

on 17 September 2020

The following individuals placed at the Missouri State Fair held August 13-23 in Sedalia.


Bourbon Park needs you!

on 15 September 2020

Having a safe and fun place to play is one of the most transformative things human beings do. Play engages and inspires by bringing fun and laughter to children and...

Bourbon School District providing free meals to all students

on 14 September 2020

The Bourbon School District has announced that its summer feeding program, which provided free meals to all students has been extended through the end of 2020.

Trespasser flees from police, charged with felony

on 11 September 2020

The Bourbon man who was allegedly caught trespassing at a local business and then ran from the cops stands charged with a felony as a result. Ronald L. Peters, 40,...

State and Regional

DHSS reinforces continued message of importance of using COVID-19 prevention measures during gatherings

22 September 2020

Fall weather has arrived, and although the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) encourages taking activities outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, this does not imply that prevention measures...

You’re invited to join Girl Scouts!

16 September 2020

Girls across eastern Missouri looking to join in on the innovative girl-led experience are invited to get a FREE sneak peek into the world of Girl Scouts! Throughout September, Girl...

September 20-26 is National Child Passenger Safety Week

15 September 2020

Is your child in an appropriate car seat? The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to ensure all caregivers of young children know the importance of buckling children in an...


Enjoying a day on Current River with Billy Smith

Enjoying a day on Current River with Billy Smith

17 September 2020

By Bill Cooper Billy Smith is the owner and operator of Scenic Rivers Guide Service and Tours based in Eminence. A local legend, Billy spent his working life with the...

Catching catfish on Norfolk

17 September 2020

By Larry Dablemont Most all waters in the Midwest have catfish, but if you want to eat some, you should go after those in ponds, lakes or rivers that are...

Get hunter education through MDC’s online format

15 September 2020

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missourians ages 16 and older they may obtain their hunter-education certification through an all-online format. The online option allows Missourians ages 16 and...


Missouri S&T to host Hispanic Heritage Month events

15 September 2020

From mid-September to mid-October, various student groups and initiatives at Missouri University of Science and Technology will offer educational opportunities to the community about Hispanic cultures and identities.

Vichy Fire Department plans annual tractor cruise and fall dinner on Sunday, Sept. 13

01 September 2020

The Vichy Fire Dept. will host the Seventh Annual Leroy Tipton Memorial Tractor Cruise on Sept. 13, 2020, at the Vichy Community Park.

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.

Letters to the Editor

Farm Bureau celebrates friends of agriculture

on 10 September 2020

We thank nurses, police, waiters and other service providers. We designate one week a year to Thank a Farmer. But we don’t often take the time to thank our political...

We are all in this together

on 10 September 2020

 We are all in this together, You and I; All of us must work whether we live and if we die. We are all in this together; black, red and...

Food pantry doing a wonderful job

on 24 August 2020

I want to commend Administrator Linda Plank and the volunteers at the Cuba Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry for the well-organized and diligent work they do in distributing food to those...


The right to peacefully protest needs better supporters

on 10 September 2020

By Lata NottFreedom Forum Institute On Friday, Aug. 28, Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana introduced a bill called the “Support Peaceful Protest Act.” Despite the cheery title, its very purpose...

Thank a first responder

on 10 September 2020

We hope you will take time this week to check out our annual salute to area first responders, which can be found inside this week’s newspapers. And if you get...

Area is headed in wrong direction on coronavirus

on 03 September 2020

If you follow the weekly updates provided by the Crawford and Phelps counties health departments that regularly appear in our three newspapers, or keep track of cases on the Missouri...