Cuba teachers and students celebrate end of school year - PHOTO GALLERY

Cuba teachers gathered at Hood Park on May 19 to celebrate the end of the 2019-20 school year with students after not having seen each other in person for two months after in-person classes were suspended due to the ongoing pandemic. School staff lined the old racetrack at the park, while students and their parents drove through and waived at each other.

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Memorial Day observed in St. James

Members of the VFW Post 5608 held a short Memorial Day service in front of the Veterans Memorial at the Missouri Veterans Home-St. James. Members fired shots and played Taps in honor of passed veterans.

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Courts reopen but under social distancing and disinfection requirements

With courts slowly reopening after the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Crawford County commissioners heard from Circuit Clerk Karen Harlan last week on plans being put into place to hear cases while still following requirements for social distancing.

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Cuba High School virtually awards local scholarships

Cuba High School awarded over $36,000 in local scholarships to the graduating class of 2020. The scholarship celebration was scheduled to take place on Friday, May 15 but was canceled due to social distancing restrictions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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School board hears about work plans, questions costs

Plans will move forward with the bidding process for the traffic flow and parking area in the front of the downtown campus of the Steelville Schools, but school board members expressed their discontent with costs that have been well over the estimates for the capital improvement projects funded through a no-tax-increase bond issue approved by voters in 2019.

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Cuba

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday

on 28 May 2020

Area voters should have chosen new city council, school board, and other positions in April, but a delay in the vote due to the ongoing pandemic pushed the election back...

Veterans groups observe Memorial Day in Cuba - PHOTO GALLERY

on 28 May 2020

Members of Cuba’s American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts gathered at Kinder Cemetery in Cuba on Monday to observe Memorial Day and remember all those...

Cuba FFA member among those selected for 2020 Missouri Agribusiness Academy

Cuba FFA member among those selected for 2020 Missouri Agribusiness Academy

on 28 May 2020

Thirty high school sophomores were recently selected to participate in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Agribusiness Academy. The students will spend time throughout the year exploring various segments of...

Steelville

SHS grad wins awards in national contest

on 28 May 2020

Jonathan Davis, valedictorian of the Steelville High School Class of 2017, has just finished his junior year at the University of Kentucky where he is majoring in linguistics. He recently...

June 2 election includes mayoral race, fire district tax question

on 28 May 2020

The municipal election for 2020 will be held on Tuesday, June 2. The election date was moved from April 7 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All ballots for this...

Four seek mayor’s seat in Steelville

Four seek mayor’s seat in Steelville

on 27 May 2020

Current Steelville Mayor Michael “Tiny” Keen faces three challengers in his bid for re-election. Voters will select the mayor for the next two years at the June 2 election, rescheduled...

St. James

General election is June 2

on 28 May 2020

The municipal election for local offices will be held next Tuesday, June 2, after being postponed in April. There will be races for three seats on the St. James City...

Three aldermanic races will be decided on June 2

Three aldermanic races will be decided on June 2

on 28 May 2020

Tuesday, June 2 will see three races for seats on the St. James City Council in Wards 1, 2, and 4. In Ward 3, only one candidate is on the...

Bentley named May Senior Companion of the Month

on 28 May 2020

St. James resident Carmalea Bentley was chosen Senior Companion of the Month at the May 20 Zoom in-service meeting hosted at the Phelps County Courthouse.

Crawford

Courts reopen but under social distancing and disinfection requirements

Courts reopen but under social distancing and disinfection requirements

on 27 May 2020

With courts slowly reopening after the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Crawford County commissioners heard from Circuit Clerk Karen Harlan last week on plans being put into place to...

First CCSO scholarship recipient graduates with honors

First CCSO scholarship recipient graduates with honors

on 22 May 2020

Crawford County Sheriff's Office employee Michael Moore has graduated from the Mineral Area College Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Deputy Williams retires after almost 20 years of service

Deputy Williams retires after almost 20 years of service

on 22 May 2020

On May 13, Crawford County Sheriff Darin Layman announced “with respect and gratitude” the retirement of Deputy Frank Williams from the Crawford County Sheriff's Office.

Phelps

Thinking about a construction or renovation project in Phelps County? A floodplain development permit may be required

on 28 May 2020

Second of a three-part series Phelps County does not have a building codes program that requires a permit. However, you may need a floodplain development permit if you are planning...

Phelps Health patients, doctors share benefits of telehealth visits

Phelps Health patients, doctors share benefits of telehealth visits

on 27 May 2020

St. James resident John “Keith” Livingstone wanted to discuss a medication adjustment with his doctor, Rachelle Gorrell, DO, a family medicine physician and division chief of primary care with Phelps...

Missouri S&T alumnus named chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering

Missouri S&T alumnus named chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering

on 27 May 2020

Dr. David Bayless returns to Missouri University of Science and Technology on Jan. 1, 2021, as the new chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering. A 1987 Missouri S&T mechanical engineering...

Bourbon

Bourbon graduation plans announced

The Bourbon School District has announced an updated plan for its 2020 graduation. The ceremony is now scheduled for Friday, June 26, and it will be outside.

Mother and son welding duo graduate together

Mother and son welding duo graduate together

A family that welds together, graduates together. That’s the case for East Central College Class of 2020 graduates Bridget Teaters and Wyatt Watkins.

Bourbon School District voters to decide on $2.3 million bond issue

Voters in the Bourbon School District will decide on a $2.3 million no-tax-increase bond issue during the municipal election on Tuesday, June 2. The measure will require approval from four-sevenths...

State and Regional

Governor extends Phase 1 of “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan through June 15

28 May 2020

During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced that Phase 1 of the state’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan has been extended from Sunday, May 31, 2020, through Monday, June...

New COVID-19 tracking tool monitors continuous 14-day trends as nation, states reopen

28 May 2020

A new tracking tool developed at the University of Missouri provides a continuously updated 14-day snapshot of new cases of COVID-19 in every county in the nation, helping the public...

MSHP expands upgraded notification system to now include Blue Alerts

27 May 2020

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the Patrol has expanded its recently upgraded Missouri AMBER Alert System to include Blue Alerts.

Outdoors

MDC updates definition of handguns used for deer hunting

28 May 2020

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved an updated definition of a pistol/handgun from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for the Wildlife Code of Missouri at its May 28 meeting in...

Missouri State Parks accepting nominations for three members of Missouri Trails Advisory Board

28 May 2020

Missouri State Parks is now accepting nominations for three members to serve a three-year term on the Missouri Trails Advisory Board. The term period is Nov. 1, 2020 through Nov....

May 31 is last chance to apply for MDC’s first elk hunts in fall

28 May 2020

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missouri hunters that the application period ends May 31 for Missouri’s first elk hunts this fall.MDC will offer Missourians the state’s first elk-hunting...

Entertainment

ECC Theatre modifies plans for summer shows

27 May 2020

The East Central College Theatre Department is moving forward with tentative plans to present two summer productions — GRITS, and Church and State. A final decision regarding the shows will...

Leach Theatre delays start of 2020-21 CPAS season

23 May 2020

In the interest of public health and safety, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Leach Theatre has announced that its Campus Performing Arts Series (CPAS) will be delayed until winter...

St. John’s UCC-Bem cancels spring picnic

20 May 2020

After 122 years the spring picnic at St. John’s UCC-Bem is canceled due to COVID-19. We regret that this must happen. We are looking forward to seeing you August 29.

Letters to the Editor

Wearing masks could be a game changer

I urge everyone to wear a mask to cover their nose and mouth when in public spaces. The text below is from an article dated May 14, 2020 by JEREMY...

Shouldn’t disobey governor’s orders

Recently a beauty shop owner in Texas, Mrs. Luther, received much attention by reopening her shop against the governor's order regarding coronavirus after having followed it for 30 days.

Too risky to have fair this summer

I think the Crawford County Fair should be canceled this year or try to have it in the fall. There will be out-of-state workers and people from all over attending.

Opinions

Legislative successes, losses and several missed opportunities

on 28 May 2020

By Phill Brooks I had expected limited production from Missouri's 2020 annual session because of the several weeks lost from the extended spring break to avoid COVID-19 exposure. Indeed, the...

Remember our heroes

on 21 May 2020

Submitted by The American Legion National Headquarters Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran...

It’s time to move Missouri forward

on 21 May 2020

By Harold Selby Despite concerns over a Coronavirus-induced recession, the Show-Me state has plenty to look forward to. Thanks to the diligent work of 39 communities, local leaders, and our...