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

School board approves 2020-21 budget

on 30 June 2020

The Cuba School Board met on Thursday, June 25, to finalize the budget for the 2020-21 school year. Superintendent Jon Earnhart gave updates on how revenues may be affected due...

Wife of alleged child molester also charged

on 30 June 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story contains crime details that some people may find offensive. The wife of a Cuba man charged with 19 counts of felony sex crimes against a child...

Tornado confirmed as part of Saturday storm

Tornado confirmed as part of Saturday storm

on 29 June 2020

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...

Steelville

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.

Chamber to host fireworks show at city park for July 4

on 29 June 2020

Steelville’s celebration of our nation’s independence will be different this year because of COVID-19 concerns, but the Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce will still host the annual fireworks display at...

St. James

Board approves budget for 2020-21 school year

on 30 June 2020

The St. James Board of Education approved the district’s fiscal 2020-21 budget during a meeting on Thursday, June 25. Superintendent Dr. Merlyn Johnson reported the budget allows the district to...

GFF and OIWD canceled due to COVID-19

on 29 June 2020

The 2020 Grape and Fall Festival (GFF) and Old Iron Works Days (OIWD) have both been canceled due to COVID-19. The Fall Festival was scheduled for August, while Old Iron...

St. James Class of 2020 graduates - PHOTO GALLERY

St. James Class of 2020 graduates - PHOTO GALLERY

on 29 June 2020

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,...

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Crawford

Assault, stealing, property damage charges filed

on 30 June 2020

Felony charges have been filed against the following people in Crawford County.

Candidates speak at local event

Candidates speak at local event

on 29 June 2020

Crawford County Farm Bureau hosted a Meet the Candidate night in the Cuba High School gym on Tuesday, June 23. More than 25 candidates, seeking both state and county government...

Absentee and mail-in ballots now available for August 4 election

on 28 June 2020

Absentee and mail-in ballots for the August 4 Primary Election are now available in the Crawford County Clerk’s Office, but there are different requirements for the recently approved mail-in ballot...

Phelps

COVID screening for veterans coming to Rolla Lions Club

on 30 June 2020

Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital and the Columbia Vet Center are teaming up to provide mobile COVID-19 screening and testing services coming to the Rolla Lions Club in Rolla...

Virtual talent show will benefit ALZ research

on 29 June 2020

The Rolla Walk to End Alzheimer’s will hold a Remember Me virtual talent show on July 30 and the deadline to register is July 16. Those 14 and older can...

Missouri S&T to require face coverings on campus, in classrooms

on 28 June 2020

To help slow the potential spread of COVID-19 on campus this fall, students, faculty and staff at Missouri University of Science and Technology will wear face coverings in classrooms, labs...

Bourbon

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...

Bourbon School District earns MSBA honor

Twenty-six Missouri school boards, including the Crawford County R-I school district, have received the Missouri School Boards’ Association’s 2020 Governance Team Award.

State and Regional

Area unemployment remained historically high in May

29 June 2020

While initial jobless claims and unemployment rates throughout the region declined in May, joblessness remained near historical highs. Since the pandemic hit the economy in March, more than 4,700 people...

Statewide pedestrian awareness campaign kicks off

28 June 2020

The warmer weather and eased pandemic restrictions have more Missourian’s on the roadways. Whether in a vehicle, walking or biking, keep your head up and be alert – safety is...

Missouri to resume Food Stamp interviews since USDA has not acted on waiver request

28 June 2020

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has not responded to Missouri’s request to continue to waive required interviews for Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program...

Outdoors

The shirt off my back

The shirt off my back

28 June 2020

By Larry Dablemont Down at the pool hall when I was a kid, I heard some front bench regulars talking about the funeral they had went to. They said of...

Topwater bass fishing action picks up

Topwater bass fishing action picks up

28 June 2020

By Bill Cooper There is nothing in the fishing world that compares to the thrill of seeing a big largemouth bass crash a topwater bait. That time of year is...

Camping opportunities return - safety still needed

18 June 2020

By Bill Cooper U.S. campgrounds have received word they can open for the summer season. The news has sparked interest among newbies and veteran campers alike. The COVID-19 pandemic kept...

Entertainment

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.

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...

Letters to the Editor

Journalists have also been victims

on 28 June 2020

In recent weeks, the latest killings of African-Americans by law enforcement have not only anguished our country but locked its attention on police brutality directed at communities of color. As...

Cops are not the enemy

on 18 June 2020

Once again, the broadcast media is over-dramatizing an unfortunate event which occurred in Minneapolis where a white cop murdered an arrestee which was captured on video. No one is defending...

It’s time to wake up America

on 18 June 2020

WAKE UP AMERICA! NOW IS THE TIME! For what you may ask? It’s obvious, but if you need to be told, then let me tell you. MADE IN THE UNITED...

Opinions

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...

Whether you know it or not, there is systematic racism

on 18 June 2020

Many are arguing there is no systematic racism in our country and certainly no systematic racism within law enforcement, including one of this week’s letter writers. We tend to forget,...