Veterans honored during Memorial Day service - PHOTO GALLERY

Members of the Cuba American Legion, Disable American Veterans (DAV), and Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW, along with several area residents, gathered at Kinder Cemetery in Cuba at 10 a.m. Monday—Memorial Day—to remember those who died in service to the United States of America.

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School district honors staff

The Steelville School District didn’t host a special event but offered recognition to staff and board members for achievements and milestones reached during the 2020-21 school year.

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Bourbon Community Foundation awards Coover Regional Recovery Grants


The Bourbon Community Foundation has awarded total grants of $10,000 to five nonprofit agencies for recovery needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are made possible by the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, managed by Commerce Trust Company in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO).

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MBSH breaks ground on new Therapy and Wellness Center

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital (MBSH) broke ground May 28 on a new $10.4 million Therapy and Wellness Center and an expansion of its Medical Office Building.

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St. James designated as National Beta District of Distinction

The St. James School District was recently designated a National Beta District of Distinction, the district announced last week.

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Cuba

School District partners with YCHC

on 24 June 2021

The Cuba School District held its monthly School Board meeting on Thursday, June 17, when the board voted to move forward with a partnership with the Your Community Healthcare mobile...

Car cruise-in set for June 26 in Uptown Cuba

on 24 June 2021

Missouri Rods, the Cuba Visitors Center, and the Cuba Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Route 66 Cruise-In in the Uptown Cuba area on Saturday, June 26. Activities...

Cuba Animal Shelter staff adopts shelter dog

Cuba Animal Shelter staff adopts shelter dog

on 23 June 2021

Nelly has quite a story. On Easter Sunday she was discovered by law enforcement locked in a hot car with another dog. As it turned out, she had been there...

Steelville

Whittaker says goodbye to Steelville Schools

Whittaker says goodbye to Steelville Schools

on 23 June 2021

Steelville Schools Superintendent Mike Whittaker finished his career in his hometown district at the school board meeting held on Monday night. Whittaker, a Steelville High School graduate, is retiring after...

Freedom Fest has full schedule of fun for July 4

Freedom Fest has full schedule of fun for July 4

on 23 June 2021

Freedom Fest is back in full force in 2021 with a full slate of entertainment and activities scheduled for the annual Independence Day celebration in Steelville. The event is sponsored...

Steelville community building grant approved

on 23 June 2021

The City of Steelville has been approved for nearly half a million dollars in grant funding to upgrade the community building, including improved ADA accessibility along with a kitchen remodel...

St. James

Sidewalk installation has begun at the library

Sidewalk installation has begun at the library

on 24 June 2021

A sidewalk surrounding the James Memorial Public Library is being installed after the area has been closed since last year, when it was deemed dangerous to walk on. Work to...

Sanitation Supervisor gives update on recycling program

Sanitation Supervisor gives update on recycling program

on 24 June 2021

The city of St. James has seen many residents taking part in the recycling program and the additional recycling bins distributed earlier this year. Sanitation Supervisor Ron Fraser gave an...

Pool sees increase in rules violations

Pool sees increase in rules violations

on 24 June 2021

Tiger Shark Water Park opened for the season two weeks ago, but there has been an increase this year in patrons violating pool rules. Park staff, made up of mostly...

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Crawford

Crawford County Felony Report

on 24 June 2021

The Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney’s office recently filed the following felony charges: Ronald Jay Robben, 60, of Steelville, has been charged with the class E felony of failing to register...

Felony charges filed by county prosecutor

on 18 June 2021

The Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney’s office recently filed the following felony charges: • Ronald Jay Robben, 60, of Steelville, has been charged with the class E felony of failing to...

Crawford Electric Co-op director election petition cycle opens Thursday, June 17

on 16 June 2021

Thursday, June 17, is the start of the open nomination period for Crawford Electric consumer-members who want to run for the co-op’s board of directors. Three positions on the board...

Phelps

Area health officials warn of dangerous COVID-19 Delta variant

on 24 June 2021

The Alpha (B.1.1.7) and Delta (B.1.617.2) variants of the coronavirus have been identified in Phelps County, according to the Phelps-Maries County Health Department. Local COVID-19 vaccination opportunities can be found...

Childers appointed new Phelps County Circuit Clerk

on 18 June 2021

Governor Mike Parson has appointed Sonja Childers, of Rolla, to serve as the next Phelps County Circuit Clerk. Childers was one of five statewide elected position vacancies filled on Wednesday,...

MRPC to host opioid use disorder awareness walk in Linn on June 19

on 17 June 2021

The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Rural Opioid Initiatives, the Meramec Region’s Rural Opioid Program (MRROP) and Opioid Affected Youth Initiative (OAYI), in partnership with Mid-MO Addiction Awareness Group (MAAG)...

Bourbon

BBQ winners announced

The Fourth Annual Bourbon BBQ contest was held Saturday, June 12, with nearly $1,000 in prizes award to the best chicken, ribs, and pork steaks cooked at the event. The...

Bourbon Elementary School awards

Principal’s Award Kindergarten Lucas Smith, Kade Cherry, Mason Giuliani and Maliyah Gotsis.

Local graduate joins staff of St. James Dental Center

Dr. Caitlin Rosemann, DMD, MPH, will be joining Dr. Ron Wilkerson at the St. James Dental Center starting in July.

State and Regional

State Fire Marshal urges caution for those who use consumer fireworks for July 4th celebrations

18 June 2021

• Fireworks sales at seasonal retailers are legal in Missouri from June 20 to July 10As vaccination rates climb, COVID-19 cases drop and more Americans plan July 4th celebrations, the...

Population trends up in Missouri, down in region

Population trends up in Missouri, down in region

16 June 2021

Although final 2020 U.S. Census data is yet to be released, initial reports show that Missouri’s population grew by about 11,000 people from 2019 to 2020. That may not be...

State Treasurer encourages Missourians to search Unclaimed Property listings

16 June 2021

Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is launching an annual effort to return Unclaimed Property to Missourians.

Outdoors

Driftwood, rocks and fishing lures

17 June 2021

By Larry Dablemont If I were a young man trying to find a decent job, I would buy an old pontoon boat with a good outboard motor and strip everything...

Remember these summertime trout fishing tips

17 June 2021

By Bill Cooper As usual summer recently roared into our lives with temperatures in the nineties. Alas, humans are not the only creatures to suffer. Trout in our Ozark streams...

Cute, baby wild animals better left alone

Cute, baby wild animals better left alone

16 June 2021

What should you do if you find a fawn in your garage? That’s not a question most people have had to ask themselves, but it was one that faced a...

Entertainment

Make Music Day being held in Rolla on June 21

10 June 2021

The Rolla Choral Arts Society is organizing Make Music Rolla day on Monday, June 21, at the Downtown Bandshell and Festival area in Rolla. Times are available for area musicians...

OAT, local actress to host Summer Theatre Academy

08 June 2021

Ozark Actors Theatre (OAT) will be hosting a week-long Summer Theatre Academy in three area towns, including Bourbon, this summer. Actress Taylor Louderman, who is a Bourbon native, will be...

Heritage Day taking place in Spring Bluff

02 June 2021

The forecast looks good for Saturday, June 5 so make plans to come out to Spring Bluff Campground/Retreat Center and enjoy the annual Spring Bluff Heritage Day from 10 a.m....

Letters to the Editor

A valuable tool for rural entrepreneurs

on 17 June 2021

Small business entrepreneurship is a key source of job creation for rural counties. These businesses generate economic activity that can multiply throughout the community.

More diverse meat production needed

on 11 June 2021

Earlier this year, President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling for strengthening vulnerable agricultural supply chains and encouraging production here at home.

History reimagined

on 11 June 2021

According to the author of this rendition of history, our nation was founded in August 1619 when slaves were brought to the Virginia Colony. It goes on to infer that...

Opinions

Is the Supreme Court still a defender of press freedom?

on 17 June 2021

By Tony Mauro, Special Correspondent, Freedom Forum For decades, the Supreme Court has interpreted the First Amendment as the protector of the nation’s news media: • In New York Times...

Farm Bureau stands united behind America’s farmers and ranchers at the southern border

on 17 June 2021

By Garrett Hawkins In rural Missouri, we know what it’s like to feel forgotten. Coastal elites think of us as “flyover country” and have no idea what our lives are...

Missouri farmers focused on mental health

on 11 June 2021

By Garrett Hawkins On the farm, the “to do” list never seems to end—and only grows when the weather doesn’t cooperate. For my family, we found a small window when...