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09/23/2016
A group of state and local officials met with Iron County citizens in a meeting Thursday evening to discuss the future of Crane Lake. The 100-acre public lake has been drawn down to half that size, a response to serious deterioration of the dam. The Iron County Board of Commissioners called the... + continue reading
09/23/2016
Kelsey Fitzgerald has joined the staff of the Ironton Branch of the Ozark Regional Library. Fitzgerald, 25, is a youth librarian and will handle youth programs for the entire library system. She began her new job on Sept. 1.  She began her career as a part-time assistant youth librarian at... + continue reading

State Senator Gary Romine (standing, foreground) and State Rep. Paul Fitzwater (also standing) join the conversation during a meeting on the future of Crane Lake held last Thursday, September 15, at the Iron County Courthouse in Ironton.  The meeting, called by the Iron County Board of Commissioners drew a crowd of 60-70 people.  Iron County Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs presented a Power-Point presentation on the history of the situation at the lake and showed photos and video (shot from a plane) showing the dam’s current condition. 

 
Friday, September 23, 2016
A group of state and local officials met with Iron County citizens in a meeting Thursday evening to discuss the future of Crane Lake. The 100-acre public lake has been drawn down to half that size, a response to serious deterioration of the dam. The Iron County Board of Commissioners called the... + continue reading

Kelsey Fitzgerald

Friday, September 23, 2016
Kelsey Fitzgerald has joined the staff of the Ironton Branch of the Ozark Regional Library. Fitzgerald, 25, is a youth librarian and will handle youth programs for the entire library system. She began her new job on Sept. 1.  She began her career as a part-time assistant youth librarian at... + continue reading

Certified Work Ready Community - MO Dept. of Economic Development Director Mike Downing (center, right) presents a Governor’s Proclamation to Iron County Commissioner Jim Scaggs.  The presentation was part of a ceremony on Thursday, August 25, recognizing the county’s efforts in becoming a Certified Work Ready Community.  Also in the photograph are members of the county’s CWRC team, including (not in order) Nathan McKie, Jim Scaggs, Steve Pursley, Nicole Thomas, Amanda Shipman, Chris Wigger, June O’Dell, Tina Miller, Linda Fitzgerald, Sherry Finke and Bev Hickam. Not present for photo - Rebecca Murphy.  Mountain Echo photo by Dory Hackett

 
Sunday, September 11, 2016
County government officials, local business owners, school officials and representatives from the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) gathered Thursday, Sept. 1, in the conference room at the Arcadia Valley Career/Technology Center to celebrate. Mike Downing, director of Missouri... + continue reading

Train station platform work under way

Sunday, August 14, 2016
Construction work is again underway at Whistlestop Junction, the site of the new Amtrak stop, after a three-week hiatus due to an unforeseen problem - the discovery of a concrete slab beneath the construction area for a new platform. According to Carol Kelsheimer of Our Town Tomorrow, removal of... + continue reading

The Battle Creek Cafe, located in Pilot Knob, was destroyed by fire Sunday evening.  No one was hurt as a result of the blaze.

 
Thursday, July 21, 2016
A popular Pilot Knob eatery, open for less than a year, was destroyed by fire Sunday evening. Firemen were summoned to the blaze at 6:58 p.m. “It was a very hot and volatile fire,” said Fire Chief Steve Stirtz of the Pilot Knob Fire District. “It spread through the building very... + continue reading

State Senator Gary Romine (standing, foreground) and State Rep. Paul Fitzwater (also standing) join the conversation during a meeting on the future of Crane Lake held last Thursday, September 15, at the Iron County Courthouse in Ironton.  The meeting, called by the Iron County Board of Commissioners drew a crowd of 60-70 people.  Iron County Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs presented a Power-Point presentation on the history of the situation at the lake and showed photos and video (shot from a plane) showing the dam’s current condition. 

 

Kelsey Fitzgerald

Certified Work Ready Community - MO Dept. of Economic Development Director Mike Downing (center, right) presents a Governor’s Proclamation to Iron County Commissioner Jim Scaggs.  The presentation was part of a ceremony on Thursday, August 25, recognizing the county’s efforts in becoming a Certified Work Ready Community.  Also in the photograph are members of the county’s CWRC team, including (not in order) Nathan McKie, Jim Scaggs, Steve Pursley, Nicole Thomas, Amanda Shipman, Chris Wigger, June O’Dell, Tina Miller, Linda Fitzgerald, Sherry Finke and Bev Hickam. Not present for photo - Rebecca Murphy.  Mountain Echo photo by Dory Hackett

 

Train station platform work under way

The Battle Creek Cafe, located in Pilot Knob, was destroyed by fire Sunday evening.  No one was hurt as a result of the blaze.

 

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State Senator Gary Romine (standing, foreground) and State Rep. Paul Fitzwater (also standing) join the conversation during a meeting on the future of Crane Lake held last Thursday, September 15, at the Iron County Courthouse in Ironton.  The meeting, called by the Iron County Board of Commissioners drew a crowd of 60-70 people.  Iron County Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs presented a Power-Point presentation on the history of the situation at the lake and showed photos and video (shot from a plane) showing the dam’s current condition. 

 
09/23/2016
A group of state and local officials met with Iron County citizens in a meeting Thursday evening to discuss the future of Crane Lake. The 100-acre public lake has been drawn down to half that size, a response to serious deterioration of the dam. The Iron County Board of Commissioners called the... + continue reading

Kelsey Fitzgerald

09/23/2016
Kelsey Fitzgerald has joined the staff of the Ironton Branch of the Ozark Regional Library. Fitzgerald, 25, is a youth librarian and will handle youth programs for the entire library system. She began her new job on Sept. 1.  She began her career as a part-time assistant youth librarian at... + continue reading

Sports

Arcadia Valley Varsity runner Colton Day had a time of 19:07 in the Varsity Boys’ Run at the Arcadia Valley Cross Country Meet on September 10 at the Arcadia Valley Sports Complex. 

 
09/23/2016
  by Randall Cox   Arcadia Valley had a Cross Country Meet on September 10 at the Arcadia Valley Sports Complex.  “It was a record year for the Arcadia Valley Cross County... + continue reading

Patti Walker and DMM Secret Sinsation

 
23/09/16 -

The Arcadia Valley Lady Tigers Varsity Volleyball Team has opened the 2016 season. The players are (left to right) Jesse Jarvis, Jaesa Brockes, Macey Browers, Cheyenne Portell, Brianna Landrum, Jerrika Brockes, Karson Dement, Laney Tucker, and Josie Landrum. Not pictured are the Head Coach Tara Lamb and the Junior Varsity Coach Kellee Dement.

 
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Valley Views

09/23/2016
Dear Editor,  In reply to a pro-Trump letter appearing in the Mountain Echo two weeks ago, I must say that contributor was right on a few points. Hillary Clinton would indeed support late-term... + continue reading

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Jared Branstetter

Friday, 23/09/16
Jared Matthew Branstetter participated in The American Legion Boys State of Missouri June 18-25 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.  Branstetter was selected... + continue reading

Mineral Area College graduates of the community college’s 56th class of the Practical Nursing Program participated in ceremonies on July 22. Graduating students included: (front row) Randall Rowe, Anthony Downs, Lynzi Chilton, Lindsey Bivens; (second row) Tina Downard, Jacob Emanuel, Garrett Sellars, Nicole Populis, Alissa Welch; (third row) Linda Wilkins, Amy Crawford, Jessica Hampton, Crystal Crocker, Jennifer Wibbenmeyer, Maddison Ayers, Ashley Lappe. (photo by Scott Hastings)

 
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