The Open Hearts Thrift Store, located at 202 Main Street in Arcadia, is operated by the non-profit Circle of Life Animal Rescue Society (COLARS). For years the store has depended upon the donation of items to resell, the proceeds of which help the organization with its animal welfare projects.  Sales have inexplicably dropped off, leading to uncertainty about the future of the store and the organization.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
The volunteers who make up Iron County’s non-profit Circle of Life Animal Rescue Society (COLARS) are bewildered - donations to the thrift store operated by the organization to pay for its popular spay and neuter program - have dropped off dramatically.  So dramatically, in fact, the... + continue reading

Volunteers Linda Bennett, Jim Hemphill and Mariah Fabry do some weeding.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Thanks to the hard work of local volunteers, two installations at the Ozark Regional Library in Ironton tell a different kind of story. In a general way, it is the story of native plants of the area and the other flora and fauna that interact with them. And it all came about with a little bit of... + continue reading

A table full of AV Rocks! co-conspirators gathered Thursday evening at the Arcadia Valley Sports Complex to try out their creativity painting rocks.  Clues to the whereabouts of the brightly colored stones are listed on Facebook and some of them are scattered randomly about. The just-for-fun exercise is just that - an attempt to get people out to get some exercise and to promote this beautiful area we call The Valley. Taking part in the fun are (clockwise from upper right) Richard Brummett, Holly DeMaria, Jenn Sutton, Maddox Sutton, Mason Sutton, Jake Sutton, Emma DeMaria, Sarala Buckman and Mandy DeMaria.  Others came to help later in the evening.  In all, 31 people chipped in to help.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
If there is one thing the Arcadia Valley has plenty of, it is rocks.  They are everywhere in this ancient volcanic region. However, you might start seeing some brightly painted stones if you get out of the house and do some walking. That is what Rich Brummett is trying to do: get... + continue reading

Pat Archambault

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Pat Archambault was known for her sense of style. As an employee in the administration building at Arcadia Valley R2 School District for some 20 years, she was a well-known striking figure. “She was awesome,” said her son, Gregg. “Everybody in The Valley loved her and she was... + continue reading

Iron County Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Joshua Gilmore guides listeners through the complexities of hospital finances at a Town Hall meeting Tuesday (June 13) in a meeting room at Thee Abbey in Arcadia. Two other meetings were scheduled for Monday and Tuesday (June 19 and 20), one in Viburnum and another in Annapolis.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Josh Gilmore did not mince words as he stepped forward to address the crowd. “Right now we are in a critical financial condition,” he said, adding that the Iron County Medical Center’s cash reserves are dwindling while at the same time it’s accounts payable are steadily... + continue reading

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07/20/2017
After some conversations with Medicare/Medicaid officials and officials with the US Dept. of Agriculture, Iron County Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Joshua Gilmore has allowed himself to be optimistic.  This week will bring additional meetings with both the USDA and with the Centers... + continue reading
07/20/2017
The volunteers who make up Iron County’s non-profit Circle of Life Animal Rescue Society (COLARS) are bewildered - donations to the thrift store operated by the organization to pay for its popular spay and neuter program - have dropped off dramatically.  So dramatically, in fact, the... + continue reading

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07/20/2017
After some conversations with Medicare/Medicaid officials and officials with the US Dept. of Agriculture, Iron County Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Joshua Gilmore has allowed himself to be optimistic.  This week will bring additional meetings with both the USDA and with the Centers... + continue reading

The Open Hearts Thrift Store, located at 202 Main Street in Arcadia, is operated by the non-profit Circle of Life Animal Rescue Society (COLARS). For years the store has depended upon the donation of items to resell, the proceeds of which help the organization with its animal welfare projects.  Sales have inexplicably dropped off, leading to uncertainty about the future of the store and the organization.

07/20/2017
The volunteers who make up Iron County’s non-profit Circle of Life Animal Rescue Society (COLARS) are bewildered - donations to the thrift store operated by the organization to pay for its popular spay and neuter program - have dropped off dramatically.  So dramatically, in fact, the... + continue reading

Sports

06/22/2017
Parker Forshee was the winning pitcher in the Arcadia Valley Cyclones’ 6-2 win over Leadwood on June 12 at Jim Erpenbach Field. In 7 innings, he allowed 3 hits, 4 walks, and 2 runs. He had 9... + continue reading

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Thursday, 20/07/17
Kids and teens ages 8-18 are invited to attend Ozark Regional Library’s Summer Reading Carnival event to be held on July 22, 2017 from 10 a.m.-noon.   Circus Kaput is bringing a... + continue reading

Valley Views

Vandals painted hate symbols on the brand new entrance sign to Berryman Campground during late-June.  Such vandalism can leave bad impressions of the national forest and surrounding area, especially to visitors coming from outside the local area.  Annually, over 6,000 people come to Washington and Crawford counties from distant places to participate in competitive trail events on the Ozark Trail and Berryman National Recreation Trail; the events often use Berryman Campground as a starting point.

07/19/2017
by Becky Ewing District Ranger for the Potosi-Fredericktown Ranger District Vandalism occurring on Mark Twain National Forest hurts the Forest Service, taxpayers, visitors, and local economies... + continue reading