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Thu
04
Apr

Volunteers needed to clean up state’s battlefields and sites

Volunteers throughout Missouri are teaming up with the American Battlefield Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of six Show-Me State battlefields and historic sites as part of Park Day, an annual nationwide, hands-on preservation event. Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities.

Thu
04
Apr

Commissioners talk procedures dealing with threats to employees

It is a situation that could possible get out of control and that has been getting worse during the past 1 1/2-2 years: threats to county employees are a concern for the County Commission and  members are discussing the matter with the Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney.

Sparking the discussion were recent incidents where a county road employee was using a equipment to trim trees and brush away from the roadway and were threaten by a property owner.

“What was said was, ‘I’ll go get my rifle,’” Road and Bridge Foreman Rick Turner told the commission at its regular meeting last Thursday. “I just told the employee to stop and get out of there.”

The discussion was led by Iron County Sheriff Roger Medley who ask the commission to consider a procedure to handle such incidents in the future.

He presented a suggested procedure to the commission for its input. Prosecuting Attorney Brian Parker will also be consulted on the process.

Thu
04
Apr

CFM, OGT offers $8,500 for elk poaching conviction

This is the carcass of a 10-year-old bull elk that was shot and left near the Log Yard area of Shannon County. An adult cow elk was also shot and left in the area. MDC asks that anyone with information on this poaching case call (573) 226-3616, ext. 226, or Operation Game Thief at 1-800-392-1111.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is still looking for leads on the two elk shot in Shannon County Feb. 8, near the Log Yard. The Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) and Operation Game Thief (OGT) are now offering a $8,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the poacher/s that shot the two elk. One of the elk was a 10-year-old bull, brought to Missouri from Kentucky in 2011. The other was an adult cow, born in Missouri.

“Poaching is stealing precious wildlife resources from all Missourians. We are raising the reward amount in hopes of finding the responsible person or persons responsible for committing this selfish act,” commented Tyler Schwartze, CFM’s Executive Director.

Fri
22
Mar

High winds down trees

Downed trees.

A few days of high and gusty winds last week led to a few downed trees in the area, including some in Mark Twain National Forest. According to District Ranger Becky Ewing, “Visitors to Mark Twain National Forest may find some Forest Service roads blocked by fallen trees, due to the recent wind events. No large-scale blowdown areas have been found.  Instead, individual trees have fallen here or there. Forest Service employees have been cutting fallen trees out of Forest Service roadways as they are found or reported. The best advice is to drive slower on these narrow, gravel roads in case you come upon a tree that has blown down across the road. Always be aware of the road conditions and note wide spots in the road, in case you need to turn around.”

Fri
22
Mar

Dutch oven cooking demo March 30 at Fort Davidson

Dutch ovens.

 

Ever wonder how settlers got fresh bread as they moved across Missouri? Or how Civil War soldiers prepared their dinner, if they were lucky enough to have something to eat?

Dutch ovens are one of the most historic versatile cooking pots available and can be a valuable addition to your outdoor experience.

The staff of The Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site will teach and demonstrate the basics of Dutch oven cooking from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.

Site Director Bryan Bethel said that attendees (there is no charge for the event either to participate or to watch), if they have their own Dutch oven, but don’t know how to use it, should bring it along and the staff will help you cook in it.

If you would like to learn the basics on how to choose an oven, and how to prep and clean an oven, this class is for you. If you do not have an oven, the staff will have a few for you to try out.

Fri
22
Mar

‘Battle’ mural under renovation

Mural renovation under way - A mural at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 21 that depicts the Battle of Pilot Knob is receiving a facelift. Six of the 12 panels are already being refurbished with the other six to be completed tentatively by the end of April.

The mural has been a greeter for out-of-town visitors for over a decade. However, since it is a bit weathered, it is getting a face-light.

The 48 feet long mural depicts The Battle of Pilot Knob and is located near the intersection of Missouri Highway 21 and Ironton’s Main Street. Over a decade ago, Artist Rich Penny, formerly of Ironton and now of Mexico, MO, was commissioned by Our Town Tomorrow (OTT) to paint the scene.

“It has never been retouched,” said OTT President Carol Kelsheimer. “It was one of the first Our Town Tomorrow projects and it has faded tremendously. It also has a lot of dirt on it and it won’t last much longer.”

With the assist of a grant from Iron County Economic Partnership (ICEP), OTT has contracted with Tom Miles of Viburnum to give the mural a good going-over.

Fri
22
Mar

Bridge closed

A bridge over Knob Creek on North Main Street (Old Mines Road) in Ironton was ordered closed on Friday, March 15 by the Missouri Department of Transportation. Ironton Mayor Bob Lourwood said the city’s Board of Aldermen cannot find a means to fund the repairs needed, estimated from $150,000 to $400,000.  The piers for the structure appear to be in good shape, but the decking would need to be replaced. No residences will be entirely cut off by the bridge closing, the mayor said.

Sat
02
Mar

Hog hunters interfering with MDC trapping efforts

When hog hunters allow hunting dogs in and around feral hog traps it disturbs the trapping scene and causes feral hogs to leave the area. Consequently, the feral hog trapping team spends additional hours tracking the dispersed feral hogs and moving and resetting traps, sometimes to multiple locations. It can add months of work and expense to a trapping effort.

Iron County – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and USDA Wildlife Services report government feral hog trappers experience difficulties with vandalism and trespassing at trapping sites. The public can help by educating others on feral hog damage, reporting feral hog sign, and reporting those who trespass with intent to hunt feral hogs or interfere with trapping sites.

“One of our Iron County trappers had interference from hog hunters on private properties on seven of 11 straight days he worked,” explained MDC Feral Hog Elimination Team Leader Mark McLain. “Another trapper in Reynolds County had six interferences with hog hunters and their dogs over the last three months while working on private land.”

Sat
02
Mar

Bridge Replacement

Bridge Replacement

Bridge Replacement - Work is under way on a new bridge over Big Creek on Missouri Highway 49 south of Annapolis.  The Missouri Department of Transportation awarded the $2,102,127 contract to Robertson Contractors, Inc. last November.

Sat
02
Mar

Bunker man dies in accident

A Bunker man was fatally injured in a one-car accident Thursday, February 21, in Reynolds County.

Robert F. McDowell, 39, of Bunker was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. at the scene of the accident by Reynolds County Coroner Jeff McSpadden, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at 9:15 p.m. on Route KK, 10 miles north of Bunker.

McDowell was driving a 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlas Supreme southbound on Route KK when he attempted to negotiate a curve and travelled off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, then traveled off the left side of the roadway, when he was ejected from the vehicle.

He was not wearing a seat belt, the report stated.

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