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Wed
29
May

Feral hogs: Can everyone agree on how to fight them?

by Anna Lews

Missouri News Network

Des Arc - Brad Parker is a farmer, but he doesn’t plant crops anymore.

He owns cattle and acres of land, but he refuses to grow beans like he used to — all because of feral hogs.

“The reason I quit planting crops is four years ago, the last time we planted beans, I went down one evening after I’d just got through planting the field,” Parker said. “It’s like a 60-acre field. And it was still a little bit light, and I look down in the field, and them hogs were going right down the rows ... picking them beans out of the ground.

“I told Dad, I said, ‘This is stupid. I have to go back in there and replant.’ And the next few days, they did it again, then that was it. I told him, ‘We gotta do something different.’”

 

The problem

Parker is just one of many farmers and landowners in southern Missouri who struggle with feral hogs.

Wed
29
May

Two people injured in UTV accident near Lesterville

Two St. Louis residents were seriously injured in an accident Saturday evening near Lesterville.

William C. Olsten, 33, of St. Louis, and Sara E. Schwartz, 35, of St. Louis were both taken by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at 5:35 p.m. in Reynolds County on private property off of County Road 354, one mile southwest of Lesterville.

The report stated that Olsten was driving a 2018 Polaris RZR utility task vehicle when it overturned, ejecting both Olsten and Schwartz, who was a passenger in the vehicle.

Neither of the injured were wearing a seat belt, the report stated.

Wed
29
May

Pickin' on the Square!

A group of local musicians performed Friday evening on the Ironton Courthouse lawn. The free events are scheduled every Friday at 6 p.m. through the summer. (Bring your lawn chairs.)  A Farmers Market will also be held at the same place every Friday  from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturdays, from 7 a.m. - noon.

A group of local musicians performed Friday evening on the Ironton Courthouse lawn. The free events are scheduled every Friday at 6 p.m. through the summer. (Bring your lawn chairs.)  A Farmers Market will also be held at the same place every Friday  from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturdays, from 7 a.m. - noon.

Thu
23
May

Impromptu pickin'

The Spring Mountain Music Festival was held on May 17, 18, and 19 on the Courthouse Square in Ironton. Here a  group of musicians gather for an informal pickin’ session on the square.  Other groups performed in another area of the lawn.

The Spring Mountain Music Festival was held on May 17, 18, and 19 on the Courthouse Square in Ironton. Here a  group of musicians gather for an informal pickin’ session on the square.  Other groups performed in another area of the lawn.

Thu
23
May

Bill changes mining royalties distribution

A three-year project by Iron County’s Presiding Commissioner, assisted by nearly all the local county elected officials in testifying before state committees, has led to the way mining royalties on federal forest land are distributed. The result will be more money for Iron and Reynolds counties.

Last week the General Assembly gave its approval to Senate Bill 202 on the final day of the legislative session. The bill, written by Iron County Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs, was sponsored and shepherded in the Senate by Senator Gary Romine and in the House by Rep. Chris Dinkins.

Both legislators filed bills (HB 460 and SB 202) that would distribute funds generated from mining royalties on Missouri’s federal land to counties where the royalties were accrued. Dinkins and Romine said SB 202 will generate millions of dollars in new revenues for Missouri counties.

Thu
23
May

Caledonia man injured in accident

A Caledonia man received moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Saturday afternoon, May 11.

Devin M. Hawkins, 27, of Caledonia was taken by ambulance to Washington County Memorial Hospital, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Hawkins was driving a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup northbound on Missouri Highway 21 south of John Smith Road in Washington County when the truck began to hydroplane and he overcorrected, causing the truck to travel off the left side of the road and overturn. The accident occurred at 4:27 p.m., the report stated.

Hawkins was not wearing a safety belt, the report stated.

 

Ironton man receives minor injuries

An Ironton man was injured in a one-car accident on Monday, May 6.

Hagen A. Stone, 18, was taken by ambulance to Iron County Medical Center with minor injuries, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Thu
23
May

Open house at the caboose

An open house was held Saturday, May 11, for the spruced up caboose at the Arcadia Amtrak Station. - Kathleen Guinan of Annapolis and Carol Kelsheimer chat in the knotty pine interior of the railroad car.

An open house was held Saturday, May 11, for the spruced up caboose at the Arcadia Amtrak Station. - Kathleen Guinan of Annapolis and Carol Kelsheimer chat in the knotty pine interior of the railroad car.

Thu
23
May

Dinkins named ‘Freshman Legislator of the Year’

House Speaker Elijah Haahr presents Rep. Chris Dinkins  (R-District 144) with a Freshman Legislator of the Year Award for the work she has done to advocate for rural issues.

Jefferson City – State Rep. Chris Dinkins has drawn the praise of the Speaker of the House for her efforts to address the issues that are important to rural communities and residents.

Last week House Speaker Elijah Haahr presented Dinkins with a Freshman Legislator of the Year Award for the work she has done to advocate for rural issues.

Dinkins has made a significant impact on the legislative process through her work as a member of the House Economic Development Committee and the House Professional Registration and Licensing Committee. She also has sponsored legislation to help land owners better deal with the problems caused by feral hogs, as well as legislation to ensure organizations like county health departments are at the front of the line for family planning funding rather than a controversial organization like Planned Parenthood.

Sat
27
Apr

De Soto man falls from boat, drowns

A De Soto man drowned when he suffered a seizure and fell overboard from his boat.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reported the accident occurred at Snow Hollow Lake in Iron County at 10:26 a.m. Sunday.

Zachary S. Daugherty, 39, of De Soto was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:55 p.m. by Iron County Coroner Tim Harbison.

Daugherty was fishing from the stern pedestal seat of a boat when the seizure occurred, the patrol reported, and caused him to fall overboard into the water.  He did not resurface.

Responding to the scene was the Metro West Dive Team, the Highway Patrol, Missouri Department of Conservation agents, and the Pilot Knob and Doe Run Fire Departments.

Snow Hollow Lake is at the end of County Road 129, northwest of Ironton.

Sat
27
Apr

Town Hall meetings will discuss new laws affecting courts, jails

Iron County Sheriff Roger Medley has announced a series of “town hall meetings” designed to explain some changes in the operations of our courts and jails.

“With all  the new rulings and laws and how they will affect  our communities in the near future, I have decided to have some Town Hall Meetings to explain the changes,” the Sheriff said.   “Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs, Judge Randall Head, Prosecuting Attorney Brian Parker and myself will present an overview of what’s to come followed by a brief question and answer session.”

The meeting will be held on the following locations and dates:

•Monday, May 13, 2019  - 7 p.m. in the Iron County Courthouse – courtroom

•Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:15 p.m. at the Viburnum City Hall

•Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7 p.m. will be at the Annapolis Community Building

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