County awarded federal funds under the Phase 34 Emergency Food and Shelter program

Iron County may be chosen to receive funds to supplement the emergency food and shelter program in the area. Funding is not currently available, nor guaranteed, but pending federal budget approval.

Selection was made by the National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities, U.S.A., National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and the United Way of America which will distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help the capacity of food and shelter program in highneed areas around the country.


ICEP Grant aids expansion of new dental clinic in Pilot Knob

Making a check presentation to Karen R. White, CEO of Missouri Highlands Health Care is Tim Sappington, board president of the Iron County Economic Partnership. From left are Sandy Francis, ICEP director of partnership development; Lance Mayfield, MO Highlands board member; Sappington; White; Debbie Tarvid, MO Highlands chief operations officer; Samantha Gamblin, MO Highlands resources manager; and Scott Oatman, MO Highlands board member.

Missouri Highlands Healthcare (MHHC) is adding dental care to its Pilot Knob facility. Construction is underway and was assisted by an $80,000 grant through the Iron County Economic Partnership (ICEP).

The project includes expanded medical in addition to the new dental services at the existing Iron County Medical Clinic located at 315 W. Mulberry, Pilot Knob. The project adds 3,024 square feet of new construction and the renovation of 665 square feet of existing space to connect the new construction areas with the existing building. This construction project will add five dental exam rooms, three medical exam rooms, three provider offices, dental waiting, restroom, reception and break room areas, as well as dental lab and x-ray.

Funding for this project is a mix of local and federal grant funds as well as lending from Great Southern Bank and capital reserves from Missouri Highlands Health Care.


Pictorial history now on sale

Although conceived as a 200 page vehicle to mark this year’s 160th anniversary of Iron County’s formation, a book project by the Iron County Historical Society took on a life of its own.

“When we started seeking sponsors for the book’s printing, the response from the business community was so overwhelmingly positive, we quickly decided to increase the book’s size,” said Historial Society member and the book’s editor John Abney. He added a special section paying tribute to the county’s veterans and the planned number of historical photographs more than tripled.

The resulting 434 page hardbound book contains almost 950 historical photographs documenting Iron County’s history from before its formation to the present day and another 516 photographs of Iron County veterans along with their service information.  It also contains a comprehensive full name and subject index.


Resume writing, interviewing skills to be taught at ‘hands-on’ workshops

Ozark Regional Library is hosting two upcoming free programs designed to help people put their best foot forward in their job search and to perhaps walk out of the library with a job in pocket.

The first program is a Resume Workshop to be led by Vickey Bonney, a Workforce Development Specialist with the Missouri Job Center. She will help you develop a resume or polish the one you have.

“This will be a resume hands-on,” said Michelle Swane, branch manager of the Ozark Regional Library’s Headquarters in Ironton. “All you need to do is register and you can call me here at the Ironton Branch (546-2615). Bring a current resume (to upgrade) or you can start from scratch.”

The “Resume Workshop” is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 18.

Another workshop, called a “Hiring Event,” is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 25.


Mountain Music Fest set May 19-21

Pull up a hay bale (or bring your own folding chair) near the historic gazebo on the Iron County Courthouse lawn and enjoy some mountain music in the beautiful Arcadia Valley.

The Annual Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival kicks off on Friday, May 19 and continues through Sunday, May 21.

The festival kicks off on May 19 with “Pickin’ on the Square.”  Local musicians join professionals to perform everything from rockabilly to bluegrass to gospel. Bring your guitar, fiddle or banjo and join in. A “picker’s area” is set up for any pickers who want to jam throughout the festival. This event will continue through the summer on every Friday evening.

Headliners for this year’s festival are “Legends Together: Tim Crouch, Randy Kohrs, Irl Hees, Dustin Frame and Clay Hess.


Pilot Knob woman killed in accident

A Pilot Knob woman was fatally injured in a one-vehicle accident on Saturday, May 13.

Angela D. Sousa-Paisley, 42, of Pilot Knob, was pronounced dead at the scene by Iron County Coroner Tim Harbison.  

A report by the Missouri Highway Patrol stated that she was driving a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck southbound on MO Highway 221 south of Vance Road in Iron County when the accident occured at 6:20 p.m. 

The truck ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree, the report stated.

Sousa-Paisley was not wearing a safety belt, the report said.

Funeral services have been set for 11 a.m. Thursday, May 18 from Bryson Funeral Home.  Visitation is set for today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Annapolis man injured 

in one-vehicle accident

An Annapolis man received minor injuries when the truck he was driving ran off the road and struck a tree.


Floods close/damage roads

Two days of rain - with some reports of as much as 12 inches - have left roads and bridges in Iron County in need of repair. However, there have been no fatalities and no reports of injuries.

As of Monday, the rain had stopped, and the rivers and creeks had begun to recede, although the National Weather Service forecast still had a flood warning through 4:45 p.m. Tuesday for Iron County and surrounding counties of Madison, Reynolds, Washington, St. Francois and Crawford. And the forecast for the local area includes two more inches of rain to fall over today (Wednesday) and Thursday.

The Missouri Department of Transportation reported some 300 roads across the state are closed or have been closed at some time during the storms.  That included parts of Interstate Highways 44 and 55.

In the county, at presstime, still closed were Missouri Highways 143 out of Des Arc, MO Route F, MO Route C near Annapolis, and MO Route D off Highway 72 near Lake Killarney.


Imagine That! brings folk tales to life at the Academy

Shelley Bishop (as an evil stepmother) is being, well not very nice, to a young girl played by Maggie Newstead in a scene from Imagine That! a play to be staged at the Arcadia Academy Theatre from Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening.

Imagine That! Folktales from Around the World is a play by Lesterville resident Sharon Bebout Carr, who also directs the production.

The play will be staged by the Arcadia Valley Theatre Guild on three nights, May 11-13, at the Arcadia Academy Theatre.

Carr, a retired college professor, wrote the play some five years ago while teaching at Bluefield State College in West Virginia and it was written with a specific purpose in mind.

“We had a hard time in West Virginia in getting an audience,” she explained. “A lot of our audiences were first-time theater-goers. They had never seen any kind of live theater, so anything we could think of that might catch their interest, we would try.

“We just wanted to do something that would appeal to children. With folk tales there is an oral tradition and a lot of appeal to children and to imagination. A folk tale is a story passed down orally so it really doesn’t belong to any one person.


Local residents join effort to fight ‘Right-to-Work’ legislation

Bob Meynell, a representative of Local 2214, St. Louis - Kansas City Carpenter’s Regional Council, made a presentation last week at the Iron County Democrat Club concerning an initiative petition effort for a Constitutional Amendment on the 2018 ballot to reverse the passage of a so-called “Right to Work” law by the state legislature.

In February, Gov. Eric Greitens signed right-to work legislation, making Missouri the 28th state to enact such a law.

However, since the law doesn’t go into effect until August 28, people opposed to it are seeking signatures in support of an initiative petition to amend the State Constitution and reverse the legislation.

Bob Meynell, a representative of Local 2214, St. Louis - Kansas City Carpenter’s Regional Council, made a presentation last week at a regular meeting of the Iron County Democrat Club.

His appearance drew a number of local residents who don’t normally attend the meetings, but who signed up to circulate petitions for signatures in the county.

Essentially, a right-to-work law prevents labor unions from requiring workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Meynell seem pragmatic after the meeting when questioned about the effort.


Rain moves Fair exhibits indoors

Emergency Preparedness Fair - Marty Schuessler, regional coordinator for the Fire and Rescue Training Institute, University of MO Extension, demonstrates how easily one can be caught in a grain elevator and suffocated.

A rainy day that left pools of water in the grass at the Lions Club Fairgrounds Saturday made the 3rd annual Iron County Emergency Fair a mostly indoor event.

Still the fair drew upwards of 200 people to see all kinds of emergency preparedness demonstrations and safety tips.

“It exceeded our expectations, especially for that day,” said Charles Sayles, chairman of the fair committee. The fair is sponsored by the A. V. Lions Club and coordinated by the Iron County Extension Council.

Although the rain cancelled the arrival of an Air Evac helicopter and a few other outside events, organizers said that is the chance you take and promised a bigger and better Emergency Fair next year.


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