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Sat
09
Jun

Summer Reading Program under way at Ozark Regional Library

A Summer Reading Program has kicked off at the Ozark Regional Library.

Youth Librarian Kelsey Fitzgerald has announced the following upcoming programs. For more information, call the library at 573-546-2615 or visit the website at www.ozarkregionallibrary.lib.mo.us.

DIY Guitar Pick - Ozark Regional Library- Iroton is having a DIY Guitar Pick and CD Art event on Friday, June 8 at 3 p.m.  Participants will be using Shrinky Dinks plastic to design and create a guitar pick. Participants will also have the opportunity to recycle old CDs into beautiful pieces of scratch art.  All ages are welcome to this event.  The program is free of charge. Registration required.

Sat
09
Jun

Prosecutor petition accepted

A petition seeking a ballot measure to make the Iron County Prosecuting Attorney a full-time position was accepted by the County Commission during a regular meeting last week.

County Clerk Virginia Queen said the petition contains at least 100 more valid signatures than required by state statutes.

The question: “Shall the office of prosecuting attorney be made a full-time position in Iron County?” will appear on the August 2018 Primary Ballot. A simple majority of the voters in favor of the question is required.

If voters approve the proposal, it “shall become effective upon the date that the prosecutor who is elected at the next election subsequent to the passage of such proposal is sworn into office,” the statutes state.

A full-time prosecutor will also qualify for additional benefits, such as retirement.

Sat
09
Jun

Missouri Elk of the Year

Bud Clarkson

Bud Clarkson of Arcadia was presented this year’s “Missouri Elk of the Year Award” by the Elk’s State President Pete Nash. Pete cited Bud’s countless hours donated to the organization and the hard work which has led to the Missouri State Elk’s newspaper, “The Shozem,” receiving a five star rating for the past two years. Clarkson is the secretary for Elks Lodge #2330 in Pilot Knob.

Sun
20
May

An update on Crane Lake plans

Crane Lake Dam

Hidden in the southwest part of the Fredericktown Unit, in Iron County, is one of Mark Twain National Forest’s jewels, the 100-acre Crane Lake.

Three years have passed since engineering inspections first revealed that Crane Lake’s dam does not meet federal dam safety regulations.  Since then, the USDA Forest Service has been conducting engineering studies to identify options to address the deficiencies.

For readers who have not been following this issue, Crane Lake dam was built in 1959 and raised in height in 1972 before it was acquired by the Forest Service.

The dam was never designed to pass 100 percent of a probable maximum flood event – a requirement for all federally-managed dams.  Follow-up inspections showed the dam has structural, geotechnical, and hydraulic issues, and further, does not meet seismic design standards for potential earthquakes.  Here are some updates on items of interest.

Sun
20
May

Belleview, Bismarck residents hurt in crash

Area residents received moderate injuries in a two-vehicle collission on Thursday, May 10 in St. Francois County.

A report by the Missouri Highway Patrol said the crash occurred at 3:10 p.m. on MO Highway N near Lake Avalon Road.

A 2009 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Sarah E. Rawson, 34, of Belleview, was northbound on the highway when the vehicle crossed the center line and sideswiped another vehicle, the report stated.

The other vehicle was also a 2009 Jeep Wrangler that we being driven southbound by Levi E. Lincoln, 17, of Bismarck.

Both drivers received moderate injuries in the crash and were taken by ambulance to Parkland Health Center in Farmington.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol said.

 

Two Farmington residents in serious condition following collision

Two people received serious injuries in a two-vehicle collision on Monday, May 7 in St. Francois County.

Sun
20
May

Viburnum 'mock accident' - a reminder of what could happen

Amelia Morton plays a severely injured young woman who is transported from the scene by Air Evac.

The students at Viburnum High School got a grim reminder Friday, May 18,  that tragedy can strike at even the best of times.

A “mock accident,” using students as actors in a head-on collision, was staged at the school by a number of agencies, including the school administration, the Viburnum Police Department, the Quad County Fire Department, the Iron County Ambulance Service, the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Iron County Sheriff’s Department, and Air Evac medical helicopter service.

Students had an opportunity to witness first-hand what transpires at the scene of such an accident, what are the duties of the various entities involved, and perhaps got a taste of how such an accident is almost always the result of  poor choices.

Highway Patrolman Todd Erpenbach addressed the students in an assembly following the presentation and told the students that 99.9 percent of them would be involved in a traffic accident sometime in their lives.

Thu
10
May

Man drowns at Elephant Rocks SP

A St. Louis man apparently fell from a rock cliff into a water-fill quarry and drowned at Elephant Rocks State Park in Iron County.

The accident happened at 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

The deceased was identified by the Missouri Highway Patrol as Rashad M. Moungo, 24, of St. Louis. The patrol reported that Moungo fell off the cliff into the water, resurfaced and began to struggle. When he submerged again, he never resurfaced.

Moungo was pronounced dead at the scene by Iron County Coroner Tim Harbison.

Thu
10
May

Horror/SciFi buffs get ‘Reasonably Reel’

The Reasonably Reel cast of characters gather in Mike Gifford’s home -  among mostly 1980s vintage video games and scads of movie DVDs - to record a recent episode of the podcast. Clockwise from left - David Gifford, Mike Gifford (David’s brother), Steven Francis and Steve Gifford (David and Mike’s Dad).

These are not your run-of-the-mill movie fans.  These folks devour and regurgitate horror and science fiction movie facts like some of those movie creatures dispose of their poor victims.

It is much less messy in Mike Gifford’s basement, where the “Reasonably Reel” cast gathered recently to discuss the merits of Pacific Rim, that giant robot movie directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Their discussion was a lot more serious (and knowledgeable) than your annoying cousin’s habit of going on and on about a movie that you haven’t seen, but wanted to before he started yammering.

Fri
04
May

Belleview man killed in two-vehicle crash in Perry County

An elderly Belleview man was killed in a two-vehicle crash last week in Perry County.

Harlan D. Glaser, 75, of Belleview was pronounced dead at the scene by Perry County Ambulance District personnel, according to a report by the Missouri The driver of the other vehicle, Nichole B. Duvall, 30, received serious injuries and was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

According to the report, the accident occurred at 1:35 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 in Perry County on Missouri Highway 51 north of Perry County Road 708.

A 2005 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck was being driving southbound on Highway 51 by Glaser.

A 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Duvall, was headed northbound on Highway 51.

Glaser traveled across the center of the road and into the northbound lane, the report stated, causing the front of the pickup to strike the front of the Pontiac.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the report stated.

Fri
04
May

Fisher to serve life sentences for sex crimes

Brandon Fisher

Brandon Fisher

A local man has been sentenced in a child molestation case dating from March 28, 2014.

Brandon Eugene Fisher, 39, was found guilty by an Iron County Circuit Court jury on Oct. 27, 2017 on two counts of child molestation - 1st degree.

Last week Fisher was sentenced by Judge Kelly Wayne Parker to a life sentence on each charge to run concurrently.

The incident, involving two children under the age of 14, also led to the incarceration of their father and charges pending against their mother.

Information obtained from the Iron County Prosecutor’s office said the parents were involved in the incidents and that Fisher was a friend of the family.

The father, Maxwell Barnes, 36, of Annapolis, was tried in Crawford County on November 14-17, 2017 on a change of venue.  A Circuit Court Jury found him guilty on a charge of the use of a child in a sexual performance, and guilty on three counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the 1st degree.

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