A tree for Cal Dothage

Calvin Dothage holds a special place in the hearts of people who new him, especially his fellow library employees and volunteers.  A dogwood tree and a memorial stone has been established on the library lawn in Cal’s honor.  Above - Among those who gathered to plant the tree were (from left) Connie Reed, Ozark Regional Library Director Holly Martin Huffman, Shirley Pennington, Linda Bennett, Jon Jones and Carol Bell.  Below - an example of Cal’s artistry.  He would write plays for children and perform them with puppets he had also made.  His cakes were legendary.

If you grew up in The Valley, you might remember Cal Dothage as the owner of the old Plain and Fancy Restaurant, or The Yankee Noodle Restaurant which followed that one.

Or you might know him as the pleasant man at the library who helped you with some genealogy questions or performed a puppet show for the little ones.

His artistry and people skills have led the folks who knew Cal to set up a memorial on the Ironton library lawn.

A dogwood tree and a memory stone are there now in the hopes that one day the tree might provide some shade to shelter a child enjoying a book.

“He was a great boss,” said Carol Bell.  Dothage hired her as part of the staff at the Plain and Fancy Restaurant. She continued working with him at The Yankee Noodle Restaurant. “We became friends almost instantly when I went to work for him and that friendship lasted all through the years.”


Ironton woman injured in accident

An Ironton woman received moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident last week.

Dolores R. Maples, 66, of Ironton was taken by ambulance to Parkland Health Center in Farmington, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The report stated that Maples was driving a 2006 Dodge Caravan northbound on Thomas Road, north of County Road 537 in St. Francois County when the accident occurred at 8:25 a.m. on Monday, November 13.

Maples was traveling too fast to negotiate a curve to the right in the road and traveled off the left side, where the front end struck a tree, the report stated.

Maples was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.


Belleview man 

injured in crash

A Belleview resident received moderate injuries in a two-car crash early Wednesday morning, November 15 in Washington County.


Arcadia Mayor resigns

Roy Carr, the Mayor of Arcadia, has resigned due to health reasons, according to a spokesperson at Arcadia City Hall.

The resignation was effective on Monday, November 13.

Arcadia Board Member Susie Dennison has been named the Interim Mayor.


Economic Development plan includes four counties

SET Plan - Chris Wigger, president of the First State Community Bank of Ironton (left) and Iron County Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs hold a copy of a new study to be used by a four-county coalition to market the area for economic development.  Both have been involved in the group who sought the study.

The US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has given the Parkland Regional Economic Development Initiative’s (REDI) plan for stimulating economic growth in the region its highest rating of “High Quality.” 

The Parkland REDI is a regional coalition formed by the Presiding Commissioners of Iron, Madison, St. Francois, and Ste. Genevieve Counties in 2009. This group has been dedicated to combining the strengths and assets of the four counties together to bring economic development to the four-county region. 

Al Sullivan, a founding member of the REDI and president of the St. Francois County Industrial Development Authority (IDA), is proud of the commitment to teamwork the region has shown: “Since the Parkland REDI was formed ... there have been 10 different Presiding Commissioners elected among the four counties, and every one of them, regardless of political party, has renewed his county’s commitment to the coalition without hesitation.”


Bunker man dies in ATV accident

A Bunker man was killed when the ATV he was driving overturned.  The accident occurred at 4 p.m. Thursday, November 2 in Reynolds County.

The deceased, Justin S. Prendergast, 36, of Bunker was riding a 2003 Honda ATV on private property 4 miles north of Bunker when the accident occurred, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Predergast was driving the ATV in a stream when he attempted to turn left and the vehicle overturned on top of him, the reported stated.  He was pronounced dead at the scene by Reynolds County Coroner Tom Stout at 5:37 p.m.

Predergast was taken to McSpadden Funeral Home in Ellington.


Consolidation may be back on the April ballot

Petitions seeking a ballot issue that would enable the consolidation of Pilot Knob, Ironton and Arcadia have been submitted to the Boards of Aldermen of all three communities.

The last such effort occurred in 2015 when a Consolidation Committee of local people found that such a move was not legal under existing state laws.

A change in the state statutes has now made the effort possible. This time around, apparently, there is no consolidation committee.

Steve and David Gifford of Arcadia are listed as submitting all three petitions.

The number of signatures required was based upon the last Municipal Election, which had a very low turnout.


Allegree’s Dollar Spree to open in PK

Allegree’s Dollar Spree will be opening in Pilot Knob sometime in December.

Sara Allegree and her husband Robert will be operating the retail store which features 80 percent of its merchandise priced at $1.

“There may be some specialty items, but I’m going to try to keep them under $10,” Allegree said.

The store will feature item categories such as health and beauty, kitchen and housewares, cleaning products, party supplies, greeting cards, hardware and toys.

“I’m hoping we can open by Dec. 1,” Allegree said, “but the building isn’t quite ready yet, so we will see.”

Allegree’s Dollar Spree will be located next to the Missouri License office in Pilot Knob.


GOP names Dinkins for special election

Christina Dinkins

Members of the 144th District Republican Legislative Committee met Saturday, October 28, at the Reynolds County Courthouse to select their nominee to run in the special election  to replace Representative Paul Fitzwater.  

Fitzwater recently resigned from his post to accept an appointment by Governor Eric Greitens to the Board of Probations and Parole. 

The governor has called a special election on February 6 to fill the seat vacated by Fitzwater.

The Republican committee members from the counties of Ironton, Washington, Reynolds and Wayne nominated four candidates: Christina Dinkins of Annapolis, Beau Gooch of Piedmont, Scott Schrum of Potosi, and Vinnie Clubb of Piedmont.

All of the nominees made presentations before the committee members. Dinkins received a majority of the votes in the first round of voting.

She will be facing Democratic candidate Jim Scaggs of Annapolis in the February election.


‘Leading Ladies’ takes the stage

Meg (Michelle Swane) watches enraptured as Leo (center - Corey King) teaches Butch (Matthew Fisk) how to “get loose.”

Wednesday night the cast of “Leading Ladies,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig, was in the middle of a long process called a play rehearsal.  

Director Shelley Bishop is pulling this “comedy of errors” together with a group of local folks who she describes as having become “a real ensemble.” There is much  laughter.


Three named ‘Difference Makers’ at AV Schools

Difference Makers - (from left) Terry Tate, Jim Finley and Toni Erpenbach.

Three former staff members were honored Saturday night when Arcadia Valley Schools students, staff and alumni named them “Difference Makers,” people who have made a difference in the lives of students and/or programs over the years.

Terry Tate, Jim Finley and Toni Erpenbach received recognition plaques and will have their names included on a plaque on permenant display at the school.

They were awarded the plaques at a special ceremony during the AV Fall Festival on Saturday.

The following are excerpts of remarks made during the presentation:


Terry Tate

(Remarks read by her daughter, Brandi Brogan.)


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