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Thu
21
Sep

Meeting set to discuss improvements to Hwy 49

The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 to discuss upcoming improvements to the Route 49 bridge over Big Creek in Iron County. The meeting will be held at South Iron High School gymnasium in Annapolis

“Visitors can stop by anytime between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to discuss the details of the project with a member of the project team and provide their comments,” said Project Manager Pete Berry.

The Route 49 project involves replacing the Big Creek bridge, located approximately 1.5 miles south of Annapolis. 

The project is expected to be let in May 2018, with construction anticipated as early as summer 2018. As construction is underway, the roadway will close in the vicinity of the bridge.

Thu
21
Sep

Crawford County to withdraw from Ozark Regional Library system

The Crawford County Library Board of Directors (CCLB) will withdraw its participation in the Ozark Regional Library system  (ORL).

That intention was announced in an Aug. 14 letter to the ORL Board asking for a financial settlement involving a “set of documents …which describe the ownership status of the real estate and tangible and intangible personal property owned by (ORL).”  The letter was sent to ORL’s legal counsel by Mark M. Wenner, who is an attorney and a member of the CCLB.

According to a press release, the board said it believed the decision was in the best interest for Crawford County taxpayers and the process would take six months to complete. Crawford County libraries will operate “as a standalone county library system” under the direction of the current library board.

Thu
21
Sep

‘Battle’ schedule of events

The 1513rd anniversary of the Battle of Pilot Knob will be commemorated on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24.

Below is the list of scheduled events.

Saturday, 

Sept. 23, 2017

8 a.m. - Camps open to the public

8 a.m. - Officers call (inside museum-reenactors only)

9 a.m. - Museum opens

9 a.m.-11 a.m. - Artillery, Infantry and Cavalry Drill

10 a.m. - Ladies Programming near Showmobile

Noon-6 p.m. - Showmobile Programming

Noon - Opening Ceremonies with Military

1 p.m. - Running Battle to Fort begins

1:30 p.m. - Main Battle commences

6 p.m.- Officer’s Soiree

6 p.m. - Museum closes

7 p.m. - Grand Ball begins

8:30 p.m. - Blowing up the Fort

9:10 p.m. - Grand Ball resumes

10 p.m. - Event and Vendors close down

 

Sunday, 

Sept. 24, 2017

8 a.m. - Camps open to the public

Thu
21
Sep

Jones sentenced to life w/o parole

An Ironton man pled guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the May 7, 2016 shooting death of his wife.

Cory D. Jones pled guilty Monday (Sept. 11) to the charge of first degree murder in Wayne County Circuit Court (Greenville) before Circuit Judge Sidney T. Pearson.  

Jones was charged in the death of Tammy Jones, 30, whom he shot to death with a 9 mm pistol at their Ironton residence. Police said he then turned the gun on himself in an unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Jones was expected to stand trial in Wayne County in October on a change of venue from Iron County.

The guilty plea came as a surprise to Prosecuting Attorney Brian Parker, who was at the Wayne County Courthouse Monday morning to have a brief conversation with Jones’ defense attorney and then announce to the judge that they were ready to proceed to trial, which was already set for Oct. 12-13.

Thu
07
Sep

Hike offered to Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff will lead three guided hikes to the top of Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Sept. 23. Hikes will take place at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. These guided hikes are taking place in conjunction with other events during the reenactment of the Battle of Pilot Knob.  

During the hike, staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will discuss the importance of Pilot Knob to the endangered Indiana bats and the history of Pilot Knob Mountain. 

Hikers will meet at the Brogan trailhead on Fort Davidson State Historic site and promptly depart for scheduled hikes on the refuge.  Space is limited; participants must pre-register to reserve their spot for the hike by calling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge at 573-222-3589.  

Thu
07
Sep

Ellington residents hurt in crash

Three Ellington residents were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Saturday, September 2 in Reynolds County.

Seriously injured was Helen M. Fears, 71, of Ellington. She was taken by ambulance to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.  

Dylan B. Bettes, 18, received minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Emily C. White, 17, received minor injuries and was also taken by private vehicle to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

The accident occurred at 3:45 p.m. on MO Highway 106, three miles west of Ellington, according to a report by the MO Highway Patrol.

A 2006 Mercury Mountaineer, driven westbound by Fears, failed to yield as it was making a left-hand turn, the report stated.  A 1998 Ford Mustang, driven eastbound by Bettes, struck the Mountaineer.

White was a passenger in the Bettes vehicle.

Thu
07
Sep

Clubb launches campaign for District 144 House seat

Vinnie Clubb

A Piedmont resident has announced his candidacy for the 144th District Representative position in 2018. The current office holder, State Representative Paul Fitzwater, will be exiting due to term limitations.

Serving as the new Vice President for the Piedmont Area Chamber of Commerce, Clubb, is a self-described  Christian conservative who vows to be a true voice of the constituents of a district “where businesses continue to close their doors and leave behind a wake of empty buildings.” 

He was recently elected Vice-President of the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce.

“Our district is at a crossroads and it is going to take an entire team effort to ensure its preservation and growth,” he said. 

Club is a “Life Member” of the National Rifle Association,   supports the pro-life movement and “believes in securing protections for the unborn beginning at their conception.”

Thu
07
Sep

Ellis to be guest at September Democrat Club

Kathy Ellis

A Democratic challenger for Republican Jason Smith’s 8th District Congressional seat in 2018 will be the guest speaker at the September meeting of the Iron County Democrat Club.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Iron County Courthouse in Ironton.

Ellis is a first-time political candidate and Jefferson County native. She threw her hat in the ring in an announcement at Jefferson College on June 24.

She is a psychotherapist (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified in Clinical Social Work), as well as a Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Experiential Therapist III. She has a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she was among the first group of women to compete for the prestigious Rhodes Scholar program, and a Master of Social Work from Washington University.

Fri
01
Sep

Cannonball Haul winner to receive historic cannonball

Cannon Ball Haul

Want to win an authentic cannonball used in the Battle of Pilot Knob and found on Shephard Mountain?  Then get your hiking boots and start training because that is the 1st place prize in the Cannonball Haul 2017 race set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 in Ironton.

In fact, efforts are under way to secure two more cannonballs for second and third places.

For more information about the Cannonball Haul 2017 Hiking Race visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cannonball.haul.1 and direct email questions about team registration, race day, rules, etc., to ironton@irontonmo.gov. For questions about the Battle of Pilot Knob reenactment festivities go to http://www.battleofpilotknob.org/.

 

Fri
01
Sep

First ‘Cannonball Haul’ race to be held on Saturday, Sept. 23

A new event to coincide with the Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactment every three years will have its debut this year.

The inaugural “Cannonball Haul” 2017 Hiking Race is a legitimate Civil War-themed sporting event with a winner determined in a fair and accurate manner.  The event is judged by race officials and governed by a set of sanctioned rules set forth by the host organization, the Arcadia Valley Trail Association (ATVA). The event will begin at 9 am on Saturday, September, 23, 2017 in Ironton on the Shepherd Mountain Trail.

The trail is the brainchild of the ATVA working with Ironton Mayor Robert Lourwood.

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