Five people slightly injured in accident

Five Patton residents received minor injuries in a on-car accident on Sunday afternoon north of Pilot Knob in Iron County. All were taken by ambulance to Iron County Medical Center for treatment.

Delmar L. Womble, 42, of Patton was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt northbound on Missouri Route N, four miles north of Pilot Knob when the accident occurred at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 17 at 1 p.m. A report by the MO Highway Patrol said Womble swerved to the right of the roadway and struck a guard rail.

Womble and four passengers, all from Patton, received minor injuries.  Others injured included Dezarie Clubb, 9; Erin Womble, 10; Misty Womble, 33; and Rose Womble, 4.

All of the passengers were wearing seat belts.



Ironton woman receives minor injuries

Icy road conditions were a contributing factor in a two-car crash that slightly injured an Ironton woman.


Info sought in poaching case

Another Elk poached - This is the carcass of a 10-year-old bull elk that was shot and left near the Log Yard area of Shannon County. An adult cow elk was also shot and left in the area. MDC asks that anyone with information on this poaching case call (573) 226-3616, ext. 226, or Operation Game Thief at 1-800-392-1111.

Shannon County – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking information in the case of two adult elk shot on Friday, February 8, near the Log Yard area of Shannon County.

One of the elk was a 10-year-old bull, brought to Missouri from Kentucky in 2011. The other was an adult cow, born in Missouri.

Conservation agents note no parts of either animal were removed.  As is the case with most poaching incidents today, these actions had nothing to do with providing meat for a family.

“It appears these poachers simply wanted to shoot elk for fun or out of spite, and that’s abhorrent,” said MDC’s Protection Division Chief Randy Doman.

Doman said this marks the fifth known elk poaching incident since the elk population was restored in 2011. Elk poachings in the state also include an adult bull in December of 2015, a two-month-old calf in August of 2018, and a bull calf last January.


New exhibit at Fort Davidson: Why this Valley?

Come to the Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site and experience its rotating exhibit of themed displays of artifacts relating to the site. Many of these are original artifacts never on public display until now. Each exhibit will be on display for two months.

During March and April, visit the “Why This Valley” display. Long before an important Civil War Battle was fought in the Arcadia Valley, it was an abundant source of natural resources needed as a young nation grew and expanded into new territory. Vast deposits of iron ore and timber attracted miners, loggers and settlers beginning in the early 1800s.

Later, these settlers opened quarries to mine the distinctive red granite to supply St. Louis and other large cities with paving stones and other building materials.


Mining royalties distribution would change with proposed law

Iron County Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs (right) testifies at the Missouri Senate’s Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee hearing on Senate Bill 202 (Mine Royalties) on Wednesday, February 13. At left is Sen. Gary Romine, the Senate sponsor of the bill.

Bills introduced this session into the Missouri Senate and House would change the way royalties from mining activities in counties are distributed. Approval by the legislature would mean more money available to the Iron and Reynolds county governments.

The Senate’s Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee has scheduled a hearing on Senate Bill 202 today (Wednesday, February 13).  Among a contingent of local people set to testify in support of the measure is the bills’s author, Jim Scaggs, Iron County’s Presiding Commissioner.  (Others testifying include Reynolds County Presiding Commissioner Joe Lloyd, Lance Mayfield - representing the citizens of Viburnum, and Superintendent James Watt of Lesterville Schools.)


Three arrested; drugs, cash, weapons found in residence

Weapons, drugs and cash were discovered when officers serve a search warrant at a rural Iron County residence Friday evening (February 8). Three people have been arrested and Iron County Sheriff Roger Medley said he expects more arrests in the ongoing investigation.

Three people were arrested after officers served a search warrant at a rural Iron County residence.

As stated in a written release by Sheriff Roger Medley, the warrant was served at 1295 State Highway D at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8.

The Iron County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by officers of the Mineral Area Drug Task Force, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri State Park Rangers.

“Various types of drug paraphernalia, in excess of five pounds of various types of marijuana, over $10,000 in cash and over 30 weapons were seized,” the release stated. “Three adult individuals were arrested and transported to the Iron County Jail and the remaining juveniles were released to their parents.”

The sheriff declined to release the names of the individuals arrested citing the ongoing investigation.

Additional arrests and criminal charges are anticipated.


Slates decided for Municipal, School elections

The filing deadlines have passed for candidates in the April Municipal/School Board elections.

Iron County Clerk Stephanie Lebron has provided the following list of candidates.

Among the candidates who are incumbents and have no one file against them (and therefore do not have to stand for election) include:


Lesterville R-IV School Board: two positions

Kelly Barton

Mark Winn


South Iron R-1 School Board: two positions

Jeff Ruble

Dana Pratt


Iron County

Ambulance Board

District 3: Charles F Lashley


Iron County Hospital

District Board

District  6: Norma Owens


Salem Memorial

Hospital District

District 2: Michael Swyers

District 6: A. J. Seay



New events scheduled at the Battle of Pilot Knob SHS and Elephant Rocks SP

A part-time naturalist who will be giving nature programming and guided hikes at Elephant Rocks State Park on Saturdays in April, May and June, are among many changes to the schedule this year, according to Bryan Bethel, natural resource manager.

Among those already on the schedule:


March 30, 2019 - Dutch Oven for Beginners  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Annapolis Council, SICBA sign lease

A  disagreement between the Annapolis city government and the South Iron Community Betterment Association over the use of the city’s Community Center building has apparently been patched up.

Complaints to the city concerning a carnival that set up in October and left before it opened led city officials to send a letter to SICBA President Norma Owens  instructing the organization that it was being evicted from the building as of Feb. 1.

That in turn led to a public meeting on the matter on Monday, January 21, hosted by the SICBA.

The SICBA had use of the Center through a 5-year contract with the city that expired on Jan. 13, 2008.  However, the agreement has continued informally since then.

On Thursday, January 24, city officials and SICBA board members met in a closed session to hash out a new lease agreement.  The board also rescinded the vacate notice.


New Chamber officers

New Chamber Officers

The Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce held its annual Awards Banquet Saturday evening, January 26, at Meadow Heights Church in Ironton.  New Chamber board members for 2019 include (from left) Tim Harbison (Treasurer), Michelle Swane, Angela Carter (Secretary), Brad Wooten, Allison Bryson, Connie Reed, Alison Erpenbach, Keely Hill, Ruston Blaty (President elect), Drew Cole, Brian Parker (President) Brantley Hickman (2nd Vice-President, not present), Brian Beard (not present), Chuck Corrrell (not present), Karen Seifert (ex-officio, not present), Jim Hisserich (board member emeritus, not present).


Middle Brook man receives minor injuries

A Middle Brook man received minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Monday, January 14.

Matthew G. Morey, 25, was taken by private conveyance to Parkland Health Center in Farmington, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Morey was driving a 2007 Pontiac G6 eastbound on 705 Route NN in St. Francois County when the accident occurred at 9:07 a.m.

According to the report, he was traveling too fast for the icy conditions and went off the right side of the road, returned to the road and crossed the left side, struck a tree and overturned.

Morey was wearing a seat belt, the report stated.


Centerville woman receives minor injuries

A Centerville woman received minor injuries in a one-car accident that occurred  Sunday, January 13, in Reynolds County.

Joyce M. Santhuff, 59, was taken by ambulance to Parkland Medical Center in Farmington, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.


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