Ashcroft visits

Missouri Secretary of State John “Jay” Ashcroft discusses the upcoming mid-term election (November 6) with Iron County Clerk Virginia Queen in a visit  Wednesday morning (October 24).

Secretary Ashcroft visits - Missouri Secretary of State John “Jay” Ashcroft discussed the upcoming mid-term election (November 6) with Iron County Clerk Virginia Queen in a visit  Wednesday morning (October 24).  Secretary Ashcroft intended to meet with all county clerks prior to the election.

Among the items of discussion was Cole County Circuit Court Judge Richard Callahan’s October 9 ruling in a lawsuit questioning Missouri’s voter ID law that went into effect in 2016.  Judge Callahan tossed out a portion of the law requiring voters without a photo identification  to sign an affidavit a vote a provisional ballot as “contradictory and misleading.” 

Now in order to cast a ballot, voters will either show a photo ID before voting or show another form of ID, like a bank statement or utility bill, or their voter registration card from the clerk’s office.  Voters will not be required to sign a statement.


2018 General Election Results

The following are the unofficial results for the General Election held on November 6, 2018

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A trail ride with a higher purpose

Len Crow, pastor of the North Country Baptist Church in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, and Tina Mae Weber of Fredericktown pause along the Hildebrand Route of the Trail of Tears that goes through Iron County.  The pair, along with several other trail riders are riding the Trail of Tears to raise money for mission projects that would help on reservations in Arizona and Montana.

Some trail riders passed through Iron County recently on a mission. Rather, they are trail riding for missions.

Their leader, Len Crow, pastor of the North Country Baptist Church in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, organized the ride to raise money to benefit mission work being done on reservations in Montana and Arizona.

They started in Tahlequah, OK on Sept. 10 and plan to reach Cherokee, NC by Nov. 10. They are riding 

the Trail of Tears backwards.

Len’s wife, Nancy, calls it “... a mental thing. Instead of going towards exile, we are going home.”

Home would be the original lands east of the Mississippi River, home of the Cherokee Nation, which was forced under the watchful eyes of the U.S. Military to resettle in Oklahoma in 1838-1839.  The Trail of Tears is the name given to the route of the devastating forced migration.


Queen Emmalea

 Junior Class Queen Candidate, Emmalea Nelson, was crowned Queen at the 2018 Arcadia Valley Fall Festival on Saturday night. From left are: Attendant Isabella Whited, 2018 Arcadia Valley Fall Festival Queen Emmalea Nelson, Attendant Carter Racer, (standing behind the Queen) Escort Kaleb Melton.

 Junior Class Queen Candidate, Emmalea Nelson, was crowned Queen at the 2018 Arcadia Valley Fall Festival on Saturday night. 


VFW Dept. Service Officer to visit

A certified Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Missouri Service Officer will be at Bismarck VFW Post 6947 on Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The post is located at 1008 Veterans Drive.

Any veteran or dependent who needs assistance in filing a claim or needing information should attend.

The post phone is 573-734-6033. Contact persons are Joe Snyder (573-734-1146), Jeff Higginbotham (573-438-71370), Don Kernan (815-326-0479), or Elmer Winingar (573-637-2585).


2018 Arcadia Valley Fall Festival Queen candidates announced

The AV Fall Festival Queen candidates have been announced. Among them are (from left): Freshman Candidate Allie Tyndall, Sophomore Candidate Hannah Helvey, Junior Candidate Emmalea Nelson, and Senior Candidate Laney Tucker.

The AV Fall Festival Queen candidates have been announced. Among them are:

•Freshman Candidate Allie Tyndall, daughter of Brian and Rachel Tyndall of Ironton. Her escort will be Isaiah Eudy, son of Jeremy and Amanda Eudy of Ironton.

•Sophomore Candidate Hannah Helvey, daughter of Bruce and Lisa Helvey of Ironton. Her escort will be Taylon Jones, son of April Jones and the late Carl Jones.

•Junior Candidate Emmalea Nelson, daughter of Jeremy and Shanyn Nelson of Belleview. Her escort will be Kaleb Melton, son of Mary Wadlow of Ironton and Kevin Melton of Jacksonville, AR.

•Senior Candidate Laney Tucker, daughter of Janice Tucker of Ironton and Eddie and Kim Tucker of Farmington. Her escort will be Jackson Lamb, son of Scott and Tara Lamb of Ironton.

This year’s Queen will be announced and crowned during a coronation ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 20. The parade begins that day at 10 a.m.


Arcadia woman seriously injured in one-car accident

An Arcadia woman was seriously injured in an accident in St. Francois County on Friday, September 28.

Breana L. Sikorski, 26, was taken by medical helicopter to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Sikorski was driving a 2008 Ford Focus northbound  on MO Highway 221 when the accident occurred north of Shy Road.


Scouts hold Flag Retirement Ceremony

Scouts (from left) Hunter Hogan, Malichi Windle, James Bridges and Garrett Redinger were among those helping in the Flag Retirement Ceremony.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 403 and Cub Scout Pack 403 incinerate worn-out U.S. flags, part of a formal flag retirement ceremony held on Sunday, September 30 at the Arcadia Valley Sports Complex. The traditional ceremony is a respectful way to dispose of flags that have become too worn and tattered to display.  The scouts retired some 300 flags provided by the community, first cutting the flags into four pieces, incinerating the blue star field first before the red and white stripes. The ashes are then buried. Scoutmaster Jeremy Medley oversaw the ceremony. 


Ironton man joins veterans ‘Honor Flight’ to D.C.

Joining John (left) on the Honor Flight was his twin brother, Carl Mertens (right). They both had the opportunity to meet up with their niece, Laura Mertens, a resident of the Washington D.C. area. John is an Army vet, while Carl is a Navy vet.

Since 2009, the Central Missouri Honor Flight organization has been giving elderly veterans a free trip to Washington D.C. to see the memorials that have been erected in their honor.

John Mertens of Ironton recently returned from such a trip and was enthusiastic in recommending it to other vets.

“My brother Chuck went last year – he was in the Air Force,” Mertens explained. I had learned about it several years ago and thought it would be pretty neat. So he got me an application.”

The Honor Flight left Columbia, MO on Tuesday, August 14 and included John and his twin brother, Carl.

John is an Army veteran, serving as radioteletype operator from 1964-66.  He sent in his application for the program “9 or 10 months ago” and was accepted for the August 14 flight.

“Each flight has 110 people,” he said. “For every three veterans they have another person called a guardian to help you and keep you from getting lost.”


Guided hike offered at Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff will lead two guided hikes to the top of Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Hike participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. each day at Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site.

During the hike, staff and volunteers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will discuss how past mining has created critical habitat for endangered Indiana bats.

This important refuge with its unique geology and mining history provided hibernation habitat that continues today. 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.

Hikers will walk up steep terrain with loose rock and uneven footing.  Participants must be physically able to make this hike.  Details on time and meeting location will be provided to registered participants.


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