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Fri
26
Apr

Guided hikes offered at 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 in May. The public hikes will be held on Saturday May 18, and Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Hikes will take place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on May 18, and 9 a.m. on May 22. Hike participants will meet 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 and Northern Long Ear bats. This important refuge with its unique geology and mining history provided hibernation habitat that continues today. Space is limited; participants must 

Fri
26
Apr

Republicans gather on Lincoln Day

U.S. Congressman Jason Smith (R-8th District) was the keynote speaker for the Iron County Republicans’ Lincoln Day gathering Saturday at Thee Abbey Kitchen in Arcadia.

Local Republicans gathered Saturday at Thee Abbey Kitchen in Arcadia for the 2019 Lincoln Day event.

A number of statewide office holders attended, including Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, and keynote speaker U.S. Congressman Jason Smith.

The event is designed for comaraderie and to look forward to the 2020 elections.

Local and state officials basically introduced themselves and the services of their respective offices, but the heavy lifting of outlining the upcoming election issues was taken up by Rep. Smith.

Western Associate County Commissioner Joshua Campbell served as Master of Ceremonies for the event and was not the only elected official to note that Iron County has gained Republican officeholders.

“Iron County has changed,” said Rep. Smith. “You (Campbell) were part of that first wave that helped transform the community. The key is having quality candidates that represent our values.

Fri
26
Apr

Boss man seriously injured in accident

An elderly resident of Boss was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Tuesday, April 2.

James W. Pryor, 73, was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox eastbound on MO Highway 32, 20 miles east of Salem in Dent County when the accident occurred at 3:20 p.m.

According to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Equinox ran off the right side of the road, striking an embankment and going airborne before striking a tree and comin to rest off the roadway.

Pryor was transported by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Creve Couer.

It is unknown whether or not Pryor was wearing a seat belt.

 

Local residents

injured in crash

Two local residents were injured in a crash that occurred Wednesday, April 3 in St. Francois County.

According to a report by the MO Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 2:46 p.m. on MO Route N, north of King School Road.

Fri
26
Apr

SHL election set for May 7; seeking candidates

The Area Agency on Aging is looking for volunteers to serve on the Silver Haired Legislature (SHL).

The Silver Haired Legislature is a formally elected body of citizens 60 years of age or older that promote conscientious legislative advocacy for Missouri’s older adults.

All members are volunteers who serve without pay.  Currently there are no term limits so a delegate may be re-elected to an unlimited number of terms.  The elected delegates meet several times at Aging Matters in Cape Girardeau and participate in a mock legislative session patterned after the MO General Assembly.  The session is in Jefferson City in the fall of each year.  Many of the activities take place in the Senate and House chambers of the Capitol building.

Thu
04
Apr

Volunteers needed to clean up state’s battlefields and sites

Volunteers throughout Missouri are teaming up with the American Battlefield Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of six Show-Me State battlefields and historic sites as part of Park Day, an annual nationwide, hands-on preservation event. Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities.

Thu
04
Apr

Commissioners talk procedures dealing with threats to employees

It is a situation that could possible get out of control and that has been getting worse during the past 1 1/2-2 years: threats to county employees are a concern for the County Commission and  members are discussing the matter with the Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney.

Sparking the discussion were recent incidents where a county road employee was using a equipment to trim trees and brush away from the roadway and were threaten by a property owner.

“What was said was, ‘I’ll go get my rifle,’” Road and Bridge Foreman Rick Turner told the commission at its regular meeting last Thursday. “I just told the employee to stop and get out of there.”

The discussion was led by Iron County Sheriff Roger Medley who ask the commission to consider a procedure to handle such incidents in the future.

He presented a suggested procedure to the commission for its input. Prosecuting Attorney Brian Parker will also be consulted on the process.

Thu
04
Apr

CFM, OGT offers $8,500 for elk poaching conviction

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.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is still looking for leads on the two elk shot in Shannon County Feb. 8, near the Log Yard. The Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) and Operation Game Thief (OGT) are now offering a $8,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the poacher/s that shot the two elk. 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.

“Poaching is stealing precious wildlife resources from all Missourians. We are raising the reward amount in hopes of finding the responsible person or persons responsible for committing this selfish act,” commented Tyler Schwartze, CFM’s Executive Director.

Fri
22
Mar

High winds down trees

Downed trees.

A few days of high and gusty winds last week led to a few downed trees in the area, including some in Mark Twain National Forest. According to District Ranger Becky Ewing, “Visitors to Mark Twain National Forest may find some Forest Service roads blocked by fallen trees, due to the recent wind events. No large-scale blowdown areas have been found.  Instead, individual trees have fallen here or there. Forest Service employees have been cutting fallen trees out of Forest Service roadways as they are found or reported. The best advice is to drive slower on these narrow, gravel roads in case you come upon a tree that has blown down across the road. Always be aware of the road conditions and note wide spots in the road, in case you need to turn around.”

Fri
22
Mar

Dutch oven cooking demo March 30 at Fort Davidson

Dutch ovens.

 

Ever wonder how settlers got fresh bread as they moved across Missouri? Or how Civil War soldiers prepared their dinner, if they were lucky enough to have something to eat?

Dutch ovens are one of the most historic versatile cooking pots available and can be a valuable addition to your outdoor experience.

The staff of The Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site will teach and demonstrate the basics of Dutch oven cooking from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.

Site Director Bryan Bethel said that attendees (there is no charge for the event either to participate or to watch), if they have their own Dutch oven, but don’t know how to use it, should bring it along and the staff will help you cook in it.

If you would like to learn the basics on how to choose an oven, and how to prep and clean an oven, this class is for you. If you do not have an oven, the staff will have a few for you to try out.

Fri
22
Mar

‘Battle’ mural under renovation

Mural renovation under way - A mural at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 21 that depicts the Battle of Pilot Knob is receiving a facelift. Six of the 12 panels are already being refurbished with the other six to be completed tentatively by the end of April.

The mural has been a greeter for out-of-town visitors for over a decade. However, since it is a bit weathered, it is getting a face-light.

The 48 feet long mural depicts The Battle of Pilot Knob and is located near the intersection of Missouri Highway 21 and Ironton’s Main Street. Over a decade ago, Artist Rich Penny, formerly of Ironton and now of Mexico, MO, was commissioned by Our Town Tomorrow (OTT) to paint the scene.

“It has never been retouched,” said OTT President Carol Kelsheimer. “It was one of the first Our Town Tomorrow projects and it has faded tremendously. It also has a lot of dirt on it and it won’t last much longer.”

With the assist of a grant from Iron County Economic Partnership (ICEP), OTT has contracted with Tom Miles of Viburnum to give the mural a good going-over.

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