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Sat
01
Dec

Thanksgiving service aids the work of the AVMA

A Community Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by The Arcadia Valley Ministerial Alliance (AVMA) was held Sunday evening, November 18. 

It was hosted by Ste. Marie du Lac Catholic Church in Ironton and The Rev. Father Jim Unterreiner.

Sat
01
Dec

ICMC places third in national contest

ICMC staff wins 3rd place in national “My Hospital, My Community” contest

The award is for $5,000 dollars which will be spent to aid the hospital in some fashion as yet to be determined. On hand to receive the award last Thursday were (front row, from left) Brantley Hickman (Controller), Joshua Gilmore (CEO), Ellie Chase (athenahealth Marketing Manager- Community Health Systems), Angie Nations (HR Director) Kayla Chamberlain (Accountant), Debbie Wade (Pharmacy Tech), Lisa McQueen (Athena Director of Hospital Sales), Francis Slape (Housekeeping./Maintenance. Asst.), and Rick Thompson (Maint. Tech), (back row, from left) Craig Browning (Lab Manager), Mark Natale (IT Manager), Christi Johnson (Exec. Asst.), Jim Broombaugh (Facilities Maintenance Mgr.), Sylvia Beard (Purchasing Specialist), Vicki Branstetter (Community Champion), Marjorie Taylor (Lead Housekeeper), Steve Creek (Infection/Quality RN) and Dr. Bruce Harrison (ER Medical Director).

Iron County Medical Center (ICMC) administrators and staff gathered Thursday afternoon to accept high honors, and money, in a national competition.

“My Hospital, My Community” is a contest sponsored by anthenahealth, one of ICMC’s providers and a nationwide company providing support to hospitals and medical groups in such areas as Revenue Cycle Management and Electronic Health Records.

Tue
20
Nov

New business designed to help new businesses

John Hagermann (left), manager of The Hub Cafe, and Nathan McKie in The Hub Cafe on Main Street in Ironton.  The business’ grand opening is tomorrow.

The Hub Cafe in Ironton is a cafe/gathering place on the surface, but its founders have a larger purpose.

“I actually moved here with the intent to try to do something to revitalize the rural economy that needed a shot in the arm,” said Nathan McKie. “In my research I came across a coffee shop kind of thing  where people could gather and it helped draw people together. That is why we have a cafe here. This is more focused on being a training center. We are doing food service because everyone complains about the quality of service you receive in restaurants. It isn’t the employees’ fault, but they aren’t up to the level they need to be.”

McKie has teamed up with The Hub Cafe Manager John Hagermann to train local workers placed by Job Corps in basic work skills and ethics.

Tue
20
Nov

Iron County voters follow statewide trends; support Hawley, Smith

Iron County voters generally supported Republican candidates for statewide offices, while unopposed Democrats retained county-level positions.

Some 3,641 voters or 52.73 percent of the total registered voters in the county turned out at the polls. Statewide voter turnout was 57.9 percent.

In the mid-term election last week, local votes indicated their general preference for Republican candidates beginning with voting to deny incumbent Democrat Senator Clair McCaskill reelection.

Iron County voters supported Hawley over McCaskill 63 percent to 34 percent respectively. (See complete local election results by precinct on Pages A6 and A7). Three other candidates drew slightly over 3 percent of the vote.

At the state level, Hawley drew 51 percent of the total votes to McCaskill’s 45 percent.

Sun
11
Nov

MDC seeks info on elk calf poached weeks after birth

MDC agents ask for help in this elk calf poaching case. Anyone with information that could help with the investigation are encouraged to call the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-392-1111.

Shannon County – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) seeks information in the case of an elk calf that was shot. Conservation agents report the calf was born in the Log Yard area of Shannon County July 13 and was fitted with a VFH radio collar July 14 with the identification number 1829. The calf still had its spots when it was found shot next to a road just weeks later. The lengthy investigation has led conservation agents to seek information from the public.

“The complex forensic work of this investigation and the very tedious evidence analysis has made this a lengthy investigation,” Acting Protection Chief Dean Harre said.

Sun
11
Nov

Bethel new manager at The Battle of Pilot Knob State HS

Artifacts acquired - Bryan Bethel (left), the new Natural Resource Manager at the Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site, and Brick Autry, an interpreter at the site, hold a recently acquired collection of artifacts found at the site before it was protected from collectors. The collection of belt buckles, breast plates, sword belt buckles, bullets and buttons was in a private collection and was put up for sale. Former site manager Walt Busch heard about it and the purchase was made possible by donations from The Friends of Fort Davidson and the St. Louis Civil War Roundtable. The collection will be on display at the site museum.

Bryan Bethel remembers coming to The Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site reenactments when he was a kid, so when he took over the reins of the site from retiring manager Walt Busch, it was a comfortable change.

He has been in the site’s Natural Resource Manager since August 20, a job that also includes the management responsibility for Elephant Rocks State Park and Dillard Mill State Historic Site.

From 2008 to 2011 he was the manager at Sam A. Baker State Park and then went to manage Truman Lake State Park.

“I have family in the Potosi area, so it was nice to get back on this side of the state,” he said.

Bethel originally hails from the St. Clair/Lonedell area. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from University of Missouri - St. Louis, and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and Curriculum Development from William Woods University in Fulton.

Sun
11
Nov

County Republicans hold meet and greet

County Republicans hold meet and greet

The Iron County Republican Club held a public Meet the Candidates at Thee Abbey Kitchen on Thursday (October 25) evening.

 State Senator Gary Romine led a discussion of amendments and propositions to be on the November 6 ballot.  

Candidates appearing included Megan Seay, candidate for Circuit Court Judge, Circuit 42, Division 1; State Rep. Chris Dinkins; Stephanie Lebron, candidate for County Clerk; and Crystal Price, candidate for County Collector.

Sun
11
Nov

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.

Wed
07
Nov

2018 General Election Results

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

Click here

 

Sun
28
Oct

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.

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