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Fri
22
Mar

Bridge closed

A bridge over Knob Creek on North Main Street (Old Mines Road) in Ironton was ordered closed on Friday, March 15 by the Missouri Department of Transportation. Ironton Mayor Bob Lourwood said the city’s Board of Aldermen cannot find a means to fund the repairs needed, estimated from $150,000 to $400,000.  The piers for the structure appear to be in good shape, but the decking would need to be replaced. No residences will be entirely cut off by the bridge closing, the mayor said.

Sat
02
Mar

Hog hunters interfering with MDC trapping efforts

When hog hunters allow hunting dogs in and around feral hog traps it disturbs the trapping scene and causes feral hogs to leave the area. Consequently, the feral hog trapping team spends additional hours tracking the dispersed feral hogs and moving and resetting traps, sometimes to multiple locations. It can add months of work and expense to a trapping effort.

Iron County – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and USDA Wildlife Services report government feral hog trappers experience difficulties with vandalism and trespassing at trapping sites. The public can help by educating others on feral hog damage, reporting feral hog sign, and reporting those who trespass with intent to hunt feral hogs or interfere with trapping sites.

“One of our Iron County trappers had interference from hog hunters on private properties on seven of 11 straight days he worked,” explained MDC Feral Hog Elimination Team Leader Mark McLain. “Another trapper in Reynolds County had six interferences with hog hunters and their dogs over the last three months while working on private land.”

Sat
02
Mar

Bridge Replacement

Bridge Replacement

Bridge Replacement - Work is under way on a new bridge over Big Creek on Missouri Highway 49 south of Annapolis.  The Missouri Department of Transportation awarded the $2,102,127 contract to Robertson Contractors, Inc. last November.

Sat
02
Mar

Bunker man dies in accident

A Bunker man was fatally injured in a one-car accident Thursday, February 21, in Reynolds County.

Robert F. McDowell, 39, of Bunker was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. at the scene of the accident by Reynolds County Coroner Jeff McSpadden, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at 9:15 p.m. on Route KK, 10 miles north of Bunker.

McDowell was driving a 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlas Supreme southbound on Route KK when he attempted to negotiate a curve and travelled off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, then traveled off the left side of the roadway, when he was ejected from the vehicle.

He was not wearing a seat belt, the report stated.

Wed
20
Feb

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.

Wed
20
Feb

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.

Wed
20
Feb

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.

Wed
20
Feb

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.)

Wed
20
Feb

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.

Wed
20
Feb

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

 

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