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Wed
20
Feb

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.

Mon
04
Feb

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  The board also rescinded the vacate notice.

Mon
04
Feb

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).

Mon
21
Jan

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.

Mon
21
Jan

Blue Jays 4H Club formed in Viburnum

A new 4H Club has been formed in Viburnum and will be having its first meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 24 in the high school cafeteria, according to Brad Coleman, 4H Youth Development Specialist for Iron, Madison and Reynolds Counties. The new club makes two in the county with the other based in Ironton.

The Blue Jays 4H Club was established on Dec. 14, 2018. Coleman said over 50 parents and youths attended the organizational meeting.

An executive council of parents was put together with Tiffany Wigger selected as the President/Club Leader and Joe Ann Hammond as the secretary, according to Coleman. Other officer positions will be selected at the next meeting.  A student-led club council will be elected at the next club meeting with the following positions available: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, reporter, historian, song and game leader and an adult council representative.

Fri
04
Jan

County officials sworn in

Newly elected and re-elected county office-holders were sworn in by retiring County Clerk Virginia Queen on Thursday at the Iron County Courthouse.  From right are Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs, Prosecuting Attorney Brian Parker, County Collector Crystal Price, County Clerk Stephanie Lebron, Circuit Clerk Sammye Gail White, County Treasurer Carol Hardy, Recorder of Deeds Karen Reagan, Virginia Queen.

Newly elected and re-elected county office-holders were sworn in by retiring County Clerk Virginia Queen on Thursday at the Iron County Courthouse.  

Fri
04
Jan

Battle of Pilot Knob presents ‘After the Battle’

tate Historic Site and experience its rotating exhibit  of artifacts relating to the site. Many of these original artifacts have never been displayed until now. Each exhibit will be on display for two months.

During January and February, visit the “After the Battle” display, which shares life after the battle when Union Forces reoccupied Fort Davidson in October 1864. The Union soldiers manning the fort kept busy repairing and refitting wagons and other equipment being used in the war effort. They also performed a unique type of blacksmithing, shoeing oxen. Several artifacts pertaining to this and other activities the soldiers conducted will be on display, and staff will be on hand to answer questions and interpret the artifacts.

 

Upcoming displays:

 

March-April:

“Why this Valley?” depicts how natural resources influenced settlers to stay and make a home in the valley.

Fri
04
Jan

Ironton residents seriously injured in accident

Two Ironton residents were seriously injured in a one-car accident in Washington County.

The accident occurred at 8:10 a.m. on Christmas Day on Missouri Highway 21, south of Buford Road, according to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Kaylie N. Wells, 22, of Ironton was driving a 2002 Pontiac Firebird northbound on the road when she failed to negotiate a left curve and traveled partially off the right side of the road, the report stated.   Wells overcorrected to the left and traveled off the left side of the road, striking a ditch.

She received serious injuries and was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

A passenger in the car, Taylor M. Rodgers, 25, of Ironton, received serious injuries and was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

Neither of the injured were wearing seat belts, the report stated.

Thu
27
Dec

Heading into retirement

Heading into Retirement

Iron County Clerk Virginia Queen chats with County Treasurer Carol Hardy (seated) during an open house Friday in the clerk’s office.  In the background, from left, are Carolyn Thomas and County Recorder of Deeds Karen Reagan. Queen has spent 32 years in public service in the county, the last 12 years as the elected County Clerk.

Thu
27
Dec

Auditor releases Iron County audit

State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released her office’s audit of Iron County. The review of county government operations, which gave a rating of “good,” made recommendations in several areas to improve accountability of how taxpayer dollars are used.

The previous audit of Iron County, done in 2014, had received a rating of “fair.”

“Our audits not only highlight areas of concern for local officials and taxpayers, they also include specific recommendations for those officials to implement in order to more effectively use public resources,” Auditor Galloway said. “As the responses to the Iron County audit indicate, county officials appear to be taking these recommendations seriously and are already putting many of them into place.”

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