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Sun
15
Jul

Third Annual AV Chalk Festival

Craig Thomas

Professional Artist Craig Thomas of Farmington (above) works on a copy of Edgar Degas’s “The Millinery Shop” during the third annual Arcadia Valley Chalk Festival held Saturday, June 30, at The Arcadia Academy. 

Winning artists in all categories included:  (Junior artists) 1st prize - Sophia Beck, 2nd prize - Olivia Hartupee, 3rd prize - Ireland Berton; (Aspiring artists) 1st prize - Felicia Ruiz-Coon, 2nd prize - Shelby Chan, 3rd prize - Erica Crady; (Professional artist) 1st prize - Bella Randolph

Sun
15
Jul

Gov. Parson visits CTC, outlines funding

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson visited the Arcadia Valley Career Technology Center as part of an area tour emphasizing budget efforts and his office’s legislative priorities.

Gov. Mike Parson visited the Arcadia Valley Career-Technology Center last Thursday, June 28, to emphasize both his legislative priorities and the education funding in next year’s state budget. Traveling with him was First Lady Teresa Parson.

The governor was given a tour of the CTC and visited with staff and students.

In his short address, Gov. Parson lauded the efforts of State House Budget Committee Chair Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, State Senate Budget Committee Chair Dan Brown, and Rep. Chris Dinkins, who was also present for the visit.

“This,” Parson said, referring to the CTC, “is the future of Missouri. The young men and women from communities just like this will be our workforce of tomorrow.

“What we don’t want to keep doing is to graduate students with a large amount of debt and no place to go, or for them take a job that takes them forever to dig out of that hole.”

Thu
28
Jun

3rd annual AV Chalk Festival set for this weekend

Chalk Festival Committee members meet with Grace Obenhaus about the debut of her children’s book about chalk art debuting at this year’s festival. From left are Linda Bennett, Obenhaus, Darwin Rouse and Michelle Swane.

The 3rd Annual Arcadia Valley Chalk Festival will be held this coming weekend, June 30, at the historic Arcadia Academy.

This festival is a family friendly experience for locals and tourists alike, hosted by Darwin and Katherine Rouse, owners of the Academy.

The festival opens at 10 a.m. with a myriad of artistic vendors and challenging fun contests.  It will end at 10 p.m. with a fireworks display.  All events are free of charge.

This year will again have live music, including Ryne Watts taking the stage at 11 a.m., as well as L.S. Express at 3 p.m.  In between and after will be more music (including The Driftaways and Bobby Powell) and other entertainment.

Thu
28
Jun

Annapolis girl takes 4th in National Bible Drill

Aurellia Mills-Rhodes

Aurellia Mills-Rhodes of Annapolis First Baptist Church placed fourth in the National Invitational Bible Drill in Stone Mountain, Georgia, on June 15.

On June 14 the youth participated in a mission project, had the opportunity to meet youth from other states, and enjoyed the laser show at Stone Mountain.

On Friday the youth watched the High School Drill, the High School Speaker’s Tournament, and participated in their Youth National Drill.

Her family, friends, and church members are so proud of Aurellia because she has worked hard to memorize many Bible verses, to acquire numerous skills in handling the Bible, and is always willing to share her faith.

Thu
28
Jun

Golden sentenced to 77 months

Ozie Golden, 47, of Iron County, was sentenced to 77 months on one felony count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He appeared before United States District Judge John A. Ross, according to the United States District Attorney’s office.

At his plea on March 19, 2018, Golden admitted that on May 5, 2016 in Iron County, he possessed a Llama 1911 .45 caliber ACP pistol. Other individuals had seen Golden in possession of the Llama .45 caliber pistol on or prior to May 5, 2016, One witness related that Golden tried to sell the Llama pistol to him at his residence in Iron County on or about May 5, 2016. The Llama pistol, which had an obliterated serial number, was manufactured in Spain, and had traveled in interstate commerce prior to its discovery in Missouri.

Thu
28
Jun

Golden sentenced to 77 months

Ozie Golden, 47, of Iron County, was sentenced to 77 months on one felony count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He appeared before United States District Judge John A. Ross, according to the United States District Attorney’s office.

At his plea on March 19, 2018, Golden admitted that on May 5, 2016 in Iron County, he possessed a Llama 1911 .45 caliber ACP pistol. Other individuals had seen Golden in possession of the Llama .45 caliber pistol on or prior to May 5, 2016, One witness related that Golden tried to sell the Llama pistol to him at his residence in Iron County on or about May 5, 2016. The Llama pistol, which had an obliterated serial number, was manufactured in Spain, and had traveled in interstate commerce prior to its discovery in Missouri.

Thu
28
Jun

Former Viburnum Clerk pleads guilty

A former Viburnum City Clerk, accused of stealing more than $100,000 over seven years from the city’s water and sewer accounts, has pleaded guilty.

Dana Mayberry, the city’s clerk for more than 14 years, was charged with receiving stolen property, a felony.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway audited the city in June 2017 and discovered what she called “an elaborate scheme that involved adjusting customer utility accounts and then destroying records and other evidence.” The audit showed an estimated $104,000 in adjustments to 1,800 water and sewer accounts over a 7-year period.

The case was headed to trial until Mayberry pleaded guilty before Circuit Court Judge Sidney T. Pearson III on Thursday, June 7.

“Officials that violate the public’s trust and use their position to enrich themselves must be held accountable,” said Auditor Galloway in a  written statement. “

Thu
28
Jun

Family Fun Day opens trail, park

Volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts joined Ironton Mayor Bob Lourwood for a ribbon-cutting designating the opening of the Shepherd Mountain Trail from the Trailhead in Pilot Knob to Shepherd Mountain Lake. From left are Bill Bennett, Jon Jones, Ella Jones, Mary Lou Fabry, Jim Hemphill, Isaac Jones, Alex Trowbridge, Jim Erpenbach, Mayor Lourwood, Toni Erpenbach, Andrew Jones, Alexander Jones, Heather Jones and Rev. Keith Huffman.

“We started working on this trail about two years ago,” said Mayor Robert Lourwood after cutting a ribbon designating the official Shepherd Mountain Trail opening Saturday morning (June 16). “What we wanted was a trail that came from the Shepherd Mountain Trailhead out here to the lake. People can hike over, have lunch, and hike back.  We are trying to build a trail system in Arcadia Valley. Since the city owns Shepherd Mountain Lake and the property, it is a great place to start the process.”

He added that plans include the expansion of the trail to Thee Abbey in Arcadia and to Fort Davidson in Pilot Knob. Perhaps even sometime in the future to Elephant Rocks State Park.

“We think we have a beautiful area here and our goal is to utilize the asset that we have without destroying it,”

Thu
28
Jun

Aldridges named 2018 Iron County Conservation Farmer of the Year

Jim and Lu Aldridge have been named the Conservation Farmer of the Year by the Iron County Soil and Water Conservation District. The Aldridges are holding the award in the center of the photo. On the left are SWCD Clerk Terri Mathhews and SWCD Manager/Tech Ken Wooten.  On the right is Jered Branstetter, SWCD intern.

Jim and Lu Aldridge  have been named the Conservation Farmer of the Year by the Iron County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Jim and Lu started farming in 2003 with 70 acres and seven young cows.  Over the years, they have expanded their farm to 127 acres and 36 momma cows.

Since attending grazing school, they have started their own grazing system and subdivided their fields.

They drilled a well in 2012 for watering their livestock and recently constructed a pond and corrected soil erosion with a critical area seeding practice.

They’ve implemented various other conservation practices, both on their own and through the district’s Cost-Share program.

The Aldridge’s also raise quarter horses, chickens and farm fresh eggs, in addition to their half-acre garden and annual hay crop.  J

The Aldridges were selected as Iron County’s Conservation Farmer of the Year and presented a plaque at the District’s Open House on May 31.

Sat
09
Jun

Summer Reading Program under way at Ozark Regional Library

A Summer Reading Program has kicked off at the Ozark Regional Library.

Youth Librarian Kelsey Fitzgerald has announced the following upcoming programs. For more information, call the library at 573-546-2615 or visit the website at www.ozarkregionallibrary.lib.mo.us.

DIY Guitar Pick - Ozark Regional Library- Iroton is having a DIY Guitar Pick and CD Art event on Friday, June 8 at 3 p.m.  Participants will be using Shrinky Dinks plastic to design and create a guitar pick. Participants will also have the opportunity to recycle old CDs into beautiful pieces of scratch art.  All ages are welcome to this event.  The program is free of charge. Registration required.

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