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Thu
06
Sep

Turner tours Europe with MO student band

Libby Turner and her mom, Betsy, at the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

An Arcadia Valley High School student was among a group of Missouri musicians who toured Europe this summer for a series of concerts.

Libby Turner, the daugher of Corby and Betsy Turner of rural Arcadia, was nominated by her band instructor, Charles Lee, for the tour, organized by Voyagers International. The company has been arranging such tours for over 40 years. Students must be nominated by their music directors to participate. The nominations are based on such things as playing ability (Libby plays the trumpet) and character.

Thu
06
Sep

Retired miners to be honored at MO Mines

Retired Lead Belt miners, mill workers and other lead-company employees will be honored guests during the 23rd annual Mine Open House 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Missouri Mines State Historic Site in Park Hills. The special guests will also be on hand to answer questions and describe what it was like to work in the lead mines many years ago. The event is free and open to the public.

Wed
29
Aug

Three locals seriously injured

Four people were injured, three seriously, in a one-vehicle accident on Saturday, August 18 in Reynolds County.

According to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 11:10 a.m. on County Road 354, 1.5 miles west of Lesterville.

Brian S. Maize, 22, of Lesterville was driving a 2017 Kawasaki westbound on the roadway when it traveled off the left side, struck a tree and struck a second tree, the report stated.

Maize received serious injuries and was transported by Reynolds County Ambulance to Iron County Medical Center in Pilot Knob.

Three passengers were also injured.  They included:

•Briadon J. Maize, 9, of Lesterville, who received serious injuries and was flown by medical helicopter to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.

•Cecil R. Rawlings, 45, of Centerville, who received serious injuries and was flown by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Creve Couer.

Wed
29
Aug

Work to begin on Carver Creek Bridge

Work will soon be underway to replace the Route 21 bridge over Carver Creek in Iron County. The bridge is located approximately 2.2 miles west of the intersection of Route 21/72/49 near Glover.

Weather permitting, construction of the temporary bypass will begin the week of Sept. 10. During this time, Route 21 will be reduced to one lane in the vicinity of the bridge with a 15-foot width restriction.

Traffic is expected to shift to utilize the temporary bypass on Monday, Sept. 17, weather permitting. Completion is anticipated Saturday, Dec. 1, weather permitting.

The work zone will be marked with signs.  Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.

For additional information, contact Resident Engineer, Darius Dowdy at (573-431-4933) or MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/southeast.

Wed
29
Aug

Historical Society wins grant for Oral History Project

Bill Sheehy accepts a grant check from MoSGA’s Education Director Jenna Mills at the MoSGA Annual Luncheon held on August 11 in Columbia.

The Iron County Historical Society was recently selected as one of the Missouri State Genealogical Society’s (MoSGA) 21st Century Fund Grant Program award winners for 2018.  Two members of the historical society’s board of directors, Charlie Brooks and Bill Sheehy, travelled to Columbia to receive the $1,000 grant check during MoSGA’s Annual Conference on August 11.

The historical society’s mission has always been to preserve and share Iron County’s rich history.  According to Bill Sheehy, the new oral history project will preserve important aspects of the county’s history by video recording interviews of persons who participated in the events first hand.  The project will also involve instructing members in the best principles and practices of oral history and, to this end, he has already sought out and gained support for the project from experts at the State Historical Society of Missouri and locally at the Arcadia Valley Career Tech Center.

Wed
29
Aug

Ironton man charged with rape

Cecil Burrows

An Ironton man has been charged with felony rape in the first degree after an alleged assault at Lake Hannah on July 14.

A report by the St. Francois Sheriff’s Department stated that Cecil Burrows, 60, of Ironton was charged with felony rape in the first degree after reportedly “knowingly having sexual intercourse with a teenage girl who was incapable of consent because of intoxication and was manifestly unable or known by defendant to be unable to make a reasonable judgment as to the nature or harmfulness of the sexual intercourse.”

According to a probable cause statement, on July 25 a detective with the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department conducted a recorded interview with a 19-year-old girl who explained she was a victim of a rape that occurred at Lake Hannah.

Thu
16
Aug

Arcadia Valley Lions Club Rodeo set for this weekend

The 27th annual Arcadia Valley Lions Club Rodeo is set for this weekend, August 17 and 18. The event begins at 8 p.m. each night.

“We should have a really good show for people this year,” said Rodeo Chairman Kenny Wooten.

Some 200 participants will compete in rodeo events including bull riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling, bareback bronc riding and cowgirl breakaway roping.

The local event is sanctioned by both the International Professional Association (IPRA) and the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association (MRCA) which means contestants can earn points toward national standings.

Featured performers at this year’s rodeo include the Double Trouble Trick Riders from Lexington,  MO and Rodeo Clown Greek Ellick, Jr. of Claremore, OK.

Thu
16
Aug

Annapolis man charged in Reynolds County shooting

An Annapolis man has been charged in connection with a shooting last week in Reynolds County.

John Carr, Jr. has been charged with Assault in the 1st Degree (Class A Felony), Burglary in the 1st Degree (Class B Felony), Armed Criminal Action (Unclassified Felony), and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Class E Felony), according to information provided by Reynolds County Sheriff Tom Stout. Carr is being held in the Reynolds County Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

Thu
16
Aug

Iron County says ‘no’ to Prop A, ‘yes’ to full-time Prosecutor

Iron Countians gave a decisive no vote last week to Proposition A, an attempt to establish the so-called “Right to Work” in Missouri. The proposition was on the Tuesday, August 7, Primary Ballot.

The county voted 77.99 percent (506 yes) to 22.01 percent (1,793 votes no) to approve the proposition and stop the legislation. Statewide voters showed a similar preference with 67.461 percent of the voters casting a no vote, or 937,241 votes out of a total of 1,389,316 cast.

Out of 6,821 registered voters in Iron County, 34 percent, or 2,319 cast a ballot in the Primary Election.

The other proposition on the local ballot was on to make the County Prosecutor a full-time position.  It passed narrowly with 1,175 people voting yes (52.86 percent) and 1,048 voting no (47.14 percent).

In the crowded statewide race for Republican nomination for U.S. Senator, Josh Hawley came out ahead of a crowded field with 58.635 percent of the Republican votes cast (389,006).

Thu
16
Aug

Rouse children bake up big dreams

Family tradition - Abbey Rouse applies frosting to some cupcakes with the help of her little brother, Tanner.

By Randi Sargent

Abbey Rouse, age 10, adjusts a gallon-sized bag of blue frosting in her hands as she decorates two trays of cupcakes. Her parents, Darwin and Katherine Rouse, owners of Thee Abbey Kitchen, are not the only entrepreneurs in the bakery business, and Abbey isn’t the only kid in the kitchen. Along with her brothers Porter (11) and Tanner (7), she is preparing baked goods for the small bakery stand they set up outside of Thee Abbey Kitchen. Their goal is to raise money for a pony, a pony cart, and a saddle.

The Rouse kids plan to offer rides and pictures with the pony in order to benefit Thee Abbey. Porter describes the family’s business as a “team effort.”

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