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Thu
05
Apr

Ironton to annex land it already owns

The Ironton Board of Aldermen has begun a process to annex property into the city limits that was purchased some time ago.

“We are in the process of annexing property into the city limits that the city owns, specifically land on Shepherd Mountain and around Shepherd Mountain Lake,” said Ironton Mayor Bob Lourwood. “The city bought the property, but it was never annexed into the city. So, we own it, but we don’t govern it. That doesn’t make any sense.”

The land encompasses approximately 1,000 acres in 11 parcels. Shepherd Mountain Lake is actually within the city limits. However, there are two parcels just west of the lake that are not.

Thu
05
Apr

‘Chalk Trails’ theme of this year’s Chalk Fest

A hiker symbol

 

The organizers of this year’s Chalk Festival, held at The Arcadia Academy, have moved the date of the event and have announced this year’s theme.”

The Chalk Fest will be held this year on June 30 instead of Memorial Day, a bow to the unpredictable weather on the holiday.

“Our theme for the fest this year is ‘Chalk Trails,’” to draw attention to the area’s hiking trails, the Trail of Tears and the recently announced 9 mile bike trail,” said Bill Bennett, one of the organizers. “The Tourism Committee has ordered the signs for the bike trail, but they aren’t in yet.”

From now until the fest, organizers are hiding painted rocks around town.  All the rocks will have the letters CF painted on them.  Some will have Cherokee symbols, others might have a hiker or biker symbol.

Thu
22
Mar

Ironton Aldermen remove Pit Bull prohibition from city ordinances

Responding to requests from a number of people attending the Ironton Board of Alderman meeting last week (Monday, March 12), the board voted to remove the prohibition on Pit Bull dogs in the city limits.

A “Pit Bull” is the common name for the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

In 1987, the City of Ironton adopted the prohibition along with a new Municipal Code it adopted at that time.

Off and on since then, citizens have raised complaints about the restriction and about the “breed discrimination” inherent in it.

Last week, citizens again broached the subject with the aldermen during the regular meeting.  

In the end, the board voted to approve Ordinance 637- An Ordinance Repealing Section 205.140 of the Ironton Municipal Code with Respect to the Prohibition  of Pit Bulls Within the City of Ironton, Missouri.

Thu
22
Mar

Belleview man injured in ATV crash

A Belleview man received moderate injuries in a three-wheeler accident last week.

Steve E. Murphy, 48, was taken by medical helicopter to St. John’s Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, according to a report by the MO Highway patrol.

The accident occurred in Iron County on County Road 62 at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14. 

Murphy was driving a 1984 Yamaha 200E three-wheeler westbound, the report stated, when he traveled off the right side of the road and overturned, ejecting the driver.

 

Ironton man hurt in crash

An elderly Ironton man received moderate injuries in a two vehicle crash last week in Iron County.

Thomas Holland, 86, was taken from the scene by ambulance and transported to Parkland Medical Center in Farmington, according to a report by the MO Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at 2:43 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 on Missouri Highway 72 at County Road 38.

Thu
22
Mar

Community Easter Egg Hunts set

The following organizations have announced free community Easter Egg Hunts:

 

AV Lions Club

The club’s 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt is set for 1 p.m. Friday, March 30 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Ironton.  (A rain date is Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.)

Age divisions are 3 and under; Ages 4 through 7; and Ages 8 through 11.

Photos with the Easter Bunny begin at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Sue Wooten at 546-2759.

 

Ozark Regional Library

The Ironton Branch is offering kids in the community an egg hunt and movie.

The event is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at the library.

Kids ages 3 to 10 are invited to participate in the Egg Hunt and are welcome to stay for the holiday movie afterwards.

For more info, call 546-2615.

Tue
20
Mar

MAC Music at Arcadia Academy to Honor MLK’s Legacy

Using the power of music to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Mineral Area College Music Department’s choral groups will perform an evening of song to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s death at 7 p.m. on March 23 at Arcadia Academy’s St. Joseph Cathedral.

Using the power of music to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Mineral Area College Music Department’s choral groups will perform an evening of song to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement leader’s death at 7 p.m. on March 23 at Arcadia Academy’s St. Joseph Cathedral.

 

Thu
08
Mar

Rep. Dinkins files wall resolution

Jefferson City ­- State Rep. Chris Dinkins has hit the ground running by filing several pieces of legislation during her first week in office, including a resolution that urges Congress to fund and begin the construction of a wall along the United States border with Mexico. 

 Dinkins’ HCR 104 notes that nearly 1,000 aliens are caught each day as they try to illegally cross the border from Mexico into the United States, and that a significant number of aliens successfully avoid detection and capture to establish residence illegally. The resolution also points out that President Donald Trump was elected on cornerstone promise to build a secure and impenetrable wall across the United States’ southern border, but that Congress has proven reluctant to provide full and immediate funding for the border wall.

Thu
08
Mar

St. Pat’s Dinner fundraiser to help keep museum going

The Des Arc Museum and Community Center is located in a disbanded Baptist Church that was donated to the organization.  The eight-member board has found that the larger building requires more money to operate and so that means more fundraisers.

A St. Patrick’s Day corn beef and cabbage, ham and beans dinner has been planned in the community of Des Arc.  The event is one of a number this year designed to help fund the operation of the Des Arc Museum and Community Center.

“About three years ago we started a museum at Des Arc and we’ve been moving along with it,” said Jackie Brandmeyer, one of the organization’s volunteer board members. “The Baptist Church disbanded and donated their building to the museum.  We were basically across the street and we were able to move and be in a larger building now.”

Brandmeyer grew up in the community, and although she now lives in Bonne Terre, she visits often and has strong ties to Des Arc.

Thu
08
Mar

Library Internet speed upgraded

Ozark Regional Library, working with MOREnet, has upgraded the Internet connection speed at the Annapolis Branch from 5 MB to 10 MB. The speed increase will be  available as of Thursday, March 8, library officials said.

Ozark Regional Library serves Iron and Madison Counties, with libraries in Annapolis, Ironton, and Viburnum in Iron County, and in Fredericktown in Madison County. It offer computers for public use at all of the library branches, among many other services, and plans to offer more outreach services throughout the service area.

Thu
08
Mar

CEO addresses hospital situation in Town Hall meetings last week

“Please get the word out that bankruptcy does not mean we are closing,” said Iron County Medical Center’s CEO Joshua Gilmore during the second of three town meetings held locally last week. Gilmore set the meetings to explain the situation at the local institution, since it had announced it was filing a Chapter 9 Bankruptcy proceeding.

“It means,” he continued, “that we are filing for protection to keep operating and that with the support of this community, we can make this work.”

Gilmore gave a broad outline of the steps the hospital had taken and need to take to a group of 60 or so citizens gathered Thursday in the Arcadia Valley High School library.

He began as he had in similar meetings by explaining where the hospital generally derives its operational revenue.

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