AVHS student headed to Denmark for a semester

Jesse Wren

Sometime in the early fall, an Arcadia Valley High School student will board an airplane bound for Denmark.

Jesse Wren, a junior at AVHS, is signed up and ready to go. 

“This trip will take place the first semester of my senior year,” he said. “I will come back to graduate from Arcadia Valley High School since that is very important to me.”

The idea for the trip came about because Wren, who will earn an Associates Degree from Mineral Area College and receive it the same time he receives his high school diploma, had the time and the grades to do it.

“I asked my principal, Rebecca Amelunke, (about exchange student opportunities,)” he explained. “The next day, she had a company for me to go through. Without Ms. Amelunke and our office staff and Ms. Thomas, our counselor, this would be impossible.


Iron County Medical Center files for Chapter 9 bankrupcty

Iron County Medical Center (ICMC) is seeking relief from creditors through a Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing. The hospital will remain in operation.

“During Town Hall Meetings over the last several months we have been very clear concerning our critical financial concerns,” said ICMC Chief Executive Officer Joshua Gilmore. “I, along with my team of very dedicated employees, have been working diligently and tirelessly to find ways to remedy the situation. While we have made progress in many areas, we have not been able to pay down our debts in a manner that provides us the protection we need to get to short-term viability and long term sustainability. Consequently, the decision was made to seek protection by filing for Chapter 9 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.”


Boss resident seriously injured in one-car crash

A Boss man was seriously injured in a traffic accident on Wednesday, February 7, in Dent County.

According to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol, Edward L. Deubler, 58, of Boss, was taken from the scene of the accident by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

The accident occurred at 5:45 p.m. on 104 County Road 4410 (private property).

Deubler was driving a 2010 Volkswagon Jetta westbound on the roadway when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.

The report stated he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.


State reimbursement cuts for Youth Ranch stress district funds

For some 25 years, Reynolds County’s Lesterville R-IV School District has provided on-site services for the Valley Springs Youth Ranch.  The school’s facility there, dubbed The Youth Ranch, provides educational services to those children, who are placed there by the courts or Division of Family Services.  

Lesterville Superintendent James Watts said additional expenses incurred in providing the services have been supplemented by several funds, most notably the Public Placement Fund through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESI).

For years, Watts said, the fund has been maintained at $11.1 million, to be divided among school systems around the state with similar arrangements.


Marquis named Arcadia Valley RII Assistant Superintendent

Mrs. Laura Marquis has been selected as the Arcadia Valley RII School District Assistant Superintendent.

The announcement was made by Superintendent Dr. Jim Carver following a special closed meeting of the School Board on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The Board interviewed three candidates for the Assistant Superintendent position for the 2018-2019 School Year. Marquis will assumed the new position on July 1, 2018.

Marquis is currently the school’s Elementary Principal.



Annapolis man seriously injured in one-car accident

Aaron D. Egerer of Annapolis received serious injuries in a one-car crash on Monday, January 29, in Iron County.

Egerer, 38, was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

According to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol, Egerer was driving a 2003 Volkeswagon Jetta northbound on Missouri Highway 29, .2 miles North of Route BB when he ran off the roadway, struck a tree, a concrete retaining wall, and overturned.

The accident occurred at 10:36 p.m.


Salem woman dies in one-vehicle crash

A Salem woman died in a one-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon, February 4, in Iron County. Three other youngsters in the vehicle escaped with minor injuries.

Heather L. Sapaugh, 32, died at the Iron County Medical Center where she was taken by ambulance from the accident scene.

According to a report by the Missouri Highway Patrol, Sapaugh was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer westbound on Missouri Highway 32, seven miles west of Banner, when she lost control of the vehicle on the ice-covered roadway, traveled off the roadway, and overturned. The report stated that she was ejected from the Explorer.


Hunters donate 750 lbs. of venison through MDC

Sharing the Harvest - Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Agent Sarah Ettinger-Dietzel and Arcadia Valley Food Pantry Manager Shirley Pennington unload packages of ground venison donated to the pantry by local hunters through the MDC’s “Share the Harvest” program.

Iron County Hunters have donated 750 pounds of ground venison to the Arcadia Valley Food Bank and the South Iron Food Bank through the Missouri Depart of Conservation’s “Share the Harvest” program.

“That is more than double what was donated last year,” said Iron County MDC Agent Sarah Ettinger-Dietzel.

“It means a lot because we have a lot of individuals who like deer meat and aren’t able to go out and hunt,” said Shirley Pennington, manager of the Arcadia Valley Food Pantry. “Not a lot of people get the opportunity to have venison anymore.”

Ettinger-Dietzel said “Share the Harvest” is not a new program, but hunters seem more aware of it than in the past.


Dinkins wins special election

Republican candidate Chris Dinkins has won voter approval to succeed former Rep. Paul Fitzwater as the State Representative from the 144th District.

Dinkins was Fitzwater's legislative assistant, who managed Fitzwater's Jefferson City office.

The Republican faced Democratic candidate Jim Scaggs, the Presiding Commiissioner of Iron County.

Scaggs carried only one county - Iron County - in the four-counties making up the 144th District.

Overall unofficial results show that Dinkins drew 2,988 votes in the district, while Scaggs drew 2,699.

As winner of this special election, Dinkins will finish the remainder of Fitzwater's term, or until the end of the year.

The position will also be on the Primary ballot with the potential of a full slate of canidates.

More in the next issue of The Mountain Echo.

Special Election – State Legislature District 144 – unofficial


Hospital district to ask voters for .5 cent sales tax

The Iron County Medical Center needs help, said its chief administrator and will be asking voters in April to approve a 1/2 cent sales tax.

Joshua Gilmore, ICMC’s chief executive officer, made the case for such a move in several town hall meetings recently, where he outlined the financial condition of the institution.

Gilmore reiterated the situation in no uncertain terms in an interview Friday, January 20, at the hospital.

“We assured the community that we would not go for the increase unless we had to,” he said. “We were holding off to see if all the changes we were making operationally would be able to make this sustainable without having to ask for more taxation. But what we have found is that we must do this. We are not able to get to that point given our situation.


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