Dustin Kopp is the Editor of The Mountain Echo Newspaper. He can be reached at 573-546-3917 or [email protected]

Iron County Tax Levy Increase Going to the Voters

At a special commissioners’ meeting, held on Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Iron County Commission unanimously voted to place a tax levy increase on the April Municipal Election ballot. The increase is expected to help the county’s road and bridge department increase their yearly funding. If passed by Iron County voters, the revenue collected would start…

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Brown Captured in New Mexico, Two Still at Large

One of the men who escaped the Iron County Jail during the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 16, has been captured. Tracy Brown, 57, was taken into custody Wednesday night in New Mexico. According to the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), members from the USMS Eastern District of Missouri Fugitive Task Force developed information Wednesday…

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Three Men Wanted After Escaping from Iron County Jail

Authorities are searching for three men that escaped from the Iron County Jail at 4:24 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16.  According to a press release from Sheriff Jeff Burkett, the inmates removed a large block from the cell wall to escape. They reportedly fled on foot. Authorities are searching for Tracy Brown, 57, whose last known address…

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COVID-19 Cases Surpass 700 in Iron County

 COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Iron County. After a dramatic jump in cases over the weekend, the Iron County Health Department announced Monday that there have been over 700 total cases diagnosed within the county. Forty-six new cases were added in Monday’s report from the Health Department.   There have been a total of 721…

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Board Makes Cuts at Mineral Area College

Drastic cuts were approved by Mineral Area College (MAC) Board of Trustees last week.  The expected cuts will eliminate both staff positions and programs.   In a release by MAC on Wednesday evening, Board of Trustees approved a Reduction in Force (RIF) to be effective July 1, 2021. The RIF is planned in order to ensure…

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Living Window Display with Santa to be Held

A living window display will be held Friday, Dec. 18 at Farmers Insurance in Viburnum from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to come see Santa, Mrs. Clause, and their elves as they stop by Viburnum for some much needed rest preparing for Christmas. This will be a social distancing event.  The North…

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Filings for April Election Begins Tuesday

The April 2021 election will be here before we know it.  Filings for various boards in Iron County for the election begin next week.  Filings are scheduled to open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15. It is important for residents to know the people they are electing, and what they are filing for.  Those…

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