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

Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Event

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is teaming up with the Missouri National Guard will be conducting a drive-through COVID-19 community testing event July 14 for Missouri residents.  The testing event will take place Mineral Area College, Student Lot F. Register at health.mo.gov/communitytest or by calling the state hotline at 877-435-8411. The tests…

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Counting Period for 4th of July Weekend

This Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) is reporting five traffic fatalities, zero boating fatalities, & one drowning over the July Fourth holiday counting period. The MSHP worked 294 traffic crashes, which included 107 injuries and five fatalities. Troopers also made 139 DWI arrests and 126 drug arrests over the holiday weekend. During the same time,…

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Arbyrd Man Arrested

Joshua B. Faulkner, 47, of Arbyrd was arrested last Thursday, July 2 in Iron County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Faulkner had a felony possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, and possession of marijuana. Faulkner was placed into the Iron County Jail and later released.

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Iron County Sees Third COVID Case

The Iron County Health Department received notice this Thursday morning of another positive COVID-19 case, making it the third in the county. The health department says that this case is travel related. The individual has been contacted and is in home isolation at this time as directed by CDC guidelines. Contact tracing has also been…

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Neighboring Counties to Iron County Issue Public Health Alerts

Two neighboring counties of Iron County have issued Public Health Alerts.  On Wednesday, both the St. Francois County Health Department and the Washington County Health Department issued the alerts due to a possible COVID-19 community exposures.  In St. Francois County, prior to being diagnosed, a COVID-19 positive person attended the *Loomis Bros. Circus in Bonne…

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Gas Prices Rising

Gas prices across Missouri have risen just over one cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82.  Gas prices in Missouri are 20.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 53.0 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. Locally, area residents in Iron County are paying $1.89 to nearly $2…

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Missouri to Resume Food Stamp and Temporary Assistance Work Requirements in August

In July, the Department of Social Services (DSS) will notify Missourians who have a work requirement to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TA), a cash grant and/or Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits that those work requirements will resume in August.  According to DSS, a household’s failure to meet the program’s work requirement…

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Online Application for MDC Managed Deer Hunts Underway

Deer hunters can now apply online through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) website for a shot at more than 100 managed deer hunts throughout the state. The managed hunts will be from mid-September through mid-January for archery, muzzleloading, and modern firearms.  These managed hunts will be in conservation areas, state and other parks, national…

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Steele Becomes State Trooper

Ryan J. Steele, of Arcadia, graduated last week from the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy.  Steele was one of 21 to graduate the 109th Recruit Class, which reported to the Academy on January 6, 2020, to begin the 25-week training to become a trooper.  Steele will report to duty in their assigned troops…

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Turner Wins Logo Contest

The winner of the Mineral Area Council on the Arts’ Logo Contest has been announced as Rebecca Turner, of Bismarck.  Turner teaches art classes at Arcadia Valley Middle School and High School.  She plays an active supporting role in the creation and recognition of her students’ artwork.  Her students participate successfully in contests across the…

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