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

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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COVID-19 Claims Second Life in Iron County

As positive COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Iron County and across Missouri, a second life has been claimed because of the virus.   According to a social media post from the Iron County Health Department, they were notified by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services about the death.  There were no other details…

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Burkett Wins Sheriff, Shake Up in Iron County Commission

Former Iron County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Burkett was elected the new Iron County sheriff Tuesday in the General Election.  To reach the General Election,  Burkett defeated incumbent Roger Medley in the August Primary and a special election in September.   Burkett beat Independent Candidate Hershel Shipman by nearly 12% of the votes, with a total of 2,449…

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Arcadia Valley Schools Extend Off Campus Learning

Off campus learning is being extended at Arcadia Valley Schools.  On Saturday, the district announced that the off campus learning would be continued this coming week, Nov. 2 through Nov. 6.  “Over the last week our cases of students and staff testing positive has seen a dramatic increase,” said the release from the district.  The…

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