Area News

Dye Promoted

Dane Dye, a 2005 graduate of Clearwater High School, has received a promotion to Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Dane enlisted in the Air Force shortly after graduation and spent the majority of his 15 years in service assigned to units maintaining the A10 bomber jet. While attending technical training at Keesler Air…

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Wappapello Woman Injured

A Wappapello woman was hurt Friday morning in a one-vehicle crash at 8:20 a.m. on Highway T, one mile east of Wappapello. Brooke L. Hobson, 19, as westbound in a 2011 Buick Enclave; the Highway Patrol said that the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. The vehicle…

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Absentee Voting For November Election Opens

With the November general election now just six weeks away, Wayne County will send out ballots this week — both traditional absentee and the special mail-in option authorized by the Missouri General Assembly due to COVID-19. Voters have several options for the general election: * Vote in-person Nov. 3 at the Wayne County Collector’s Office…

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Chamber Banquet To Be Held Oct. 13

Scott Hurt to Be Honored The Piedmont Chamber of Commerce will honor Scott Hurt, President and CEO of Fine Laboratories, Inc., as its 2019 Businessperson of the Year during a banquet Oct. 13 at Eagle Sky of the Ozarks. The banquet will begin at 5 p.m. and is expected to end no later than 8…

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Burkett Wins Special Election, Will Go Up Against Shipman in November

Former Iron County Deputy Jeff Burkett is now the new Republican candidate for Iron County Sheriff for the November 3 election.  In unofficial results, Burkett received 715 votes in a Special Election held on Tuesday.  Incumbent Roger Medley came in second with 457 votes.  Behind Medley, Ben Starnes received 318 votes.  Brian Matthiesen received 137…

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COVID-19 Cases Hit Triple Digits in Iron County

On Monday, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Iron County hit triple digits.   The Iron County Health Department announced that there are now 105 total accumulative positive cases within the county.   Since last Friday, there were an additional eight cases confirmed over the weekend.  Of the 105 cases, nine have been asymptomatic.

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Missouri Farm Bureau Celebrates Friends of Agriculture

By BJ Tanksley We thank nurses, police, waiters and other service providers. We designate one week a year to Thank a Farmer. But we don’t often take the time to thank our political leaders who work hard to make life better for all of us. This week, Missouri Farm Bureau recognized 62 state representatives with…

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Special Session to Address Violent Crime Continues

Greetings Friends of the 144th! This past week when I returned from Jefferson City, I brought my two grandsons home with me. As the rest of you grandparents know, it is so much fun to have them around yet so exhausting! The boys had a fun time “working” with Meme and Grampy. Special Session to…

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Reflections from the Road

by Rick Mansfield        First at 6:00 AM.  Then again at Noon.  And last, at 6:00 PM.  Dusk at many parts of rural Europe, including the agrarian landscape of 19th century France.  For centuries, bells were tolled at these times to punctuate the times of the day for a society that was largely without time…

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Storms

Some years back I took a pair of northerners on an Ozark float trip and in mid-afternoon dark clouds began to form to the west, with the ominous roll of thunder in the distance. I knew of a big, deep cave nearby with a dry floor, so I secured the boat in a protected spot…

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