Area News

MoDOT Opens Bridge Project For Public Input

     The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) held a public meeting on Tuesday, September 26, to discuss the upcoming Route 49 project which includes replacing the bridge over Big Creek just outside of Annapolis.      Set to begin in May 2018, the project aims to replace the bridge and make for a more stable roadway after major…

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MU Extension Office Manager Wins First Place

     This year, Reynolds Coun­ty Extensions Office Man­ager Joyce Pyles won First Place in the 2017 Jr. Clerical Staff Award.      Nominees for this award were evaluated on conduct and courtesy within the Ex­tension Community, service to the University of Mis­souri Extension, the Univer­sity of Missouri and Lincoln University, exclusive of job responsibility, pride in work, and…

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Opy’s In Ellington Opening Soon

     A new store is opening in town! Opy’s is having it’s grand opening next weekend on Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14.      As relative newcomers to the area, Brock and Alyssa Smith moved to Criswell Hol­ler around two years ago. After the tragic passing of their son, Drew, the couple decided to name their…

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Public Health Response to Bourbon Virus

Ticks, Suspected Carriers BOURBON VIRUS was first discovered to cause human illness in Bourbon County, Kan. when a man died after being bitten by ticks. The case is the eighth report of human disease associated with a thogotovirus globally, and the first in the Western hemisphere. As of May 2015, a case was discovered in…

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Representative Fitzwater Resigns, Appointed Probation And Parole Board Member

JEFFERSON CITY, MORepresentative Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi) an­nounced Wednesday that he would be stepping down from his seat in the Mis­souri House to accept an appointment from Gover­nor Greitens to the state Board of Probation and Pa­role. Elected in 2010, Fitzwa­ter would have entered into his last year in the legisla­ture come January due to state…

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Ellington Native Wins Two Boutique Of The Year Awards

FARMINGTON- After more than 400,000 votes were cast, Laura Belle Bou­tique of Farmington was re­cently named Boutique of the Year and Best Children’s Boutique in Missouri by shoppers! The Boutique Awards is the only global recognition event for independent bou­tique retail owners in the fashion industry, hosted by The Boutique Hub. The Awards recognize and…

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MoDot To Hold Public Meeting

SIKESTON—The Mis­souri Department of Trans­portation will hold a public meeting from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26th to discuss upcoming im­provements to the Route 49 bridge over Big Creek in Iron County. The meeting will be held at South Iron High School in the gymnasium, located at 210 School St. in Annap­olis, Mo. “Visitors…

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Upcoming Road and Bridge Work

• Route 49 in Iron and Reynolds Counties will be closed as Missouri De­partment of Transportation crews perform pug milling. This section of roadway is located from Route 32 to Route A. Weather permitting, work will take place Tuesday, Sept. 12 through Thursday, Sept. 14 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Open to local…

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Blazer Boats Assists Harvey Victims

Blazer Boats of Ellington recently sent some much needed assistance to the flood-damaged areas on the Texas Coast. Not able to send boats at the initial outset, the small family owned operation sent a crew to the Port Arthur area where the release of water from upstream reser­voirs was causing rivers and streams to rise…

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