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Tornado Confirmed in Crawford County

(Steelville) The National Weather Service has confirmed a small tornado did touch down in Crawford County Sunday evening. Preliminary data shows the twister was located seven miles east/northeast of Steelville.


Missouri man resentenced to life in prison for killing grandparents

CLAYTON, Mo. — A Missouri man whose initial death sentence for killing his grandparents was overturned has now been sentenced to life in prison without parole. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 43-year-old David Barnett was resentenced by a St. Louis County judge on March 15. Barnett’s attorn


'Sounds like a train' | Hail comes pelting down in Crawford County

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mo. — It looks like snow in the springtime. In Crawford County, pea-sized hail came pelting down Sunday night. "Don't look like spring," Marilyn Hewkin said. "It looks like something, yeah."


Sullivan Police Department Weekly Arrest Report

The Sullivan Police Department made 10 arrests for the week of March 18 through March 24, in the City of Sullivan. Mar 18: Johnathan P. West, 21, Sullivan, was arrested on a St. Clair warrant non-moving traffic violation and no drivers license, bond $89, and a Sullivan charge for alleged possession


Drivers react to Missouri bill that would increase motor fuel tax

Missouri roads are falling apart. Now lawmakers propose raising the state’s motor fuel tax to provide funding to fix those roads without first getting voter approval. Mark Rubemeyer said filling up at the pump each week can be a struggle sometimes.


Steelville Man Dies In Dent County Accident

(DENT COUNTY, Mo.) – A Steelville man died in a car accident this (Friday) morning in Dent County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports James Whitman, 56, was driving north on Highway 19, 16 miles north of Salem.


Local Missouri farmers help Nebraska flood victims

Flooding in Nebraska has left not only thousands homeless, but it’s also hurting farmers. Two local Missouri farmers are working to help those flood victims by donating hay. Jonee Davis and her husband Don, are donating around 19,000 lbs of hay to help farmers in Nebraska.


Musical Acts Announced for Crawford County Fair in Cuba

(Cuba) The opening night of this year’s Crawford County Fair in Cuba should be a rowdy time with a big country music act playing a concert. Cody Johnson will perform on the main stage Tuesday, July 9th at 9 p.m.


American Pickers to film in Missouri

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Missouri. They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout the area from May 27-June 9.


Governor Parson Declares State of Emergency in Missouri in Response to Flooding

Governor Parson and Congressman Graves To Meet With Local Officials in Atchison and Buchanan Counties. Governor Mike Parson today declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to worsening conditions along the Missouri and Mississippi River systems as a result of release from upstream reserv


Resident Asks County To Take Over Crow Lane

A resident asked Crawford County commissioners on Tuesday to take over Crow Lane, which is currently a private road between Highway P and Highway UU. Larry Hunter resides there and said there are about 10 addresses on the road.


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Growing In Rolla Location

Debbie Hudson and Debby West opened Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 1040 Kingshighway, Rolla, on June 21, 2018, after spending some time looking into the restaurant business and seeking a franchise that they could bring to the local area that would do well.


Steak 'n Shake Temporarily Closed

Sullivan's Steak 'n Shake (681 Sycamore Drive) has temporarily closed. The Independent News spoke with Steak 'n Shake on Tuesday afternoon and the company confirmed the closure, but could not speculate on why or when it might reopen. A sign has been placed on the door notifying customers.


Teen honored for saving father’s life in fire

It was a special night for 15-year-old Charles Enloe. As a room filled with first responders watched, the Salem Middle School student was presented with a proclamation for saving his father’s life during a fire at their Dent County home in December.


Representative McGirl on Passage of Bible School Bill

(Jefferson City) The Missouri House passed legislation this week to allow public schools to teach the Bible in social studies classes. Representative Mike McGirl of Potosi describes the bill which he is in favor of.


HEALTH CENTER: New vaccine refrigerator delivered

A new Helmer pharmaceutical refrigerator was scheduled to be delivered last week, the Dent County Health Center board was told at its March meeting. After it is inspected by a VFC representative, vaccines can be moved back to the Health Center, administrator Kendra Mobray said. The vaccines were sto


Firefighters On Scene More Than 12 Hours After Propane Truck Overturns

Two people escaped serious injury and a hazardous situation was brought under control by firefighters Thursday, March 21 at 10:40 a.m. when a propane truck overturned on Highway A and Indian Creek Bridge, catching fire.


ALDERMEN: Increases in park fees approved

Recommended increases in the price of season pool passes and pavilion rentals gained the approval of Salem aldermen at its March 18 meeting. The board approved $10 increases on family of four season passes to $160 and raised the rate for additional family members to $45 each. Those rates last year w


Non-newlywed game returns for third year

Healthy Dent County will host the Non-Newlywed Game April 5 at Salem Community Center @ the Armory. It is couple vs. couple in this hilarious version of the classic game show where you will discover just how much couples know (or don’t know!) about their spouse!


Richland man killed after hit by truck west of Bunker

A Richland man lost his life early Monday morning after being struck as a pedestrian on Highway 72 west of Bunker, according to an online report of Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.