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Heritage Commission Approves Requests For Deck, Back Fence

By Editor | January 12, 2022

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com It took less than 12 minutes for the Ste. Genevieve Heritage Commission to approve a pair of requests for certificates of appropriateness at its Dec. 20 meeting. Steve Wallen requested permission to construct a 179-square foot deck on the rear of the structure at 118 N. Fifth Street. He was unable…

Jan. 15 Concert To Benefit St. Mary Tornado Victims

By Editor | January 5, 2022

From Staff Reports EXP Productions rocks the Perry Park Center Theatre with a Jan. 15 concert to aid St. Mary tornado victims. On Oct. 24, a Tornado ripped through St. Mary and Coffman. Luckily no loss of life occurred, but still many residents lost their homes, others their livelihood. All proceeds from this event will…

Conversation & Coffee Event Set For Jan. 12

By Editor | January 5, 2022

From Staff Reports “How do you grow in 2022?” That question is one that will be looked into at the first “Conversation and Coffee” get together, sponsored by the Ste. Genevieve Tourism Department. It will be held upstairs, above Common Grounds Coffee house (the corner of South Third and Merchant), at 8 a.m., Jan. 12.…

LaGuignolee Will Perform Dec. 3

By Editor | December 23, 2021

The LaGuignolee  group will meet at the American Legion Post 150 at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 31.  There they will warm up, then will head to the three nursing homes, before stopping at Cafe Genevieve (Flash Cafe building)  at about 6:30 p.m. They will sing at the Legion club room, Valle Catholic High School at…

Candidates Have Filed For Several Upcoming Races

By Editor | December 15, 2021

y ERIC X. VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com Filing is now underway for elections across Ste. Genevieve County. The first day for filing was Tuesday, Dec. 7, and several communities provided the Herald with updated information. Ste. Genevieve R-II School District administrative assistant Keri Pfaff sent a Google document with those who have filed for two board of…

R-II Schools React To Schmitt’s Letter

By Editor | December 15, 2021

From Staff Reports In response to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt threatening legal action against school districts and public health departments if they do not drop COVID-19 mask mandates and quarantine rules, the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District sent a letter to parents, stating that it would back off from its quaratine policy. The letter…

City Set To Increase Water/Sewer Rates

By Editor | December 15, 2021

By ERIC X. VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com The Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen conducted a public hearing regarding water and sewer rates during Thursday’s regular meeting. They did so without much fanfare. The public hearing lasted less than two minutes, with Ste. Genevieve city administrator Happy Welch briefing the board on the necessity for an increase. Water…

Big Crowd, Officials Turn Out For Museum Learning Center Grand Opening

By Editor | December 15, 2021

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com State and local officials and representatives of the scientific community were on hand Saturday, to officially mark the Ste. Genevieve Museum Learning Center grand opening and ribbon cutting. Those who spoke all agreed that the museum and its emphasis on dinosaurs, thanks to curator Guy Darrough, should be a huge boost…

Health Department Is Not Backing Away From COVID Work

By Editor | December 15, 2021

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Unlike some county health departments in Missouri, the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department will not completely back away from the COVID-19 issue. Executive director Jennifer Mueller told the county commission last Thursday that a number of health departments have completely backed off and “aren’t doing anything” as far as…

St. Mary Aldermen Discuss Dogs, Increases On Water/Sewer Bills

By Editor | December 15, 2021

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Most of the action at last Thursday night‘s St. Mary Board of Aldermen meeting came near the end. After breezing through a extremely light agenda in about 12 minutes, Mayor Carlton Wyatt then raised the issue of dogs running lose in the city. After this had been discussed several…

Large-Item Recycling Event Saturday

By Editor | December 8, 2021

For the 11th year, the Holcim Ste. Genevieve plant will be holding a waste collection and recycling day for the community on Saturday, December 11, 2021. This event offers community residents a safe and convenient way to manage a variety of household hazardous waste items and electronics suitable for recycling but not permitted in the…

Mueller Not Panicking Over Numbers, Omicron

By Editor | December 8, 2021

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com As winter settles in, COVID-19 is clawing its way back into the headlines again. National leaders’ fears that the new Omicron variant would soon slip into the United States came to fruition by the end of last week. By Monday  morning there had been a number of Omicron cases in the…

Large Crowds Attend Festival

By Editor | December 8, 2021

From Staff Reports Although some rain interfered on Sunday, perfect weather Saturday saw large crowds turn out for the 37th Annual Ste. Genevieve Christmas Holiday Festival. The weekend included the annual Christmas Parade Saturday morning, with longtime Levee District No. 3 President Vern Bauman as Grand Marshal. Lots of live music, magic, crafts, food and…

City Pondering Worsening Stormwater Problem

By Editor | December 8, 2021

By ERIC X. VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com Ste. Genevieve city administrator Happy Welch gave an update on stormwater issues during a recent interview with the Herald. Welch said the city is seeking a quote amount for possible engineering services for three specific areas. The first area covers the southern portion of Ste. Genevieve – along the South…

County Commissioners Continue To Be Cautious With ARRA Money

By Editor | December 8, 2021

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Those eagerly expecting American Relief and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) checks from Ste. Genevieve County may be in for a wait. The Ste. Genevieve County Commission is being cautious in how it doles out the ARRA, as it was with the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding a…

Santa, Vendor Fair Are Coming To Town During December

By Editor | December 8, 2021

By ERIC X. VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com The Ste. Genevieve County Library is sponsoring “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” on Dec. 18. “We’re excited, and we’re hoping this is a big success for us,” said Ste. Genevieve County Library executive director Shawn Long.  The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Long said this…

Prices Sought For Cave Road Box Culverts

By Editor | December 8, 2021

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Although the dimensions were not 100 percent what they had originally wanted. Ste. Genevieve County commissioners voted last Thursday to get price quotes from McCann Concrete on three box culverts for Cave Road. The commissioners had wanted 20 x 20-foot spans with a five-foot height. Bobby Wooten of McCann informed them…

Festival Time Updates

By Editor | December 2, 2021

Some last-minus changes were made in the 37th Ste. Genevieve Holiday Christmas Festival. Not all of them were included in this week’s print edition. The Rivertown Sounds Quartet Band will perform barbershop music in front of Magnolia’s on Sunday, 12:30-32:30, rather than Saturday, as originally planned.  Ste. Genevieve County’s Chad Stafford will perform a wide…

Nov. 18 Earthquake Brings Fault Back To Front Burner

By Editor | November 30, 2021

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD When much of southern Missouri rumbled with a 4.0 earthquake on Nov. 18, the realization that a major quake along the New Madrid Fault is likely to happen at some point in the future once again surfaced. The giant fault had been largely quiet for some time. It drew…

Dino Bones Creating Stir As Museum Opening Nears

By Editor | November 30, 2021

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Missouri isn’t just for Mark Twain, Harry Truman and Jesse James anymore. The Show-Me State has its own dinosaur now. Actually, the bones of the state’s first dinosaur were discovered nearly 80 years ago, on a Bollinger County farm. Now, part of the fossilized bones of the Missouri Dinosaur, Parrosaurus missouriensis,…

Festival Provides Many Options

By Editor | November 30, 2021

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com From beginning to end, the 37th annual Ste. Genevieve Holiday Christmas Festival will have plenty for the whole family to enjoy. The two-day event this weekend is chock full of activities. It kicks off with free croquignoles in the courtyard of the Shaw House at Merchant and Second streets at 10…

County Commission Not Interested In Use Tax

By Editor | November 30, 2021

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com While a use tax would be beneficial to the county from a financial standpoint, Ste. Genevieve County commissioners are in no mood to try to sell voters on an additional tax. The topic of considering a county use tax on out-of-state purchases was discussed during a 90-minute commission meeting on Wednesday,…

Bauman Named Grand Marshal Of Dec. 4 Christmas Parade

By Editor | November 18, 2021

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Few faces have come to be more strongly associated with an issue in Ste. Genevieve than that of Vern Bauman and the fight against the rising Mississippi River. Bauman, best known as one of the leaders of the heroic battle to save the city from the 1993 flood and for decades…

St. Mary Leaders Express Thanks To Those Who Helped

By Editor | November 18, 2021

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com During the departmental reports segment of the Nov. 10 St. Mary Board of Aldermen meeting, city officials took time to express appreciation to those who helped following the Oct. 24 tornado. “I’d like to thank Brother Ed [Carter] at Trinity Baptist Church and their crew down there,” Fire chief Frankie Ullman…

Aldermen Take Look At Street Paving Priorities

By Editor | November 18, 2021

By ERIC X. VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com The Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen conducted a work session on Oct. 28, with the focal point on street repair. City administrator Happy Welch provided aldermen with a list of streets that will be repaved during Fiscal Year 2022. The city has recommended projects totaling $196,432 out of a set…

Board Opts For A New Survey Of Levee Area

By Editor | November 18, 2021

By ERIC X. VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com Ste. Genevieve County Levee District No. 3 continued discussions on conveyance to the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. The board agreed to have local surveyor Gerald “Duck” Bader re-survey the all the land – except the borrow pit. A borrow pit is an excavated area where material has been…

Guest Lodging Requests Passed Along

By Editor | November 18, 2021

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Members of the Ste. Genevieve Planning and Zoning Commission quickly approved two requests to operate guest lodging during their Nov. 9 meeting. First, Marshall and Jinette Brautigam requested a Special Use Permit to operate a guest lodging establishment in an R-1 Single Family Residential District at 409 LeCompte Street. Marshall Brautigam…

St. Mary Sewer Rate Increase Fails On Technicality

By Editor | November 18, 2021

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD St. Mary residents will not be paying more for wastewater services in the immediate future, after all. When the board of aldermen voted on a proposed rate schedule of $26.86 per month for the first 1,000 gallons used and $12.72 for each 1,000 beyond that, the measure got two…

Kocher Road Culvert Installed; DERA Grant Requirements Fulfilled

By Editor | November 18, 2021

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Despite a few last-minute frustrations, the long-anticipated Kocher Road box culvert job was completed on Nov. 10, to everyone’s satisfaction. Things didn’t get off to the best start that morning. “We called them Monday, we called them Tuesday,” Presiding Commissioner Garry Nelson said. “The first section was supposed to…

Bloomsdale May Add Jail Time For Illegal Dumping Into Sewer System

By Editor | November 18, 2021

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Like the narrator in Web Pierce’s 1955 honky-tonk hit, anyone caught dumping grease or other waste illegally into the Bloomsdale sewer system may find themselves “In the Jailhouse Now.” Near the end of the Nov. 9 Bloomsdale Board of Aldermen meeting,  Ward 1 Alderman John Schweigert reported that he had received…