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Dobbs takes place on board. Alliance may spend up to $105,000 on truck

By Editor | April 18, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Five members of the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen were sworn in last Thursday night. Among them was Amie Dobbs, who was certified as the winner of the one-year Ward 1 seat. No candidates filed for the position, but Dobbs drew six write-in votes, to five for Linda Smith,…

Spectrum’s Most Recent Outage Was Troublesome Due To Tornadoes In Area

By Editor | April 18, 2024

BY MICHAEL BOYD JR. STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD When severe storms awakened everyone here during the middle of the night a couple of weeks ago, many folks probably felt they had traveled back to the 1980s and ’90s. With the tornado sirens blaring in every county, the April 2 morning storms sent many local citizens hiding…

Bloomsdale Officials Facing Daunting EPA/DNR Edict

By Editor | April 18, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Cities and towns have to deal with an initiative started by the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Lead Service Line Inventory (LALI) is being passed from the EPA through states – in Missouri’s case the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), pressuring communities to come up with…

Commissioners Concerned About Tax Revenue Decline

By Editor | April 18, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD County sales tax revenue has dropped alarmingly. March numbers were compared during last Thursday’s county commission meeting. In March 2022, the county took in $100,831. In March 2023 the figure fell to $86,926. In March 2024, it dropped again, to $73,843. The trend is disturbing. “The frustrating thing is,…

Bequette, Gibson Win; Bova, Diesel Reelected

By Editor | April 11, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve R-II School Board of Education members David Bova and Geri Diesel were reelected on April 2, fending off a challenge from Mike Wolk and Norman Vogt. Bova, board president, received 842 votes (32%) and Diesel, a retired elementary principal, 827 (31.4%). Wok garnered 615 votes (23.4%), while…

Bloomsdale Facility Not Closing

By Editor | April 11, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve County commissioners assured a huge crowd last Thursday that the Bloomsdale annex of the county community center will not close. The large crowd was at the Bloomsdale Fire House, where the commissioners had called a town hall meeting to give residents answers and let them express opinions…

Collins Leaving to Take Position At Illinois Site

By Editor | April 11, 2024

Chris Collins, superintendent of the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park since Jan. 27, 2020, has been appointed to a similar position at the New Philadelphia National Historic Site in Barry, Ill. Collins will make the move later this spring to the  site, located due east of Hannibal, Mo., and southeast of Quincy, Ill. The announcement…

By Editor | April 11, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD With time running out to use the county’s remaining American Relief Plan Act (ARPA) funds, Presiding Commissioner Randy Ruzicka wants to quickly get a handle on what else needs to be done to fix roof-related issues at the community center The history of roof issues on the original building,…

TOTAL ECLIPSE

By Editor | April 3, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Big crowds are expected for the total solar eclipse next Monday (April 8). The main viewing area, or the “eclipse tailgate party,” as Tourism Director Aaron Smith calls it, will be at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center, like in 2017. The eclipse will go through Missouri from 1:53…

Commission Races Will Take Place In Both Parties

By Editor | April 3, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve County voters will get to vote on county commission candidates in both the August primary and the November general election this year. Filings are complete for the August primary. Both incumbent associate commissioners are running for another term, and both will face both primary and general election…

Aldermen Will Put Street Bond Issue On August Ballot

By Editor | April 3, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve aldermen will have a $10 million bond issue for street work put on the August ballot. This would require a 27-cent tax levy increase per $100 assessed valuation. (For the owner of a $200,000 home, this would mean paying an additional $102.55 a year.) The decision came…

Tornadoes Sited In County

By Editor | April 3, 2024

Tornado sirens went off between 1:30 a.m. and about 3:15 a.m., April 2, in Ste. Genevieve County, as heavy rain, winds and some hail were experienced. Tornadoes were reportedly sited around Bloomsdale. As of the Herald’s  deadline Tuesday morning (delayed from Monday, due to the Spectrum outage), no reports had been received as to tornadoes…

Kinsky Objects To City’s Public Comments Practice

By Editor | April 3, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD During the public comment section of the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen’s meeting last Thursday night, Carl Kinsky voiced concern about how those public comment periods are handled. Kinsky, former county prosecuting attorney, expressed frustration about a January 2023 meeting in which Bob Browne accused him and his wife,…

Commissioners Report On Waste-to-Energy Plant

By Editor | April 3, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Attending a recent Southeast Missouri Solid Waste District meeting, the Ste. Genevieve County commissioners again heard talk about bringing a Green Solutions waste-to-energy plant to the region. They had initially learned about the concept at a similar meeting in May 2022. This type of plant, such as one operating…

Crider Gives Housing Authority Report To Ste. Genevieve Aldermen

By Editor | April 3, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ashley Crider, executive director of the Ste. Genevieve Housing Authority, gave her annual report to the board of aldermen last Thursday night. Despite the 2022 capital fund plan for 2022 being pushed back to 2023, they were still able to replace roofs on three of the 15 housing units,…

Crowd Questions Commission, CC Board

By Editor | March 28, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Nearly 50 people attended a meeting of the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center Board on March 20. The large crowd led it to be moved from the commission room to an upstairs courtroom at the courthouse. The large turnout was credited to posts on Facebook and other social media…

Keim, Gibson Vie For Spot On SGCMH Board

By Editor | March 28, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD With more than 200 rural hospitals closing or being swallowed up in the past 20 years, including Perry County and Washington County hospitals, the future of local healthcare is becoming a hot-button topic. This shines extra light on the race for the Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) Board-…

Schmieder Gears Up For Spring Overlay Projects

By Editor | March 28, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD As official spring arrives Road and Bridge Foreman Scott Schmieder is gearing up for this year’s paving projects. No paving of gravel roads will be done this year, due to financial constraints. Instead, some deteriorating paved roads will be overlaid. Jokerst, Inc., who won the bid for the first…

State Audit Slams Public Administrator’s Office

By Editor | March 23, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD County Public Administrator Amanda Kuehn shared State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick’s audit of her office with the county commissioners last Thursday. State statutes require an audit every time an office-holder resigns during his/her term. This one was necessitated when Robin Naeger resigned March 17, 2022. In fact, the audit states…

Tick Tock For TikTok?

By Editor | March 23, 2024

BY MICHAEL BOYD JR. STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD The bi-partisan decision to effectively ban TikTok, the extremely popular social media network, if it does not separate from its Chinese owner, has many of its users up in arms after a bill by the United States House of Representatives passed overwhelmingly last Wednesday; a final vote of…

Callers Question Commission On Possible Bloomsdale Gym Closing

By Editor | March 23, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Two different callers expressed concerns about rumors that the 24/7 Bloomsdale Fitness Center may close, during last Thursday’s county commission meeting. Presiding Commissioner Randy Ruzicka told both callers that no decision has been made on the facility’s future. Ruzicka told the first caller that,  “For now, it’s just a…

Ste. Gen. Aldermen Get Reports On Municipal Band, Eclipse Plans

By Editor | March 23, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Jimmie Donze, Municipal Band president, made his annual report to the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen during their meeting Thursday night. Donze reported that the band performed all 10 scheduled Thursday night concerts in 2023. Three of them were in the Ste. Genevieve R-II School’s Performing Arts Center, due…

Presidential Primaries Different; Timing Same

By Editor | March 23, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Many things have been different in the 2024 presidential primaries in Missouri this year. Yet, one thing remains largely the same. Missouri House Bill 1878, passed in late 2022, abolished the traditional state presidential primary election, which in recent years had fallen on “Super Tuesday,” generally the first Tuesday…

McDaniels’ Tourism Plan Emphasizes Proper Branding

By Editor | March 6, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD During the Feb. 20 joint tourism meeting, Randy McDaniels, president of McDaniels Marketing, spent nearly 90 minutes going over a detailed plan to rebrand and market Ste. Genevieve. Bringing the community alive to visitors is crucial, McDaniels stressed. “They want to hear stories,” he said. “They’re going to connect…

Playoff-Bound

By Editor | March 6, 2024

The Ste. Genevieve Dragons are headed to the first round of boys’ basketball state playoff action for just the second time since 1947.

Marschel Pleased With Progress Office Has Made

By Editor | March 6, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD After heading the Ste. Genevieve County Collector’s office for nearly three months, Lisa Marschel is pleased at the progress made. Marschel was named interim county collector by the county commission on December 14, following Kim Gielow’s resignation. Governor Mike Parson officially appointed her collector in February. “I came in…

Le Petits Chanteurs Leader Patti Naeger Dies

By Editor | March 6, 2024

From Staff Reports Patti Sexauer Naeger, longtime leader of the French singing group  Les Petits Chanteurs, died at her home on March 1. She was 70 years old and had suffered from congestive heart failure for several years. Naeger took over Les Petits Chanteurs from its founder,Claire Condon, and led it for more than 30…

No Local 911 Issues Reported During AT&T Outage

By Editor | February 28, 2024

BY MICHAEL BOYD JR. STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Tens of thousands of AT&T customers nationwide were affected by a telecommunication outage Thursday morning. Of course, the outage included all of Ste. Genevieve County and surrounding areas, interrupting cellular services for local citizens as well as schools and area business. It was the second time since December…

Aldermen Hold First Meeting In Revamped Boardroom

By Editor | February 28, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Some questions were raised at last Thursday’s Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen meeting when the low bid for the N. Fourth Street paving/drainage project came in considerably higher than an earlier engineer’s estimate. An engineer had estimated the project would likely run a little less than $89,000. However, the…

McDaniels Outlines New Tourism Strategy

By Editor | February 28, 2024

BY MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Randy McDaniels, president of McDaniels Marketing, unveiled his plan to lead Ste. Genevieve into the future, at the Feb. 20 joint tourism meeting. McDaniels said he walked the streets of Ste. Genevieve during a mild December day and was struck by something. “It was another gorgeous piece of weather,…