Pautler Is New CEO At SGCMH

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Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital has announced Dr. Steve Pautler as its new CEO. In making the appointment, Rodney Scherer, SGCMH Board President, said Pautler brings to the table a diverse background in healthcare, including Critical Access Hospital experience. “Steve’s leadership style mirrors the direction that SGCMH has been working to achieve,” said Scherer. “Steve…

Candidate Zoom Forum Reached Big Audience July 29

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By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD More than 1,200 people watched the live=stream broadcast of the 2020 Candidates Forum, jointly sponsored by the Ste. Genevieve Herald and the University of Missouri Extension Service on July 29. It can still be watched on the University Extension Facebook page or on the Ste. Genevieve Access Television YouTube…

UTV Ordinance Revision At August 13 Meeting

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By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD St. Mary city manager David Woods will draft a bill amending the city ordinance that regulates utility terrain vehicles [UTVs] on city streets for the Board of Aldermen to vote on at their August 13 meeting. Discussion of how to word the proposed ordinance took up a considerable part…

Heritage Commission Approves All Requests, Following Debate

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By mark Evans Ste. Genevieve herald After the first of six requests for certificates of appropriateness led to extended debate and a tight 3-2 vote in favor, the Ste. Genevieve Heritage Commission unanimously approved the next five items during its July 20 meeting. HOOPER’S CARPORT BARELY APPROVED The only “old business” on the agenda was…

Special Road District A Focuses on Patching Cracks, Keeping Up With Mowing

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By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Fixing cracks and mowing is occupying most of the Special Road District A road crew’s time, according to foreman Paul Bauman. Bauman told the board at its monthly meeting on July 14 that he will “jump on that” whenever the county road and bridge crew’s DuraPatcher is available for…

Board Awards Creek Contract For Removal Of Concrete In Creek

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Levee District No. 3 members opted to award a bid to Vern Bauman Contracting for removing debris in and around the North and South Gabouri Creeks. Bauman’s bid was for $45,080, which includes the removal of 80 feet of concrete ramp, breaking up concrete for reuse and removal of rebar. The bid also includes excavation…

Commission Back Library Hot Spot Grant Application With Match

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By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve County will offer a 30 percent match, should the Ste. Genevieve County Library receive a grant for broadband internet hot spots. Shawn Long, executive director of the library, approached the County Commission about the issue at last Thursday’s commission meeting. He explained why he is not pursuing…

Sheriff Plans Jail Improvements; CARES Money Will Cover Some Of Them

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By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Improvements continue to be made at the county detention center. Sheriff Gary Stolzer reported on  progress and expenditures to the Ste. Genevieve county Commission last Thursday. Stolzer said he was taking some $34,000 from his department’s capital improvements budget to improves doors, locks and food passes [for sliding food…

St. Mary Voters Select Wyatt As Next Mayor

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Carl Wyatt will take over the mayor’s chair again during a troubled time for the city of St. Mary. Wyatt, 77, defeated incumbent Mayor Gloria Bader 58-45 in a special runoff election June 30. The pair had tied 37-37 in the June 2 election, with former Alderman Paul Franklin picking up another 10 votes [originally…

Main Street Lot Approved For RV Parking

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By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Despite some concerns expressed by a neighbor, the Ste. Genevieve Planning and Zoning Commission approved Audubon Development LLC’s request to set up a recreational vehicle [RV] parking lot in and behind the current parking lot across North Main Street from Audubon Grill and Bar. The commission approved two separate…

Bell Gets Praise, Surprise Retirement Party From County Officials

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By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Sandra Bell feels she is leaving Ste. Genevieve County in a solid position. She gave her final COVID-19 report to the County Commission last Thursday morning. That afternoon, she was asked to return to the courthouse, where a surprise farewell party was held, including ice cream cakes. Ste. Genevieve…

Bloomsdale Couple Killed In Crash

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A Bloomsdale couple died following a two-vehicle crash in Jefferson County on June 30. John and Helen Rickus, ages 85 and 87, were transported by Big River Ambulance to Mercy Hospital South. Both died later that evening. John Rickus was driving a 2012 Hyundai Tucson southbound on Route B, south of Elm Spring Drive  at…

Sheriff’s Department Apprehend Three

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By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department personnel assisted another agency on Saturday and captured three suspects. The department’s Facebook page detailed the beginning of the situation. “We are currently working an active crime scene at the 153 mile marker, north bound Interstate 55,” the post said. “We assisted in a…

Commission Looking Into Possible Locations For Drivers’ Tests

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By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Finding a location for the driver examination office took up part of last Thursday’s County Commission meeting. At one time the driver exams were housed in the old 911 building on Basler Drive. However, they moved out a few years ago, not under the best of terms with the…

County Does Well Amidst Growing COVID Numbers

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By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Sandra Bell, executive director of the Ste. Genevieve county Health Department, informed the County Commission last Thursday that the county had had a 17th positive COVID-19 test result. She also pointed out that several additional incorrect positive tests had been erroneously reported. That one was due to “a glitch”…

Exercising Their Rights

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Two simultaneous events took place Sunday afternoon. At left, A line of some 40 vehicles paraded through Ste. Genevieve to support law enforcement and other emergency personnel. At right, a second Black Lives Matter [BLM] protest took place on Highway 61. There were no reports of incidents at either. The protest was said to be…

Aldermen Approve Engineering Fees For Wall Replacement Project

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Ste. Genevieve aldermen passed an ordinance on first and second readings, allowing the city to pay $9,530 in engineering fees to Cochran Engineering to replace a collapsing retaining wall at Washington and Fifth streets during a short regular meeting last Thursday. The contract includes $3,540 for construction oversight. Ward 2 Alderman Bob Donovan questioned the…

Board Shows No Overt Opposition To Trautmans’ Street Proposal

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After hearing from Randy and Mark Trautman in person, the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen seemed open to the brothers’ request for the city to take over a short road on their commercial property east of Valle Springs Park. The Trautmans are selling off company assets and would like to have issues of road maintenance…

PDGA-Sanctioned Tournament Planned For Pere Marquette Park

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Pere Marquette Park will host a Professional Disc Golf Association [PDGA]-santioned disc golf tournament in August. The Ste. Genevieve Parks and Recreation Board voted to allow Tim Wiegard to put the tournament on during its monthly meeting on June 23. Wiegard said he has been playing disc golf since 2002 and has taken part in…

Peaceful Protest: Demonstrators Proclaim ‘Black Lives Matter’ During Sunday Afternoon Protest At 61/32

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Ellie Naeger feared that in a town 95.8 percent white, with only 1.6 percent of its population African American, it might be easy for the citizens to forget that “Black Lives Matter.” That led her to help plan and organize a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest along Highway 61 on Sunday, which was also her…

St. Mary’s Mayoral Race Results In Tie

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The three-way race for mayor in the city of St. Mary ended in a two-way tie following the tabulation of votes in the June 2 Municipal Election. Incumbent Gloria Bader and former mayor Carl Wyatt each came away with 37 votes. Former alderman Paul Franklin received nine. There were two write-in votes and two ballots…

Election Turnout Below 10 Percent For June 2 Voting

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Only 7.3 percent of registered voters turned out for the rescheduled Municipal Election on June 2 in Ste. Genevieve County. Originally scheduled for April 7, the election was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Incumbent Ward 1 Alderman Gary Smith easily won re-election in the only challenged municipal race in the city of Ste. Genevieve on…

Jour De Fete Canceled For 2020

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Jour de Fete will not take place in 2020. The Jour de Fete Committee, days after a town hall meeting [see story on Page 2A] to gauge the community’s feelings about having the event with the COVID-19 threat, opted to cancel the 2020 event and focus on 2021. “We want to thank everyone that’s involved…

Waterpark Opening Discussed During Thursday Meeting

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With the anticipated June 12 opening of River Rapids Waterpark only days away, Ste. Genevieve County Health Department administrator Sandra Bell deflected concerns about its safety during last Thursday’s County Commission meeting. A caller during the meeting expressed apprehension over its opening. “I’m requesting that you reconsider the opening date for the waterpark,” the caller…

Computer Hack Affects County

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Ste. Genevieve County officials announced last week that the county had been “the victim of a malicious cyber attack” that has affected multiple offices in the courthouse. County Clerk Sue Wolk confirmed the cyber attack was first noticed on May 26 and affected the offices of the assessor, collector, clerk, recorder of deeds and treasurer.…

Engineering Firm Will Adjust Crosswalk Plan For Progress Parkway

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After the Ste. Genevieve County Commission was not impressed with plans they had received from Poplar Bluff-based Smith and Company Engineering for a handicapped ramp and crosswalk for Progress Parkway, two representatives of the firm visited the site with the commissioners, Ste. Genevieve County Community Center executive director Brad Arnold, and city personnel on June…

Opinions For, Against Having 2020 Event Expressed In Town Hall Meeting

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Opinions both for and against having the 53rd Jour de Fete this August were voiced by a crowd of some two dozen people at the American Legion Hall on June 3. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9. Jour de Fete Committee president Jami Inman reflected those mixed emotions. “We…

Juvenile, Two Adults Injured When UTV Driven By 13-Year-Old Overturns

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An accident in Ste. Genevieve County last week resulted in moderate injuries for a juvenile from Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and minor injuries for two others, according to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident took place around 6:54 p.m. on June 6 on Lakeview Road east of Ocelot Drive in Goose Creek.…

Herald Introduces Polls On Website

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The Ste. Genevieve Herald this week is adding polls to its website, giving readers a chance to weigh in on local issues. Originally, the Herald was going to conduct a poll in conjunction with the Jour de Fete Committee this month to get feedback on whether the event should take place. However, the committee is…

Giesler Elected To Hospital Board

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Bryce Giesler won the three-person race for a position on the Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Board. Giesler drew 389 votes (44.6 percent), to 259 (29.7 percent) for Cynthia Glassey and 221 (25.3 percent) for Kevin Schaaf.