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House Fire Brings Out 8 FDs

By Editor | January 27, 2023

By MICHAEL BOYD JR. HERALD STAFF BLOOMSDALE, Mo.  —  Nearly all area volunteer fire departments from 2 counties (Ozora to Weingarten to Hematite and in between) plus Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s deputies and Ste. Genevieve County Ambulance District responded late last night (Thurs.1.26.2023) to a house fire at 11066 Pleasant Heights off U.S. Highway 61…

All 5 fugitives captured

By Editor | January 21, 2023

Inmates who escaped SFC Center now all back in custody The five inmates who escaped the St. Francois County (Mo.) Detainee Center Tuesday night are now all in custody of law enforcement after a 4-1/2 day manhunt, according to the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page. After fugitive Michael Wilkins was captured Friday morning…

1 escaped inmate captured in Poplar Bluff

By Editor | January 20, 2023

However, the 3 sex offenders, 1 other inmate remain at large Per St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page: Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 Inmate Michael Wilkins has been captured and is now in the custody of the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department. On Thursday, January 19, information was developed leading investigators to believe Wilkins was…

U.S. Marshal’s Office offers rewards on 5 area fugitives

By Editor | January 18, 2023

UPDATE: More information on five escapees from St. Francois County Detainee Center FARMINGTON, Mo.  —  The U.S. Marshal’s Office is offering rewards for each of the five escaped inmates from the St. Francois County Detention Center. The five fugitives  —  three are dubbed sexual predators  —  are all considered dangerous and law enforcement have asked…

3 sex offenders, 2 other inmates escape SFC Detention Center

By Editor | January 18, 2023

Per ST. FRANCIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE and STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: FARMINGTON, Mo.  —  On Tuesday, January 17, at approximately 7:00 PM, 5 inmates at the St. Francois County Detention Center made entry into a secured cell. From there, the inmates made their way through a secured door by use of force. The inmates…

NexGen Silica Mine Permit Pulled

By Editor | January 5, 2023

By Michael Boyd Jr. Herald sports editor/photographer Calling it a “victory,” Operation Sand seems to have gotten exactly what it always wanted. After months of opposition, there will be no silica sand mine in Ste. Genevieve County. At least for now. The Missouri Mining Commission decided Thursday morning (1.5.2023) at a meeting in the Show-Me…

Body Discovered In Mississippi River May Not Be Found Again Here

By Editor | January 5, 2023

STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo.  —  The body discovered in the Mississippi River here Tuesday afternoon does not seem that it will be re-discovered or even recovered in Ste. Genevieve County, but then again it just might reappear here. The unknown body disappeared again when area authorities tried to retrieve it on Tuesday (1.3.2023), but was unable…

Brown Turns Self In To Authorities

By Editor | January 5, 2023

UPDATE … Jan. 5, 2023 Danny Wesley Brown, 60, has been arrested after he turned himself in to law enforcement today. The eight-day search is over. The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department was searching for Brown after he allegedly committed five felonies  —  including kidnapping, assault, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, etc. …

Body In Mississippi River Discovered

By Editor | January 4, 2023

Unofficial reports of a body found earlier today (Tues.1.2.2023) around 4 p.m. in the Mississippi River near Mississippi Lime Company section of Ste. Genevieve County (Mo.) around Little Rock Rd. Efforts to retrieve the body were unsuccessful as it disappeared again, possibly under a barge. No further details at this moment. We will update you…

Sheriff Looking For Armed-and-Dangerous Man

By Editor | December 30, 2022

  Brown Is Wanted For 5 Felonies, Including Kidnapping, Assault and Armed Criminal Action STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo.  —  The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s assistance for the whereabouts of an armed-and-dangerous man  —  Danny Wesley Brown, 60 (pictured)  —  wanted for five different felonies that all allegedly occurred Thursday night…

MMoDOT, Cochran Personnel Discuss Projects With Bloomsdale

By Editor | December 20, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Bloomsdale officials heard from both Cochran Engineering and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) at the Dec. 13 board of aldermen meeting. Only Monica Rozier and Brandon Shortt were present of the four aldermen. MoDOT’s Chris Crocker told them that MoDOT is interested in tying the northbound rest area…

Special Road District Meets

By Editor | December 20, 2022

Aaron DeRousse, road foreman, reported crews were sealing cracks every chance they can get, weather permitting,  at the Dec. 13 Special Road District A board meeting. He said they will likely be finished for the year due to the weather. They have been grading the roads following the rains and have been filling in a…

Joint Tourism Group Discusses Marketing

By Editor | November 23, 2022

By Mark Evans ste. genevieve herald Prior to tackling the tourism director position, the combined Tourism Advisory Council ad Tourism Tax Commission got an update from City Administrator Happy Welch during the Nov. 15 meeting, and look at some advertising campaigns. Welch gave the group an update on tourism activities. He reminded them that the…

Hunters: CWD mandatory sampling this weekend

By Editor | November 11, 2022

By Missouri Conservation Department Special to the Herald JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  —  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds deer hunters that it will be holding mandatory CWD sampling during opening weekend of the November portion of firearms season, Nov. 12 and 13, for hunters who harvest deer in 34 of 38 MDC CWD Management…

Ste. Genevieve County unofficial results: Precinct by precinct

By Editor | November 9, 2022

2022 Midterm elections unofficial results Ste. Genevieve County Precinct: all 14 Presiding Commissioner Total votes: 6,632 Randy Ruzicka (R) 4,040 (61.27%) David Bova (D) 2,554 (38.73%) Recorder of Deeds Total votes: 6,585 Mary Jane Fallert White (R) 4,362 (66.24%) Annette Roth (D) 2,223 (33.76%) County Collector Total votes: 6,568 Kim (Resigner) Gielow (R) 4,497 (68.47%)…

Ruzicka, White, Gielow Win; County Votes No On Legal Marijuana

By Editor | November 8, 2022

Predictions of a national “Red Wave” were certainly borne out in Ste. Genevieve County Tuesday. Every Republican on the ballot rolled to commanding victories Tuesday night. Randy Ruzicka won the presiding commissioner race by nearly 1,500 votes over David Bova. Ruzicka garnered 61.3% of the vote (4,040) to 38.7% (2,554) for Bova, while Republican Mary…

Christmas Festival Schedule Released

By Editor | November 2, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD The official program for the 38th Annual Ste. Genevieve Holiday Christmas Festival has been printed. The program includes the official schedule for the annual event – the only major local event to survive the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic virtually unscathed. Things kick off at 10 a.m., Saturday Dec. 3 with…

Commissioners Grill Aptitude Cable Rep

By Editor | October 26, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Bill Denkler of Aptitude Internet discussed plans to install cable in the county. The commissioners were clearly skeptical after dealing with Spectrum and its various contractors like MasTec. MasTec created several road hazards as well as trespassed on private property and installed pedestals on private property without permission and…

History Conference Explores French Impact On The Region

By Editor | October 26, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve’s Dubourg Centre hosted the annual Center For French Colonial Studies’ (CFCS) 22nd Annual History Conference on Saturday. A good-sized crowd listened to several speakers who brought the French colonial era of the Illinois Country (as this region was known) to life. Mark Barbeau, CFSC president, gave opening…

Fire truck overturns on way to fire

By Editor | October 13, 2022

BY MICHAEL BOYD JR. A Goose Creek fire truck crashed into a tree and flipped upside down while responding to a house fire in the lake area this morning (Thursday, Oct. 13). A witness said that the breaks went out on the fire truck, causing it to leave the road. The driver could not get…

I-55 Work

By Editor | October 12, 2022

Northbound Interstate 55 in Ste. Genevieve county will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge repairs.   This section of roadway is located from Route Z to Route J.  Weather permitting, work will take place Tuesday, Oct. 18 through Thursday, Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.   The work zone will…

County Roadwork This Week

By Editor | October 12, 2022

There is a possibility that Genevieve Church Road will potentially have to be closed tomorrow and Thursday between Burks School Road & Colony Church Road.   In addition, Kocher Road may have to be closed (1) mile off Highway 32.   These closures are necessary due to culvert pipe replacements.  All ‘roadwork’ is subject to…

Sheriff, FBI Investigation Leads to Sex Offender’s Newest Sentence

By Editor | October 6, 2022

ST. LOUIS, Mo.  —  A registered sex offender who tried to obtain nude photos of a 6-year-old girl has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, after a joint investigation earlier this year by the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. William C. Dickens, 39, of the St. Louis area,…

SEMO RPC Honors Nelson

By Editor | October 5, 2022

At their September meeting, the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission (SEMO RPC) honored Presiding Commissioner Garry Nelson for his service. Nelson has been on the SEMO RPC Board of Directors since becoming presiding commissioner in 2011 and had attended meetings since he became a commissioner in 2005. The plaque is “in recognition of  your exceptional…

Drugs, $54K cash, 1 weapon seized; 3 arrests

By Editor | October 4, 2022

A Ste. Genevieve County Sherriff’s deputy on patrol over the weekend made a stop for a traffic violation that resulted in a seizure of drugs, cash and a weapon, therefore leading to arrests of the vehicle’s three occupants. The local sheriiff’s office found a variety of drugs, plus a pistol and around $54,000 in cash…

Dragon Weekend

By Editor | September 21, 2022

Ste. Genevieve High School capped its 2022 Homecoming week with a 44-6 win over Fredericktown Friday night. At halftime, Brynna Wehner, daughter of Dustin and Amber Wehner was crowned Homecoming Queen. During the high school pep assembly Friday afternoon, Aiden Boyer, son of Katie and Jason Boyer, was crowned Homecoming King. Thursday night, the senior…

Bloomsdale Water Project Still On Track

By Editor | September 21, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD T.J. Garbs of Cochran Engineering reported that work is nearly done on the new 300,000-gallon water tank in Bloomsdale. The tank has been erected and work was ongoing pointing it – first over the welds. After the painting is done, the tank will be disinfected and site work such…

All Three Requests For Adjustment Get Approval

By Editor | September 14, 2022

From Staff Reports The Ste. Genevieve Board of Adjustment granted both requests for variances from city codes during the board’s annual meeting, Sept. 7. Carl Noll, owner of 479 N Main, has submitted a request for a variance from Municipal Code Section 405.110 Neighborhood Commercial District Regulations. He requested a variance to the setback requirements…

Veterans’ Home Robbed At Gunpoint

By Editor | September 8, 2022

BY MICHAEL BOYD JR. HERALD STAFF Karen McDowell Vaeth of McDowell Marketing, owners of Marion Cliff Manor in St. Mary, Mo., said in a Facebook post Friday (9.2.2022) that the facility was robbed at gunpoint “by someone seeking controlled medications.” The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that there was “an incident” at the assisted…

Racer: 2 Utah Rape Convictions; Accused In 10 Sexual Misconduct In 5 States

By Editor | September 8, 2022

BY MARK EVANS AND MICHAEL BOYD JR. HERALD EDITORS New charges have been filed against former Ste. Genevieve resident Dayton Racer. Currently an inmate in a Utah prison since 2020 following an extensive history of sexual assault allegations in that state, he has now been charged with a similar crime in neighboring St. Francois County,…