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100-Year-Old John Bergtholdt Repaired B-17s In WWII

By Editor | November 16, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD American B-17 “Flying Fortresses” helped pound Germany into submission during the latter stages of World War II. John Bergtholdt, who turned 100 Aug. 9, helped keep those B-17s flying as the Allies fought on to unconditional victory more than 75 years go. Now a resident of Ste. Genevieve Care…

Wabash Valley Has 90% Of Needed Right Of Ways

By Editor | November 16, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD According to Shane Hays director of project management for Commonwealth Associates, Inc., things have taken “a 180-degree turn” in landowners’ reception to the proposed Wabash Valley-Citizens Electric Corporation 69,000-volt power line to run through 19 miles of Ste. Genevieve County. Hays spoke with county commissioners for more than half…

Cauti Has Impressive C.V.

By Editor | November 16, 2023

Rosanna Cauti, who will be performing violin pieces at the Welcome Center at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., on Sunday (Dec. 3) during the 39th annual Ste. Genevieve Holiday Christmas Festival, has an impressive resume. An Italian-Brazilian violist, Cauti enjoys a musical career that spans through Europe, Latin America and United States. A versatile musician, she…

City Officials Ponder Best Locations For New Sidewalks

By Editor | November 16, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Putting in a good sidewalk along Fourth Street will be the city of Ste. Genevieve’s priority in pursuing a 2024 Transportation Alternative Plan (TAP) grant. What projects to pursue for TAP funding was one of two items on the board of aldermen’s agenda for last Thursday evening’s work session.…

Commissioners, Schmieder Check Out County Roads

By Editor | November 16, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve County commissioners estimate they drove some 150 miles recently, looking over county roads. “We covered a lot of ground,” Presiding Commissioner Randy Ruzicka said at last Thursday’s commission meeting. The idea was to see which areas needed to be priorities for 2024 roadwork. They will be working…

Community Services Forum Marks 30th Anniversary

By Editor | November 16, 2023

The Ste Genevieve County Community Services Forum is celebrating 30 years of the partnership between local organizations and individuals that share information and work together on a variety of projects to improve the overall vitality and health of Ste Genevieve County. The Ste Genevieve County Community Services Forum was formed to meet the health needs…

City Looks Into EV Charging Stations

By Editor | November 8, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Plans to install an electric vehicle charging station at Main Street Park are moving ahead. The Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen gave tacit approval at a work session last Thursday for City Administrator Happy Welch to pursue the plan. Welch reported that he had received an estimate of  $12,900…

Top Music Highlights Christmas Festival

By Editor | November 8, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Music has always been an important part of the Ste. Genevieve Holiday Christmas Festival. The 39th edition of the festival, which will be Dec. 2-3, is no exception. “I think it’s a spectacular lineup,” Annette Rolfe, executive director of the festival, said. “We are so fortunate these people have…

Misplay Road Won’t Reopen Until Guard Rails Are Up

By Editor | November 8, 2023

By Michael Boyd Jr. STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD The Ste. Genevieve County road and bridge department recently completed the reconstruction of one of the bridges of Misplay Road on its western stretch near Kinsey Road and Custom Differentials. However, C Road and Bridge Foreman Scott Schmeider told the county commissioners that the bridge will remain closed…

Pecanapalooza Festival Will Be Saturday

By Editor | November 3, 2023

By Michael Boyd Jr. STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD The fourth annual Pecanapalooza Street Festival is up next among the local festivities, set for this coming Saturday, Nov. 4. The festival is one day only throughout the historic downtown Ste. Genevieve with a 5K run to kickoff the event at 9 a.m. Everything else gets going at…

Are Downtown Christmas Lights Worth Money, Effort?

By Editor | November 3, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Will it be Christmas lights, or business as usual? The topic of putting up Christmas lights was hashed out during a work session following the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen’s regular meeting last Thursday night. Ward 1 Alderman Patrick Fahey had brought up the issue at a previous meeting.…

County Wants Big, Clear Maps Of Wabash Power Line

By Editor | November 3, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD About two and a half years after Wabash Valley Power Association created an uproar by proposing a 69,000-volt power line to run through 19 miles of Ste. Genevieve County, Wabash officials will be discussing the updated route with the county commission. Wabash representatives will attend the Nov. 9 county…

Aldermen Likely To Limit Holiday Meetings

By Editor | November 3, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Unless something big comes up, the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen will meet only once in November and once in December. The board voted during last Thursday night’s meeting that one meeting each month, during the holiday season, should suffice. If an additional meeting would be needed in November…

Court Backs NexGen Permit Recension

By Editor | October 25, 2023

From staff reports The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, issued an Opinion on Oct. 17, affirming the previous decision of the Missouri Mining Commission reversing the issuance of a mining permit to Nexgen Silica, LLC for a proposed silica frac sand mine in Ste. Genevieve County. In its Opinion, the Court of Appeals stated,…

Lower Tax Revenues, End Of ARPA, Squeeze Budget

By Editor | October 25, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Reductions in state income tax and a removal of all state income tax on social security benefits are now being felt by Missouri counties. Ste. Genevieve County is one of those counties. The topic came up during last Thursday’s county commission meeting. It was noted that there is expected…

Joint Tourism Group Looks At Sponsorships, Etc.

By Editor | October 25, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD With no quorum present, the Ste. Genevieve joint tourism group met Oct. 17 and spent nearly an hour going over various items. Among the topics the combined Tourism Tax Commission and Tourism Advisory Council looked at were marketing sponsorships, submissions for a comprehensive marketing plan, a state outreach program,…

Local Spirits Will Tell Tales

By Editor | October 25, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD What started out as a small project has grown annually, until the Deja  vu Spirit Reunion has been recognized statewide. The 21st reunion will take place this Saturday at historic Memorial Cemetery, 5:30-8 p.m. The Foundation For Restoration of Ste. Genevieve puts on the annual event as a fundraiser…

Board Agrees To Abate S. Main Property

By Editor | October 18, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD After more than a half hour of discussion during and after a public hearing on the matter last Thursday, the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen voted to declare 58 S. Main Street a public nuisance. David Bova, assistant city administrator, and the property owner, Timothy Bauman, were both sworn…

SG R-II Approaches City About Waterline

By Editor | October 18, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Dr. Paul Taylor, superintendent of R-II Schools, addressed the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen during a work session Thursday regarding the need for better water pressure at the district’s future early learning center. The school district is hoping the board will agree to change its time line and put…

City Paving Budget Sparks Discussion

By Editor | October 18, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Two hundred thousand dollars will not go as far as it did 10 years ago – or even two years ago, for that matter. The $200,000 set aside for street paving and repair was again a source of discussion at last Thursday night’s Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen meeting.…

County Crew Making Good Progress On Culvert Jobs

By Editor | October 18, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Progress is being made on Misplay Road, where a July 20 flash flood complicated the long-awaited box culvert installation. That event eroded the bank enough to require more engineering for the project. Presiding Commissioner Randy Ruzicka reported during last Thursday’s commission meeting that he visited the site on Tuesday…

Bloomsdale Hopes To Get Easements To Finish Project

By Editor | October 18, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD During the Oct. 10 Bloomsdale Board of Aldermen meeting a Clement Road resident asked Mayor Paul Monia what he could do to help convince some of his neighbors to sign easement paperwork. Cochran engineering has staked off the proposed easements along Clement Road were a new waterline needs to…

Marberry leads fight to have stop sign theft become a felony in Missouri.

By Editor | October 11, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Stolen road signs are no joke. The Ste. Genevieve County Commission has been making that clear for years. Road sign thefts have increased in recent years, leading to potential danger. In 2021, for instance, 225 signs were stolen in Ste. Genevieve County. In one case, a stolen stop sign…

Stabbing Takes Place On Jefferson

By Editor | October 11, 2023

Last Thursday at approximately 11:30 p.m., Ste. Genevieve officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Jefferson Street for a report of a stabbing. An officer arrived and was able to locate the victim. The victim is  a 38 year old male that resides on Jefferson Street in Ste. Genevieve. The victim had been stabbed/cut…

Looking At Effects Of New 235 Area Code

By Editor | October 11, 2023

By Michael Boyd Jr. STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Introducing the new 235 area code, the baby brother to the 573. Don’t worry. Nothing is going to change, but it is coming soon. According to the North American Numbering Plan (NANP), everyone still gets to keep their same 10 digits of their phone numbers, unlike the last…

Nance Shows Commissioners Wildlife Refuse Map

By Editor | October 11, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Jared Nance, wildlife refuse manager for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, showed Ste. Genevieve County commissioners a map of the proposed Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge area in Ste. Genevieve County last Thursday. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Martha Williams has accepted the Middle Mississippi River…

Aldermen Get Reports On Streets, Police, Tourism, Decorations

By Editor | October 11, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Steve Wilson, local manager for Alliance Water Resources, reported that Ninth Street waterline project was complete during the Sept. 28 board of aldermen meting. Wilson also informed the aldermen that the crews had moved to Rozier Street, where just some yard repairs remained to complete. They then moved on…

Aldermen Ponder Trash

By Editor | October 4, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve aldermen again pondered how to deal with heavy trash trucks on city streets during last Thursday’s work session following the regular meeting. The possibility of contracting with one company to handle all the city’s trash hauling had been discussed at previous meetings. A poll taken indicated that…

Land, Paving Pushed Back

By Editor | October 4, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD None of the three items on the agenda of last Thursday night’s work session resulted in definite decisions. The Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen will revisit each issue in coming meetings. In addition to the topic of having a size/weight limit for garbage trucks and/or contracting with a single…

Recycling Event

By Editor | October 4, 2023

A worker lugs a television set out of a vehicle during the annual large item and hazardous chemical recycling day, put on by the Holcim Group, at the Ste. Genevieve County Recycling Center. Lots of items were brought in at the all-day event on Saturday.