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2022 County Fair Set To Open

By Editor | June 29, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Although a new county fair board is overseeing things, most of the old favorites are back for the 2022 Ste. Genevieve County Fair, which kicks off Thursday, July 7. The transition to an entirely new board has not been without a few hiccups. There are a few errors and…

Aldermen Take Closer Look At Insurance

By Editor | June 29, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD During public meetings, a consent agenda – a group of generally miscellaneous items – is approved or not approved in one motion. Last Thursday night, some questions about three items in the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen consent agenda led to them being discussed and voted on as a…

Commissioners Gear Up For Fair; Talk More About Bridges

By Editor | June 29, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Work continues to be done, getting the county fairgrounds ready for the 2022 fair next weekend. “It’s crunch time,” First District Commissioner Karen Stuppy said, in discussing the last-minute work. Carpenters finished replacing boards on bleachers and the addition to the livestock barn was completed. It was noted that…

Roe vs. Wade Overturned

By Editor | June 24, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.  –  The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade today (Friday), holding that there is no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion. Going forward, abortion rights will be determined by states, unless Congress acts. President Biden denounced the decision, saying Congress should act in legislation and for U.S. citizens to act…

Concerns Shared On Silica Mine Site

By Editor | June 22, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD With the clock ticking on the permitting process between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Nexgen Silica for a possible silica sand mining operation in Ste. Genevieve County, opponents are again becoming vocal. The DNR is expected to decide whether to grant the permit to begin mining…

Bloomsdale Seeks ARPA

By Editor | June 22, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Just as installation of their new 300,000-gallon water tower was about to begin, the Bloomsdale Board of Aldermen voted to pursue funding that could pay for the bulk of the city’s massive water project. At the June 14 meeting, the board voted to authorize Mayor Paul Monia to seek…

A Good Cause

By Editor | June 22, 2022

The annual Spring For Down Syndrome event, spearheaded by Chip Marzuco, raises money and awareness for Down Syndrome and for the Challenger youth leagues. Saturday’s events included bounce houses, face painting  and other games for kids, an antique tractor show, a monster truck car crush and the UTV Poker Run, an annual favorite. Silent and…

Museum Hosts Tractor Cruise

By Editor | June 22, 2022

The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center invites tractor enthusiasts of all ages to the museum on Saturday, June 25 for a tractor cruise in. Tractors of all makes, models and sizes are welcome and will be parked along Market Street in front of the museum and even on the museum courtyard. The museum expects 40…

Second Annual Honey Festival

By Editor | June 22, 2022

The Second Annual Honey Festival and Market will take place downtown on June 25. It features live music, honey bee education, shopping and food vendors, a mead garden, and honey tastings. There will be two free concerts across from Harold’s Famous Bee Co. . Route 67, will play noon to 3 p.m.; Nashville songwriter and…

Commissioners Investigate Changes in Boundaries

By Editor | June 22, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Concern was rife for a while at the Ste. Genevieve County Courthouse last Thursday morning. An email from the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission (SEMO RPC) indicated that the changes the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen were preparing to vote on this week would change the boundaries of the…

Ankney Blasts DNR Efforts

By Editor | June 15, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Matt Ankney, owner of the “Save Hawn!” Facebook page, had two conversations with the Ste. Genevieve County Commission during commission meetings last week. The first one, during the Monday, June 6 meeting ended with Presiding Commissioner Garry Nelson hanging up on him. “He kept talking over me and wouldn’t…

Street Bond Issue May Be Option

By Editor | June 15, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve voters may get a chance to vote on how the city approaches upcoming street maintenance and how much is spent on it. A proposed 15-year preventative maintenance plan with Cochran Engineering to maintain city streets was one of two topics at a work session following last Thursday…

Regular City Meeting Was Brief

By Editor | June 15, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD While the following work session would last well over an hour, last Thursday night’s Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen regular meeting barely took 15 minutes. The board approved a special use permit for Clare Bauman and Armando Guizar to operate a guest lodging establishment at 89 Seraphin Street and…

County Commission Enthused About Development

By Editor | June 15, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD A meeting with the Ste. Genevieve Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) left county commissioners optimistic about getting a new subdivision built. Presiding Commissioner Garry Nelson called it “a good meeting,” during last Thursday’s county commission meeting. “I think the ball’s about to start rolling on that,” he said. Land swaps…

Honey Festival Returning June 25

By Editor | June 15, 2022

From Staff Reports Downtown Ste. Genevieve will be the site of the Second Annual Honey Festival and Market this Saturday. “Our guests are treated to a full day of live music, honey bee education, countless shopping and food vendors, mead garden, and endless honey tastings,” said Amanda Hutchings, co-founder of Harold’s Famous Bee Company (HFBC).…

Juneteenth observed by county on June 20, following city, state and federal govs

By Editor | June 9, 2022

BY MARK EVANS HERALD NEWS EDITOR Juneteenth is Sunday, June 19, and the Ste. Genevieve County Commissioners just announced that the county also will observe the newest federal and state holiday, on Monday, June 20, therefore all city, county, state and federal offices will be closed. The commissioners also added they will eliminate observing Columbus…

Sidewalk Priority Decided

By Editor | June 1, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve city officials pondered what project to make a priority in seeking a Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant during a work session last Thursday night. In the end, the aldermen opted to pursue adding sidewalks along St. Mary’s Road as the first priority, rather than extending sidewalks up…

Group Wants Second Meeting

By Editor | June 1, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Operation Sand, the group opposing the proposed silica sand mine along Highway 32, is requesting the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hold a second public meeting. Lillian Ditch Anslow of Operation Sand, shared a letter their attorney Steve Jeffery, sent to Larry Lehman, land reclamation program director for…

Waste-To-Energy Plant A Possibility

By Editor | June 1, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD If Southeastern Missouri can generate sufficient trash, a new Green Solutions waste-to-energy plant might be in the making for the region. Ste. Genevieve County commissioners learned about the possibility, attending recent Southeast Missouri Solid Waste District and Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission (SEMO RPC) meetings. A Green Solutions plant…

Kwan Memorial Day Keynote Speaker

By Editor | June 1, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Members of local patriotic organizations gathered Monday morning to remember and pay tribute  to those who served their country and gave their all. The Memorial Day ceremony included a keynote speech by Major Philip Kwan of the United States Marine Corps. Maj. Kwan is a Ste. Genevieve resident, currently…

Aldermen Approve Land Transfer During Regular Meeting

By Editor | June 1, 2022

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com With Ward 1 Alderwoman Susie Johnson acting as mayor pro tem in Mayor Paul Hassler’s absence, the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen swept through a brief regular meeting agenda in just 20 minutes last Thursday night. The board passed an ordinance on first and second reading, allowing the transfer of 49.04…

Faulkner Shares Frustration With Commissioners

By Editor | May 25, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Roger and Kyle Faulkner of R & K Construction and Nexgen Silica, LLD, expressed frustration at last Thursday’s county commission. Roger Faulkner told the commissioners he thought they had been on the same page after he had told him about plans to develop a sand mine earlier. “All three…

Health Board Signs Edict

By Editor | May 25, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD After much debate and after hearing from Nexgen Silica representatives, the Ste. Genevieve County Health Board voted to follow the county commission’s lead. During their second special meeting in five days, the board voted to adopt an ordinance similar to the county commission’s, placing some limitations on all future…

Summer Music Series Opens

By Editor | May 25, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Some familiar names and sounds will be on tap for the 14th Annual Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce Summer Music Series. Four of the groups return from last year, including the popular Bob Seger tribute band, Silver Bullet STL, which is already sold out for the final concert on…

Nexgen Silica, DNR Answer Questions On Mine

By Editor | May 25, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Both sides in the silica sand debate took plenty of time verbalizing their views Thursday night. Yet after a four-hour evening at the Progress Sports Complex, neither side appeared to have been swayed. An hour after the doors opened, the meeting began with Nexgen Silica, LLC and the Missouri…

Class 3 sectional track postponed to Monday

By Editor | May 21, 2022

BREAKING NEWS By Michael Boyd Jr. Herald sports editor CLASS 3 SECTIONAL MEET at Tiger Stadium, Festus (Mo.) HS The MSHSAA Class 3 state sectional track and field meet involving the Ste. Genevieve Dragons and Lady Dragons at Festus high school has been postponed till Monday, May 23.

Current storm causing downed powerline, wrecks

By Editor | May 19, 2022

BREAKING NEWS Due to severe thunderstorms in the area, several trees and powerlines are down currently across roads throughtout all ends of Ste. Genevieve County — from Highway DD to C to B to Z and even inside Ste. Genevieve city limits. First responders and law enforcement have responded to multiple vehicle accidents as well…

County Passes Mining Ordinance

By Editor | May 19, 2022

Ste. Genevieve County Health Board members agreed to wait on issuing a health ordinance opposing silica sand mining – but not to wait too long. After some spirited debate during a special meeting last Friday, the board agreed to wait to see what the county commission did Monday morning. It was anticipated that the commissioners…

Health Board

By Editor | May 19, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve County Health Board members agreed to wait on issuing a health ordinance opposing silica sand mining – but not to wait too long. After some spirited debate during a special meeting last Friday, the board agreed to wait to see what the county commission did Monday morning.…

Manhunt Leads To Gunman’s Arrest

By Editor | May 19, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri Highway Patrol personnel were involved in a two-day search for an armed suspect last week. It ended last Thursday, when Farmington Police took Bobby Lee Stevens into custody. Stevens, 47, allegedly fired on law enforcement personnel on Highway 32 in western Ste.…