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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.…

City Approves Land Swap

By Editor | May 19, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve aldermen authorized roof repair at the firehouse and transferred some land to the Church of Ste. Genevieve during last Thursday night’s meeting. The 59.60 acres of land along Progress Parkway technically goes to the Ste. Genevieve County Catholic Church Real Estate Corporation as part of a land…

Wyatt Tells Board New Chief On Duty

By Editor | May 19, 2022

From staff reports During a 14-minute meeting last Thursday, Mayor Carlton Wyatt told the St. Mary Board of Aldermen that a new police chief had been hired and was already on duty. The city and been without a policeman since Adam Bequette left earlier in the year. Fire Chief Frankie Ullman reported there were five…

Commissioners Reconsider Action After Hearing More On Silica

By Editor | May 19, 2022

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com After meeting for nearly two hours with attorney Steve Jeffery and several members of Operation Sand last Thursday, the Ste. Genevieve County Commission had a change of heart. The commissioners had been convinced that neither they nor the county health board could legally pass an ordinance prohibiting or restricting land use.…

Bloomsdale Officials Agree on Funding Mechanism For Water Project

By Editor | May 19, 2022

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com City attorney Mark Bishop and Bloomsdale Bank representative Justin Dotson discussed funding mechanisms for Bloomsdale’s massive water project with city officials May 10 The project, which includes adding a 300,000-gallon water tower, demolishing the current standpipe and redoing a large amount of aging waterlines, could reach as high as $2.2 million.…

Valle High holds 2022 graduation at gymnasium

By Editor | May 13, 2022

Valle Catholic High School held its 2022 graduation ceremony Thursday, May 12, at the VHS gymnasium. The ceremony broke from tradition of holding the annual event in the sanctuary of the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church, which was under repairs. This year’s Valle Warriors Class of 2022 had five valedictorians/salutatorians.

Two-day manhunt over. Stevens captured

By Editor | May 12, 2022

BREAKING NEWS MANHUNT OVER. STEVENS CAPTURED The 2-day manhunt for Bobby Lee Stevens, 47, is over. The suspect who allegedly fired on a Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff deputy on Tuesday, May 10, in the western part of the county was apprehended by the Farmington Police Department on Thursday, May 12. The incident forced local and…

Shooter Identified As Stevens

By Editor | May 12, 2022

Bobby Lee Stevens, born April 1, 1975, has been charged with 2 counts of assault 1st degree on a law enforcement officer, 2 counts of armed criminal action and 1 count of burglary 2nd degree. All five charges are felonies. Stevens has been identified as the individual who fired on law enforcement personnel Tuesday evening…

Law Enforcement Still Seek Suspect

By Editor | May 11, 2022

As of late Wednesday morning, law enforcement personnel had not yet found the suspect who allegedly fired at them during a tense scene on Highway 32 Tuesday evening. Jason Schott, chief deputy of the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office, said that law enforcement know the individual’s identity and will eventually bring him into custody. Highway…

Money Will Be Available To Keep Ferry Going

By Editor | May 11, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD There was good news and bad news coming out of the April 27 New Bourbon Regional Port Authority(NBRPA) Board meeting in Perryville. The bad news was there was no quorum, so no official actions could be taken. The good news was, there were some positive things the group could…

Big Crowd Expected At May 19 Meeting On Silica Sand Mine

By Editor | May 11, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Officials expect a large turnout at the May 19 Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m., at the Progress Sports Complex on the grounds of the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center. The public will get a chance to express views on the…

Midnight Chase Ends In Arrest

By Editor | May 11, 2022

From Staff Reports Late Tuesday night, just before midnight local time, several Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s deputies closed a high-speed police chase on I-55 southbound from mile-marker 161 to 141. Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department personnel initially clocked the vehicle going 91 miles per hour in a 70 MPH zone at the 151-mile marker. According…

Additional Issues Force Bridge To Close Again For Repairs

By Editor | May 11, 2022

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Just when repairs to the Franklin Bridge looked easily doable, another setback has hit the old structure. The 102-year-old bridge has slid off its support beams and a ring wall on one end is cracked. The Ste. Genevieve County Commission shut the bridge down when informed. Chris Crocker of the Missouri…

VRBO Permit Approved For Seraphin Street Location

By Editor | May 11, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Claire Bauman quickly received the blessings of the Ste. Genevieve Planning and Zoning Commission to operate a guest lodging establishment last Thursday night. The commission voted unanimously to approve Bauman’s request for a special use permit to have a vacation rent by owners (VRBO) operation at 89 Seraphin Street,…

Manhunt: Search for armed individual shuts down eastbound 32

By Editor | May 10, 2022

Manhunt: The Missouri Highway State Patrol shut down the eastbound lane of Missouri State Highway 32 between 5:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., diverting traffic at AA Road in the western part of Ste. Genevieve County as the armed patrol was searching for an armed-and-dangerous individual. Details at the moment are vague, but a helicopter is…

Speakers Spell Out Silica Dangers

By Editor | May 4, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Steve Jeffrey, a St. Louis attorney, Dr. Kim Gordon of The Friends of Hawn State Park and Greg Nemec, a retired registered nurse, all shared concerns during Operation Sand, LLC’s community informational meeting Saturday. The meeting, held a the Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Weingarten, was to…

City Recognizes Frank Myers

By Editor | May 4, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Frank Myers’ years of service to the local community were honored at last Thursday’s Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen meeting. Mayor Paul Hassler presented a framed certificate to Myers at the start of the meeting. The certificate highlighted many of Myers’ achievements in Ste. Genevieve, beginning with his restoration…

French Gets OK To Do Mural

By Editor | May 4, 2022

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve City Hall will have a new look in the future. The board of aldermen met with local mural artist Joy French regarding a mural she wants to paint on the north wall of the building, during a work session last Thursday evening. French, who created and painted…