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Yapp Returns For Paint Workshop

By Editor | September 27, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Those wishing to learn how to get a better, longer-lasting paint job will have an opportunity to learn from an exert, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Bob Yapp, who runs the Belvedere School For Historic Preservation in historic Hannibal, Missouri, will be putting on a two-day historic preservation workshop on exterior…

Commissioners Hope SGCCC Roof Saga Is Near An End

By Editor | September 27, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Grayco Roofing Consultants, Bade Roofing and an additional consultant Greyco brought in examined the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center roof last week. Presiding Commissioner Randy Ruzicka and Second District Commissioner Mark Marberry were present during part of their examination. They cut into the roof and examined it layer by…

Clement Road Waterline Project Should Start In Spring, 2024

By Editor | September 20, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Things are moving along on track for the replacement of waterlines along Clement Road. T. J. Garbs of Cochran Engineering reported to the Bloomsdale Board of Aldermen Sept. 12 that the timeline of having easement acquisitions in place by November. He asked whether the officials had heard any concerns…

Speakers Bring Expertise, Insight To History Conference

By Editor | September 20, 2023

A wide variety of topics were covered at the annul Ste. Genevieve History Conference on Saturday. Mark W. Kelly spoke on the divorce case of Andrew Henry v. Marie Villars, while Dr. Brad Lookingbill spoke on “Native Ground: The First People of Missouri before Statehood.” After lunch, Charlotte Young Slinkard gave “Meet the Girardeaus,” while…

Commissioners Glad To Hear Recycling Event Is Back On

By Editor | September 20, 2023

By Mark Evans STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD The Holcim Group (formerly LaforgeHolcim) will put on a free large-item recycling event this fall after all. County leaders had been under the impression that the event would need to be postponed until next spring. At an Environmental Quality Control Committee meeting the commissioners attended last week, however, they…

City Is Willing To Manage Rotary Ferry Landing Project

By Editor | September 20, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Improving the appearance and usefulness of the Ste. Genevieve-Modoc Ferry landing. is something in which the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen would be willing to take a leadership role. Ward 3 Alderman Joe Steiger described a project the Ste. Genevieve Rotary Club would like to do, to revamp the…

Fahey’s First Meeting As Alderman Is Brief

By Editor | September 20, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Patrick Fahey, an owner of the Main Street Inn and Ste. Genevieve Antique Mall, was sworn in as the new Ward 1 alderman at the start of last Thursday’s Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen meeting. Fahey will finish the term of Gary Smith, who resigned this summer. He will…

Aldermen Opt Not To Clean Out Ditch

By Editor | September 20, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD After some discussion during a work session last Thursday, the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen opted not to clean out a drainage ditch behind 744 Rozier Street, as a resident had requested. Duke Bleckler of 744 Rozier had complained that the stormwater swale behind his house that runs toward…

Commissioners Put Foot Down On Cable Issue

By Editor | September 13, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Charter Spectrum personnel and one subcontractor came in to hash some things out with the Ste. Genevieve County Commission last Thursday. The situation dates back more than a year, to when Spectrum began hiring subcontractors to lay cable in Ste. Genevieve County and neighboring counties. Some of the subcontractors…

Oktoberfest Will Be In Smaller Area This Weekend

By Editor | September 13, 2023

From Staff Reports Ste. Genevieve’s annual Oktobertfest, this Saturday and Sunday, will celebrate the old French town’s strongly German heritage. Music, food, games, and of course beer will be on tap, along with other fun. According to event coordinator Kara Burt, it will be “more compacted,” to the area around Audubon’s and Silvanus on Merchant…

Input Sought For 2024 Eclipse

By Editor | September 13, 2023

For the second time in seven years, Ste. Genevieve will be in the center of a total solar eclipse next spring. The eclipse will take place April 8, with Ste. Genevieve County appearing to be right in the center of the band. A group from the city, county and Chamber of Commerce has started meeting…

Wildlife Refuge Plan Approved

By Editor | September 13, 2023

Staff Reports Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Martha Williams has accepted the Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge Final Land Protection Plan. “Local residents, elected officials, and fish and wildlife representatives have been working on our portion of the plan for over five years with much of the emphasis the last three years getting…

Commissioners Receive Good Fair Report: 18,000+ Came

By Editor | September 13, 2023

By Mark Evans STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD David Bova of the Ste. Genevieve County Fair Board reported to the county commission last Thursday that the 2023 fair saw more than 18,000 people come through the gate The financial figures came out good, as well. Bova noted that while the board isn’t there to make a profit,…

Deteriorated Sidewalk Sparks Discussion

By Editor | September 6, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD How to address the crumbling sidewalk in front of Tri-County Feed & Fertilizer at 250 S. Fourth Street was one of the main focuses of the Aug. 25 Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen work session. The city has insisted property owners across the city repair or replace damaged sidewalks,…

Traffic Accidents

By Editor | September 6, 2023

Pedestrian Hit In Bloomsdale Mary J. Hahn, 70 of Ste. Genevieve, suffered serious injuries after being struck by a car in Bloomsdale last Thursday, while taking part in the Highway 61 Yard Sale. Hahn was crossing Highway 61 in Bloomsdale at 4:38 p.m., on Aug. 31, when she was struck by a 2019 Ford F-250, driven…

Commissioners Concerned About Ozora Gas Station Closing

By Editor | September 6, 2023

By Michael Boyd Jr. STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD The Ste. Genevieve County Commissioners last Thursday morning discussed the sudden closing of the last gas station at the Ozora Truck Stop, a major financial resource for the county. The Exxon gas station is “temporarily closed” as of the week of Aug. 21, according to a printed sign…

Resident Requests City Clean Out Drainage Ditch

By Editor | September 6, 2023

By Mark Evans STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Storm water issues were again a topic of concern when the Sate. Genevieve Board of Aldermen held a work session following the Aug. 24 meeting. Duke Bleckler of 744 Rozier has complained that the stormwater swale behind his house that runs toward Valle Springs Park has silted in and…

The Heat Is On

By Editor | September 1, 2023

By Michael Boyd Jr. Ste. Genevieve herald The rainstorms over the weekend finally gave everyone in the region a much-needed break from the 90-plus degree temperatures last week. The heat reached over 100 degrees here at some points of the week, but even when the temperatures were in the low 90s, the heat index was…

How To Keep A Tourism Director

By Editor | September 1, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Not surprisingly, the topic of hiring a new tourism director came up at the Aug. 22 joint tourism meeting. While filing the position was not on the agenda for the combined Tourism Tax Commission-Tourism Advisory Council meeting at the temporary city hall, it became a topic of discussion once…

Ambulance District Sets Tax Rate

By Editor | September 1, 2023

From staff reports During their Aug. 21 meeting the Ste. Genevieve Ambulance District Board held its annual tax hearing. The board opted to approve another voluntary rollback to .0525, rather than the allowable .9542 rate. During the actual meeting, executive director Kendall Shrum reported that he is looking at possibly purchasing Elk Lifts, which is…

Aldermen Discus Notification System; Set Tax Rate

By Editor | September 1, 2023

By Mark Evans STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Although Steve Wilson, local manager for Alliance Water Resources, was unable to attend last Thursday night’s Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen meeting to give his regular report, the subject of water did come up. When the time for Wilson’s report came up, Ward 2 Alderman Bob Donovan said he…

County Road Crews Able To Get Back To ‘Normal Things’ Again

By Editor | September 1, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Scott Schmieder, county road and bridge foreman reported that cleanup/repair work from recent storm damage to roads was nearly done, during last Thursday’s county commission meeting. Schmieder said his crews were “getting things back together,” and should soon be able to get back “to normal things.” That includes digging…

Tourism Director To Be Sought

By Editor | August 16, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD After a lengthy discussion, the Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen seemed to reach a consensus during a Thursday night work session that another tourism director should be hired. The work session, following last Thursday evening’s regular board meeting, saw the idea considered of farming out marketing decisions to a…

SGPD Reports Drug Bust, Burglary/Stabbing

By Editor | August 16, 2023

From staff reports Less than four hours after finding Fentanyl and methamphetamine during a 1 a.m. traffic stop, the Ste. Genevieve Police Department responded to an assault and armed home invasion call. On the morning of Aug. 9, at approximately 1 a.m., Ste. Genevieve City Police Department stopped a vehicle for displaying invalid license plate.…

Jour de Fete ‘23

By Editor | August 16, 2023

Good crowds took advantage of milder than usual weather for the 65th Jour de Fete festival over the weekend. With temperatures barely hitting 90 degrees and cloud cover most of the weekend, visitors enjoyed shopping, visiting and listening to live music, in addition to eating and drinking. Meanwhile, the French LeClere and German Wehner families…

Gannon Engaged In Abortion Debate During Town Hall

By Editor | August 16, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD A spirited debate between State Senator Elaine Gannon and an unidentified abortion “abolitionist” over bills relating to abortion highlighted a two-hour town hall meeting on Aug. 9. County commissioners and elected state officials outlined accomplishments and goals and took several questions during the event, at the Progress Sports Complex…

Officials Answer Questions During Town Hall Event

By Editor | August 16, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD County Commissioners gave overviews of duties and accomplishments, while State Senator Elaine Gannon and District 145 State Representative Rick Francis went over bills that have gone through the state legislature during a town hall forum Aug. 9. The two- hour event at Progress Sports Complex also included a question…

Walking Trail Will Require An Environmental Survey

By Editor | August 16, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Ste. Genevieve City Administrator Happy Welch reported that an issue has come up in putting in a walking trail along St. Mary’s Road. Welch during last Thursday night’s board of aldermen meeting, said that the Missouri Department of Transportation is requiring an environmental survey be done, covering an area…

Picnic Aids Local Food Bank

By Editor | August 10, 2023

The annual Holy Cross Lutheran Church picnic will collect items for the local food bank. The picnic will be  Sept. 24 in the Outreach Center (formerly Wood Funeral Home) parking lot. Things will begin with a 10 a.m. outdoor worship service. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the food bank. Tabitha,…

County Road Crew Busy Dealing With Storm Damage

By Editor | August 9, 2023

By MARK EVANS STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD Some heavy storm damage was reported in the western end of the county from storms that ripped through the area mid-week last week. Presiding Commissioner Randy Ruzicka reported that road and bridge crew personnel had been at work since about 3 a.m., last Thursday, clearing off roads. Downed trees,…