Missouri State Parks designates new wild area

The 1,168-acre Elk River Hills Wild Area in Big Sugar Creek State Park in McDonald County is the Missouri State Park system’s 12th wild area and the first wild area designated since 1995. “The Elk River Hills Wild Area possesses primeval character in its wilderness condition and inherent integrity,” said Sara Parker Pauley, director of… Read More »

Students enjoying new 3D printers

Two seniors at the Seneca Learning Center (SLC) passed the HiSET exam in January and February. Josh Hulsey and Bailey Farmer will be graduating under the Missouri Options program for passing this exam. “The HiSET exam consists of five categories including reading, writing, social studies, math, and science,” said John Wyrick, SLC principal. Students who… Read More »

Public invited to get tree planting tips at MDC workshops

Trees are planted for many reasons, including aesthetics, wildlife habitat, shade, energy conservation, erosion reduction, and in remembrance of an event or person. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds landowners that when adding trees, planning should come before planting. To help people learn about planning and planting processes, MDC will hold three free tree… Read More »

‘Bathroom bill’ would require users to follow biological sex

Mazy Gilleylen just wants to be treated like any other 11-year-old girl. She wants to keep using the girls’ restroom, as she’s been doing for the past four years. Senate Bill 98 would put an end to that routine. It would require her and other transgender students to use the bathroom that aligns with their… Read More »

Attendance at Missouri Caves Surge

Beneath Missouri, there are approximately 7,000 known caves. Each year more caves are discovered in the state.  No wonder Missouri is known as “The Cave State.” Of the thousands of caves in Missouri, around 20 are open for visitation. These natural attractions, called show caves, tourist caves or commercial caves, allow visitors an opportunity to… Read More »

SWMO preparing for wintry weather

In addition to cold temperatures and snow and ice, winter brings dangerous driving conditions and the potential for damaging and deadly storms. Severe winter storms can be extremely dangerous. Transportation can come to a standstill and electricity can be out for days, often with very cold temperatures. Making preparations in advance of a storm can… Read More »

SHS names homecoming royalty

Seneca High School will celebrate its 2017 Wrestling Homecoming on Thursday, Jan. 19, when the Indians will take on the Monett Cubs at the SHS gym. Coronation of the homecoming queen will be at about 6:30 p.m., give or take a few minutes, in the gym. Homecoming queen candidates are: Marissa Beale • Age: 18.… Read More »

Stella plans eagle viewing

The best place to see eagles in Newton County is Stella, and the tiny community is planning its 8th Annual Stella Eagle Day on Saturday, Jan. 28, with lots of activities and events from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Eagles can be seen throughout the community, from downtown at the post office to the elementary/junior high school… Read More »

Can you visit all 88 Missouri state parks by October?

Missouri State Parks is celebrating 100 years in 2017. The park system offers prairies, battlefields, covered bridges, ancient Indian villages, forested hills and valleys with caves and springs, streams with trout, lakes with bass and the homes of honored artists, pioneers, soldiers and statesmen.   The park system was officially established on April 9, 1917.… Read More »

Hawk’s eyes nearly the size of a human’s

If you’re looking for something new for your family to do during lengthy car trips this winter, try this: Ask each family member to guess the number of hawks that’ll be seen between the point of departure and your destination. Besides keeping young minds occupied as they look for hawks in the trees along the… Read More »

Saluting Sgt. James Monroe Finn

Cemeteries are sometimes called “silent cities.” That’s a little morbid perhaps, but it expresses the idea that every cold stone there represents a life. Every stone represents a story. Although death was the ultimate ending of all of those stories, some are more tragic than others. I could relate a great many such tales here,… Read More »