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Pulaski County Daily News

911 offers cost savings to St. Robert
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (March 8, 2019) — Ongoing litigation with the City of Saint Robert, Missouri sent the Pulaski Couny 911 Board into closed session Friday morning, but didn't prevent members from explaining the terms of a proposal 911 will offer to the city to reduce the city's costs. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

County boiler repair expected to run $60,000
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (March 7, 2019) — During a mostly quiet county commission meeting in Thursday, commissioners agreed to send out bids for the courthouse boiler system. "We've got three of them," said Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk. "One's running, one's done for, and we're using it for parts to keep the one running." Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina


(Photo by Joseph Gerber) Hazmat teams responded to a rollover wreck near Hazelgreen on Thursday.
Icy roads wreck many vehicles Thursday, but only two hurt
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (March 2, 2019) — Snow-slicked roadways on Thursday led to numerous crashes including a hazardous material incident on I-44 near Hazelgreen, but only two of the county’s many wrecks resulted in injuries, including Steven T. Gutierrez, 53, of Waynesville, and Brianna M. Kennedy, 19 of St. Robert, in unrelated wrecks. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Waynesville and Crocker schools still open, most others closed Friday
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (March 1, 2019) — Four area school districts in Laquey, Richland, Plato and Dixon had already announced closures Thursday night for today, Friday March 1, but the Waynesville R-VI School District and Crocker R-II School District are still having classes. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...

Waynesville man's car totaled in Friday morning rollover
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (March 1, 2019) — An early morning rollover wreck across the Phelps County line totaled the car of Jeramy M. Combs, 22, of Waynesville, and hospitalized him with moderate injuries, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Obituaries

Travis Alexander Campbell (6/24/1983-2/28/2019), 35, of Waynesville
(March 8, 2019) — Travis Alexander Campbell, 35, of Waynesville, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 in his home. Private family services will be held at a later date and arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert.  Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Waynesville Memorial Chapel

Bruce Rowden (10/3/1965-3/3/2019), 53, of Vienna
(March 7, 2019) — Gary Bruce Rowden, of Vienna, was born on October 3, 1965, at Waynesville, a son of Herbert Vance and Eugenia Marie "Jane" (Veasman) Rowden, and departed this life at 11:30 a.m., on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at his residence. He had attained the age of 53 years and 5 months. Visitation for Mr. Bruce Rowden will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, March 7, in the Holy Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 37515 Highway N, Brinktown, Missouri 65443, with his memorial prayer service following at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Matthew Flatley officiating, under the direction of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home in Vienna. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home

Betty Carver Penland (4/21/1931-3/3/2019), 87, of Crocker
(March 6, 2019) — Betty Jean Carver Penland, of Crocker, was born on April 21, 1931, at Labadie, a daughter of Melvon and Lena (Bates) Carver and departed this life at 8:30 a.m., Sunday morning, March 3, 2019 at her residence, at the age of 87 years, 10 months and 10 days. A private family memorial and interment service will be held at a later date under the direction of the Long-Kloeppel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Crocker.  Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Long-Kloeppel Funeral Home

Janis Page Chaffee (8/1/1969-3/2/2019), 49, of Waynesville
(March 6, 2019) — Janis Page Chaffee, 49, of Waynesville, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019 in the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, March 11, in the First Christian Church of Waynesville. Burial with military honors will follow in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery of Waynesville. Arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Waynesville Memorial Chapel

Rev. Howard Troy Wymer (8/2/1927-3/2/2019), 91, of Buffalo
(March 6, 2019) — (March 6, 2019) — Howard Troy Wymer went to be with his Lord on Saturday, March 2, 2019. He was born in rural Crawford County, MO on August 2, 1927 to Elsie Gormley Wymer and Robert Troy Wymer; survivors include daughter Lisa York and her husband Troy of Richland Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, at the Cantlon Otterness & Viets Chapel of Buffalo with Rev. Tony Mattia officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Funeral Home. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Cantlon Otterness & Viets Chapel

Terry Ward York (4/26/1947-3/5/2019), 71, of Dixon
(March 6, 2019) — Terry Ward York, of Dixon, was born on April 26, 1947, at Dixon, a son of Ward Ancil and Mary Ellen (Evans) York and departed this life at 5:10 a.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in the Mercy Springfield following a brief illness. Mr. York had attained the age of 71 years, 10 months and 7 days. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Long-Kloeppel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Dixon, and on Friday, March 08, 2019, from 10 to 11 a.m with the funeral service following at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Long-Kloeppel Funeral Home

Mary Jo Hale (10/5/1946-3/2/2019), 72, of Devils Elbow
(March 5, 2019) — Mary Jo Hale, 72, of Devil’s Elbow, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019 in the Select Specialty Hospital of St. Louis. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Waynesville Memorial Chapel

Robert Harold Yount Sr. (8/26/1936-3/3/2019), 82, of Laquey
(March 5, 2019) — Robert Harold Yount, Sr., son of the late Medford Sylvester and Mildred D. (Johnson) Yount, was born at home on August 26, 1936 in St. Louis County, Missouri. He passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019 in the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics of Columbia, Missouri having attained the age of 82 years. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Sunset Memorial Estates Cemetery of Waynesville with Pastor Danny Graves officiating. Serving as escorts were family and friends. Services are under the direction of Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Waynesville Memorial Chapel

Julius "JJ" Williams (1/5/1932-3/1/2019), 87, of Waynesville
(March 4, 2019) — Julius “JJ” Williams, 87, of Waynesville, passed away Friday, March 1, in the Landmark Hospital of Columbia. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memorial Estates Cemetery of Waynesville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert.  Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Waynesville Memorial Chapel

Willis Edward Smith (9/18/1982-3/1/2019), 36, of Rolla
(March 2, 2019) — Willis Edward Smith, 36, of Rolla, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019 in his home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville / St. Robert. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service at in the funeral home.  Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Waynesville Memorial Chapel

Editorials and Opinion

Our Missouri senator is also youngest in his chamber, but shares nothing else with Ocasio-Cortez
(March 2, 2019) — While the youngest member of the US House, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was getting tons of criticism for her comments even before she took office, the youngest member of the US Senate stayed largely under the radar, at least until last week. Senator Josh Hawley — yes, the senator from our own state of Missouri who had been elected just two years earlier as Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley — was best-known before his campaigns for office as the lawyer who successfully defended the Hobby Lobby lawsuit in which the US Supreme Court carved out a very narrow legal precedent recognizing that closely-held corporations whose stock is not traded publicly but held by a small group of owners, most of which are small family corporations but a few of which have grown to the size of Hobby Lobby, can exercise the religious values of their owners as an extension of the freedom of religion their owners have as individuals. With that background, it should surprise nobody that Hawley is raising concerns about Neomi Rao, who President Donald J. Trump has nominated to succeed Brett Kavanaugh on the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Jorge Ramos met a real dictator, and realized Maduro is far worse than Trump
(March 1, 2019) — Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and his spats with President Donald J. Trump are well-known. In fact, the animosity between Ramos and Donald J. Trump is probably a big part of why Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro agreed to sit down with Ramos for an interview. From articles by Elizabeth Vaughn and Brad Slager in RedState, it looks like Ramos learned an important lesson about what real dictatorship looks like -- and it's not Trump. Quoting Ramos in an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News: "The experiment in Venezuela has failed completely and you know something, I really appreciate the freedom and the liberties that we have here in the United States. You know that I have my differences with President Trump, but this is the difference. You can criticize the president of the United States and I can go home and nothing happens to me. But, if I criticize the dictator of Venezuela, they confiscate my cameras, they take my interviews, they detain me and then they expel me from the country. Those are two big, big differences." Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Racism has no place in the military
(March 1, 2019) — I'm well aware that many of those who point out incidents of racist organizations in the military have an agenda that's not supportive of the Armed Forces. Incidents such as the recently-caught Coast Guard lieutenant planning attacks while using his work computer are, fortunately, very rare. However, even if it's true that the number of servicemembers belonging to racist organizations is larger than reported because most servicemembers who are members of racist organizations hide their affiliations -- and that probably is true -- it is also true that even a small number of such people can create major problems. A racist boss can create problems for minority employees, but they're free to leave. A racist NCO creates far more problems for minority servicemembers who don't have a choice about their duty station or the unit to which they are assigned. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Darrell Todd Maurina

Area Voices

Sen. Brown: Legislating all night long
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 1, 2019) — As a freshman legislator, I see and experience new things almost every day I’m in Jefferson City. This week, I witnessed my first protracted filibuster. The Missouri Senate went into session at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon and did not gavel out again until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Anyone who thought they had finished pulling all-nighters when they left college has not been a member of the General Assembly. During a filibuster, legislators opposed to a particular piece of legislation start talking and they don’t stop. Sometimes, the intent is to talk the bill to death. By maintaining control of the debate, senators can ensure that a bill does not get a vote. Other times, it’s a stalling tactic to allow negotiations to take place off the floor. That’s what happened this week in the Missouri Senate. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
State Sen. Justin Brown

Chamber and Business Announcements

Prosecutor's Report for Feb. 1, 2019
(February 1, 2019) — Prosecutor Kevin Hillman announced Friday that the following people were charged with crimes in recent weeks by the Pulaski County Prosecutors Office. As required by state law for prosecutors and law enforcement agencies in such announcements, "the Prosecutor’s Office reminds everyone that these charges are merely an accusation and these individuals remain innocent until proven guilty."  Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney


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