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Sports complex plans moving ahead

The Fredericktown City Council received an update on the sports complex project during its regular meeting Monday at city hall.

City Engineer Tim Baer gave the council the update, including a possible timeline. He said the final plans are not completed yet but that they are getting close.

The projected timeline is to have final plans by Jan. 26 with a bid date of Feb. 21 in order for the board to approve a bid at the Feb. 26 city council meeting. 

Baer said this timeline would have the work beginning sometime in March and a completion date in the fall, allowing the sod enough time take to the ground so it can be played on in spring of 2019.

"We are still collecting information to make certain some of the dirt work is done correctly," Baer said. "We will be ready to put the bids out in a couple of weeks."

During the work session, the council discussed the bridge closure on City Lake Road.

"The bridge is closed," Interim City Administrator James Settle said. "Inspectors came two weeks ago and they came back and said to close it."

"We need to get it fixed when we can find the funds," Alderman Rick Polete said. "Citizens use it more than we think. I think we need to pursue it."

Ward I Alderman Harold Thomas said most of this stuff takes two years, so they might as well get started right away.

The board decided Settle and Baer will look into options for repairing what is there and start the process.

The council approved a request by the water department to purchase two raw water intake pumps from Brotcke Well & Pump. The alderman also reviewed and approved changes to the personnel flow chart.

The Fredericktown Fire Department made a request to resubmit a grant proposal for a new ladder truck and burn props. The current fire truck is 21 years old. The council approved the request. The board also approved sending two Fredericktown firefighters to the annual Winter Fire School Feb. 2-4, in Columbia.

During closed session, two personnel matters were discussed. The board voted to hire James Settle as the interim city administrator on a trial basis and hold off on interviewing anyone else for the time being. There was no vote on the second matter. The board then reconvened for its regular meeting. 

In regular business, City Attorney Mary Boner read two ordinances. The first authorized the mayor to execute an agreement between the City of Fredericktown, Leon Basler, and Town and Country Grocers relative to the lease of a hangar at the Fredericktown Regional Airport.

The second allows the city clerk to execute agreements between the City of Fredericktown and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission via their new electronic system. The ordinances passed.

The board approved a resolution appointing the city administrator as director and Thomas as alternate director to the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission.

The board referred a request to rezone 301 Lincoln Dr. from R-2 to C-2 to the Planning & Zoning Commission for a recommendation.

A resolution to declare a laundromat and its contents, owned by the city, as surplus equipment and property was approved by the board. Boner said this was the first step to selling the contents and properties. The council members agreed it would cost more to repair the property than it makes in a year. Polete said it is the definition of a money pit.

Area wineries offer 'Souper' event

For those looking to warm up while getting out and about, an event is planned this weekend at area wineries, pairing hot food with good wine.

Six wineries on the Route du Vin Ste. Genevieve Wine Trail will be participating in a “Souper Wine Weekend” this Saturday.

Laura Oliver of Cave Vineyards said with the purchase of one ticket, guests will receive a cup of soup and a wine tasting at each winery, in addition to discounts on wine for the day.

“Guests can purchase tickets online or they can purchase tickets at any of the wineries,” she said. “With the purchase of a ticket, they receive a little cup of soup at each place as well as a two-ounce wine pour that each winery has paired with the soup. And they also receive complimentary discounts on wine tastings that day.”

Oliver said the Route du Vin has been holding cooperative events with the wineries in the Ste. Genevieve area for about 10 years. The Souper Wine Weekend has been held before, was switched out for a different January event last year, but is back again by popular demand.

Participating wineries include Cave Vineyard, Charleville Vineyard, Sainte Genevieve Winery, Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery, Chaumette Winery and Sand Creek Winery. Each location has selected specific wine and soup pairings for the day, with a full list available online.

The idea of the event, according to Oliver, is to bring people out to see what the wineries have to offer and to encourage them to come back again and again.

“We really want to just expose folks to the wineries here in Ste. Genevieve,” she said. “It’s a good way to have them see all six of us in one day in short, little visits. They get to taste all the wine and get a food pairing with it. Our hope is that they come back when the weather is nicer, so they can picnic and spend more time.”

According to Chaumette Vineyards & Winery Director of Marketing Taylor Bartley, it is indeed important to bring locals out to the areas wineries while also making a name for the area as a certified wine country.

“There’s quite a few wine trails in Missouri, like Augusta, in the Defiance area and Hermann," Bartley said. "We really want to solidify Ste. Genevieve as a great place to go for wineries. It’s not just one or two wineries — we have a significant amount of wineries out here with great wine. So a little bit of it is awareness.

"We want to support each other, so it’s a way for people to get a taste of every single winery, and then hopefully they come back at a later time and visit us all again.”

Tickets are available for $32 plus fees.

For more information or to order tickets, visit or contact any of the six participating locations.



Leadington VFW Post hosts Bingo every Wednesday, doors open at 3 p.m. and Bingo starts at 6 p.m.

Mineral Area Woodcarvers

The Mineral Area Woodcarvers meet 5:30-7 p.m. each Thursday at the Farmington Senior Center. All skill levels are welcome.

Al-Anon Meeting

The meetings are held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Farmington. Park in the rear of the building and enter through the glass door.

K of C Monthly Dinner

The Bonne Terre Knights of Columbus Council #1088 holds its monthly chicken and dumpling dinner from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for donation to the Bonne Terre Food Pantry.

St. Francois County Democrat Club

St. Francois County Democrats meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

Veterans Assistance

VFW, DAV and American Legion Service Officers will be available from 9 a.m. until noon each Wednesday morning at American Legion Post #416 in Farmington to assist veterans and their families regarding VA claims.

American Legion Meets

American Legion Post 416 in Farmington meets 7 p.m. on the 1st Monday of each month and holds their dinner meeting 6 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of each month.


Sayer Center, 109 Lawrence St. in Potosi, hosts a dance 6:30-9:30 p.m. each Saturday night featuring local country music artists and groups. Admission is $6, this is a smoke free and alcohol free event.

Eagles Aerie Bingo

Bonne Terre Eagles Aerie #4210 will host Bingo each Tuesday and Friday evening. Doors open at 4 p.m. and speedball starts at 6 p.m.

Eagles Auxiliary Bingo

Bonne Terre Eagles Auxiliary #4210 will host Bingo each Sunday. Doors open at 11 a.m. and speedball starts at 1 p.m.

Women’s Shooting Club

The women's shooting club meets 6-7 p.m. the 2nd Monday of each month at Ozark Thunder Indoor Gun Range, 5157 Flat River Rd, in Farmington. Women over age 21 are welcome. For info call 573-518-0500.

American Legion Dance

American Legion in Farmington will host a dance from 6-9 p.m. each Friday evening. Admission is $5, this is a smoke free and alcohol free event.

Elks Bingo

Mineral Area Community Elks Lodge 2583 in Desloge will host Bingo each Tuesday afternoon. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., speedball starts at 6 p.m.

Fish Fry

Farmington VFW Post 5896 will hold a Fish Fry (with a weekly special) 5-7 p.m. Fridays (except on Fridays that fall during a holiday week). Call 573-756-8852.

Diabetic Education Classes

Parkland Health Mart hosts diabetic education classes 1 p.m. on the 1st Thursday of each month at Midwest Health Group in Farmington; 1 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Iron County Hospital; and 10 a.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the boardroom at Madison County Medical Urgent Care. For Info For info email

Grief Support And Loss Group

New Beginnings will host a grief and loss support group 10-11:30 every Wednesday in the conference room at Belgrade State Bank, 414 N. State St. in Desloge.

Adult Coloring Night

Bonne Terre Memorial Library will host an adult coloring night 5-6 p.m. every Wednesday.

Diabetes Self-Management Classes

Parkland Health Center hosts a diabetes self-management class 1-3 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Farmington Public Library. The class is free of charge and open to all ages. Reservations are not required. For info visit or call 573-760-8396.

Irondale Lodge Meets

Irondale Lodge #143 will meet every 1st and 3rd Saturday each month at 7 p.m., meal both days at 6:30 p.m. All Master Masons are welcome.

Samaritan Lodge Meets

Samaritan Lodge 424 AF&AM in Bonne Terre, meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m., Dinner meeting 3RD Thursday only, meal at 6:30 p.m. and meeting at 7:30 p.m. All Master Masons welcome.

Movie Night

Bonne Terre Memorial Library will host movie night 6-8 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. For info call 573-358-2260.

Elvins Ionic Lodge Meets

Elvins Ionic Lodge 154 AF&AM in Desloge meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Meal, both days at 6:30 p.m. and meeting at 7:30 p.m. All Master Masons welcome.

National Guard Coffee Break

Former members of the Farmington and Fredericktown National Guard units meet 8 a.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at The Dixie Café, 131 N. Front St. in Park Hills (Old Elvins). All retirees and former members are welcome.

American Legion Bonne Terre Meets

American Legion Post 83 in Bonne Terre meets 5:30 p.m. the 1st Friday of every month.

DAR Meets

The Sarah Barton Murphy chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meet 9a.m. every Saturday at the American Legion Post, 1604 W. Columbia in Farmington.


The Desloge Public Library will host storytime 10:30-11 a.m. on the first Friday of each month. The program is for children ages birth through 5 years and their parents or caregivers.

TOPS Meets

TOPS of Farmington meets every Monday except holidays at the Nazarene Church, 501 N. Middle Street in Farmington. Weigh in at 5 p.m., meeting starts at 5:45 p.m.

Leadwood Lodge Meets

Leadwood Lodge #598 meets the 2nd Saturday of each month. Meet at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7:30 p.m. All Master Masons are welcome.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Open meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous are held noon-1 p.m. each Tuesday and Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 Taylor Avenue in Park Hills. For info call 573-482-4120.

Childbirth Class

Parkland Health Center offers a childbirth class from 5-7 p.m. the 2nd Thursday of each month. The class is free of charge and open to any expectant parents. Registration is suggested, for info or reservations call 573-760-8500 or visit

Breastfeeding Class

Parkland Health Center offers a breastfeeding class from 5-7 p.m. the 1st Thursday of each month. The class is free of charge and open to any new or expectant mothers. Registration is suggested, for info or reservations call 573-760-8500 or visit