Tire companies fighting mosquitos
With the threat of the West Nile Virus, Purcell Tire, National Tire, Bob’s Tires and Tire Bargains in conjunction with the help of Washington County Health Department and the city of Potosi have come up with a plan to treat their tires.
Health officials have warned that tires are a threat because mosquitos will breed in the standing water.
Proper chemical will be used to treat the tires at the tire companies.
Other mosquito control efforts around the city include spraying which will kill mosquito eggs before they hatch. The city is also looking into another program this summer which will kill the adult mosquitos.
Anyone with questions should contact Natasha Potter at the health department at 573-438-2164.
Relay for Life Golf Tournament
Washington County Relay For Life Golf Tournament has been scheduled for July 18 at Fourche Valley Golf Club, west of Potosi on Highway 8. Funds from the tournament will benefit the American Cancer Society.
The four-person Scramble Team will tee-off at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $240 per team or $60 individual which covers the round of golf and a cart. The Relay for Life team will be offering a special hole-in-one prize.
Entry deadline is July 11 or when the field is full. Contact Joyce Smith, 573-438-3555, Aona DeClue, 438-4104 or Sheila Hedgecorth, 438-5673 for questions.
Mail entries to Sheila Hedgecorth, Rt. 2, Box 436, Potosi. Make checks payable to Fourche Valley Golf Club and mail with sponsor’s name and four team members’ names.
Record donations, crowd for this year’s Relay for Life
With a record turnout and donations reaching nearly $70,000, this year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life was a huge success. Thirty three teams participated in the annual event, held at the Fredericktown High School track. In addition to the walk, specially themed baskets were given away to participants. Local Girl Scouts helped to serve food and the Boy Scouts cleaned up after the event. Donations collected at Relay for Life go to cancer research.
Residents urged to attend Route 72 meeting
The public is invited to attend two open house meetings sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation. The events, July 8 at Meadow Heights School Cafeteria on Highway 72 and July 10 at Madison County Senior Center on Spruce Street in Fredericktown, will allow members of the project team to speak with area residents about the possible improvements to Route 72. MoDOT project team members will discuss widening Route 72 and adding a paved shoulder to some areas. In addition, the group plans to discuss replacing Castor River and Cape Creek bridges in the county.
For information about the meetings, call (573) 472-5290 or 1-888-ASK-MODOT.
Citizens urged to cleanup property
In an effort to make the community more attractive to tourists, Ironton Mayor Tom Hamilton is asking citizens to cleanup their property.
Hamilton has asked residents to clear off weeds and grass along their portion of sidewalks and curbs.
In addition, if a residents feel their sidewalks need to be replaced, they should call city hall. If the resident will pay for the material, the city will replace the sidewalk.
The city is currently working to replace sidewalks and repair curbs along Main Street.
Relay for Life held this weekend
The Iron County Relay for Life was held Friday night and this morning at the Sports Complex.
The event was a 12-hour celebration for cancer survivors and a memorial for those who lost the battle against cancer. It is also a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society.
During the event, teams of 10 to 15 people took turns walking, jogging or running in support of the fight against cancer. The event began 7 p.m. Friday and ended 7 a.m. today.
Five tiger now in residence
Five Bengal tigers, owned by GREEN (Global Resources for Environmental Education and Nature), are now residing at Discovery Ridge, a research center conducted by the organization in cooperation with DePaul University. The tigers are caged in an acre of land, with plans to expand the area to five acres in the future.
Yet to be finished are living quarters people can rent which will overlook the tigers’ habitat. An open house is planned by Discovery Ridge owners Keith Kinkade and Judy McGee later this year.
Kaskaskia Island holds celebration
Kaskaskia Island will be the site of the 34th annual Independence Day celebration beginning at 12:30 p.m. July 4 at the Kaskaskia Bell State Historic Site. The event, free to the public, will feature reenactments of several historic events pertaining to the island’s history, along with patriotic music and performances.
People are asked to bring lawn chairs, and a $4 plate lunch is available at Immaculate Conception Church, which will be open for the event.