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Regional Roundup

Here’s a look at what’s happening around the region:

Madison County

Azalea Festival kicks off with pageantry

The Fredericktown Azalea Festival got under way Thursday with the Little Prince and Princess Pageant. The carnival opened Friday night along with the Azalea Queen Pageant.

Today’s events began at 6:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and the Fun Run at 7 a.m.

The arts and crafts, games and activities go on throughout today and end with live entertainment from 7-10 p.m. at the festival grounds main stage.

On Sunday at 8 a.m. the church service will begin and the arts and crafts will open at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. and wind its way through town. The weekend’s festivities will end at 6 p.m.

Local business owners retire

Bill and Xandra Sonderman have operated their business on the Court Square in Fredericktown since 1969. It started as a grocery and dry goods store and they have enlarged it to include propane gas delivery service, a freight company and a Radio Shack Franchise.

The business itself has been in the family since 1919.

The Sondermans have decided to retire and said, “After three generations, and our 36 years, of serving the community, we find ourselves in a position to make a very difficult decision and one we have not taken lightly. We have decided to retire.”

Washington County

Firefighters, Lions Club put on demolition derby

Ladies will get a powder puff race this year at the annual Spring Demolition Derby 7 p.m. May 14 at the Potosi Lions Club Fairgrounds.

The powder puff event is new this year, and it is in addition to the regular competition.

Admission to the event is $5 per person with children under 10 free. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Entry fee for pre-registered car and drivers is $20. Tickets are $30 at the event. Pit passes are $8.

First place gets 50 percent of a 60/40 split, second 30 percent and third 20 percent. Proceeds will benefit the Potosi Fire and Rescue fund.

Registration forms available at Potosi Fire Protection District House #1, at the corner of Hall and Jefferson streets. Forms must be turned in by May 13.

For information, call 573-438-5465.

Public meeting set to discuss mining areas

A community meeting has been set for 6-8 p.m. May 16 to discuss lead and barite mining activities in Washington County.

The meeting is open to the public and will be at the Trojan Intermediate School Gymnasium in Potosi.

A second meeting to present the same information will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 17 at the Kingson K-14 School Cafeteria/Multipurpose Room.

For additional information, call 1-800-361-4827 or 573-751-9430. Hearing and speech-impaired persons may call through Relay Missouri at 1-800-735-2966.

Iron County

Electrical fire stars near chemicals stored at concrete plant

Firefighters were dispatched to a small fire at Politte Ready Mix on Highway 21 in Arcadia last week.

The damage was mostly contained to the roof area and southeast corner of the building. The fire was believed to be electrical in nature.

The building contained sodium chloride which was moved away from the flames to prevent the release of toxic gas which could have been fatal to humans.

Chamber declares April 30 Denise Mayfield Day

The Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce has proclaimed April 30 as Denise Mayfield Day.

Mayfield, who was very active in the community, died March 20.

The day will also be the Valley Wide Cleanup Day. It is being held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week.

Aldermen approve continued work on flood protection

The City of Ste. Genevieve Board of Aldermen have given preliminary authorization for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to continue designing flood mitigation projects along the North and South Gabouri creeks.

The approval was given during a meeting on April 28. Officials said the Corps asked for $310,000 under the new agreement for continued study and design work. The $310,000 represents the 25 percent local share that is required for the $1,240,000 estimated total cost of the rest of the study/ design process.

The town’s creeks are the third and fourth phase of the city’s major flood protection project.

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