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Washington County

Health department warns whooping cough on rise

Four more cases of pertussis whooping cough have been diagnosed, county health department officials say, bringing the total number to eight recent cases. Ages ranged from 11 months to early 40s.

Judy Wright, director of the Washington County Health Department, is urging parents to check their children’s immunizations and make sure they are up-to-date.

A child should have at least four shots of the pertussis vaccine before age 7. The vaccine is only given to those under age 7.

Pertussis, a highly contagious disease spread through the air by coughing, begins with flu-like symptoms that include fever, sneezing, runny nose and mild coughing. It is often characterized by coughing fits that become much worse over a period of one to two weeks and a “whooping” sound as the victim tries to catch a breath. Not everyone develops the whoop, however, and there is often no fever during this period of the disease. The cough is usually worse at night, and cough medicines aren’t usually much help.

Pertussis is treated with antibiotics. Every dose must be taken to ensure the illness is cured. Victims should avoid contact with others.

Those who have been exposed to the disease should also be given antibiotics, to prevent the illness.

High school gets new entrance

When students go back to school in the fall, there will be a new entrance into the Potosi R-3 High School.

Brockmiller Construction of Farmington is building a new entrance area onto the school that will include a lobby, commons area, new concession area, office, conference room and a relocated drafting room. The plan, designed by architects at Hoener Associates, Inc., will do away with the study hall that was located in the old building and six parking places.

The new entry will face Trojan Drive.

Ross breathes life into Missouri’s pioneer history

The wives of the frontier will come to life as Donna Ross performs at the Long Banta House at 2 p.m. during the Moses Austin Heritage Festival.

Ross brings to life the early struggles of the pioneer women who tamed the west with hard work and wit. The performance includes a portrayal of Marguerite Susanne De Reilhe McNair, first First Lady of Missouri.

The performance was made possible by the Mine Au Breton Historical Society and the Missouri Humanities Council.

Ste. Genevieve County

License office opens June 20

Joe Rozier has acquired the contract for operating the Ste. Genevieve Department of Motor Vehicles license Office. It will reopen June 20 at 207 Plaza Drive, Suite B, in the Plaza Shopping Center.

The office will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Rozier agreed to operate the office and said he would donate the profits from the office to two organizations, the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District Foundation and the Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce.

French Heritage Festival

Ste. Genevieve will hold its annual French Heritage Festival this weekend. The event began Friday evening with a “Déjá vu Spirit Reunion” at the Memorial Cemetery where local actors will portray historic figures buried in the graveyard. The performance will be repeated at 1:30 p.m. today. There is a $5 admission charge and proceeds go to the cemetery restoration fund.

The Grand Promenade kicks off the festivities at 11 a.m. today. Other activities include visits to historic gardens and houses, eating Cajun food and music by the Peacock Family, Paula and Bruce Dustman, Les Petis Chanteurs and entertainers.

The Ste. Genevieve French Militia will set up camp off Front Street near the South Gabouri Creek at 4:30 p.m. and will demonstrate Colonial crafts and trades.

Ending the festivities Saturday evening, there will be a wine garden at the corner of Main and Merchant and a street dance. At 11 p.m. the French fiddler, Dennis Stroughmatt, will lead the “promenade du soir” through the historic district to the Catholic church.

On Sunday, the festival will move to Chaumette Winery where it will begin with a noon concert in the winery’s chapel. Activities will continue until 5 p.m.

Madison County

War Eagle Trail dedicated

The dedication ceremonies for “Old Abe”, the War Eagle and the official opening of the War Eagle Trail was held last weekend in Fredericktown.

Along with the 101st Airborne Division Honor Guard were several dignitaries including Missouri House Speaker Rod Jettson who read a letter from First Lady Laura Bush. Jettson also presented Mayor Danny Kemp with a Preserve America sign to be displayed near the city limits.

Red Mule Documentaries Company, founded by Fredericktown native, Prof. Doug Underwood, was also on hand to film the dedication and opening of the trail.

Iron County

County Clerk resigns

Iron County Clerk Rodney Lashley has resigned.

County Commissioner Terry Nichols said Lashley didn’t speak to anyone about why he was resigning but he left a letter Monday stating that it was “in the interests of county government.”

Lashley was appointed to the position by Gov. Bob Holden when James Goggin retired in early 2004. He then ran against Independent candidate, Lisa Strange Yancey in the November election, winning by 600 votes.

The office will maintain itself until a governor appointment is made. Nichols said he has asked the governor’s office to expedite the process not only because of regular office business but because the county is closing on a loan for their new hospital.

July 4 plans under way

Plans are under way for the second-annual Firecracker Festival at the Fort Davidson State Historic Site.

The July 4 event is being organized by Our Town Tomorrow/Arcadia Valley Community Betterment. The festival will begin at noon with crafts and food booths and fireworks to start after dusk.

The fireworks display is being sponsored by the Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The information above was collected from various county newspapers.

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