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Regional Roundup

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

Washington County

Free swimming at pool Sunday

There will be an open house to showcase the newly renovated pool at Washington State Park, located south of De Soto. A short ceremony at noon will mark the opening of the pool, after which swimming will be free and open to the public until 6 p.m.

Light refreshments and coupons for a complimentary treat at the concession stand will be provided. Members of the park staff will be on hand to discuss the operation of the pool and provide guest tours.

The new pool design includes a total renovation of the pool’s interior, water distribution and deck. New features include a zero entry accessible ramp, a shallow area for toddlers, and a spiral slide at the end of the pool.

The pool was originally constructed in 1968, and needed major renovation. The design consultant was Counsilman/Hunsaker and Associates of St. Louis. The contractor was Brockmiller Construction of Farmington. Total cost of the project was $655,000.

Washington State Park is located eight miles south of De Soto on Highway 21. In addition to the pool, the park features a campground, picnic areas, rental cabins, trails, canoe rentals and access to the Big River for water-related activities.

Car wash, yard sale and more at benefit for Eckhoff

Friends and family of Mike Eckhoff have organized a benefit to help him pay medical expenses. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Potosi VFW. Air Evac has been invited to the event and there will be a yard sale, car wash, dunking booth, snowcones and face painting at the event. T-shirts, a homemade quilt and more will be available.

School dates announced

The first day of full classes for the Potosi R-3 School District will be Aug. 18, officials have announced.

Other schools serving Washington County residents that will open the 18th include Valley R-6 and West County R-4.

Kingston K-14 will open for the 2005/2006 school year on Aug. 17.

Richwoods R-7 begins classes Aug. 15.

Madison County

Maps offer view of Missouri history

Mapping Missouri, an exhibit containing more than 100 examples of early cartography, is on display in Fredericktown the new Ozark Regional Library on South Main Street. The exhibit, which began July 13, will be displayed for one month.

The library is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, except for Tuesday when it is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There is no admission charge to see the exhibit, which has been loaned to the Foundation for Historic Preservation.

The exhibit includes maps made by Antoine Soulard from 1796-1806 on up to computer-generated census maps made in the year 2000. The exhibit explores the history of Missouri through maps.

The maps show how surveying and map-making were key to the settlement of modern-day Missouri. Historical maps can also play a key role in attempts to recreate places and events from the past.

Iron County Clerk

Annapolis to get early warning system

An early warning siren system will be installed in Annapolis next week.

City officials hope to install the warning system Wednesday at the Community Center.

It is being funded through a USDA grant.

Owens to replace Lashley as county clerk

Norma Owens will be sworn in as the new Iron County Clerk Aug. 1.

The governor announced the appointment last week. Owens replaces Rodney Lashley, a Democrat, who resigned in June without an explanation.

Owens said she is looking forward to the challenge and is meeting with other county clerks.

Ste. Genevieve

Custom Industries builds new plant

Custom Industries has announced it plans to build a new production plant in the City of Ste. Genevieve. The site is located on 15-20 acres inside the city’s industrial park. Custom Industries is located in the Pointe Basse area of the city.

Custom Industries employs 55 employees at the Ste. Genevieve site. Plans for the new site are expected to be finalized in November or December of this year. Construction is expected to begin sometime in 2006.

Bids being accepted for chip and seal work on French Village

The Ste. Genevieve County Commission is accepting bids for chip and seal work on French Village Road. Commissioners announced July 21 as the deadline for the bids. The work consists of about two miles of roadway, located in the northwest portion of the county.

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