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Regional Roundup

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

Madison County

Pioneer Days

Marquand Pioneer Days will be held Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in the historical park downtown. Other activities will be held at the Marquand-Zion High School grounds.

On Sept. 30 the All Gospel Festival will be held at the lot across from the Homan Building. Music begins at 7 p.m. and features The Village Singers, Southern Brothers and The Gibson Family.

On Oct. 1 there will be a car show, tractor show and a parade which begins at 10 a.m.

Other events include music in the park at noon featuring Eli Valencia, The Barry Jones Family, String Circle and The Village Singers.

Activities which begin at 8 a.m. and continue through the day include apple butter making, tours of the Sites’ homestead and Reagan Hotel, storytelling at the Cabin, games, crafters, and demonstrations. There will also be food vendors on hand.

Afternoon events include a kiddie tractor pull and a martial arts demonstration.

Madison County Fair

The Madison County Fair will be Oct. 6,7 and 8. There will be music all three nights.

There will be no admission fee and many free contests to enter. Fredericktown downtown merchants will be open all weekend.

Iron County

Old Miners’ Day Festival

There are a couple of festivals coming up in Iron County within the next few weeks.

Old Miners’ Day will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Viburnum and the 18th Annual Freedom Fest will be held in Annapolis Oct. 7-8.

At the Old Miners’ day celebration, there will be craft and food booths, games, and other activities. There will be a Tiny Tot contest at 5 p.m. and a Miss Viburnum Contest at 6 p.m. on Sept. 30. Doug Stone will have a concert Oct. 1 and there will be a car show on Oct. 2

The 18th Annual Freedom Fest will include a pet show, and a ham and bean dinner Oct. 7. On Oct. 8, there will be a breakfast, a parade at 10 a.m., a car show, games, live music, a Baby Pumpkin Contest, and a Miss Freedom Fest Pumpkin contest.

Ironton to test water system

The city of Ironton will flush out and test their water system Sept. 26-30.

City officials warn that residents may notice a brownish appearance to their water and they should let the water run for a brief period of time for it to run clean.

The city’s water tanks were recently cleaned and the city has decided to check each of the 83 hydrants for water pressure.

Ste. Genevieve

Prosecutor claims Sunshine Law violation

Ste. Genevieve County Prosecuting Attorney Carl Kinsky has said that recent closed-door meetings held between the Ste. Genevieve County Commission and Holcim US violated the Sunshine Law. The alleged content of the meeting was a Chapter 100 tax financing deal for the company’s north county cement plant project.

Kinsky notified the commission of the violation in a letter dated Sept. 16. Kinsky said that Missouri statutes provide that the prosecuting attorney may seek judicial enforcement of the requirements of the Sunshine Law. County officials said a St. Louis attorney who advises the Missouri Association of Counties, had advised them that closed sessions to discuss Chapter 100 Bonds were permissible.

Kinsky did not say in the letter, what actions he might take toward judicial enforcement.

Man arrested on sexual abuse charges

A 41-year-old Ste. Genevieve man has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing minors. Ralph Robert Beckerman III has been charges with two felony counts of sexual abuse and two misdemeanor counts of child molestation.

The charges stem from alleged inappropriate contact Beckerman had with minors he had worked with, according to an official with the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department.

Washington County

City to make spot checks on business licenses

City officials of Potosi have announced they will be making spot checks to verify that business licenses are being properly purchased and displayed.

The increased enforcement will begin sometime during the month of October. The specific visits themselves will be unannounced.

Businesses will be given a brief grace period to correct any deficiencies.

Golf tourney raises scholarship money

The annual BisonFest Golf tournament will be Oct. 1 at the :ourche Valley Golf Club. Registration begins at noon and the tourney begins at 12:30 p.m.

The scramble will include a 2005 Jeep donated by Parker-Banks Chevrolet-Chrysler for a hole-in-one prize. Rick DeGonia Appliance and Carpet store is donating an for an additional hole-in-one prize.

Prizes will also be awarded for longest drive, closest to hole, straightest drive.

Bison burgers, brats and refreshments will be served all day.

The event is sponsored by the Sayers Christian Foundation which has awarded more than 360 scholarships totaling more than $360,000 over the past 12 years. Joining them as a sponsor this year is the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

Fete de L’Automne is Oct. 2

Homemade apple butter and croquignoles (French donuts) are just two of the treats to be found at the upcoming Fete de L’Automne Oct. 2.

The event, sponsored by the Old Mines Area Historical Society, is a free festival celebrating the history and culture of the area. It begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. at the Fete grounds, located on Highway 21 across from the south entrance to Washington State Park on Route CC. Parking and admission are free.

In addition to food reminiscent of the area’s French heritage, there will be music, craft demonstrations, story-telling, a country store. Several local publications about the history of he region will also be available.

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