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Iron County

Strange appointed as administrative law judge

Iron County Prosecuting Attorney Carl Strange has been selected to be an administrative law judge within the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation.

Strange, 30, of Ironton, has been appointed to the position by Patricia Secrest, director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation.

Strange will have to resign from his position as the prosecuting attorney. Gov. Matt Blunt will appoint a new prosecuting attorney to take his place until the next election.

Strange will work out of the adjudication office in Cape Girardeau. He has practiced law for the past six years and serves in the Missouri Army National Guard.

Dunival files for Associate Circuit Judge

Lindell Dunivan has announced his intention to file for the position of Iron County Associate Circuit Judge.

Dunivan, who lives in Ironton, has had a law firm in Farmington since 1983. Actual filing for the position will begin Feb. 28.

Kelly Parker, a former state representative, is currently the associate circuit judge in Iron County. Parker has said he plans to run for the associate circuit court judge position in Dent County, where he resides.

Madison County

Fredericktown Chamber Banquet

The Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will be held Jan. 20 at the Fredericktown Eagles Lodge Banquet hall.

The theme for this year’s banquet is &#8220A Night with the Stars.” The doors open at 6 p.m. with a social hour from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with dinner beginning served at 7:30 p.m.

The presentation of awards will follow. Reservation forms will be mailed out soon.

A trivia fundraiser for the chamber will be held on Friday, March 10.

Filings continue for April election

In Fredericktown, the City Marshal, Mayor and Collector positions, as well as one alderman in each city ward is up for election.

Keith DeSpain, John Wright, and Ernie Terry have filed for the Marshal position. Erica Settle has filed for Collector. Danny Kemp, Larry Boothby, Mark Tripp and Bonny Rackley have filed for Mayor, Barry Hampton has filed for Ward III Alderman, Paul Hale Jr. and Deena Ward has filed for Ward I Alderman.

Larry Graham and Jennifer Graham filed for the Cobalt Village Board of Trustees.

Larry Kemp and Ron Crites filed for the two openings on the R-I school Board.

Kent Marler, Arthur Myers and Charles F. Morris Jr. filed for the Madison Medical Center Board of Trustees. There are two openings.

Filings closes Jan. 17.

Ste. Genevieve

Audit finds areas needing improvement

An audit of Ste. Genevieve County turned up a few areas that the county needs to improve on. The audit recommended that the county improve its estimate of spending in the Special Road and Bridge Fund and develop a road and bridge maintenance plan.

The audit, conducted by State Auditor Claire McCaskill, said the county &#8220significant overestimated” the amount budgeted for expenditures from the Special Road and Bridge Fund.

According to data in the audit, over the last four years, actual disbursements from the Special Road and Bridge Fund have ranged from 60 percent to 83 percent of budgeted expenditures, a situation which leads to unreasonable estimated cash balances.

Cards support funding for Extension Office

A group that supports the Ste. Genevieve County Extension Office recently delivered more than 1,600 signed cards to the Ste. Genevieve County Commission stating that the signers want full funding for the office.

Supporters of the office are concerned that the county will fund the office in 2006 at the same level it did in 2005, $20,000. Another concern was the county may even cut the funding back to $10,000. The $20,000 figure is nearly $20,000 less than the amount recommended as the county’s share by the University of Missouri Extension in 2006.

Washington County

Residents should put up 911 signs

The Ambulance District and firefighters in Washington County are still experiences problems responding to 911 calls because many residents do not have their 911 number signs posted on their property. These numbers should be plainly visible to drivers so they can be seen in the direction of travel to the property.

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