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Washington County

City stickers available

Potosi residents who own vehicles housed within the city limits are required to purchase a sticker every year.

The deadline is rapidly approaching for purchasing the 2006 sticker. It is now available at the City Hall located on 121 East High Street for $5 each. Late purchases also require a $3 late fee.

Personal property taxes to the city must have been paid in order to purchase the sticker.

The stickers should be displayed in the lower right corner of the windshield by Feb. 15. Owners not displaying the sticker can be fined for it.

History group plans spring program

The Old Mines Area Historical Society is in the process of planning its spring program. They are considering another French Heritage Seminar.

A variety of speakers on topics related to the French experience would be brought in for the event, and there would also be walking tours of historic sites.

Ste. Genevieve

Commission signs off on tax abatement

The Ste. Genevieve County Commission has signed off on the tax abatement deal for the Holcim US cement plant. The agreement allows Holcim US to make payments in lieu of taxes for an 11-year period. The agreement also stipulates Holcim US will make annual contributions to two special county community development funds.

Holcim officials pushed for the agreement, saying it was necessary for the plant to move forward. A formal ground-breaking ceremony for the new plant is planned for March 24.

Public hearing set for annexation

The City of Ste. Genevieve has scheduled a public hearing for Feb. 23 to receive comments on a proposal that would bring three businesses located along Highway 61 into the city limits. The three businesses that would be involved in the annexation include Milfelt Auto Body, Stuppy Wrecker Service and the Ste. Genevieve County Recycling Center.

Iron County

Governor appoints new prosecuting attorney

Gov. Matt Blunt has appointed R. Scott Killen, a Republican, as the new Iron County Prosecuting Attorney.

Killen, 35 of Ironton, is an associate attorney at Oliver, Oliver & Waltz, P.C. He served as Iron County Prosecuting Attorney from 1999 through 2002. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

&#8220Scott Killen has the proven legal experience necessary to be an effective prosecutor for the people of Iron County,” Blunt said. &#8220I am pleased he has agreed to take on this challenge once again.”

Killen was sworn in last week to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Carl Strange, who has taken a state position in Cape Girardeau.

Parker to run for circuit judge

Iron County Associate Judge Kelly Parker has announced plans to file for circuit judge of the 42nd judicial circuit, which includes Dent, Iron, Reynolds, Crawford and Wayne counties.

He was appointed the associate circuit judge in 2001 and then elected to a full term in 2002. His term will end Dec. 31.

He previously served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Dent County, and then the prosecuting attorney. He served as the state representative of the 150th district.

He is with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps attached to the 35th Engineer Brigade in Fort Leonard Wood as the Brigade Trial Counsel.

Madison County

Valentine Day blood drive

Madison Medical Center and the Foundation for Historic Preservation are joining efforts to sponsor the American Red Cross blood drive Feb. 14 at St. Michael’s Church in Fredericktown. The drive will be from 2-7 p.m. and the goal is 60 units of blood.

They will give away a gift certificate for dinner for two at the Olympic Steak House and Tom’s BBQ Barn to two lucky winners. Country lane Florist and the Flower Box are donating a fresh bouquet of flowers, Wal-Mart is donating two boxes of Valentine’s Day chocolates and the Foundation is donating two plush puppies.

Donors to the blood drive will be eligible to win these gifts.

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