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2017 Madison County Year In Review


Teachers and staff in the Fredericktown R-I School District were given a vote of confidence when the board of education unanimously approved an increase in the district’s base pay.

A tractor trailer fire closed both lanes of southbound U.S. 67 for more than an hour. A flatbed trailer was filled with several bales of cardboard which caught fire, burning at an extreme heat. Officials from Cherokee Pass, Marquand and Fredericktown Fire Departments were on the scene for nearly four hours. No injuries were reported.

The renovation of the North Main Street Tennis courts in Fredericktown was completed. 

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce began hosting its “Perk Before Work” events, a monthly networking event for members of the chamber.

Littering and vandalism became an issue at local conservation areas around the county. The Missouri Department of Conservation reminded citizens that litter can be harmful to the environment and the wildlife. 

The roundabout was completed at Route A and Business 67 in Cherokee Pass.


The Fredericktown High School gymnasium improvements were completed, including new wood flooring, new lighting and new bleachers.

The Fredericktown Foundation hosted an alumni event for Fredericktown High School Blackcats Basketball and Volleyball alumni to be the first to play on the new gym floor. 

Fredericktown Rocks became one of the community’s favorite past times. Children, adults and families began painting, hiding and hunting rocks around the city. 

The Federal Aviation Administration awarded a $3.1 million infrastructure block grant to Missouri to support the operational needs of Sedalia Regional Airport and to help repair part of a parallel taxiway at Fredericktown Regional Airport. 

The Fredericktown Birds youth baseball team represented the 9U Mineral Area Americans, made up of eight kids from Fredericktown, three from North County, two from Farmington and one from Caledonia. The team took third in state in the 9U division.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department purchased three new patrol vehicles. The 2017 Ford Explorers allow the department to navigate gravel roads and get around during the winter months. 

The Madison County Health Department hosted a breastfeeding bash for a second year. Mayor Kelly Korokis signed a proclamation at the event designating the week as National Breastfeeding Week in the City of Fredericktown.

The Fredericktown City Council approved a motion to proceed with phase one of the sports complex project. Phase one includes a baseball field, two softball fields, lighting, road work and dirt work.

Visitors from all over the nation came to Madison County to experience the eclipse. 

The Second Annual JROTC and Fredericktown Fire and Police Community Coalition Mud Run was held at the SRT course.

The Fredericktown High School Football Team defeated the Herculaneaum Balckcats 56-28.


During his 5th Annual Farm Tour, Congressman Jason Smith visited H & H Livestock in Madison County to tour the farm and speak with owners Kiley and Shawn Hinkle. Smith’s visited each of the 30 counties in Missouri’s 8th District during his farm tour.

Madison County Sheriff Katy McCutcheon, along with Deputy Wendell Bellew and help from a couple jail trustees, cleaned up County Road 203 after several individuals dumped trash. The individuals were caught and given the option of cleaning up the mess or having charges filed. They chose the latter. 

Employees at Madison County Wood Products came together to raise $5,020 in funds for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Patriot Day was observed in front of the Madison County Courthouse with Tim Stafford reminding those in attendance what happened on Sept. 11 and thanking all first responders. Representatives from Fredericktown Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Fredericktown Fire Department and EMS were present.

The 13th Annual Soup and Chili Supper to benefit the Madison County Food Pantry was held at United Methodist Church. 

The Ozark Regional Library Fredericktown began hosting a chair yoga series.

The 2017 Fredericktown High School Football Homecoming Queen and King were Mattie Whitworth and Skylar Tarkington. Mattie is the daughter of Neal and Bettie Whitworth. Skylar is the son of Shelley Stacy and Shane Tarkington.

Fredericktown Elementary School raised money for new playground equipment by holding a Track-a-thon. The students took home pledge papers asking parents, family members and friends to commit to a donation based on the amount of laps they walked. Then each class took turns spending 20 minutes at a time on the track. 

Fredericktown R-I School District was the first district in Missouri to be certified as a Cyber Aware School. Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway presented Superintendent Brett Reutzel, R-I Board Member Xandra Sonderman and High School Principal Shannon Henson with the certificate and thanked them for being proactive in their efforts to stay cyber aware.

The Lady Cats Tennis Team took second in the MAAA Tournament.

The SEMO All-Stars, 8U Babe Ruth girls’ softball team took second place at the State Babe Ruth Tournament. Four of the girls, Miley Wengler of Fredericktown, Reagan Pierce of Bonne Terre, Michaela Reagan of Fredericktown and Jonsyn Rehkop of Fredericktown, were asked to join the All-Stars team and compete in the Babe Ruth World Series. They took seventh place in the thirteen team tournament.

Black River Electric Cooperative sent eight employees to assist in restoration efforts in Florida and Georgia in the wake of the hurricane damage.


A motor home and a home were each destroyed by separate fires. The first was the motor home which caught fire in Green’s Flea Market parking lot. Then a fire in Fredericktown destroyed a home on Andrews Street later the same day. No injuries were reported.

The Lady Cats take second place in the Class 1, District 2 Tournament.

The Southeast Missouri County Commissioners Regional Planning Meeting was held in Fredericktown. It featured a field trip to the Fredericktown Police Shooting range to watch St. Francois County Commissioner Gay Wilkinson shoot an anvil 200 feet in the air.

Kelly A. Burlison Middle School students participated in Manufacturing Day at Mineral Area College. Students visited manufacturing exhibits and participated in manufacturing related activities.

Andy Pacinda and Brook Mathews were crowned Mr. and Miss Madison County at the Madison County Fair.

The Fredericktown City Council made plans to acquire a new police dog from the Czech Republic, with Officer Jordan Myers to be the dog’s new handler.

A fatal vehicle crash occurred on Highway 72 East closing the highway for nearly 3 hours. The 2000 Peterbilt Conventional made an abrupt stop causing aluminum beams to shift forward through the front of the trailer and the rear of the tractor, impacting and pinning the driver. 

The Fredericktown City Council was presented with a check for $21,768 in grant funds by Director of Member Service, Connie Ford from Missouri Public Utility Alliance.

The Madison County Buddy Ball League was formed. The new, non-competitive league will start in spring of 2018.


The Fredericktown High School Library held its second STEAM Night at the high school.

The Glass Slipper Project held a Masquerade Murder Mystery fundraising event. The organization is planning on holding unique events annually. 

Fredericktown native Barbara Huffman won a Dove Award for the song “When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace” which she co-wrote with her publisher Wayne Haun from Nashville.

The Mineral Area Activities Association Men’s and Women’s Fall Choral Festival was held at Fredericktown High School.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft made a stop in Fredericktown as part of his travels across the state promoting local libraries, touring businesses and discussing his office’s Safe at Home program.

The Fredericktown City Council approved the appointment of two women to the Industrial Development Authority. Monica Rehkop of Pense Brothers Drilling Co. and Renee Sargent-Harrison of Sargent Construction became the first two women to be appointed.

Will Clark, Hunter Kay and Sam Wagner, members of the Fredericktown FFA Chapter, received the American FFA Degree. The three join an elite group of only 50 former Fredericktown chapter members to receive this honor since the chapter was chartered in 1929.

Royalty was crowned at the Marquand-Zion Carnival. Lexi Green was named Fifth Grade Carnival Queen with her escort Michael Winder, Ariah Stephens was crowned Second Grade Carnival Queen with her escort Ayden Hanks, Savanna Mouser was crowned Eighth Grade Carnival with her escort Emize Rogers and Kimberly Weekley was crowned Senior Class Carnival Queen with her escort Logan Barrett.

The 2017 Veterans Day Breakfast and Assembly, hosted by the JROTC and Student Council, drew approximately 140 veterans and their families to Fredericktown High School.

Link Union performed its Farewell Christmas Tour at Kelly A. Burlison Middle School. Fredericktown native Lance Link is the patriarch of the family. 


Christmas gathering and celebration, “Miracles on Main Street” was held in downtown Fredericktown. In addition to a parade, businesses offered free refreshments, Mayor Korokis led a tree-lighting ceremony and there was an appearance by Santa Claus. The event was planned by Brooklyn Avenue store owner Danetta Howard and her daughter Lisa Howard.

Artifacts were stolen from the Battle of Fredericktown Civil War Museum. Site Administrator Scott Bates said among the items taken were several guns, swords a computer and printer. 

The Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off location at First Baptist Church in Fredericktown surpassed its goal of 2,450 by receiving 2,641 shoe box gifts.

Heroes on Holiday Patrol gave 113 children a chance to go on a $100 shopping spree at Walmart in Fredericktown. More than 50 volunteers and a year’s worth of fundraising made the event possible. 

Fredericktown R-I Board members approved the hiring of Shannon Henson as assistant superintendent for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Fredericktown Christian Church held its annual Live Nativity Scene for the 60th year.

Madison County was placed under a burn ban order due to the dry weather and low humidity. The U.S. Forest Service began to monitor the situation last year due to downed timber and the extreme drought conditions.

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