The year 2013 literally was a year of fire and flood. A survey of the front pages of the newspaper for the year showed several reports of residential fires in Rolla, Phelps County and Pulaski County, but the biggest story of the year was the flood in August.
The year 2013 literally was a year of fire and flood. A survey of the front pages of the newspaper for the year showed several reports of residential fires in Rolla, Phelps County and Pulaski County, but the biggest story of the year was the flood in August.
That flood destroyed life and property, and recovery from it is still going on.
Heavy rains on Aug. 6 set new records for flash flooding in Phelps County, which along with Pulaski, Dent, Maries and Miller counties received the brunt of the storm damage, according to the National Weather Service.
Interstate 44 was covered. So was downtown Waynesville, Newburg and other low-lying areas.
The flooding killed a 4-year-old boy and his mother in western Waynesville.
Damage to buildings and roads was expensive. Federal aid was made available for infrastructure but not for individual landowners.
Other top stories of the year:
2. The City of Rolla decided to take a sales tax question to the voters in 2014.
The Rolla City Council voted late in the year to place a quarter-cent sales tax on the ballot in April 2014.
That tax will be used for parks and recreation, some of it for capital improvements, some for operation.
It will assure continued operation of The Centre, which has never been able to make enough money to survive without a tax subsidy. The half-cent sales tax that built the indoor combination of swimming pool, track, fitness center, basketball courts and meeting rooms “sunsets” Dec. 31.
The council took its case for the tax to the wards in neighborhood meetings at city parks in September and October.
A similar tax question two years ago failed.
3. Transportation issues, particularly bridges, took up a good portion of time at Phelps County Commission meetings.
The infrastructure washed away and wore out, and the commission worked hard to address the concerns of county residents.
So, too, did the Missouri Department of Transportation, which met with residents about planned changes, and even redesigned a bridge project in response to worries from St. James residents.
4. Federal jobs, particularly those at Fort Leonard Wood, were affected by actions in Washington, D.C.; those actions, or inactions, had a tremendous affect on local residents.
Government offices briefly shut their doors in October for the so-called “government shutdown” brought about by a lack of communication and lack of willingness to compromise by both President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans.
But more far-reaching were the furloughs of Fort Leonard Wood workers and the decision to cut hundreds of permanent jobs on the post as part of national base realignment.
5. Medicaid non-expansion and Obamacare implementation had an effect on the finances of Phelps County Regional Medical Center.
Government payments to the hospital have regularly diminished, but the hospital administration has managed to keep the hospital in a sound financial position. A decision not to give raises to workers this year also helped.
6. Missouri S&T enrollment broke all records in the fall with more than 8,000 students signed up to learn to be engineers, teachers and leaders.
Concurrently, the campus administration announced new initiatives that would lead to the hiring of hundreds of professors over the next seven years.
7. Although the grassroots fundraising group known as Turf by ’12 didn’t raise enough money to pay for synthetic turf on the football field by 2012, the Rolla Board of Education decided in 2013 that there was enough in donations and pledges to go ahead and cover the field.
That was done along with expansion of the Rolla High School cafeteria, and both of the building projects were dedicated and opened to the public at the first football game.
The artificial turf also allowed the reinstatement of the Route 66 Marching Festival in October.
8. Brewer Science began building a new facility at the Rolla National Airport and the city, with the help of a state economic development grant, made many infrastructure improvements to what is becoming an industrial park.
9. Phelps County Regional Medical Center announced the start of a capital campaign for the new Delbert Day Cancer Research Center, as well as an expansion into Pulaski County with a clinic to be built at Waynesville.
10. The growth of crime in Phelps County deserves mention as a top story, based on the number of individual reports throughout the year. Hardly a day went by that there wasn’t a story of someone being arrested for drugs, murder, robbery, embezzlement or abusing children.
There have been some horrendous and horrific reports. People who have lived here a long time look back to the days when crime wasn’t so rampant, wish for the return of such a halcyon time but know that it is impossible. All of American society has changed, including Rolla.
BONUS: It may not belong on the top 10 list, but here it is anyway because of the amount of city council time and attention it took: Fat Cats Family Entertainment Complex.
That new business, located in a former skating rink off Highway 72 behind The Family Center, was the subject of much council discussion and action.
It started out as a place for young people and children to go to play games. There was going to be a restaurant.
Then owner Josh Noe starting having concerts and serving alcohol. It wasn’t the alcohol, but the noise, that bothered the neighbors.
The council required Noe and building owners Nick and Charlotte Barrack to put in insulation and a fence.
Some neighbors continued to complain; others didn’t.
Finally in the fall, one councilman who had been a strong backer of the project said that it looked like the business had turned out to be a bar rather than a family entertainment center.
Noe insisted that it was a family entertainment center, but each family includes parents and children of age that like concerts and alcohol, and maybe even scantily clad dancers.
Here’s a month-by-month review of the news:
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine listed Missouri S&T as one of the Best Values in Public Colleges in its issue that hit newsstands on Jan. 1.
A 2-inch snow hit the area on the last day of the year and it hung around just long enough for youngsters to open the year on sleds. In a couple of days, though, it was gone.
Ron Smith, longtime training officer with the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue, was named the assistant fire chief.
Former Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney Kenneth G. Clayton was appointed to fill the associate circuit judge position formerly held by Judge Bill Hickle who became the circuit judge by winning the Nov. 6 general election.
No one was injured in a New Year’s Day mobile home fire east of Rolla. Billy Pankey, his wife and four children lost everything in the fire that was believed to have started in a wood stove. It was the first of many fires in the Rolla area during the year, including a $1 million fire of suspicious origin at the Auto Zone store later in the month.
Ariana Skye Carroll, born at 3:41 a.m. Jan. 1, was the first baby of the year at Phelps County Regional Medical Center.
The final cost of bringing Kohl’s to Rolla was announced to be $3,168,488 at the first Rolla City Council meeting of the month. The city will pay that to Kohl’s, plus 6 percent interest, over 20 years.
Twenty-five people were arrested in a drug roundup on Jan. 8.
The arrest of a Newburg man, Harry Bernard Leach, solved a 15-year-old cold case involving a 73-year-old woman who was murdered in Florida.
Michael G. Cunningham, 38, Rolla, was murdered Jan. 15 in Kinloch.
Kurt and Kristie Ross won $25,000 playing Club Keno at the Rolla VFW.
The Rolla Board of Education heard about a plan to add video monitors to the front entryways at some of the schools.
Eighth District U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson resigned Tuesday, Jan. 23, to take a job as CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association.
Brewer Science made an official announcement that it planned to expand by building a new manufacturing facility at the Rolla National Airport. The proposed expansion had been discussed by the Rolla City Council and grants were applied for.
Rolla Federal Credit Union was robbed on Friday, Jan. 25. It was the second robbery at the bank in four months.
The Shoney’s restaurant closed on Friday, Jan. 25.
Two Rolla men and one from Newburg were charged with burglary of a residence on Highway P at Newburg.
Rolla Municipal Utilities reported to the Board of Public Works that the power stayed on 99.9 percent of the time in 2012.
Fire damage to an apartment house on Vienna Road was estimated at $200,000.
Two meth labs were found in the St. James area; two people were arrested.
Newburg school teachers took ALICE (Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate) training for school security. So did Rolla teachers. The training was taught by Lt. Jim Macormic, Rolla Police Department.
The Rolla City Council decided not to conduct a free citywide trash pickup in October any longer. Instead, the free pickup service was cut to once a year—in the spring.
The Rolla City Council heard a presentation about bow hunting for deer in the city limits to thin the herd that has caused some damage. No action was taken; the subject was dropped.
St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Christian Mission opened, bringing the ancient Orthodox Christian faith to Rolla. Deacon Joel Wilson from St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church in Springfield, Mo., leads the services.
Hundreds of Rolla residents packed the Havener Center in Rolla for the annual Cancer Gala, raising over $93,000.
Three people were charged in a Vienna meth lab investigation.
House fires in the St. James community destroyed the home of a family of three and severely damaged the home of a family of five.
Police Chief Mark and wife D’ettra Kearse opened a new “extreme obstacle course” off Highway 72 southeast of Rolla.
A Dollar Tree store opened in the old Fashion Bug location.
U.S. Bank and Missouri S&T closed on a $2.5 million tax credit financing deal to construct a geothermal heating and cooling system on the campus. It will be completed in 2014.
The Rolla Planning and Zoning Commission approved replatting property at the junction of Kingshighway and Bishop Avenue to allow for the construction of a CVS Pharmacy.
A family of four in Newburg lost their home to a fire.
Kiwanis Club held its annual Pancake Day, the 66th such fundraiser.
Vino Alan, Waynesville, former contestant on “The X Factor” performed at Leach Theatre.
Fine Linen Drama presented “Oliver!”
BB gun shooters caused thousands of dollars in damage to windows on vehicles and buildings on Pine Street, Highway 63 and Kingshighway.
St. John’s Health System paid over $300,000 in personal property taxes under protest. Company officials believe the machinery, tools and equipment at the Mercy Clinic should be exempt.
Winter Storm Q slammed other parts of Missouri and the Great Plains, but Rolla escaped any damage. The power stayed on and the roads were cleared.
Rolla Patriots FIRST Robotics team from Rolla High School won the state championship in a robotics contest held at Missouri S&T.
Rolla Presbyterian Manor made the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2013 list.
Phelps County Regional Medical Center CEO John Denbo told the board of trustees that the state Legislature’s actions, or lack of action, on Medicaid could harm the hospital financially.
A man who had pleaded guilty to the November 2007 St. James Country Mart robbery was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Dr. Ilene Morgan, Missouri S&T faculty member, competed on “Jeopardy!” She placed second.
Judge Mary W. Sheffield was sworn into office as the newest judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District.
Missouri Foundation for health experts came to Rolla to give a presentation on the pros and cons of Medicaid expansion.
Construction began on a Dollar General store on Forum Drive.
St. James named that town’s city hall after the first female mayor, Mayme H. Ousley.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon stopped in Rolla on a tour of Missouri cities, promoting Medicaid growth.
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved contracts for resurfacing of about 7 miles of Highway 72 from Highway 63 in Rolla east to County Road 5220. Also approved was a contract for the rehabilitation of the Gasconade River bridge on Highway D near Jerome.
A Rolla man was taken into custody after he said “Today would be a good day to kill a white teacher” and the Rolla schools were placed in a “secure mode.”
The Economic Development Administration awarded $1 million to the City of Rolla for infrastructure improvements at the Rolla National Airport.
Fears surfaced in mid-March that Fort Leonard Wood could lose 41 percent of its staff.
The Rolla Board of Education voted to spend $812,743 to install synthetic turf, add 450 seats and make other improvements to the football stadium at Rolla High School.
A Missouri S&T student was found dead in her residence hall.
Another St. Pat’s Parade was held. It was the best ever.
Rolla rural fire district got a new chief. He resigned later in the year.
The Phelps County Commission went on record in support of a new health center to serve south central Missouri.
A family of five was displaced by a fire in a mobile home outside Rolla.
Dollar Tree store announced it would open April 5 after remodeling the former Fashion Bug building.
Dr. Terry Brewer was named one of “50 Missourians You Should Know” by Ingram’s Magazine.
In the Rolla municipal election for city council seats, Rhonda Sue Myers ran unopposed and won in Ward 1. Incumbent Gregory M. Sawyer, also unopposed, kept his seat in Ward 2. Susan J. Eudaly defeated David B. Nenninger to win in Ward 3. Incumbent Louis J. Magdits defeated Mike Samaras to win in Ward 4. Brian Woolley defeated incumbent Carrolyn Bolin in Ward 5. Incumbent Fran Mazanec defeated Mark W. Walburg in Ward 6. By the time autumn arrived, Myers and Mazanec had both resigned; they moved from their wards.
Phelps County Clerk Carol Bennett said only 8.28 percent of the registered voters cast votes in the various city, school and taxing district elections. That amounted to a cost of $33 per vote.
Missouri S&T announced a plan for a “microgrid project” for the Solar Village.
The Rolla Community Garden was plowed.
Phelps County Commission held night meetings in towns throughout the county in April and early May.
Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich was the keynote speaker at the Phelps County Lincoln Day Celebration.
Master Gardeners of Phelps County hosted a Growing Green gardening fair at First Baptist Church Ministry Center.
City Attorney Robert J. Stoltz resigned his office to move to another state.
A state report put Phelps County in ninth place of all Missouri counties for the number of methamphetamine incidents in 2012.
Missouri S&T students planted a “green roof” atop Emerson Hall. The garden above Rolla was part of No Impact Week, an attempt by students to erase their “carbon footprint.”
Dr. Barbara Hale, professor of physics at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was named 2013 Woman of the year by Missouri S&T.
Route 72 paving work began from Highway 63 to County Road 5220.
Rolla Boy Scout Jorin Larsen collected more than 12,400 pairs of shoes for orphaned and abandoned children in Burkina Faso, Africa.
Dewey Allgood, longtime coach and administrator in Missouri S&T’s athletics department and a member of the university's Athletic Hall of Fame, died April 23. He was 91.
The Rolla Patriots FIRST Robotics team competed in the World Championship in St. Louis.
The Beaver Creek bridge on County Road 5240 reopened after being closed since September 2012.
Groundbreaking was held for the new Brewer Science facility at Rolla National Airport in Vichy.
The Phelps County Child Advocacy Network (PCCAN) hosted a public forum on the dangers of synthetic drugs.
A Rolla man pleaded guilty to strangling his mother to death last year. He was sentenced to 30 years in jail.
Last month the Rolla Patriots robotics team placed 30th out of 64 teams in the St. Louis world championship.
Jamie Myers received the Bramlett-Light Award at the Rolla Optimist Club’s Respect for Law Banquet. County Clerk Carol Bennett received the Sheffield-Kenley Award.
Paul Hackbarth was named the new managing editor of the Rolla Daily News. He joined the staff as reporter in June 2012.
A POW/MIA monument was added to the Veterans Memorial Park.
Vino Alan, formerly of Waynesville, a contestant on the network television show, “The X Factor,” performed a concert in Rolla.
The Joe Morgan Softball Field was officially dedicated at Ber Juan Park Sportsplex in honor of the former Rolla mayor. Fields were also dedicated in honor of former Parks Director Ken Kwantes and the late Kittie Robertson.
Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Fort Leonard Wood.
A woman was found dead in a Rolla hotel room.
Former city council member Donna D. Hawley was found not guilty of an assault charge filed against her in 2010. She had been accused of injuring a male employee of Rolla Municipal Utilities when she forced her way into what she believed to be a public utility meeting.
Dollar General opened a new store in Doolittle.
Motorcycle riders from Uruguay following Route 66 stopped in Rolla.
Pathways Community Health broke ground for a new adolescent addiction recovery facility in Rolla.
A man was arrested for allegedly shooting in a downtown Rolla bar.
The Census Bureau estimated that Rolla’s population was 19,789, up from the 2012 census of 19,559.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill visited the area to talk about the strengths of Fort Leonard Wood.
Route 66 Summerfest was held in downtown Rolla.
A grand opening was held for the Dollar General store on Forum Drive in Rolla.
A bomb threat was made at Phelps County Regional Medical Center’s Medical Office Building. No bomb was found. Two juveniles were later detained for the hoax.
Jason Smith, Salem, a state representative, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to succeed Jo Ann Emerson who had resigned. Turnout for the special election was 14.52 percent in Phelps County.
Missouri S&T received the 2013 Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature.
Rolla and Phelps County both received Purple Heart designations. So did Edgar Springs.
Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith took command at Fort Leonard Wood.
A man reported missing from a Rolla hotel was found safe in Jefferson City.
Alyson Garvey resigned from the Newburg Board of Aldermen.
A man threatening to kill Phelps County sheriff’s deputies was nabbed.
The Rolla Board of Education approved a plan to begin offering a culinary arts program in the fall of 2014 at the Rolla Technical Institute.
A survey commissioned by the Rolla City Council found that more than half of Rolla residents would be willing to pay a parks sales tax, but the surveyor cautioned that result should not be construed to mean that a sales tax would be approved by voters.
The Rolla Board of Education heard a report on the new Common Core State Standards, a national school curriculum known as Missouri Learning Standards, that would go into effect for the 2013-2014 school year.
Eddie O’Neill joined the Rolla Daily News as a reporter. A former Catholic seminarian who met Mother Teresa, O’Neill’s journalism background is in radio and freelance writing.
A public opinion survey commissioned by the Rolla Board of Education showed the public gives the schools a grade of B, maybe even a B-plus. The poll showed voters would also be willing to support a bond issue for technology expansion.
Engine 34, the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue’s newest fire truck, was delivered.
Cyndra Lorey was named the 2013 Professional Economic Developer of the Year by the Missouri Economic Development Council for her significant contributions to the field of community-based economic development.
Fort Leonard Wood is expected to cut 885 positions by fiscal year 2017, the U.S. Army announced as part of the $487 billion reduction in Department of Defense funding.
Lumosity, a website, ranked Rolla No. 19 on a list of the smartest places in the United States.
Billy Key, longtime head basketball coach and athletic director at the University of Missouri-Rolla, now Missouri University of Science and Technology, died Friday, June 28, at the age of 88.
The Lions Club Carnival was held for the 78th year.
Work on the synthetic turf field and the cafeteria expansion at Rolla High School were well underway this month.
A fire destroyed the Anutt United Methodist Church.
Construction was underway for the new CVS Pharmacy, which opened in late October.
Buffalo Wild Wings submitted plans for a restaurant on North Highway 63.
The city council approved two new parking lots, one at Sixth and Elm streets and another at 10th and Rolla streets.
The Rolla Public Library paid off the debt for the purchase and renovation of the children’s library.
A plan to require permits for burning fires in fire pits in backyards and on patios was removed from a proposed ordinance.
Renovations were made at Benchmark Healthcare in Rolla.
A 2-year-old girl died after being struck by a vehicle driven by her mother who was backing out of a parking space on Forum Drive in Rolla.
A Cuba, Mo., man was charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Meramec River floater in Crawford County.
A groundbreaking was held for a homeless youth shelter.
The PCRMC board of trustees adopted a plan to expand into Pulaski County.
RMU conducted a leak study in its water department.
The Rolla City Council voted to direct the administration to prepare an ordinance that would provide for a permanent eighth-cent tax for operations and an eighth-cent tax for capital projects.
Phelps County Sheriff’s Department added new K-9 officer, Jet, a British Labrador.
Rolla Municipal Utilities announced utility rates would increase after Oct. 1.
Denny’s announced it would return to Rolla at the former Shoney’s location.
The Phelps County Fair got underway for the 66th year.
Flooding created a dangerous situation in Waynesville, Jerome and Newburg. The interstate was closed. A man was electrically shocked in Maries County while in the water. A Waynesville mother went missing and was assumed dead; her body was recovered later. Gov. Jay Nixon toured flooded areas.
Fat Cats Entertainment Complex won the right to continue serving alcohol through a conditional use permit.
The city council cracked down on “mobile ads” — vans and trucks with signs painted on the sides, parked for long periods on streetsides, particularly in the area of the Phelps County Courthouse.
Doolittle added two storm sires on 50-foot poles.
Controversy between neighbors on Rolla Street regarding smoke from an outdoor furnace eventually resulted in an ordinance that effectively ends the installation of the units in Rolla neighborhoods.
Former Police Chief Stan Spadoni dies Aug. 26 at the age of 80.
Rolla man who murdered his girlfriend in 2010 got life in prison.
East Central College agreed to lease the former Columbia College campus at 2303 N. Bishop Ave.
Rolla earns a “very good number” on the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP).
Missouri S&T won $3.2 million in new funding for three strategic initiatives that will result in the hiring of 100 new faculty positions over the next seven years. The campus also reported it reached 8,000 students, a record high.
The S&T solar house was made ready for the Department to Energy’s Solar Decathlon.
The Rolla City Council heard plans to raise money for a new animal shelter from an official with Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF).
Two Century Farms were recognized by the University Extension.
County sales tax receipts were the this month since September 2008, giving some hope for economic recovery.
G.R.A.C.E. moves to new offices on Elm Street.
The city began a series of meetings in neighborhoods to explain why a sales tax is needed for parks and recreation.
Relay for Life of Phelps County was held.
Celebration of Nations was held; camels walked the streets of Rolla again.
A vehicle crash in western Phelps County claimed the life of Steve Huffman, 42, an off-duty Rolla firefighter who also was a volunteer and former board member of the Doolittle Rural Fire Protection District.
The POW/MIA memorial at Veterans Park in Rolla was dedicated.
The Newburg Board of Aldermen decided to contract with the Doolittle Rural Fire Protection District for fire protection.
An elderly St. James motorist pleaded guilty to striking and killing a jogger with his vehicle and then leaving the scene of the accident in 2012. He received five years of supervised probation.
New electric and water rates took effect in Rolla Oct. 1.
The federal government shutdown started Oct. 1. Rolla federal offices either closed or offered limited services.
The Rolla High School Marching Band performed its patriotic show at contests, including its Route 66 Marching Contest held on the new synthetic turf football field.
A fugitive who remained at large since early September after lawmen say he dragged a Pulaski County sheriff’s deputy down a road and led others on a high-speed chase was captured.
A Dixon man charged with calling a bomb threat into the Pulaski County Courthouse in August was sentenced to four years in prison.
Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder spoke to the Phelps County Republicans at a picnic. He criticized President Barack Obama.
Former Ward 1 Rolla City Councilwoman Rhonda Sue Myers received special recognition following her resignation. Jonathan Hines was later appointed to replace here.
A Crocker High School coach was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct. It was alleged he had sexual contact with a student.
A Phelps County grand jury indicted a 25-year-old Rolla man on charges of child abuse and murder in connection with a Jan. 28 incident that resulted in the death of an 11-month-old infant.
Leo Christopher, former assessor and collector, who played professional baseball with Mickey Mantle, died at the age of 83.
Phelps County’s salary committee decided county officials would get no raises next year.
Phineas, a Salem dog, made national news, after he was accused of biting a girl, then went missing. Weeks later a judge decided Phineas was not guilty; he reappeared.
Della Bishop was named the new city clerk of Doolittle.
Rolla Technical Institute students in wood manufacturing and construction trades designed and built a memorial to fallen troopers for the Troop I headquarters of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Mary Hogue, a 61-year-old nurse, shared her story of breast cancer survival as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Rodney A. “Rocky” Stumo, 51, died of injuries he suffered in a boating accident on the Missouri River. The johnboat he was operating was struck by a barge.
The Newman Center at Missouri S&T celebrated 60 years of outreach to Catholic students.
Human remains were found south of Dixon.
A Rolla man died Oct. 26 after being struck by a train near the Phelps County Courthouse.
Denny Ford, owned by Denny LaBantschnig, was sold to the Sakelaris family, which owns dealerships in Camdenton, Versailles, California, Mo., and Alton, Ill.
Sgt. Christine Parmenter, a member of the 399th Army Band, sang “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch of Game 4 of the 2013 World Series. The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood Joint Services Color Guard posted the colors during the game.
Longtime Rolla Municipal Judge Joanne Mayberry died Monday, Oct. 28, at the age of 87. She had served as city judge from 1975-1996 and was a statewide judicial leader.
The month ended with a spectacular tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 44 in the city limits near the 185-mile marker. Fortunately, neither the driver nor a passenger were seriously injured.
Dr. James Stoffer, a former member and officer of the Rolla Board of Public Works, received the prestigious Public Official Award given by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance.
The sixth annual Operation Neighborhood Cleanup was conducted. Some 25 homes and properties in Rolla were given voluntary assistance.
Habitat for Humanity announced a new house would be built for a selected family in 2014 in Rolla.
The Rolla City Council talked over the course of several meetings about the possibility of making the office of city attorney an appointed office instead of an elective one. But council members decided by an 11-1 vote on Nov. 4 to drop the whole idea, apparently because voters saw the move as an infringement on their suffrage.
A student who wore a T-shirt emblazoned with Bible verses condemning homosexuality was suspended from Rolla High School, gaining the attention of a St. Louis television station and a denial by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aaron Zalis that the student was suspended because of Bible verses.
A man was arrested and charged with pocketing donations he had been collecting for the Wounded Warrior Project.
School enrollment, the official figure used by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), for Rolla Public Schools was 3,986 for the current school year, up from 3,915 for last school year.
Edward Orr Jr., Crocker, and Brian Gillespie, Rolla, split a $331,000 jackpot won in the Missouri Lottery’s Show Me Cash drawing on Nov. 16.
S&T announced a new elementary education program to train teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Rolla Animal Shelter personnel investigated reports of poisoning of dogs and cats, as well as shooting of other animals.
Representatives of an architectural design firm gave a presentation on a master plan for management of future growth of the S&T campus.
The University of Missouri Board of Curators approved a program to award a doctorate in explosives engineering at Missouri S&T. It would be the first of its kind of degree in the United States.
Sustainable Ozarks Partnership conducted a town hall meeting in Waynesville to talk about long-term goals for strengthening the region’s relationship with Fort Leonard Wood and to assure the future of the post.
Buffalo Wild Wings announced its plan to open the new restaurant in Rolla Dec. 8.
The Rolla City Council heard first reading of an ordinance to put the parks and recreation sales tax question on the April ballot.
LED streetlight fixtures were installed on Salem Avenue by Rolla Municipal Utilities.
Figures from the Phelps County assessor’s office showed new construction was up in the county, but it is still a far cry from pre-2008 levels.
The federal government awarded more than $700,000 to open a new community health center in Rolla.
Tyler Ammerman won the “Rolla’s Got Talent” contest, earning his way into an audition for the national television show, “America’s Got Talent.”
A 101-year-old woman died of injuries she received in a traffic accident when an 18-year-old driver failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with the older woman’s car.
Rolla school bus driver Don Lewis was honored for his action in a September incident to avoid a collision with wreckage from another accident.
Savie Makridis opened Hometown Grill on Highway 63.
Denny’s opened in the former Shoney’s building on Martin Springs Drive.
S&T reported a 20 percent increase in enrollment of international students.
Bishop Alexander of the Orthodox Church in America ordained Deacon Joel Wilson of the Holy Priesthood Sunday, Dec. 8, in Springfield. Now as Father Joel, he serves as the priest in charge of the Orthodox mission established in Rolla as St. John the Wonderworker Mission but recently renamed to Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Christian Mission by Bishop Alexander.
Phelps County Commission begins consideration of mass alert notification system, which they later approve at the Dec. 24 meeting as long as the contract is to County Counselor John Beger’s liking.
Human remains were found near Leasburg.
A Rolla man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for attacking a woman and burglary.
PCRMC unveiled plans for a 20 million cancer center, the Delbert Day Cancer Institute.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain arrives Dec. 5, closing schools and contributing to traffic crashes. More snow arrives the following weekend. Icy roads were to blame for the death of a 16-year-old girl from Licking in a car crash near Yancy Mills.
MoDOT announced that Route 8 will stay open during a bridge replacement project after area residents expressed worry about closing the highway during the work.
A Waynesville man died in a tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 44 at the 184-mile marker; a medical condition, perhaps a heart attack, probably was the contributing cause of the crash.
A St. James graduate was killed in a train collision with his vehicle in Lebanon.
Christmas parades were held in Rolla and Doolittle/Newburg, but the St. James Christmas parade was cancelled.
Six crashes were reported within six minutes of each other on I-44 in Pulaski County. About 18 vehicles were involved in the crashes, believed to be caused by icy conditions, and nine injuries were reported.
A Route 63 coalition is formed with a goal of making the highway from Rolla to Jefferson City four lanes.
Filing for the April 2014 municipal election begins with Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks III announcing that he will not seek a third term. Three council members filed for the position.
Newburg Mayor James Poucher is no longer the Dixon city clerk.
The soup bowl returns to the Houston House in Newburg after flooding heavily damaged the building in August.
A 17-year-old cancer patient got to be a Rolla police officer for a day.