We would like to give a special thanks Mr. Ken Wooten and the Arcadia Valley Lions Club for another successful rodeo. It takes a lot of hard work from many people to bring this rodeo to the Valley. We look forward to next year’s event.
A very special thanks to Brother Mike Harrison from the Cowboy Church in Annapolis for having a special Law Enforcement service and dinner Sunday, August 21st. In these times of unrest and uncertainty it is very important for our law enforcement officers and other emergency responders know our local communities are supporting us. This was definitely shown by the amount of people present at the service.
The Sheriff attended the annual required Fall Sheriff’s Conference. The agenda during the fall conference covers the new laws taking effect on August 29th of each year. This year, with the all the controversy coming from Ferguson has caused many new laws to be passed. One of the major changes effecting the Sheriff’s Office and local Police Departments is the hours of required annual in-service training. The state has already increased our requirements to 24 hours per year and the Department of Justice is possibility going to increase the amount. What this will mean for the cities and counties is an increase in time the officers will be off the streets and unavailable for calls. In addition to these immediate changes, the State of Missouri has completely re-wrote the criminal code book, which will take effect January 1, 2017. What this means for Missouri Citizens is each of the crimes have been redefined and most punishments lessened.
Thanks to the Law Enforcement Restitution Board, Deputy Elkins was able to attend the Basic Narcotics Class at the Missouri Law Enforcement Academy. We now have six of our eight deputies trained in narcotics investigations. By the end of next year, we plan to have all of our deputies trained in Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Investigations, and Narcotics Investigations.
August 13th was the Turkey Federation Banquet and Auction. Dinner was provided by Baylee Jo’s. There were numerous auction items and a silent auction. Thank you to the sponsors for the event. Money raised goes to a good cause.
Hope to see everyone at the dedication of the Belleview Park in October. Things are coming along nicely thanks to all the volunteers, especially Dr. McKinney who has put in countless hours.
The Dec Arc Museum and Community Center had an open house Saturday, August 27th. Preserving our history of Iron County is important. Please visit the museum which is open on Saturdays.
Pickin on the Square continues on Friday nights at the courthouse. There are also vendors selling fruits and vegetables during this time.
Special Community notice:
Back to school time is an important event for our entire community. Students are back in class. Teachers are implementing new lesson plans for the school year. Administrators are working with budgets, school bus routes, staffing and school safety concerns. Parents are coordinating work and school schedules, car pools and support for their student’s activities and studies. Businesses are equipping families, teachers and administrators with the supplies they need for a successful school year. Back to school is a busy time for us all.
During this busy time, please be extra cautious in traffic. Be mindful of our school traffic zones especially during the morning hours and early afternoons. Keep an extra look out for potential hazards around our schools and in neighborhoods where children play. Slow down and increase your stopping distances.
School buses are back on the road. Be aware of school bus routes in your neighborhood and throughout your daily travel. Leave plenty of time and space for buses. With school traffic, anticipate delays in your travel and leave early so you’re not in a rush. And, when approaching a school zone or school bus on the road, be prepared to stop for bus and pedestrian traffic.
I want to thank all of you who help make our education system an integral, positive force in our community. Our children are counting on us, so let’s work together to make “back to school” a rewarding, fun, and safe time for all Iron County residents