• SEMO TIMES has learned that Gov. Nixon is set to appoint Chris Michel next week to finish out the remainder of the term of Butler County Collector due to the passing of the current Collector, Brenda Fox. SEMO TIMES contacted Michel and asked about the appointment, he had no comment. That is not necessarily uncommon for an appointee before it is made official. Michel did respond when asked about the upcoming November election, he was recently nominated by the Democratic Convention to be on the ballot for the upcoming election. Michel said he was excited about the campaign. He already has a campaign website.  

    Aug 17,
  • Many family members, friends, and admirers were saddened Sunday to learn of the passing of Brenda Fox, 62, a woman who has been the Butler County Collector since 1999. Marion Tibbs, Butler County Assessor, noted that he would be missing Fox not only professionally, but also personally. “She was just a great person. One of the most dependable people I've ever known,” commented Tibbs. Though she won her office back in 1998 as a Republican, she was always known as a team player and a problem-solver. “It's not uncommon for County Assessors and County Collectors to sometimes butt heads,” explained Tibbs. “But she was not like that. She always worked to solve a problem. Fox was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

    Aug 06,
  • It's been fifty years since Neelyville last passed a bond issue for its school district. According to Neelyville Superintendent Brad Hagood, never has the need for funding been more desperate. Neelyville voters are being asked to pass a $1.5 millon bond issue. If approved, the money would go to such things as building a new safe room and replacing roof. He says the district's buildings are showing their age, with damaged ceiling tiles having been replaced again and again. The money would come in the form of an increase in property tax, an increase of about 33 cents per $100 assessed. The current tax rate is $3.04, the new rate if the bond passes would be $3.37.  Though the amount

    Aug 01,

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