Crawford County News

Poverty report shows struggle for low-income families in Missouri

• Crawford County faces a 16.3% poverty rate
By Chris Daniels and Amy England
            On September 16, the Missouri Community Action Network (MCAN) released its 2022 Missouri Poverty report, which provides information on a variety of data showing aspects of poverty and how it affects Missourians. Crawford County’s poverty rate percentage of 16.3 percent is higher than some surrounding counties but lower than others.

Public comment being accepted on Crawford County Hazard Mitigation Plan until Oct. 31

                  Public comment is being accepted until Oct. 31, 2022, on the Crawford County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan update is available for review on Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s website, The 2022 plan update is located under the Hazard Mitigation Plans by county along with the county’s approved 2018 plan. A hard copy of the plan is also available at the Crawford County Courthouse in the county clerk’s office.

County considers paying part of retirement for employees

            Crawford County employees could see an increase in their take-home pay, not through increased salaries, but through a contribution from the county toward their retirement.

Local resident questions commission on finances

            Crawford County resident Kem Schwieder has questions about some real estate transactions, mileage reimbursements and purchasing practices, and excess cash assets regarding investments and command and control. He first approached commissioners at their September 27 meeting with a packet of information and specific requests for answers, giving them a week to provide requested documentation and answers for him at the following week’s meeting on October 4.

November ballot includes four questions

            While there will not be any local races or issues on the November General Election ballots, there are several state officials to be elected and ballot measures to be determined.