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RIVER RADIO NEWS 112713

 

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ASSAULT IN STEELE

 

A Blytheville man has been taken into custody in connection to the assault of a 48 year old man in Steele.

 

According to Steele Chief of Police Billy Joe Stanfield, 31 year old William Erwin confessed to authorities that he assaulted the man.

 

Erwin allegedly entered the victim’s residence armed with a handgun Monday night and demanded money. Erwin then struck the victim with a gun and a claw hammer. Officers found the victim bleeding profusely from lacerations to his head.

 

The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

 

Erwin is facing charges of first degree assault with serious physical injury and armed criminal action.

 

 

PARAGOULD POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING INVOLVING A JUVENILE

 

Authorities in Paragould are investigating a shooting that reportedly involved a juvenile.

 

According to the Paragould Police Department, officers along with Arkansas Methodist Medical Center personnel were dispatched to a call Tuesday involving a male juvenile with a gunshot wound.

 

The juvenile was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not released any additional details about the incident.

 

 

WOMAN FACING CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING CITY OF BLYTHEVILLE

 

A former executive assistant to the Blytheville mayor is charged with defrauding the city.

 

The Blytheville Courier News reports that Felisha Bell was arraigned Tuesday on theft of property and forgery charges.

 

An affidavit says Bell created a false invoice for $4,777 to repair her brother’s vehicle after it was allegedly damaged by potholes in city streets. The document says Bell used the mayor’s signature stamp, then forged another employee’s name on the check to cash it and keep the money.

 

The report says the brother denies knowledge of the invoice and said he received no money. He has not been charged.

 

Bell blamed the city finance director for the scheme. The finance director denies the allegation and also has not been charged.

 

 

P.A.R.C. FITNESS CENTER TO CLOSE AT THE END OF THE YEAR

 

The P.A.R.C. fitness center is set to close at the end of the year.

 

Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center announced the closure Tuesday in a press release, citing an effort to achieve optimal organizational efficiencies and allow concentrated focus on needed medical services for the community.

 

Current rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational and speech therapies, at the P.A.R.C. will continue to operate as normal. Any fitness members who have paid in advance for membership will receive a refund for remaining months of their membership.

 

 

CHRISTMAS CONCERT NEXT WEEK AT THREE RIVERS COLLEGE

 

Christmas Around the World is coming next week to Three Rivers College.

 

The Christmas concert will feature traditional Polish Christmas carols, classic Christmas songs like “Silent Night” and “The First Noel,” and selections of classical music performed by the Polish Sinfonia Orchestra.

 

The performance will begin at 7 pm on Tuesday, December 3rd at the Tinnin Center. Tickets are $10 each.

 

 

STAGE COMPANY PRODUCTION OF LITTLE WOMEN TO BEGIN ON FRIDAY

 

Poplar Bluff’s community theatre group, The Stage Company, is set to open a new production on Friday at the Rodgers Theater.

 

The first performance of “Little Women” will be held Friday, November 29th at 7 pm. Little Women is based on the Louisa May Alcott novel about four sisters and their mother who struggle to keep their family going during the Civil War.

 

Additional performances will be held at 7 pm on November 30th, December 6th and 7th. A final matinee performance is scheduled for December 8th at 3 pm. Tickets are available online at stageco.org. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

 

 

THANKSGIVING COOKING SAFETY TIPS

 

With Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, it is a good time to remember food safety.

 

According to the Center for Disease Control, before cooking your turkey, set the oven temperature no lower than 325°F and be sure the turkey is completely thawed.

 

Check the internal temperature at the center of the stuffing and meaty portion of the breast, thigh, and wing joint using a food thermometer. The food thermometer must reach a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F.

 

For optimal safety and uniform doneness, you should cook the stuffing outside the turkey in a casserole dish. However, if you do plan on placing the stuffing inside the turkey, do so just before cooking.

 

Before eating, make sure your food stays hot. The USDA says keeping food warm is not enough as harmful bacteria multiplies fastest between 40 and 140 °F.

 

You should set the oven temperature high enough to keep the turkey at 140 °F or above. Stuffing and side dishes must also stay hot. Covering with foil will help keep your food moist.

 

 

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT MAKES RULING ON RETROACTIVE PUNISHMENT LAW

 

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s constitutional ban on retrospective application of new laws does not apply to criminal statutes.

 

Tuesday’s decision came in the case of a southwest Missouri man charged with possessing a firearm illegally as a convicted felon. The man had been convicted of a drug crime in 2002, when Missouri outlawed gun possession by people convicted of “dangerous” felonies.

 

A trial court dismissed the weapons charge, finding that the conviction occurred before legislators expanded the gun ban in 2008 to cover people convicted of any kind of felony.

 

The Supreme Court reinstated the charge Tuesday, making clear that the prohibition on retrospective laws applies only to civil rights and remedies. The issue has arisen previously in cases before the court, including several involving sex offenders.

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RIVER RADIO NEWS 112613

 

ONE KILLED IN IZARD COUNTY WRECK

 

Icy conditions yesterday led to the death of a Franklin, Arkansas woman.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, 68 year old Janet Standridge was travelling on State Highway 289 in Izard County when she lost control of her vehicle on an icy bridge. Her vehicle crossed into the other lane of traffic and hit another vehicle head on.

 

Standridge was killed in the wreck, while the driver of the second vehicle suffered undisclosed injuries.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY CONSPIRING TO COMMIT MURDER

 

A Jonesboro man has been taken into custody for allegedly hiring somebody to kill a former employee of his.

 

According to KAIT, police arrested 68 year old Larry Barnett after his former employee reportedly overheard a conversation between Barnett and another male where Barnett was giving out the victim’s personal information, as well as saying “make it look like an accident.”

 

While the victim was at the police station filing a report, his house was burglarized and someone had tampered with his gas stove.

 

Barnett is also facing charges of felony forgery and felony theft greater than $25,000 in a separate incident.

 

 

CAPE POLICE LOOK FOR MAN WHO ATTEMPTED TO BREAK INTO ATM MACHINE

 

Police in Cape Girardeau are looking for help from the public in identifying a man who attempted to break into an ATM machine last week.

 

Authorities say the incident happened Thursday at US Bank on William Street.  The man was unable to get the ATM open, but he did cause extensive damage to the machine.

 

A photo of the suspect is available on the KWOC Facebook page.  Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 573-335-6621.

 

 

MULTIPLE PEOPLE ARRESTED IN BURGLARY INVESTIGATION

 

Butler County authorities have arrested four people as a part of a burglary investigation.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, 23 year old Robert James Evans was arrested after allegedly attempting to flee from officers who were conducting a search warrant and later attempted to pull a firearm.

 

The warrant was in connection to a burglary that reportedly occurred in Rombauer. Three other people have been arrested in connection to the incident, 23 year old Michael Steven Koepke Jr., 50 year old Linda Lee Evans, and 19 year old Katy Lindsey.

 

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO HOLD GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW CLASSROOM BUILDING

 

Three Rivers College will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony next month for a new classroom building in Poplar Bluff.

 

The event will mark the beginning of construction for a new 38,000 square foot, two-story classroom building that will house social sciences and humanities classes.

 

The building will also include the college’s first lecture hall and will be located on the east side of the Poplar Bluff Campus by the Academic Resource Commons and the Westover Administration Building.

 

The groundbreaking event will begin at 11:30 am on December 18th.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF LIBRARY TO OFFER CLASS ON SKYPE

 

If you are wondering how you can get some face to face time with your loved ones who live hundreds of miles away, the Poplar Bluff Library is offering a class that can teach you how to use Skype.

 

Skype is a free tool that allows you to see, hear and interact with your friends and family from afar. Skype is available for computers and certain smart phones, along with other devices. If you bring your device, you can get Skype installed at the class.

 

The class will be held at the Library on Wednesday, December 4th at 10 am.

 

 

MISSOURI STATE PARKS ACQUIRES OVER 300 ACRES OF PROPERTY IN SHANNON COUNTY

 

Missouri has acquired about 300 acres in south-central Missouri that had been forfeited after the owner was convicted of federal drug charges.

 

The state Department of Natural Resources said Monday that Missouri State Parks acquired at auction the 330 acres of property in Shannon County previously owned by James Tebeau.

 

Tebeau was sentenced last year to 30 months in prison and ordered to forfeit the land, known as “Camp Zoe,” after he was convicted of holding music festivals where drugs were sold.

 

The department said Missouri State Parks has wanted to acquire the property for several years. Bill Bryan, Missouri State Parks Director, called the acreage an “Ozark gem” because of its proximity to Current River State Park and Montauk State Park.

 

Plans for development are being worked out.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDS MOTORISTS TO DRIVE SAFE OVER THE HOLIDAY

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to drive safely over the Thanksgiving Holiday.

 

Troopers will be placed at 20 mile intervals along interstate highways throughout the state as well as on U.S. Highways 60 and 61.

 

If you are planning on traveling for the holiday, make sure your car is in good condition before beginning your trip. It is also important that you are well rested before you start driving and remember to buckle up, as well.

 

If you have an emergency, the Highway Patrol’s Emergency Assistance number is 1-800-525-5555, or (star)*55 on a cellular phone. Motorists should use this emergency assistance number to report traffic crashes, crimes being committed, or other emergencies on Missouri’s highways.

 

 

GROUP CHALLENGING POTENTIAL TAX FOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

 

The Missouri Association for Social Welfare is challenging the language of a potential ballot measure on a sales tax increase for transportation projects.

 

The association filed a lawsuit Monday over the summary that voters would see if supporters gather enough signatures to get the proposed constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot.

 

Objections include the summary’s description of the tax increase as “1 percent,” instead of one percentage point, and a statement that toll roads would be prohibited. Opponents say the initiative requires voter approval to add tolls on roads or bridges that exist before 2014, which could allow tolls on structures that are built later.

 

Bill McKenna, co-chairman of a group promoting the measure, says challenges to ballot summaries seldom succeed and will not in this instance.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PROPOSING INCREASE TO BRIGHT FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP

 

Governor Jay Nixon is proposing to increase scholarships for the state’s top students if they promise to stay in Missouri after graduation day.

 

The state’s Bright Flight scholarship is awarded based upon ACT or SAT test scores. Recipients currently can receive $2,500, which is less than the $3,000 authorized by state law. Nixon is proposing an additional $5,000 per year for students who commit to working full-time in Missouri for each year they receive that scholarship.

 

The governor says his proposed budget for next year will include $15 million for the Bright Flight expansion. He says increasing the scholarship awards will help to keep Missouri’s best students in the state.

 

 

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RIVER RADIO NEWS 112513

 

MAN KILLED IN FATAL MISSISSIPPI COUNTY WRECK

 

One man has died following a single vehicle wreck Saturday in Mississippi County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 21 year old Christopher M. Byassee, of East Prairie, ran off the side of a roadway Saturday and hit a tree. One of Byassee’s passengers, 25 year old Bobby J. Counts, also of East Prairie, was later pronounced dead at Missouri Delta Medical Center.

 

A second passenger suffered serious injuries and was taken by air to St. Francis Medical Center.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

Two men were taken into custody over the weekend in Butler County on meth charges.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, the arrests happened shortly after 4 am Saturday morning.

 

31 year old Jason R. Hall, of Poplar Bluff is facing charges of manufacture of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

26 year old Alexis P. Peters, of Puxico, was arrested on charges of manufacture of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; 4 counts of possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility and 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

MAN REPORTEDLY FOUND WITH METH AND MARIJUANA IN JONESBORO

 

A man was taken into custody Friday in Jonesboro on a drug charge.

 

According to KAIT, police arrested 27 year old Cordarryl Coleman after allegedly finding bags which contained what authorities believed to be marijuana and meth in Coleman’s shoes.

 

Coleman is facing charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

DEER BREAKS WINDOW AT POPLAR BLUFF POST OFFICE

 

An unlikely visitor stopped by the Poplar Bluff Post Office on Friday.

 

Officials say a deer broke out a window of the post office Friday morning, traveled through the business, and then went into the Missouri Natural Gas Warehouse.

 

The deer was held in the warehouse and later died. It was removed by conservation agents.

 

 

MISSOURI SEATBELT USE REMAINS STAGNANT

 

Law enforcement in Missouri will be out in force today to increase seat belt use.

 

Law enforcement agencies statewide will be participating in a quarterly Occupant Protection Enforcement today to increase seat belt use and reduce highway fatalities.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, a recent survey shows that in Missouri, 79 percent of the general public, and 67 percent of teenagers, use a seat belt. This is well below the nationwide average of 86 percent.

 

As of November 17th, of the 668 fatalities in Missouri this year, 62 percent of those killed were unrestrained.

 

 

SURVEY SUGGESTS RURAL ECONOMY TO CONTINUE TO GROW, BUT SLOWLY

 

The overall index in a new monthly survey matches the previous index and also suggests the economy will continue growing at a slow pace in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states.

 

The report for the Rural Mainstreet Index was released Thursday and says the index remained unchanged at 54.3 in November.

 

The index is based on surveys of rural bankers in 10 states including Illinois and Missouri. It ranges from 0 to 100, with 50 representing growth neutral. A score above 50 suggests growth in that factor in the months ahead.

 

The confidence index, which reflects expectations for the economy six months out, rose to a still weak 48.3 from 44.7 in October.

 

 

ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UP SLIGHTLY

 

State officials say Arkansas’ unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.5 percent in October.

 

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the increase mirrored a similar jump in the national unemployment rate.

 

The agency says five sectors added jobs last month, with the biggest gain coming in trade, transportation and utilities with the bulk of the increase coming from retail trade jobs. Education and health services rose by 1,700 jobs, while the government sector increased by 2,900 jobs – mostly in public school employment.

 

The agency says professional and business services posted the largest decrease of 700 jobs.

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT TAXES ON BUSINESSES TO GO UP NEXT YEAR

 

Missouri businesses will pay higher unemployment taxes next year in order to pay down a state debt to the federal government.

 

Missouri began borrowing from the federal government in 2008 to pay jobless benefits after an economic downturn drained the state’s unemployment benefits trust fund. That debt has remained outstanding for several years.

 

Businesses are paying a surcharge of $42 per employee this year to help pay down that debt. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says businesses will have to pay $63 per employee in 2014.

 

The chamber says Missouri is one of 14 states being hit with a higher tax rate to help pay down its federal loan. The chamber says Missouri owes $308 million to the federal government.

 

 

THANKSGIVING DINNER COULD BE SLIGHTLY CHEAPER THIS YEAR

 

Thanksgiving dinner might cost you less this year than last year.

 

According to the Missouri Farm Bureau, the average cost for ingredients needed to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal for 10 people is a little over three dollars less this year, compared to last year.

 

The average cost comes out to $48.61 and this includes items such as a 16-pound turkey, bread stuffing and sweet potatoes among other items.

 

The Missouri average was just over 40 cents less than the national average.

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RIVER RADIO NEWS 112213

 

MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING STRING OF BURGLARIES

 

A string of burglaries in Cape Girardeau County has landed an area man in jail.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Department, 36 year old Jason Terry, of Cape Girardeau, was arrested on Wednesday in connection to the burglaries. Terry is facing charges including three counts of second degree burglary, two counts of felony theft of a firearm, and one count of felony theft.

 

 

MISSISSIPPI PAIR ARRESTED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGE

 

Two people from Mississippi were arrested in Southeast Missouri last night on drug charges.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 44 year old James R. Gatlin and 38 year old Eleanor L. Moorehead, both of Duckhill, Mississippi, were arrested shortly before 10 pm Thursday in Pemiscot County.

 

They are each facing charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to 35 grams, and felony possession of a controlled substance. Gatlin is facing an additional charge of felony fugitive from out of state, according to the highway patrol arrest report.

 

 

ONE ARRESTED FOLLOWING REPORTED THEFT AT CROWLEY’S RIDGE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

 

A Caldwell man has been taken into custody following a reported theft at Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute.

 

According to the Forest City Police Department, police received a report of a burglary at the institute on November 16th. Officers found that approximately $3,500 in cash had been stolen from a snack bar.

 

Detectives have arrested 40 year old Charles Taylor in connection to the incident. Taylor is facing charges of commercial burglary, theft, and criminal mischief along with a separate charge of third degree domestic battery.

 

 

TRC PRESIDENT SELLING CHRISTMAS MUSIC CD’S

 

Fans of Christmas music or those wishing to help a scholarship fund for Three Rivers College students should be on the lookout for the re-release of two Christmas music albums featuring the college President.

 

TRC president Dr. Devin Stephenson plays piano on his fundraising CDs, “The Gift” and “The Gift 2.” Proceeds from the sale of the CD’s will go to a scholarship fund for Three Rivers’ students.

 

Both albums are for sale for $15 each at the College bookstore and online at bookstore.trcc.edu. Also for sale is a gospel music album, “The Promise.”

 

Dr. Stephenson says the goal is to raise $10,000 to endow a scholarship for students with financial needs.

 

 

FIVE PEOPLE INJURED IN SCOTT COUNTY WRECK

 

Five people suffered minor injuries yesterday afternoon in a two vehicle wreck near Benton.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a 16 year old Benton girl allegedly failed to yield the right of way and pulled into the path of another vehicle.

 

Both drivers suffered minor injuries, as did three child passengers in the second vehicle.  The wreck occurred on Highway 77, two miles south of Benton.

 

 

INTERSTATE 55 REPAIRS THIS WEEKEND IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

 

Northbound I-55 in Cape County will be reduced to one lane with a 14-foot width restriction on Sunday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge repairs.

 

The bridge to be repaired is located over Highway 74 at the Dutchtown Exit 93.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm.

 

 

MISSOURI TO ALLOW INSURERS TO CONTINUE TO SELL POLICIES THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

 

Missouri will allow health insurance companies to continue offering policies that otherwise would have been cancelled under the terms of the new federal health care law.

 

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that the state will let insurers sell individual and small-group policies in 2014 that were to be canceled because they didn’t meet federal coverage requirements taking effect next year.

 

Nationwide, more than 4 million people who buy their own insurance have gotten received notices because their plans didn’t meet the requirements of the federal law.

 

Missouri’s decision comes after President Barack Obama recently proposed to allow those customers to keep their existing insurance policies for another year.

 

 

MISSOURI OFFICIAL GIVES SUPPORT FOR BILL THAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR MILITARY MEMBERS TO RUN FOR OFFICE

 

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is backing legislation that could make it easier for deployed military members to run for office.

 

Kander said Thursday that he will push legislation next year allowing deployed members of the Armed Forces to use a proxy to file their candidacy papers with the secretary of state’s office.

 

Candidate filing for the 2014 primary elections will run from Feb. 25 to March 25.

 

On the first day of filing, candidates who show up in person draw numbers to determine the order they are listed on the ballot. Kander says the requirement to file in person means deployed military members may not have a shot at being listed first.

 

Some candidates believe that being listed first may make voters more likely to choose them.

 

 

MISSOURI SEAT BELT USE REMAINS BEHIND NATIONAL AVERAGE

 

Missouri continues to lag behind the national average for seat belt use.

 

The Department of Transportation says seat belt use has remained stagnant at 79 percent compared to the nationwide average of 85 percent. Use among Missouri teens increased by a single percentage point from 66 percent to 67 percent.

 

Officials say 62 percent of the more than 600 roadway deaths this year were not wearing a seat belt.

 

Missouri law officers will be participating Monday in a statewide enforcement effort focused on seat belts and child restraints.

 

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RIVER RADIO NEWS 112113

 

MAN HIT BY RAILCAR IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

A man is listed in critical condition after reportedly being hit by a railcar last night.

 

According to KAIT, Jonesboro police say that the man tripped and fell on tracks at a factory before being run over by a railcar.

 

The incident occurred at around 7 pm Wednesday night. The identity of the man has not been released.

 

 

SECOND ARREST MADE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS BURGLARY AND ASSAULT

 

Officials in Baxter County have made a second arrest in an alleged burglary and assault last month.

 

According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department, 44 year old Michael Gene Coplen, of Mountain Home, has been taken into custody on felony charges of aggravated residential burglary, first degree false imprisonment, first degree terroristic threatening, theft of property, and possession of a firearm by certain persons.

 

The arrest is in connection to an alleged burglary and assault that took place at a residence on October 11th. Kyle Motes, also of Mountain Home, was arrested earlier this month in connection to the incident.

 

 

SILVER ALERT ISSUED FOR MISSING MOUNTAIN HOME MAN

 

Arkansas State Police have issued a silver alert for a missing Mountain Home man.

 

The alert was requested by the Mountain Home Police Department for 48 year old John E. Thompson. Thompson is described as 5 foot, 11 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds with short brown hair and blue eyes.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, Thompson is handicapped, suffers from depression and has some mental illness.

 

Thompson was last known to be at Mountain Valley Condos near Pizza Hut. He was last seen wearing a T-shirt, jeans and a black bomber jacket.

 

Anyone who has information about Thompson’s location is asked to contact the Mountain Home Police Department at (870) 425-6336.

 

 

STATE OFFICIAL CONDUCTS AUDIT OF MALDEN CONTRACT LICENSE OFFICE

 

Missouri State Auditor Thomas Schweich released an audit yesterday of the Malden Contract License Office.

 

The office was given an overall performance rating of good, which indicates the office is well managed.

 

A few items were listed on the report for correction, such as the video camera system not retaining recordings long enough. The report is available online at auditor.mo.gov.

 

 

SURVEYS ARE OUT FOR THE 2013 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

 

Nominations are being taken for the 2013 Poplar Bluff Citizen of the Year.

 

Surveys were sent out earlier this month by the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce. The nominations should be submitted to the Chamber of Commerce by December 13th.

 

 

DID YOU GET PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER YESTERDAY

 

Yesterday was Winter Weather Awareness Day in Missouri, and with cold weather and possibly snow on the way next week, it is time to make sure you are prepared.

 

According to the National Weather Service, one of the things you can do is check your food supply and restock if needed. Include food that requires no cooking in case of power failure.

 

You should also get your car winterized and if you travel often, you should carry a winter storm kit in your vehicle. The kit should include items such as a flashlight, windshield scraper, extra clothes, matches/candles, booster cables, sand, and blankets.

 

(KWOC Only) A link to additional information about winter weather is available on our facebook page at facebook.com/KWOC.

 

 

POOR WEATHER CITED AS REASON FOR LOW DEER NUMBERS ON OPENING WEEKEND OF FALL DEER HUNT

 

Missouri wildlife officials say the fall deer hunt could still turn out to be normal despite a slower than usual start due to poor weather conditions.

 

The Department of Conservation says hunters killed 61,446 deer on the opening weekend of the November firearms season.

 

That was down 12 percent from last year’s opening weekend, which with a total of 69,614 deer was the lowest opening-weekend number in more than 20 years.

 

Hunters came out in force later last year to still rack up the state’s third-largest deer kill. This year’s figures also could rebound.

 

The department says that because the firearms deer season is longer than it was 20 years ago, more hunters now wait until after the opening weekend.

 

 

ARKANSAS DUCK SEASON KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND

 

Arkansas duck hunters will see dry conditions if they head out for the first day of the season Saturday.

 

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Wednesday that aerial surveys this week found that some ducks are already here. Numbers weren’t available.

 

While precipitation has been up for the year, most of the state’s public duck hunting areas are dry. Biologists say cold fronts over the past few weeks likely pushed ducks into Arkansas from more northern latitudes, and a cold front predicted to pass through on Friday could provide another push of ducks in time for opening weekend.

 

For the continent as a whole, duck populations remain high. The commission says last summer’s count was the second-highest estimate, behind only that of 2012. Mallards totaled more than 10 million.

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RIVER RADIO NEWS 112013

 

MAN ARRESTED IN POPLAR BLUFF BANK ROBBERY

 

One man has been taken into custody following an alleged bank robbery Tuesday morning in Poplar Bluff.

 

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Poplar Bluff Federal Credit Union on 5th Street in reference to a robbery complaint.

 

Employees told officers that a man had entered the bank and then gave a teller a note which demanded the teller to give him money or he would detonate a bomb. The teller pulled $1,500 from the drawer and placed it on the counter. The suspect then grabbed the money and fled the building.

 

A short time later, the Poplar Bluff Police Department received a call which identified the suspect in the robbery as 27 year old David Joiner, of Poplar Bluff; and advised that he was at his house.

 

Joiner was taken into custody without incident. At the time of his arrest, the $1,500 that was reportedly taken during the robbery was found on Joiner’s person.

 

Joiner was booked on a charge of 1st degree robbery.

 

 

WOMAN SHOT IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

A woman has died in Northeast Arkansas following an alleged accidental shooting.

 

According to authorities, 88 year old Lois Waddell Keller died Monday night. 35 year old Andrew Lamb reportedly told authorities that he was cleaning a gun and it had accidently went off.

 

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

 

 

MISSING DEXTER TEEN LOCATED

 

A missing Dexter teen has been located.

 

Authorities issued an Endangered Person Advisory on Monday for a missing 14 year old girl from Dexter. She had been missing since leaving the Dexter High School campus on November 13th.

 

Few details have been released, but Dexter Police say that the girl has been found and that she is fine. Authorities thank the public for all the calls and information that helped lead to the girl being located.

 

 

STEELE POLICE SEEKING ASSAULT SUSPECT

 

Police in Steele are searching for a suspect in a reported assault.

 

According to the Steele Police Department, a woman told police that a male acquaintance had forced his way into her home by kicking down her front door. The suspect then allegedly assaulted her and a friend who was also inside the home.

 

The incident reportedly occurred on November 16th. Police took a report of the incident and are seeking a male suspect for questioning.

 

 

MARBLE HILL WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

 

A Marble Hill woman is facing drug charges out of Cape Girardeau County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Geanna L. Maynard is facing felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and bringing contraband into a jail facility.

 

Maynard was arrested Monday night in Cape Girardeau County.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING MULTIPLE FELONY DRUG CHARGES

 

A Poplar Bluff man was arrested Tuesday morning on multiple felony drug charges.

 

29 year old Bradley G. Vanvacter was taken into custody Tuesday in Stoddard County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, Vanvacter is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; unlawful use of drug paraphernalia; and driving while intoxicated, drugs.

 

 

THEFT OF 500 GALLONS OF DIESEL REPORTED NEAR JONESBORO

 

Authorities in Craighead County are looking for someone who stole 500 gallons of diesel

 

Sheriff’s deputies say a farmer reported the theft Sunday at his fields just west of Jonesboro.

 

The Jonesboro Sun reports the farmer said the filler cap had been removed from the tank and someone had stolen a battery from the pump.

 

Deputies say the farmer said he noticed a blue SUV in the area that he didn’t recognize in the days before his fuel disappeared.

 

The department says the farmer has asked for additional patrols in his area.

 

 

CAREER EXPO TOMORROW IN DEXTER

 

Three Rivers College is holding an event tomorrow in Dexter.

 

A career expo will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 pm Thursday at the Three Rivers’ Center in Dexter. The Expo will offer area residents the opportunity to talk with over 20 representatives of Three Rivers’ career education programs about the benefits and career opportunities offered at Three Rivers.

 

The Expo will also have opportunities for attendees to speak to representatives from local employers such as Pepsi and Wal-Mart. Hannibal-LaGrange University and Central Methodist University will have staff on hand to talk about bachelor’s degree completion options.

 

Three Rivers has also announced that registration has begun for the College’s winter session, which is set to begin December 16th. Winter Session is an all-online, four-week session offered between the Fall and Spring semesters for students looking to complete their coursework more quickly.

 

For more information, go online to TRCC.edu.

 

 

LOCAL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION TOMORROW

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be holding their tenth annual bridge building competition tomorrow in Cape Girardeau.

 

Bridges have been built over the last few weeks by high school juniors and seniors in Southeast Missouri. Students had limited materials to construct the bridges, including balsa wood, thread, and glue. MoDot will be testing the bridges at the competition today.

 

Prizes donated by area businesses and organizations will be awarded to the top-five bridge building winners, as well as for the most aesthetic bridge and the electronic bridge building contest. Similar to previous years, cash prizes donated by the Chapter 10 Transportation Employees Association of Missouri will be given to the top three schools with the best overall performance.

 

Doors will open at the Cape West Cine 14 tomorrow at 8 am, with the actual competition beginning at 9 am.

 

 

MEETING TO DISCUSS MISSOURI MEDICAID CHANGES COULD BE IN TROUBLE

 

Plans may be falling through for a meeting between Governor Jay Nixon and lawmakers to discuss potential Medicaid changes.

 

Nixon had invited senators and representatives serving on special Medicaid committees to meet with him November 26th at the Governor Office Building in Jefferson City.

 

On Tuesday, the Republican chairmen of the House and Senate committees sent the Democratic governor a letter agreeing to the time and date, but not the place and format. Rep. Jay Barnes and Senator Gary Romine suggested that Nixon could testify as a witness during a joint legislative committee meeting in the Capitol.

 

Nixon responded with another letter Tuesday saying lawmakers had initially agreed to his invitation and that he’s disappointed they now, quote: “reneged on our agreement for a constructive dialogue.”

 

 

MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO 6.5 PERCENT

 

Newly released figures show Missouri’s unemployment rate declined in September and October and now stands at 6.5 percent.

 

The state Department of Economic Development released employment figures Tuesday. The two months were combined in the same report because of the partial federal government shutdown in October.

 

Payrolls in September declined by 5,500 jobs, including a drop of 3,700 jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector. Trade, transportation and utilities increased by 3,300 jobs.

 

Missouri added 6,600 jobs in October. That includes an increase of 3,200 jobs in professional and business services and of 1,400 in financial activities. Education and health services declined by 700.

 

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ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY ISSUED IN CASE OF MISSING TEEN

 

Authorities in Stoddard County have issued an endangered person advisory for a teen who has been missing since last week.

 

The advisory was issued by the Dexter Police Department for 14 year old Gracie May Stephens, who was last seen on Wednesday, November 13th, leaving the Dexter High School campus after lunch.

 

Stephens is described as a white female, 5 foot 2 inches tall, weighing 113 pounds with blond hair, blue eyes, and a fair complexion. She was last seen wearing a maroon coat and black pants.

 

Anyone who has information about Stephens’ whereabouts is urged to call the Dexter Police Department at 573-624-5512.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING SHOOTING INCIDENT IN KENNETT

 

Two people have been taken into custody following a shooting incident Sunday night in Kennett.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers were dispatched to an area of Vandeventer Street in reference to shots being fired. At the location, officers spoke to Uzzi Caruthers, of Kennett, who was suffering from a single gunshot wound.

 

Officers also located Ricky Hopper Jr., of Kennett, who was suffering from an abrasion around the eye in the area. Hopper stated that he was assaulted by three unknown black males wearing masks, and indicated that the males forced Hopper and a second witness into an apartment where the assault took place.

 

Officers placed Hopper under arrest for investigation of felon in possession of a firearm, and Caruthers for investigation of attempted armed robbery.

 

 

AUTHORITIES CONFIRM SKELETON FOUND IN TANEY COUNTY IS MISSING FREDERICKTOWN MAN

 

Taney County authorities say a skeleton found recently in southwest Missouri was a man missing since 2006.

 

The sheriff’s office says dental records confirmed the remains belonged to Matthew Needham of Fredericktown.

 

Two hunters found the remains November 11th near Forsyth. Needham was last seen in August 2006 walking in that area after his car caught fire.

 

Sheriff Jimmie Russell said Monday that forensic tests will determine the cause of death.

 

 

18 SENT TO HOSPITAL AFTER LEAK AT BLYTHEVILLE STEEL MILL

 

Authorities in northeast Arkansas say 18 people were sent to hospitals after a suspected chlorine dioxide leak at a steel mill in Blytheville.

 

Blytheville Fire Chief Mike Carney says the fire department responded to Nucor Steel at about 10 a.m. Sunday. Carney says the department’s hazardous materials team decontaminated the workers and contractors who were exposed to the gas before sending them to a hospital.

 

Carney says most of the workers were released from the hospital later Sunday, but a few were admitted for observation.

 

The cause of the leak remains under investigation.

 

 

JONESBORO MAN ARRESTED WITH DRUGS, GUN AND CASH IN HOME

 

The execution of a search warrant Friday has led to the arrest of a Jonesboro man after officers found drugs, a gun and thousands of dollars in cash.

 

Authorities say they discovered cocaine, a handgun and over $6500 in cash in the home of 36 year old Antione Wilson.

 

Wilson has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a firearm.

 

 

QULIN MAN FACING METH CHARGE FOLLOWING WEEKEND ARREST

 

A Qulin man was arrested over the weekend on a drug charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Dwayne L. Shelton, was taken into custody shortly before 7:30 Sunday morning in Butler County.

 

Shelton is reportedly facing charges including possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, speeding, and felony possession of methamphetamine.

 

 

INVESTIGATION ONGOING INTO NORTHEAST ARKANSAS SHOOTING

 

One woman was shot last night in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to KAIT, the shooting occurred in Randolph County. No information has been released on the condition or identity of the victim. Authorities are investigating the incident.

 

 

MAN TURNS HIMSELF IN TO AUTHORITIES IN CONNECTION TO SHOOTING AT KENNETT CLUB

 

A man has turned himself in to authorities in connection to a shooting incident last month.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, on October 27th, 32 year old Tracy Reed, of Hayti, allegedly fired three shots inside a club in Kennett, striking 36 year old Kenyatta Robinson.

 

Robinson had to be taken to a Memphis hospital and is still hospitalized. Reed has turned himself in to authorities.

 

Kennett Police says the incident supposedly started over a spilled drink during a party at the back of the club.

 

 

WOMAN SENTENCED ON INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE

 

A woman has been sentenced in connection to the death of a Cape Girardeau woman in July.

 

Angelia Hanson, of Cape Girardeau, was sentenced to seven years in prison on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. The charge was in connection to an incident where Jody Lane died after getting struck by a vehicle driven by Hanson.

 

 

PEMISCOT COUNTY WELCOME CENTER TO CLOSE FOR TREE TRIMMING

 

The northbound Interstate 55 Welcome Center in Pemiscot County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform tree trimming.

 

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to be done today from 8 am to 3:30 pm.

 

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STORMS CAUSE OUTAGES, DOWN TREE LIMBS IN MISSOURI

 

Severe Missouri storms have left thousands without power, destroyed a mobile home and damaged numerous roofs.

 

Ameren Missouri reported a high of about 37,000 outages Sunday afternoon, mostly in the St. Louis area. Power was gradually being restored.

 

The National Weather Service says there is roof and shingle damage across parts of St. Louis and St. Louis County, as well as downed and uprooted trees. Roof damage also was reported at a Wentzville school.

 

A trained spotter reported that a mobile home in Scott County was destroyed, but no one was injured.

 

Forecasters issued a series of tornado and thunderstorm warnings across a large swath of eastern Missouri and several other Midwestern states. Extensive damage has been reported in several Illinois communities.

 

 

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN STRONG ARM ROBBERY

 

A suspect has been arrested in connection to a recent robbery that took place at the Poplar Bluff Walmart.

 

According to Poplar Bluff Police, 17 year old Marquis Deshun Wiggins has been arrested in the strong arm robbery, which occurred the morning of November the 6th at the Poplar Bluff Walmart.

 

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, a shoplifting suspect was stopped by a Walmart loss prevention associate as the suspect was exiting the store with a piece of merchandise.

 

The suspect allegedly struck the associate and pushed him to the ground. He then dropped the merchandise and fled.

 

Officers used a still photograph from the Wal-mart surveillance video, along with additional photos of his apparent juvenile companions.

 

According to authorities, on Thursday, two juveniles enrolled in the Poplar Bluff schools.  The school employees recognized them from the photos. The teens were accompanied by their mother and older brother.  The older brother was later identified as the suspect.

 

 

MISSOURI MAN DIES IN ATV CRASH

 

A 26 year old eastern Missouri man has been killed in an ATV accident.

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Chad M. Unterreiner. of Perryville, died Friday night when the ATV he was on collided with another ATV in Ste. Genevieve County. Both drivers were ejected.

 

Unterreiner was pronounced dead at the scene. The other ATV driver was taken to a St. Louis hospital in serious condition.

 

 

BOLLINGER COUNTY DOG SHOT WITH ARROW

 

A Bollinger County dog has been shot with an arrow and the dog’s owner is seeking answers.

 

The Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office say they are investigating after a dog was shot with an arrow on Friday.

 

Sherry Sullivan, the owner of the mixed pit bull dog, says her children discovered that the 7 year old dog was injured with an arrow sticking out of him.

 

Sullivan took the dog to emergency services where the arrow was removed.

 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

HOBBY LOBBY IS COMING TO POPLAR BLUFF

 

A Hobby Lobby is coming to Poplar Bluff this spring.

 

According to a spokesperson for Hobby Lobby, a date has not been set. Hobby Lobby has leased the 48,800 square foot section of Valley Plaza in the former Montgomery Ward building along Maud Street. The Goodwill Industries will move to another part of the complex.

 

Jim Bailey, the owner of the Valley Plaza and Mansion Mall shopping centers has been renovating the building and plans to turn it over to Hobby Lobby on February 1st.

 

Hobby Lobby plans to hire 30 to 50 local employees with hourly pay starting at $14.00 an hour for full time work and $9.50 for part time.

 

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO BEGIN WORK ON $6.2 MILLION PROJECT

 

The Three Rivers College Board of Trustees has awarded a nearly $6.2 million contract for a new classroom building.

 

According to the College, work will begin in December on the 38,000 square foot, two story building that will be located on the hillside east of the library and Westover buildings. It will house humanities and social sciences programs. The project is being funded by the sale of bonds, a $2.6 million federal safe-room grant and donations.

 

Construction is set to begin in December and should finish in the spring of 2015.

 

 

BLYTHEVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY IS FULL

 

The Blytheville Humane Society is listed as “critically full.”

 

According to BHS President Pam Ford, the shelter has been no-kill for over two years, leading to the need for more accommodations, more employees, extra work hours and the need for extra donations.  The shelter is set up to house 45 animals, but currently has 60.

 

The Humane Society staff is looking for foster homes and encouraging people to adopt, but for the right reasons. With the holidays approaching, there is one surge they don’t want – people trying to adopt as a gift.

 

Animals available for adoption or foster homes are listed on the Blytheville Humane Society Facebook page.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR NIXON SHIFTS LEFT POLITICALLY

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has taken a new, more left-leaning approach in his second term.

 

Nixon has long been a Democrat. But he could have passed himself off as a moderate Republican during his first four years as governor. He cut taxes, spending and thousands of government jobs. And Nixon shied far away from President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

 

Since he won re-election a year ago, however, Nixon has sought to expand Missouri’s Medicaid eligibility under Obama’s health care law. He vetoed a big income tax cut and numerous other bills passed by the Republican-led Legislature. And this past week, Nixon came out in support of gay marriage.

 

Some political scientists say Nixon appears to be re-positioning himself to appeal to national Democrats.

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ACCIDENTAL EXPLOSION KILLS MARINE FROM POPLAR BLUFF

A Marine from Poplar Bluff was killed in an explosion on Wednesday.

According to the United States Marine Corps, 32 year old Staff Sergeant Eric W. Summers was one of four marines killed during a range maintenance operation aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

The Marine Corps have not released a cause for the accident, but the incident is under investigation.
CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN ARRESTED ON ATTEMPTED ROBBERY CHARGE

A Cape Girardeau man is facing an attempted robbery charge.

Evan Johnson Jr. was arrested in connection to an attempted robbery on November 6th.

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, The attempted robbery occurred when two subjects discussed buying an Xbox from the victim.

One of the subjects pulled out a gun and the other allegedly tried to punch the victim and take his Xbox. When the victim fled he heard two gunshots. One of those shots grazed his left calf, causing a minor injury.

Johnson is charged with attempted robbery and armed criminal action.

Cape Girardeau police say that the shooter is not in custody.
SUSPECT IN CHARLESTON SHOOTING RETURNED TO MISSOURI

A suspect in a shooting in Charleston has been returned to Missouri.

According to the Charleston Department of Public Safety, Mark Mowery is suspected of shooting two people on July 4th. Mowery was arrested in North Carolina in July but he declined to waive extradition.

A governor’s warrant was obtained to force him to return to Missouri and earlier this week officers of the Charleston DPS took custody of Mowery and returned him to Charleston. Mowery is being held on charges of 1st degree assault, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon.
HEALTH FAIR TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF

A Health Fair will be held today in Poplar Bluff.

The Three Rivers College Department of Nursing and Allied Health is hosting a Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bess Activity Center.

The event, which is free to the public, will feature health screenings, informational sessions along with nutrition and fitness information.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to have medication questions answered by an expert from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
MAN ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF GROPING WOMEN

Cape Girardeau Police have arrested a man who allegedly has been groping women.

According to authorities, there have been reports from multiple women since November 4th saying they were grabbed or touched by a man on a bicycle.

18 year old James Corey Griswell has been taken into custody and is facing assault charges.
TWO POPLAR BLUFF TEAMS PLACE IN ROBOTICS COMPETITION

Two Poplar Bluff School Elementary Robotics teams placed in a recent competition.

At the FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition last week in Cape Girardeau, the fifth grade team, the Robomules, won the robot award and will compete next month in St. Louis.

The sixth grade team, Mighty United Lego Engineering Students, came in fifth place.
INVESTIGATION ONGOING INTO DUNKLIN COUNTY HOUSE FIRE

An investigation is ongoing into a house fire earlier this week in Dunklin County.

According to KFVS, bone fragments were uncovered in the area of a heating stove in the home. A relative of the homeowner had reportedly gone to the residence and has not been heard from.

The state fire marshal’s office is involved in the investigation.
MISSOURI TO BEGIN ACCEPTING JOINT STATE TAX RETURNS FILED BY MARRIED SAME-SEX COUPLES

Governor Jay Nixon says Missouri will begin accepting state tax returns jointly filed by same-sex couples who have legally married in other states.

Nixon announced an executive order on the issue Thursday, saying it applies only to tax filing status and does not permit same-sex marriage. Missouri requires couples who file joint federal returns to also file their state taxes jointly.

Speaking at a news conference, the Democratic governor also said he believes that if “folks want to get married, they should be able to get married.”

Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage in 2004.
MISSOURI RANKED 12 IN NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

A new report ranks Missouri 12th nationwide in the number of international students enrolled in colleges and universities.

The Institute of International Education says there were 17,300 international students in Missouri during the 2012-2013 academic year. That was up nearly 8 percent from the previous year.

China accounted for more than 33 percent of international students at Missouri colleges and universities last year. About 13 percent were from India and roughly 8 percent came from Saudi Arabia.

The University of Missouri-Columbia had the highest number with nearly 2,500, while Washington University in St. Louis had more than 2,200 students from other countries.

The number of Missouri students studying abroad increased by almost 300, to more than 4,900.
BRIDGE REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR INTERSTATE 55 TODAY

Northbound I-55 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge repairs.

The bridge is located at the Dutchtown Exit.

Weather permitting, work will take place today from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

 

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TEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING FIGHT OUTSIDE OF BROOKLAND SCHOOL

 

Authorities say 10 people were arrested after a fight broke out in the parking lot of a northeast Arkansas school.

 

Craighead County authorities say the incident began early Sunday at a dance club in Jonesboro and the group met up again at a Brookland school parking lot to fight. The Jonesboro Sun reports that all 10 people who were arrested were adults.

 

The 10 people were arrested on charges including disorderly conduct, public intoxication, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing governmental operations.

 

 

MAN FACING CHARGES FOLLOWING WRECK IN LAWRENCE COUNTY

 

A Hoxie man is facing charges following a wreck on Tuesday.

 

According to authorities, 38 year old Timothy Starling allegedly told deputies that he had stolen a vehicle after getting into an accident with his.

 

Starling is facing charges including theft of property, DWI, and leaving the scene of an accident.

 

 

TWO POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS CHOSEN TO PERFORM WITH STATE CHOIR

 

One Poplar Bluff student has been selected to perform with the All-State Choir, with another student waiting in the wings.

 

Mara McClintock was chosen by a panel of judges during an audition last weekend to be one of four sopranos to represent the Southeast District. Nicholas Ducote was also chosen as a backup tenor. Ducote will rehearse with the rest of the members of the district and be prepared to fill in, if needed.

 

The All-State Choir will perform at the Missouri Music Educators Conference in January at the Lake of the Ozarks.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL OFFICIAL AWARDED STATEWIDE HONOR

 

A Poplar Bluff School official was given a statewide award last week during the Missouri School Public Relations Association fall conference.

 

Poplar Bluff R-1 Communications/Marketing Coordinator Tim Krakowiak was chosen for the Award of Merit in the writing category for an article earlier this year which highlighted CNN recognizing Poplar Bluff School’s anti-bullying efforts.

 

 

THREE RIVERS TO HOLD MASS CASUALTY TRAINING

 

Three Rivers College will hold its third annual mass casualty training on Tuesday, November, 26th.

 

The training will help prepare students in participating programs to be prepared for a mass casualty emergency, such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

 

Students from several fields of study will participate in the training, including graduating nursing students, EMT and Paramedic students, fire science students, and members of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association Training Academy.

 

The training will also receive support from local ambulance services and fire departments.

 

In keeping with the training’s focus on realism, the students themselves will coordinate much of the event, with students serving in leadership and command/control positions as they would in a real disaster.

 

The college is keeping the type of “disaster” under wraps, so that students have no chance to prepare beforehand.

 

 

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS TO KICK OFF ON NOVEMBER 29TH

 

The annual Festival of Lights Christmas Auto Tour will kick off this year on November 29th.

 

Visitors will be able to see the displays at the Redman Creek East Campground at Lake Wappapello. Last year, the Festival of Lights was enjoyed by approximately 22,500 visitors.

 

The tour will be open from November 29th to December 29th.

 

For more information, call 573-222-8562.

 

 

PATRON OF THE ARTS SEASON TO CONTINUE THIS WEEKEND

 

The Three Rivers Patrons of the Arts season continues this weekend with three performances of the Velveteen Rabbit.

 

The show will be performed on Saturday at 2 pm at the Dexter High School Auditorium, and at 7 pm at the Sikeston Field House. A Sunday performance will be held at 2 pm at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center in Poplar Bluff. Admission is $5 per person.

 

The Velveteen Rabbit tells the story of a little boy and his stuffed bunny who wonders what it means to be “real.” After years of adventure and devotion, the bunny becomes a truly beloved friend and is magically transformed into a real woodland rabbit.

 

The show is a production of the Imaginary Theatre Company from St. Louis.

 

Tickets are available at the Dexter Chamber of Commerce and the Center at Dexter; the Sikeston Public School Foundation offices and the Center at Sikeston; the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce and the Three Rivers College Business Office. Tickets can also be purchased online at trcc.edu/tinnin.

 

 

MISSOURIANS ADVISED TO PREPARE FOR WINTER

 

Amid a late fall cold snap, Missouri officials are advising residents to prepare for winter weather.

 

The State Emergency Management Agency, Department of Health and Senior Services and other agencies are promoting November 20 as “winter weather awareness day.”

 

Officials advise assembling separate emergency kits for homes and motor vehicles.

 

The home kit should have bottled water, food that can be prepared during a power outage, flashlights, batteries and a first aid kit.

 

Winter car kits should include a blanket, snacks, jumper cables, a shovel and sand. Motorists should make sure cell phones are charged when driving during winter.

 

Officials also urge people to be careful shoveling snow and to make sure fireplaces, woodstoves and oil heaters are working.

 

 

MISSOURI DEMOCRATIC SENATORS WALK OUT OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERING MEDICAID CHANGES

 

Democratic lawmakers have walked out of a Missouri Senate committee considering changes to the Medicaid program because Republicans aren’t proposing expanded eligibility.

 

The three Democratic members of the Senate Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation and Reform rose from their seats and left the room Wednesday as the panel started discussing its recommendations.

 

A draft report prepared for the Republican-led committee includes as its first recommendation that Missouri should expand managed care in its Medicaid health care program for the poor.

 

Democrats said they didn’t want to consider any of the recommendations unless the committee was also willing to look at expanded eligibility for low-income adults.

 

Committee Chairman Gary Romine, a Republican from Farmington, said he wants to first improve the current Medicaid program before considering whether to enlarge it.