Oak Grove Classroom Newsletters for March 2016

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To stay on top of the news in your child’s classroom, please read the latest Oak Grove Elementary classroom newsletters. Here are the newsletters for March 2016. Check back every week for the latest editions. Week of February 29th-March 4th-Celebrate Reading with Dr. Seuss Monday- Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Wear …read more

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Monday February 29, 2016

SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING NEW MADRID COUNTY MAN
A search is underway for a missing New Madrid County man.

New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens says 56 year old Terry Cunningham, of Hartzell, has been missing since Friday morning.

He was last seen on a yellow and white Polaris Trailblazer ATV in the Gideon and Clarkton area. An image of Cunningham is available on our Facebook page.

Anyone who has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, at 573-748-2516.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN JAILED ON FELONY METH CHARGE
Authorities have taken a Poplar Bluff man in custody on a felony meth charge.

According to the Highway Patrol, 24 year old Steve Montgomery was arrested Friday night on charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and marijuana possession.

Montgomery reportedly also had a warrant out of Butler County for failure to appear for possession of a controlled substance.

 

ANOTHER AREA COMMUNITY REPORTING TELEPHONE SCAM
Another area community is reporting that phone scams have been targeting their residents.

Officials with the Kennett Police Department tell KWOC News they have been working several telephone scams in the past few weeks that were especially targeting the elderly.

In the scam the caller will contact the victims and tell them that they are a family member and state they have been put in jail and need some money to be bonded out. At this point the suspect will ask them to send money to a location.

Anyone who receives a call like this is advised to contact the Kennett Police Department or their local law enforcement agency.

 

THREE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO METHAMPHETAMINE INVESTIGATION
An investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Division has resulted in the arrest of three men.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter tells us that Richard Strong, Nicholas Martin, and Dakota Betts were all taken into custody on Friday.

Carter says the arrests were for delivery of crystal methamphetamine.

 

68 YEAR OLD MAN SHOT AND KILLED DURING ALTERCATION WITH A FAMILY MEMBER
Poplar Bluff Police are investigating a shooting death.

Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department tell us that 68 year old Randall Roberts was involved in an altercation with a family member when he was shot and killed last week.

Police are investigating the incident; however officials say it does not appear that charges will be sought at this time.

 

WAYNE COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR 24 HOURS
Route 34 in Wayne County will be closed today so contractor crews can perform railroad crossing repairs.

The work zone will be located from County Road 451 to County Road 459.

Route 34 will be closed beginning at 9 am this morning. The road will then reopen at 9 am on Tuesday. Officials say that a detour route will be posted.

Friday February 26, 2016

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE FIND APPROXIMATELY NINE POUNDS OF SUSPECTED MARIJUANA IN CALIFORNIA MAN’S VEHICLE
Police say a California man is in custody in connection to the discovery of approximately nine pounds of suspected marijuana.

Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley spoke with KWOC News about the arrest.

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SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK LEAVES ADVANCE MAN WITH SERIOUS INJURIES
An Advance man suffered serious injuries Wednesday night in a single vehicle wreck in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Highway Patrol tell us that 25 year old Joshua Duncan had swerved to miss an animal on Route O before his vehicle ran off the road, struck an embankment, and overturned.

Duncan, who was reportedly not wearing a safety device, was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

 

DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG WARRANT
A Dexter man has been taken into custody on a drug warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 25 year old Dustin Scott Mitchell was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

As of this morning, Mitchell remained in jail on a $35,000 bond.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL TO HOST DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT
Poplar Bluff Middle School will be hosting a Dodgeball Tournament tomorrow for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The event will start at 10 am at the Poplar Bluff High School gym.

All teams will be coed and can have up to 10 players. There will also be a best t-shirt design contest and a most creative team name contest.

100 percent of the proceeds will go to St. Jude. For more information, call Melanie Schalk at 785-5566.

 

SMOKE DETECTOR INSTILLATION CAMPAIGN EVENT TO BE HELD ON MONDAY
Preparations are under way here at River Radio for the upcoming Smoke Detector Instillation Campaign.

Area residents will be able to call in on Monday to set up an appointment to get a smoke detector installed in their residence.

We spoke with Sara Gerau from the American Red Cross about the event.

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The event will run from 7 am to 11 am and you can hear it live here on Today’s Talk 93.3 FM and 930 AM KWOC.

Anyone who cannot make a call during that time period can go online to getasmokealarm.org (GET A SMOKE ALARM DOT ORG) to set up an instillation.

 

MULTIPLE METH ARRESTS MADE WEDNESDAY IN GREENE COUNTY
Authorities in Greene County say multiple meth related arrests were made on Wednesday.

According to Greene County Sheriff David Carter, Dennis Huffins and Bailey Bowling were both taken into custody late Wednesday in separate arrests.

Carter says both people were arrested for possession of crystal methamphetamine with purpose to deliver.

 

11TH ANNUAL MASON-DIXON CHILI SOCIETY CHILI COOK OFF SET FOR THIS WEEKEND
Many area cooks will be meeting this weekend at the Black River Coliseum to see who can make the best chili.

The 11th Annual Mason-Dixon Chili Society Chili Cook Off is scheduled for 11 am to 2 pm Saturday at the Coliseum.

Proceeds from the event will go to the United Gospel Rescue Mission. For more information, contact Sandy Wood at 573-778-8157.

 

POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN MOCK SHARK TANK
Poplar Bluff middle school students recently presented some of their innovative ideas during a mock ‘Shark Tank.’

Students went before a panel of judges with inventions including a baseball fetcher, Wi-Fi enhancer, shoe-tying device, singing voice corrector, vital organ preserver and scented T-shirt for when deodorant application is forgotten.

Students started the cross-curricular project-based learning assignment last month by studying famous inventors and the impact their innovations had on society. They then thought up inventions to resolve inconveniences in their own lives, and made commercials to sell the products to their classmates.

Finally, Sixth Grade Science Teacher Cody Young selected the top six groups to participate in the ‘Shark Tank,’ which was modeled after the popular reality series.

Thursday February 25, 2016

KENNETT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER
A Kennett man will be sentenced in April after pleading guilty to a murder charge.

According to Missouri Case Net, Allan Branum pled guilty to 2nd degree murder on Wednesday. The charge is in connection to the 2014 shooting death of his wife Regena Branum.

Branum’s sentencing date was set for April 21st.

 

PIEDMONT MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES
A Piedmont man is facing multiple drug related charges following his arrest in Wayne County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell us that 25 year old Timothy Whitaker was taken into custody shortly after 6 pm Wednesday on charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.

Whitaker is also facing a felony charge of 1st degree child endangerment.

 

SECOND CANDIDATE FILES FOR BUTLER COUNTY EASTERN DISTRICT COMMISSIONER
A second candidate has filed for the Butler County Eastern District Commissioner seat.

Broseley resident Bobby King filed for the spot on Wednesday. King is challenging incumbent Don Anderson who filed for reelection on Tuesday.

The primary election will be held in August.

 

THREE RIVERS LITERARY MAGAZINE RECEIVES NATIONAL HONORS
Three Rivers College’s annual literary journal has been chosen for a national honor.

“Confluence,” received two awards from the American Scholastic Press Association for its 2015 issue. The journal, which is put together by the college’s languages department, contains poetry, short fiction, and essays written by Three Rivers’ students, faculty, and staff.

“Confluence” was one of five literary magazines to receive “First Place with Merit.” The award is given for excellence in design, layout, content, and editing. The journal also received the Outstanding Theme award for its “Back to the Future” theme.

The magazine is distributed for free each year at Three Rivers’ open mic poetry night. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, April 26th, at 6 pm in room 108 of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center on the college’s Poplar Bluff campus.

Admission to the event is free.

 

ARREST MADE AFTER STOLEN ITEMS RECOVERED FROM DUNKLIN COUNTY RESIDENCE
One man has been arrested after authorities recovered several stolen items from a Dunklin County residence.

A search warrant was executed at the residence in Senath and authorities found items, including hand tools and four wheelers, which had been taken during burglaries in Dunklin and Pemiscot Counties.

31 year old Trent Martin, of Senath, was taken into custody. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests could be made.

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON WAYNE COUNTY WARRANTS
A Poplar Bluff woman has been taken into custody in Butler County on multiple warrants.

According to authorities, 37 year old Tracy Rodgers was arrested Wednesday night on Wayne County warrants for narcotic possession and identity theft.

Following the arrest, Rodgers was held in the Butler County Jail.

 

ONLY TWO COMPETITIVE RACES SO FAR FOR MISSOURI SENATE AND HOUSE SEATS AFFECTING BUTLER COUNTY
Missouri State Senator Doug Libla and State Representative Steve Cookson are both facing Democratic challengers to their seats this fall.

Both Republicans filed for reelection this week to the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Bill Burlison, of Wardell, filed for Libla’s position as Senator for District 25, which covers eight counties including Butler, Stoddard, and Carter.

Cookson will face Matt Michel, of Fairdealing, for representative of District 153, which covers all of Carter and Ripley County, along with Northern Butler County and Southern Wayne County.

Southeast Missouri’s Representative for the United States Congress will have a race in both the primary and the general election this year.

Incumbent Jason Smith, of Cape Girardeau, will take on Todd Mahn, of Desoto, and Phillip Smith, of Gatewood, in the Republican primary. Libertarian Jonathan Shell, of Fredericktown, also filed for the seat.

 

MEETING TO BE HELD IN QULIN TO DISCUSS UPCOMING BUTLER AND DUNKLIN COUNTY BRIDGE PROJECT
Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be holding a public meeting today in Qulin to discuss an upcoming bridge project in Butler and Dunklin Counties.

The project includes constructing a bridge over the St. Francis River on Route 53 to replace the existing St. Francis River and overflow bridges at the location.

Improvements are expected to begin in Spring 2017, with completion anticipated in Fall 2018.

A public meeting to discuss the project will be held from 4 to 6 pm at the Qulin Middle School.

Project Manager Eric Krapf tells us that visitors can stop-by anytime between 4 and 6 pm to discuss the details of the project with a member of the project team and provide their comments.

O’Neal to celebrate Dr. Seuss

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O’Neal Elementary School will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday Feb. 29-March 4, 2016, as part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America project. Help us celebrate each day. Monday – Cat in the Hat Day (wear red and white) Tuesday – I Am Not Going To Get Up Today …read more

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Wednesday February 24, 2016

FILING OPENS FOR BUTLER COUNTY PRIMARY ELECTION
Filing has started for the Butler County Primary Election to be held in August.

According to Butler County Clerk Tonyi Deffendall, 11 Republicans filed for the election Tuesday morning.

Butler County Public Administrator Sharron Payne and Sheriff Mark Dobbs, and Eastern District Commissioner Don Anderson all filed for reelection.

Jeff Rolland, Terry Cochran, Paul Petty, and Dennis LeGrand all entered the race for Western District Commissioner. Chris Rickman and Penny McGath are both seeking the Assessor position. Andy Moore and Bob Crawford both filed for Coroner.

 

ONE TO THREE INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE FOR THIS MORNING IN POPLAR BLUFF
Another round of winter weather is sweeping over the area this morning and motorists are advised to slow down while on the road.

Snow and rain is expected to continue throughout the day today with snow accumulation possibly getting up to around 3 inches in Poplar Bluff.

Some of our northern counties could receive around four inches of snow.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6 pm. A Wind Advisory has also been issued due to frequent wind gusts which could hit 50 miles per hour.

 

TWO ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES IN WAYNE COUNTY
Two Piedmont residents are facing a meth charge in connection to their arrest Tuesday evening in Wayne County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 43 year old George McMullin and 33 year old Kimberly Meinhardt were each taken into custody shortly before 6 pm on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

They are both also facing child endangerment charges.

 

BROSELEY WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
Authorities say an area woman was injured Tuesday night in a single vehicle wreck.

According to authorities, a vehicle driven by 55 year old Connie Diel, of Broseley, ran off the side of County Road 621 in New Madrid County and struck a utility pole.

Diel was taken to Missouri Delta Hospital in Sikeston with serious injuries.

 

ADDITIONAL CHARGES FILLED AGAINST TWO BENTON RESIDENTS
Two Benton residents who were arrested last month for possession of child pornography are now facing additional charges.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter tells us that Grand Jury Indictment warrants have been issued for 67 year old Clayton Counts and 58 year old Judith Gray.

The two were arrested in January after deputies found an inappropriate photograph of a child who was less than 18 years of age in a Benton residence. The victim identified the photograph as one that Clayton Counts had taken.

Counts has been charged with seven counts of 1st degree statutory rape, three counts of forcible rape, three counts of forcible sodomy, possession of child pornography, and unlawful use of a firearm. He remains in the Scott County Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.

Judith Gray has been charged with three counts of forcible rape, three counts of forcible sodomy, and possession of child pornography. Gray is in custody with a $50,000 cash or surety bond.

 

WAPPAPELLO WOMAN CHARGED WITH FELONY ASSAULT FOLLOWING WRECK
A Wappapello woman is facing a felony assault charge following a Monday night wreck in Stoddard County.

According to the Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 63 year old Elizabeth Poirier ran into a ditch off of the North Outer Road of US 60 near Dexter.

Both Poirier and a passenger in the vehicle suffered moderate injuries.

A short time after the wreck, Poirier was arrested on charges of careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident and felony 2nd degree assault.

 

POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC TEAM RECEIVES $1000 IN GRANTS
Poplar Bluff students will be able to go to quiz bowl camp thanks to recent grant money.

The Academic Assistance Group approved a $750 mini-grant for the Poplar Bluff High School Academic Team to go toward registration and travel to the 2016 ACE Quiz Bowl.

Matt’s Buzzers, an international program, has also awarded an additional $250 so the Academic Team can purchase a replacement buzzer system.

Tuesday February 23, 2016

KINDERGARTEN STUDENT HIT BY VEHICLE IN SIKESTON
The condition of a child that was hit by a vehicle Monday morning has not been released.

According to authorities, the kindergarten student ran into the road and was hit while waiting for a school bus in Sikeston.

Following the incident, the child was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO OFFER HISET TEST IN CARUTHERSVILLE
Three Rivers College will be offering a High School equivalence test next month in Caruthersville.

The HiSET High School Equivalence Test will be administered on Saturday, March 19th from 8 am to 4 pm at the Caruthersville High School.

The HiSET is an online test that covers writing, essay, math, science, social studies and reading.

The test is offered at the Three Rivers College main campus in Poplar Bluff on one Saturday a month.

Testing Coordinator Diane Patterson says that the March 19th exam is being offered to give people in surrounding areas a chance to take the HiSET closer to home.

For more information or to register for the test, go online to hiset.ets.org. The deadline to register is March 11th.

 

KIWANIS PANCAKE DAY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 5TH
The Kiwanis of Poplar Bluff will be hosting a Pancake Day next month.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 5th from 6 am to noon at the Poplar Bluff Junior High Cafeteria.

Tickets for the event are $5 and get you sausage, a drink, and all you can eat pancakes. Carry out will also be available. The event is being held to benefit Bacon Park.

 

FOURTEEN CITATIONS ISSUED DURING DEXTER CLICK IT OR TICKET MOBILIZATION
Officials with the Dexter Police Department tell us that 14 traffic citations were issued as a part of a click it or ticket mobilization held last week.

The mobilization on February 19th was a part of a statewide effort to get more motorists to buckle up.

Of the 14 citations issued, five were for motorists not wearing their seat belts.

 

DONIPHAN POLICE REPORT MULTIPLE COMPLAINTS OF SCAM PHONE CALLS
Authorities in Doniphan say they have received multiple reports of phone scam in the area.

Doniphan Police officials tell us that a business and an individual made the reports on Monday. They had received a call where a individual would say they are from Ozark Border and if you don’t pay them now your electric would be shut off.

The caller would know the exact amount of your last bill and then they give you a number to call. Officials with Ozark Border say this is a scam.

Police say that if you are to receive a call like this, do not give out any information or call the number they provide.

 

DATE SET FOR FAFSA FRENZY AT THREE RIVERS COLLEGE
The date has been set for the next FAFSA Frenzy event at Three Rivers College.

The event will be held on Sunday, February 28th from 2 to 4 pm.

FAFSA Frenzy is designed to help college students complete the FAFSA, a form required for federal financial aid. The event is open to all prospective college students, whether or not they intend to attend Three Rivers.

Students who attend the event will be entered to win a state scholarship, provided they enroll in a Missouri postsecondary program in the fall.

Participants should bring their 2015 W-2 forms, as well as copies of their 2015 tax forms if ready. If students or their parents have not yet filed 2015 returns, they should bring any statements of interest earned in 2015, any 1099 forms, and any other forms required to complete taxes.

For more information, go online to trcc.edu.

 

WESTWOOD BAPTIST ACADEMY LADY EAGLES CLAIM STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Westwood Baptist Academy Lady Eagles basketball team is celebrating a state championship.

The Lady Eagles beat Heartland Christian from Belton, 40 to 33 on Saturday to win the Missouri Christian School Athletic Association 2A Girls’ Basketball Championship.

Junior Shyla Brisher led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 14 points, closely followed by Freshman Maddy Brisher with 13 points, and Junior Sophie Nowak who had 10 points.

Growing Academic Team awarded $1,000

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The Poplar Bluff High School Academic Team has in recent weeks received $1,000 in grants, which will be used for requisite equipment and fees to send more students to Quiz Bowl camp. The Academic Assistance Group approved a $750 mini-grant to go toward registration and travel to the 2016 ACE …read more

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Mock ‘Shark Tank’ showcases student innovation

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Well-prepared Poplar Bluff Middle Schoolers gave seasoned business and school technology leaders a run for their money on Friday, Feb. 19, during a mock Shark Tank. Students impressed the panel of judges with clever inventions including a baseball fetcher, Wi-Fi enhancer, shoe-tying device, singing voice corrector, vital organ preserver and …read more

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