Monday November 28, 2016

FAIRDEALING MAN FACING FELONY METH CHARGES
Authorities in Ripley County have arrested an area man on multiple felony charges.

According to the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, 24 year old Derek Pittman, of Fairdealing, was arrested shortly after 1 pm Friday on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia.

Pittman also had active warrants out of Butler County for miscellaneous traffic offenses.

Following the arrest, he was held in the Ripley County Jail.

 

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED SATURATION ENFORCEMENT OPERATION TO BE HELD IN BUTLER COUNTY
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be conducting a driving while intoxicated saturation enforcement operation next month in Southeast Missouri.

The operation will be conducted in Butler County by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies. The saturation is a mobile operation in which troopers saturate a specific area in an effort to arrest impaired drivers.

The Highway Patrol has also announced they will be holding a sobriety checkpoint in Stoddard County during December.

Specific dates were not given for the operations.

 

PALACE OF PRAISE CHURCH ACCEPTING REGISTRATION FOR 2016 ETF CHRISTMAS OUTREACH PROGRAM
The Palace of Praise Church in Poplar Bluff is accepting registrations for the 2016 ETF Christmas Outreach program.

Church officials say they are committed to helping 500 children this year with Christmas presents.

To be eligible, you need to contact the church office and pre-register your children. The Church office is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm at 1400 Herschel Bess Boulevard. You can also call 573-785-4232.

The deadline to register is Thursday, December 15th.

 

ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WAYNE COUNTY WRECK
A Doniphan man has been flown to a St. Louis hospital following a single vehicle wreck in Wayne County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 23 year old Jon Broyles was driving along Route E, east of Greenville, lost control of his vehicle, slid of the left side of the roadway, struck a highway sign, a telephone riser, then a tree, and overturned.

Broyles was flown to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

WINONA MAN ARRESTED IN CARTER COUNTY ON NUMEROUS DRUG CHARGES
A Winona man is facing numerous drug charges following his arrest in Carter County.

According to authorities, 42 year old William Counts was taken into custody early Sunday morning on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Counts is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

MODOT TO HELP GRANT CHRISTMAS WISHES TO AREA FAMILIES
The Missouri Department of Transportation will be participating in the Christmas Angels program again this year to help grant Christmas wishes to Southeast Missouri families.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, December 1st, with chili orders due by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29th. The cost is $5 and will include a 16-ounce cup of chili, crackers and chips.

Current MoDOT employees and retirees volunteer to cook, pack and deliver chili for the event. To place an order, call (573) 472-5294. The chili orders can then be picked up at the MoDot office in Sikeston on December 1st.

With the funds raised, volunteers purchase gifts for children who would not otherwise receive gifts. Last year, the event raised nearly $5,500-helping over 100 children.

 

POPLAR BLUFF SHO-ME BAND BOOSTER CLUB TO ORGANIZE ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR
The Poplar Bluff Sho-Me Band booster club is organizing an Arts and Crafts Fair that will be held later this week.

The fair is scheduled for 9 am to 2 pm this Saturday, December 3rd at the Poplar Bluff Junior High School Gymnasium.

The Entry fee will be $1 and booth rentals are also available for $40. All proceeds will go toward the Poplar Bluff Sho-Me Band.

For more information, contact DeAnne Goforth at 573-776-8323.

Foundation funds record amount of projects

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The Poplar Bluff Public School Foundation awarded over $4,000 in mini-grants for innovative classroom projects proposed by teachers representing four schools across campus, benefitting students from kindergarten to high school. In order to draw more faculty interest this year, the Foundation Board of Directors announced earlier that they would specifically …read more

Source: Poplar Bluff Mules

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

 

 

 

PEDESTRIAN INVOLVED IN FATAL WRECK IN BUTLER COUNTY

A pedestrian was involved in a fatal wreck this morning in Butler County.

The incident occurred early this morning on Highway 60. Few details have been released, however the Missouri State Highway Patrol says that there was one vehicle and one pedestrian included in the wreck.

The identities of the people involved have not been released.

 

TWO MEN TO BE HONORED BY HIGHWAY PATROL FOR THEIR ACTIONS AT THE SCENE OF A CRASH
Two men will be honored next week by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their actions at the scene of a motor vehicle wreck in October.

According to Captain Jeffrey Vitale with the Highway Patrol, on October 7th, Heath Moon and Jeffrey Thomas risked their personal safety and well-being by extricating an injured driver and a toddler from inside a burning vehicle near Naylor.

Both men will receive the Patrol’s Honorary Trooper Certificate at a presentation on Monday, November 28th at the Troop E Headquarters in Poplar Bluff. The presentation will begin at 9 am.

 
DEADLINE APPROACHING TO REGISTER FOR 2016 RIVER RADIO LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE
The deadline is approaching to get your business, church, or organization registered to participate in the 2016 River Radio Lighted Christmas Parade.

The deadline for entries is Friday, November 25th. Parade entry forms are available at River Radio, located at 1015 West Pine Street in Poplar Bluff and on our website.

The parade will be held on Friday, December 2nd. For more information, call 573-785-0881 today and ask to speak with Carrie.

 
STATE TROOPERS IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI TO PARTICIPATE IN ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers in Southeast Missouri will be participating in a peak travel crash reduction enforcement program during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Captain Jeffrey Vitale tells KWOC News that a trooper will be placed every 20 miles on Interstates 55 and 57, and on other selected secondary roads both today and Sunday.

Vitale says the objective of the project is to place a trooper in close proximity of motorists who may need assistance and to enforce aggressively all traffic violations which may contribute to unsafe traveling conditions.

 
PBHS CHOIR TO HOST PARENTS SHOPPING DAY FUNDRAISER ON FRIDAY
Parents who are planning to do some holiday shopping on Friday will also have an opportunity to help out the Poplar Bluff High School Choir.

The choir is hosting a Parent’s Shopping Day fundraiser at the Early Childhood Center from 4 am to 4 pm on Black Friday.

There will be day care services featuring entertainment and meals for students, preschool age through 12 years old.

To make a reservation for the day care services, which are available on a first come/first serve basis, email MPP teacher Traci Allen at traciallen@pb.k12.mo.us.

The cost will be $5 per hour for families who prepay during drop off, and $7 per hour for families who pay during pick up.

 
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AUTO TOUR BEGINS FRIDAY AT WAPPAPELLO LAKE
The official opening of the 24th Annual Festival of Lights Auto Tour will be held on Friday.

The tour is hosted by The Wappapello Lake Area Association and will be located at the Redman Creek Campground from dusk to 9 PM on weekends from November 25th through December 19th.

The Festival will then be open nightly from December 20th to December 25th. For more information, contact the Wappapello Lake Management Office at 573-222-8562.

 
OVER 1000 FREE TURKEY DINNERS SERVED DURING COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING
Over 1000 free turkey dinners were served last week during the annual Community Thanksgiving held in Poplar Bluff.

According to the Poplar Bluff School District, a total of 1,150 dinners were served during the event on November 15th at the Poplar Bluff High School.

In addition, $645 was raised to purchase Christmas gifts for residents of the Haven House, plus a large tote of clothing was collected for students in need.

The annual Community Thanksgiving was hosted by Chartwells School Dining Services in partnership with the R-I district.

Math Counts champion

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Poplar Bluff Middle School student Trey Nevel won the Math Counts championship on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Municipal Library, answering 58 multiplication questions correctly in two minutes. His fourth grade opponents were Dereck Burton, Elijah Hensley and Dahzire Hill. The top students vied in a series of qualifiers over …read more

Source: Poplar Bluff Mules

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

 

 

ARKANSAS WOMAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON ON MURDER CHARGE
A Northeast Arkansas woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on a murder charge.

According to authorities, 55 year old Kathy Jane Hart, of Maynard, has pled guilty to 2nd degree murder in connection to the death of her ex husband, John Hart.

John Hart’s body was discovered in November of 2015 near Harper Cemetery Road.

 
TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN STODDARD COUNTY WRECK
Two people were flown to separate hospitals following a single vehicle wreck Sunday in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell us the wreck occurred shortly after 12:30 pm Sunday on US 60. A vehicle, driven by 21 year old Morgan Shaw, of Sikeston, ran off the side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting two of the vehicle’s occupants.

23 year old Derek Masters, of Sikeston, and 23 year old Jerricah Whitmore, of Chaffee, were seriously injured during the wreck. Shaw suffered moderate injuries.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN KENNETT ON ASSAULT AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGES
A Kennett man was taken into custody over the weekend on multiple charges, including assault.

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers were dispatched to an area on Williams Street Saturday night to check on a disturbance that was taking place.

At the scene, officers arrested Jerry Risner Jr., of Kennett, on the charges of assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and possession of a controlled substance.

Following the arrest, Risner was transported to the Dunklin County Jail and held pending formal charges from the State Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

 
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI MAN WINS $100,000 ON ELECTION DAY
A Southeast Missouri man made a stop while on his way to vote earlier this month and it paid off handsomely for him.

On Election Day, 55 year old Carl Hampton, of Ellington, bought a Black Pearls Scratchers Ticket that ended up being a $100,000 winning ticket.

According to the Missouri Lottery, Hampton says he plans on using the winnings to fix up his place. He also made plans to finish what he had started to do that day and go vote.

 
ELEVATED FIRE DANGER FOR TODAY BEFORE SHOWERS HIT TONIGHT
While we do have some rain in the forecast for tonight and early tomorrow, weather officials are warning that we do have an elevated fire danger for today.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service, the combination of very dry air and dry vegetation will lead to an elevated fire danger through early afternoon today.

The outlook says there is also a small chance of thunderstorms in Southeast Missouri for late this afternoon and early this evening.

 

 

OVER $4,000 IN MINI GRANTS AWARDED BY THE POPLAR BLUFF PUBLIC SCHOOL FOUNDATION
Over $4,000 in mini-grants has been awarded by the Poplar Bluff Public School Foundation to benefit multiple projects proposed by area teachers.

The Foundation Board of Directors previously announced that they would specifically fund three $1,500 mini-grants during their bi-annual meeting on November 14th. Since a few of the projects of the eight submitted came in under the limit, the Foundation opted to fund an extra one.

Projects approved include GoPro cameras and a drone for Junior High science students to analyze experimentation; backend funding toward a mobile 3-D projector for Middle School STEM students; an incubator for an embryology program at the Kindergarten Center; and formalin feline cadavers so High School anatomy and physiology students can perform comparative dissections.

 
POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS SPEAK WITH NATIONAL POLITICAL JOURNALIST
Some students at Poplar Bluff High School got the chance to speak with a national political journalist last week.

Real Clear Politics reporter and CNN political commentator Rebecca Berg talked via Skype with Mitch Davis’ AP U.S. government and politics class last Thursday at the High School.

During the chat, Berg reflected on the presidential race, fielded questions from seniors about the Electoral College, third party candidates, political outsiders, and cabinet appointments and speculated on the next four years under President Elect Donald Trump.

Monday November 21, 2016

BURN BANS ARE STILL IN PLACE IN MULTIPLE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI COMMUNITIES

 

Burn bans are still in place for multiple communities in Southeast Missouri.

According to the authorities, a burn ban is in effect for all of Ripley County, due to potential high winds as well as extremely dry fuel conditions caused by drought.

The cities of Bloomfield, Bernie, Gideon, Puxico, and East Prairie also have burn bans in place until further notice.  There is a chance of rain Tuesday night and Wednesday across the area.

 

DONIPHAN WOMAN FACING THEFT CHARGE OUT OF RIPLEY COUNTY
A Doniphan woman has been arrested on multiple felony warrants in Ripley County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 41 year old Jessica Daves was taken into custody Saturday night, on multiple felony warrants – possession of a controlled substance and theft.

Following the arrest, Daves was held in the Ripley County Jail.

 

POPLAR BLUFF LEAF PICK UP SCHEDULE TO BEGIN TODAY
The leaf pick up schedule for the city of Poplar Bluff is set to begin today.

According to city officials, the vacuum will be in Ward 2 from today to December 2nd. It will move to other city wards in the following weeks.

Officials say that the Street Department has only one vacuum and it is over twenty years old and breaks down frequently, which might cause changes to the schedule.

For more information, contact the Street Department at 573-686-8646.

 

POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE DAYS OFF FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
Students in Poplar Bluff will be having a short school week for more than just the Thanksgiving holiday.

Poplar Bluff R-1 Superintendent Scott Dill tells us that in addition to having Thursday and Friday of this week off for Thanksgiving, classes will also be dismissed for the R-I Schools on Wednesday, November 23rd for a teacher collaboration day.

Dill says the regular class schedule is set to resume on Monday, November 28th.

 

MOTORISTS ENCOURAGED TO DRIVE SAFELY OVER THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Many Missouri residents are getting ready to get on the road to see family over the Thanksgiving holiday, but officials are urging motorists to keep safety in mind.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, during the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 13 people were killed and another 627 were injured in 1,817 traffic crashes.

During the holiday weekend, all available troopers will be assigned to Missouri’s roadways to enforce traffic laws, especially those related to impaired driving, driving over the speed limit, and seat belt/child restraint use. Troopers will also be assisting motorists as needed.

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.

 

CARUTHERSVILLE MAN ARRESTED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES
Authorities in Pemiscot County have arrested a Caruthersville man on multiple drug related charges.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 22 year old Jeffrey Treat, was taken into custody Friday evening on a charge of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following the arrest, Treat was taken to the Pemiscot County Jail.

 

POPLAR BLUFF SHO-ME BAND BOOSTER CLUB TO ORGANIZE ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR
The Poplar Bluff Sho-Me Band booster club is organizing an Arts and Crafts Fair that will be held in early December.

The fair is scheduled for 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, December 3rd at the Poplar Bluff Junior High School Gymnasium.

The Entry fee will be $1 and booth rentals are also available for $40. All proceeds will go toward the Poplar Bluff Sho-Me Band.

For more information, contact DeAnne Goforth at 573-776-8323.

 

 

Friday November 18, 2016

WAPPAPELLO WOMAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON NUMEROUS WAYNE COUNTY WARRANTS

 

A woman has been arrested in Wayne County on numerous warrants.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 41 year old Mica Myrick, of Wappapello, was arrested Thursday night on five warrants out of Wayne County, including one for felony possession of a controlled substance.

Myrick is also facing charges of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

TESTING SCHEDULE TO CHANGE AT MANY SOUTHEAST MISSOURI DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced that the testing schedule will change at many Southeast Missouri Driver Examination Stations.

According to Captain Jeffrey Vitale, the testing schedule will change at the Caruthersville, Dexter, Kennett, Marble Hill, and Portageville stations next month.

Beginning on December 1st, tests will be given in Dexter on Thursdays and the 4th Tuesday of each month, in Kennett on Wednesdays and the 3rd Tuesday of each month, and in Portageville on the 1st and 5th Tuesdays of each month.

Tests will also be given on Mondays in Caruthersville and on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Marble Hill.

All other Troop E driver examination schedules remain unchanged.

 

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AUTO TOUR BEGINS NEXT WEEK AT WAPPAPELLO LAKE
Next Friday will be the official opening of the 24th Annual Festival of Lights Auto Tour at Wappapello Lake.

The tour is hosted by The Wappapello Lake Area Association and will be located at the Redman Creek Campground from dusk to 9pm on Weekends from November 25th through December 19th.

The Festival will then be open nightly from December 20th to December 25th. For more information, contact the Wappapello Lake Management Office at 573-222-8562.

 

OFFICIALS IN NEW MADRID COUNTY ADVISE AGAINST BURNING
Authorities in New Madrid County are advising area residents to not burn anything.

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, the advisory is due to extreme dry conditions and high winds.

No timetable was given for how long the advisory would continue.

 

MAN ARRESTED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS FOR POSSESSION OF CRYSTAL METHAMPHETAMINE
Authorities in Northeast Arkansas tell KWOC News that a man has been taken into custody after he was found in possession of meth.

According to Greene County Sheriff David Carter, a deputy arrested Jason Morgan Wednesday afternoon for possession of crystal methamphetamine.

Morgan reportedly had a probation and parole warrant as well.

 

ANOTHER AREA UTILITY COMPANY WARNING CUSTOMERS OF SCAM CALLS
Following up on a story we brought to you yesterday, another area utility company is warning its customers to be on the lookout for scam callers.

The new warning is from Kennett City Light, Gas, and Water. The company says they have received notice that scammers are targeting CLGW customers.

A video of what the scam would sound like is available on the company’s Facebook page.

Earlier this week, Ozark Border Electric Cooperative in Poplar Bluff posted on Facebook that they have received scam reports from their customers as well.

Anyone in the Kennett area who receives one of these calls is asked to contact the CLGW office at 888-5366.

Thursday November 17, 2016

BURN BANS PUT IN PLACE IN MULTIPLE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI COMMUNITIES

 

Multiple communities in Southeast Missouri have decided to institute a ban on burning.

According to the Doniphan Fire Department, a 10 day burn ban went into effect for all of Ripley County on Wednesday due to potential high winds as well as extremely dry fuel conditions caused by drought.

The cities of Bernie, Puxico, and East Prairie also recently had burn bans go into effect until further notice.

 

POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT

 

The Poplar Bluff R-1 Board of Education will be holding their regularly scheduled monthly meeting tonight in the Board of Education Room at the Administrative Building.

The meeting includes an open session beginning at 7 pm. Some of the discussion items on the tentative agenda include district test scores, next year’s school calendar, and nutrition and physical fitness.

The tentative agenda also includes a closed session scheduled for 6 pm for legal and personnel issues.

 

POPLAR BLUFF CHURCH AND DAYCARE HOSTING FOOD DRIVE THIS WEEK

 

New Covenant Fellowship Church and Agape Daycare are hosting a food drive this week to stock the food pantry for local families’ Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals.

Officials tell KWOC News that area residents can drop off food at the church from 1 to 6 pm today.

You can also make a drop off any day this week at the Church and Daycare office from 8 am to 5:30 pm.

 

ILLINOIS MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON COCAINE RELATED CHARGE

 

Authorities in Butler County have arrested an Illinois man on a felony cocaine related charge.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 40 year old Marshall Busby, of Bartlett, Illinois, was taken into custody Wednesday morning on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – cocaine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

Busby also reportedly had a felony warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Following the arrest, Busby was held at the Butler County Jail.

 

OZARK BORDER WARNING CUSTOMERS OF SCAM CALLS

 

Ozark Border Electric Cooperative is warning its customers that they have been receiving reports of scam callers.

Customers are reportedly receiving calls from individuals impersonating Ozark Border, stating they have not paid their electric bill and attempting to collect payment for their unpaid bill over the phone.

Anybody who receives one of these calls should not provide the caller with any personal information and should contact Ozark Border at 573-785-4631.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS UNDERWAY FOR ROUTE 60 IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Eastbound Route 60 in Stoddard County is being reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The work zone is located between Route 51 and Route TT.

Weather permitting, work will continue through Friday, with the work zone being set-up overnight.