MULES BASEBALL TEAM TO PLAY IN STATE QUARTER-FINAL TODAY
The Poplar Bluff Mules baseball team is heading to St. Louis this morning ahead of their State Quarter-final later today.
The Mules will be playing the Vianney Golden Griffiths today for the chance to advance to the Class 5 State Semi-Finals against Fort Zumwalt West next week in O’Fallon.
First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 pm and will be broadcast live here on Today’s Talk 93.3 FM and 930 AM KWOC as well as online at KWOC.com.
Sikeston was eliminated in their Class 4 quarterfinal yesterday after losing to Lutheran South 5-4.
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND NORTHEAST ARKANSAS ARE UNDER AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE STORMS THIS WEEKEND
Weather officials say that the holiday weekend is bringing with it a greater chance of severe weather.
Both Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas are under an enhanced risk of severe weather for Saturday.
According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service, thunderstorms are forecast throughout the region Saturday through Sunday evening.
Any storms that develop through that time period may become severe, but the greatest threats will be late Saturday into Saturday night, and possibly again along the cold front Sunday afternoon and evening.
Any individual storm would pose a threat of very large hail to go along with damaging winds and possibly a few tornadoes. In addition, heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding where multiple storms train over the same locations.
MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST MAN FOR FAKE MEMORIAL
The Missouri Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against a Farmington man, alleging that that the man misled donors when soliciting donations for a memorial to honor fallen law enforcement officers.
Attorney General Josh Hawley tells KWOC News that Terry Lemons is accused of soliciting donations from businesses in southeast Missouri to raise awareness of law enforcement officers killed or injured in the line of duty through a portable memorial.
As part of his solicitations he used the fictitious name of “Thin Blue Line Tahoe” and falsely claimed it was a nonprofit corporation.
Hawley says Lemons actually used the funds to make his personal Chevrolet Tahoe look like a police patrol vehicle complete with radar equipment, shotgun, emergency lights, and a computer. He used the rest of the funds on personal purchases.
Those who may have contributed money to Lemons are urged to contact the Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 888-392-8222.
TRUCK HIT BY A TRAIN IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A man reportedly refused medical attention after his vehicle was hit by a train yesterday in Northeast Arkansas.
According to authorities, the incident occurred Thursday afternoon in Clay County.
The truck was going over the train tracks when it was hit by the train.
HIGHWAY PATROL ENCOURAGES DRIVERS AND BOATERS TO HAVE A SAFE HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Memorial Day weekend is upon us and the Missouri State Highway Patrol wants local drivers and boaters to remember to put safety first.
Captain John Hotz tells us that every available trooper will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists during the long holiday weekend.
Hotz says that motorists should know where work zones are located along your route, pay attention while you are driving, and buckle up. If you are planning time on or near the water, make sure you wear a life jacket as well.
Motorists or boaters in need of assistance or who want to report a crime can use the Highway Patrol’s Emergency Assistance number at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone.
MISSOURI STATE VETERANS CEMETERY TO HOLD MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM
The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield has announced they will be holding their annual Memorial Day Program again this year.
The ceremony is set to begin at 1 pm Monday at the Committal Shelter Plaza at the Cemetery.
The Keynote Speaker for this year’s program will be the Veterans Cemetery Directory, Kenneth Swearengin.
Officials say that families and friends of those interred, as well as the general public, are invited to attend.
For more information, call 573-568-3871.
TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE AT YOUR HOTEL WHILE ON VACATION
Today we are finishing our weeklong series on how to keep your family and possessions safe while on vacation by focusing on hotel safety.
Officials with the Poplar Bluff Police Department say that once you arrive, you should place all of your luggage in your room; do not leave anything in your vehicle.
Once you’re in your room, unpack your luggage. Arrange all your belongings so that you will notice if anything is missing. Also try to keep a daily check of all your belongings.
Do not leave valuables in your room when you are not there; take them with you. You can also place your extra cash, jewelry, or valuables in the hotel safe.
Also remember to use the door viewer to identify anyone requesting entry into your room. Do not open the door if you do not believe the person has a legitimate reason for being in your room.
DRIVERS URGED TO USE CAUTION IN THE AREA OF THE 100 MILE YARD SALE THIS WEEKEND
The annual 100 mile yard sale is this weekend and the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution.
The yard sale spans from Jackson to Kennett along Missouri State Highway 25 and will run through Memorial Day on Monday.
Traffic Engineer Craig Compas tells us that there will be more traffic and congestion along the highway this weekend than any other.
MoDOT will have message boards in place along the route to alert drivers of the unusual traffic patterns and promote safe driving.