INSTALLATION BEGINS ON ACCESSIBLE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AT BACON PARK

 
Installation began this week on accessible playground equipment at Bacon Park in Poplar Bluff.

KWOC News spoke with Subrina Berger with the Kiwanis Club of Poplar Bluff about the project.

“Wednesday afternoon have about 30 volunteers from the community and different organizations here at bacon Park which is owned by the Kiwanis Club and maintained and so we basically put together a project 3 years ago to install accessible equipment and that means that children of all abilities and disabilities should have a place to play.

Our reasoning behind that is if they learn to play together, they learn to work together. We are actually installing phase one today and in order to do that we needed to raise approximately $65,000.

We were very fortunate a year ago to have won $25,000 worth of playground equipment from landscape which is a company that works with Kiwanis International and that $25,000 worth of equipment made phase one possible for us because after 3 years of trying to raise the money a year at a time through different projects like the Kiwanis haunted house or the Nashville music concert series, It’s been a slow process but one that I know that a lot of people are passionate about. So the completion of phase 1 is a huge victory for us.

Phase two is going to start right away. The fundraising begins in December with our 2nd Annual Nashville concert music series, which is brought to us by producers out of Nashville and local Artists as well as artists from across the country and national television shows. They come to Poplar Bluff and they come here for free and they are here to support the purpose of this playground and that is to make it accessible to all children.

Phase two will cost us approximately $70,000. We have a long way to go but we know we’re going to get there. I couldn’t say thank you enough and I actually am going to tear up because this is so near and dear to my heart. I have a child who does not need accessible equipment, but I don’t know that tomorrow he won’t.

So I have that passion instilled in my heart and I know that there are a million people out there who feel the same way. Whether we need it today or need it tomorrow, it’s planning ahead and making sure that every child can play.”

 

 
CHANCES OF THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE WEEKEND

 
The weekend is almost here and with it comes the chance of thunderstorms.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service, our region has a chance of thunderstorms beginning late Saturday night and continuing over most of the region through Monday.

Weather officials say that the best chances will be Sunday into Sunday night, when a few strong to severe storms cannot be ruled out. Heavy rainfall and lightning will be the most prevalent threats through the period.

 

 
DATE SET FOR RELAY FOR LIFE IN POPLAR BLUFF

 
A Relay for Life event has been scheduled for September in Poplar Bluff.

The event will be held from 6 pm to Midnight on September 15th at Fred M. Morrow Stadium.

Relay for Life is a family friendly event that benefits the American Cancer Society. Organizers say there will be activities for all ages at the event.

Area Businesses can form a team or host a one-time fundraiser to partner with Relay for Life.

 

 
ALZHEIMER’S WORKSHOP TO BE HELD THIS MONTH IN MALDEN

 
A workshop has been scheduled for this month to help attendees learn about Alzheimer’s disease.

The workshop, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, will be held from 6 to 7 pm on Tuesday, August 15th at the Twin Oaks Adult Day Care Center in Malden.

Attendees will find out how to recognize the signs of Alzheimer’s disease, learn the benefits of early detection, and discover resources to help.

If you would like to register for the event, call 573-276-2929.

 

 
MATTHEWS MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON FELONY CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT

 
A Matthews man has been taken into custody on a felony controlled substance warrant.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 49 year old Jerry Marks was arrested Thursday evening on a felony warrant out of New Madrid County for possession of a controlled substance.

Following the arrest, Marks was held in New Madrid County.

 

 
WOMAN ARRESTED IN STODDARD COUNTY ON WARRANTS FOR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

 
Authorities in Stoddard County say an area woman was in custody this morning following her arrest on a warrant.

Officials with the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department tell KWOC News that 37 year old Marsha Lynn Thomas, of Dexter, was recently arrested on warrants for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Her bond was set at $5000 and she remained in jail as of this morning.