Friday, September 29, 2017

 

 

 

 

IRON HORSE FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND

 
Downtown Poplar Bluff will be the location for the 2017 Iron Horse Festival this weekend.

The festival will begin tonight with the Car Cruse In tonight from 5 to 8 pm.

On Saturday, a pancake breakfast will begin at 8 am at the Historic Train Depot and The Iron Horse Festival Run will be held at First Methodist Church.

The festival will officially open at 10 am on Saturday and will include artists, crafters, demonstrations, vendor’s booths, a Dog Show, and the Kids Zone in Downtown Poplar Bluff.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the day on Saturday by artists such as Kyle Richards, Thin Blue Line, Leeza Edmundson, and the Justin Heskett Band.

 

 
FRIDAY AT THE BUTLER COUNTY FAIR

 
The BBQ Contest is one of the headline events for tonight at the Butler County Fair.

The Fair has been set up at Ray Clinton Park in Poplar Bluff. Also on the schedule for tonight is the carnival, the 4h/FFA animal auction, a horseshoeing demonstration, Bootheel Truck and Tractor Pullers, and the Chalk Bluff Rodeo.

More information, along with a list of events and times, is available online at ButlerFair.org.

 

 
PARAGOULD MAN FACING RAPE CHARGES

 
A man has been taken into custody in Northeast Arkansas on multiple counts of rape.

Hipolito Rivera has been arrested by authorities in Paragould after being accused of raping two young children.

Rivera is facing two counts of rape and his bond has been set at $175,000.

 

 
FIVE INJURED IN MULTI VEHICLE WRECK IN SCOTT COUNTY

 
Multiple people were injured Thursday morning in a wreck near Benton.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle crashed into the back of another vehicle on Missouri Highway 77 shortly before 8 am Thursday. The second vehicle then hit another vehicle, which then struck a fourth vehicle.

A total of five people, including four children, were injured during the incident and transported to area hospitals.

 

 
ESSEX MAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT

 
Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested an Essex man on a controlled substance warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 30 year old Christopher Garrett Taylor was recently taken into custody on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Officials say that Taylor remained in jail as of this morning and his bond has been set at $7,500.

 

 
MALDEN DRIVER EXAMINATION TO BE TEMPORARILY MOVED BEGINNING TODAY

 

 

Anyone in Malden looking to take a Driver’s Exam today will have to go to an alternate location.

Captain Jeffrey Vitale of the Missouri State Highway Patrol tells KWOC News that the Malden Driver Examination Station will be conducted at the Malden Community Center today.

Driver testing will resume at the Malden Police Station on Friday, October 6th.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

 

 

 

 

STUDENT DETAINED AFTER MAKING THREATS OF VIOLENCE AT AREA SCHOOL

 
A student has been detained after allegedly making threats at an area school.

According to Alton R-4 Superintendent, Eric Allen, the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office was notified Wednesday after multiple students reported that another student had been making threats of violence at the school on social media and was in possession of a knife on campus.

Following an investigation by officers from the Alton Police Department and the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office, a fifteen year old student was detained and transferred to the custody of the 37th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Office.

 

 
THURSDAY AT THE BUTLER COUNTY FAIR

 
The Butler County Fair is set to get started today at Ray Clinton Park.

Multiple events are scheduled for tonight at the fair, including the opening of vendor and commercial exhibits, the petting zoo, barrel racing, and monster truck rides.

Tonight will also mark the opening of the carnival.

For more information, along with event times, go online to www.ButlerFair.org.

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS PREPARING FOR THREE DAY WEEKEND

 
Students in Poplar Bluff are preparing for a three day weekend.

Scott Dill, Superintendent of the Poplar Bluff School District, tells KWOC News that Poplar Bluff R-I Schools will not be in session on Friday for a teacher collaboration day

The regular class schedule is scheduled to resume on Monday, October 2nd.

 

 
RAILROAD CROSSING IN POPLAR BLUFF TO BE CLOSED IN OCTOBER

 
City officials in Poplar Bluff say that an a local railroad crossing will be closed beginning on Monday.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, the “C” Street Railroad Crossing in East Poplar Bluff will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday for track crossing improvements.

Officials say the closure is expected to last one month.

 

 
DATE SET FOR 15TH ANNUAL CHILD ABUSE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONFERENCE

 
The date has been set for the 15th Annual Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Conference.

According to the Butler County Community Resource Council, the event will be held from 8:30 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, October 31st at First United Methodist Church in Poplar Bluff.

Admission is free and lunch will be provided. The deadline to register is October 20th and seating will be limited to the first 100 that register.

For more information, call 573-776-7830 or visit www.thecrc.org.

 

 
MOTORCYCLE SKILLS TESTING TO BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED IN POPLAR BLUFF

 
State Officials have announced a temporary change for the Poplar Bluff Driver Examination Station.

On Friday, the motorcycle skills portion of the testing process will be suspended for the station on Friday due to another event at the site.

Written examinations and Class E and Class F skills tests will be offered as normally scheduled. Motorcycle skills testing will resume in Poplar Bluff on Monday, October 2nd.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 

 

 

 

ONE KILLED ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BUTLER COUNTY WRECK

 
A Williamsville woman was killed in a wreck last night in Butler County.

Butler County Coroner Andy Moore tells KWOC News that the wreck occurred at around 9:45 pm at the intersection of US 67 and Route W.

A vehicle, driven by 82 year old Constance Woodring, reportedly struck another vehicle while entering the intersection. Woodring was later pronounced dead at a Poplar Bluff hospital.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 17 year old male from Poplar Bluff, was seriously injured in the wreck.

 

 
ARREST MADE IN PARAGOULD HIT AND RUN INCIDENT

 
Updating a story we brought to you last week, an arrest has been made in connection to a hit and run incident in Paragould.

Officials with the Paragould Police Department tell KWOC News that on September 19th, officers responded to a call of a man that was lying in a ditch and bleeding from the head.

The man, identified as Ronald Pruett, of Paragould, was hospitalized with serious injuries. Witnesses told officers that Pruett was struck by a red van.

Paragould Police say that an arrest has been made, however they did not release the identity of the individual. Officials say that further information will be forthcoming.

 

 
BERNIE MAN ARRESTED ON LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT WARRANT

 
A Bernie man has been taken into custody in Stoddard County on a felony warrant.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 48 year old Jeffrey Stone was arrested Tuesday night on a felony Stoddard County warrant for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and a felony parole violation warrant.

Stone was also arrested on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – opiates.

Following the arrest, Stone was held at the Stoddard County Jail.

 

 
MAN ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED AT A STEELE MARKET

 
Authorities in Steele have made an arrest following a reported assault at an area business.

According to the Steele Police Department, last week officers responded to a local market in reference to an assault. At the scene, a man told officers that another man flourished a knife and then punched him in the face.

Officers subsequently arrested a 69 year old man from Steele on charges of assault and unlawful use of a weapon. The man’s name was not released.

 

 
WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

 
A recent traffic stop in Northeast Arkansas resulted in a drug arrest.

According to Greene County Sheriff David Carter, a deputy recently noticed a car weaving into the opposite lane and conducted a traffic stop.

During the stop, a K-9 officer alerted positive on the vehicle and the deputy found that Jodie Ray had 25 grams of crystal methamphetamine on her person along with several pills.

Ray was arrested and transported to the Greene County Detention Center.

 

 
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

 
Route AB in Stoddard County will be closed today so crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation can replace the culvert pipe under the roadway.

MoDOT officials say that work will take place today from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

The work zone will be located between County Road 510 and Route N.

Tuesday September 26, 2017

MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON ON RAPE CHARGE
A man has been sentenced to life in prison on rape and sodomy charges.

According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver, Steven McWhirter was sentenced Monday to three life sentences by a judge in Cape Girardeau County.

On August 18th, McWhirter pled guilty to forcible rape in the first degree and two counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree. On Monday, Judge Benjamin Lewis imposed a life sentence on each count.

The two statutory sodomy life sentences were ordered to be served concurrent to one another but consecutive to the forcible rape life sentence.

 

DEXTER MAN WINS $100,000 THANKS TO SCRATCHERS TICKET
A Dexter man recently claimed a top prize from a Missouri Lottery Scratchers Ticket.

According to the Missouri Lottery, Donnie Williams won $100,000 from a “$100,000 Money Multiplier” Scratchers ticket he purchased for $5 at a Dexter convenience store.

The same store sold another $100,000 scratches ticket winner to a Dexter woman in April.

 

POPLAR BLUFF POM SQUAD KIDDIE CAMP SCHEDULED FOR NEXT MONTH
The Poplar Bluff Pom Squad is holding a dance camp for girls in preschool through 6th grade next month.

The camp is scheduled to be held at the Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Center Gymnasium from 6 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 10th and Thursday, October 12th. Pre-registration will be held from 5 to 7 pm on October 2nd in the Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Center lobby.

The cost is $25 per child and will include a T-shirt and Pom Poms.

A performance will be held following the camp on Monday, October 16th during the Mules 9th grade football game at the High School Football field.

 

ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION TO SHOOTING IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
Authorities in New Madrid County have arrested a man in connection to a shooting on Monday.

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, shortly after 8 am on Monday, deputies were called to Lilbourn in reference to a possible shooting.

When the deputies arrived, they located a victim who had an apparent gunshot wound in the chest. The victim was airlifted to a Memphis hospital, where he remains in serious but stable condition.

New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens says that the victim identified the suspect as Alandre Newsom.

Newsom was apprehended several blocks away from the crime scene and taken to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked in and charged with assault 1st degree, stealing a firearm or explosive, and two counts of armed criminal action, among other charges.

 

FOUR INJURED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY WRECK
Four people were injured in a single vehicle wreck Sunday night in Pemiscot County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that 47 year old Lisa Rawls, of Kennett, was driving on Route NN shortly after 11 pm Sunday when her vehicle traveled off the roadway and overturned.

Rawls, along with 47 year old Shonda Groves, of Steele, were seriously injured in the wreck. Groves was flown to a Memphis hospital while Rawls and two other passengers were taken by ambulance to a Kennett hospital.

 

POPLAR BLUFF STUDENT NAMED NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALIST
A Poplar Bluff student has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.

Poplar Bluff High School senior Adeesh Mishra is one of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide in the program.
Adeesh has been invited to write an essay as part of a checklist for a chance to be named a finalist in the program.

Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for around 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

 

2017 DELTA FAIR PARADE TO BE HELD TODAY IN KENNETT
Residents in and around Kennett are preparing for tonight’s parade.

According to the Kennett Police Department, the 2017 Delta Fair Parade will be held tonight beginning at 5 pm.

Officers will begin shutting traffic down around the high school area, including the North Bypass from North Street to Saint Francis Street, at around 4:15 pm.

Traffic will then be shut down along the parade route from Wal-Mart to Route O beginning at 4:45 pm.

Monday September 25, 2017

WAPPAPELLO MAN DEAD FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK NEAR PUXICO

A Wappapello man has died from injuries he received in a single vehicle wreck over the weekend in Stoddard County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 56 year old Donnie Crawford was driving on Route T, near Puxico, Saturday night when his vehicle ran off the road and struck several trees.

Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene by Stoddard County Coroner Kenny Pope.

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING FIREARM CHARGE

Last week officials announced the indictment of a Poplar Bluff man on a firearm charge.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, the indictment charged 21 year old DeMarlon Richardson, of Poplar Bluff, along with four residents of East St. Louis, Illinois, with possession of stolen firearms.

The five men are alleged to have knowingly possessed 63 stolen firearms in February of this year. Officials say that the offense is punishable by a term of imprisonment of not more than ten years.

The four Illinois residents have also been charged with carjacking and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

 

ROUTE 60 TO BE REDUCED FOR BRIDGE MAINTENANCE IN STODDARD COUNTY

Eastbound Route 60 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane early this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge maintenance.

MoDOT officials tell KWOC News that the bridge is located between Route DD and Route WW.

Work is scheduled to take place today and tomorrow from 7 am to 4:30 pm daily.

 

10 YEAR OLD CHILD KILLED IN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

A 10 year old child was killed Friday in an accidental shooting in Dunklin County.

Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder tells KWOC News that a man had reportedly removed an AR-15 rifle from his gun safe, removed the magazine, and tried to eject a round when the gun went off. The man’s 10 year old son was lying on a bed and the bullet grazed his arm before striking him in the chest.

The boy was taken to a Kennett hospital where he passed away.

Holder says the incident is under investigation by the Dunklin County Sheriffs’ Office and the Dunklin County Coroner.

 

WRECK RESULTS IN BLOOMFIELD MAN BEING FLOWN TO ST. LOUIS HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES

A man has been flown to an area hospital in connection to a wreck in Stoddard County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred on Route V near the Stoddard and Bollinger County line at around 11 am on Friday.

25 year old Daniel Null’s vehicle reportedly failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the side of the road, and overturned.

Null suffered serious injuries in the wreck and was flown to a St. Louis hospital.

 

MODOT CREWS TO BE IN CARTER COUNTY THIS WEEK FOR BRIDGE MAINTENANCE

Westbound US 60 in Carter County is being reduced to one lane for part of this week as crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation perform bridge maintenance.

Weather permitting, work will take place from 7 am to 4 pm both today and tomorrow.

The bridge involved is located over Cane Creek between County Road 367 and County Road S.

 

POPLAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL COLLECTING FOOD FOR AREA CHARITIES

The Poplar Bluff High School is collecting food for area charities.

According to a post on the High School’s Facebook page, during the months of September and October, the high school will be collecting Mac and Cheese and other boxed helpers to help feed the hungry of Poplar Bluff.

Students wanting to donate can drop the items off in a box that has been set up. The food will then be given to a charity organization to be passed out to those that are in need.

Friday, September 22, 2017

 

 

 

 

ATTENDEES ENCOURAGED TO CARPOOL TO TONIGHT’S MULES GAME AGAINST JACKSON

 
A full house is anticipated for tonight’s Mules game against Jackson and attendees are being encouraged to try to ride together if possible.

KWOC News spoke with Poplar Bluff Superintendent Scott Dill about tonight’s game.

“We’re expecting a large crowd with the 7 p.m. kickoff featuring our undefeated Poplar Bluff Mules versus the 4-1 Jackson Indians. Now we would appreciate if as many fans as possible could carpool to this game to make maximum use of our parking lot spaces.

And this will free up spaces for our friends from Jackson as well that are coming over. Now in the event that our on campus parking lots do become full, our friends at Fellowship General Baptist Church located at 3581 North Westwood Boulevard are allowing us to use their parking lot for overflow parking.

Now we also will have our transport people running school buses as shuttles this evening from Fellowship General Baptist Church down to the school parking lot. So please feel free to take advantage of that service that they have generously made available to us.

We’re certainly appreciative of their efforts and we wish our boys good luck tonight.”

You can listen to tonight’s game live on Today’s Talk 93.3 FM and 930 AM KWOC as well as online at KWOC.com.

 

 
INVESTIGATION ONGOING IN CONNECTION TO HIT AND RUN IN PARAGOULD

 
A man was seriously injured in a hit and run incident earlier this week in Paragould.

Officials with the Paragould Police Department tell KWOC News that shortly after 5 pm on Tuesday, officers responded to a call of a man that was lying in a ditch and bleeding from the head.

The man, identified as Ronald Pruett, of Paragould, has been hospitalized with serious injuries.

Officers learned from persons standing near the scene that Pruett was allegedly struck by a red vehicle. A witness told officers that the vehicle was an older model full sized van that had no hubcaps on the wheels. The van was last seen traveling northbound on South 11th Avenue, toward East Court Street.

Anyone who has information regarding the incident, or is familiar with the vehicle described is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jack Hailey with the Paragould Police Department’s Criminal Division at 870-236-5755.

 

 
BUTLER COUNTY FAIR PARADE TO BE HELD TOMORROW

 
The Butler County Fair Parade is set to be held tomorrow.

According to the Butler County Fair Facebook page, the line up for the parade will be held in front of the Eagles on Ditch Road.

The line up time is from 8:30 am to 9 am. The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 am. The Butler County Fair will start next week on September 28th.

 

 

 

STODDARD COUNTY FAIR CONTINUES TODAY

 
Festivities are set to continue today at the Stoddard County Fair.

Starting at 7 pm tonight, Bootheel Tractor Pullers will be live at Arena A, while the second night of karaoke will be featured at Arena B. Tonight’s main stage performance will be the State Line Drive, also beginning at 7 pm.

Multiple events are on the schedule for Saturday, including the Buyers Breakfast at 8 am, the 4H and FFA Livestock Auction at 9 am, and the Demo Derby at 7 pm. Maggie Thorn will be performing on the main stage at 7 pm and the night will be capped off with the fireworks show, starting at approximately 9 pm.

For more information, go online to www.StoddardCountyFair.com.

 

 
REPRESENTATIVE FROM SOUTHEAST MISSOURI APPOINTED TO BOARD OF PROBATION AND PAROLE

 
A state representative from Southeast Missouri is leaving the Missouri House of Representatives to take a position on a state board.

On Wednesday, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens appointed Representative Paul Fitzwater as a member of the Board of Probation and Parole.

Fitzwater was first elected as representative of District 144, which includes Wayne, Reynolds, Washington, and Iron counties, in 2010.

While a member of the House, he served as the Chairman of the Corrections and Public Institution Committee, which oversees issues relating to adult and juvenile penal and correctional problems, and the administration of correctional institutions.

 

 
DATE SET FOR NEXT COFFEE WITH A COP EVENT IN POPLAR BLUFF

 
The Poplar Bluff Police Department will be holding their next coffee with a cop event next month.

The event will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 am on Friday, October 13th at McDonald’s on Highway 67 North.

You will be able to have a cup of coffee and chat with your local police officers during the event. If you have any questions, you can contact Lieutenant Darron Moore at 573 785-5776, extension number 1345,

 

 
WESTERN MISSOURI MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY

 
A western Missouri man has been taken into custody in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Christopher Raymond, of Brighton, was arrested Thursday evening on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Raymond also reportedly had multiple warrants out of Polk County.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

 

 

 

 

TEN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON DRUG RELATED WARRANTS

 
Numerous people were arrested Wednesday morning in Butler County on drug related warrants.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a total of 10 arrests were made between 8 am and noon.

Officials say that all 10 people were residents of Poplar Bluff.
ARRESTS:

BUTLER, KANDACE L, 29, POPLAR BLUFF, WARRANT BUTLER COUNTY FOR DANGEROUS DRUGS SALE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

BUTLER, ERIC W, 51, POPLAR BLUFF, WARRANT BUTLER COUNTY FOR DANGEROUS DRUGS SALE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

ROBINSON, KELLY D, 21, POPLAR BLUFF, WARRANT BUTLER COUNTY DANGEROUS DRUGS SALE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

VONRUEDGISCH, AMY L, 39, POPLAR BLUFF, WARRANT BUTLER COUNTY FOR DANGEROUS DRUGS SALE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

WARD, ZACHARY S, 26, POPLAR BLUFF, WARRANT BUTLER COUNTY FOR DANGEROUS DRUGS SALE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

WHITE (EVANS), NICOLE P, 22, POPLAR BLUFF, FELONY WARRANT (BUTLER COUNTY) SALE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

YOUNT, DEMATRIA A, 54, POPLAR BLUFF, WARRANT BUTLER COUNTY FOR DANGEROUS DRUGS SALE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

VOSHELL, JACOB D, 34, POPLAR BLUFF, FELONY WARRANT (BUTLER COUNTY) SALE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

MOORE, EDWARD J, 51, POPLAR BLUFF, 1. WARRANT BUTLER COUNTY DANGEROUS DRUGS SALE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 2.FELONY POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE HYDROCODONE. 3. MISDEMEANOR POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

KNOX, LESTER W, 36, POPLAR BLUFF, 1. FELONY WARRANT (BUTLER COUNTY) SALE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 2. MISDEMEANOR WARRANT (HOWELL COUNTY) FAILURE TO APPEAR ORIGINAL CHARGE NON SUPPORT

 

 
POPLAR BLUFF POLICE ASKING FOR PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN FINDING TWO NON COMPLIANT SEX OFFENDERS

 
Authorities in Poplar Bluff are seeking the public’s assistance in locating two non-compliant sex offenders.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, they are looking for 52 year old Rodney Eugene Whitworth and 48 year old John Edward Bryeans, both of Poplar Bluff.

Both men reportedly moved from their residences earlier this month did not report their new address within three days.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of either man is asked to contact Captain David Sutton at 573-686-8649.

 

 
BRIGGS AND STRATTON ST. JUDE CAR SHOW TO BE HELD THIS SATURDAY

 
The 14th Annual St. Jude Car Show presented by Briggs and Stratton will be held this Saturday in Poplar Bluff.

We spoke with, Michelle Shelton, Human Resource Manager at Briggs and Stratton about the event.

“This Saturday is the 14th annual Briggs & Stratton St Jude car Show. Registration is from 8 till noon and it’s $20 entry fee that is donated directly to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The car show is an open car show, we do have 90 plaques and nine trophies for best of categories that will be given out that day.

Our silent auction has always been one of the highlights of the event. This year’s silent auction we have an inverter. If you’re not familiar with an inverter that is a small generator of power but it’s a lot quieter than your traditional generator it’s great for camping and tailgating and all those fun things that we love to do. We also have Cardinals tickets for next Saturday.

We have four Cardinals tickets for next Saturday’s game against the Brewers, it’s an afternoon game and we got some great seats up for grabs there. We have a wide variety of apparel items from Ford and Toyota that were donated for the show. A Milwaukee drill, a snap-on tool bag, some jewelry, lots of beauty products, gift cards, we even have a few toys for the kids so something for everybody in the family at this event.

Speaking of the kids, we have added something new this year, we’ve got a kids area where we are going to have games set up, some face painting. Just some things to pass the time and get some energy out. Also new to the event this year, we’ve got one of our racing go karts from Briggs & Stratton. It’s an animal engine, it’s one of our racing divisions products, and we’re really proud to say that we’re going to have that down on display for everyone to enjoy.

As always the Briggs & Stratton Cafe will be open for business on Saturday. We’ve got the grill fired up and we’re going to be cooking hamburgers and hotdogs as well as having barbecue nachos and lots of other great snacks. So if you’re hungry after the parade, come on down, enter your car, have lunch with us, and enjoy the day.

We are still accepting donations if anyone has anything that they would like to provide for the show. We’ll come pick it up, you can bring it to us, whatever works, we’ll make it happen. We’ll be accepting donations through the morning of the event or if you have any questions or need more information give us a call at 686-3004. You can also go to our website at Briggscares.com.”

 

 
PARAGOULD POLICE SAY THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE IN VEHICLE BREAK INS AND THEFTS

 
Paragould police are warning area residents to remember to lock their vehicles.

According to the Paragould Police Department, in the last couple of weeks, there has been an increase in vehicle break ins resulting in the thefts of firearms and/or other valuables.

These thefts were not all due to unlocked vehicles, as some of the windows were broken in the process. Police say that you should keep all vehicle doors locked and all valuable items out of sight. If possible, it is recommended that no valuable items, especially firearms, are to be left in vehicles overnight.

If you notice any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please contact your local police department.

 

 
THURSDAY AT THE STODDARD COUNTY FAIR

 
Multiple events are on the schedule tonight at the Stoddard County Fair.

The night will begin at 6 pm with cattle and hog judging at Arena A followed by the FFA Tractor Rodeo at 7 pm.

Also beginning at 7 pm will be a performance by Used and Refused on the Fair’s Main Stage and The Strong Man on the fair grounds. Karaoke will begin at 8:30 pm at Arena B.

For more information, go online to www.StoddardCountyFair.com.

Tuesday September 19, 2017

MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG AND FLEEING WARRANT IN STODDARD COUNTY
A Springfield man has been taken into custody in Stoddard County on a drug and fleeing warrant.

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 24 year old Corey Counts was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest by fleeing.

Counts’ bond has been set at $7,500, cash only, and officials say he was still in jail as of this morning.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIR PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY
Southbound Route 67 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from Route C to Route 160.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Thursday, from 7 am to 5 pm daily.

 

90TH STODDARD COUNTY FAIR BEGINS TODAY
The 90th Stoddard County Fair is scheduled to begin today.

The fair will kick-off with the parade in downtown Dexter this evening at 5:30 pm. Youth games will also be held tonight, directly after the parade.

The entertainment scheduled for 7 pm tonight on the Main Stage is The Well Hungarians.

For more information, go to www.stoddardcountyfair.com.

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK INVOLVING FREIGHTLINER ON INTERSTATE 55
Two people were seriously injured Monday in a wreck on Interstate 55.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a freightliner struck a vehicle on the Interstate at around noon and both vehicles overturned.

The driver of the freightliner, 59 year old Edward Barker, of Wyatt, and the driver of the second vehicle, 47 year old Vicki Charles, of Riverton, Illinois, were both seriously injured in the wreck. A 10 year old passenger in the second vehicle suffered minor injuries.

All three were taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

 

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE REDUCED TODAY FOR REPAIRS
Route V in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

MoDOT officials tell KWOC News that Route V will be reduced from 7 am to 4:30 pm.

The work zone will be located between Route K and Route C.

 

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 Thursday, October 19th from 4 to 6 pm.

This event gives students and their families the ability to have professional assistance in filling out the 2018 – 2019 FAFSA, which a form required for federal financial aid. All students and parents are welcome to attend.

There will also be an opportunity for students to enter their name into a drawing for a scholarship to be used in Fall 2018.

Monday September 18, 2017

WILLIAMSVILLE MAN SET TO APPEAR IN COURT THIS MORNING ON MURDER CHARGE
A Williamsville man is set to appear in court this morning on a murder charge.

According to Missouri Case Net, 54 year old Kevin Hayes is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 am in Butler County for a charge of 1st degree murder.

The charge reportedly stems from the death of Hayes’ father, Floyd Hayes, in 2016.

Hayes’ bond has been set at $350,000.

 

MODOT CREWS TO BE IN BUTLER COUNTY TODAY AND TOMORROW
Northbound Route 67 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane today and tomorrow so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from Route 160 to Route C.

Weather permitting, work will take place today and tomorrow from 7 am to 5 pm, each day.

 

TWO FLOWN TO AREA HOSPITAL AFTER THEIR VEHICLE HIT A TREE NEAR FAIRDEALING
Two people were flown to an area hospital yesterday after their vehicle hit a tree in Ripley County.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred at around 5 pm Sunday on US 160 in the Fairdealing area.

The driver, 42 year old Charles Howell, of Tupelo, Oklahoma, and a passenger, 28 year old Cynthia Davis, of Poplar Bluff, both suffered serious injuries in the wreck.

 

BUTLER COUNTY FAIR CHANGES LINE UP LOCATION FOR PARADE
Butler County Fair organizers say that there has been a change to the start of the parade.

According to the Butler County Fair Facebook page, the line up for the parade will now be held in front of the Eagles on Ditch Road.

The lineup time is from 8:30 am to 9 am on Saturday, September 23rd.

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS SET FOR TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Stoddard County today to perform pavement repairs.

According to MoDOT, Route M will be reduced to one lane from 7 am to 4:30 pm for the repairs.

The work zone will be located between Route PP and Route K in Stoddard County.

 

DONIPHAN TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE WRECK OVER THE WEEKEND
A Doniphan teenager was seriously injured over the weekend in a wreck in Ripley County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the 13 year old boy was driving a motorcycle Saturday on private property when the vehicle became airborne and overturned.

The teen was ejected during the wreck and suffered serious injuries. He was later flown to a Memphis hospital.

 

PORTAGEVILLE POLICE WARNING AREA RESIDENTS ABOUT ALLEGED DOOR TO DOOR SALESPEOPLE
The Portageville Police Department is warning area residents about people going house to house and trying to sell or offer you something.

According to a post on the Portageville Police Department Facebook page, the individuals have been reported as a Hispanic male in a white van, while others have reported a black female with a black male in a white or gold colored van.

Police say that there are currently no peddlers licenses issued, so no one should be selling anything door to door.

If any of these individuals come to your house, you are advised to use caution and contact the Portageville Police Department.

 
PORTION OF ROUTE CC IN WAYNE COUNTY TO BE CLOSED TODAY
A part of Route CC in Wayne County will be closed today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

Officials tell KWOC News that the section of Route CC to be closed is located from Route 49 to County Road 468.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place today from 7 am to 5 pm.

Friday, September 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

BODY FOUND IN BURNING CAR IN NORTHERN POPLAR BLUFF

 
A body was found Thursday morning in a burning vehicle in Butler County.

The vehicle had struck a tree and caught fire in the area behind Kroger and Raben Tire in northern Poplar Bluff.

The identity of the body has not been released.

 

 
ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY FOR NEW MADRID MAN CANCELLED

 
Authorities have cancelled an Endangered Person Advisory for a New Madrid man after the man was found safe.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the 56 year old man was reported missing earlier this week after a family member returned home to find him gone. The man reportedly suffers from bipolar and schizophrenia.

The Highway Patrol reported late last night that the man had been found safe and that the advisory had been cancelled.

 

 
ART WORK FROM FEMALE VETERANS TO BE FEATURED AT STARS AND STRIPES MUSEUM

 
Several pieces of art created by female veterans will be featured at an event later this month at the Stars and Stripes Museum in Bloomfield.

The event, entitled Her Story, is being held by the museum in conjunction with the VA Hospital on Friday, September 22nd.

The opening ceremony will begin at 1:30 pm and will feature art work from female vets in the southeast Missouri area. Officials say that the event is free and open to the public

For more information, contact Martinie Franks at 573-778-4398.

 

 
LAW ENFORCEMENT STATEWIDE TO CRACK DOWN ON CHILD RESTRAINT VIOLATIONS NEXT WEEK

 
Law enforcement across Missouri will be cracking down on child restraint violations next week.

The crackdown comes as a part of Child Passenger Safety week from September 17th through the 23rd.

According to authorities, car crashes are the number one killer of kids and booster seat use reduces the risk of serious injury by 45 percent for children ages four through eight when compared with seat belt use alone.

Missouri law requires all children under the age of eight to be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat unless they are 80 lbs or 4’9” tall.

For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

 

 
STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED THROUGH MID FEBRUARY FOR BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

 
Route J in Stoddard County will be closed beginning next week so contractor crews can replace a bridge.

The bridge to be replaced is located between County Road 249 and County Road 410.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the bridge will be closed starting on Monday, with the re-opening scheduled for Tuesday, February 13th, 2018.

 

 
STREET PAINTING SCHEDULED FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW IN PORTAGEVILLE

 
Drivers in Portageville are being asked to plan ahead before driving on Main Street today and tomorrow due to a street painting project.

According to the Portageville Police Department, the Street Department will be painting the south side of Main Street today and the north side on Saturday.

Motorists in the area are being asked to drive cautiously and park accordingly.