RIVER RADIO NEWS 080813
THREE RIVERS NAMED AS ONE OF THE TOP 10 SAFEST COLLEGES IN MISSOURI
For the third year in a row, Three Rivers College has been named one of the safest colleges in the state.
State University.com has listed Three Rivers as one of the top ten safest colleges in Missouri. The website ranks the safety of colleges and universities in the United States, based on incidents of campus crime as reported by campus safety officials.
The president of Three Rivers College, Dr. Devin Stephenson, said in a release, “Protecting the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is of utmost importance.” He would also go on to say “The Campus Safety Department is doing an excellent job in leading our college safety and security initiatives.”
BENTON WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE
A Benton woman has been taken into custody in connection to a narcotic investigation.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 53 year old Sharon Daniels is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Daniels was arrested after authorities reportedly found several bags containing methamphetamine, packaging materials, scales, pipes,
and over 60 grams of a cutting agent, along with a little over $1,200 in cash while executing a search warrant at her residence.
Her bond was set at $50,000 dollars.
CAMPGROUNDS IN CARTER AND RIPLEY COUNTY TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Several campgrounds have been temporarily closed in Southern Missouri due to flash flooding.
According to the USDA, Float Camp and Deer Leap Recreation Areas in Ripley County along with Watercress Recreation Area in Carter County are among the sites that have been closed.
More information is available at the Mark Twain National Forrest’s website. A reopening date for the campgrounds was not released.
BONDING EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR CONTRACTORS TO BE HELD IN POPLAR BLUFF
The US Department of Transportation is trying to increase the number of small businesses that are prepared to compete for, and enter into, transportation-related prime and sub-contracts at the local, state and federal levels.
To help with this, the Bonding Education Program workshop series is being brought to Poplar Bluff by the Small Business Transportation Resource Center. The workshop will be offered free of charge on August 21st and 22nd at the Holiday Inn on North Westwood Boulevard.
Registration for participants takes place from 8 am until 9 am at the hotel ballroom. Workshops begin at 9:00 am and run until 4:10 pm on the 21st and 3:00 pm on the 22nd, with bonding agents conducting one-on-one interviews with contractors until 5:30 pm each day.
To pre-register for this free event or to obtain more information, interested small business owners may call 1-855-283-9170.
PROBATION OFFICER REPORTEDLY CHARGED WITH HAVING SEXUAL CONTACT WITH OFFENDER
A probation officer in Southeast Missouri is reportedly facing charges.
According to authorities, Frederick B. Tates, of Kennett, has reportedly been charged with felony sexual contact with an offender and acceding to corruption. Tates’ bond was set at $10,000.
HIGHWAY PATROL WARNING OF FLOODING DANGER
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is warning motorists to be cautious due to the recent flooding.
Colonel Ron Reploge is reminding everybody to never drive through fast-moving waters; as even a small amount of fast-moving water can sweep a slow-moving vehicle off the roadway. If your vehicle becomes stuck in rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground.
The flooding can also cause problems for boaters. The Highway Patrol says flooded rivers and streams with moving currents present some of the most dangerous situations a boater can encounter.
Fast moving water can easily capsize or flip a boat, especially when combined with fixed objects such as trees and buildings. Boaters should avoid any operations in these swift flowing waters.
BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION TO FORCE NIGHTLY CLOSURES OF HIGHWAY 67
North and southbound Highway 67 in Butler County will be closed starting tonight so contractor crews can set bridge girders across the roadway at Oak Grove Road.
Work will be performed nightly through Saturday from 8 pm to 6 am, but weather permitting work could be completed on the first night.
The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.
NATIONAL GUARD TO ASSIST WITH FLOODING RECOVERY EFFORTS
Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the Missouri National Guard to help with flooding in south-central Missouri.
The governor's office says in a release that 50 military policemen will help out in areas affected by recent flooding. Nixon declared a state of emergency Tuesday after heavy rains caused flash flooding and at least one death in the Waynesville area.
The Missouri Department of Transportation closed sections of Interstate 44 south of Rolla and U.S. 63 in Maries County after about 6 inches of rain fell Wednesday morning. Several homes were evacuated in the Phelps County town of Newburg.
Authorities say the search for a missing woman will resume when conditions allow. The woman is believed to be the mother of a 4-year-old boy swept out of a vehicle Tuesday near Waynesville.