POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING ARSON CHARGE Authorities have taken a Poplar Bluff man into custody in connection to a trailer fire.

According to the Daily American Republic, 34 year old Christopher Durance Willis allegedly set fire to a trailer on County Road 553. The home had four people inside it at the time.

Willis reportedly thought that the people inside of the trailer were trying to kill him. No one was injured in the incident.

Willis was arrested and is facing a charge of first degree arson. DEATH OF FIVE YEAR OLD BOY APPEARS TO BE AN ACCIDENT

Authorities say the death of a five year old boy near Qulin appears to have been an accident.

The body of Devonte Dye was discovered by rescue workers Monday near his grandparent’s home. The body was found in a slough.

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs says that Dye was last seen playing behind his grandparent’s home. TWO SIKESTON RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN SCOTT COUNTY ON METH CHARGES

Two Sikeston residents are facing felony meth related charges in connection to their arrest yesterday in Scott County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Jonathan A. Schuerenberg and 30 year old Jennifer L. Cauthorn, were each arrested shortly before 1 pm Tuesday on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance. MAN WANTED BY BOLLINGER COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARRESTED IN TEXAS

The Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office tells us that the search for an armed man is over.

21 year old Nicholas Loughary was arrested by border patrol in Texas. Loughary had been sought by authorities after last being seen in a stolen vehicle and was also reportedly wanted for suspected first degree burglary. FRUITLAND BUILDING DESTROYED BY FIRE

A building used by a Fruitland business was destroyed yesterday by a fire.

Multiple departments had to be dispatched to Flickerwood Farms Inc. in connection to a fire that engulfed the building.

The owner of the business told the Southeast Missourian that the building, which housed a baled wood shaving and feed byproduct business, was destroyed. The owner also said that no one was injured in the fire. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN FORCES MOVE FOR HAUNTING IN THE HILLS

Haunting in the Hills is moving to a new location, due the partial federal government shutdown.

The Ozark Heritage Project has announced that the event will be held at the Eminence City Park on Highway 106.

There will be live demonstrations and interactive presentations along with a brush arbor and a children’s section. Admission is free for the event. This year’s Haunting in the hills will be held Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Sunday.

For more information, call 573-663-2269. SEMO TO HOST ROBOTICS COMPETITION IN NOVEMBER

Southeast Missouri State University will play host to a robotics competition for children next month.

The First Lego League Qualifying Competition for children, ages 9 to 14, will be held November 9th in the University Center.

Teams will build, test and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® to solve a set of natural disaster themed missions, such as positioning an evacuation sign or clearing an airplane’s runway of debris and delivering supplies.


Missouri is considering tightening food-stamp eligibility for thousands of adults.

Since 2009, Missouri has received a waiver from federal rules that allows lower-income adults without children to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program despite failing to meet work requirements.

The Kansas City Star reports that the Department of Social Services wants to change the program to waive work requirements only in counties where unemployment is higher than 10 percent.

In all other counties, adults getting food stamps would have three months to either find a job working at least 20 hours a week or enroll in a job training program.

Adults who lose their jobs after the rule change would be eligible for food stamps only for three months out of every three years. RUNOFFS TO BE NEEDED FOR NORTHEAST ARKANSAS PRIMARIES

The Republican and Democratic party primaries for a Jonesboro-area state senate seat are headed to runoffs.

No candidate reached 50 percent in Tuesday's special elections for a post vacated by Paul Bookout. Bookout resigned after the state Ethics Commission ruled he spent $53,000 in campaign finances on clothing, home theater equipment and other items.

The November 12th runoff will include Republicans John Cooper and Dan Sullivan. Cooper is a retired AT&T manager and Sullivan is the chief executive at Ascent Children's Services.

Democrats advancing are Radius Baker and Steve Rockwell. Baker is the Valley View schools superintendent and Rockwell is a Jonesboro businessman.

The general election will be held January 14th.