August 21, 2014

NAYLOR CYCLIST KILLED IN ARKANSASA cyclist from Naylor was killed in a collision with a vehicle on Wednesday.

According to the Arkansas State Police, the collision occurred shortly after 5 pm in Clay County.

72 year old Johnie Brooks, of Naylor, reportedly pulled into the path of a vehicle on Highway 328. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured.


STUDENT IMPALED BY GOLF CLUB AT ASU FRAT HOUSE Police at Arkansas State University say an 18-year-old student was badly hurt by a flying piece of a broken golf club at a fraternity house.

Authorities say a female student was taken to a Memphis hospital after she was impaled by broken golf club on Tuesday night.

Jonesboro television station KAIT reports the student's condition has not been released.

University police say a 19-year-old man threw a football to another man, who was using a golf club as a bat. The golf club's shaft broke after it struck the football.

Authorities say parts of the broken golf club traveled about 30 feet before a piece stabbed the female student.

University police say a second student was hurt but told officials she was OK.

  AROUND 26 THOUSAND DOLLARS RAISED TO SUPPORT MULES ATHLETICS DURING GOLF TOURNAMENT Around 26 thousand dollars has was raised for the Poplar Bluff R-1 athletic programs during a recent golf tournament.

32 teams, consisting of 144 ex-Mules and school supporters, participated in the sixth annual Mule Skinner Golf Tournament on August 8th.

The fundraiser was held at Westwood Hills Country Club.

  BERNIE MAN FACING CHARGE OF DISTRIBUTION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE A Bernie man is facing drug charges following his arrest.

According to KFVS, Larry Ryans allegedly sold Xanax to an informant. Police had previously been informed that Ryans was selling the drugs from his home.

Ryans is facing a charge of distribution of a controlled substance.

  REGISTRATION OPEN FOR ANNUAL BRIDGE BUILDING COMPETITION Registration is open for the 11th annual bridge building competition.

The competition challenges high school juniors and seniors to design and construct the most efficient model bridge using limited materials-15 pieces of balsa wood, thread and glue.

Schools must register by September 9th to participate. The judging for the competition will be held on November 20th in Cape Girardeau.

The lightest bridge to carry the greatest load will ultimately be declared the winner. Prizes will also be awarded for the most aesthetic bridge and to the winner of the electronic bridge competition.

  HIGHWAY 67 COULD BE CLOSED UNTIL MONDAY DUE TO CLEAN UP FROM TRAIN COLLISION Highway crews say cleanup operations at the site of a head-on train collision in northeastern Arkansas could keep a busy roadway closed into next week.

Two Union Pacific freight trains crashed Sunday morning near Hoxie. Two railroad workers died and another two were injured.

The accident occurred near U.S. 67, which remained closed Wednesday. Highway officials say the road could reopen this weekend, but with a chance it could be closed until Monday.

The National Transportation Safety Board continued its investigation Wednesday and a spokesman said more information will be released in a week or two, when a written report is ready.

Federal investigators want to recover data from a signal that would have given a final instruction to the southbound train to determine whether it was signaled to stop.

  NORANDA’S REQUEST FOR LOWER ELECTRIC RATE DECLINED Missouri regulators have denied a request from the state's largest electricity consumer to cut the rate it's charged by Ameren Missouri by roughly 25 percent.

Noranda Aluminum operates a smelting plant in southeast Missouri with nearly 900 workers.

The company wanted the Public Service Commission to order what it said would amount to a $48 reduction in its rates and pass the costs along to other Ameren customers.

In a 5 to 0 vote Wednesday, the commission said it was unpersuaded by Noranda's assertion of a "liquidity crisis" that put the future of the smelter in New Madrid at risk.

The commission said it doesn't want the plant to close. But it also said Noranda failed to show that Ameren's other customers would be best served by the rate reduction.

  BRIDGE IN CAMPBELL TO BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Officials have closed a bridge in Campbell following an inspection yesterday.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Highway 53 Bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.

During a routine inspection Wednesday, officials noticed excess movement. Additional inspections are set to begin today.