HOUSE FIRE CLAIMS LIFE OF BOLLINGER COUNTY MAN
One man has died in connection to a weekend house fire in Bollinger County.
According to authorities, 62 year old Gerald Seiler was killed in the fire near Leopold early Sunday morning. The home was also destroyed in the fire.
SNOW TOTALS REACH UP TO A FOOT IN SOME SOUTHEAST MISSOURI LOCATIONS
Some areas of Southeast Missouri are estimated to have received a foot of snow Monday according to the National Weather Service.
12 inches of snow was estimated for both Cape Girardeau and Scott City on Monday. Estimates for Advance was 11 and a half inches on Monday, while Bloomfield and Sikeston both had estimates of 11 inches.
As of 3:30 pm Monday, estimates for Poplar Bluff put the snow fall at 8.5 inches.
POPLAR BLUFF CITY OFFICES TO BE CLOSED TODAY
Offices for the City of Poplar Bluff have been closed for Tuesday, according to the Poplar Bluff Police Department.
Due to Monday’s winter weather, only essential personnel will need to report to work.
A city council meeting that had been scheduled for today will be rescheduled.
SNOW COVERED ROAD TO MAKE TRAVEL TREACHEROUS
Monday’s snow fall is making travel dangerous today.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, many roads are covered with snow all across the state. Motorists are advised to take it slow when traveling and to plan additional time for their trips.
Before you leave, you can check road conditions online at MoDOT's Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org.
BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES ON TAP FOR THIS WEEK
The National Weather Service is calling for bitterly cold temperatures to move into the area this week.
According to a Special Weather Statement, an arctic air mass will hit Southeast Missouri on Wednesday, bringing wind chill values possibly below zero. Wednesday night lows might hit below zero as well without accounting for wind chill.
There is also potential for multiple snow and icing events starting Thursday night.
TWO PEOPLE INJURED IN JACKSON FIRE
Two people suffered injuries in connection to a fire Monday at a Jackson plant.
According to the Southeast Missourian, the injuries occurred at Proctor and Gamble after a piece of equipment reportedly caught fire. The full extent of the worker’s injuries were not available.
DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES
A Dexter man was taken into custody Monday afternoon on multiple drug related charges.
According to the Highway Patrol, 31 year old Justin Newell was arrested shortly after 3:30 pm in Stoddard County. Newell is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine and hydrocodone, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.
MISSOURI LAWMAKERS TALK VIRTUAL SCHOOL OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS
(AP) - Missouri lawmakers this week are expected to consider a measure to give students more options to attend virtual schools for free.
A Senate panel last week approved a bill that would allow students in failing districts and surrounding schools to attend online schools.
Republican Senator Bob Onder of Lake St. Louis offered the amendment to the broader school transfer bill. He says virtual schools can help students with autism, health needs or other issues who might struggle in traditional classrooms.
Governor Jay Nixon and some school associations say they support online schools, but cautioned that accountability is needed to make sure they provide a quality education.
Missouri School Boards' Association spokesman Brent Ghan also says paying tuition for virtual schools could strain public schools' finances.