Friday June 3, 2016

MAN ESCAPES FROM MISSISSIPPI COUNTY JAIL IN NORTHEAST ARKANSASA manhunt is underway for a man who escaped from the Mississippi County Jail in Northeast Arkansas.

According to the Facebook page for Arkansas Community Correction, authorities are looking for 32 year old Wendell A. Shields.

On Wednesday, Shields allegedly climbed the interior fence of a recreation yard and managed to get on the roof. He then jumped off the roof and ran to a landfill.

He was being held on an absconder warrant and new charges of commercial burglary, theft of property and fleeing. He also has convictions that include burglary, theft, and firearm possession.

Shields is described as being 5 foot 8 inches tall, weighing 146 pounds, and having several tattoos.

Arkansas Community Correction says Shields is believed to have traveled to Osceola.


BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR CITY OF NAYLOR The city of Naylor is under a boil water order.

Officials tell us that the order was issued yesterday due to a busted water main. Naylor residents must boil their water for five minutes before drinking or using it to cook with.

The water is safe to use for baths and showers. It is also safe to wash clothes and dishes; however you should not add any bleach.

The boil water order is in effect until further notice.


REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 24TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S THEATRE DRAMA CAMP The dates have been set for the 24th annual children’s theatre drama camp at Three Rivers College.

The camp for students entering 2nd to 8th grade will be held from July 25th to July 29th.

Campers will participate in activities focusing on acting, improvisation, theatre games, creative dramatics, musical theatre and reader’s theatre. They will then show off what they have learned at a performance at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center.

Theatre instructor Tim Thompson of Three Rivers College will conduct the camp. Registration forms are available at the Tinnin Center office and the deadline to register is July 18th.


HEAVY RAINFALL POSSIBLE WITH TODAY AND TOMORROW STORMS We have rain in the forecast for both today and tomorrow and the National Weather Service says heavy rain is possible on both days.

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued this morning, scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop today and continue tonight. The main hazards with these storms will be locally heavy rain and dangerous lightning.

More storms are in the forecast for Saturday, with heavy rain possibly being more widespread than today. A few severe storms with damaging winds cannot be ruled out as well.


NEW IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIRED FOR MISSOURI 8TH AND 12TH GRADERS Missouri students entering the 8th grade and 12th grade this fall will require an additional immunization for school.

According to the Butler County Health Department, one dose of meningoccal vaccine is now required for all students wishing to enter 8th grade. Two doses are now required for those going into the 12th grade, unless their first dose wasn’t received until the age of 16 or later, in which case one dose is sufficient.

A common outcome of meningococcal infection is meningitis. Meningococcal meningitis is very serious and can be fatal. In fatal cases, deaths can occur in as little as a few hours. In non-fatal cases, permanent disabilities can include hearing loss and brain damage.

Parents are advised to contact their family physician or local health department for more information on the meningoccal vaccine.

A full list of immunization requirements for the upcoming school year is available on the Butler County Health Department immunizations page.


INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER TO HOST YARD SALE AND BAKE SALE TODAY The Independent Living Center of Southeast Missouri will be holding a yard sale and bake sale today to raise funds for their arthritis programs.

The event will be held from 8 am to 3 pm in the side parking lot of the center at 511 Cedar Street in Poplar Bluff.

For more information, contact the Independent Living Center at 573-686-2333.


PLEASANT HILL MASS CHOIR TO HOST BBQ FUNDRAISER THIS WEEKEND The Pleasant Hill Mass Choir will be hosting a BBQ fundraiser this weekend.

The fundraiser will be held at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church Family Center on Saturday. The Family Center is located at 1115 Garfield Street in Poplar Bluff.

Officials say that the menu will include a pulled pork sandwich, cole slaw, and baked beans.