ATV WRECK LEAVES AREA MAN WITH SERIOUS INJURIES
An area man was badly injured yesterday in an ATV wreck in Shannon County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 76 year old Gerald Derryberry, of Birch Tree, was driving the ATV on Shannon County Road 464 at around 5 pm Thursday when the vehicle ran off the road and overturned.
Derryberry was ejected during the wreck and suffered serious injuries. Officials say he has been flown to a Springfield hospital.
POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HOST DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT
Area residents will have a chance to safely dispose of their unused or expired medication tomorrow.
The Poplar Bluff Police Department is one of several area organizations that will be taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.
Participants must simply bring their medications to the Police Department for disposal. They cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills and patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
For more information, or to find a collection site near you, go to www.dea.gov.
BUFF UP THE BLUFF SET FOR THIS WEEKEND
This year’s Buff up the Bluff event is set for this weekend and the Poplar Bluff City Hall wants to remind area seniors that items can be picked up.
Items can be picked up for ages 65 and older on Saturday, only if prior arrangements have been made by calling 573-686-8622.
Officials say this will be the only way to be included in the curbside pickups.
Items that cannot be included in the pickup include limbs, brush, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, tires, and paint.
There is also a one pick-up truck load limit.
MASS CASUALTY TRAINING EVENT SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK IN POPLAR BLUFF
Three Rivers College has scheduled its bi-annual mass casualty training event for next week.
The event will be held from 8 to 11 am on Wednesday, May 2nd in the Bess Activity Center on the Poplar Bluff Campus of Three Rivers College. The training helps prepare students in participating programs for a mass casualty emergency such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
Students from several fields of study will participate in the training, including nursing, EMT, LPN, and Paramedic students. The training will also receive support from local hospitals and ambulance services.
In keeping with the training’s focus on realism, the students themselves will coordinate much of the event, with students serving in leadership, command, and control positions.
The college is also keeping the type of “disaster” under wraps, so that students have no chance to prepare beforehand.
TWO POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL RECEIVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Two Poplar Bluff Schools have been selected as award winners as a part of the Capturing Kids' Hearts program.
Lake Road Elementary and Poplar Bluff Junior High were selected among only four schools in Missouri and 123 in the United States as national showcase award winners under the program, which teaches processes in order to increase students' connectedness with both peers and adults on campus.
Junior High first piloted the initiative during the 2013/14 school year. Now a district-wide practice, Lake Road began implementation in 2016.
NEW TOOL RELEASED TO HELP RURAL MISSOURIANS ACCESS BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has announced the launch of a new tool to help members of rural communities find and access the network of business and community development resources.
Greatens tells KWOC News that the Missouri Rural Resource Guide will serve as a directory for resources in six categories: Infrastructure, Community Development, Community Services, Business Development, Workforce Education, and Governance.
Organizations can request to be added directly on the site which can be found at ruralresources.ded.mo.gov.