FLOOD WARNINGS CONTINUE FOR THE MISSISSIPPI AND ST. FRANCIS RIVERS
Flood warnings are continuing for both the Mississippi and St. Francis Rivers until further notice.
According to the National Weather Service, moderate flooding is occurring at New Madrid with Mississippi River levels forecast to slowly rise to a crest of around 43.5 feet Sunday morning. At 7 pm last night, the Mississippi River at New Madrid was at 42.2 feet. The flood stage is 34 feet.
Weather officials say that minor flooding is occurring near Saint Francis on the Saint Francis Rivers. At 6 pm on Tuesday, the river stage was at 22.3 feet, three-tenths of a foot above the flood stage.
Several roads near Wilhelmina, Missouri are flooded. Officials say that recreational areas and large areas of agriculture land near the river have also been flooded.
Motorists are being reminded to never drive through flooded areas as the water may be too deep to allow for safe passage. Also never allow your children to play in or near flood waters.
EARLY MORNING WRECK RESULTS IN DEATH OF AREA MAN
An area man was killed early Tuesday morning in a New Madrid County wreck.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Ridge Starnes, of Portageville, was driving on Interstate 55 at around 4:30 am when his vehicle struck a tractor trailer in the rear.
Starnes was pronounced dead at the scene by Pemiscot County Coroner Jim Brimhall.
No injuries were listed for the driver of the tractor trailer.
DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON FAILURE TO REGISTER WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested an area man on a failure to register warrant.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 20 year old Christopher Amons, of Dexter, was recently arrested on a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.
Officials say that Amons remained in custody as of this morning and his bond has been set at $7,500, cash only.
PAIR OF EARTHQUAKES RECORDED WITHIN 10 MINUTES OF EACH OTHER
A pair of earthquakes was recorded with 10 minutes of each other Tuesday in Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the first quake was recorded at 6:52 am Tuesday morning just over four miles east northeast of Steele. The earthquake had a magnitude of 2.2 and a depth of around five miles.
Nine minutes later, a slightly stronger earthquake was felt in Northeast Arkansas. The magnitude 2.4 quake was located around five and a half miles east southeast of Manila and had a depth of over 12 miles.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR THE 2019 OPTIMIST SOCCER SPRING LEAGUE IN POPLAR BLUFF
The deadline to register your children for the 2019 Poplar Bluff Optimist Spring Soccer League is approaching.
Registrations for youth in first through sixth grades will be open until March 1st and the registration fee is $20. Forms are available at the Poplar Bluff Parks and Recreation Office located at 430 North Second Street.
For more information, contact Staci Barker at 718-0959.
SCREENING APPOINTMENTS BEING ACCEPTED FOR POPLAR BLUFF EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
The Poplar Bluff Early Childhood Center is accepting screening appointments for the 2019-2020 school year.
If you are a parent in the Poplar Bluff R-1 School District and have a child who will be three or four years old on July 31st, you can call 573-785-6803 for more information about having your child screened.
The next screenings will be held by appointment only this Friday, March 1st. Officials say that you must have your child’s social security number available when calling to make an appointment.