FLOOD WATCH TO REMAIN IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING
Showers and thunderstorms will continue today resulting in chances of flooding.
According to the National Weather Service, a flood watch remains in effect through this evening for most of Southeast Missouri.
Weather officials say that Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to result in additional rainfall amounts of around an inch of so today, although locally higher amounts cannon be ruled out.
The rain will likely result in flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas, in addition to rising water levels on area rivers, creeks, and streams. Localized flash flooding cannot be ruled out with scattered thunderstorms producing heavier rainfall rates.
A drastic change to very cold arctic air will take place later today and tonight. Wind chill readings by late tonight could be in the single digits or teens.
ILLNESS TO CAUSE ADDITIONAL MISSED CLASSES AT AREA SCHOOLS
Officials at two area schools have cancelled classes for today due to illness.
According to the Portageville Police Department, the Portageville School District will be closed for the rest of the week. Classes will be back in session on Monday.
Piggott Public Schools will also not be in session for today due to widespread illness in the district. According to the Piggott High School Facebook Page, students will need to complete AMI Day 4.
The Twin Rivers School District will also be missing classes today, but that is due to flooding conditions in the district.
AREA AUTHORITIES ATTEMPTING TO LOCATE TWO INDIVIDUALS IN CONNECTION TO AN ALLEGED VEHICLE THEFT
Authorities in Carter County are attempting to locate two individuals.
Carter County Sheriff Richard Stephens tells KWOC News that a man and a woman are being sought in connection to an alleged vehicle theft in the area.
We have pictures of both the man and the woman available on the KWOC Facebook page.
Anyone who has information about their identities or whereabouts is being asked to contact Chief Alonzo Bradwell with the Van Buren Police Department at 573-323-4510.
DANCING WITH THE PB STARS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND
The 2019 Dancing with the PB Stars will be held this weekend at the Historic Rodgers Theater in Poplar Bluff.
Local couples will compete Saturday night at 7 pm in various styles of dance while the audience votes on their favorite performances.
Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $25 for VIP seating. There will also be entertainment by local musicians and performers.
Proceeds from the event will go to benefit Sacred Heart Catholic School.
CITY OF DONIPHAN TO HOST PUBLIC HEARING NEXT WEEK
The city of Doniphan will be hosting a public hearing next week to discuss the city’s submission of an application for a grant.
According to the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission, the city is proposing to construct possible bathrooms, Pickle Ball courts, and park amenities.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund grant is a 50/50 match program, with the City of Doniphan requesting approximately $26,000 in LWCF funds.
The hearing will be held at 2 pm on Monday, February 11th, at the Doniphan Community Center.
For more information on the proposed project, contact Mayor Dennis Cox at 573-996-2623.
NEW BENCH INSTALLED AT POPLAR BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL TO HELP STUDENTS MAKE NEW FRIENDS
A new bench is being installed at Poplar Bluff Middle School to help students make new friends.
School officials say that a Buddy Bench was introduced last week during a school wide positive behavior support assembly held at the Middle School.
Among several scenarios detailed during the assembly, the main rule established is for students to invite classmates who are sitting alone on the Buddy Bench to play.
Guidance counselor Julie Withrow says that the concept of the bench was student-directed. Sixth graders Rachel Eason, Zoë Freeman, and Bailey Taylor approached her with the idea at the end of the last school year.