TARIFF EXEMPTIONS GRANTED FOR MID CONTINENT STEEL AND WIRE
A Poplar Bluff business has been granted an exemption from steel tariffs.
Mid Continent Steel and Wire announced on Thursday that the U.S. Department of Commerce has approved exclusions from Section 232 tariffs for the company. The exclusions cover close to nine-tenths of the volume of imported steel that Mid Continent uses.
Mid Continent, maker of Magnum Nails, applied for the exemptions from the 25 percent tariffs, on June 18th, shortly after Section 232 duties were extended to cover Canada and Mexico, a major source of raw material for the nail manufacturer.
In its requests, Mid Continent showed that U.S. steelmakers could not provide the volume of raw material that the manufacturer required.
A news release from the company says that the tariffs had a damaging effect on Mid Continent's business – in large part because the company's foreign competitors could make nails abroad and export them to the U.S., free of the Section 232 duties. Mid Continent's manufacturing workforce fell from more than 500 to less than 300.
PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY A VEHICLE IN BUTLER COUNTY
A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Thursday morning in Butler County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle was making a left turn onto the Highway 67 North ramp at Business 67 when the vehicle struck a 25 year old Poplar Bluff man. The incident occurred shortly after 5 am.
The man suffered serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital. No injuries were listed for the driver of the vehicle.
WATER PROBLEM TO CAUSE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT TO MISS CLASSES TODAY
An area school district will not be having classes today because of water problems.
School has been cancelled for today in the Corning School District. A post on the school district’s website says that the closure is due to a water line problem at Park Elementary School.
The post says that schools will be using Friday as AMI Day 2 and teachers will be available according to plans sent home earlier this year.
INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST IN THEFT OF BUILDING MATERIALS FROM AREA BUSINESS
An arrest has been made in connection to the theft of approximately $1,600 worth of building materials from an area business.
Portageville Police Chief Ronnie Adams tells KWOC News that the theft occurred during the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 2nd at Woods Lumber Company.
Footage showed a white male pulling an ATV into the back lot of the business, loading two wooden pallets onto a trailer, and driving away.
Officers were able to identify the suspect as 22 year old Kyle Woods, from Lilbourn. Woods was arrested in New Madrid for a similar incident and was being held in the Pemiscot County Justice Center.
Adams says that during an interview, Woods admitted to taking the items. After further investigation, it was discovered the trailer was stolen from another local business in Portageville and the ATV is believed to have been stolen from the Sikeston area.
Woods is currently being held at the Pemiscot County Justice Center and formal charges are pending.
5TH ANNUAL BADGE OF HONOR BENEFIT RUN SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND
The 5th Annual Badge of Honor Benefit Run is scheduled to be held this weekend.
The Benefit Run will be held on Saturday at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff. The event, which will include a 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon, is scheduled to begin at 9 am.
For more information, go to www.bohbr.com.
MUSICAL BASED ON A BOARD GAME TO BE PERFORMED IN POPLAR BLUFF
A musical performance by the Three Rivers College community theatre group has been scheduled for next week.
Center Stage will be performing “Clue: The Musical” beginning on April 11th at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center in Poplar Bluff.
The show will begin at 7 pm on April 11th, 12th and 13th, with a 2 pm performance following on April 14th.
Tickets are available for $10 each at the Three Rivers Student Accounts Office as well as online at trcc.edu/tinnin. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door before the show.