MISSOURI OFFICIALS ASK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR ANOTHER FEDERAL DISASTER DECELERATION
Missouri State officials have requested that President Donald Trump issue a major disaster declaration to assist residents and businesses in numerous Missouri counties that have been hard hit by flooding, tornadoes, and severe storms beginning on April 29th and continuing throughout the spring.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson tells KWOC News that the state expects to request Public Assistance once joint Preliminary Damage Assessments are completed in 64 counties.
In Southeast Missouri, this includes Bollinger, Dunklin, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Shannon, and Stoddard Counties.
Additional joint damage assessments for public assistance may be conducted in more counties as additional information is gathered locally when floodwaters recede.
A major disaster declaration was approved last month for Missouri to help recover from devastating flooding and severe storms that occurred from March 11th to April 16th.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY WARRANT AND DRUG CHARGE
Authorities in Butler County have arrested an area man on a felony drug charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 35 year old Brian Staffey, of Poplar Bluff, was taken into custody Monday afternoon on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.
Officials say that Staffey also had a felony warrant out of Pemiscot County for failure to appear.
Following the arrest, he was held at the Butler County Jail.
EARLY REGISTRATION TO BE HELD TODAY FOR KIDS CAMP AT WHEATLEY SCHOOL IN POPLAR BLUFF
Early registration will be held today for an upcoming kids camp in Poplar Bluff.
The Super Kids Camp 2019 has been scheduled for 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday from July 8th to July 26th.
The camp is free for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade and will include breakfast and lunch, swimming, academic enrichment, and more. A maximum of fifty students will be accepted.
Early registration will be held today and Thursday from 2 pm to 6 pm.
For more information, call 573-776-5073.
MAN SENTENCED OVER THREE YEARS AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER
A Southeast Missouri man has been sentenced, over three years after pleading guilty to a murder charge.
According to Missouri Case Net, Brandon Norman, of Lowndes, pled guilty on June 14, 2016 to a charge of second degree murder.
On Monday, Norman was sentenced to 20 years’ incarceration on the charge, which stems from the shooting death of John Fowler, of St. Peters, in early 2015.
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI COUNTIES REMOVED AND ADDED TO THE MANAGEMENT ZONE FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE
The Missouri Department of Conservation has altered the counties that are included in the management zone for Chronic Wasting Disease.
Officials say that Bollinger and Madison Counties were removed from the list, while Howell and Oregon counties were added because of recent CWD detections in Oregon, Stone, and Taney counties.
The MDC will require hunters who harvest deer in any of the 29 counties of the CWD Management Zone during the opening weekend of the fall firearms deer season to take their harvested deer, or the head with at least six inches of neck attached, to one of MDC’s numerous CWD sampling stations throughout the zone on the day of harvest.
CWD is a deadly, infectious disease in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family. The disease has no vaccine or cure and eventually kills all deer it infects. CWD is spread from deer to deer and through the environment.
The change will also impact restrictions on feeding deer, antler-point restrictions, and antlerless permits for some counties.
For more information, go online to mdc.mo.gov/cwd.
JOHN J. PERSHING VA MEDICAL CENTER PARTNERS WITH SEMO FOOD BANK
A food giveaway will be held this week for veterans in need.
The Health Promotion Disease Prevention program at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center has partnered with the Southeast Missouri Food Bank to provide a monthly mobile food pantry called the Veterans Healthy Food Surplus.
The event will be held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 8 am to 10 am at the John J. Pershing VAMC walking track.
Veterans are asked to bring an identification card to the event.