Thursday June 6, 2019

ALMOST 100 JOBS TO BE AFFECTED BY CLOSURE OF KENNETT FACILITY 

Almost 100 jobs will be affected by the upcoming closure of a facility in Kennett.  

The Hose Products Division of Parker Hannifin has announced that the manufacturing facility in Kennett will be closed, affecting 92 full time employees.  

Operations will be transferred to other locations by the end of this September.  

The Kennett facility manufactures yarn reinforced rubber hose and will continue its manufacturing and assembly operations until all product lines are operational in their new locations.

TWO ARRESTED FOR METHAMPHETAMINE IN BUTLER COUNTY 

Two people were taken into custody last night in Butler County for methamphetamine.  

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 51 year old David Brannon, of Grandin, and 44 year old Angela Griffin, of Poplar Bluff, were each arrested shortly before midnight on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.  

They are also each facing a charge of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

SCHOOL BUS INSPECTION RESULTS RELEASED 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced the results of the Driver and Vehicle Safety Division's 2019 annual school bus inspection program. 

As a part of the program, buses found to have no defective items are rated as "approved.” Buses having one or more defective items which do not constitute an immediate danger are rated as "defective.” Buses with any defective items which constitute an immediate danger are rated as "out-of-service.” 

In Butler County, Poplar Bluff R-1 had 40 of the district’s 43 buses listed as approved. Two were rated as defective and one as out of service.  

Neelyville R-4 had five of 16 buses rated as defective and three were listed as out of service. 13 of the 14 school buses for Twin Rivers R-X were approved with one rated as defective.  

Over 89 percent of buses statewide were rated as approved.

NEW CASES OF HEPATITIS A CONFIRMED IN BUTLER COUNTY 

Health officials say that there have been new confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Butler County.  

According to the Butler County Health Department, there have been two new laboratory confirmed cases of Hep A.  

Due to this, the Health Department has scheduled two Hepatitis A immunization clinics for this month at the Health Department. 

The first clinic will be held on Friday, June 7th, with the second coming on Monday, June 24th. Both have been scheduled for 8 am to 4 pm.  

Officials say anyone who is around someone who uses drugs or uses drugs themselves should get vaccinated.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY FOLLOWING REPORTED DEATH OF FORMER ARKANSAS STATE SENATOR 

Updating a story we brought to you yesterday, authorities in Northeast Arkansas are conducting a homicide investigation following the reported death of a former State Senator.  

Arkansas Republican Party officials reported the death of 57 year old Linda Collins-Smith on Tuesday, the same day that unidentified human remains were found outside her home in Pocahontas.   

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler declined to identify the victim. Prosecutor Henry Boyce said the body was a woman's, but said its condition prevented any immediate positive identification. 

Police say the state crime lab was determining the cause and manner of death. A Randolph County judge has granted Boyce's request for an order sealing the documents and statements obtained by police during the investigation.

DEXTER WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG RELATED WARRANTS 

Authorities in Stoddard County have taken an area woman into custody on drug related warrants.  

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 30 year old Heather Harris, of Dexter, was recently arrested on two warrants, one for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and the other for possession of a controlled substance.  

Her bond was set at $7,500, cash only, and officials say she remained in jail as of this morning.

ANOTHER POPLAR BLUFF NATIVE CHOSEN IN MLB DRAFT 

Another Poplar Bluff native has been chosen in the MLB Draft.  

Quincy University’s Cody Birdsong was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 32nd round.  

At Quincy University, Birdsong started all 111 games over two years, hitting .319 over that span. He also added 27 home runs and 92 RBIs.

POPLAR BLUFF SCIENCE TEACHER RECOGNIZED FOR HER WORK IN THE CLASSROOM 

An area teacher has been has been recognized for her work in the classroom.  

According to the Poplar Bluff High School Facebook page, Gretchen Kliem Pendley is the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Missouri.