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Two men have been arrested on felony burglary charges in St. Clair County. St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Officials say, 37 year old Daniel Chiles, of Deepwater, and 36 year old Shawn King, of Clinton, have been arrested on St. Clair County warrants. Both men are charged with a class C felony of burglary in the second degree and a class A misdemeanor of theft or stealing. The warrants stem from an incident on January 23rd, when St. Clair County Deputies were dispatched to a call in reference to two male subjects on a four wheeler allegedly carrying stolen property in Osceola. Both men are being held in the St. Clair County Jail. Bond has been set at $10,000.00 cash or surety for each suspect.

A Carl Junction man escaped serious injury in a one vehicle accident Wednesday evening in Jasper County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just after 9:00 P.M. Wednesday evening on Joplin Street, 1 mile South of Carl Junction, in Jasper County, involving a 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup driven by 23 year old Trever Pippin. The patrol says, Pippin ran off the roadway and struck a bridge rail end. Pippin was listed with minor injuries and transported to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.

Area residents are again encouraged to hold off burning until weather conditions change. With warmer weather currently in our forecast, area residents could spend time clearing lawns and properties, before the weather turns cold again. Milo Rural Fire Department Chief Steve Zoglmann says, due to dry conditions and high winds throughout the region, Vernon County Rural Fire Chiefs request residents not conduct any burning until conditions improve. Chief Zoglmann says, if you are planning a controlled burn, notify the Vernon County Sheriff's Office at 417-283-4400.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will have road crews out in our area Thursday. According to MoDOT Officials, I-49, between mile markers 74-88, between Lamar and Sheldon, in both Barton and Vernon County, will be down to one lane of traffic due to pavement repairs. MoDOT Officials also says, Route J, between Route W and SE 1250 Road, South of Route 54, West of Collins, will be closed to allow crews to replace a deteriorating drain pipe underneath the roadway. The closure is slated from 8:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Drivers will have to find an alternate route along the closing. Drivers will be able to get to driveways and other entrances on either side of the closing, however, there will be no through traffic in the work zone. The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists to use caution, be alert for flashing arrows on trucks, and slow down.

The new 2015-2016 edition of the Missouri Aeronautical Chart is now available. The 2015-2016 Missouri Aeronautical Chart, produced by the Missouri Department of Transportation, is now available to Missouri residents, including pilots and users of Missouri's aviation system. This year's addition includes airport and navigation data, communication frequencies, a guide to airfield signs and airspace classification, and an air mileage chart. The chart is available at no charge. For more information, call 1-888-275-6636.

Missourian will see a change in unemployment. A bill was approved this week from a Missouri House panel that will link the length of unemployment benefits to the unemployment rate. The bill, which was approved Moday, would also increase the amount of money the state must have saved to pay for benefits, before reducing how much businesses need to contribute. Supporters of the bill say they want to make sure the state's unemployment trust fund does not run out of money in the future. Missouri's unemployment fund had to borrow money from the federal program in 2009, but did pay it off last year. When a state trust fund is in debt to the federal government, businesses lose out on part of a federal tax credit. The bill also requires a state board to consider alternative financing next time the trust needs money.

Two Nevada residents have been arrested on felony drug charges. St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Officials say, 22 year old Samuel Newman and 25 year old Tiffany Foster, have been arrested on St. Clair warrants charging them with class B felonies of distribution, delivery, manufacture, and production of a controlled substance or attempt to or possess with intent to. The warrants stem from an incident on Sunday after a traffic stop was conducted by the Mid Missouri Multi Jurisdiction Drug Task Force on Highway 54, East of Collins. Officials say, Newman was allegedly driving a vehicle with Foster as a passenger. During the investigation, a drug detecting canine was called to the scene, where the canine alerted on the vehicle and a search was conduted. Drugs, as well as drug paraphernalia, a scale, and plastic bags were located in the vehicle. Both suspects are being held in the St. Clair County Jail. Bond has been set for Newman at $50,000 cash or surety. Foster's bond has been set at $15,000 cash or surety.

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's help locating a theft suspect. According to St. Clair County Sheriff Office Officials, an arrest warrant has been issued for 75 year old Thomas Cain, of Mountain Grove, charging him with a class B felony of theft. Bond is set at $15,000 cash or surety. Officials say, the warrant stems from an incident on October 26th of last year, where Deputies took a report of theft from a business lot. The victim reported Cain to have allegedly taken a 1986 Peterbuild that the victim had been servicing, which was complete, but final payment arrangements had not been made. Anyone with information regarding Cain's location are asked to call the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Tip line at 417-646-5832.

A Collins man was seriously injured in a one vehicle accident Tuesday evening in St. Clair County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 9:35 P.M. Tuesday evening on Route T, 1 mile East of Vista, in St. Clair County, involving a 2001 Kawasaki Motorcycle driven by 37 year old Bill Cravens. The patrol says, Cravens was traveling Eastbound when he struck a deer in the roadway, ejecting Cravens. Cravens was listed with serious injuries and transported to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar.

A Walker man has been arrested after he was caught allegedly in the act of burglary. According to Vernon County Sheriff's Office Officials, Deputies recently responded to a call of a individal who was trespassing with a possible burglary in progress on County Road 1244. Deputies were able to arrest the suspect at the scene. The suspect has been identified as 34 year old Daniel Crawford. A 2nd suspect was also taken into custody, however this suspects name has not been released. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says, information was obtained from the burglary investigation that led to 2 seperate search warrants, that were served over the weekend. A large amount of methamphetamines and a truck load of stolen property was recovered during the 2 search warrants. Crawford is being charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd degree Burglary, along with a misdemeanor for 2nd degree property damage. Crawford is being held in the Vernon County Jail. Bond has been set at $11,500.00 cash only.

Area residents will have to find an alternative route around a bridge closing in our area. The Vernon County Bridge Department announced Monday that Quail Road, 3/10th of a mile East of 100 Road, in Coal Township, Section 18/19, will be closed until further notice. The closure was put into effect at 2:00 P.M. Monday. The closure will allow crews to replace a bridge structure. Drivers are asked to use caution in the area, and plan their route accordingly. For more information, contact the Vernon County Commission at 417-448-2505.

Vernon County 4-H is poised to make 2015 a big year. 4-Hers just wrapped up the enrollment period for our area. Vernon County 4-H Youth Educator Amanda Davis says, this year has seen increased number for enrollment. 4-Hers will have a chance to socialize and have fun this Saturday with the Annual 4-H Lock-In. Vernon County 4-H Council President Carly Greer says, it's an event many look forward to. The 4-H Lock-In is scheduled from 6:30 P.M. to 9:45 P.M. this Saturday at the Osage Prairie YMCA, 500 West Highland in Nevada.

The Nevada Police Department is looking for a suspect responsible for theft at the Nevada Recycling Center. Nevada Police Department Detective Sgt. Steve Bastow says, last week a suspect broke into the Nevada Recycling Center, stealing copper and tools, and damaging the center. Some of the tools stolen belong to employees. The suspect apparently broke into the office, pulling out and emptying drawers, while take additional items such as batteries and charges. Detective Sgt. Bastow says, the case is moving forward slowly, as they are checking that night's video from the recycling center and surrounding locations, as well as following-up with people on the possible suspect. Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to call the Nevada Police Department at 417-448-2710.

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking the public's help regarding a recent increase in crime. According to St. Clair County Sheriff Officials, on January 22nd, Deputies began investigating the report a theft of multiple items in the Collins area. The victim said mutiple gardening items were taken. The investigation is currently ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Tip line at 417-646-5832. The St. Clair County Sheriff Officials remind area residents to be aware of the traffic on your road. If you see a suspicious vehicle in your community, attempt to get a license place number, as well as a vehicle description, and a description of the person or persons in the vehicle.

The Nevada Police Department is looking to education local residents on law enforcement activities with the Citizens Police Academy. Nevada PD will host their annual Spring Citizens Police Academy, starting in April. The program provides citizens an inside look at the operations of the Nevada Police Department through lecture and interactive based activities. The program will run over an 8 week period, every Wednesday night starting April 1st to May 20th. This year's 2015 Academy includes topics such as 911 communications and emergency dispatching, traffic stops, criminal investigation, and traffic enforcement and drug recognition. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through march 15th and can be found online at www.nevadamo.org.

Cottey College has been named to the Presidential Honor Roll. Recently, Cottey was named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for Interfaith Community Service. This Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. Cottey provides students the experiential learning and interfaith programs that are committed to promoting service learning as an effective pedagogical method that develops educated students through participation in activities and organization that benefit the community served by the College. During the 2012-2014 academic year, Cottey College students served 6,527 hours of community service. Those community service hours were used for projects including International Peace Week, the Multi-Cultural Fair, Martin Luther King Day of Service. 766 higher education institutions were named to the Honor Roll. Of those, only 38, including Cottey, were named “With Distinction” in interfaith community service.

The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help out in times of need. Red Cross Officials say, Nevada and the Vernon County area is in need of volunteers for the Disaster Assistance Team in Vernon County. This team responds to house fires in the community. Officials say, in the case of a home fire, Disaster Assistance Team volunteers near the scene would be called by dispatchers, where they would be there to support the homeowner. The volunteers also find out the information such as the number of people living in the house that burned, what belongings thye lost such as clothing, food, prescriptions. Area residents intersted in volunteering can find out more information by contact the Springfield Red Cross Office at 417-832-9500.

Agriculture students throughout Missouri have a few more weeks to complete their applciation for the 2015 Missouri Corn Scholarship Program. High school and college students intersted in a career in agronomy or other agriculture-related field must submit the necessary forms no later than Friday, February 6th to be eligible. The scholarship is open to high school seniors, who are Missouri residents from a farm or rural area that plan to attend a two or four year Missouri college or University. College applicants must also be a Missouri residents, from a farm or rural area, and currently a Junior encrolled in a Missouri four year college. To learn more about Missouri Corn programs, visit www.mocorn.org.

Applications are now available for the 28th year of the Missouri Agribusiness Academy. The Missouri Department of Agriculture is giving 30 high school students representing 4-H clubs and FFA Chapters, as well as farm families throughout Missouri, the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture through the 2015 Missouri Agribusiness Academy. The academy is a competitive program for Missouri High School sophomores, interested in pursuing agriculture-related college degrees and careers. The 2015 Missouri Agribusiness Academy will be held in St. Louis on June 1st through 5th, marking the programs 28th year. This year, students selected will have the opportunity to learn about the many unique opportunities for careers in the St. Louis area, including visits with industry leaders and agribusinesses specializing in plant science, communications, sales, and retail management. For applications and guidelines, as well as more information on the Department of Agriculture and its programs, visit their website at www.agriculture.mo.gov. The deadline to apply is February 1st.


 

 

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