Storms over the weekend are causing a number of closures to Mark Twain Lake recreation facilities according to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Due to downed trees and other debris, Ray Behrens and Frank Russell Campgrounds are closed until at least July 18th and will also be burning large amounts of wood debris this week and possibly later.
Frank Russell and Ray Behrens Campgrounds, Warren G. See South Spillway, M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center, Spalding Day Use, Bluffview Recreation Area, and Hunter / Fisherman Access 70 are all closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic until further notice.
Additionally, the Salt River basin that drains into Mark Twain Lake is expected to crest next Wednesday, July 21 at more than 24 feet above full pool at 630.8 feet above sea level.
High water is causing the temporary closure of Indian Creek and Spalding Beaches, Joanna and Lick Creek Trails, Hunter-Fishermen Accesses 11, 20, 61, 30, 23, 54, 33, and 32 and within Mark Twain State Park the beach, and ramps at Route U and Highway 107.
South Fork Recreation Area will be closed for approximately four days starting tomorrow (Tuesday) while the boat ramp is used as a staging area for work barges.Continue Reading
Cleanup continues in and around Perry after 90 mph winds caused considerable damage late Friday night and early Saturday morning.
Utility crews from neighboring areas are in Perry helping restore power and some power has now been restored, however it is being done in stages.
The Perry Baptist Church is providing hot meals for lunch and dinner and also has laundry and shower facilities set up.
Mark Twain Tigers football team members were in town today (Monday) helping clean up debris while Perry Fire Department has been assisting with traffic control.Continue Reading
A former Moberly prison guard will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
54-year old James Addie was sentenced by Cole County judge Jon Beetem today (Monday) to life without parole for first degree murder and ten years for armed criminal action.
Addie was convicted by a jury two months ago of killing his fiancee Molly Watson to hide his affair from his wife of 22 years.
MissouriNet News Director Brian Hauswirth says the sentencing today (Monday) was not without fireworks.
Watson and Addie had worked together at the prison in Moberly.Continue Reading
Stormwater culvert repair will have a section of North Washington closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to the City of Mexico, the work will begin tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 7:00 and will have North Washington at Allison closed through Wednesday evening.Continue Reading
The second Monday of each month Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller joins AM 1340 KXEO and the Am I Awake Morning Show with Matt Pilger for a live call in show called Give Matt Oller A Holler.
Today’s topics included an increase in the number of calls for service the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department is seeing recently. Also schools preparing for the upcoming school year. And even the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department was impacted by the auto industry’s chip shortage.Continue Reading
CALLS FOR SERVICE:
Mexico Public Safety responded to the following calls for service over the weekend starting on Friday, July 9th:
Leaving the scene of a traffic accident on East Liberty. No injuries were reported.
An intoxicated person driving on West Jackson.
A scam at Lakeview.
Fireworks at the South Clark Apartments.
Public Safety responded to the following calls for service on Saturday, July 10th:
A peace disturbance on the corner of Hanley and Olive.
Fireworks at Fairground Road and on Mansfield and at Howell Manor Court.
Suspicious activity reported at the East Liberty Apartments.
Harassment on Franklin Road.
A scam on Latney and at North Olive.
A stealing or theft at 4820 South Clark.
Shots fired on North Olive.
Mexico Public Safety went to the following calls for service yesterday (Sunday):
Indecent behavior on West Monroe.
Property damage at Emmons.
A scam on West Breckenridge.
A natural gas odor on North Grand.
A careless and imprudent driver at Omar.
A stealing or theft on Meyers and at Emmons.
A suicidal subject at Lakeview Park.Continue Reading
Mexico Public Safety is investigating an altercation involving a gun on Saturday night.
It happened around 11:21 in the 1200 block of North Olive.
An investigation indicated that visitors to a residence in the block got into an argument with some people at a neighboring home.
As the visitors drove from the area, one of them fired a gun several times, striking a parked car.
There were no injuries reported from the incident.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS or Mexico Public Safety.Continue Reading
A Monroe County man convicted of a 2018 murder of his secret fiancee will be sentenced this (Monday) morning in Jefferson City.
The jury deliberated for more than 2 hours on April 29th before returning guilty verdicts against 54 year old James Addie.
He was convicted of first degree murder and armed criminal action for the 2018 death of Molly Watson, his fiancee.
The state is not seeking the death penalty.
And Cole County Judge Jon Beetem will sentence him to life in prison, without parole.
Today’s sentencing hearing will start at 10am, however it is unclear if Addie will take the witness stand.Continue Reading
Yesterday’s (Sunday) contest between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs was postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up as the second game of a split doubleheader on Friday, September 24th.
The Redbirds now heads into a 4-day break in action due to the All-Star game and events.
The Cardinals find themselves with a 44-46 record and tied with the Cubs for third in the NL Central going into the break.
The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians had their game postponed yesterday (Sunday).
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on September 20th, with 2 seven-inning games.
The Royals end the first half of the season with a 36-53 record and at the bottom of the American League Central.
Kansas City returns to action on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles at Kauffman Stadium.Continue Reading
Dwayne Williams, the Texas Teddy Bear, is holding a revival in Mexico July 12th & 13th at Teal Lake Park and stopped in to share his story of faith and inspiration with Public Perspectives.Continue Reading
Storms that roared through central and northeast Missouri Friday night into early yesterday (Saturday) morning cause considerable damage in western Ralls and eastern Monroe counties.
According to the National Weather Service in St. Louis, straight line winds were responsible for structural damage, uprooted trees, and downed power poles and lines.
The damage path is estimated at 10 miles wide, from Rensselaer through Perry.
Damage to the boat dock and ramp area at Blackjack Marina is estimated at $1 million according to the weather service.
Estimated wind speeds of 60-80 mph blew through the area with upwards of 90 mph gusts in Perry.
In Mexico, a large tree was down at South Clark and Central streets, causing a widespread power outage in central portions of the city.Continue Reading
Ameren crews working to get power restored at Jefferson and Central
Tree damage at Central and Clark
Davis Creek at the north edge of Mexico on Highway 15 is running bank full and swiftly.
The Mexico High School speech and debate program is getting recognition for achieving a milestone.
In an email from J. Scott Wunn, the Executive Director of the National Speech & Debate Association, they have confirmed that the 2021 National Speech & Debate Tournament marked the 10th time Mexico attended the tournament.
Wunn says, “It is a tremendous thing to attend the National Tournament once and a truly outstanding achievement to attend 10 times. Few schools can claim such an accomplishment.”
Sara Given is the instructor for the program.Continue Reading
Central and northeast Missouri residents are cleaning up this morning after storms rolled through last (Friday) night and early this (Saturday) morning.
In Madison, a large tree was down near the Dollar General store, blocking Highway 24 last night.
A large tree and limbs were down on Central Street in Mexico according to Mexico Public Safety and as a result, the 100 block of West Central and the 800 block of South Jefferson were closed while Ameren crews worked to restore power to central parts of Mexico.
In Paris, rain and strong winds played havoc with the Mark Twain Old Threshers celebration, forcing them to cancel the car show and draft horse games scheduled for today.
At 1:00 this morning, Ameren’s outage map showed 1,189 customers without power in Mexico, while Consolidated Electric was reporting 202 customers without power.
By 5:00, those numbers were down to 303 and 90 respectively.Continue Reading
With severe weather season underway and the potential for tornadoes a possibility with severe thunderstorms, Mexico emergency management officials and Mexico Public Schools are clarifying protocols for opening Mexico’s tornado shelter.
When a tornado watch is issued for Audrain County, a school employee will report to the shelter and will open the building if a tornado warning is issued for Audrain County.
The shelter is at Hawthorne Elementary School at 1250 West Curtis in Mexico.Continue Reading
Kara Norman and Katie Azdell gave us updates on performances this weekend along with adult camps and fall production on the Am I Awake Morning Show today.Continue Reading
Sonya Berry, RN with ACHD, was a guest on the Am I Awake Morning Show, talking about the Health Department’s Foot Clinic.Continue Reading
Pavement work next week in Audrain County will have a pair of roads closed to thru traffic.
On Monday and Tuesday, Route FF between Muldrow Street and the county line will closed.
On Thursday and Friday, Route U from Highway 19 to Route A will be closed.
All of the work is weather-permitting.Continue Reading
The Auxvasse Lions Club is announcing the dates for both an open house for their new Community Center and the return of Loafer’s Week.
The dedication of the new building is Saturday afternoon, August 7th at 2:30 and in conjunction with Auxvasse’s Sesquicentennial, they are serving a free whole hog dinner for those attending.
Loafer’s Week will return on the Monday following the dedication, August 9th.
This year’s Loafer’s Week was postponed due to COVID-19, but will be back with cards, coffee, iced tea and food served by a number of area businesses and service organizations.
Tuesday the 10th will also include a statewide Bicentennial Ice Cream Social from 5:00 until 7:00 that evening to celebrate Missouri’s birthday.Continue Reading
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is announcing the promotion of two members for Troop F.
Corporal Zachary Czerniewski is now the Sergeant in charge of Montgomery County, where he grew up and graduated from Montgomery County R2 in 2008.
The new corporal for Boone County is Nicholas March, originally from Macon, where he graduated from Macon High School in 2004.
The promotions were effective July 1st.Continue Reading