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“By preparing together for winter storms, we can make our families safer and our communities stronger,” Chris Harmon, Regional Disaster Program Officer for the Red Cross in Southern Missouri said. “We can help you and your family create a disaster preparedness plan now, before our community is threatened by dangerously low temperatures, snow, and ice.”
As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for winter storms by:
Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Pack a winter-specific supply kit that includes a warm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm clothing. Sand or non-clumping kitty litter is good to have on hand to help make walkways or steps less slippery. Additionally, make sure you have a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries in your home in the event of a power outage.
Heeding Storm Warnings: A winter storm WATCH means winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions via NOAA Weather radio, or local radio or television stations. A winter storm WARNING means that life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Individuals in a warning area should take precautions immediately.
Preparing Your Home and Car: Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full, which will help to keep the fuel line from freezing. Make sure your home is properly insulated by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to help keep cold air out. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. Running water, even at a trickle, helps to prevent pipes from freezing.
For more information on winter storm preparedness, visit www.redcross.org.
(Norfork) – A Calico Rock man was injured in a one vehicle accident on Wednesday, December 4, at 12:31 PM.
67-year-old John Hyslep was traveling south on State Highway 5 at the Norfork city limits when his vehicle exited the roadway.
He was transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center for his injuries.
26-year-old Ryan Amyx was arrested November 26 after reportedly buying 2 grams of meth, 4 amphetamine pills, and 2 vyvanse pills in July 2013. Sheriff John Montgomery says the transaction, which reportedly took place near a soccer park, was remotely monitored and recorded by sheriff’s department investigators.
Amyx was charged with felony delivery of methamphetamine, 2 counts of delivery of a controlled substance, felony unlawful use of communications device, and selling near certain facilities.
Amyx was held at report time on $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court December 9.
(Willow Springs) – Highway Patrol Troop G has released their Thanksgiving holiday statistics.
Troop G reported one fatal traffic crash, investigated three alcohol-related traffic crashes, and investigated 16 crashes on C.A.R.E. designated highways. Troopers made nine DWI arrests, three drug arrests, and issued 407 citations for speed, 96 seat belt tickets, and six child restraint summonses. Additionally, officers issued 619 warnings and provided assistance to 152 motorists. Included in the above-listed totals were the following totals from the 20-Mile Trooper operation in which troopers patrolled a designated section of U.S. Highway 60:
- 1 — DWI arrest
- 108 — speed summonses
- 13 — seat belt summonses
- 2 — child restraint summonses
- 1 — other hazardous moving vehicle summons
- 8 — non-moving violation summonses
- 1 — driver’s license summons
- 1 — uninsured motorist summons
- 3 — misdemeanor warrant arrests
- 3 — other misdemeanor arrests/criminal offenses
- 61 — warnings
Captain Isringhausen says, “As we approach the winter driving season, please plan ahead when traveling, don’t drink and drive, watch your speed, and always wear your seat belt.”
(Springfield) – A Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the entire Missouri and Arkansas listening area, and will be in effect from 9 AM Thursday to 6 PM Friday.
3 to 6 inches of snow is expected by the time precipitation ends late Friday afternoon, with a half inch to inch of snow and sleet expected Thursday, with larger snow accumulations Thursday night and Friday morning. A glaze to tenth of an inch of freezing rain is possible across southern and south central Missouri Thursday.
The national weather services says significant impacts to travel are expected across the region Thursday and Friday. With temperatures dropping to or below freezing in many locations before precipitation starts to fall, rapid accumulations and impacts to area roadways are expected once precipitation begins. A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet, and ice are expected or occurring, with strong winds possible, making travel very hazardous or impossible People are urged to consider taking a winter storm kit on their travels, which includes items like tire chains, jumper cables, a flashlight, shovel, blankets, extra clothing and anything else that would help you survive in case you become stranded.
(West Plains) – The “Meet the Artists” reception scheduled for Friday evening, December 6, for participants in the Art Teacher Exhibit hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains has been postponed to 6 PM Thursday, December 12, at the Gallery on the Mezzanine in the West Plains Civic Center.
Forecasts of inclement weather over the next two days prompted the postponement, organizers with the University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department said.
Those who attend December 12 can enjoy desserts and coffee while they visit with the artists.
The free exhibit, which runs through December 15, features artwork by 12 area art educators who teach students from elementary age through college. They include Kelli Albin of Dora School; Lisa Johnson of Fair View School; Michelle Carlson and Dawn King of Glenwood School; Felicia Combs of Mtn. View-Birch Tree Liberty High School; Janey Hale, Rhonda Richter and Mary-Louise Tollenaar, all of the West Plains R-7 School District; Ron McGarry and Stacy Self of the Willow Springs School District; and Alice Vandergriff and Barbara Williams from Missouri State-West Plains.
For more information about the exhibit or the reception, call the U/CP Department office at 417-255-7966.
The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Level 3 Sex Offender has now registered with the Sheriff’s Office and is residing in Baxter County. Risk Level 3 means there is a high risk that this person will re-offend.
NAME: JIMMY DALE MAPLES
DATE OF BIRTH: 09/09/1960
HOME ADDRESS: 7777 Highway 201 North, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
The offender’s most recent conviction was on 04/16/2013 for Failing to Register and living near a school/daycare. Previously, the offender was convicted of Rape, Sexual Abuse 1st Degree, and Domestic Battery in the 3rd Degree on 08/23/2000. Documentation indicates these offenses involved the offender engaging in sexual contact with a 6 year old female.
This person is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass Registered Sex Offenders. Citizen abuse will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.
(Jefferson City) – The first significant winter weather event of the season is bearing down on Missouri, and the state’s electric cooperatives are preparing for severe weather.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for portions of the Ozarks and southeast Missouri in effect from 9 AM Thursday, December 5, through 6 PM on Friday, December 6. According to the National Weather Service office in Springfield, precipitation will likely begin as a mix of freezing rain and sleet over southern Missouri Thursday before changing over to all snow. Freezing rain totals of 0.1 to 0.2 inches will be possible mainly south of a Salem-to-Cassville line, with three to four inches of snow expected to fall in the same area.
Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives CEO Barry Hart says that member systems are preparing for the worst-case scenario, and they’re urging members to do the same – members who rely on electricity to heat their homes should make plans for alternative shelter in the event a major outage takes place, as forecasters are calling for temperatures to fall below zero and remain there for several days.
If you need to report an outage, call your local electric cooperative.
(Alton) – Officials with the city of Alton say that a boil water order issued for areas in the city earlier this week has been lifted.
A number of water leaks in the city caused water to be shut down in a few areas of town, causing the boil water order.
For more information, call Alton City Hall at 417-778-6321.
(West Plains) – The West Plains Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, scheduled for noon on Thursday December 5 at the West Plains Civic Center has been cancelled due to impending inclement weather.
For more information on chamber activities, visit www.wpchamber.org.