(West Plains) – The scheduled visit from Santa Claus and the official lighting of the West Plains Christmas Tree on Friday has been postponed to Thursday, December 12, according to West Plains Tourism and Marketing Director Todd Shanks.
Events with Santa will begin at 4 PM, with Mayor Jack Pahlmann and some local children lighting the official West Plains Christmas Tree on the Courthouse lawn at 5:30 PM.
Children will have an opportunity to deliver their letters to Santa during the event, with a special red mailbox installed on the Courthouse lawn. This year, a Holiday Window Decorating competition is being held among the merchants in the downtown area, with prizes awarded to the winners.
For more information about the event, people can call 417-256-4433 or 417-293-4438.
West Plains Police Department Information Officer Jeremy Pounders says that city crews are working hard to get things cleared:
Remember, if you are involved in an accident, see an accident, or are stranded, remember to call 911 or *55 on your cell phone for the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
More weather for the local area can be found at the Weather page at www.ozarkareanetwork.com.
(Springfield) – The sleet and freezing rain has made its way out of the Ozark Radio Network listening area, but the wintery precipitation will continue to impact the Missouri and Arkansas region today through snow.
The National Weather Service in Springfield says that snow will mainly impact the I-44 and Highway 60 corridors. An estimated 6-10 inches of wintery precipitiation will have fallen through the past two days, with localized amounts up to 12 inches possible across far southern and south central Missouri.
Another chance for wintery precipitation will impact the region late Saturday night through Sunday, most likely in the form of light snow, with additional accumulations expected.
(Willow Springs) – Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation continue to fight the snow and ice with road treatments and plowing. TJ Sullivan with MoDOT says that the roads are still very covered and treacherous:
Sullivan says that, if you can today, just stay home and avoid the roads. If you do have to travel, however, visit MoDOT traveler’s map, which has information on the status of all major roads in the state of Missouri.
Two women suffered serious injuries after a head-on collision just before 4 PM on Highway 60, five miles west of Mansfield. 47-year-old Kimberly Collins of West Plains and 58-year-old Teresa Collier of Fordland were both taken to Springfield area hospitals. A report from Troop G of the Highway Patrol states Collins’ vehicle lost control on a snow-covered roadway while traveling westbound and crossed the center line.
A Gainesville man suffered minor injured after his vehicle lost control on a slick section of Route 5, about five miles south of Ava and struck a rock bluff. 46-year-old Harley Sommers reportedly refused treatment at the scene of the 2:40 PM accident.
Two residents of Van Buren suffered minor injuries in a 12 PM accident 5 miles east of Winona on Highway 60. 71-year-old Kenneth Tilley and 66-year-old Patricia Tilley were injured after their vehicle ran off-road. The two were taken Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital.
A resident of Moss, MO suffered minor injuries after the vehicle she was driving ran off-road after losing control on an ice covered roadway and struck a sign. 48-year-old Glenda Barbee was taken from the scene of the 10:40 AM accident to Southeast Health in Ellington. The accident happened 4 miles west of Centerville on Route 72.
A Centerville resident suffered minor injuries after a 9:45 AM accident 2 miles south of Centerville. 21-year-old Rochelle Thomas was taken to Southeast Health in Ellington after the vehicle he was driving lost control on an icy section of Route 21 near Centerville and struck an embankment.
(West Plains) – The West Plains Charter Commission is currently in the process of promoting the charter document drafted November 19. West Plains City Clerk Mallory Prewett says that copies of the document are available at a number of places:
Copies are also available at the West Plains Public Library. The Charter Commission’s website is www.wpcharter.org.
(Willow Springs) – Bids are open to remove buildings from the 10th Street Expansion project area in Willow Springs. City Administrator Bob Pollard has more:
For more information or to place a bid, call Willow Springs City Hall at 417-469-2107.
(Jefferson City) – Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville) and Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) will host a question-and-answer meeting from 5-6 PM December 19 at the Houston Storm Shelter 191 North First Street, in Houston to allow constituents to ask questions and give feedback to legislators about the National Park Service’s proposed General Management Plan of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
This meeting will follow two earlier meetings in which public comment will be allowed. Those meetings are at the Van Buren Youth and Community Center, 1204 County Road D, Van Buren, MO 63965) on December 10 from 6-8 PM, and another at the Salem City Hall Auditorium in Salem MO from 10 AM to 12 PM.
The NPS is proposing a change to the General Management Plan of the Ozark National Scenic Riverway. Sen. Cunningham and Rep. Ross, along with 23 other lawmakers recently sent a letter to the director of the NPS, stating their concerns with the proposed plan.
To learn more about the upcoming meeting in Houston, contact Sen. Cunningham’s Capitol office at 573-751-1882.