Local News

Nursing Home Robbed at Gunpoint. 4.24.14


         Two masked men armed with a gun entered a Steele nursing home April 14, possibly in search of narcotics, according to a news release issued Monday by Steele police chief Billy Joe Stanfield. The Steele Police Department received a 911 call from the River Oaks Nursing Center early that day. Staff members said two men both wearing masks, one armed with a handgun, entered the nursing home and ordered staff inside a bathroom, the news release said.



          The suspects went through a purse belonging to one of the employees, but nothing was taken. Stanfield stated, "At this time it is unclear the motive of the suspects, although it is suspected they may have been after narcotics," One of the nurses was assaulted, receiving a minor injury during the incident. Pemiscot County deputies assisted Steele police at the scene. Stanfield encourages anyone who may have information to call the Steele Police Department at 573-695-3411 or the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department at 573-333-4101. Callers may remain anonymous.

May Blood Drives. 4.15.14


Join the Red Cross family this month and make an appointment to give blood in honor of World Red Cross Day by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.




Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Bollinger County

May 9from 2 - 8 p.m. at Meadow Heights High School, Highway 72 in Patton, Mo.

May 14from 2 - 7 p.m. at Woodland High School, Route 5, Box 3210 in Marble Hill, Mo.


Butler County

May 5from 9 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Three Rivers Community College, 2080 Three Rivers Blvd. in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

May 6from 9 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Three Rivers Community College, 2080 Three Rivers Blvd. in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

May 10from 11:30 a.m. to  3:30 p.m. at Taylors Stateline Travel Center, 21761 Highway 67 South in Neelyville, Mo.

May 13from 12 - 4 p.m. at John J Pershing VA Medical Center, 1500 N Westwood, Hwy 67 N in Poplar Bluff, Mo.


Cape Girardeau County

May 12from 1:30 - 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Hall, North High St. in Jackson, Mo.

May 12from 2 - 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Church and Main Street in Altenburg, Mo.

May 14from 3 - 7 p.m. at Church of Christ, 310 North Shawnee in Jackson, Mo.


Carter County

May 6from 1 - 6 p.m. at FEMA Building, 202 West College in Van Buren, Mo.


Dunklin County

May 4from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, Highway JJ in Qulin, Mo.

May 7from 2 - 6 p.m. at Kennett South Elementary School, 920 South Kennett St. in Kennett, Mo.


Jackson County

May 1from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Center, 1255 Lincoln Drive in Carbondale, Ill.

May 5from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, 405 West Jackson in Carbondale, Ill.

May 14from 3 - 7 p.m. at Elm Street Baptist Church, 1907 Elm St. in Murphysboro, Ill.

May 14from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Illinois Department of Transportation, 2801 West Murphysboro Road in Carbondale, Ill.

May 15from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Center for Medical Arts, 2601 West Main in Carbondale, Ill.


Pemiscot County

May 1from 1 - 6 p.m. at South Pemiscot County High School, 611 Beasley Road in Steele, Mo.


Perry County (Ill.)

May 1from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Christian Fellowship School, 616 US Route 51 South in Du Quoin, Ill.

May 7from 3 - 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church - Du Quoin, 308 East Park Street in Du Quoin, Ill.


Scott County

May 12from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Chaffee Elementary School, 408 Elliot Ave. in Chaffee, Mo.

May 15from 1 - 5 p.m. at Missouri Delta Medical Center, 1008 North Main in Sikeston, Mo.

May 15from 8 a.m. to  1:30 p.m. at Sikeston High School, 200 Pine Street in Sikeston, Mo.


Stoddard County

May 5from 1 - 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 102 East Castor in Dexter, Mo.


Williamson County

May 3from 7 - 11 a.m. at Marion Masonic Lodge, 703 West Robinson Drive in Marion, Ill.

May 8from 2 - 7 p.m. at Carterville Community Center, 120 North Greenbriar in Carterville, Ill.

May 9from 2 - 6 p.m. at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center, 1901 N 13th St. in Herrin, Ill.

May 10from 12 - 4 p.m. at Illinois Star Centre, 3000 West DeYoung St. in Marion, Ill.

May 12from 3 - 7 p.m. at S.I. Bowl, 10240 Samuel Road in Carterville, Ill.

May 13from 2 - 6 p.m. at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 1201 Fair St .in Marion, Ill.

Dexter PD Sobriety Check Point. 4.21.14


         Police Chief Sammy Stone with the Dexter Police Department announces that sometime during the month of May 2014, the Dexter Police Department will conduct a sobriety check point within the city limits of Dexter MO.  The operation will be conducted by the Dexter Police Department in cooperation with other local area law enforcement agencies.

         The checkpoint is a static operation on a specific highway that is designed to check every driver to ensure they are sober.The Dexter Police Department urges all citizens to report any vehicle they observe operating in a careless manner to their local authorities. The public can contact the Dexter Police Department at 573-624-5512.


TRC: Merchant Showcase and Car Show. 4.11.14


            Three Rivers College will host the 35th Annual Merchant Showcase and the 2nd Annual Three Rivers College Car Show on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the Merchant Showcase and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the Car Show. Admission to the Merchant Showcase is $1, and admission for spectators to the Car Show is free.


            The Merchant Showcase gives local businesses and vendors an opportunity to showcase their services to the public. Participating businesses will have booths set up in the Bess Gym for giveaways, demonstrations, contests, and more. Visitors will have the chance to win one of four cash giveaways with paid attendance, sponsored by the Greater Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce and Three Rivers College.


           “It’s a great opportunity for both businesses and local residents,” said Steve Halter, President of the Greater Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce. “Not only is it a fun atmosphere, it’s a chance for people to learn about businesses they didn't know existed.”


            The 2nd Annual Car Show, sponsored by the Three Rivers Auto Club, will show off the best in modern and classic automobiles from around the Southeast Missouri region. Nine categories of vehicles will be competing, including vintage, classic, modern, modified/custom, and motorcycles. Registration will be the day of the show and will cost $10. Proceeds will go toward endowing a scholarship for future Three Rivers students.


           “We had an amazing turnout last year, and we only expect it to get better this year,” said Dede Ross, a Learning Specialist at the college who helps coordinate the Car Show. “Even if you’re only interested in cars, and don’t have one to show, it’s a chance to see some of the best automobiles the region has to offer, all in one place.”


            Those interested in having a booth at the Merchant Showcase may register until Friday, April 11. Businesses at the Showcase also gain access to a special business-to-business networking session from 8 to 10 a.m. on the day of the Showcase, and the chance to win a $100 cash giveaway. For more information or to register, call the Greater Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce at (573) 785-7761.

Upcoming Blood Drives. UPDATED.


     Approximately 5,600 times a day someone receives blood donated through the Red Cross. While all types are needed, donors with type O positive or negative, B negative and A negative are especially encouraged to give.  Visit redcrossblood.orgor call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more and schedule an appointment.




Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Butler County

April 8from 2 -6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 5th and North Main in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

April 11from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Butler County Health Department, 1619 North Main in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

April 12from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic School, 111 North 8th St. in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

April 14from 1 - 6 p.m. at Neelyville High School, Park and Broadway in Neelyville, Mo.


Cape Girardeau County

April 3from 4 - 8 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse, 13 Doctors Park in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

April 4from 3 - 7 p.m. at New McKendree United Methodist Church, 1770 South Hope in Jackson, Mo.


Jackson County

April 8from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Newman Center, 715 South Washington in Carbondale, Ill.

April 9from 1 - 6 p.m. at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Greek Student Center, 1255 Lincoln Drive in Carbondale, Ill.

April 10from 1 - 6 p.m. at Elverado HS-Elkville, 514 South 6th St. in Elkville, Ill.

April 10from 2 - 7 p.m. at Shawnee Amish Church, 6346 Rock Crusher Road in Campbell Hill, Ill.


Madison County

April 15from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Marquand Zion High School, 205 East Morley in Marquand, Mo.

April 15from 2 - 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, Knights of Columbus in Fredericktown, Mo.


Perry County

April 13from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Ta.m.aroa Community Center, 534 West 2nd North St. in Tamaroa, Ill.


Reynolds County

April 2from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Lesterville High School, Highway 21 in Lesterville, Mo.

April 3from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Southern Reynolds County High School, 1 School St. in Ellington, Mo.


Ripley County

April 15from 2 - 6 p.m. at Naylor High School, Route 2 Box 512 in Naylor, Mo.


Scott County

April 2from 2 - 6 p.m. at St Denis School, 105 North Winchester in Benton, Mo.

April 7from 1 - 6 p.m. at Scott City Elementary School, 3000 Main St. in Scott City, Mo.

April 9from 4 - 8 p.m. at Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores, 100 Outlet Drive in Sikeston, Mo.

April 14from 1 - 6 p.m. at Oran High School, 310 Church St. in Oran, Mo.


Stoddard County

April 4from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mingo Job Corps Center, 4253 State Highway T in Puxico, Mo.

April 11from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Puxico High School, 481 North Bedford in Puxico, Mo.


Williamson County

April 1from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Johnston City High School, 1500 Jefferson in Johnston City, Ill.

April 5from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Washington Elementary School, 420 East Main in Marion, Ill.

April 6from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ, 930 West Cherry in Marion, Ill.

April 14from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John A Logan College, 700 Logan College Road in Carterville, Ill.



Butler County

April 29from 12 - 4 p.m. at McGuire Orthodontics, 2951 Kanell Blvd. in Poplar Bluff, Mo.


Dunklin County

April 23from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Senath Hornersville High School, 800 State St. in Senath, Mo.

April 24from 2 - 6 p.m. at City of Arbyrd Fire Station, 102 East Frisco St. in Arbyrd, Mo.

April 24from 3 - 7 p.m. at Malden Elementary School, 505 Burkhart in Malden, Mo.



Ripley County

April 28from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 308 Walnut in Doniphan, Mo.


Scott County

April 26from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores, 100 Outlet Drive in Sikeston, Mo.


Wayne County


April 28from 2 - 7 p.m. at Clearwater High School, 825 North Main in Piedmont, Mo.