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May

Belleview, Bismarck residents hurt in crash

Area residents received moderate injuries in a two-vehicle collission on Thursday, May 10 in St. Francois County.

A report by the Missouri Highway Patrol said the crash occurred at 3:10 p.m. on MO Highway N near Lake Avalon Road.

A 2009 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Sarah E. Rawson, 34, of Belleview, was northbound on the highway when the vehicle crossed the center line and sideswiped another vehicle, the report stated.

The other vehicle was also a 2009 Jeep Wrangler that we being driven southbound by Levi E. Lincoln, 17, of Bismarck.

Both drivers received moderate injuries in the crash and were taken by ambulance to Parkland Health Center in Farmington.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol said.

 

Two Farmington residents in serious condition following collision

Two people received serious injuries in a two-vehicle collision on Monday, May 7 in St. Francois County.

Sun
20
May

Viburnum 'mock accident' - a reminder of what could happen

Amelia Morton plays a severely injured young woman who is transported from the scene by Air Evac.

The students at Viburnum High School got a grim reminder Friday, May 18,  that tragedy can strike at even the best of times.

A “mock accident,” using students as actors in a head-on collision, was staged at the school by a number of agencies, including the school administration, the Viburnum Police Department, the Quad County Fire Department, the Iron County Ambulance Service, the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Iron County Sheriff’s Department, and Air Evac medical helicopter service.

Students had an opportunity to witness first-hand what transpires at the scene of such an accident, what are the duties of the various entities involved, and perhaps got a taste of how such an accident is almost always the result of  poor choices.

Highway Patrolman Todd Erpenbach addressed the students in an assembly following the presentation and told the students that 99.9 percent of them would be involved in a traffic accident sometime in their lives.

Thu
10
May

Man drowns at Elephant Rocks SP

A St. Louis man apparently fell from a rock cliff into a water-fill quarry and drowned at Elephant Rocks State Park in Iron County.

The accident happened at 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

The deceased was identified by the Missouri Highway Patrol as Rashad M. Moungo, 24, of St. Louis. The patrol reported that Moungo fell off the cliff into the water, resurfaced and began to struggle. When he submerged again, he never resurfaced.

Moungo was pronounced dead at the scene by Iron County Coroner Tim Harbison.

Thu
10
May

Horror/SciFi buffs get ‘Reasonably Reel’

The Reasonably Reel cast of characters gather in Mike Gifford’s home -  among mostly 1980s vintage video games and scads of movie DVDs - to record a recent episode of the podcast. Clockwise from left - David Gifford, Mike Gifford (David’s brother), Steven Francis and Steve Gifford (David and Mike’s Dad).

These are not your run-of-the-mill movie fans.  These folks devour and regurgitate horror and science fiction movie facts like some of those movie creatures dispose of their poor victims.

It is much less messy in Mike Gifford’s basement, where the “Reasonably Reel” cast gathered recently to discuss the merits of Pacific Rim, that giant robot movie directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Their discussion was a lot more serious (and knowledgeable) than your annoying cousin’s habit of going on and on about a movie that you haven’t seen, but wanted to before he started yammering.

Fri
04
May

Belleview man killed in two-vehicle crash in Perry County

An elderly Belleview man was killed in a two-vehicle crash last week in Perry County.

Harlan D. Glaser, 75, of Belleview was pronounced dead at the scene by Perry County Ambulance District personnel, according to a report by the Missouri The driver of the other vehicle, Nichole B. Duvall, 30, received serious injuries and was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

According to the report, the accident occurred at 1:35 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 in Perry County on Missouri Highway 51 north of Perry County Road 708.

A 2005 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck was being driving southbound on Highway 51 by Glaser.

A 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Duvall, was headed northbound on Highway 51.

Glaser traveled across the center of the road and into the northbound lane, the report stated, causing the front of the pickup to strike the front of the Pontiac.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the report stated.

Fri
04
May

Fisher to serve life sentences for sex crimes

Brandon Fisher

Brandon Fisher

A local man has been sentenced in a child molestation case dating from March 28, 2014.

Brandon Eugene Fisher, 39, was found guilty by an Iron County Circuit Court jury on Oct. 27, 2017 on two counts of child molestation - 1st degree.

Last week Fisher was sentenced by Judge Kelly Wayne Parker to a life sentence on each charge to run concurrently.

The incident, involving two children under the age of 14, also led to the incarceration of their father and charges pending against their mother.

Information obtained from the Iron County Prosecutor’s office said the parents were involved in the incidents and that Fisher was a friend of the family.

The father, Maxwell Barnes, 36, of Annapolis, was tried in Crawford County on November 14-17, 2017 on a change of venue.  A Circuit Court Jury found him guilty on a charge of the use of a child in a sexual performance, and guilty on three counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the 1st degree.

Wed
02
May

‘Anne of Green Gables’ playing at the Academy Theatre

Michelle Swane (foreground) directs a scene from “Anne of Green Gables” to be presented by the Arcadia Valley Theatre Guild at the Arcadia Academy Theatre next weekend. On stage from left are Shelley Bishop, Savannah Boeving, Aubrey Boeving, Maggie Newstead-Adams/Paul Royer, Jyllian Torres, and Mason Sutton.

At 14, and with several Arcadia Valley Community Theatre productions on her resume, Maggie Newstead-Adams is one of the “older” actors in the cast of “Anne of Green Gables.”  The production will take the stage at the Arcadia Academy Theatre May 10, 11 and 12, beginning at 7 p.m.

“This (play) is more well-known,” said Maggie (who plays the titular Anne Shirley), “A lot of people have told me they will come to see it and it will be their first Community Theatre play. It is such a traditional story, but we are putting our own spin on it.”

Wed
25
Apr

‘The Legend of Sammy’s Swamp’ onstage Friday

Laney Tucker (from left), Madison Bates and Skyler Bishop in a scene from “The Legend of Sammy’s Swamp” to be staged this weekend at the AVHS gymnasium.

Throw in a little bit of mystery, a handful of gags and a pinch of Scooby Doo and you have “The Legend of Sammy’s Swamp” to be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 on the stage in the Arcadia Valley High School gymnasium.

The production includes a cast and crew of 9th through 12th grade students under the direction of Jimmy Morey, who is also an English teacher at the high school.  It is his second year as director of the spring play.

“This cast is larger than we would normally do,” Morey said, “but we had a lot of interest and the kids have put forth a lot of effort to have an excellent show.

The cast has been in rehearsal for two months.

“It is a comedy,” Morey said. “It plays a lot like a Scooby Doo episode.”

Wed
25
Apr

Opportunity Zones created in 161 Missouri counties

The locations of 161 “Opportunity Zones” in Missouri - low-income areas that will see added incentives for investment – have been announced. The locations of the Opportunity Zones were determined by the state, and made possible by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Proponents say that theses areas with high poverty rates and slow job growth will get a boost as they compete for jobs, with additional state and federal tax incentives for businesses that invest in these communities.

Wed
18
Apr

Pilot Knob man killed in collision

A Pilot Knob man was killed last week in a head-on collision on MO Highway 72 in Iron County. Three other locals received injuries ranging from minor to moderate. 

Daniel D. Thomlinson, 26, of Pilot Knob died at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, where he had been transported following the accident.

According to a report by the Misssouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 1:47 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 on MO Highway 72, three miles east of Arcadia.

Thomlinson was driving a 1992 Buick LeSabre eastbound on the roadway.

A 2013 Chrysler, was being driven westbound on the highway by Micah T. Wood, 20, of Ironton.

The report said the vehicles struck head-on near the center of the roadway.

Wood received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Iron County Medical Center.

Two passengers in the Chrysler were also injured.

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