JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Fishing is a great way for kids and families to have fun outdoors, discover nature, and make happy memories together. For more than a million anglers, conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish.
A combination of strong winds, low humidity, dry conditions, and warming temperatures this time of year has the potential to create explosive wildfires. The main cause of wildfires is improper burning of debris such as trash and brush piles. Please help prevent wildfires!
The Missouri Department of Conservation urges people not to conduct outdoor burning during times when grasses, brush and other fire fuel are very dry, humidity is low and weather is windy. Check with local fire departments regarding burn bans that may be in place. Call 911 at the first sign of a fire getting out of control and help stop arson by calling Operation Forest Arson at 800-392-1111. For more info on wildfire prevention, visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27217
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The Department also obtained more than $5 million in equipment last year from federal government programs for volunteer fire departments in the state, and provided wildland fire-suppression training to more than 400 Missouri firefighters.
In a sure sign that spring can’t be far away, Daylight Saving Time returns this weekend.
Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night. The time officially springs ahead at 2 a.m. Sunday.
If you’re tired on Monday or don’t like the fact that it will be a little darker in the morning, blame Ben Franklin. He supposedly came up with the idea of Daylight Saving Time in the 1700s.
Fire departments use the spring and fall clock changes to remind people about replacing smoke detector batteries.
If you’re marking your calendar, Daylight Saving Time will end this year on November 2nd.
The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will celebrate another successful year Friday.
The group’s annual banquet gets under way at 6 p.m. at the Pike County Fairgrounds. Dinner will be served at 7.
The Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year and Friend of the Chamber awards will be handed out. There will prizes that include gift cards to local businesses and cash.
Money from ticket sales will go to help finance chamber community events.
A felony case against a former Pike County sheriff candidate has been continued.
Grover Lynn Turner Junior of Louisiana is accused of seven felony counts of assault and one felony count of property damage. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of making a false report.
Christians will gather Friday for World Day of Prayer observances.
In Louisiana, services are planned at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church on Third Street. A light luncheon will follow at the Seton Center next door.
Millions of people in more than 170 countries are expected to participate in events this year.
The observance is held the first Friday in March to affirm faith and to show that prayer and action are vital.
A Louisiana man accused of a sex crime has pleaded guilty to an amended charge.
Twenty-three-year-old Zachary Andrew McCulley originally was accused of sodomy in the assault of a woman on January 3rd.
On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to felony domestic assault and was sentenced to seven years in prison to run concurrently with another case.
The incident took place at a home on North Seventh Street in Louisiana. The victim was treated at the hospital.
A former Eolia firefighter has admitted to using a district credit card to make more than $900 of personal gasoline purchases.
Nineteen-year-old Gale Edward Epple of Silex pleaded guilty Wednesday to fraudulent use of a credit device. He was sentenced to five years of probation.
Epple admitted to making the purchases with the fire district fuel card between December 1st of last year and January 20th of this year.
The fire district chief discovered discrepancies in fuel billing when reviewing records and called authorities. Investigators say all of the purchases were made at an Eolia convenience store using cards assigned to fire department vehicles at the Whiteside station.
A Louisiana re-sale shop plans to close March 15th.
The Heartfelt Boutique on Georgia Street plans to shut its doors.
The facility has stopped accepting donations. It was operated by Heart-To-Heart Community Outreach, which will continue its once-a-month food pantry.
Heart-to-Heart Director Patty Bolton said the decision was a tough one. New stock will be added at the boutique until the closing date.
An evidence hearing is scheduled Wednesday for a Louisiana man accused of assaulting a woman.
Twenty-three-year-old Zachary Andrew McCulley is charged with a sex crime. The incident allegedly took place at 7 p.m. January Third at a home on North Seventh Street in Louisiana.
According to a probable cause statement, the suspect denied the charge in an interview with police. The victim was treated at Pike County Memorial Hospital.
All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.