Month: January 2018

MDC staff reopens River’s Edge Trail at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

SPANISH LAKE, Mo. — After extensive work, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff has reopened the River’s Edge Trail at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake.  MDC work crews completed restoration efforts on the trail last week and it is now accessible for hiking again. “The trail was completely covered with debris, sand, and litter after the Missouri River breached our levee during the flood last spring,” said MDC Wildlife Biologist Jessi Tapp.  The trail had been shut down since that time. Tapp explained that the silt and debris was so extensive the project required use of a bull...

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Missouri workers face layoffs at Fort Madison Siemens plant

The plant draws workers from Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.   FORT MADISON, Iowa — The Cedar Valley Business Monthly reports almost 200 employees at the Siemens manufacturing plant in Fort Madison lost their jobs this January in a round of layoffs. A Siemens Gamesa spokesperson confirmed to The Hawk Eye last week “a difficult decision has been made to adjust the Fort Madison workforce by about 195 employees.” Notification of the layoffs began with third-shift workers Tuesday and continued through the 24-hour plant’s remaining shifts Wednesday.  The spokesperson said about 330 employees will remain working at the facility. “Business volume at this location through the 2018 fiscal year does not support the existing workforce level,” according to a Siemens Gamesa statement. “While we remain strongly committed to the long-term viability of the U.S. wind market, a difficult decision has been made to adjust the Fort Madison workforce by about 195 employees. As a reflection of the importance of Fort Madison to our business strategy moving forward, we are making a significant capital investment at the plant to install additional blade molds for new wind turbine models.” Joe Steil, CEO of Lee County Economic Development Group, said Wednesday Siemens was among one of two largest employers in Fort Madison and drew employees from Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. “Definitely any time there are layoffs that is of grave concern to us because...

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Armed suspected drug dealer busted in “significant arrest,” says sheriff

“This is a significant arrest. Tate was dealing a substantial amount of meth and high grade marijuana. We also believe he was dealing and trading drugs for stolen property,” said Sheriff David Millsap. LACLEDE COUNTY, Missouri- Sheriff David Millsap said in a statement that a Laclede County man has been charged by the Laclede County Prosecutor’s Office for Distribution of a Controlled Substance and multiple counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm after a search warrant was served at his residence in the 15000 block of Fleming. The search warrant was served on Tuesday morning at the Fleming address by officers from the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group, Laclede County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri Highway Patrol and the Lebanon Police Department. Lanny D. Tate, 64, was arrested during the execution of the search warrant. Officers seized forty-eight grams of methamphetamine and more than one pound of marijuana, over $5,000 in cash and 11 guns. Tate is a convicted felon. Tate was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest, Millsap said. “This is a significant arrest. Tate was dealing a substantial amount of meth and high grade marijuana. We also believe he was dealing and trading drugs for stolen property,” said Sheriff David Millsap. Tate is being held in the Laclede County Detention Center with a bond of...

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Two Lebanon residents injured in UTV accident

LACLEDE COUNTY, Missouri- Two Lebanon residents were injured Sunday when they crashed their Can Am UTV in a field east of the city. Angelica Cunningham, 41, who was operating the vehicle at the time of the accident was transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment of moderate injuries. Her passenger, Nicholos Cunningham, 17, was also taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment of moderate injuries. They weren’t wearing helmets according to the report. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the vehicle made a sharp left turn in a field an overturned. Trooper Corporal Clement responded at 11:50 .am....

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‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ coming Jan. 31

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida- NASA says that if you live in the western part of North America, Alaska, and the Hawaiian islands, you might set your alarm early the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 31 for a lunar trifecta: a pre-dawn “super blue blood moon.” Beginning at 5:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 31, a live feed of the Moon will be offered on NASA TV and NASA.gov/live. You can also follow at @NASAMoon. Weather permitting, the NASA TV broadcast will feature views from the varying vantage points of telescopes at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California; Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles; and the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory. “For the (continental) U.S., the viewing will be best in the West,” said Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Set your alarm early and go out and take a look.” The Jan. 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit — known as perigee — and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on...

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