April 18, 2014

Severe Weather Season/Watches and Warnings

Severe weather season is here.  The prime months for tornadic activity in the midwest are April, May and June, but severe weather such as thunderstorms and tornadoes can actually occur any time of year.

There are two basic terms used regularly by the National Weather Service concerning severe weather, and those terms are WATCHES and WARNINGS.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH means conditions are favorable for the development of thunderstorm activity in your area, and you should watch for the development of thunderstorms, possibly significant rainfall, high winds, straight line winds, lightning and possibly hail.

A THUNDERSTORM WARNING means severe weather has been spotted on radar or by trained spotters in your area, and you should take immediate action to seek shelter.

A TORNADO WATCH means weather conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in your area, and you should be aware of weather conditions that could develop, by staying tuned to local radio and TV stations for the latest information.

A TORNADO WARNING means a tornado has been spotted on radar, or by trained spotters in your area, and you should seek shelter immediately, preferably in a basement or underground storm shelter.  Stay away from windows, and be sure your family knows what to do in the event that severe weather develops.

With the latest technology, there are a number of applications that can be downloaded to smartphones and other electronic devices.  Contact your local cellular service provider for more information.

It is also a good idea to have a battery operated weather radio that can be tuned to the nearest weather transmitter tower that serves your area.  Currently there are towers in counties all across north Missouri and southern Iowa.

For more information on weather activity, log onto the National Weather Service website www.noaa.gov.


Twenty three churches from northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa are coming together to bring a live theatrical performance at Scotland County High School on Saturday, April 12th, to help ring in the Easter season.

The churches are working together to bring “Acts-The Three Man Show” to Scotland County High School on April 12th at 3:00 p.m..

The show is free, but those in attendance must secure a ticket, in order to be guaranteed a seat.

For information, contact 660-465-2060, or visit Scotland County Ministerial Alliance on Facebook for a list of participating churches.

For more information on “Acts-The Three Man Show”, visit www.acts3manshow.com.

A rural Farmington, Iowa family lost their home and all their belongings in a fire yesterday morning.

Officials report fire crews from five different locations were all called to the scene of a blaze at the Doug and Jennifer Folker residence in rural Van Buren County yesterday morning at around 3:30 a.m..

The exact cause of the fire has yet to be officially determined.  Doug and his young son Luke were at home at the time of the fire.  Mom Jennifer was at work.  Luckily no one was injured.

Right now, the family is in need of clothing.  11 year old Luke wears boys size 12 husky pants, and  size 14-16 or 16-18 shirts.  Mom Jennifer needs large clothes.  Dad Doug wears 2XL shirts.

Anyone wanting to donate items is asked to contact Brenda Steele at 660-341-6876 or 660-479-5414.  You can also contact Jennifer at 660-341-6878.

Omicron Theta Home Tours are this Sunday in Memphis

There are a slew of holiday-related activities this weekend in the Memphis area.  Holiday home tours are this Sunday, hosted by the Omicron Theta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

Ticket sales begin Sunday at 12:45 p.m. at Countryside Flowers.  Tickets are five dollars each for both children and adults.

The tour will run from one to four p.m..

Homes on the tour include the residence of Kelly and Schelle Cooley at 704 Hardman Street near Scotland County Elementary; the home of Paige Troutman at 325 South Main in Memphis; and the home of Brian and Dianna Childress, also known as the Winn Hill Bed and Breakfast.  Take 136 west to the Crawford Road, or highway B, then go 3.4 miles, watch for the sign, and turn left.

Proceeds from Sunday’s Holiday Home Tour in Memphis will go to projects supported by the Omicron Theta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce officially kicked off the holiday season Saturday night by lighting the lights on the Memphis square.

A surprising number of residents braved the cold to hear comments from Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg, listen to the musical stylings of The Brothers and Sisters Quartet, visit Santa, see a live Camel, and sign up for a drawing for five hundred dollars in Memphis Bucks.

The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce gave away five hundred dollars in Memphis bucks in varying increments to twenty lucky winners.

The two hundred fifty dollar grand prize went to Elaine Burkholder.

Rosemary Briggs won fifty dollars.  Twenty dollar winners were Landon King, Teresa Fischer, Phoebe Douglas, Judy Musgrove, Beth Dalton, Jim McClintic, Lisa Baker, Laura Schenk, and Ella Owings.

Memphis Bucks ten dollar winners included Kara Romore, Vicki Baldwin, Joe Rinearson, Rachel Reckenberg, Jeannie Parrish, Kim Smith, Celia Brown, Alyssa Clair and Wendy Davis.