October 8, 2015

MFA Farmers Elevator and Produce will merge with Prairieland FS following yesterday’s vote by members at a meeting at MFA Farmer’s Elevator and Produce in Memphis

Chairman of the Board Steve Morris tells KMEM the co-op vote to merge with Prairieland FS passed overwhelmingly with 195 votes in favour of the merger, which will officially take place on Tuesday, September 1st.

According to Morris, Prairieland FS is a progressively managed company, and the merger will benefit both customers and the community.

The co-op board is excited about the merger.  The board wishes to thank all members for their past support and their support of this merger.

A Kirksville teen has been arrested on a number of charges after a series of hit-and-run crashes occurred late Tuesday afternoon in Kirksville.

According to a news release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 18 year old Sadiq J. Moore has been charged with seven violations relating to a series of events that began just before 5:00 p.m….

Moore allegedly ran a stop sign at the corner of Harrison and High streets.  That violation was witnessed by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper, who then began pursuit of the SUV Moore was driving.  Moore then turned the vehicle around and intentionally rammed the trooper’s vehicle.  After that, a high-speed chase ensued.  Moore then crashed into a lawn mower trailer attached to a pickup truck, then continued and ended up crashing into three parked vehicles at the intersection of Davis and McPherson streets.  Moore then fled the scene on foot, pursued by Kirksville police department officers.  Eventually, the 18 year old black teenager ran out onto Jefferson street in front of Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick’s vehicle.  Hardwick sprang from his vehicle, pointed his weapon at Moore, and ordered him to get on the ground.

Moore complied and has been charged with first degree felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony resisting arrest by fleeing, first degree felony tampering with a motor vehicle, felony leaving the scene of an accident, failure to have a valid driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident, and failure to stop at a stop sign.

At press time, Moore was being held in the Adair County jail on a 24-hour hold.

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.