Two Cabool residents were injured in a car crash Wednesday afternoon. At about 2:45 Wednesday afternoon, 20-year-old Brad Davis of Cabool was driving south on Missouri Route-181, 5-miles south of Cabool, when he went off the right side of the road and struck a concrete pillar. The Highway Patrol reports that neither Davis, or his passenger, 18-year-old Allyssa Olsen of Cabool, were wearing their seatbelts. Davis was transported by Mercy Life Line to Cox South Springfield with serious injuries, Olsen also went to Cox South Springfield with moderate injuries.
US-Highway-60 in Carter, Shannon, Howell, Texas and Wright Counties will be reduced to one lane as contractor crews continue to perform guardrail improvements.
This section of roadway is located from the Current River Bridge in Van Buren in Carter County through Shannon, Howell and Texas to Whetstone Bridge in Wright County. Weather permitting, work will continue to take place Monday, Aug. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 15 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., including weekends as necessary.
The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling in the area.
Missouri State Representative Tony Dugger resigned from the 141st District position at noon on Friday.
Dugger explained that he was exploring his options after he left office and he did not want to eliminate the possibility of lobbying. He explained that legislation that will go into effect at the end of the month of August would have required a six month waiting period from the time a term expires to begin a lobbying position.
Dugger was not able to refile for the position because of term limits. He pointed out that his office remains open with a staff person. Persons can contact the office at 573-751-2205. The legislative position will remain vacant until the newly elected representative takes office in January.
Governor Jay Nixon appointed Linda D. Outersky, Mountain Grove, as the new Wright County Collector. The position became vacant upon the resignation of former Collector Cynthia Cottengim.
Outersky, a Democrat, most recently served as the business office coordinator for Community Hospices of America from 2003 to 2015. She previously was safety director for Worrel Transport from 1998 to 2003. Outersky is a member of the Mountain Grove Central Arts Council and also has served as an election judge supervisor.
“I am pleased to name Linda Outersky as the new Wright County Collector, and I am confident she will ably serve the citizens of the county in this position of trust,” Gov. Nixon said.
A Licking man was injured in a crash in Texas County Monday morning. At about 9:20 AM, 20-year-old Antony Ehrhart of Licking was driving west on Highway-32 east of Licking when he ran off the left side of the roadway, struck and embankment and overturned. The Highway Patrol reports that Ehrhart was not wearing a seatbelt. He was transported to Salem Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
A Willow Springs teen received minor injuries in a Monday morning car crash. At about 7AM Monday, 16-year-old Kailey Reynolds of Willow Springs was driving east on Highway-14, west of West Plains when she went off the side of the roadway and struck a tree. The Highway Patrol reports that Reynolds was wearing her seatbelt. She refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene.
And the Mountain Grove Panther’s started the football season last Friday in Aurora. The first half was a back and forth affair, but early in the 2nd half, the panther’s took and kept the lead, with the call of the game, here’s The Grove Sports Director, Rick Masters…
The Panthers scored two additional touchdowns to start the season with a win, 35 to 14 over Aurora. Panther’s are at home this week hosting Strafford. Find all of the SCA scores on our website 9-2-5-the-grove-dot-com.
A car crash in Grovespring injured 2 Wright County residents Wednesday. At about 2:30PM, 70-year-old Frances Stewart of Hartville was driving East on Highway-M when she failed to yield to 76-year-old Ruth Lewis-Long of Gainsville, who was driving north on Highway-5 and had the right of way. The vehicles struck each other in the intersection. The Highway Patrol reports that everyone was wearing their seatbelts. Lewis-Long was transported by Mercy Ambulance to Cox South Hospital with moderate injuries. Stewart and passenger 46-year-old Lea Bembry of Hartville were both transported by private vehicle to Mercy Lebanon with moderate injuries.
A Willow Springs man died in a weekend highway incident. At just before 9PM Saturday night, 25-year-old Nathan Smith of Willow Springs was walking along Highway DD, a mile east of Willow Springs, when he was struck by a pickup. The Highway Patrol investigated the incident, they report that Smith was transported to Ozarks Medical Center where doctors pronounced him deceased. This is the 22nd fatality investigated by Troop G Troopers this year, compared to only 17 at this time last year.
Sheriffs across the state can now call on any of their colleagues. A new state law expands requests for mutual aid to all 114 of Missouri’s counties. The old state law limited sheriffs to asking only their neighbors for help. Supporters say the new law should make it easier the next time there’s a natural disaster or emergency situation.