The Mountain Grove Panther Lady Panther basketball team will be in action tonight. The lady Panthers will be hosting Seymour. And then tomorrow night the Panther boys get back into action traveling to Fordland. Junior high basketball also continues this week with the girls hosting Liberty tonight and the boys hosting Cabool tomorrow night.
Missouri 4-H and FFA chapters planning community improvement service projects can apply for grant funding through the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Applications for the annual Building Our American Communities Grant (BOAC) Program are available at agriculture.mo.gov with the deadline being today. The Building Our American Communities Grant Program awards grants of up to $500 to up to 12 4H organizations and 12 FFAs to support youth-driven service projects. Proposed projects should improve the social and physical environment of rural cities, towns and farm communities and may include upgrades or additions to existing facilities, grounds or buildings used by local organizations. For a Building Our American Communities grant application or more information about this and other grant opportunities available through the Missouri Department of Agriculture, visit agriculture.mo.gov.
The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation is making the last call for tax credits as the 2015 giving season comes to a close. In July 2013, the Healthcare Foundation received $250,000 in tax credits from the Missouri Development Finance Board to benefit the Care for Your Future campaign to build a new surgery department at TCMH. The 50% tax credits awarded by the MDFB will help the TCMH Healthcare Foundation raise an additional $500,000 for the building project. The Healthcare Foundation has until the end of the year to allocate all of the tax credits. Because the tax credit program for the Healthcare Foundation will end this year, Jay Gentry, director of the Healthcare Foundation is trying to find businesses and individuals that need tax deductions before the end of the year or businesses and individuals that wish to offset their future tax liability. In order to receive the donation credit for the 2015 tax year, the donation and MDFB paperwork must be completed and filed with MDFB by Thursday, December 31. Additional information about the tax credits is available online at www.tcmhfoundation.org or by contacting Gentry at 417-967-4202.
Missouri Department of Transportation work also continues this week on US 60 in Wright and Texas counties. MoDOT is currently performing concrete repairs on the roadway between Route 181 in Texas county to Route Y in Wright county. This work-zone is setup 24 hours a day and was schedule to be concluded on December 18th but due to recent weather conditions maybe pushed back to a later date.
Heavy rainfall over the last several days continues to keep roads closed in the Tri-County area. The National Weather Service also has the area under a flood warning through the middle of today. Currently routes AB, EE and Z in Wright county are closed due to flooding conditions. Routes FF, U and Y in western Douglass county are also closed due to high water. Also 95 highway and 181 highways in Ozark county are closed across Bryant creek. The Missouri Department of Transportation ask all motorist to be aware of possible flooding conditions on roadways even if signs are not posted.
US 60 in Texas and Wright Counties will be reduced to one lane as the Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform concrete repairs.
The section of roadway is located from Route 181 in Texas County to Route Y in Wright County.
Weather permitting, work will begin Tuesday, Nov. 24th at 7 a.m. and lane will reopen at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Crews will be working at various locations throughout the work zone and it will be set-up for 24-hours.
Work will also take place on Route Z in Webster and Douglas Counties. Crews will replacing pipe under the roadway along Route Z south of Fordland. Weather permitting, work will take place Monday Nov. 23rd and Tuesday 24th 8am to 3pm between County Road 554 and the Douglas/Webster County Line.
Then on Wednesday November 24th from 8am to 3pm between the Douglas/Webster county line and Webster County Route TT.
Drivers will have to find an alternate route around the closings. Drivers will be able to get to driveways and other entrances on either side of the closings. However, they will NOT be able to travel through the work zones.
The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.
Thanksgiving is a time when many overindulge, and the Humane Society of Missouri warns that dogs, cats and other pets can also become sick from what they eat over the holiday.
The Humane Society says even the smallest table scraps can be harmful to pets, who should never eat anything that are not used to.
Poultry and ham bones can be especially harmful. Chicken and turkey bones shatter easily and the shards can get caught in the pet’s throat. Ham bones contain enough salt to cause an upset stomach for dogs and cats.
Some people pour fat drippings from a turkey pan on pet food as an added treat, but it can make the animals sick. The Humane Society also warns that pumpkin can cause diarrhea.
The agriculture department has released the latest supply and demand forecast. USDA’s Gary Crawford asks, How will producers adjust to this low price situation?
Early morning commuters across the Tri-County will have already noticed that area roadways are wet and the leaf covered grass is quite squishy. But that’s just the start of the wet weather this week according the latest forecasts. National Weather Service Meteorologist Gene Hatch says we can expect that rain to continue for the next couple days…
Hatch says that the Tri-County should be prepared for potential flash flooding as well
The 92.5 The Grove SkyWatch Weather Center is staying in contact with the weather service today and we’ll bring the latest updates with this weather system here on your Community Strong station.
A crash Friday morning sent a Willow Spring man to the hospital. At about 5AM Friday, 23-year-old Drake Watson of Willow Springs was driving south on Route-137, north of Willows Springs when he ran off the roadway, stuck a culvert and overturned several times. The Highway Patrol reports Watson was not wearing his seatbelt when he crashed, he was transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield with moderate injuries.