*WINTER STORM WATCH ISSUED* THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PADUCAH HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON. * TIMING: FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA THURSDAY EVENING...AND THE PRECIPITATION WILL END AS SLEET AND SNOW FRIDAY AFTERNOON. * MAIN IMPACT: SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF ICE...SLEET AND SNOW WILL LIKELY RESULT IN TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY. IN ADDITION...SOME ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES CANNOT BE RULED OUT...WHERE FREEZING RAIN IS MOST PREVALENT.
Oil spill cleanup equipment manufactured by Carmi-based Elastec/American Marine is being used to mop up thousands of gallons of fuel that spilled into the Mississippin Rive3r when a towboat sunk at LeClaire, Iowa. The towboat Stephen L. Colby went down on Tuesday, Nov. 26 after striking a submerged object on the LeClaire, Iowa waterfront. Coast Guard officials said the vessel had 89,000 gallons of fuel aboard and was leaking petroleum into the river. Officials with Elastec said thousands of gallons of oily water have been recovered as efforts continue to raise the 144-foot vessel. A spokesman for Elastec said containment boom, sorbent boom, skimmer vessels and workboats are among the equipment manufactured by the Carmi-based company and deployed by Oil Spill Response Organizations (OSROs) in the recovery operation.
The Phelps Family Christmas Display is up and running each evening, located at 307 West King Street in Fairfield, across from Fairfield Community High School. Santa Claus will be at the Phelps Family Christmas Display on Wednesday, December 4th, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. passing out candy canes! Stop by and see the lights and hear the beautiful Christmas Music! The Christmas Display will be lit each evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. now through Christmas.
Arctic air will spread across the region Thursday and Friday, bringing wintry weather to the Tri-State. The potential exists for moderate accumulations of ice or sleet and some snow. Forecasters say it is still too early to say how much the system will impact the region.
20-year-old Charles E. Schnepper of Fairfield was arrested Monday on a Wayne County warrant charging him with burglary and theft. Schnepper is accused of stealing two air conditioning units from property owned by Christine Kollack on Spring Street. Bond has been set at $3,500 cash.
23-year-old Sean K. Robinson of Galatia has been arrested for allegedly pulling a gun on a man in the drive-thru of the Hardee’s Restaurant on Main Street in Benton over the weekend. Robinson was allegedly upset over loud music coming from the car behind him. He faces charges of DUI and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
52-year-old Linda Jean of Dix was seriously injured Monday when she was struck by a pickup truck while walking her dog. She was it by a truck driven by 56-year-old Reif Palmer of rural Mount Vernon. The dog the victim was walking was killed in the accident.
Lawmakers are scheduled to meet today to consider a deal that would solve the state’s $100 billion pension crisis. State employee unions oppose the measure. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford also opposes the legislation, claiming it will not withstand judicial review.
The Secret Santa Tree at Kincaids is in need of public support. If you’d like to participate, pick up a tag from the tree and return a gift to Kincaids by next Monday, Dec. 9. The gifts will be delivered to children on the 13th and 14th of December.