The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has issued a Tornado Watch for portions of western and central Missouri, including Pettis County. The watch is effective this Thursday afternoon and evening until 9 p.m.
On Monday (March 25), the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education approved the hiring of Janeil Draffen as seventh and eighth grade girls physical education teacher at Smith-Cotton Junior High for the 2014-15 school year. Draffen also will serve as head coach of the Smith-Cotton High School softball program.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the first of the acts coming to Sedalia for the 2014 Missouri State Fair in August. The award-winning country music duo Florida Georgia Line will play in the Pepsi Grandstand with Colt Ford the evening of Aug. 13. This year marks the 112th Missouri State Fair.
The University of Central Missouri Police Department and the Warrensburg Police Department's joint investigation in the discovery of an infant's body in a cave at Pertle Springs recreation area on March 4 has resulted in the arrests and filing of formal criminal charges against two individuals.
UPDATE, March 2, 2014: The winter weather continues to roll through West Central Missouri. The National Weather Service has now changed the storm forecast and claims the Winter Storm Warning will go until midnight tonight. The light snow and sleet will taper off through the day. However, another round of light snow is expected to develop, according to the National Weather Service and Sedalia/Pettis County Emergency Management Director David Clippert.
Like most of us, I expected to see a few inches of snow on the ground,” said David Clippert. “Instead, we had freezing drizzle which made it very slick and then sleet, which means it's still slick. We still have a ways to go . Now they are calling for a possible 2 inches. Very cold tomorrow morning. This is a good day to stay home. If you don't need to be out then please stay home and let the road crews safely do their jobs.”
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) has issued a no travel advisory and most of the state is considered to be in a covered state with either snow, ice or sleet this morning (Mar. 2).
Governor Jay Nixon announced he has activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and delayed his scheduled departure to Canada for a trade mission. The Governor and state emergency officials continue to track the weather system and are in close contact with the National Weather Service and local emergency management agencies to monitor conditions.
“State emergency management officials are working to ensure we are fully prepared for what is forecast to be a severe winter storm,” Governor Nixon said. “Snow and freezing rain, combined with high winds, will bring hazardous conditions and potential power outages to parts of the state. As we brace for another round of severe winter weather, I urge Missourians to use caution, check on friends and neighbors, and avoid unnecessary travel so that MoDOT and local road crews can do their important work to keep Missourians safe.”
The National Weather Service is expecting dangerous wind chills to continue through Tuesday.
UPDATE: The National Weather Service in Kansas City/Pleasant Hill has issued a winter storm warning for periods of heavy sleet and snow, which is in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. Monday for all of central and West Central Missouri, including Pettis County. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.
Following guilty verdicts at a jury trial conducted November 19 through 26, Jamauhle D. Brown was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Tuesday (Feb. 11) for the shooting death of Michael Smith in March of 2010.
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