State and Regional News

MSHP seeking applicants for recruit class

    The Missouri State Highway Patrol, a premier law enforcement agency, is testing for new troopers. The Patrol is encouraging qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply and will offer testing at nine different locations in Missouri. Those who successfully complete testing will be eligible to continue in the selection process for the 115th Recruit Class, scheduled to begin training on July 5, 2022. The application deadline is January 15, 2022.

MSHP says watch for deer

    The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers that deer are more active and create hazards for Missouri motorists this time of year. Deer behavior changes due to mating season, which may cause an increase in sightings and roadway crossings. Hunting and crop harvesting may result in these animals being in places they aren’t usually seen. Drivers are urged to remain alert. If you strike a deer, move your vehicle to a safe location and call 9-1-1 or *55 on a cell phone and report it.

Ashcroft announces Missouri Bicentennial Photograph Drive

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, today, announced the launch of the Missouri Bicentennial Photo Drive, celebrating 200 years of statehood. This effort is sponsored by the Missouri State Archives, a division within his office.

Area unemployment levels dropped in July, August

    While businesses throughout the area continue to seek workers, unemployment rates in both Crawford and Phelps counties dropped in July and August after increasing in June. Joblessness is now near or below levels that were reported before the start of the pandemic.

Fire Prevention Week 2021 focuses on understanding smoke and carbon monoxide alarm sounds and taking appropriate actions

    Americans are bombarded by more rings, beeps, chirps and electronic sounds than ever before. Next week, National Fire Prevention Week 2021 (Oct. 3-9) focuses on the importance of understanding what the sounds coming from smoke and carbon monoxide alarms mean, and making sure everyone knows how to respond. The campaign is called “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.”