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Weather permitting, MoDOT plans to close the Champ Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River at Louisiana from 6 a.m., Monday, Oct. 6 to some time on Friday, Oct. 10. That will allow motorists to use the bridge to attend the Saturday, Oct. 11 Applefest in Clarksville. The bridge is closing for expansion joint repairs, MoDOT said. For the full story, see the Sept. 24 edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.
A routine inspection of the Champ Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River at Louisiana has resulted in a load limit restriction for large trucks crossing the 86-year-old span. The Hwy. 54 bridge is inspected annually, but could be inspected more often considering its deteriorating condition, MoDOT Northeast District Engineer Paula Gough said last week. It is also possible that future inspections could result in a reduced load posting or a
The Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band delighted the crowd with its virtuosity at Clarksville’s Apple Shed on Saturday, Sept. 13, sponsored by the Raintree Arts Council. The band played its New Orleans-style jazz but also did show tunes and jump-jive swing for the largest audience ever for the band’s annual visit to Pike County. Playing clarinet and saxophone for the band was former Clopton High School band teacher and Clarksville
Jamie Dee Stoops, 50, of the Louisiana area, pleaded guilty to felony domestic assault and resisting arrest and was sentenced to seven years in prison in Pike County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Sept. 9, according to court records. Stoops dragged a woman off of a horse and choked her with the reins during an Oct. 13, 2013 trail ride near Ashburn, court records show. He escaped from arriving officers through
Maria R. Ritter, 27, of Curryville, was sent by helicopter ambulance to a St. Louis hospital with serious injuries after she suffered a medical condition and crashed while southbound on Hwy. M in Pike County on Tuesday, Sept. 9, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Ritter’s vehicle went off the road, got airborne and struck a tree, the patrol reported. For the full story, see the Sept. 17 Louisiana
Louisiana City Administrator Bob Jenne told the city council at its Monday, Sept. 8 meeting that he is trying to lure a large metal business to the city’s industrial park. Jenne said he had sent a proposal to sell 20 acres at the industrial park on the far western edge of town for $20,000 to a firm that builds and welds metal power poles. The firm is prepared to employ
Justin K. Willing, 27, of Louisiana was seriously injured on Saturday, Sept. 6 in an ATV accident in Lincoln County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, (MSHP). He was taken by helicopter ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, where he was listed in satisfactory condition on Monday, Sept. 8. For the full story, see the Sept. 10 edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.
Four people from Eolia and one from Whiteside have been arrested in connection with a large gun and jewelry burglary three miles west of Bowling Green. The burglary victim estimated she lost $200,000 worth of jewelry and about 200 handguns in the August break-in, according to Pike County Circuit Court records. Harley James DeWeese, 21, of Whiteside, and Nicholas Robert Kuntz, 19, of Eolia, were arrested for second degree burglary for
Alan D. Borders, 42, of St. Charles, was moderately injured on Wednesday, Sept. 3 when his vehicle hit a deer that then penetrated the windshield on Hwy. 54 near the Pike County Fairgrounds, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. For the full story, see the Sept. 10 edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.