Yesterday Missouri's 37th State Auditor took the oath to be sworn into office. Nicole Galloway was sworn into office by Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary R. Russell and is the replacement of the late Tom Schweich, who passed away earlier this year from a suicide attempt. In regards to what she plans to carry out during her time in office, Galloway said that she would examine the danger of cyber crime in the state of Missouri, as well as bringing best practices of the private-sector variety to work for the people of Missouri.
Early on Monday morning a vehicle crash occurred on County Road 350 near Millersville, MO. The driver of the vehicle was found dead at the scene, and has been identified as 48-year-old James W. Koehler. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that Koehler's vehicle ran off the side of the road and into a utility pole, after which it overturned. Koehler was not reported to have been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident, and he was killed as a result.
The new mayor of Poplar Bluff, MO is no stranger to the job. Betty Absheer, who first served as mayor back in 1993 as the city's first female mayor, was chosen to serve the city once again, for a fifth term. As Poplar Bluff has adopted a city manager or city council form of government, the mayor is not directly elected by the general public. The city council itself chooses the candidate, and the selectee will serve a term of one year. This year, the methods were a bit unusual; Absheer's name was drawn from a cup, a first for ...
Since the beginning of the year, the bridge on Wakefield Road in west Sikeston has been closed due to reconstruction. Now it's due to reopen very soon, likely even today, the 28th. Originally built during the 70's, the bridge suffered from deteriorating and unsafe conditions such as rotting wood supports, and so Sikeston officials made the decision of temporarily closing and reconstructing it. The final touches are currently being administered by workers of Scott City's Keith Simpson Construction Company, and one of the final steps before reopening is the pouring of a brand new sheet of asphalt.