Upcoming events in southeast MO, southern IL, western KY

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Check out these events happening in the area! Do you have an event going on you would like people to know about? Email news@kbsi23.com. Include what the event is, where, when it is happening and who is sponsoring the event. Don’t forget to include if there is a charge. September 1-30 Library Card Sign-Up Month…

Road work, closures in southeast MO, southern IL, western KY

Know the road construction projects in your area.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Check out a list of road work projects in your area before you leave home. Southeast Missouri Butler County Eastbound U.S. Route 60 in Butler County will be reduced with a 12-foot width restriction as contractor crews perform erosion work. Weather permitting, work will take place Monday, Sept. 19 through Friday, Oct. 7 from 6…

Community Counseling Center and Cape Girardeau Police Department partner for new Behavioral Health position

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Community Counseling Center and Cape Girardeau Police Department (CGPD) are teaming up to create a new position. The position is Behavioral Health Co-responder. There will be two hires for this new role.   Behavioral Health Crisis Center Program Manager Savannah Martin says these roles will help serve community members that may be experiencing mental issues….

Rainbow fentanyl poses serious threat to youth, DEA special agent says

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – It’s designed to look like candy, but it’s far from sweet. It’s deadly. Commonly known as rainbow fentanyl and made to look like candies such as SweeTarts and Skittles, this drug is targeted at children and other young adults. It can come in a variety of forms, including pills, powder and blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk….

SAFETY 101: How to prepare for Missouri’s 2022 hunting season

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – For serious hunters, opening day is their favorite day of the year. Before the hunting season commences, here are some safety precautions as outlined by the Missouri Department of Conservation. According to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in 2020 alone, there were 22 hunting-related accidents with 19 of those being preventable. Chris Doran with…

Cooler than average through the weekend (9/27/22)

Temperatures near the end of September are typically in the upper 70s, but we’re going to see afternoon highs in the lower and middle 70s through the end of the week. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds with more sun than clouds. After being cool for a few days, we’ll be very close to average for the first…

Grocery store coming to Cairo, 1st time in 7 years

CAIRO, Ill. (KBSI) – Men of Power-Women of Strength and other southern Illinois organizations are teaming together to bring a grocery store to the city of Cairo.  It is named Rise Community Market and will be the first grocery store in close to 7 years.   Men of Power-Women of Strength President Steven Tarver says the grocery store will help…

Notre Dame High School Activity Week underway

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KBSI) – Notre Dame Regional High School’s annual Activity Week commenced Friday, Sept. 23. Activity Week helps raise operating funds for the high school and is a long-standing tradition of fundraising competition among class levels. Raffles, candy, trash bags, butter braids, and Imo’s Pizza will be sold throughout the week. Order directly from a Notre Dame student,…

Stay safe on the roads during Fall harvest season

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – This harvest season the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) remind drivers to keep a watchful eye for slow-moving farm vehicles. In 2021, there were 203 Missouri traffic crashes that involved farm equipment and, in those crashes, seven people were killed and 60 were injured. MSHP gives both farmers and…

End of September forecast (9/26/22)

The next several days are going to be dry and sunny, all the way through the weekend and into next week. Temperatures will be a little up and down, though. Our average high for the end of September is in the upper 70s and we’ll be close to that Tuesday, below it Wednesday and Thursday, then near it again Friday…

Deadline for Missouri gas tax refund is Sept. 30

(Source: Pexels/Erik Mclean)JACKSON, Mo. (KBSI) – Missourians have until September 30 to file request for gas tax refunds. The Missouri gas tax refund only applies to gas purchased in Missouri from October 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022. The proposed tax increase aims to provide more funding for repairs, maintenance, and other transportation improvements for the state’s roads and bridges….

Carbondale takes part in the 2022 Illinois Solar Tour

CARBONDALE, Ill (KBSI) – The city of Carbondale, Ill., took part in the 2022 Illinois Solar Tour on Saturday.  Carbondale Planner and Sustainability Coordinator Lauren Becker said this tour was a request from the community.   “It comes as a request from our community members in the past, we’ve participated as a community with the Illinois solar education associations wider…

Carbondale Police Department holds open house for community

CARBONDALE, Ill (KBSI) – Carbondale residents were given a chance to visit the Carbondale Police Department for their first-ever open house.   It was an opportunity for members of the community to meet officers, ask questions, and see what some of the departments do on a daily basis.   Carbondale Police Chief Stan Reno said it was one of his initiatives…

Southern 7 Health Department to hold several Community Drive-Through Flu Clinics

ULLIN, Ill. (KBSI) – With flu season approaching, the Southern 7 Health Department will soon begin its series of drive-thru flu shot clinics. The department will hold eight clinics, one in each of the counties it serves and two in Elizabethtown, beginning October 4. Community Outreach Coordinator Shawna Rhine said it is important to get your flu shot before flu…

Dollar stores, shoppers feeling the effects of inflation

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Cape Girardeau resident Richard Morris has found himself shopping at dollar stores more frequently in recent months.  “I’d have to say in the last six months,” Morris said. “I think we’re seeing this trend right now of upward inflationary times, and the Feds doing different things with interest rates trying to level this off. We’re…

Warm weekend with early rain

The weekend is going to be a little warmer than normal. The warmest day will be Saturday when highs will be in the middle 80s, but we cool off a little on Sunday when the highs will only be in the lower 80s. We’ll see a few showers and storms early Saturday, then again Saturday evening, but the evening storms…

Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital gives a look into lung cancer

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI)- Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital hosted a lung cancer community education event Friday, encouraging people to quit smoking. “We are the 50th state in the United States for smoking,” said John Montville, Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital Oncology Service Line Director. “We are as bad as it gets here in Kentucky. And we need to turn that around, and we will.”…

MSHP highlights National Child Passenger Safety Week

Tips, precautions on properly securing children

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. (KBSI) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) joins with the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) to commemorate National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 18-24, 2022). According to nhtsa.gov, 42% of children killed in car crashes in 2020 were unrestrained. 46% of car seats and booster seats are used incorrectly. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages every…

Cape Central and Jackson set for next clash in decades-long rivalry

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – With one program in Jackson that has reached three consecutive final fours, and another in Cape Central on the rise, the stage is set for a clash between rivals separated by just 10 miles. “Jackson’s a great program. They’ve done a great job with their kids,” Cape Central head coach Kent Gibbs said. “They work…

High school students may be answer to overcoming pilot shortage

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (KBSI) – Vienna High School started an aviation pipeline program in partnership with Southern Illinois University School of Aviation. “It gets a lot more people interested into it,” said Dayton Nichols, a Vienna High School student. “Then just kind of hearing about it and just watching YouTube or whatever, however they hear about it, you know, they get…

Cooler air for Thursday

We had a few record highs today with Cape Girardeau and Paducah getting into the triple digits! After a couple of days with record highs for many of us, temperatures are going to take a nose dive… just in time for fall to begin! Highs will be in the middle 70s for the next couple of days with a chance…

Carbondale voters decision on Home Rule could make big change for city

CARBONDALE, Ill (KBSI) – The November 8 elections can mean a big change for Carbondale residents as voters will decide rather or not to cease being considered a home rule unit. This could cost residents financially as well as the quality of the services they receive from public services.    “Home Rule status gives communities more local control and local…