Rain chances increasing through the weekend (7/15/22)

Aside from some very isolated showers moving some regions of the FOX 23 coverage area, almost everyone was able to get through Friday completely dry. That will change heading into the weekend as rain chances start to go up. Rain chances on Saturday aren’t necessarily high, but you may find yourself dodging a few of these during the afternoon and…

94 IL counties at high or medium COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels

ULLIN, Ill. (KBSI) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports that as of July 15, according to the CDC, 94 Illinois counties are at High or Medium COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels. Southern 7 Health Department (S7HD) reports that seven of those counties are located in the Southern 7 region. S&HD serves Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and…

Cape Girardeau police conduct active shooter training

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – After the Uvalde school shooting, law-enforcement officials have been seeking ways to improve how they handle active shooter situations. On Friday, July 15, the Cape Girardeau Police Department began active shooter training. The training featured a variety of scenarios with volunteers from the community playing the victims. “It allows our team a chance to really…

Herrin youth football camp a chance to learn skills, strengthen bonds

Senior Jacob Hawk (center) leads campers in a chant during the Herrin Tigers Youth Football Camp at the Herrin Sports Complex on Thursday.Herrin Tigers Football CampHERRIN, Ill. (KBSI) – The Herrin High School football team kicked off its youth football camp for first through sixth graders on Thursday. Head coach Taylor Perry says the camp is designed to promote the…

Tiny home built by Cape Girardeau CTC students for sale

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center has a tiny home for sale. The tiny home was fully built from the ground up by the career center’s students, from start to finish. “They all worked on it all year long. So this is a great starting point for them. It’s instructor lead but it’s completely…

Safe House of Southeast Missouri

The Safe House of Southeast Missouri is a non-profit agency that provides safe shelter and support services to adults and children who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, or stalking in Cape Girardeau and our surrounding communities. The Safe House provides shelter and support to anyone who has experienced sexual or domestic violence. Our services are free, confidential…

Some cities issue a burn bans, here’s why

PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. (KBSI) – A lack of rain and an increase of dry conditions have caused a few cities to go under strict fire bans. Portageville, Missouri recently issued a “burn ban.” This ban prohibits anyone from burning leaves, wood, or anything that causes fire. According to George DeLise, Fire Chief of Portageville, accidental fires have caused an increase in…

Eyeballing our next chance for rain (7/14/22)

We continued the streak of warm and dry weather on Thursday. High temperatures were in the 90s for most, and an area of high pressure was able to keep storms out of the picture. We continue this trend over the next couple of days. High temperatures should be in the 90s for everyone once again. We’re forecasting a high of…

“Real Housewives” stars come to Benton, IL

BENTON, Ill. (KBSI) – Two reality TV stars from “The Real Housewives of New York” came to Benton on Wednesday to begin filming a new show. The two stars are Sonja Morgan and Luann Lesseps. Both played main roles in the Real Housewives of New York series. The show will be based in the small community of Benton, Illinois. Many…

Families invited to participate in 2022 Bollinger County Great Dinosaur Hunt

MARBLE HILL, Mo. (KBSI) – If you plan to visit Bollinger County, Missouri this month be on the lookout for dinosaurs! That’s right. The county is full of them for the 2022 Bollinger County Great Dinosaur Hunt.  For the entire month of July, families and county residents all can take part in Bollinger County’s Great Dinosaur Hunt.  President of the Bollinger…

Heat Sticks Around, Small Rain Chances (7/13/22)

  As we head into Thursday, we will start off fairly warm and then heat up quick. Temperatures will be in the 80s by 9am and into the 90s shortly after noon. You can expect mostly sunny skies and a northeast breeze at 5 to 15 mph. The lack of rain continues into the weekend with high temperatures remaining in…

Blood drive collects enough to save 57 lives

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The American Red Cross and FOX23 and My49 held a blood drive at West Park Mall on Tuesday, July 12. The blood drive collected 19 units that could save up to 57 lives. Summer blood supply levels are low. Giving up to one pint of blood can save up to three lives. The first 100…

Farmers concerned about dry conditions

JACKSON, Mo. (KBSI) – The sharp, intense heat that June brought almost had farmers in the FOX23 viewing area worried for their crops. According to the state of Missouri, more than 63% of the state is abnormally dry, while another 20% is in a moderate drought state. At the Jackson, Missouri farmers market, it doesn’t seem to be too much…

Inflation impacting the food truck business

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo (KBSI) – Inflation is impacting local food trucks with items costing more and harder to get. In the southeast Missouri area, food trucks owners are finding their own solutions to continue serving high-quality food.  Madi’s Kitchen owner Yameka Robinson says she thinks inflation has especially hit the food industry.   “Well of course inflation has affected most…

A Lot of 90s in the Forecast

The average high is in the upper 80s, so when we see the lower 90s this time of year, it’s not that far off from normal. That’s exactly where we’ll be on Wednesday. Mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies is expected on Wednesday with a high in the upper 80s and lower 90s. The dewpoint is going to be right…

Marion, KY water crisis update

MARION, Ky. (KBSI) – The water distribution is still happening in Marion, Kentucky since the city’s primary source of water had been drained at Lake George. Sandbags have been placed around the overflow weir at City Lake with city officials in hopes it will hold raw water due to rain. Despite the rainy weather Marion had over the weekend the…

Temporary, free healthcare services in Carbondale

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is partnering with the Air Force and the Army to provide free healthcare services to anyone in need. On July 22, the Carbondale Civic Center will be hosting the Southern Illinois Wellness Mission. This mission will provide free healthcare, dental, and vision services. These services are at no cost, and they…

Staying safe during excessive heat

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo (KBSI) – We have been on a serious heat wave of recent and it’s important to remind people to stay safe and hydrated.    Many parts of the KBSI Fox23 viewing area have seen excessive heat. These temperatures have gotten so high they’ve even claimed lives. In Gideon, Missouri police say two people died this weekend.  Jackson firefighter…

Near Normal Temperatures, Small Storm Chances (7/11/22)

We have a small chance for an isolated shower or storm Tuesday morning, other than that, it’s going to be partly cloudy, a little warm, and quite muggy during the day. After Tuesday, we dry out for the rest of the week and keep our temperatures just a little bit above average, which is at 89 degrees right now. Our…

Good Samaritan Ministries holds annual fundraiser at Alto Vineyards

ALTO PASS, Ill. (KBSI) – On a sun-soaked Sunday afternoon in Alto Pass, Good Samaritan Ministries, or the Good Samaritan House as it is locally known, held its annual fundraiser at Alto Vineyards.  Good Samaritan Ministries provides a number of services to the needy in the Carbondale area, including an emergency shelter, to which the funds raised from Sunday will…

Creek Crawl provides unique educational opportunity at Whitewater Creek

MILLERSVILLE, Mo. (KBSI) – Whitewater Creek in western Cape Girardeau County provided a wonderful spot for the Cape Girardeau Nature Center’s Creek Crawl on Friday.  Naturalist Angela Pierce said this event is designed to provide an educational opportunity through exploration and discovery.  “All of our programs we host at the nature center, we try to involve some sort of exploration,…