What you need to know Dec. 1

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Governor, First Lady invite families to candlelight tours, tree lighting ceremony at Mo. Governor’s Mansion

Heartland road projects 11/30

What you need to know Nov. 30

  Decorating homes for the holidays

  Old Town Cape to host 2nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Bollinger Mill featured on new stamp celebrating Missouri’s statehood

Continued Coverage

  99-year-old woman receives the gift of music on Thanksgiving

  Local church gives out Thanksgiving Day meals to those in need

Train crashes into vehicle stuck on tracks in Carbondale

Heartland instructor talks turkey on Thanksgiving

MDC releases deer harvest numbers for Missouri Firearms Deer Season

IDNR releases deer harvest numbers for 1st weekend of firearm season

What you need to know Nov. 26

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Thanksgiving Day.

  Heartland church feeds local families

There’s an increase in the need for food during the pandemic, A heartland church is setting the table for many local families.

  Small Business Saturday kicks off 10th year in Illinois

This is year ten for Small Business Saturday, this year it falls on November 28.

  Marshall Co. Fiscal Court helps local restaurants with outdoor dining

New restrictions to fight the coronavirus in Kentucky is bringing a community together in Marshall County.

  COVID-19 exhibit at Southeast’s Catapult Creative House

  Thanksgiving alone for those that have COVID

  Southeast Missouri seeing increase in employment

  Southern Illinois church holds Thanksgiving meal giveaway

Nearly $600K in unclaimed property returned to Missourians in 1 month

Deadlines you need to know for holiday shipping

Head Start students make Thanksgiving cards for seniors

Guests of Smiles Nutrition Center in Mounds each received a special greeting this week from someone very young.

Cape Girardeau Co. Collector explains tax bill confusion

Cape Girardeau County Collector Barbara Gholson said that tax bills being requested by an escrow company do not have the message stating they were requested.

Paducah marks 25 years of ‘pump and treat’ groundwater operations

According to the DOE, more than 4,100 gallons of TCE has been removed from local groundwater.

What you need to know Nov. 24

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Tuesday, Nov. 24.

  Endangered Silver Alert issued for missing Steele, Mo. man canceled

Billy G. Quinn, 72 of Steele, was found safe on Monday, November 23.

  Firefighters talk Thanksgiving safety

Firefighters see a lot of residential calls due to common sense mishaps, including frying frozen turkey which is a big mistake.

  Humane Society helping provide resources to retain pets

They also have partnered with Red Star Food Pantry for those running low on food for their pets if needed.

85-year-old pedestrian hit by vehicle at crosswalk

Police said the 18-year-old driver is not facing any criminal charges.

What you need to know Nov. 23

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Monday, Nov. 23.

Gov. Bill Lee, First Lady to pass out Thanksgiving meal boxes

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee will hand out Thanksgiving meal boxes to food-insecure families in Middle Tennessee Monday.

  Fall Family Festival brings fun to scores of people

Scores of people came out and braved the brisk weather to enjoy the activities.

  Drive Thru Food Bank delivers food to 200+ families

Hundreds lined up in the Dollar General parking lot in Jackson to get some groceries and essentials

  Christmas Craft Expo kicks off in Cape Girardeau

The 46th Annual Christmas Craft Expo kicked off their two-day event this weekend in Cape Girardeau.

Catapult Creative House hosts student art exhibition

The exhibition opened Friday, Nov. 20, and will remain open until Jan. 31.

  Jackson assisted living home prepares for a COVID-19-safe Thanksgiving

At one assisted living home in Jackson, staff members are still trying to make the holiday special for its residents, even though Thanksgiving will look different this year.

  More southern Ill. counties to be covered by 10th annual New Coats, New Hopes Campaign

The Southern Seven Health and WIBH Radio station out of Anna are continuing with their 10th annual New Coats, New Hopes Campaign.

Cape County Park Holiday Of Lights to go on

The Cape Girardeau County Park Board has announced that the Cape County Park drive-through Holiday of Lights will go on as planned.

What you need to know Nov. 20

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Friday, Nov. 20.

  SEMO Food bank prepares for the Holiday Season

A local food pantry says Thanksgiving will be different this year, but it’s still doing every thing it can to make sure people have a meal for the holiday.

  Meridian, Vienna High Schools hold event to honor veterans, raise awareness

Members of the Vienna High School and Meridian High School Student Councils and Media Services held a special event to honor veterans.

  Toys for Tots sees increase in need for Christmas gifts this year

Toys for Tots expects to donate more than 20,000 toys this Christmas.

  Carbondale Park Dist. commemorates 80 years with tree planting ceremony

Eight trees were planted, one for each decade of service in the Carbondale community.

  New Illinois initiative aims to erase marijuana charges

It aims to expunge cannabis charges for individuals across the State of Illinois, and is funded buy the sales of marijuana, which totaled $1.6 million.

Cave-in-Rock Ferry reopens, Dorena-Hickman Ferry closed due to high winds

The services were halted around 9:30 a.m. due to high winds.

What you need to know Nov. 19

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Thursday, Nov. 19.

  Bootheel Counseling Services creates virtual support group for teachers during pandemic

The pandemic is taking a mental toll on many of us, especially teachers still trying to get the hang of virtual teaching.

  SIH sees record numbers of people hospitalized due to COVID-19

Southern Illinois Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Marci Moore-Connelley said SIH is currently caring for 60 patients suffering from COVID-19, and that hospitalizations are on the rise.

  Small businesses gear up for holiday season

We spoke with businesses in Uptown Jackson who are unpacking boxes of clothes, filling racks and putting the final touches on their store to in efforts to invite shoppers to shop.

  Frankfort School Dist. 168 back to remote learning through holiday season

Donkin said he and his staff have been preparing to be flexible all school year long.

Current boil water orders in the Heartland

Boil orders for the Heartland

Altenburg, Mo. museum displays dozens of Christmas trees

Each of the trees has a story to tell, and many dive into Perry County’s history.

  Cape Girardeau church holds drive-thru Thanksgiving meal

What makes this church so unique is they are helping others without a permanent church location.

  Iron Co. Medical Center sees COVID-19 positivity rate of 30%

Last week, the hospital saw positivity rates of 30 percent from their COVID-19 rapid tests, according to Iron County Medical Center CEO Joshua E. Gilmore, MBA.

Paducah City Hall to temporarily close for water line repair

It will close to the public starting at noon on Wednesday, November 18.

  Deer season brings big business to area butchers

MDC noted that poor weather, including rainy conditions and gusty winds, affected this year’s harvest total.

Electric vehicle charging station unveiled at Cape Girardeau Schnucks

Drivers will be able to recharge their electric vehicles in as little as 30 to 45 minutes.

  Risk levels ranked for Heartland states in animal-related crashes

State Farm® said November is the peak month for animal-related crashes.

Amber Alert issued for missing 9-year-old Tenn. boy

Jordan Allen Gorman was reported missing by on Sunday, November 15 after he left his Ashland City home.

What you need to know Nov. 17

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Converting deer hides to warm gloves for veterans

Elks Lodge #498 has given thousands of gloves over the years.

  ISP troopers escort U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree through southern Illinois

ISP troopers escorted the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree through southern Illinois on Monday.

  National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: Community Partnership of Southeast Mo. says there’s a major need

The goal of this organization is to provide services to help improve the lives of people in southeast Missouri.

  Salvation Army gears up for Red Kettle season with COVID alterations

The Red Kettle Campaign aims to raise money for the Salvation Army’s mission which is, in part, to help people in need and is the biggest fundraiser each year for them.

  COVID-19 alters Student Santas event for Christmas

Student Santas Founder Jennifer Gast said it’s important these families still get their Christmas meal and presents and keep the tradition alive and going.

  COVID-19 hinders area Christmas rental venues

Being around friends and family during the holiday season is important, but the CDC recommended celebrating virtually this year, if possible, to help prevent spreading or contracting COVID-19.

  New initiative aims to help southern Illinois businesses

Fowler said local businesses are the backbone of our economy.

Registration underway in Cape Girardeau for 2021 youth basketball leagues

Registration is open for boys and girls leagues for first through eighth grade teams.

New income guidelines for WIC announced

WIC is for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to five-years-old in need of food assistance.

What you need to know Nov. 16

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Monday, Nov. 16.

  MDC collects Chronic Wasting Disease samples in deer

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a deadly disease in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family. MDC’s sampling and testing effort hope to limit the spread of the disease.

  Illinois cannabis sales hit record highs

The Illinois Comptroller’s Office said they take 10 percent of the income tax on cannabis sales to help local organizations.

Holiday Bazaar returns to downtown Cape Girardeau

The Old Town Cape Holiday Bazaar will feature vendors that offer locally grown, handcrafted, and homemade products such as winter produce, baked goods, candies, and artisan crafts.

Old Town Cape to host 18th Annual Downtown Christmas Open House

It will feature two opportunities to win a $500 Downtown Cape Girardeau shopping spree.

Carbondale winter indoor farmers market to open Dec. 5, online option now available

The winter farmers market will have an in-person and online option this year.

What you need to know Nov. 13

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Friday, Nov. 13.

  BSA to make changes to Scouting for Food drive

The Scouts will not hand out and collect Scouting for Food bags.

SIH gives COVID-19 update for southern Illinois

SIH also said no one will receive a bill for testing, even if you do not have insurance.

  The Laborer’s Care Charity raised $50,000 for Carbondale Warming Center

This donation will fund the center through February.