• Poplar Bluff - Poplar Bluff is about to get its own public radio station, said Robert Smith, one of the founders of Poplar Bluff’s new “Black River Public Radio.” The radio station is taking its initial steps Saturday, Nov. 8 with a fundraiser to be held in the upstairs ballroom of Cape Arrowhead, 502 Vine Street. Smith explained about $10,000 worth of equipment needs to be purchased to get Black River Radio on the air. Tickets for the Nov. 8 event will be $20 each and will include hors d’oeuvres, wine and entertainment provided by “The Millstones,” a band made up of local musicians: Wally Duncan, Elizabeth Engram, John Engram, Blake Wade, and Dan Jackson. The group plays music from

    Oct 19,
  • If Tammy Marler were to choose a favorite superhero, it would surely be “Underdog.” That’s because she realizes that is basically her position as a write-in candidate for the office of Butler County Collector on November 4. Her story is not one of a blue blood Republican dynasty. Her story is one of a woman who has worked her whole life to overcome odds. “I was born and raised in Butler County living at Lake Wappapello. I was one of nine children living in a home with just three bedrooms and one bathroom. I shared a bedroom with two of my sisters, one of them my twin sister,” recalls Marler. She came from a single income family, with her father

    Oct 16,
  • On 10-09-14 at approximately 1244 hrs Officers with the Poplar Bluff Police Department responded to the 800 block of Park st in reference to a report of gunshots fired into an occupied residence.  An occupant of the residence identified Gregory Kammerer (32, of Poplar Bluff) and Kevin Busby (26, of Poplar Bluff) as possible suspects in the shooting. A short time later, Officer Shane Bates located Kammerer’s vehicle a few blocks from the scene, and tried to initiate a traffic stop; the driver refused to stop.  The driver accelerated, turning repeatedly on streets in the downtown area; and he lost control after ramming a patrol vehicle. Cpl Dusty Johnson sustained minor injuries in the collision. Driver Gregory Kammerer and passenger

    Oct 09,
  • Trucks At Bricks POPLAR BLUFF -If you live in the vicinity of Brick’s Offroad Park in Butler County, that isn’t a series of earthquakes you are feeling tonight. It’s the big trucks arriving for Brick’s $10,000 Mud Truck Challenge. By 7 p.m. this evening, at least a half a dozen big trucks and their drivers had shown up at Brick’s, sizing up the competition for that $10,000 prize that goes to the driver that makes it through Brick’s infamous Slough, the slough that until last year no driver had ever made it through. Dustin McCutcheon changed that last year, when he made it through, claimingthe prize, and now returning this year to try to do it again. Who wins the

    Sep 26,
  • The Butler County Republican Party met at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce to nominate a replacement candidate for the upcoming November election for County Collector. The office was vacated earlier this month when County Collector Brenda Fox passed away. In a very cordial yet extremely professional meeting, Chairman Eddy Justice and Secretary Joe Leahy laid out the ground rules for the evening's nominations and voting. With 22 of the 24 Butler County Delegates present, Justice informed the room that 12 votes was necessary to carry the nomination. Tammy Marler, Larry Kimbrow, Emily Parks and Jerrica Fox were nominated by the delegates. Once the nominations were closed each candidate was given up to 3 minutes to stump for the party's

    Aug 25,

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