Flash Flood Warning until 9:00 p.m. for Franklin and surrounding counties

The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for… Perry County in south central Illinois… Union County in southern Illinois… Pulaski County in southern Illinois… Johnson County in southern Illinois… Williamson County in southern Illinois… Jackson County in southern Illinois… Alexander County in southern Illinois… Franklin County in south central Illinois… Scott County in southeastern Missouri… Perry County in southeastern Missouri… Cape Girardeau County in southeastern Missouri… * Until 900 PM CST *

At 354 PM CST, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms with heavy rain were moving into the warned area. Close to 5 inches of rain have fallen over the past four days or so. Rainfall rates around one-half inch per hour are developing over the region. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly. * Some locations that will experience flooding include… Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Marion, Sikeston, and Herrin. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are likely in the warned area through early this evening. Rapid rises in water levels will occur. This is a potentially life-threatening situation.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Chance of heavy rain and severe thunderstorms today

Flash Flood Warning until 9:00 p.m. for Franklin and surrounding counties
The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for... Perry County in south central Illinois... Union County in southern
Chance of heavy rain and severe thunderstorms today




As long as the temperature remains in the low 50's the chance of severe weather, especially tornadoes for this region lessens.   The further south you go, or
Christopher man charged in his wife's shooting death has trial date set back again


BENTON — After what was scheduled to be his final pretrial before a March trial, Brian Pheasant, the Christopher man accused of killing

We’re continuing to monitor the potential for severe thunderstorms later this afternoon and evening. The primary concerns include damaging winds and flooding rains, with a smaller risk for a few tornadoes. Do you have a way to receive warning alerts and a plan of action to seek shelter in case severe weather threatens today? (NWS Paducah)

As long as the temperature remains in the low 50’s the chance of severe weather, especially tornadoes for this region lessens.   The further south you go, or if you are south of the cold front, the tornado chance increases.

If the sun comes out and it warms up quickly into the 60’s is when we will be under the gun.

We will still be monitoring the situation.  Follow the website’s Facebook page for info on the upcoming weather from area meteorologists.

Below are the statements issued by the National Weather Service.

Flood Warning for the Big Muddy

The National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky has issued a * Flood Warning for the Big Muddy River near Plumfield. * from late Sunday night to late Wednesday night.

* At 10:00 AM Saturday the stage was 17.9 feet. * Flood Stage is 20.0 feet. * Minor flooding is forecast.

* Forecast…Rise above flood stage by Monday morning and continue to rise to near 21.1 feet by Tuesday morning. * Impact…At 20.0 Feet…Minor flooding occurs affecting mainly bottom land and surrounding low lying area.

Flood Watch Until 6:00 a.m. Sunday

…FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT… The Flood Watch continues for * All of southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, southwest Indiana and western Kentucky. * Through late tonight.

* Showers and thunderstorms will be on the increase today, peaking in coverage and intensity later this afternoon and evening as a cold front approaches. With ground conditions already saturated, any additional rain from thunderstorms will only worsen existing areal flooding. Additionally, heavier rainfall rates from strong thunderstorms could easily produce dangerous flash flooding.

* Additional rains will aggravate already ongoing flooding of area rivers and tributaries across the region. Smaller streams and creeks not currently in flood will fill up and overspill their banks quickly, heightening the flood threat. In addition, elevated water levels in low lying and poor drainage areas, as well as waters that may not yet have receded from antecedent rainfall, may lead to more road closures due to high water crossings.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Heed all flood warning signs, and never cross a flooded roadway. Turn around and don`t drown! Remember it is harder to see rising waters at night. Seek high ground immediately if you encounter an area with rising waters.

Hazardous Weather Outlook 

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri. .

DAY ONE…Today and Tonight There is a risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Damaging winds will be the main hazard. There is a risk of a few tornadoes as well. The areas with the highest probability for a tornado or two are southeast of a Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff Missouri line into far west Kentucky, mainly west of the Lakes, and the southern tip of Illinois.

Additional rainfall of up to 2 inches, with isolated higher amounts possible, will result in an additional flooding risk across the region today into tonight, especially across southeast Missouri into west Kentucky. A Flood Watch remains in effect through tonight for the entire region.

With stronger thunderstorm activity, Flash Flooding will be possible. Updates and details on continued river flooding can be referenced on the latest flood warnings and statements. .

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Sunday through Friday Updates and details on continued river flooding can be referenced on the latest flood warnings and statements.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT… Spotter activation will be likely this afternoon and evening. Additional heavy rainfall and flooding reports are requested.

Seven Day Forecast 

This Afternoon
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 62. East southeast wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Tonight
Showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 1am. Some storms could be severe, with heavy rain. Low around 40. South wind 8 to 18 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Light south southeast wind.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 61. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.
Monday Night
Clear, with a low around 37. Light south southeast wind.
Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Light south southeast wind becoming south 6 to 11 mph in the morning.
Tuesday Night
Showers likely after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. South wind 6 to 8 mph.
Wednesday
A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 64. South wind around 8 mph.
Wednesday Night
Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. South southwest wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Thursday
A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. West northwest wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Northwest wind 9 to 11 mph.

Christopher man charged in his wife’s shooting death has trial date set back again

Franklin County Sheriff’s office

BENTON — After what was scheduled to be his final pretrial before a March trial, Brian Pheasant, the Christopher man accused of killing his wife on Halloween 2016, will be tried for the crime in May.

Pheasant, 43, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, Beth Pheasant, 37.

Pheasant appeared in court Friday with defense attorney Paula Newcomb and Franklin County State’s Attorney Evan Owens to hash out any last-minute motions and details for his scheduled court date on March 6.

Please click on the link for the full story from Isaac Smith of the Southern Illinoisan.

http://thesouthern.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/christopher-man-charged-in-his-wife-s-shooting-death-has/article_27487aa8-440f-5bec-acd3-f757bed74aa5.html

Benton High School releases statement regarding school security

From Dr. Aaron Mattox – Superintendent 

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BENTON – As the Superintendent at Benton High School, I am writing this letter for the purpose of communicating the commitment that the Board of Education, administration, faculty and staff at Benton High School have to continue to make BCHS a safe place to work and learn.

You may have noticed that we have been working with local law enforcement to have an increased police presence in our school on a regular basis. In addition, I want to convey some of the safetyprotocols we have in place as well as those we are currently working to add to our overall plan:

  • Benton High School is actively working with the City of Benton to employ a School Resource Police Officer to be in the building and hallways on a daily basis. I would like to thank Chief Melvin, Mayor Kondritz, and the City Council, for their assistance in helping make this happen.
  • Safety and security glass is currently in place on the building’s primary exterior entrance. We will be installing additional safety film on both interior and exterior glass where students and teachers are routinely housed.
  •  Main entrance doors have security access and require visitors to be identified.
  • BCHS maintains an extensive video security network.
  • BCHS has a comprehensive safety plan. In addition, drills are conducted throughout the school year. We will continue to update and improve the plan as needed.
  • We are in the process of conducting a school safety assessment to identify areas we can improve the overall security of our building.

Finally, I am asking that students be forthcoming with any information they might run across that could potentially create a threat to our school. Students need to learn to utilize strong judgement and understand the importance of being responsible for the content they place on social media and through electronic communication. We no longer live in a society where threatening comments and jokes can be tolerated and overlooked. As a district, we will vigorously pursue and prosecute anyone who makes a threat for the purpose of creating fear and disrupting the educational process at Benton High School.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school.

Another chance of icy conditions on Sunday

Another chance of icy conditions on Sunday

Fighting hunger in Franklin County

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SESSER — A group of high school students hopes to fight hunger with a new type of market.

Local 4-H members teamed up with the Sesser-Valier Outdoorsmen Club to create a mobile market in Sesser.

“They’re contacting me all month long, wanting to know when we’re doing it, how often, can they bring a neighbor or an elderly person they know?” said program coordinator Cindy Bauman .

Please click to read the full story and video from WSIL-TV.

http://www.wsiltv.com/story/37460846/fighting-hunger-in-franklin-county

 

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Busy day at Franklin County Election Office on first day to file petitions

Neil Hargis, of Christopher, was first in line to file petitions Monday morning at the newly-renovated Franklin County Election Office, located in the Campbell Building on the Public Square in Benton.
Hargis is seeking re-election as a county board member in District 1.
Monday marked the first day of the 2018 candidate filing period that will run through Dec. 4. Races featured in the March General Election Primary will include six county board seats, sheriff, county clerk, county treasurer, 59th District state senate, 117th District state representative and governor.

More storms on the way

by Steve Dunford

There is a line of Thunderstorms that are crossing the Mississippi as we speak.  They are slow moving in front of an advancing cold front toward the area.  Small hail and wind gust up to 40 mph have been reported with these storms.  They are below severe limits.

The first round this morning brought some much needed relief to the dry conditions.  Radar generated rain totals from around the county go from .3″ near Zeigler and Royalton, .6″ around Christopher one inch around Benton Sesser and West Frankfort, pockets of 1.5″ around Thompsonville, to over 2″ northeast of Ewing.

The Storm Prediction Center still has us placed under a moderate risk (level 1 or 5) for the risk of damaging thunderstorm winds.   The SPC was eying Southern Illinois for the possibility of issuing a Severe Thunderstorm Watch.

I look for a few significant weather advisories to be issued and maybe one or two Severe Thunderstorm Warnings to be issued.

I will be monitoring the storms as they approach.   I will try to post statements on the website.  However, I will keep the Facebook page updated frequently during any severe weather event.

I am trying to tweak how I do things.  I have only posted the forecast here lately if there is a change.  I am going to go back to doing it on a daily basis again.   The Hazardous Weather Outlook and the seven day forecast are posted below.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of southern
Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky, and southeast
Missouri.

.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight

The Storm Prediction Center continues to outlook a marginal risk
of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, particularly
from 3 to 8 p.m. Damaging wind is the primary severe weather
concern, with a limited risk for large hail. Storm hazards will
also include lightning and heavy rain.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Wednesday through Monday

A chance of thunderstorms is forecast for all or a portion of the
region late Saturday night through Sunday night. Locally heavy
rainfall and lightning will be the primary concerns.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

Spotter activation is possible this afternoon and evening,
especially across southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.

Seven Day Forecast

This Afternoon
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. South southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tonight
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind around 8 mph.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday
Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Light and variable wind.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 54. Light south southeast wind.
Friday
Sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning.
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 59. South wind around 5 mph.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 5 to 8 mph.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 65. South wind around 8 mph.
Sunday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. South southwest wind 9 to 11 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.
Sunday Night
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
Monday
Sunny, with a high near 69. North northwest wind around 7 mph.