Posted: Feb 1, 2014 2:57 PM by Alyssa Strickland, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Feb 1, 2014 7:38 PM
JEFFERSON CITY - Roadwork across mid-Missouri began in the early hours of Saturday morning. MoDOT worked around the clock to make sure roads were safe for motorists. Tim Chojnacki, the Maintenance Liaison Engineer for MoDOT said, the progress of the roads compared to the earlier hours is significantly greater.
"Along Interstate 70 is where we had some of our worst problems around the 2 to 3 a.m. time frame," Chojnacki said, "Because we had the most significant ice accumulation then."
Freezing rain and snow hit mid-Missouri Friday night. For the Boone and Cole Counties area, MoDOT started plows and applied chemicals to the roads beginning Saturday morning. The MoDOT Maintenance Superintendent for Boone and Cole Counties Mike Belt said the storm has been lengthy already and may continue through the night.
"Around this area in Columbia, we've received about three-quarters of an inch of ice," Belt said. "And for those operations, we've had all of our equipment out."
By equipment, Belt is referrring to plows carrying salt and sand. MoDOT also called in emergency response crews to help people stuck on the roadsides. Belt also said that MoDOT got chemicals onto most of the roads, but due to the cold temperatures that have maintained throughout the day, the roads are estimated at only 50 percent cleared. Belt said Saturday afternoon the roadways probably won't look much better throughout the night beacuse of the continued weather.
"Boone and Cole Counties are unfortunately in the "ice-band," Belt said. "[Which is] right through the middle [of the state] where North of us was snow and South of us was rain."
Belt said that is why North Missouri received a lot of snow compared to Boone and Cole Counties.
Belt said it's Mother Nature helping out a little more to the South, and a little less to the North. Belt and Chojnacki both enouraged drivers to stay home if they don't have to travel. Resients can also call a toll free line to call and speak to a customer service agent at 888-ASKMODOT or go online to MoDOT.org to check the travelers map before beginning travel.
Posted 3:29 PM 11/28/2015 by Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter
BOONE COUNTY - A man driving a stolen vehicle led a Boone County deputy on a chase near Route Z and Carter School Road Saturday. The chase ended when the the car the suspect's car rolled over and the driver fled to the surrounding woods.
Sergeant Micheal Perkins of the Boone County (More)
Posted 2:18 PM 11/28/2015 by The Associated Press
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — The cause of a fire that destroyed three Sedalia homes on Thanksgiving Day isn't known.
Sedalia Fire Department Battalion Chief Matt Irwin says the cause couldn't be determined because of "the complexity of the house." The Sedalia Democrat ( (More)
Posted 1:00 PM 11/28/2015 by Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY - Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest in terms of drivers on the road, but about 29 million of those vehicles aren't equipped with a spare tire. New data from AAA shows that more than one third of 2015 vehicles on the road are missing spare tires. In most of those (More)
Adv. - more news below
Posted 4:19 AM 11/28/2015 by The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Governor's Mansion is about to look a little more festive.
The Christmas trees that will adorn the Jefferson City mansion are arriving Monday morning. The outside tree is a 30-foot Norway spruce that came from the yard (More)
Posted 2:58 PM 11/27/2015 by Nick Komisar & Amy Money, KOMU 8 Reporters
COLUMBIA - The moment the MU football team announced on Twitter that it wasn't going to play until former UM Systems President Tim Wolfe resigned, the Concerned Student 1950 movement was thrust into the national spotlight. A photo was tweeted by some members of the team locking arms, with (More)
Posted 1:52 PM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
BRANSON (AP) — Authorities say deputies have killed a man who shot his wife and pointed a handgun at the deputies.
KOLR-TV reports that 58-year-old Rick Gullickson was killed early Friday at a home in southern Stone County. The Stone County Sheriff's Department said (More)
Adv. - more news below
Posted 1:18 PM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
HANNIBAL (AP) — Mark Twain's 180th birthday is being celebrated this weekend in his boyhood hometown.
The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that a mustache competition and a masquerade mask art show are among the activities planned for Saturday at the Mark Twain Boyhood (More)
Posted 1:14 PM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
WEST PLAINS (AP) — A south-central Missouri man has been charged in a deadly crash.
The West Plains Daily Quill reports that 33-year-old Kevin Matthew Stephens, of Pomona, is jailed in Howell County on an involuntary manslaughter charge. No attorney is listed for (More)