Turn around! Don’t drown!

Heavy rains through the weekend increase potential for flooded roads

JEFFERSON CITY—Travelers in Missouri should remain alert for the possibility of flooding as heavy rainfall is forecast for much of the state throughout the weekend. Flash flood warnings have been issued from north of I-70 to the Arkansas border. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges all motorist to be alert for flood waters in roadways as heavy rain and localized river crests can cause road conditions to change quickly.

Floodwaters can be deeper than they appear and can hide such hazards as sharp objects, electrical wires, sewage and chemicals. There’s a possibility that the road that was once where the water is no longer exists. Even the best four-wheel-drive vehicle will lose against rapidly moving water and no traction.

For your own safety and the safety of everyone in your vehicle, please take heed of these lifesaving tips:

  • Don’t drive through flooded areas. Taking extra time to drive a detour sure beats running
    out of it.
  • Less than six inches of water can turn your car into a poorly engineered canoe, with no ability to slow down, steer…or float.
  • When you see water over the roadway, assume that the roadway below it is either damaged or destroyed.
  • Your driving headlights should be turned on whenever you are using your windshield wipers. It’s the law!
  • Reduce your speed for the conditions.
  • Turn Around! Don’t Drown!

To find out about roads closed to flooding, MoDOT reminds all motorists to check on current road conditions in their areas and on their routes by consulting MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at traveler.modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android mobile devices.

Governor Parson Announces Mega Vaccination Site In Kansas City

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – During today’s briefing at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced that the state will host a Mega Vaccination Site at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20, 2021. 

“We appreciate the Jackson County Health Department, Truman Medical Center, Chiefs’ Organization, KCATA, Jackson County Executive Frank White, and all local leaders and legislators who have offered their help to make this event possible,” Governor Parson said. “By working together, we will ensure that every Missourian who wants a vaccine will have the opportunity to receive one.”

“I would like to thank Governor Parson for making this event happen,” Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. said. “Easily accessible events with a substantial number of vaccines are essential to the safety of our residents who need and deserve it. This is especially true for our communities of color who have been devastated by this dangerous and deadly disease. I look forward to working with the Governor and his team to provide many more opportunities like this in the near future.”

The Mega Vaccination Site is expected to operate from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both Friday and Saturday of next week. Approximately 6,000 doses of the Janssen vaccine have been reserved to fully vaccinate 3,000 Missourians each day of the event. If the state receives additional shipments of the Janssen vaccine, more doses could be allocated to the event. 

Two Missouri National Guard mass vaccination teams and personnel from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) will partner with the Jackson County Health Department, Truman Medical Center, Chiefs’ Organization, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, numerous volunteers, and other local leaders to make the event possible.

Names of eligible Missourians in activated phases will be chosen from a list of those who have previously registered for the vaccine with the Jackson County Health Department and through the state’s Vaccine Navigator. Those selected will be notified of their appointment date and time and be provided with further instructions. 

Missourians should not try to contact the Jackson County Health Department to sign up for this event as available appointments will be filled using the health department’s existing waiting list. This event will help reduce the backlog of unfilled vaccination appointments in the area and open up appointments within Region A for future mass vaccination events. 

Missourians interested in receiving a vaccine at other state-supported events are encouraged to use the state’s Vaccine Navigator

“We are working as quickly as supply will allow to meet the higher vaccine interest in our urban populations while still keeping vaccine distribution equitable across the state,” Governor Parson said. “This mega vaccination event will provide an additional opportunity to assist local vaccine providers in meeting the higher vaccine demand of the Kansas City region, and we have begun planning a similar event in the St. Louis area.” 

Two state-supported mass vaccination events have also been announced in St. Louis and St. Charles counties next week. Missourians are encouraged to visit MOStopsCOVID.com to view the latest vaccine updates, find out when they are eligible for the vaccine, and locate available vaccinators and events in their area. 

Lucas Oil Speedway Preseason Spotlight: Johnson embraces transition to USRA Stock Car division

WHEATLAND, MO. (March 11, 2021) – The debut of the O’Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Car division at Lucas Oil Speedway certainly features some unknowns, both in terms of who will be competing and how the season championship chase will play out.
Scott Johnson of Nevada, a veteran of the full-bodied Stock Car racing scene, is eager to see how he fits into the mix. Johnson has spent the winter working as much overtime as he can at the 3M plant in Nevada to have funding to put together a new, competitive car for 2021.
“I think the USRA will open a lot of doors that the other class didn’t,” said Johnson, who finished eighth in Lucas Oil Speedway Street Stocks points last season. “It will give us a lot of opportunities to do different things, to run for national (USRA) points and be able to run some tracks that I couldn’t run in the past that were USRA.”
With the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series season opener just over three weeks away, Johnson and crew chief John Waugh are putting the finishing touches on their home-brand “Sleeper” chassis.
Johnson, 45, has been racing since 1996 except for a 10-year break, from 2000-2010, following the birth of his son. While he’s dabbled in Modifieds along the way, his heart clearly is in the stock style of car.
Last season, despite missing some weeks due to work commitments, he realized a goal of finishing top-10 in Lucas Oil Speedway points. Johnson had seven top-10 finishes in nine features.
“I’ve always liked the Stock Cars because the fans can relate to the vehicles we’re racing,” Johnson said. “I’ve always liked the full-bodied car type of stuff.
“Last year was kind of an up and down season. We built a new car two years ago and kind of struggled to find the balance in that chassis. I was pretty happy with the season. We finished 8th in points and I missed a few races with work, but that’s what pays for our racing. We had a new power plant built by Eagle Machine and that’s really helped us a lot.”
Johnson said he and his dad, Mearl Johnson, and Waugh build their own chassis “because we can’t afford to buy ‘em. My dad helps out a lot. He’s at the track most weekends and he supplies us with a truck and trailer to get us back and forth of the track.”
While there was a time that Johnson would race two or three nights a week, he’s now focusing on Lucas Oil Speedway with occasionally appearances at Dallas County Speedway. If the Stock Car class has a week off at Lucas, he might look for other tracks in the region.
“I just really enjoy racing over there at Lucas and the guys we race with, as well as the staff and the facility,” Johnson said. “It’s a different feel. It seems more professional. A lot of your short-track drama is not available there, which I like.
“I like all those guys who we race with. I blew up an engine a couple of years ago and I was overwhelmed by amount of fellow racers who called me, offering me parts and the help to get back out there the next week. It was overwhelming. Just a great group of people all the way around.”
Johnson said long-time sponsors Town and Country Tire & Auto in Lockwood and Greenfield Ready Mix have been mainstays over the years. Harleman Manufacturing from El Dorado Springs has come on board this season.
As for 2021 goals, Johnson said another top-10 in points tops the list.
“I know it’s a big learning curve for a lot of people with the new rules package,” he said. “I know everybody goes out every night with the intention to win, but if you can pull off a top five or top 10 at the end of the year in points, you’ve really done something.”
Test & Tune coming up: Lucas Oil Speedway’s Open Test & Tune is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. March 27 with pit passes $25. The Big Adventure Weekly Racing Series Spring Opener Presented by Benne Media is set for April 3 with the Missouri Metal Buildings ULMA Late Models in the spotlight with a $1,000-to-win main event sponsored by HICKAMO Country Store.
The Weekly Racing Series includes 14 events, from opening night through the Rempfer Memorial Season Championship on Aug. 28, which crowns season champions. Competing classes include Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds, Missouri Metal Buildings ULMA Late Models, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and O’Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars.
For ticket information for any event during the 2021 Lucas Oil Speedway season, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Fans also can use the online ticketing system.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR BATES COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH FOUNDATION

The BCCHF Health Care Scholarship is a one-year, $1,000 scholarship, for residents of Bates County who have already been accepted into a chosen health care field. The applicant must have a GPA of 3.0.

To access the application, visit http://www.bcmhospital.com/foundation/bcchf-community-health-projects/ and download the pdf form. Applications must be submitted on or before May 28, 2021.