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Minor Wrecks On Icy Roads Sunday

Light rain that began falling after daylight Sunday morning froze upon contact with the earth’s surface, creating dangerous driving conditions.
Some area churches canceled services Sunday, and the combination of drizzle and below freezing temperatures early Monday forced the cancelation of many area schools.
The black ice conditions made both walking and driving dangerous because roads and sidewalks that appeared to only be wet were actually icy and very slick, resulting in falls and vehicle slide-offs.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated a wreck Sunday afternoon in Douglas County that resulted from slick roads.
The Troop G accident report stated that a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup, driven by Cindy L. Shimkus, 56, of Tecumseh, skidded out of control, impacted a rock bluff and caught fire.
The crash occurred at 2:15 p.m., 12 miles west of Ava on Highway 14.
The investigating officer, Tpr. J.R. Roberts, indicated the driver who was wearing a seatbelt, was not seriously injured and refused medical treatment at the scene of the wreck.
An Ava woman, Melody A. Kennedy, 21, was driving a car that slid out of control in ice in Ozark County, north of Gainesville, Sunday morning.
That wreck occurred at 8:50 a.m., four miles north of Ganiesville on Highway 5.
Kennedy’s 2007 Chevrolet Impala, which was southbound, skidded across the center line, then traveled back across the road and ran off the right side, impacting a ditch, overturning on the passenger side.
A passenger in the car, General S. Evans, 29, of Gainesville, sustained minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene.
Both the driver and passenger were wearing seatbelts according to the Highway Patrol.
The Ava girls’ basketball game with Houston was played here Monday night as scheduled and schools reopened on Tuesday.
The weatherman is promising that after a cold first half of this week, temperatures are going to moderate, starting today (Thursday), and we will see above-average temperatures through the weekend and into next week.