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(Mountain Home) – Need a good recommendation for your next read? The Friends of the Baxter County Library invite the community to their monthly meeting Wednesday, April 23, 1:30pm at the Donald W. Reynolds Library. Area book clubs will be sharing their top recommended reads.

Some of the book clubs represented will be Issues and Viewpoints, Biblobrats, Book Lovers Book Club, Fairview/Bull Shoals 1st Thursday Book Club, and St. Andrews Episcopal Church Book Club.

For information on all Library programs, visit the Library’s website at www.baxlib.org.

Mountain View Elementary School

2013-14 Third Quarter Awards
Bicycle – Chloe Young
VideoCamera – 1. DeWyatt McClellan
2. Hayden Atkins

Principals Awards
K – Bently Lawson
1 – Brendon Mayberry
2 – Carter Pruett
3 – Natalie Thibodeaux
4 – Allison Woolsey
5 – Daniel Ingalls

Staff Perfect Attendance
1. Gina Anderson
2. Laura Atkins
3. Beth Davis
4. Carolyn Duckett
5. Johnna Frank
6. Candra Goodchild
7. Rhiannon Hadley
8. Kelly Johnson
9. Mary Kyle
10. Barbara Medina
11. Dean Meza
12. Katie Phipps
13. Kim Quinn
14. Christy Robertson
15. Cheryl Rowlett
16. Elizabeth Shaw
17. Lisa Sizemore
18. Mark Stephens
19. Donna Weaver
20. Elaine Weaver

Staff Winner: Mark Stephens

Classroom Awards

Goodchild – Ciara Gray, Brayden Harrison, Ira Wilhelm, Mallory Collins, Jadeyn Melby

Quinn – Dawson Collins, Jaycee McBride, Grant Smith, Kaidyn Henry, Chloe Clemmer

Robertson – Landen Stone-Smothers, Taylor Gastineau, Piper Nichols, Hailey Rosa, Hayden Oziah

Weaver –Kylie Brawley, Ashur Smotherman, Cordell Montague, Angel Creed

Allen – Brendon Mayberry, Kyra McBride, Mackenzie Fiedler, Cabella Young, Joesphine Colter

Caldwell – Emma Madden, Lillie McAdams, Taylor Gastineau, Victoria Sabado, Leighanna Brooks, Caleb Gehlken

Daniels – Teytum McClellan, Kasity Jacobson, Michael Jones, Shaynee Voyles, Hadley Chowning

Anderson – Sydney Radford, Madison Matthews, Colten McNew, Austen Rost

Frazier – Parker Brady, Oziah Watkins, Ava Greenan, Rowdy Weldon, Ruger Owens

Sizemore – Trevor Sullivan-Grandstaff, Elee Whittaker, Tanna Tate, Dalton Meyers, Devon Snider, Joseph Gehlken

Atkins – Kody Waggoner, Natalie Thibodeaux, Chade Noble, Olivia Miller, Ethan Goolsby, Jaden Anderson

Hadley –Zahra Young, Chelsea Brooks, Keegun Daniels, Chloe Kelts

Kelly – Brice Stanley, Melissa McAfee

Spittler - Adam Herrold, Savanna Lovorn

Barnes – (Language Arts)Connar Lowe, Jacob Burton, Robbie Davis: (Writing/Conventions) Nicholas Alcorn, Jenna Koogler

Foster – (Math) Deion Lee, Robbie Davis, Ethan Renegar; (Writing/Conventions) Abbie Goff

Layman –(Writing/Conventions) Connar Lowe; (Science) Shelby Acklin, Kenna Woolsey, Riley Taber, Cole Stark; (Social Studies) Robby Mantel, Jacob Fisher, Cole Stark, Robbie Davis

Duckett – (Language Arts)Macie Ripko, Damon Harvey, Shayla Denton; (Writing) Zeke Mullins

Kinder – (Science) Kiah Chowning, Eli Bales, Jacob Layman; (Social Studies) Justice Bales, Tyler Smith, Ricky Latona

Stephens- (Math) Jocelyn Clark, Austin Flygare, Mia Wagner

Music – Janie Davis, Zachary Bradshaw, Emma Madden, Kenyon Walls, Kallie Henry, Cole Matthews, Tayla Salmon, Kal Acklin, Taylor Tate, Dylan Cooper, Madison Jeffries, Daniel Ingalls

P.E. – James Green, Jaden Melby, Parker Foster, Kaydence Farris, Dallas Kyle, Kassey Shields, Chadle Noble, Nina Ledgerwood, Ciayah Allen, Hayden Foster, Sarah Randolph, Austin Flygare

Art – Brady Altermatt, Sarina Cox, Hunter Abbey, Kaydence Farris, Kassey Shields, DeWyatt McClellan, Drew Ripko, Zahra Young, Mandy Haynes, Chandelor Lelik, Carson Bland,Ciji McClellan

Library – Cordell Mongatue, Sarina Cox, Dylan Brooks, Lillie McAdams, Kaylie Foster, James Randolph, Jordan Lopez, Elizabeth Meadows, Jacob Fisher, Katie Prince, Briar Tune, Asia Segatto

Third Quarter Honor Roll

Second Grade

Anderson

Kaycie Cooper

Landon Faulkner

Kaylie Foster

Terrell Gaines

Peyton Holden

Dallas Kyle

Cole Matthews

Madison Matthews

Colten McNew

Carter Pruett

Sydney Radford

Austen Rost

Kaylie Shoemaker

Frazier

Ashton Bell

Parker Brady

Morgan Brashers

Ashton Conley

Jesse Fiedler

Ava Greenan

Braden Harring

Corbin Lowe

Eli Moore

Ruger Owens

Maci Russell

Drew Sanders

Kassey Shields

Mackinzie Tomey

Oziah Watkins

Rowdy Weldon

Sizemore

Sydney Bryan

Kyle Draeger

Sydney Gastineau

Joseph Gehlken

Jaykeb Gibson

Kallie Henry

Trenton Layman

Dalton Meyers

James Randolph

Devon Snider

Trevor Sullivan-Grandstaff

Tanna Tate

Ellee Whittaker

Third Grade

Atkins

Kal Acklin

Jaden Anderson

Lucas Frazier

Korinne Goodchild

Maddy Hedden

Christina Hoffrichter

Olivia Miller

Hadley

Jenna Bailey

Chelsea Brooks

Mayan Castaneda

Madison Collins

Keegun Daniels

Chloe Kelts

Sydnee LaFevers

Hoyt Layman

Abigail Orchard

Bailey Pennington

Kason Richards

Ashton Stanley

Eli Vaughn

Zahra Young

Kelly

Madison Barnes

Adison Burks

Nina Ledgerwood

Melissa McAfee

Noah Reed

Brice Stanley

Spittler

Lyla Cornman

Noah Hendricks

Drew Ripko

Owen Roberts

Fourth Grade

Barnes

Nicholas Alcorn

Jake Collins

Robbie Davis

Ciayah Allen

Jenna Koogler

Tanner Ripko

Taylor Tate

Abigail Woolsey

Kenna Woolsey

Breanna Young

Foster

Brianna Abbey

Jacob Burton

Jacob Fisher

Mandy Haynes

Preston Meyers

Kaila Sharp

Cole Stark

Kansas Woods

Layman

Shelby Acklin

Deion Lee

Connar Lowe

Robert Mantel

Katie Prince

Icis Starr

Kiley Taber

Allison Woolsey

Fifth Grade

Duckett

Justice Bales

Lydia Davis

Shayla Denton

Daniel Ingalls

Marley Kyle

Myah Mayfield

Kelstin Roy

Brynne Spurgin

Briar Tune

Mia Wagner

Kayna Willbanks

 

Kinder

Gage Baker

Kiah Reese

Kaden Daniels

Lydia Davis

Austin Flygar

Caleb Ledgerwood

Ciji Marie McClellan

Tea’ Owens

Haley Radford

Sarah Randolp

Randah Ray

Macie Ripko

Asia Segatto

Michael Shoup

Tyler Smith

Breanna Stratton

Makayla Wilson

Chloe Young

 

Stephens

Felicity Adams

Elijah Bales

Jaiden Briggs

Jocelyn Clark

Marissa Daniels

Samantha Herold

Holly Hoffrichter

Whittney Meek

Donivan Rumsey

Third Quarter Perfect Attendance

 

Preschool AM

Lincoln Farris

Hayden Goodchild

Shelby Holdt

Tatum Murphy

Ty Roby

 

Preschool PM

Rhiannon Abbott

Evan Cope

 

 

Kindergarten

Kaden Brooks

Sarina Cox

Janie Davis

Kelsey Goldsmith

Brayden Harrison

Aidan Harvey

Madeline Hill

Ayden Johnson

Jadeyn Melby

Haeleigh Miller

Lilly Phillips

Kyle Roberts

Ashur Smotherman

Izzie Summers

Calle Woolsey

First Grade

Cody Brock

Joesphine Colter

Joseph Conley

Kaydence Farris

Taylor Gastineau

Gianna Latona

Korie Lind

Ryelan Marriott

Daniel Pennington

Quentin Reese

Matthew Roby

Jesse Swearingen

Robert Thall

Kaylie Wagner

Second Grade

Caitlyn Armstrong

Ashton Bell

Ashton Conley

Kyle Draeger

Landon Faulkner

Kaylie Foster

Terrell Gaines

Sydney Gastineau

Braden Harring

Dallas Kyle

Corbin Lowe

Madison Matthews

Eli Moore

Christopher Sharr

Devon Snider

Mackenzie Tomey

Dalton Vermillion

Oziah Watkins

Rowdy Weldon

Third Grade

Kal Acklin

Jaden Anderson

Adison Burks

Cason Counterman

Korinne Goodchild

Noah Hendricks

Chloe Kelts

Hoyt Layman

Melissa McAfee

Olivia Miller

Jedidah Mullins

Diamond Pennington

Drew Ripko

Levi Roberts

Owen Roberts

Leandra Shoup

Blake Smith

Dominic Stafford

Casey Tharp

Jon Vandevort

Rhyan VanHorn

Zahra Young

Fourth Grade

Nicholas Alcorn

Jake Collins

Robert Davis

Jacob Fisher

Mandy Haynes

Alex Higgins

Josephine Hill

Kodie Hite

Noah Jester

Nicole Lamborn

Deion Lee

Connar Lowe

Robert Mantel III

Jacob Richison

Tanner Ripko

Gabriel Rogers

Kaila Sharp

Zachary Sharr

Julia Stafford

Riley Taber

Jacob Weaver

Benjamin Wilhelm

Ethan Wilson

Abigail Woolsey

Kenna Woolsey

Fifth Grade

Hayden Atkins

Elijah Bales

Peyton Bush

Kiah Chowning Reese

Jocelyn Clark

Jonah Conley

Lydia M. Davis

Skyler Fisher

Braden Gastineau

Damon Harvey

Madison Jeffries

Marley Kyle

Baileigh Meyers-Pierce

Ezekiel Mullins

Breanna Pennington

Haley Radford

Macie Ripko

Kelstin Roy

Asia Segatto

Michael Shoup

Briar Tune

Mia Wagner

Chloe Young

(Ash Flat) – Ash Flat Library presents Suzanne Fry, April Artist of the Month.

Suzanne Fry is an award winning artist that loves to paint in oil, watercolor. acrylic, etc. She also makes dichroic jewelry, and works in pottery and glass. Suzanne, retired, and Fred have been married 52 years and have 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

She has attended Ozarka College at Ash Flat, Arkansas.

Suzanne’s studio is located at 13445 Highway 63 north, Hardy, Arkansas. If you would like more information, call 870-856-2454.

Everyone is cordially invited to view Suzanne’s exhibit and sign her guest book.

Library hours are Monday and Friday, 10:00-5:00; Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-7:00, Wednesday and Saturday, 10:00-2:00.

(Washington) – Congressman Jason Smith has released his new Capitol radio report, which discusses the budget and its effect on the military:

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I have written about the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) and Senate Concurrent Resolution 22 several times during this legislative session. The riverways and the attractions surrounding it not only enrich the lives of folks living in the area, but the lives of those who visit it as well. That is why I sponsored SCR 22. I want to ensure that the livelihood of these great people is not affected by a bureaucratic change that truly goes beyond just changing a management plan.

SCR 22 urges the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service to take one of three options in regards to the Ozark National Scenic Riverways: choose the “no-action alternative” option of the general management plan. It also calls for the Department of Interior to enter into negotiations with the Missouri Department of Conservation for the return of the ONSR to the State of Missouri, or enter into a contract with the Missouri Department of Conservation for the management, operation, and maintenance of the ONSR.

The House Tourism and Natural Resources Committee held a public hearing on the bill on April 17.

Earlier this week I also learned that there is a plan to close Alley Mill from mid-April through August. The closing of this iconic mill frustrates and saddens me, even though it is only temporary. This mill, which is a popular tourist attraction with its bright red paint and rich history, will be closed for repairs, which we can all agree are needed. What I cannot understand is the need to close it during peak tourist season. The riverways will be filled with floaters and hikers over the next several months and sadly many will not have a chance to enjoy Alley Mill this year.

This week another piece of legislation I sponsored, Senate Bill 860, has been first read in the House. This measure creates an exemption for sales and use taxes for used manufactured homes. The reasoning for not charging sales tax on these used homes is the same as applied in Senate Bill 693, sponsored by Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar. This measure would exempt any vehicle that is 10 years old or older and is being re-sold for less than $15,000, from paying sales tax. Across the board I and other members of the upper chamber support these measures.

As we prepare to celebrate Easter I hope each of you is able to find a moment to celebrate this joyous holiday with the love of friends and family. This holiday is a perfect time to come together in celebration of our faith, family and new beginnings.

It is a busy time in the building and especially in my office. In the last several weeks my two dedicated staff members have been handling hundreds of calls a day, sometimes so many calls come in at a time that our voicemail system fills with as many as 25 calls as the ladies are responding to others . While they are working their hardest, it may be hard to reach them, or me. Please know you and your opinions are important to us.

As always, I appreciate it when groups from around Missouri and from our community back home come to visit me at the Capitol. If you would like to arrange a time to come and visit me in Jefferson City, or if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my Capitol office at (573) 751-1882.

This week the Missouri House gave final approval to legislation that would reduce the state income tax for the first time in nearly a century. When fully phased in the bill would reduce the tax burden for Missouri families and businesses by more than $600 million each year.

Senate Bills 509 & 496 is similar to a tax cut plan approved by the legislature last year. Unfortunately, that bill was vetoed by the governor. Sadly, in his arguments, the governor pitted those who valued tax reform against public education; claiming that you could be for only one but not both. Ultimately, the override of last year’s tax-cut bill was unsuccessful.

This year’s version seeks to address the governor’s concerns outlined in last year’s veto letter by calling for a smaller cut with more safeguards. For instance, last year’s bill would have allowed a 50 percent income tax deduction for business income while this year’s version implements only a 25 percent deduction. In addition, the version approved by the House this year would require revenues to increase by at least $150 million in a given year before each phase of the cut would be implemented. Last year’s bill required revenues to increase by only $100 million or more.

The plan would cut the top income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent over a period of years depending on increases to general revenue. It also would phase in the 25 percent tax exemption for Missouri business income in 5 percent increments. For low income Missourians who make $20,000 or less, the bill would increase the exemption for personal income taxes from $2,100 to $2,600. In addition, the bill would require that the brackets for individual income tax be adjusted annually for the percent increase in inflation. If the bill becomes law, the tax cuts would begin being implemented in 2017.

SBs 509 & 496, which is now on the governor’s desk, provides a responsible, well-reasoned approach to reducing the tax burden for more than 2 million Missouri families and individuals. Moreover, by requiring revenues to rise in order to trigger the next phase of cuts we ensure that there will be no negative impact to education funding. Most importantly, this much needed tax cut will drive revenues up as more businesses come to Missouri and existing businesses use the dollars they are allowed to keep to grow and expand.

While the legislature has given the tax cut plan final approval it seems likely that the debate on this issue will continue the next few weeks as the governor decides whether to sign or veto the bill. Early indications are that he will veto the legislation, which will then give the General Assembly the opportunity to override the veto. We shall see.

For more information about the legislation mentioned above please visit the House of Representatives website, www.house.mo.gov. As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Missouri House of Representatives.

(Rolla) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited Ozark High School in Christian County Thursday afternoon and discussed his “Good Schools, Good Jobs” plan, which he says will fully fund the state’s K-12 foundation formula by Fiscal Year 2016.

Gov. Nixon’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal includes an increase of $278 million for K-12 classrooms, which he says would put the state on a path to fully funding the foundation formula in two years. The K-12 foundation formula, passed into law in 2005, establishes the state’s funding level for K-12 schools.

Nixon’s office also released a district-by-district summary of the estimated impact of the Governor’s proposed budget, which includes an impact of almost $745,000 for the West Plains School District, almost $543,000 for the Willow Springs School District, and $447,000 for the Mountain View-Birch Tree School District.

Below are the proposed impacts on the local school districts:

District Funding without formula increase Funding with formula increase Difference
WEST PLAINS R-VII $7,561,397.00 $8,306,480.00 $745,083
WILLOW SPRINGS R-IV $6,145,334.00 $6,688,288.00 $542,954.00
MOUNTAIN VIEW-BIRCH TREE R-III $5,153,096.00 $5,630,136.00 $477,040.00
MOUNTAIN GROVE R-III $5,934,286.00 $6,489,662.00 $555,376.00
LUTIE R-V $547,165.00 $593,727.00 $46,562.00
LICKING R-VIII $3,533,080.00 $3,846,548.00 $313,468.00
RICHARDS R-V $2,498,397.00 $2,729,688.00 $231,291.00
JUNCTION HILL C-12 $1,404,452.00 $1,458,424.00 $53,972.00
HOUSTON R-I $4,027,370.00 $4,398,140.00 $370,769.00
EMINENCE R-I $1,095,093.00 $1,202,302.00 $107,209.00
DORA R-III $1,425,159.00 $1,551,098.00 $125,939.00
DONIPHAN R-I $6,637,325.00 $7,227,055.00 $589,730.00
CABOOL R-IV $3,315,123.00 $3,621,744.00 $306,621.00
AVA R-I $5,305,786.00 $5,816,089.00 $510,302.00
ALTON R-IV $3,509,000.00 $3,818,724.00 $309,724.00
THAYER R-II $2,820,526.00 $3,074,512.00 $253,986.00
THORNFIELD R-I $358,243.00 $394,266.00 $36,023.00
SUCCESS R-VI $500,079.00 $519,297.00 $19,218.00
SKYLINE R-II $524,110.00 $574,055.00 $49,945.00
PLATO R-V $2,511,601.00 $2,737,544.00 $225,943.00
OREGON-HOWELL R-III $954,771.00 $991,462.00 $36,691.00
NORWOOD R-I $2,036,187.00 $2,211,543.00 $175,356.00
HARTVILLE R-II $3,310,862.00 $3,605,445.00 $294,583.00
BAKERSFIELD R-IV $1,773,761.00 $1,926,970.00 $153,209.00

(Douglas County) – A Willow Springs resident suffered serious injuries Thursday morning after the vehicle he was driving made a U-turn in front of another vehicle.

The accident happened at 10:37 AM on Route 181, about 3 miles north of Route 76 in Douglas County.

58-year-old Lloyd Ebert of Willow Springs was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was uninjured, according to a Highway Patrol report.

(Jefferson City) – The Missouri Conservation Commission approved regulation changes at its meeting Thursday that will reduce the availability of firearm antlerless deer hunting permits from “any number” in most of the state to one in most of the state.

Exceptions to this regulation change allow hunters to fill two firearm antlerless deer permits in Chariton, Randolph, Macon, Linn, Sullivan, and Adair counties, which surround the area where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been found in a small number of deer in Macon County. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), continuing to maintain stable deer numbers in this “CWD Containment Zone” will help limit the spread of the disease to other deer and other areas.

Other areas where hunters can fill two firearm antlerless deer permits include urban zones around the state where deer numbers are typically higher than desired, and in Barton, Howell, and Oregon counties where local deer numbers are higher than deer management goals.

The regulation changes are scheduled to become effective for the 2014 fall deer hunting season, and are in response to lower overall deer numbers around the state as a result of long-term efforts to reduce the deer population through increased doe harvest.

Details on these changes and other information on deer hunting will be available in the Department’s “2014 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information” booklet available beginning in July at locations where permits are sold, MDC offices and nature centers, and online at mdc.mo.gov.

The Department is planning public meetings throughout the state for this summer to share information and get public input on how and why it manages Missouri’s deer.

Bennett

Justin Bennett

Brazeal

Natalie Brazeal

(West Plains) – Two educators in the West Plains School District have been recognized by the Missouri Staff Development Council (MSDC) as Outstanding Teachers.

Justin Bennett, a West Plains Middle School Communication Arts teacher, and Natalie Brazeal, a West Plains High School science teacher, were presented the awards at the Show Me Professional Development Conference on March 16.

The MSDC recognizes educators who have had a significant impact on students and their fellow educators. There is a stringent scoring guide that aligns to the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning, and the MSDC recognizes instructional leaders who exceed in all twelve of these standards.

The MSDC Outstanding Teacher Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies high quality teaching, engages in high quality professional development, and who has made significant contributions to the school and district throughout their professional career.

Mr. Bennett has been teaching in the district since 2008, and Mrs. Brazeal has been teaching in the district since 2000.