(Eminence) – Standing in the hot summer sun and cold winter winds for over a hundred and twenty years, historic Alley Mill can benefit from a checkup. Recently, the red mill received that much needed physical to determine its current health.
A group of experts visited the Alley Mill to access how well it has withstood the ravages of time. Architects, historians, and engineers joined local park staff in examining the Alley Mill from top to bottom. They crawled through the muddy basement and the dusty attic and investigated all the floors in between to uncover possible future rehabilitation needs. Among them were Don Stevens, the historian who wrote the classic book on the area, A Homeland and a Hinterland; Bruce Cardwell, civil engineer; Kim Shafer, landscape architect; Daniel Jackson, historical landscape architect; and Mark Chavez, historical architect.
The team discovered and was especially concerned about the mill’s foundation due to the encroachment of tree roots from a large sycamore growing next to the building. Further evaluation of the tree will determine the best course of action to address this issue. The concrete dam structure surrounding the turbine and extending across the spillway was also a worry.
Soon the team will send a full analysis of their inspection findings to the park. The report will be used to determine the course of action for Alley Mill repairs or stabilization that may be necessary.
(Jefferson City)- Missouri senators continue debate on Senate Bill 509, which would modify provisions relating to income taxes.
Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, speaks on the differences from last year’s version of this bill:
Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, is speaking against the bill:
The measure has been set aside for future debate.
Blood drives for this week include the following dates and locations:
- Monday, March 10 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM – Summersville High School
- Tuesday, March 11 from 12-6 PM – Cabool High School
- Thursday, March 13 from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM – Hartville High School
- Thursday, March 13 from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM – First Christian Church of West Plains
- Friday, March 14 from 9 AM to 3 PM – Texas County Memorial Hosptial in Houston
- Friday, March 14 from 1-4 PM at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center in Ava
- Friday, March 14 from 1-6 PM at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Willow Springs
To be elligible to give blood, donors must have a valid photo ID and weigh at least 110 lbs. For more information, visit www.cbco.org.
(Jefferson City)- Senator Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, has been part of the discussion of several bills this month including Senate Bill 666, which would create an income tax credit equal to .75 percent of the value of a taxpayer’s residential real property.
In a recent interview, Sen. Cunningham shared that Senate Bill 509 would modify provisions relating to income taxes:
Sen. Cunningham added that there are differing thoughts on how any tax cuts should be handled:
Cunningham added that he believes the Senate will get to go over the House’s budget in the near future.
(Mountain Grove) – The Downtown Event Center in Mountain Grove is open for the season.
The center, which is the newest facility in the city to host events, has an event hall, a reception area, a conference room and a kitchen.
The Downtown Association, a volunteer group, says that rental rates for the facility vary, depending on the time needed. The rental is $40 per hour with a 5-hour minimum ($200). For an entire day, which is considered 7 AM to 5 PM, the cost is $250. For rentals that include day and evening, the rental is $325.
For more information, call 417-259-3000 or 417-349-2191.
John Avery, Fruit Grower Advisor with MSU Fruit Experiment Station, is the presenter for this free workshop. There will be hands on demonstrations on pruning technique for different species of fruit trees; the pruning system for each species; what to remove, what to keep, and what to look for when pruning. Discussion will also include the importance of pruning each year and the recommended tools to use for pruning.
A minimum of 10 participants will be required to hold the workshop, so pre-registration is requested. To register or for more information call the Howell County Extension Center at 417-256-2391.
The three-day course will be held from 8 AM-5PM daily. There is a one-time registration fee of $85 and the CPS certification is valid for two years. The Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety is offering 10 scholarships on a first come, first serve basis to cover registration.
To register, go to cert.safekids.org/log, click on the link to “Find a Course,” then select Missouri for the state. This will bring a list of upcoming classes from which you can select the West Plains class. A minimum of 10 people must be registered to be able to hold the class. Reimbursement for the first 10 registrations will be received by check.
For more information, please contact Dawn Hicks, Health Educator for the Howell County Health Department, at 417-256-7078 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(West Plains) – Howell County 911 has released their call summary for the month of February. Brett Stevens has more:
(Houston) – Texas County Memorial Hospital board members met for their monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 4, and were informed that the recent hospital remodeling project has freed up space that can be used for a surgical suite containing office, exam and reception rooms.
Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer, shared that they have space in the TCMH Medical Complex in Houston that does not receive the higher ‘rural health clinic’ reimbursement.
In the upcoming months, the general surgery suite in the TCMH Medical Complex will be moved to an area inside the hospital. The move will open up additional offices and exam rooms for patients and mid-level providers to extend healthcare services in the TCMH Medical Complex.
According to Murray, part of the extension of services will include walk-in clinic that patients will be able to access without an appointment. The walk-in clinic will be staffed by mid-level providers.
Walk-in clinic services are still in the planning stages, but Murray hopes that Debra Buckle, an established family nurse practitioner with TCMH, and Chip Lange, a recently hired physician’s assistant, will be able to staff the clinic.