A report from the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department states that 29-year-old Dalton Massey has been charged with first degree assault, a felony. The report states that the girlfriend called authorities, saying Massey poured gas on her at a home and threw a lighter. She fled the home barefoot in the snow and called the police.
At report time Massey is being held in the Ozark County Jail on $75,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in court December 17.
(Mountain Home) – Class has been out for the past week in the Mountain Home School District, and the district has put a halt to all activities in the high school gym after the ice and snow on the roof has caused it to bow.
District Superintendent Dr. Lonnie Myers says that currently, the gym roof is holding the equivalent weight of 24 inches of ice and snow.
At this time, he says there is no reason to believe there is a possibility of a collapse, and that the school district has called in building inspectors and other professionals to assess the situation.
Myers said the district will hold classes April 18 and May 27-30 to make up the lost days. The original release date for the district would have been May 23.
(West Plains) – The Howell County Health Department reported Wednesday that over the past month the agency had responded to a number of active Pertussis (whooping cough) cases within the county, and in response they will be conducting a free Tdap vaccination clinic for county residents on Thursday, December 19 at the Howell County Health Department, 180 Kentucky, West Plains, MO from 8 AM to 5:30 PM
The Tdap vaccination offers protection from 3 bacterial diseases: Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (also known as whooping cough).
Tetanus causes painful muscle tightening and stiffness all over the body, sometimes so severe a person can’t even open their mouth, swallow or breathe. Tetanus kills about one out of every five people who are infected.
Diphtheria can cause a thick coating to form in the back of the throat that can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and death.
Pertussis is commonly known as whooping cough. It causes severe coughing spells that can lead to problems breathing, vomiting and difficulty sleeping. It can also lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures, hospitalization, pneumonia, and even death.
The intent of this clinic is to protect the community by preventing the spread of disease. The vaccine generated immunity is known to wear off over time; therefore, a booster vaccine is available for adolescents starting at the age of 11 thru adulthood.
The CDC also encourages pregnant women to receive a Tdap during each pregnancy to protect their newborn baby. To minimize an infant’s risk of being exposed to pertussis, it is highly recommended for anyone who has close contact with an infant to be vaccinated as well.
Tdap vaccinations will be offered at no charge during this clinic, regardless of insurance status.
For more information contact the Howell County Health Department at 417-256-7078.
Rhoads says that people who want to contact him can reach him by calling his office in Jefferson City at 573-751-1455.
(West Plains) – Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains recently presented several boxes of toys to the local Marine Corps League as part of its annual Toys for Tots program.
Donation boxes were placed at several locations throughout the hospital for staff and visitors who wished to give donations.
The toys will be distributed to children in need by Ozark Action and to children in West Plains, Gainesville, Willow Springs, Cabool, Mountain View and Alton.
(Mountain Grove) – Officials with Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol say the Mountain Grove Driver Examination Station will be moving to a new location.
Effective December 24, testing will begin at the Mountain Grove YMCA, 1 YMCA Drive. Tests are administered there each Tuesday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Commanding officer of Troop G Captain Dwayne Isringhausen reminds motorists to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint and everyone in a vessel is wearing an approved life jacket.
(Jefferson City) – An amazing $810 million in unclaimed property belonging to 4.7 million account owners sits in Missouri’s largest “lost and found”, and the state treasurer is urging people across Missouri to see if they have any unclaimed property.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us about the Unclaimed Property program, and a new program announced on Wednesday that helps those less fortunate:
Zweifel also talked about some of the charities that people can donate their unclaimed property to:
Some of the charities eligible to accept donations include the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association of Missouri, American Red Cross, Arthritis Foundation, March of Dimes, Missouri Military Family Relief Fund, and more.
Checking to see if you have unclaimed property in Missouri is as easy as using Google:
Zweifel says that the state of Missouri also has a unique policy on old gift cards, and says that it’s his duty to also return those to people:
The unclaimed property doesn’t just include money or gift cards, however – jewelry and military medals are also caught up in the program. Zweifel says that the Treasurer’s office is working hard to get unclaimed medals back to families:
Again, that website is www.showmemoney.com, and there is no cost to check to see if you have unclaimed property.
(West Plains) – Work has begun on the branding and imaging efforts in the city of West Plains. City Tourism and Marketing Director Todd Shanks says that the group conducting the work, North Star Destination Strategies, has started gathering information on the city:
The West Plains City Council approved the branding and imaging program at their November 18 council meeting. The total project is expected to cost roughly $68,000, which Shanks said in an earlier interview with Ozark Radio News is reasonable for the amount of work being done.
(Mountain View) – The Mountain View Ministerial Alliance would like to invite everyone to celebrate Christmas Day with them for a free Community Christmas Dinner at the Mountain View United Methodist Church.
The dinner will take place on Wednesday, December 25, from 11AM-1PM. The Mountain View United Methodist Church is located at 609 East 5th Street in Mountain View.
If you are in need of a delivery order you can call 417-934-50333.
(West Plains) – For the first time in several years, AmVets Post 98 of West Plains will not be able to deliver Christmas meals to residents.
Despite preparing over 300 meals for Thanksgiving this year, the group will be unable to do the same for Christmas due to a number of factors, including a decrease in monetary donations and a decrease in fundraising events.
Christmas and Thanksgiving meals prepared and delivered by the group generally topped the 300 mark per holiday each year.