(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
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
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
Ciji Marie McClellan
Third Quarter Perfect Attendance
Robert Mantel III
Kiah Chowning Reese
Lydia M. Davis
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.
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|
|JUNCTION HILL C-12||$1,404,452.00||$1,458,424.00||$53,972.00|
(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.
(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.