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(Lebanon) (AP) – The Humane Society of Missouri is taking 126 dogs and cats from the Lebanon Humane Society in southern Missouri, at the request of that facility’s newly elected board of directors.

Lebanon Humane Society board president Judith Koch says the new board was shocked at overcrowding and appalled by filthy conditions at the shelter. Plans are in place to bring the facility into compliance and restructure the organization, but Koch says the best alternative for existing animals is to have the state Humane Society care for them and put them up for adoption.

The animals include 65 cats, 49 medium-to-large dogs and 12 small-breed dogs.

The Humane Society of Missouri says all of the animals will be spayed and neutered. Some could be available for adoption as early as next week.

(Ferguson) (AP) – Law professors at Saint Louis University are asking the Ferguson mayor to grant clemency to thousands of nonviolent offenders, in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

KSDK-TV reports that professors and the non-profit Arch City Defenders on Tuesday asked Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III to drop efforts to collect overdue fines for traffic tickets. The group says Ferguson has more than 40,000 outstanding warrants for nonviolent offenders.

Professor Brendan Roediger says many offenders can’t afford to pay fines, leading to warrants and a cycle of mounting debts.

Messages seeking comment from the city were not immediately returned.

(Alton) – The City of Alton has announced a boil water order is in effect for residents on Wild Cat and Highway 160 East to the State Shed in Alton.

The boil water advisory will be in effect until further notice.

Water meant for consumption should be boiled for 3-5 minutes until the boil water order is lifted.

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(West Plains) – Sen. Claire McCaskill visited the West Plains VA Outpatient Clinic on Tuesday to meet with area veterans and VA administrators, and announce the expansion of her veterans customer satisfaction survey to the southeast and south-central Missouri region:

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McCaskill talked about the survey’s history and its expansion:

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McCaskill added that the health and well-being of Missouri veterans is extremely important to her as a Senator and as the daughter of a veteran:

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The Veterans’ Customer Satisfaction Program (VCSP) is in its fourth year. For more information visit mccaskill.senate.gov.

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(West Plains) – The West Plains Schools Board of Education met for a special meeting on Tuesday, August 26, at 12PM in the Central Administration Office to discuss the possibility of the future of a swim team.

After the board heard from West Plains Athletic Director Greg Simpkins and West Plains High School Principal Jack Randolph, they unanimously approved a one year plan for a West Plains Zizzer Swim Club Team.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Coach Simpkins after the meeting to learn where the idea for a swim team came from:

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Coach Simpkins shared what the school board meant when they approved a one year plan:

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In his presentation to the school board, Simpkins included that during this one year plan phase there would be no cost to the school district and that money and funds would need to be raised for the team by the team. Coach Simpkins also shared the estimated expenses with the board including a $25 membership fee per swimmer to use the Civic Center pool facilities, around $35 for a uniform, and other expenses for transportation and tournaments that could cost each team member a total of $160-$200.

For more information on the swim team you can contact Coach Simpkins at 417-256-6150.

(West Plains) – West Plains City Clerk Mallory Prewett recently told Ozark Radio News that the city has received a grant for work at Buck Park:

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The project is slated to cost $166,000, with the city contributing $35,000 to match the grant.

(Lanton) – A West Plains resident was injured Tuesday afternoon after the vehicle he was in ran off-road, vaulted over a driveway approach and overturned.

The accident happened at 5:10 PM on Route 17, about 2 miles north of Lanton. A report from Troop G of the Highway Patrol states that 34-year-old Travis Crutchfield was partially ejected from the vehicle.

Crutchfield was taken from the scene of the accident to Ozarks Medical Center by Air Evac.

(West Plains)- On August 12, the board members of SOAR (Southern Ozarks Alliance for Regional Development), came together to champion technical education programs in south central Missouri by expanding opportunities and finding funding for more programs.

SOAR’s vision is to support local technical education programs to build 21st century programs that go beyond the traditional 20th century vocational skills of auto body work, carpentry, and engine repair.

SOAR has a two-part goal for technical education. First, the ten-county SOAR region, Carter, Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Reynolds, Shannon, Texas, Wayne, and Wright, should offer a greater number of high-quality certified technical education programs. Second, this region should offer an increased number of vocational education programs within more high schools.

To achieve SOAR’s goal of collaborating with local schools, funding is required, and SOAR has begun the process of finding these funds. SOAR’s board members have met with Job Services and with federal representatives including Ross Branson for Representative Jason Smith, Tom Schulte for Senator Roy Blunt, Gail Melgren for Senator Claire McCaskill, and Robert Case, the Director of Economic Development for West Plains. The conclusion of the meeting was that funds are available for youth training, but regional technical education institutions will need to apply for these grants in order to develop 21st century educational programs.

Twenty-first century job training programs can consist of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided design (CAD), robotics, welding in the five certified welding programs, health care occupational fields, automated manufacturing, computer programming, Sigma Six techniques, and other state-of-the-art programs. It goes without saying that salaries in these fields exceed those of the current vocational job market in the southern Ozarks.

For more information, contact SOAR’s Executive Director, Stacy Tintocalis, at SOARExecDirector@aol.com.

(West Plains) – All area residents are invited to help Missouri State University-West Plains and the Grizzly Booster Club celebrate the new athletic seasons during the annual Grizzly Fall Picnic at 5 PM Wednesday, September 3, in the West Plains Civic Center Exhibit Hall.

A complimentary picnic meal will be served free of charge by Stacey Johnson, owner of the Fish Shack and the Pizza Shack.

Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann, Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker and Grizzly Cheer Team Coach Keena Simpson will be on hand to introduce the volleyball, basketball and cheer team members, respectively, and give previews of the upcoming seasons.

The event is being held prior to the 6 PM home volleyball match between the Grizzlies and Indian Hills Community College of Ottumwa, Iowa, in the West Plains Civic Center arena. The Fish Shack/The Pizza Shack is sponsoring the match, and admission will be free.

All Grizzly fans, not just Grizzly Booster Club members, are encouraged to attend the picnic and enjoy the festivities, organizers stress.

For more information about the picnic, the Grizzly Booster Club or the upcoming volleyball and basketball seasons, call 417-255-7255.

(Koshkonong) – Koshkonong’s annual Heritage Festival will take place Saturday, September 6 in Koshkonong City Park from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Organizers say the event will feature a variety of vendors selling everything from handmade items to produce, bows and arrows, atlatls and other items. Food vendors will have a variety of foods and there will be musical acts throughout the day, including the Howell Family Gospel Group.

Games for kids, including three legged races, sack races, and an archery contest, along with other old fashioned games and mountain man activities such as a log splitting contest and a hatchet throwing contest are also scheduled.

The event is free and all are invited. For more information contact Dave Lohr at Kosh Trading Post 417-280-6304.