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Bob Evins speaking at the event. (provided)

Bob Evins speaking at the event. (provided)

(Melbourne) – School officials say the Ozarka College Foundation’s Spring Gala was a huge success.

The 2014 Spring Gala took place on April 10, in the lobby of the John E. Miller Education Complex, at Ozarka College. This years theme was, “Under Construction: Building for the Future” and the presenting sponsor was Centennial Bank. Pam Setser, Ozarka College Foundation Board Member and Centennial Bank Business Development Officer, welcomed the crowd of more than 200 attendees. Dr. Dennis Rittle, Ozarka College Provost and Executive Vice President of Learning, offered a blessing prior to attendees enjoying a steak dinner, prepared by Chef Lou Rice and Ozarka College’s culinary arts department.

Foundation Board Member, Bob Miller, introduced student speaker, Taylor Finley. Finley expressed his appreciation to community supporters who have made attending Ozarka College an option for him and his family members. He feels that students earn a quality education at an affordable cost and that they are very prepared to transfer to a four-year university next fall.

Following the gourmet meal provided by the very talented Ozarka college Culinary Department, Dr. Richard Dawe, President of Ozarka College, shared remarks about the state of the college and exciting changes that are taking place. Construction is well under way for the new Student Services Center, as concrete has been poured, and the steel structure has begun going up. Dr. Dawe thanked the many corporate sponsors and guests for their commitment to Ozarka’s students and the new Student Services Center being constructed. He also praised the Culinary Department and their talented and hard working team of students who provided an excellent dinner for the event.

Foundation Board Member and Melbourne Industrial Development Commission member, Matt Rush, shared examples of how Ozarka College has greatly benefited people in his family and what a positive impact Ozarka has had on regional economic growth. Rush also introduced Auctioneer, Tony Watson, of Watson, Watson, and Watson Auction Services. More than 40 items were sold in the live auction, with auction totals well surpassing last year’s event.

Ozarka College Board of Trustees Chairman and Centennial’s Community Bank President, Bob Evins, shared closing remarks. He was proud of those who had attended and who were working to make changes in the lives of Ozarka College students, and hoped everyone had a great time.

With sponsorships like theirs, ticket sales, and the live auction, the 2014 Ozarka College Foundation Gala was an outstanding success. All proceeds will go toward the foundation’s “Students at the Center” capital campaign.

(Mountain Home) – The Donald W. Reynolds Library in Mountain Home will be participating in Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 3 from 1-4 PM.

Everyone who attends this open house event will receive a free comic book, while supplies last. Children and adults are invited to come dressed as your favorite superhero for a costume contest, or create your own super hero for another chance to win. Design a super hero mask and participate in the community comic strip by writing and drawing your own frame.

For additional information, contact Teen Librarian John Dyer at john.d@baxlib.org or 870-580-0703 or visit www.baxlib.org.

(Bakersfield) – The Bakersfield High School FCCLA Chapter will be sponsoring a yard sale at Bakersfield School on May 3 from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Organizers say the event will feature yard sale items, handmade crafts, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and a bounce house.

Spaces for a yard sale or other items to sell is available at a cost of $10 on a first come first serve basis.

For more information or to reserve your spot please contact Ricky Johnston at 417-284-7333.

(West Plains) – A West Plains man faces domestic assault charges after he reportedly dragged a woman down the road as she attempted to retrieve possessions from a car.

Leland Collins, 41, West Plains was charged with 2nd degree domestic assault earlier this week. A probable cause statement claims that on April 21, Collins reportedly grabbed a woman by the throat and, while she attempted to grab items out of a vehicle, drove off and dragged her down Thayer Avenue in West Plains.

After being located at his residence and taken into custody, the statement reads that Collins was unruly as officers arrested him, throwing himself to the ground and claiming the officers were abusing him and denying him his rights.

He bonded out, with a court date set for May 5.

(West Plains) – Kaitlyn Kentner, a West Plains High School Senior and Beta Club member, has been named a 2014 National Beta Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the National Beta Club.

Kaitlyn was one of five recipients in Missouri and among two hundred fifty-six scholarship winners nationally.

Kaitlyn will be recognized for her accomplishment at the Senior Awards Day on Sunday, May 4 at 2 PM at the West Plains High School Cafeteria.

(West Plains) – Beginning this fall, officials at Missouri State University-West Plains will offer classes for four different degree programs during evening hours as part of its new Evening College program.

Classes include those for the Associate of Arts in General Studies, Associate of Science in Business, Associate of Science in Nursing (the LPN-to-RN bridge program) and Associate of Science in Child and Family Development (CFD) degrees. Classes for each degree will be arranged in a routinized schedule that will allow students to complete the degree within a certain number of semesters, provided they commit to the required hours each semester. These schedules can be found at wp.missouristate.edu/academics/evening-college.htm

Students enrolled in the university’s Student Success (IDS 110) class last fall were surveyed about a variety of topics to help university officials to improve campus programs, and among the questions were those pertaining to an evening college program. On one of those questions, 132 students out of 191 respondents indicated they would be willing to enroll in a pre-planned set of courses each semester that would lead to completion of a degree. On another question, 132 students out of 194 respondents indicated they knew of someone else who would be interested in the program.

These figures, which indicate a strong interest in the Evening College, seem to hold true to what faculty members were hearing from their students, as well.

Missouri State University’s Outreach Program on the West Plains campus also played a role in the decision of which degree programs to include in the Evening College.  “The AA in General Studies will transfer into any of the programs we offer, and the AS in Business transfers well into the bachelor’s of general business, allowing students to acquire prerequisites needed before taking the upper division courses,” said Outreach Coordinator Deanna Smith.  “Students interested in a bachelor’s in child and family development would need to earn the AA in General Studies and the AAS in CFD in order to continue on with the bachelor’s program offered in West Plains.”

The Garnett Library will be open its normal hours, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the Advisement and Academic Coaching Center for Empowering Student Success (AACCESS) office will have an advisor available until 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning this fall.

Area residents interested in the Evening College program can begin the application process to the university immediately and register for classes through the STudent Advising and Registration (STAR) Orientation sessions, which begin in May for new students.

For more information about the Evening College, call the admissions office at 417-255-7955 or visit www.wp.missouristate.edu.

(Alton) – On 04/12/2014 at 05:36 AM The Oregon County Sheriff’s Office transported Jessica L Crewse (23) of Poplar Bluff, Mo. To the Oregon County jail for 3 warrants. Probation violation on passing bad check, passing bad check, and passing bad check. She was released on 04/23/2014 on an O.R. Bond.

On 04/19/2014 at 1:08 AM the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office issued citations to Jeffrey Allen Evans (60) of Doniphan for Fail to register motor vehicle and Driving While Intoxicated. He was given a court date of 05/21/2014 at 9:00 AM.

On 04/22/2014 at 2:02 PM The Oregon County Sheriff’s Office transported Deana Perkins (43) of Mountain View from the Carter County Jail to the Oregon County Jail for warrant on passing bad check. She was released to Howell County Sheriff on 04/24/2014 at 9:00 for warrants that they had on her.

On 04/23/2014 at 8:53 AM The Oregon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Amber Fisher (30) of Alton for a warrant on Failed to Register Motor Vehicle. She was released on bond of $135.50.

On 04/23/2014 The Oregon County Sheriff’s Office transported Chasity Fader (37) Of Melbourne to the Oregon County Jail on a warrant for Delivering a controlled substance to a county jail. She was released on a $2500.00 bond.

From left, Ozark Radio Network CEO Tom Marhefka, Judy Hansmann, Elaine McGee, CASA Board member and volunteer Janice Bowden, family court administrator Stan Smith and Crystal Cook. (ORN Photo)

From left, Ozark Radio Network CEO Tom Marhefka, 37th Judicial Circuit Family Court Office Administrator Judy Hansmann, Elaine McGee, CASA Board member and volunteer Janice Bowden, family court administrator Stan Smith and Crystal Cook. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – The Ozark Radio Network announced today a brand new fundraising initiative to help local groups and people in the south-central Missouri and north-central Arkansas listening area.

Ozark Radio Network Director of Sales Crystal Cook announced the new initiative:

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She also talked about the inaugural recipient for this year’s fundraising:

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Elaine McGee, 37th Judicial CASA Program Director, also spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us that they are estatic to be partnering with the Ozark Radio Network:

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McGee also explained what CASA does as an organization:

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With that organization comes costs. McGee explained what money donated to CASA goes for:

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One of those fundraising opportunities are going on now and will culminate Friday with the planting of pinwheels in the downtown West Plains area:

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More information about the 37th Judicial CASA can be found at 37thcasa.net. We will announce more information about fundraising efforts during the “Ozark Radio Network Cares” campaign as the year goes on.

(Howell County) – A West Plains resident suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning after an accident involving a trailer.

The accident happened at 8:15 AM on Route 14, about a half mile east of Route T, when the westbound vehicle driven by 62-year-old James Goodman of West Plains crossed the center line and struck a towed trailer.

Goodman was taken from the scene of the accident to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains by ambulance. The driver of the other vehicle was uninjured.

(ORN Photo)

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(West Plains) – Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies has opened a new online office and community wellness center located at 401 Washington Avenue in West Plains, and the Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday morning.

Aaron Jones, Dean of Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies, spoke with Ozark Radio News and talked about the location and the ribbon cutting on Wednesday:

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He also talked about what the location currently offers:

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Jones also talked about what Drury is offering later this season:

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In the future, Drury has more planned for the location:

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The office in West Plains is open from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday during the semester and offers academic advising, financial aid assistance and career counseling.

The CCPS West Plains office serves students living in the Howell County area wishing to complete a degree online or through one of the many course-delivery sites in the area.