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(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
LUTIE R-V $547,165.00 $593,727.00 $46,562.00
LICKING R-VIII $3,533,080.00 $3,846,548.00 $313,468.00
RICHARDS R-V $2,498,397.00 $2,729,688.00 $231,291.00
JUNCTION HILL C-12 $1,404,452.00 $1,458,424.00 $53,972.00
HOUSTON R-I $4,027,370.00 $4,398,140.00 $370,769.00
EMINENCE R-I $1,095,093.00 $1,202,302.00 $107,209.00
DORA R-III $1,425,159.00 $1,551,098.00 $125,939.00
DONIPHAN R-I $6,637,325.00 $7,227,055.00 $589,730.00
CABOOL R-IV $3,315,123.00 $3,621,744.00 $306,621.00
AVA R-I $5,305,786.00 $5,816,089.00 $510,302.00
ALTON R-IV $3,509,000.00 $3,818,724.00 $309,724.00
THAYER R-II $2,820,526.00 $3,074,512.00 $253,986.00
THORNFIELD R-I $358,243.00 $394,266.00 $36,023.00
SUCCESS R-VI $500,079.00 $519,297.00 $19,218.00
SKYLINE R-II $524,110.00 $574,055.00 $49,945.00
PLATO R-V $2,511,601.00 $2,737,544.00 $225,943.00
OREGON-HOWELL R-III $954,771.00 $991,462.00 $36,691.00
NORWOOD R-I $2,036,187.00 $2,211,543.00 $175,356.00
HARTVILLE R-II $3,310,862.00 $3,605,445.00 $294,583.00
BAKERSFIELD R-IV $1,773,761.00 $1,926,970.00 $153,209.00

(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.

Bennett

Justin Bennett

Brazeal

Natalie Brazeal

(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.

(Mountain Home) – A former Baxter County resident has been arrested and booked into the Baxter County Detention Center on an outstanding bench warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

62-year-old Robert Camilli was convicted in Baxter County on April 6, 2006 for Sexual Indecency with a Child and Failure to Register, after he exposed himself to an adult female and a 5-year-old-girl. A press release from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office states Camilli had convictions for sex offenses in other states as well.

On March 1, 2012, the Sheriff’s Office attempted to verify residency status and found that Camilli was no longer living at his stated address, and a warrant for his arrest was issued April 25, 2012.

During the past several weeks, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office began receiving citizen tips indicating that Camilli was residing in the Kingman, Arizona area, moving around between RV Parks in the area. On April 7, 2014, the Sheriff’s Office was notified by authorities in Mohave County, Arizona that they had arrested and taken into custody Camilli on the outstanding Baxter County warrant.

Earlier this week, Baxter County deputies traveled to Kingman, Arizona to pick up Camilli and return him to Baxter County. He will appear in court at a later date.

(Washington) – Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will be holding three mobile office events later this month.

Two will be held April 29, the first one from 1-2 PM at the Oregon County Courthouse in Alton, and the second will be held from 3:30-4:30 PM at Willow Springs City Hall. The third will be held April 30 at the Shannon County Courthouse in Eminence from 1:30-2:30 PM.

Mobile Offices are held to allow Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

Senator Blunt’s Jefferson City office also extends one-on-one service to all Missourians who have an issue with a federal agency or need additional assistance. To reach the Senator’s Office of Constituent Services, call 573-634-2488.

Mike Wake

Mike Wake

(Mountain View) – At Monday’s Mountain View City Council meeting, newly reelected mayor Patrick Reed introduced Mike Wake as the new city administrator.

Ozark Radio News caught up with Wake this week and discussed his past and his vision for Mountain View’s future. Wake gave us a bit of his back story, saying that after being born and raised in the local area, he was glad to come back:

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Wake says that after seeing that the city was seeking an administrator, he jumped at the opportunity. Wake says that there are challenges ahead, but he’s looking forward to tackling them:

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He says that after finishing the city’s budget, Wake hopes to work with city departments and create a 5-year plan for the city of Mountain View.

Pictured from left, OMC Foundation Executive Director Ward Franz, OMC Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. Kathryn Egly and Stroke Team Coordinator Dawn Clough. (Provided)

Pictured from left, OMC Foundation Executive Director Ward Franz, OMC Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. Kathryn Egly and Stroke Team Coordinator Dawn Clough. (Provided)

(West Plains) – With support from community donors, the Ozarks Medical Center Foundation has purchased a new thermoregulation unit for the OMC Emergency Department that can help stabilize patient temperatures.

According to OMC Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. Kathy Egly, the unit circulates either warm or cool fluids through a blanket the completely covers the patient from all sides, and will allow much more controlled temperature regulation versus methods such as ice packs or chilled IV fluids.

The $9,235 unit was purchased for the hospital by the OMC Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that uses charitable contributions from individuals, businesses and other organizations to assist OMC in providing excellent health care to the community.

Ward Franz, Director of the OMC Foundation, said those wishing to give to the Foundation can be assured that their contributions are supporting OMC’s most urgent priority needs for enhanced patient care. Donors may also designate funds to be used in for specific services or programs.

For more information, contact the OMC Foundation at 417-853-5202.

(West Plains) – After last weekend’s city-wide yard sale, West Plains City Clerk Mallory Prewett says there is still evidence of the event around town:

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You can also keep up with information in West Plains by visiting their Facebook page.

(Willow Springs) – Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced that a sobriety checkpoint will be held in Howell County sometime in the month of May. The Missouri State Highway Patrol, in cooperation with area law enforcement agencies, will conduct the checkpoint.

Sobriety checkpoints are part of the Patrol’s efforts to remove careless and intoxicated drivers from Missouri’s highways, and are conducted at a location which has been found to experience a higher than normal number of alcohol-related contacts, hazardous driving contacts, and traffic crashes.

In support of “The Drive To ZERO Highway Deaths” traffic initiative, the Highway Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint.