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(West Plains) – The 11-member group Possum Holler Fiddlers will perform in the West Plains Civic Center Theater on Saturday, September 20, at 3 PM as part of the Traditional Ozark Music Program, which is part of the Missouri State University-West Plains Ozarks Studies Symposium.

Formed in 2008, the Traditional Ozark Music Program has been passing the traditional music of the Ozarks on to another generation of fiddlers. Each summer a week-long camp is host to approximately 20 young people, age 10-18. A troupe of the fiddlers, named The Possum Holler Fiddlers, has performed each year in a wide range of locations, including the inauguration of Missouri governor, Jay Nixon, Silver Dollar City, the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, and during the Christmas season in Washington, D.C.

“Modernity and Regional Identity” is the theme of the eighth annual Ozarks Studies Symposium set for September 18-20 at the West Plains Civic Center. The event celebrates various aspects of Ozarks culture through presentations and performances by representatives of the academic world and the public sector. The symposium is being sponsored by the Missouri State University-West Plains academic affairs office, West Plains Council on the Arts and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Symposium admission is free and open to all.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted to help cover travel expenses for the group.

(West Plains) – Northern Howell County Commissioner Bill Lovelace wants to remind listeners that county Plat Books are still available:

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He also urges county residents to come visit the commission if they have any questions or issues:

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For more information, you can call the county commission’s office at 417-256-3872.

(Mountain Home)- The Donald W. Reynolds Library invites everyone to join them for their Issues & Viewpoints monthly book discussion at on Wednesday, September 3, at 1:30 PM.

This month’s discussion will be on the book “Tower of Basel” by Adam LeBor, the inside story of the Bank for International Settlements, the world’s most secretive global financial institution.

Newcomers to the discussion group are encouraged to attend. The Issues & Viewpoints book discussion group meets on the first Wednesday of each month except in December.

For additional information, contact Kathe Altazan, at, or call 870-580-0987 ext. 2975 or visit

(Mountain View) – Mountain View United Methodist Church, 609 E. 5th Street in Mountain View, Missouri, will be hosting a food and furniture drive September 13.

The event, which will be held from 9 AM to 3 PM in the church fellowship hall, will benefit Agape House of Mountain View, which helps victims of domestic abuse get started with a new home and life. Currently, organizers say mattresses, bed frames, sofas, chairs, tables and food are needed.

For more information call the church at 417-934-5033.

Pictured, from left, Ann Marie Newberry, Vice President and Director of Retail Banking and Marketing; David M. Gohn, West Plains Bank President and Chief Operating Officer; Ward Franz, Executive Director of the OMC Foundation; and Eric Judd, Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. (Provided)

Pictured, from left, Ann Marie Newberry, Vice President and Director of Retail Banking and Marketing; David M. Gohn, West Plains Bank President and Chief Operating Officer; Ward Franz, Executive Director of the OMC Foundation; and Eric Judd, Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. (Provided)

(West Plains) – West Plains Bank and Trust Company recently presented the Ozarks Medical Center Foundation with a $5,000 Entertainment Sponsorship for the Sixth Annual Blue Jean Ball, which will be held September 20 at Risner Stables in West Plains.

Headlining entertainment at this year’s blues and barbecue themed event is the Mojo Kings. According to event organizers, this local group of seasoned musicians plays a wide range of music that includes blues, classic rock, soul and new country.

The Blue Jean Ball is the OMC Foundation’s signature event to raise funds for programs and services that support the delivery of local health care. Tickets for the event are $50 and may be purchased at the OMC Foundation at No. 12 Parkway Center. The admission ticket includes food, drinks and entertainment. Sponsorships, which include benefits such as reserved seating in the “Sheriff’s Tent,” are also available.

For more information on tickets or sponsorships contact the OMC Foundation at 417-853-5200.

(Mountain View) – Kenneth and Janice Sutton have committed to awarding scholarships to Ozarka College nursing students again this year.

Mr. and Mrs. Sutton began offering scholarships to students enrolled in the nursing program at Ozarka College- Mountain View in 2011. This year, they will be awarding three scholarships, $3,000 each, to selected nursing students.

Students eligible to apply for one of the three scholarships must be enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program. The LPN program is eleven months long, begins in August and ends in June.

For more information about the Kenneth and Janice Sutton Nursing scholarships, please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, Director of Ozarka College-Mountain View, by calling 870-269-5600.

(Little Rock) (AP) – With a U.S. Senate race that could help determine which party controls that chamber and a race for an open governor’s seat, Arkansas has no shortage of drama in its midterm election.

Republicans view the election as a chance to complete their takeover of the state’s top offices, while Democrats want to keep a foothold in an otherwise GOP-friendly South. Beyond the races at the top of the ballot, the election also features plenty of interesting matchups.

Here are the races to watch in this year’s election:


This is the race that’s dominating the television airwaves in Arkansas, and for good reason. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to win a majority in the U.S. Senate, and they view Arkansas as crucial to that goal.

The race pits two-term Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor against freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, who represents south Arkansas’ 4th Congressional District. The race is already one of the most heated and expensive in the country, with the candidates and outside groups combining to spend more than $20 million on the race.

Pryor has been touting himself as a moderate Democrat who’s been able to work with both parties, while trying to cast Cotton as someone beholden to outside conservative groups. Cotton has been accusing Pryor of being too closely allied with President Barack Obama and national Democrats.


The open race for Arkansas’ governorship is another nationally watched campaign, with Republicans identifying the post as their top pickup opportunity in the country.

Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson are both ex-congressmen hoping to succeed Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election. The GOP controls both chambers of the Legislature, and Republicans hope to complete a sweep of state offices with a win here.

The two rivals have competing tax cut plans. Ross has proposed gradually reducing individual income taxes by $575 million, but has stopped short of giving a specific timetable. Hutchinson is also proposing to gradually cut the income tax, starting with a $100 million cut for middle class workers in his first year.


Republicans control all four of the state’s congressional seats, and Democrats hope to end the shut-out in the November election.

Much of the focus has been on two open House seats – central Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District and the 4th District in southern and western Arkansas. In the 2nd, Democrat Pat Hays, the former mayor of North Little Rock, is running against Republican banking executive French Hill. The seat was vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, who’s seeking the lieutenant governor’s post.

Republican state Rep. Bruce Westerman is running against Democrat James Lee Witt, who headed FEMA under former President Clinton, for the 4th District. The two are running for the seat held by Cotton.

In east Arkansas’ 1st Congressional District, Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson is trying to unseat two-term Republican Rep. Rick Crawford. U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, the Republican representing northwest Arkansas’s 3rd District, does not have a Democratic challenger.


Republicans made history when they won control of the Arkansas House and Senate in 2012, the first time they’ve controlled the Legislature since Reconstruction. Republicans are assured a majority in the Senate, but Democrats have a chance to reclaim the 100-member House.

The fight for control of the Legislature may affect the future of the state’s “private option” Medicaid expansion. Under the plan, approved as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health overhaul, Arkansas is using federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor. The plan has sharply divided Republicans, while Democrats support it. The program will need three-fourths support of the House and Senate to survive another year.


Democrats hold three of the state’s constitutional offices, while Republicans hold two.

The highest profile race of the undercard is for lieutenant governor, which pits Griffin against former state Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter, the Democrat. They’re running to succeed former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who resigned earlier this year over ethics violations.

The attorney general’s race pits Democratic state Rep. Nate Steel against former Republican National Committee lawyer Leslie Rutledge. The current attorney general, Dustin McDaniel, is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

The bid for the constitutional offices has a broader implication. The party that controls the most is considered the majority, meaning they’ll hold a majority of each county’s election commission seats.

Pictured from left: WP Firefighter Shawn Bice, Sonny Smith and Amy Cecil of Wayward Son Productions, WP Fire Chief Tim Bean, WP Fire Captain Kurt Wilbanks, WP Firefighter Corbin Thompson and WP Assistant Fire Chief Roy Sims.  (Provided)

Pictured from left: West Plains Firefighter Shawn Bice, Sonny Smith and Amy Cecil of Wayward Son Productions, West Plains Fire Chief Tim Bean, West Plains Fire Captain Kurt Wilbanks, West Plains Firefighter Corbin Thompson and West Plains Assistant Fire Chief Roy Sims. (Provided)

(West Plains) – Wayward Son Productions has donated $750 to the MDA Boot Drop for the West Plains Fire Department.

The boot drop took place on Saturday, August 30. Firefighters were located at the Preacher Roe and West Main St. intersection, and at the intersections of Missouri Ave. and Broadway and Harlin and Elmore Drive.

West Plains Fire Chief Tim Bean told Ozark Radio News that the Boot Drop raised just over $5800 for the MDA, an almost $1000 increase from 2013′s campaign. Bean and the West Plains Fire Department thanks everyone who took the time and donated on Saturday.

West Plains FFA group. (Provided)

West Plains FFA group. Front row: Tyler Elliot, McGwire Roberts, Landon Bunch, Zach Miller, Mason Cook. Back Row: Caleb Cline, Brodie Wilson, Jacob Olsen, Cole Henry, Casey Watkins, Austin Reavis (Provided)

(Caulfield) – Ozark Sporting Clays of Caulfield held a High School Trap Shoot on Saturday, August 23.

West Plains FFA Team 1 took first place, the Howell-Oregon 4-H Seniors took second place, and West Plains FFA Team 2 took third.

In the junior division, the Cotter Shooting Sports group took first place.

$450 in cash prizes were awarded as well as trophies and door prizes.

Ozarks Sporting Clays thanks the event sponsors for their support, including Landmark Bank, Kwik Kar Service and Repair, Meek Lumber, Trillium Trust, and Ozark Wings Hunting Preserve all of West Plains.

Cotter team. From left, Jarod Dewey, Dalton Orsborn, Zach Crawford, Justin Few, Michael Saunders. Back Row: Coaches Steven Dewey, David Orsborn (Provided)

(Lebanon) – Over the last few years, Cathy Johnson began to notice small bumps on the veins in her legs. Aside from the soreness, she didn’t think much of them until they suddenly began rupturing. “I was washing dishes in the kitchen. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see lines of blood on the walls and the ceiling,” the 59-year-old recalled. “Then I could hear the gushing coming from my leg, so I called the paramedics.”

Johnson endured nearly a decade of sporadic bursts and bouts of pain due to varicose veins, or veins near the skin’s surface that have become twisted and enlarged due to improper blood flow. As Johnson experienced, the condition commonly affects the veins of the legs with symptoms like itching, burning or tired, heavy legs with visible vein swelling. Relief for her finally came when her primary care physician at Mercy referred her to Dr. Karen Tabb, who had just begun a new, outpatient vein procedure at Mercy Clinic General Surgery – Lebanon.

“It starts with an ultrasound to look for incompetent or dilated veins,” Dr. Tabb explained. “Then we prep the leg and insert a catheter to collapse and close the enlarged leg veins in patients with varicose veins and Chronic Venous Insufficiency, a condition where the veins cannot pump enough blood to the heart. The tissue around the vein is injected with a numbing medication. This may cause a small amount of pain during injection. After that, there is little to no pain and it’s over within 30-45 minutes. Before this, we used vein stripping or other big surgeries.”

Johnson was Dr. Tabb’s first patient to undergo the procedure. “She talked with me the whole time,” Johnson said. “Immediately after she was done, I had no pain. I came back later to get my other leg done, and was able to drive myself home.” Most patients see positive results within two to six weeks.

“We’ve got a large group of patients who have been waiting for us to be able to offer this,” Dr. Tabb added. “Otherwise, they would have to drive at least an hour to get the procedure somewhere else.” Dr. Tabb says about 70 percent of Americans have some sort of venous insufficiency. “Many don’t know they have them, so they are the patients we want to target, so they avoid complications later in life.”

“I never had to stop doing my day-to-day activities,” Johnson said. Her veins have disappeared and her legs are slowly returning to their normal color. “It’s just so nice not to be in any pain.”

To learn more about the vein procedure at Mercy Clinic General Surgery – Lebanon, call (417) 533-6780.