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(Jefferson City) – This past week is Severe Weather Awareness Week, and the National Weather Service is urging people to remember a number of tips when it comes to staying safe. Brett Stevens has more:
The state of Missouri held their state-wide tornado drill on Thursday.
(West Plains) – Representatives with the West Plains School District will be meeting with representatives with the West Plains Transportation Department and the Missouri National Education Association on Monday and Tuesday.
The meetings, which will take place from 12:30-3:30 PM Monday and 9-11 AM Tuesday, will be on the topic of collective bargaining.
The meetings will be held in the West Plains Board of Education building on Valley View Drive in West Plains.
(Jefferson City)- Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is calling on the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to investigate what he says is obvious harassment by the IRS of veterans’ organizations such as the VFW.
Jones recently submitted a letter to U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (EYE-suh), who chairs the committee, in which Jones points to audits targeted at the VFW post in Washington, as well as VFW and American Legion posts in Jackson, Sikeston and Wentzville. In his letter, Jones wrote that the Internal Revenue Service appears to be targeting Missouri’s veterans’ organizations with audits and they have been threatening to revoke the nonprofit status of these groups if they do not comply.
Jones said the issue was first brought to his attention by concerned citizens who saw an article in the Washington Missourian concerning the IRS audit of Washington VFW Post 2661. Jones also wrote in his letter to Issa, “I know you would agree that elderly combat veterans should not be harassed by a bureaucratic agency that consistently demonstrates that it is too large, too powerful, and has too many employees with too much time on their hands. I hope that you will help to push for a stop to this needless targeting of veterans’ organizations.”
(Springfield) – What can be better than a piping hot cup of tea on a cold winter night? But with over 1,500 varieties of tea to choose the options can be overwhelming, according to Dr. Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
There have been more than 2,000 studies conducted on tea over the past few years, with the strongest evidence showign that some teas are associated with prevention of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Some teas are also associated with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and increased bone mineral density and mental alertness. There is strong evidence that tea protects brain health.
A Japanese study that covered thousands of people showed that elderly adults who drank green tea showed less disability and were more agile and independent than their peers.
For many years, researchers did not think that black tea offered significant health benefits. However, recent studies show that black tea does deliver many health benefits, though its properties differ from green tea.
As for other types of teas, a 2008 study found that people who drank the most black tea had a much lower risk of Parkinson’s. White tea is uncured and unfermented, and has been associated with anticancer properties.
Oolong tea is processed uniquely, and contains antioxidants that have been associated with lowering of “bad” cholesterol levels.
No matter the variety, Duitsman says to steep tea for three minutes to enjoy the benefits of the healthful phytochemicals, and to produce a rich flavor. Decaffeinated tea may have reduced phytochemical activity, as will most bottled and instant teas.
(St. Louis) – TV stars, movie stars, artists and creators are preparing to stop in St. Louis once again as Wizard World brings their comic convention back to the city April 4-6 for a second year.
Special guest celebrities scheduled for the event include William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “T.J. Hooker”), Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” “Firefly”), Bruce Campbell (“Burn Notice,” Evil Dead), Summer Glau (“Firefly,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), along with Adam West (“Batman”, “Family Guy”), Burt Ward (“Batman”), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, Rudy), and many others. Superstar comic creators scheduled to attend include Eisner Award Hall of Fame member Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Greg Capullo (“Spawn,” “Haunt”), David Mack (“Daredevil,” “End of Days”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), and over 50 others.
Other headline celebrities on the St. Louis Comic Con roster include Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”), Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead,” Night at the Museum), WWF/WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”), Robert Knepper (“Prison Break,” “Star Trek: TNG”) and Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints, “Dexter”).
Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con show hours are Friday, April 4, 3-8 PM; Saturday, April 5, 10 AM to 7 PM., Sunday, April 6, 11 AM to 5 PM.
A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday, April 6, is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.
For more on the 2014 Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, visit www.wizardworld.com.
(Ash Flat) – There will be a frog listening workshop at the Ozarka College – Ash Flat campus, 64 College Dr., on Thursdays, March 13 and 20, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
This course is offered through the Continuing Education department and is free and open to the public. Tom Krohn, Arkansas regional coordinator for FrogWatch USA, will instruct the course.
Students will learn to identify all the frogs and toads in the area by their calls in the first session, as well as how to mimic the frog calls. They will also learn why frogs and toads are important, why they are in trouble and what can be done to help.
The second class will include an introduction to wetlands and frog monitoring training for the FrogWatch USA™ national network administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
For additional information on the course or to reserve a seat, please contact Kim Whitten, director of operations at Ozarka College – Ash Flat, at 870-994-7372 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(New York)- Raising a child can sometimes be a difficult task, but how difficult does parenting become when your child holds a celebrity status? For Michael Lohan, the father of Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan, raising a child star was not easy thing.
Ozark Radio News spoke with Michael who shared that currently his daughter is doing really well:
Lindsay’s claim to fame began with her starring roles as twins in 1998 movie “The Parent Trap” opposite Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson. However, in recent years Lindsay has created issues with serious drug abuse, theft, and vehicular accidents; which led in time to rehab programs, major therapy, house arrest, and even jail time.
When asked if he felt responsible or to blame for any of Lindsay issues, Michael claimed that they never saw it coming when she was a child and her drug problem may have been the cause of his divorce to Lindsay’s mother Dina Lohan:
When asked if he ever wished that Lindsay had never become a celebrity, he shared that he regrets nothing:
In recent weeks the stage and film world has been morning the loss of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an apparent drug overdose in the first days of February. Lohan shared his thoughts on what could have caused Hoffman to get back on a drug binge after being clean for so many years:
With the recent example of Hoffman, the mindset of many is that because you’re a celebrity the chances of you overdosing are much higher. However Lohan says an addict is an addict regardless of celebrity status:
Currently, Michael is the Interventionist and Co-Founder of Dream Recovery International, a rehab and therapy program facility with three locations in Florida. He added that people are invited to call their offices at 561-245-8531 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about their center.
The clock moves ahead one hour on Sunday, March 9 at 2 AM. For most people, a 23-hour Sunday means a mildly sleepy Monday. But for some people Daylight Saving Time takes a toll on mood and productivity.
Daylight Savings Time will end Sunday, November 2 at 2 AM.
by Marilyn Odneal, Horticulture Adviser
Blackberries, like the other fruit crops, require annual pruning. The blackberry plant is a bit unusual in that its crown and roots are perennial and will live for many years, but the canes that grow from the crown are biennial – they only live for 2 years. Some blackberries form a hedgerow while others form a clump and look more like separate plants rather than a hedge.
In the planting year, after you plant a root cutting or small plant, the new, green primocanes grow but do not bear fruit (we will talk about the exception later on). These unbranched canes grow straight up and are usually supported by a trellis. Once the green, unbranched canes grow to about 4 feet tall, the tip is cut off. Once the tip is cut off, the lateral buds will break and side branches will grow on the primocane. These side branches may grow pretty long. At the end of the growing season, the primocanes lose their leaves and turn woody and reddish – thus turning into live floricanes. The branches on these floricanes are pruned back to about 12 to 18 inches long and low laterals are removed. Now your new floricane is ready to produce fruit in the upcoming growing season.
After the planting year, the floricanes that overwintered are set to blossom and bear fruit in June and July. While the floricanes are flowering, the new primocanes are sprouting up from the ground, and will later be tipped when they are about 4 feet tall – so the cycle continues. The blackberry plant always has a mix of primocanes and floricanes after the planting year. At the end of the year, in the dormant season (now), the new floricanes (that were primocanes during the previous growing season) are red and alive while the old floricanes (that bore flowers and fruit in the previous season) are dead and gray. It is easy to tell the live canes from the dead ones, so dormant season pruning is just taking out the old dead floricanes and shortening branches on the new live floricanes.
Some new blackberries have been released from the University of Arkansas breeding program that bear fruit on new primocanes! These include the thorny cultivars Prime Jim, Prime Jan, and Prime Ark 45 and the newest thornless cultivar Prime Ark Freedom. At Mountain Grove, the primocane bearing cultivars bear fruit from September through frost. It is best to let the cane of a primocane bearing bramble to bear fruit in the first year and then totally remove it of the canes in the dormant season. The canes in this system can even be mowed – which obviously simplifies pruning.
So the key to pruning blackberries is knowing the unusual life cycle of the above ground canes. One note, remember to wear safely glasses while pruning – those thorns can be vicious.
Direct comments or questions concerning this column to Marilyn Odneal via email at MarilynOdneal@missouristate.edu; write to Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station, 9740 Red Spring Road, Mountain Grove, Mo. 65711; or call (417) 547-7500. Visit our Web site at http://mtngrv.missouristate.edu.
The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that previously registered by unassessed Sex Offender has now been given a community risk assessment level. This offender has been assessed as risk Level 3 (high risk to re-offend).
NAME: JEFFREY JOHN HARRIS
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/01/1949
ADDRESS: 257 Chriswood Drive, Clarkridge, Arkansas 72623
The offender was convicted of Sexual Assault on a Child – Position of Trust, and Sexual Assault on a Child – Use of Threats on 05/21/1999. These offenses involved the offender engaging in ongoing sexual contact with a 9 to 12 year old female relative.
This person is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass Registered Sex Offenders. Citizen abuse will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.