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(Washington) – The average retail price for home heating oil rose 2.9 cents from last week to $3.92 per gallon, while the average retail price for propane rose 2.3 cents per gallon from last week to $2.57 per gallon. Despite the rise, both prices are down from a year ago.
Marlana Anderson with the US Energy Information Agency has the report:
Schweich’s office states that in a previous audit, the MDC did not prepare a complete and accurate estimate of costs to reintroduce elk in the state. The approved project budget anticipated spending $411,000 to bring 150 elk into Missouri, but as of June 30, 2011, the MDC had spent $1.23 million to reintroduce elk. Two years later, excluding salaried personnel costs, the MDC has now spent $3.382 million, including $1.424 from federal grants and private donations, to release 129 elk.
Schweich’s audit states that the MDC also provided pay raises not provided to other state employees, authorizing a two percent cost of living adjustment to most employees with 18 or more months of service in July 2012 and three other two percent raises through fiscal year 2014.
The MDC also provided a total of $54,036 in increases to two deputy directors and four division chiefs, who also received the annual and anniversary increases, and gave the department director, who did not receive the other increases, salary increases totaling $20,004, a 17 percent increase.
The full audit report can be found here.
(West Plains) – The Missouri State University campus in West Plains remains dedicated to the arts, according to Theater and Events Coordinator Emily Gibson. She says that the entire community benefits from the programs that the college brings in:
For more information on upcoming events and productions, visit wp.missouristate.edu/ucp.
(Washington) – A recent customer survey by Allstate insurance shows that, unfortunately, reported thefts and fires increase during the holiday season. Kathy Maybe, President of the Western US and Canada branches of Allstate, spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us more:
She also offered some fire safety tips:
She also reminds people to be mindful of space heaters:
More safety tips can be found at www.allstate.com.
(Mountain View) – Are you sill rummaging through the big retailers for a unique Christmas gift? If you skip the usual suspects, you may just find the right item at the Mercy St. Francis Hospital gift shop.
The Mercy St. Francis Auxiliary has announced the addition of new vendors Evergreen Enterprises and GiftCraft, which have supplied the store with jewelry, purses, scarves, novelty items and home décor. For those with holiday spirit, Christmas decorations are in stock and continue to come in daily.
All previous vendors continue to supply the store, which is located near the front lobby of the hospital at 100 W. US Highway 60 in Mountain View.
The gift shop, operated by the Mercy St. Francis Auxiliary, is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM Call 417-934-7000 for more information.
During this season of the year, you may not be thinking about attracting a variety of birds to your home, but now is a good time to prepare the spring nesting season by making a gourd bird house.
Not only will you find out how to construct the bird house, but you will learn more about the birds of the season and how to attract them to your home. The limit for this workshop is 20 so reservations are required. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381. Reserve by December 12, 2013.
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(Mountain Home) – A Midway man is in the Baxter County Detention Center after being arrested on Wednesday, December 4, on charges related to the break-in of a vehicle and attempted break-in of a private residence.
According to a report from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, a woman reported a break-in at her residence on Bartwood Lane. She informed the responding Corporal that the front door to her home was open approximately one inch, but the top door latch was still locked and no entry had been made. She also reported that her 2005 Ford Escape, which had been locked, had been broken into where a small safe from inside the vehicle had been pried open and various articles were missing; including mint coins, dollar pieces, change, keys, a hand tool, and foreign paper currency.
After an investigation and the recovery of some of the stolen property, authorities say 36-year-old Michael Downey was booked into the Detention Center on charges of two counts of breaking or entering, theft of property, and criminal mischief in the second degree.
Downey is being held in lieu of $25,000.00 bond, and he will appear in Circuit Court on December 5.
(Violet Hill) – An Izard County man died in a single-vehicle crash and Arkansas State Police say icy conditions may have contributed to the accident.
Officials say 75-year-old Paul Zerby of Violet Hill died at about noon Thursday when he ran off the west side of Spring Hill Road and hit a tree.
State police say Zerby was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash report says freezing rain was falling at the time of the accident and that the road was icy.
State police spokesman Bill Sadler says there are also indications that Zerby may have had a medical problem. The investigative report on the accident is still being compiled.
(Jefferson City) – Drivers beware.
With bitter cold temperatures settling in over a big chunk of the country, highway officials are warning people to stay off slick roads and, if they must go out, take extra care when getting behind the wheel.
Sgt. Mike Watson, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said drivers should prepare before leaving their homes, and gave the following tips:
- Make sure cellphones are charged, and bring a charger.
- Fill up the gas tank. Stash booster cables, blankets, flashlights and an ice scrapper in the car.
- Put a bag of sand or cat litter in the trunk, in case needed for traction if stuck in ice.
If you do get stuck on the road, call for help, he said. And while waiting inside a running vehicle, make sure tailpipes are clear from obstructions.
One other important suggestion from Watson: Stranded motorists should stay inside their vehicles while they wait for help. It could make it easier for emergency crews to find stranded drivers and it provides shelter, he said.
“If you start walking, especially in a storm, you could get lost fairly quickly, depending on the visibility. Don’t overexert yourself whether to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow. You can always tie a cloth or some brightly colored item to your vehicle,” he said.
Randy Ort, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Highway Transportation, has one other tip for drivers if they get stuck on a highway: Try to move over to the shoulder.
“If they do find themselves where the vehicle cannot go – we do ask that they do the best job to get it out of the travel lane,” he said.
23-year-old Amanda Maguire was arrested Saturday, November 30 on three felony charges of breaking or entering, the charges of felony substance fraud, and three theft of property charges.
A press release from the Izard County Sheriff’s Office states the charges stem from her entering into the Horseshoe Bend Animal Control facility and taking prescription drugs of another person, and that Maguire was performing community service she was sentenced to in another jurisdiction at the time of these incidents.
Maguire remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $5,000 bond.