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Archive for January, 2012

(Thayer) – A Thayer resident is dead after an accident Tuesday morning near Thayer.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred at 6 AM on North Route 19, 7 miles north of Thayer, when the northbound vehicle driven by 36-year-old Michael Clark ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, ran off the left side of the road and overturned, striking several trees and ejecting Clark from the vehicle.

Clark was pronounced dead at 6:45 AM by Oregon County Coroner Tom Clary. This marks fatality number 6 for Troop G for 2012, compared to 4 at this time last year.

(Willow Springs) – The city of Willow Springs is looking to make gradual improvements to the city’s infrastructure as part of a 10-year plan to help the city improve during a rough economy. City Administrator Bob Pollard spoke with Ozark Radio News and talked more about the plan:

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Pollard says the plan is also not factoring in the tax revenue from the Three Rivers Community College campus that will move into the old MoDOT building.

(Ft. Leonard Wood) (AP) – A southeastern Missouri man didn’t give up after being told he weighed too much to enlist in the Army, and the Army says it didn’t give up on David West, either.

Officials at Fort Leonard Wood say the 20-year-old Plato man is being sworn in this week after losing more than 110 pounds to meet the Army’s basic enlistment criteria. He’ll report to Fort Leonard Wood in May to begin training to become a combat engineer.

West got the bad news about his weight nine months ago when he tried to enlist at the St. Robert recruiting station. The station’s commander, Staff Sgt. Shawdelin Hall, says she was impressed with his determination and decided to help him meet his goal.

West dropped the pounds with encouragement from a recruiting team.

(West Plains) – The West Plains City Council has approved an ordinance finalizing an easement agreement between the city and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for sidewalk improvements. Public information officer Laurel Thompson says the agreement involves the Howell Avenue crossing as part of the Safe Routes to School program:

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The city council approved the ordinance at their most recent meeting.

(West Plains) – Area residents interested in attending college can learn more about financial aid options available to them at a workshop set for 6 PM Thursday, February 9, in the Dora High School library.

The workshop is being hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains.

A representative from Missouri State-West Plains will be on hand to provide information to students and parents regarding federal and state resources available to help students finance their post-secondary education, according to Donna Bassham, coordinator of the financial aid office, including information about federal financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant, campus-based work-study programs, Stafford student loans and PLUS loans for parents, as well as state programs such as the Access Missouri grant, Bright Flight Scholarship and the A+ Program.

In addition, those attending will receive information about the financial aid application process, including instructions for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Bassham said.

All of the information provided will be useful for students planning to attend any post-secondary institution that participates in the federal Title IV programs, not just Missouri State-West Plains, Bassham stressed.

For more information about the workshop, contact the Missouri State-West Plains financial aid office at 417-255-7243 or contact Dora High School Counselor Amanda Riley at 417-261-2346.

(West Plains) – Plans are being finalized for the Southern Missouri Homebuilders Association Home Show to be held March 3 and 4 at the West Plains Civic Center. John Thomason is a Homebuilders Association board member while Diana Brown is vice-president:

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Interested businesses and vendors can get more information by calling the association at 417-256-2422 or can also go online to

Some of the computers to be auctioned off at the SCCC Showcase Night. (Photo provided)

(West Plains) – The South Centeral Career Center’s Career Expo will be held tomorrow at the West Plains High School Gym from 9 AM to 11 AM, and will help students in area schools learn more about SCCC and what they offer to students after high school

Representatives from the school say that each SCCC program will not only have a booth or table set up with information about their program but also activities, demo’s and food samples. This event is designed to help students in the decision making process of furthering their education, career plans and finding the best path for each students so they will be job ready after completing their goals.

The Career Center will also have their Showcase Night February 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on the West Plains High School campus. This night allows individuals to come in and tour our classrooms and meet the instructors of each program. A ‘silent auction’ will also be held on desktop and laptop computers that were build by SCCC Computer & Maintenance students and wrapped in graphic art by our Graphic Design students. The computers have themes of WarCraft, Star Wars, Patriotic and many more. Winners of the auction will be announced that night. All proceeds from the auction will go to Skills USA. Student that are interested in Auto Tech & Collision, Welding, and Surg Tech will be allowed to visit that campus on that night, as well.

For more information visit

Jodi Pfarr

(Mountain Home) – The Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities Training Conference will take place February 21-22, 2012, 9 AM to 3 PM at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) campus.

The training conference educates and empowers, while preparing the community on how to assist low-income people to become self-sufficient, rather than enabling on dependency. People who plan to attend can register for the conference at

Jodi Pfarr, of Minneapolis, MN, will be this year’s conference speaker. Currently, Pfarr fills the role of President of J Pfarr Consulting. She established her own consulting firm over a decade ago. Pfarr provides training and consulting for community agencies and businesses seeking to understand and effectively address the issues stemming from poverty. Prior to J Pfarr Consulting, she served as Executive Director of Emma Norton Services. She has managed two facilities that provide housing to women with low incomes. Pfarr has worked as a certified critical debriefer for the St. Paul Police Department and published the law enforcement guidebook “Tactical Communication”. She is a former board member of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association. She is an active member of “A Minnesota Without Poverty” organizing team. Pfarr holds a Master of Divinity degree.

North Central Arkansas ACCESS (Arkansas Communities Connecting Effective Services for Success) strives to increase employment and earnings, move the region’s low-wealth families out of poverty, and improve the economic vitality of the region.

ACCESS aspires to create a model process for communities to use that will change attitudes about people living in poverty, as well as the issues they face. Once implemented, ACCESS’s plan will demonstrate this model by transforming poverty-stricken lives into productive lives.

For more information about the training conference, call Jackie at 870-508-6203.

(West Plains) – The West Plains High School Speech and Debate Team did very well at this the recent Webb City/Carthage Speech and Debate Tournament.

In the varsity division at Webb City, Laura Grisham won 1st place in the Humorous Interpretation category, Kelby Czerwonka and Laura Grisham took first and second place in the Oratory category, and Kelby Czerwonka took second place in the Radio category. Chloe Towell and Lily Brotherton took fourth place in Duo Interpretation.

In the Novice Division at Carthage, Holt Skinner took 1st place in the Storytelling category, Jessica Adelsberger took 1st place in the Prose and Poetry Interpretation category, and Caleb Gill took 2nd place in Parliamentary Debate, where Holt Skinner also placed in 4th. Jordan Good took 3rd place in Original Oratory, where Holt Skinner placed 6th. Colton Harrison took 6th place in Humorous Interpretation, and in Duo Interpretation, Cameron Reynolds and Kyle Hodges took 3rd place, while Derek McGinnis and Haley McCall took 6th place.

The team will soon wrap up the season but continues to work hard. They have two more tournaments scheduled in February and the NFL districts are in March.

(Mountain Home) – Vincent Anderson, Reference Librarian for the Donald W. Reynolds Library, was recently elected to serve a three year term as a member of the Arkansas Genealogical Society Board of Directors in Little Rock. In addition, he will be serving as Chair of Education for the Society.

Anderson regularly teaches Genealogy Research Classes at the Donald W. Reynolds Library, is a frequent lecturer on modern family history research, and is a contributor to historical and genealogical publications, specializing in Ozarks’ History. He is currently teaching Internet Classes at the Library, including “How to Find It Online” and “Locating Reliable Medical Information Online.” He is also President of the Baxter County Historical Society.