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Archive for January, 2012

(West Plains) – Representatives from West Plains Schools recently visited with next year’s incoming freshman students at West Plains Middle School, Junction Hill, Glenwood, Richards, Fairview, and Howell Valley about the high school.

The 8th graders had a chance to learn about the courses offered at the high school, extracurricular activities and programs, schedule classes and to enroll. Parents are invited to review their child’s schedule and learn about the high school on the following parent meeting dates held at the school district:

Glenwood – February 6 – 6:30 PM
Howell Valley – February 6 – 6 PM
Junction Hill – February 7 – 6 PM
Fairview – February 9 – 6 PM
Richards School – January 31 – 6 PM
West Plains Middle School – February 13 – 6 PM

For more information call 417-256-6150.

(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet on Saturday, January 21 at the First General Baptist Church in Willow Springs, and a number of businesses and Willow Springs residents were honored.

Master of Ceremonies Larry Spence introduced the new president of the Chamber for 2012, Phyllis Papp of the Ozark Radio Network, and thanked outgoing president John Bailey from Bailey Chevrolet for his service to the chamber.

Awardees included JT Tooley and the “Smokin Hed Crew”, who were given the Humanitarian of the Year award; Marty Spence from Willow Springs Schools was given the Educator of the Year award; Vintage Floral was named the 2011 Business of the Year; Glen Moore was named Citizen of the Year; the Willow Springs High School Lady Bears were named the Youth Citizens of the Year; James Murrell was named the Employee of the Year; Jon Waggoner with Waggoner True Value Home Center was given the Lifetime Achievement award; and Tom Stehn, former MoDOT District Engineer and current West Plains Engineer and Administrator, was given the President’s Award for his outstanding work in the Willow Springs area.

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(West Plains) – The driver of a truck was sent to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains with injuries after a Thursday morning accident on CC Highway near West Plains.

Representatives with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say the eastbound driver was speeding on CC, about 3 miles west of West Plains, when the vehicle hydroplaned, ran off-road and struck a tree.

The driver, 16-year-old Seth Harring of West Plains, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains by South Howell County Ambulance.

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(Jefferson City) (AP) – A proposed compromise to expand Missouri’s texting-while-driving law appears to have fallen flat in a Senate committee.

The Senate Transportation Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill by that would prohibit all drivers – not just those 21 and younger – from texting while driving. Because similar bills have failed in the past, Democratic Sen. Robin Wright-Jones of St. Louis proposed making texting a secondary offense – meaning police would have to pull motorists over for something else before they could write a ticket for texting.

But the Missouri State Highway Patrol said it prefer to make texting a primary offense. Several senators also said that if Missouri is to strengthen its texting law, they want police to be able to pull people over for violations.

(Jefferson City) – 151st District Representative Ward Franz has filed a bill to prohibit animals in Missouri from having more rights than a person.

Rep. Ward Franz, R-West Plains, filled the bill on Wednesday, and says that the rights of animal owners are under attack by groups not based in the state of Missouri, like the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Humane Society of the United States.

The bill would prevent an animal from having “any right, privilege or legal status that is equal to or greater than any right, privilege or legal status of a human being”.

He says the bill also promotes animal rights, and upholds laws that protect the welfare of animals in the state of Missouri.

In a press release, Franz said “The tactics used to trick voters during Prop. B are still being used in their new ballot initiative Your Vote Counts, my hope is that this bill will stop these attempts to undermine our rights to own and raise animals once and for all.”

The official text of the bill states:

The laws of this state shall not confer upon any animal a right, privilege, or legal status that is equivalent or that exceeds a right, privilege, or legal status as that which this state confers by law upon a human being. This provision shall not be construed as limiting laws that protect the welfare of animals in the state.

The bill is co-sponsored by Representative Tom Loehner of District 112.

(Yellville) – A Yellville man was arrested earlier this month on charges of burglary and theft.

20-year-old Dylan Glaze of Yellville was arrested January 19 and charged with Residential Burglary and two counts of Felony Theft of Property.

Marion County Sheriff Roger Vickers says the arrest was the result of an investigation concerning multiple firearms and jewelry stolen from a residence, where Glaze did various jobs at. A press release says the stolen items were discovered in Glaze’s possession and when questioned by officers of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, he admitted to the thefts.

Glaze’s bond was set at $10,000 and he’s currently scheduled to appear before the Marion County Circuit Court on February 1 at 10 AM.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Some Missouri lawmakers want to give state education officials authority to intervene sooner to assist failing school districts.

Districts that lose state accreditation currently are given two years to improve before state education officials can step in. A push to eliminate the grace period comes shortly after the Kansas City School District became the state’s third unaccredited district.

A House education committee considered legislation Wednesday that would allow the State Board of Education to set a timeline for intervening in a school district that has lost accreditation. The measure also allows the State Board of Education to determine a governing structure for the school district.

Sponsoring House member Mike Lair, a Republican from Chillicothe, says it would give state education officials flexibility and allow them to address problems more quickly.

(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home has announced the third annual Trout Nature Center Hall of Fame Banquet will be taking place in April.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Christy Keirn, Director of Marketing and PR with ASUMH, who told us more about the banquet:

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The website is www.troutnaturecenter.com

(Houston) – The Animal Shelter of Texas County will be holding a fundraiser in March to help raise money for the shelter.

The event, which will be held March 9 at the Community Building in Houston, will feature the Miles from Nowhere Band and national recording and performing artist Candy Coburn, who told us that the event has limited seating available:

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Tickets are $50 and available at the Animal Shelter of Texas County and Romine Motor Company. You can also call 417-967-0700 for tickets or for more information.

(West Plains) – Ozarks Medical Center Behavioral Healthcare (BHC) will host a 12-hour mental health training course that prepares caring people in the faith community to assist individuals in crisis.

The training will be held from 5 to 9:30 PM February 3 and 8 AM to 5:30 PM February 4. Registration is free, but is required and is limited to 30 attendees. Those interested should register by contacting BHC Director Carol Eck at 417-257-5872 ext. 3004 by February 1.

Eck said those who may benefit from the training include ministers, ministry staff or administrative personnel, ministry students, small group leaders, Sunday school teachers, members of faith-based communities, first responders, educators, deacons and elders, and other caring citizens.

Included in the training are signs and symptoms of common mental disorders, a five-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional care and resources to help an individual with a mental health problem.

Eck said with a difficult economy and other stressors, many individuals struggle with mental health issues. Missouri’s suicide rate for men ages 45-65 is among the highest in the nation.

Eck said the free training is made possible by a grant and is endorsed by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, NAMI Missouri and the Behavioral Health Council.

Ozarks Medical Center Behavioral Healthcare offers comprehensive mental health service programs in south central Missouri and north central Arkansas. BHC’s team-oriented clinicians include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurse practitioners, nurses and community case managers. BHC also operates 24-hour crisis services for assisting with psychiatric emergencies in surrounding communities.

For more information about BHC, call 417-257-6762.