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Archive for February, 2012

(Koshkonong) – A resident of Pottersville was injured Tuesday morning after a two-vehicle accident near Koshkonong.

The accident happened at 9:30 AM on Route M, about 5 miles north of Koshkonong, when the southbound vehicle driven by 53-year-old James Scott of Koshkonong turned left and into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by 60-year-old Leslie Carter of Pottersville.

A report from the Highway Patrol says that Carter suffered minor injuries, and was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. Scott was uninjured in the accident.

(Jefferson City) – Representatives with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources say that a boil water order issued to the city of Van Buren has been lifted.

Department officials lifted the order Monday after no coliform bacteria were found in the water samples taken on February 23 and 24. Additionally, testing for chlorine residuals showed that the city had an acceptable amount of chlorine in the water distribution system.

Department officials declared the order after E. coli bacteria was found in a water sample collected February 22. The distribution system was found at that time to have no chlorine residuals, as well.

(West Plains) – A Brandsville woman has been charged with the abandonment of a corpse after allegedly dumping her stillborn infant on Route Y in Howell County.

A probable cause statement from Howell County Deputy Dylan Webb says that the Howell County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Illinois State Police July 28, 2011, who reported 33-year-old Kitty Teney told them she delivered a baby boy in Howell County while visiting her aunt and disposed of the body over a fence adjacent to her aunt’s home.

Deputies searched the property adjacent to 209 State Route Y and reportedly found the bones of a human infant, which was confirmed to be a near-term fetus by lab technicians.

Teney was interviewed August 5, 2011 and allegedly admitted to giving birth to the baby, which she said was stillborn, on June 22. After finding out the baby was not breathing or moving, she reportedly threw it over the fence, and didn’t tell anyone about the birth until she went to Illinois to visit family.

At report time, Teney was held in the Howell County Jail on $10,000 bond, which she posted. She is expected to appear in court at 9 AM March 12.

(Rolla) – A Pomona man who assaulted a state trooper after a traffic stop four years ago received a 30-year prison sentence last Friday.

26-year-old Larry Brashears was found guilty last November for 2nd Degree Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer, 1st Degree Robbery, Stealing, Resisting Arrest and Armed Criminal Action.

Brashears was stopped by Corporal Curtis Haden on Highway 63 March 22, 2008 after a report of a suspicious car that was in a commuter parking lot near Houston.

During the stop, Cpl. Haden found Brashears had several arrest warrants. When the trooper tried to arrest Brashears, the trooper said Brashears managed to strike him and get him in a headlock. Brashears grabbed the trooper’s gun and held him trooper at gunpoint, taking his wallet. He was later arrested after a three-hour manhunt.

Online court records show Brashears plans to appeal his conviction and sentence.

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(Mountain Home) – There was a large turn out for this year’s Arkansas Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge, held this past Saturday, February 25 at Henderson Park on Lake Norfork.

There were 58 plungers who braved the 45 degree water and windy conditions, as well as many spectators cheering them on. The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office Team, called the “Ozark Mountain Smokey Bears”, was the largest group of plungers to participate on Saturday.

Over $5,000 was raised, all of which goes to Special Olympics of Arkansas to help pay for the training and sporting events for their athletes. Representatives with the sheriff’s department say that, although the fundraising goal was not met, they do appreciative the community and public support for the event.

(West Plains) – When West Plains city voters go to the polls April 3 they will have an opportunity to extend a half cent sales tax that city public information officer Laurel Thompson says has been behind a number of projects in its 22 year history:

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A steering committee comprised of citizens interested in getting out the vote and extending the sales tax has been formed.

(Little Rock) (AP) – An initiative aimed at helping provide training assistance to students at risk of dropping out of high school will be launched in Arkansas and other states.

Delta Regional Authority announced Sunday that it’s teaming with Delaware Gov. Jack Markell to invest $350,000 into Jobs for America’s Graduates Inc.

Markell is chairman of the program’s national board.

Authority officials say $20,000 will go to 10 Delta schools, $50,000 will go to the national Jobs for America’s Graduates organization to implement the initiatives, and another $50,000 will be awarded in upcoming cycles.

The authority’s goal is to develop personal and leadership skills for 35 to 45 students in each school and hold costs to an estimated $1,500 per participant.

Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee also are getting new programs.

(West Plains) – The Annual Southern Missouri Homebuilders Association Home and Garden Show is coming up this weekend at the West Plains Civic Center.

The event, which is in its 20th year this year, will feature the patriotic theme “Building the New American Dream”, and also marks a sort-of unofficial changing of the seasons in the region. The show will feature a number of home improvement vendors and prizes to win.

John Thomason with Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative and the SOMOHBA spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us about the show:

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Diana Brown says a number of prizes will be available at the show:

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More information on the show can be found at www.somohba.com

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(Willow Springs) – Westwood Rural Health Clinic, part of Willow Health Care of Willow Springs, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday to celebrate the new clinic building, which had been open for a number of months. Attendees at the event included, among others, 8th District Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, Willow Springs Mayor Jay Waggoner, Mountain View Mayor Bud Vines, and members of the Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Executive Director Jack Whitaker, who told us that he was appreciative of Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson stopping by:

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He continued and told us that the clinic has come a long way since it was started in 1994:

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Whitaker says that future plans for Willow Health Care includes new rehab units and an independent living wing at the group’s Mountain View location.

(West Plains) – West Plains Schools recently received outstanding results on the annual school bus inspection program conducted on February 22 by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Overall, 100% of the 37 buses owned by the district were approved on the annual safety inspection.

The results earn West Plains School District the Total Fleet Excellence Award from the Highway Patrol and an Exemplary School Bus Maintenance Award from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). These awards are provided to school districts with initial inspection rates of 90% or better and will be presented during the Missouri Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) Conference in July 2012.

In addition, this year will mark the 8th year in a row West Plains Schools received 90% or better and the 4th year in a row the district received 100%.

“I just want to thank the Troop G Headquarters for helping us maintain such high standards in school safety”, said West Plains R-7 Transportation Director Bob Pekarek, “And I also I want to the thank my mechanic, Ron Hayes, and his assistant, Gust Steckman, for the outstanding job they do in keeping the buses safe for our kids. Thank you to the drivers for taking note of early morning pre-trip inspections and notifying the mechanics when a problem occurs”.

Each year, the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducts the inspections statewide to ensure all buses meet school bus regulations and safety standards.