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Archive for February, 2012

(Mountain Home) – Chief Deputy Baxter County and Circuit Clerk Shelly Cranor has announced that she plans to seek the Democratic nomination for county clerk in the May Primary Election.

She has been an employee of the clerk’s office since 1990, and holds an Associate of Arts degree from ASU-Mountain Home. She and her husband, Donald, are lifelong residents of Baxter County.

Cranor says she has worked with every aspect of the clerk’s office and wants to continue providing the public with an office that offers professional and courteous assistance anytime it’s needed.

Longtime Baxter County and Circuit Clerk Rhonda Porter has announced that she is retiring after 24 years as clerk.

(West Plains) – Author Debora Clark of Alton will be the guest speaker at the next Friends of the Garnett Library monthly luncheon meeting Friday, March 9, on the Missouri State-West Plains campus.

The luncheon and meeting will take place from 12-1 PM in rooms 104-105 on the lower level of the Lybyer Technology Center. Parking is available in the lot off Cass Avenue on the north side of the building.

A native of Louisiana, Clark moved to south-central Missouri over 25 years ago and was inspired to write her first novel, Sage, from the names she found on the abstract of their property in Oregon County, as well as the tranquility and uniqueness of the region they now call home. The historical novel is the first in a series she has planned about the Missouri Ozarks called “In the Rugged Hills”. Clark will have copies of her book available for sale at the meeting and will sign autographs afterward.

The cost of the meal is $9, and is payable at the door. Those wishing to eat are asked to make a reservation by calling 417-255-7940 or e-mailing by Tuesday, March 6.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – A Missouri judge refused a last-moment request to delay Tuesday’s scheduled start of candidacy filing for the state Senate, leaving a cloud of uncertainty over would-be candidates wondering whether to sign up to run in districts with boundaries in flux.

Under Missouri law, candidacy filing is to run from Tuesday through March 27 for federal, state and county offices that will be on the 2012 ballot. But Missouri still has no final map setting the state Senate district boundaries based on the 2010 census.

The Supreme Court last month struck down new Senate boundaries that had been approved by a special judicial panel after the census. That forced the Senate redistricting process to start from scratch. Last week, a new bipartisan commission appointed by the governor approved a tentative plan for the Senate districts. But that plan must go through a 15-day public comment period before it can be finalized.

Because the new Senate districts remain in limbo, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has said she must open candidacy filing with people still signing up to run under the districts created after the 2000 census.

A lawsuit Columbia attorney David Brown filed Monday on behalf of a western Missouri woman argued those 2000 districts now are “outdated and constitutionally suspect.” The suit sought a temporary restraining order delaying the start of candidacy filing for state Senate seats by 15 days, or until a final map has been submitted to the secretary of state’s office.

During a hastily called hearing later Monday, Attorney General Chris Koster – whose office defends the state against lawsuits – agreed that a temporary restraining order should be issued. With Koster at his side, deputy solicitor general Jeremiah Morgan told a judge that blocking the start of candidacy filing for the state Senate would provide some certainty for the secretary of state’s office.

But Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green denied the request for a temporary restraining order.

“The Circuit Court of Cole County does not run the state of Missouri – that’s something for someone else to figure out,” Green said.

Green’s decision means someone could file for a Senate district Tuesday based on the 2000 census districts, only to have new boundaries adopted in coming weeks that put the person’s residence in a different district.

Although perhaps the most confusing situation, the state Senate districts are not the only ones unsettled.

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on a challenge to the new state House districts adopted by a judicial panel after the 2010 census. The state Supreme Court also has yet to rule on a legal challenge to Missouri’s new congressional districts adopted by state lawmakers after the recent census.

Unlike the state Senate districts, filing for the Missouri and U.S. House seats will open based on the new boundaries.

(West Plains) – An informational seminar for people who are interested in creating an online presence for their business will be held tomorrow at the Ozarks Small Business Incubator in West Plains.

Incubator Director Toney Aid spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us that a Birch Tree native will be leading the discussion:

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He says that people have been enrolling and enjoying the classes offered by the incubator.

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For more information on Tuesday’s seminar, call 417-256-9724 or visit

(Mountain Home) – An Arkansas woman who was convicted in one of the largest animal abuse cases in US history is now suing the Baxter County Jail, saying that her medical needs and religious rights were not observed.

KYTV in Springfield reports Tammy Hanson, formerly of Gamaliel, says she wasn’t given the food needed for her medical conditions, and that she was denied medical care during her one-year sentence. She also claims prison officials wouldn’t let her practice her religion and that her cell was too small to live in.

Hanson fled Arkansas in 2005 after being charged with neglecting nearly 500 dogs, many of which were rescued from Hurricane Katrina, that had been placed in her care. She and her husband, William Hanson, ran Every Dog Needs A Home (EDNAH) in Gamaliel.

She was arrested by federal agents in Vermont July 18 2009 after being on the run for multiple years, and was later convicted on multiple counts of Cruelty to Animals and Failing to Appear in Court. Her husband was arrested and convicted of similar charges.

(Mountain Grove) (AP) – A Wyoming-based company is considering building a plant in southwest Missouri that would process horse meat for human consumption.

Unified Equine is conducting a feasibility study on a plan to build a plant just east of Mountain Grove near the Wright-Texas county line.

Unified Equine is a company created by Wyoming state legislator Sue Wallis last November after Congress approved a bill allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin inspections for horse meat and plants.

Wallis said that she is confident the plant will open, perhaps this year.

Supporters say the plant would bring jobs and put suffering or neglected horses out of their misery.

Critics say they can’t stomach the idea of horses being processed for meat.

(Eminence) – A Michigan resident suffered minor injuries Friday evening after a one-vehicle accident near Eminence.

A report from the Highway Patrol says that around 6:40 PM, the vehicle operated by 68-year-old John Rostron of Salem, Michigan ran off-road and struck a tree while traveling southbound on Route 19, 20 miles north of Eminence.

Rostron was taken from the scene of the accident to Salem Memorial Hospital in Salem by ambulance.

(Mountain Home) – A rural Mountain Home resident was arrested last Wednesday, February 22 after being run down by a Baxter County Sheriff’s Deputy.

29-year-old Bryan Sutterfield was arrested after a citizen reported that seeing Sutterfield, who was on the sheriff’s department’s ‘Most Wanted’ section of their website, was parked outside of a local area pawn shop. Baxter County Deputy Kris Savino was dispatched, and found him at a nearby convenience store. Savino says that Sutterfield looked at him, smiled, and took off running.

Savino gave chase and headed through a residential neighborhood and pursued Sutterfield roughly a half-mile. The chase ended when Savino pulled his tazer out and threatened to shoot Sutterfield.

Following his arrest for two outstanding misdemeanor warrants and a new misdemeanor fleeing charge, Sutterfield was taken to the county jail where he was being held on a $1,120 bond.

(West Plains) – The West Plains Police Department will be hosting a neighborhood watch seminar at 6 PM Tuesday in the EOC room of the West Plains Police Department.

Information will be given explaining how to start a neighborhood watch program, and useful information on observing and reporting crimes, tips on how to avoid becoming a victim and steps to crime-proof your home and vehicles.

The meeting is free of charge and is open to all residents of the city of West Plains.

For more information on the meeting, contact Sgt. Jeff Head or Officer Bryan Brauer at 417-256-2244.

(West Plains) – The 24th annual West Plains Chapter Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Concert will be held March 17 at 7 PM at the West Plains Civic Center, and a very special act will be playing this year’s benefit concert. Rick Frazier, who organizes the show each year, spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us more about the performer, and the event itself:

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Frazier says that last year’s concert, featuring Marty Stuart, was the continuation of a long line of great concerts that have graced the civic center and raised money for Cystic Fibrosis research:

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Tickets are available for the show across the local area, and if you’re not near a ticket location, it may be even easier to get your tickets through the civic center:

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Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, with ticket prices at the door being $20 and $6, respectively.