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Archive for March, 2012

Eight youths were honored with $1,000 scholarships Thursday night from the Physical Therapy Specialists Clinic Scholarship program. From left to right, Skyler Huff, senior at Licking High School; Erin Ehlers, senior at Mountain Grove High School; Kelby Czerwonka, senior at West Plains High School; Haley Menz, senior at West Plains High School; Ruth Minahan, senior at West Plains High School; Anna Barr, senior at Hartville High School; and Kayla Elam, first-year student at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Bryan Christopher Kaps, freshman at the United States Naval Academy, was unable to attend due to being in school. His parents Martin and Marybeth accepted his scholarship on his behalf. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – Physical Therapy Specialists Clinic held their 5th Annual Scholarship Banquet and Celebrity Dinner Thursday night at the West Plains Opera House in Downtown West Plains, where 8 area high school seniors and college-bound students were honored with $1,000 scholarships. A total of $111,000 has been awarded by the program since its inception in 1999.

PTSC Owner and CEO Mary Sheid spoke with Ozark Radio News and said that the event went over well:

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Attendees were treated to the program, along with a dinner and a skit called “Singing Celebrities”, which mimicked an episode of “American Idol”.

Honorees included Anna Barr, senior at Hartville High School; Kelby Czerwonka, senior at West Plains High School; Erin Ehlers, senior at Mountain Grove High School; Kayla Elam, first-year student at the University of Missouri-Columbia; Skyler Huff, senior at Licking High School; Bryan Christopher Kaps, freshman at the United States Naval Academy; Haley Menz, senior at West Plains High School; and Ruth Minahan, senior at West Plains High School.

Sheid says that these students are some of the top students in the region:

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Photos from the event can be found here.

(Houston) – Two people are dead after a five-vehicle accident Thursday near Houston.

A report from the Highway Patrol says the accident happened at 1:20 PM on Highway 63 near Emmett Kelly Park. Three cars were parked in traffic, and a northbound vehicle operated by 48-year-old James McCune of Hartville struck the back of the third vehicle, causing a domino effect. The front car was then pushed into the southbound lane and struck another vehicle head-on.

A passenger in one of the parked cars, 78-year-old Janet Hoffman of Salem and the driver of the same vehicle, 78-year-old Ralph Hoffman, were both killed in the accident.

Five other people suffered various injuries, and were all taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.

(Mountain Home) – A man from Baxter County drowned in Lake Norfork on Thursday afternoon after he fell off a private boat dock in the Diamond Bay area.

A release from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened on a dock on Baxter CR 857 shortly before 3 PM.

Sheriff’s deputies and emergency responders from the Hand Cove Volunteer Fire Department, as well as Baxter Regional Medical Center Ambulance Service, Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officers, and U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers rushed to the scene.

43-year-old Robert Comstock of the Hand Cove area had been in the water for at least 20 minutes before nearby residents pulled him out before emergency personnel arrived.

Comstock had been fishing on the dock with his mother, who told authorities he suffered an epileptic seizure on the dock and fell into the water.

(West Plains) – West Plains city officials have been doing considerable planning for some changes that will be implemented for the transit system. City public information officer is Laurel Thompson:

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The changes are expected to take effect in late April.

(Sikeston) – The Missouri Department of Transportation has scheduled a number of projects to start next week, weather permitting.

Howell County

  • Route TT, from Route W in Howell County to Route T in Shannon County, will be reduced to one lane while crews perform edge rut repairs Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5 from 7 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Route 14, from Route AP in Howell County to Route 95 in Douglas County, will be reduced to one lane as crews partially overlay the roadway Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5 from 7 AM to 4:30 PM daily.

Shannon County

  • Route Y in Shannon County from Route 99 to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane while crews perform edge rut repairs Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5 from 7 AM to 4:30 PM daily.
  • Route YY in Shannon County from Route JJ to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane as crews continue to perform pipe replacement in various locations Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • The bridge on Route 106 located over the Jacks Fork River in Eminence between County Road 203 and. Route 19 in Shannon County will be reduced to one lane while crews continue to perform routine bridge maintenance Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5 from 7 AM to 4:30 PM daily.
  • The bridge at Route 106 at Alley Springs over the Jacks Fork River between CR 308 and CR 423 in Shannon County will be reduced to one lane while crews continue to perform routine bridge maintenance. The second bridge is located over Mahan Creek between County Road 410 and Rader Street. Work will take place Monday, through Friday from 7 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Route MM in Shannon County from Route T to Route 99 will be reduced to one lane while crews perform edge rut repairs. Work will take place Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5 from 7 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Route T from US 60 in Shannon County to Route 99 in Oregon County will be reduced to one lane while crews perform edge rut repairs Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5 from 7 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Route JJ from Route 106 in Texas County to the end of state maintenance in Shannon County will be reduced to one lane as crews continue to perform pipe replacement in various locations Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5 from 7 AM to 4:30 PM.

Oregon County

  • Route Y in Oregon County from US 160 to Route 142 will be reduced to one lane as crews partially overlay the roadway Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5 from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.
  • Route M in Oregon County from US 160 to US 63 will be reduced to one lane while crews perform drainage work Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5 from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.
  • Route P in Oregon County from Route M to US 160 will be reduced to one lane while crews perform drainage work Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5 from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.

Texas County

  • The bridge over Beeler Creek is located between Route AV and US 63 on westbound Highway 60 in Texas County will be reduced to one lane as crews continue to perform routine bridge maintenance Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5 from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.

The work zones will be marked with signs and motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the areas.

(Mountain Home) – Baxter County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man for a beating at a park north of Mountain Home on New Year’s Day.

27-year-old Adam Mudgett of Cotter was arrested and charged with Felony Battery after allegedly beating a 71-year-old man from Mountain Home and leaving him at Pigeon Creek Park on the evening of January 1.

The Mountain Home man suffered head injuries, and when questioned, was unable to provide information. Detectives gathered evidence and interviewed Mudgett, who said he and the victim struck up a conversation, where a report says the victim “began to speak of things that made Mudgett uncomfortable”. Mudgett reportedly admitted to hitting the man two or three times, then driving away.

Authorities say that Mudgett gave them conflicting statements regarding the incident over the following weeks.

Mudgett posted a $25,000 bond and is due back in court on April 12.

(West Plains) – Area residents interested in taking classes during the 2012 summer session and/or fall semester at Missouri State University-West Plains now can browse through the list of courses available on the campus’ website.

The complete 2012 summer session/fall semester schedule course listing can be found at http://grizzlyden.missouristate.edu/schedule. Paper copies of the schedule will be available mid-April through the university, but area residents can view an electronic copy of the printed schedule online.

Over 90 classes will be offered during the summer session and approximately 370 will be offered during the fall semester. Courses include those available at the Missouri State-West Plains campus in Mountain Grove, as well as online.

Current, readmitted and transfer students have the opportunity to register for classes during an early registration period April 16-20. They can prepare for early registration by visiting with their adviser during Advisement for Success Kickoff (ASK) Week April 9-13. Advisers have set aside additional advising time during this week to meet with students at a time that’s convenient for the students.

Students can make an appointment to visit with their adviser either by phone, via e-mail or in person at the adviser’s office to discuss their schedule and have their alternate PIN (personal identification number) released, which will allow them to register online through Missouri State-West Plains’ Grizzly Den web portal.

Once students have spoken with their adviser and their alternate PIN has been released, they may register for courses on the Grizzly Den website, 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the early registration period, or they can register in person at the registration and records office in Cass Hall, 515 Cass Ave., from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.

Officials remind that students are permitted to register during early registration according to a schedule based on the number of credit hours completed. The early registration schedule for the 2012 summer session and fall semester can be viewed online. Students are encouraged to register during appointed times, but they also may register after that time period.

Regular registration for the 2012 summer session begins at 12:01 a.m. April 23 and continues through June 10. Summer session classes begin June 11. Regular registration for the 2012 fall semester also begins at 12:01 AM April 23 and continues through August 19. Fall semester classes begin August 20.

For more information about spring semester classes or the registration process, visit the Missouri State-West Plains website or call the registration and records office at 417-255-7979.

Veterans Affairs Certified Official Sherri Abel (right) is ASUMH’s liaison with the VA and students like Abbi Erisman who are utilizing their military benefits to pursue a college degree. (Photo provided)

(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) has been selected as a Military Friendly School for 2012 by G.I. Jobs magazine for the second consecutive year. Colleges, universities, and trade schools making the list are recognized as being in the top 20% in providing education support benefits to military veterans.

ASUMH’s list of military services that led to this distinction include military scholarships, credit for military services and training, CLEP, and online/distance learning.

The 1,518 institutions on the G.I. Jobs magazine list were selected from more than 8,000 schools in the nation that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans. According to G.I. Jobs, military and veterans students represent 6.1% of the student population at ASUMH.

ASUMH’s VA Certified Official Sherri Abel noted that a number of veterans and their dependents are often pleasantly surprised to learn they are eligible for military benefits they were not aware of. Abel said she welcomes the opportunity to visit with individuals interested in pursuing their education at ASUMH who have questions about their potential eligibility. Abel may be reached at 870-508-6241 or sabel@asumh.edu.

(Little Rock) (AP) – The Arkansas Supreme Court has struck down the state’s law banning sexual contact between teachers and students, finding that people 18 or older have a constitutional right to engage in a consensual sexual relationship.

The court sided with David Paschal, an Elkins High School teacher who admitted having a consensual sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student.

Attorneys for the state argued the law protects high school students from sexual advances of teachers who are in positions of authority.

But the high court found the law was unconstitutional because it criminalized sexual conduct between consenting adults.

In a dissent, Justice Robert Brown said that the majority’s opinion will cause disruption in high schools because there will be nothing to prevent teachers from having sex with students who are 18 or older.

(West Plains) – The Alliance for Retired Americans-Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (ARA-SOAR) will be holding their next meeting April 4 at 11 AM at the West Plains Senior Center and discuss the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and discuss the benefits to the act, especially for seniors.

ARA welcomes all retirees no matter their line of work.

For more information, call Pam Wright at 417-257-1770 or Cecil Carroll at 417-257-0197.