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Archive for March, 2012

(West Plains) – The Ozarks Small Business Incubator in Downtown West Plains has a number of special workshops and classes coming up. Heather Fisher, the Coordinator of the Incubator, gave us some of the upcoming classes:

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For more information on the classes, call 417-256-9724 or go to

(Jefferson City) – State representative Ward Franz updates a bill he has filed this legislative session:

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Franz is term limited in the Missouri House but has filed for the 33rd district state senate seat. The filing deadline has passed and there are four candidates seeking that seat including Franz.

(Photo by Che Sanders)

(West Plains) – A home in West Plains that was damaged by fire Wednesday afternoon became fully engulfed Thursday morning.

Firefighters were on scene just before 6 AM Thursday morning fighting a fully engulfed home at 1019 W. 3rd St. Firefighters were at the same home around 3 PM Wednesday fighting a fire that reportedly started in a closet in the home.

The home was uninhabitable after Wednesday’s damage. No injuries were reported in either fire.

West Plains Fire Chief Tim Bean says that the Missouri Fire Marshal is in town to investigate the original fire, and that the investigation is ongoing.

The home was uninhabitable from Wednesday's fire. Chief Tim Bean says the fires are currently under investigation. (ORN Photo)

Not much remained of the home that was engulfed in flames early Thursday morning. (ORN Photo)

(Nashville) (AP) – Bluegrass legend and banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs, who helped profoundly change country music with Bill Monroe and later with guitarist Lester Flatt, has died. He was 88.

Scruggs’ son Gary said his father passed away Wednesday morning at a Nashville, Tenn., hospital. Gary Scruggs said his father died of natural causes.

The elder Scruggs was an innovator who pioneered modern banjo sound. His use of three fingers rather than the clawhammer style elevated the banjo from a part of the rhythm section – or a comedian’s prop – to a lead instrument.

His string-bending and lead runs became known worldwide as “the Scruggs picking style.” It was perhaps most prominently displayed on the iconic theme from “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

Gary Scruggs says funeral plans are incomplete.

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(West Plains) – A home in West Plains caught on fire Wednesday afternoon in the city of West Plains.

The fire happened just before 3 PM at 1019 W. 3rd St. That’s when the resident of the home said she noticed smoke coming out of a small room in the house.

West Plains Fire and Howell Rural Fire, along with West Plains Police, Howell County Sheriff’s Office and South Howell County EMS responded to the fire.

The woman and a boy living in the home were not injured in the fire.

(West Plains) – Online subscribers of the longtime-newspaper West Plains Daily Quill received a shock in their inbox on Wednesday morning, after a hacker reported that he had breached the online security system.

In the email, forwarded to Ozark Radio News from a number of online subscribers, the hacker, going by the name of “Lulzfunny”, says he is a retired hacker who wanted to expose the security flaws in the system to the paper. He says in the email that he will not be stealing any information from subscribers or harming the paper in any way.

In an email correspondence with Ozark Radio News, “Lulzfunny”, who says he lives in the state of Missouri but not in West Plains, says that he has been a hacker for the last 6 years, but decided to put his talents to good use and help websites with security flaws fix their issues. He says that he gained access to the site’s internal workings within 90 seconds around 4:30 AM Wednesday morning.

“Lulzfunny” says that had he been one of the malicious hackers, he could have rerouted the payment username and password the paper uses and take roughly $900 in payment from subscribers.

“The main reason I do this is to educate, because in this day and age a hacker with decent knowledge can make $2,000 per week easy from stolen information (like) credit cards, PayPal Accounts, Email Lists, Personal Information…I hope that the Newspaper takes my advice and get’s everything fixed in a timely manner. I will definitely be keeping an eye on it to make sure they do get it fixed because security is everything.”

Representatives with the Quill told Ozark Radio News Wednesday morning that they are looking into the security flaws and how to fix them.

(Fulton County) – An uncle of a missing 4-year-old says search crews recovered the boy’s body Wednesday morning.

The Associated Press first reported Wednesday morning that 4-year-old Caleb Linn was found Wednesday morning. Linn disappeared on Saturday morning during a cleanup day at Kia Kima Boy Scout camp on the South Fork of the Spring River.

On Tuesday, cadaver dogs alerted searchers to Caleb’s two shirts he was wearing the day he disappeared. They were found near the same spot along the river, not far from the bridge where the boy was last seen.

Fulton County Sheriff Buck Foley focused the search on the Spring River after the discovery.

Over 300 volunteers have helped in the search over the past four days.

Stay tuned to Ozark Radio News and for the latest.

(West Plains) – Another effort to obtain funding for a railroad overpass in the city of West Plains is underway. City public information officer Laurel Thompson says city administrator Tom Stehn made the announcement at last week’s council meeting:

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The city wide spring clean up week in West Plains begins April 16.

(West Plains) – A teenager from West Plains suffered moderate injuries Tuesday night in an accident near Brandsville.

The accident occurred just before 8:15 PM on CR 9890 when the southbound vehicle driven by 19-year-old Joshua Morrison failed to negotiate a curve, ran off-road and struck a tree.

Morrison was taken from the scene of the accident to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains by private vehicle.

(Houston) – A Mountain Grove man was cited by the Houston Police Department Sunday after checking himself into the emergency room at Texas County Memorial Hospital then running away.

The incident began just after midnight when a Houston Police Officer was dispatched to the ER regarding a suicidal patient who had run off. 21-year-old Austin Moore was issued a citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after being found around 1 AM on Highway 17.

ER staff told the officer that Moore had checked himself in after he cut his wrist, but had then become uncooperative and ran, claiming he was going to kill his wife.

A report from the Houston Police Department says that Moore was taken to Ozark Medical Center in West Plains for a 96-hour mental evaluation.