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Archive for April, 2012

(West Plains) – Everyone interested in the Galloway Nature Park is invited to the Galloway Park Spring work day Saturday, May 12 from 9 AM to 12 PM.

City officials say that no major projects are planned for that day, just a general clean-up of trash, some refreshing of mulched areas and the rain garden.

Any volunteers willing to help are most welcome to participate in this work day at Galloway Saturday, May 12, from 9 AM to 12 PM.

A beer garden tent at Kilroy's Sports Bar near Busch Stadium in St. Louis is shown impaled on a train trestle Saturday after winds blew it away, killing one man and injuring about 100 other people. (KSDK/NBC)

(St. Louis) (NBC) – A storm blasting through the city blew away a tent outside a downtown bar, leaving one man dead Saturday afternoon, St. Louis NBC station KSDK reported.

Twenty others — three in critical condition — were taken to a hospital after the incident at Kilroy’s Sports Bar on South Seventh Street, a couple of blocks south of Busch Stadium, KSDK reported. A total of 100 people received medical treatment, KSDK said. Photos showed the tent impaled on a nearby railroad trestle.

It was not clear whether the man who died was struck during the incident or went into cardiac arrest because of shock, officials said.

St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson told KSDK that a few hundred people were celebrating in the tent after the Cardinals’ 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers when the storm hit.

“We’ve got severe injuries to quite a few people,” Jenkerson said, noting live wires were left on the ground after the tarp tied to galvanized pipes blew away. “We don’t like this type of building. It gives us nightmares, and as you can see, it caused one.”

The pipes “beat up” many of the people in the tent, Jenkerson said.

The tent was set up as a beer garden next to Kilroy’s, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Eddie Roth, director of the St. Louis Department of Public Safety, said the tent had passed inspection and it didn’t appear there would be any violation, although an investigation would continue, The Associated Press reported.

“I thought a train fell off the track,” Art Randall, Kilroy’s owner, told the Post-Dispatch. “We all ducked for cover. Everything was going sideways. I had metal chairs ripping across the beer garden.”

“People were pushing and shoving,” said Christy Eilermann, 42, of St. Louis, the Post-Dispatch reported. “The wind just picked up and they started dragging people inside.”

Storms packing hail up to baseball-size hail slammed eastern Missouri and western Illinois on Saturday.

Weather spotters in O’Fallen, Baden and Lebanon, Ill., reported baseball-size hail, 2.75 inches, smashing car windshields and home windows at 4:22 CDT.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for parts of Daviess, Knox and Martin counties in southwest Indiana and severe thunderstorm warnings for east-central Missouri and south-central Illinois.

Physical Science Winner and Overall Academic Award Winner James Hurst receives a medallion from Dr. Ed Coulter at the ASUMH Academic Awards and Honors Recognition Luncheon. (Photo provided)

(Mountain Home) – ASUMH (Arkansas State University-Mountain Home) has announced the winners of the 2012 Academic Achiever Awards.

ASUMH honors programs including Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Beta Iota Epsilon Chapter and the Fran Coulter Honors Program were recognized.

31 winners were selected at the awards ceremony and luncheon Tuesday, April 17.

The following students received awards from academic categories:

Overall Academic Award Winner – James Hurst

Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges All Star – Jessica Caviness

Accounting - Anthony Biggs

American National Government – Travis Kowalski

Art – Heidi Botscharow

Biological Health Care Sciences – Michael Reid

Biological Sciences – Jessica Meece

Chemistry – Ashley Rodman

Composition – Leisha McCoy

Computer Information Systems, Computer Graphics Specialist – Pamela Backus

Computer Information Systems, Networking Specialist – Melissa Hernandez

Criminal Justice – Paula Jennings

Economics – Dylan Gamble

Elementary Education – Natalie Johnson

Emergency Medical Sciences – Lyle Uchtman

Funeral Science – Brett Evans

History – Hampton Liu

Literature – Julie Saldivar

Management – Business Development Emphasis – Joanne Phillips

Management – Office Emphasis – Treccia (Renia) Jones

Mathematics – Adam Tapang

Philosophy - Larry Treat

Physical Science – James Hurst

Practical Nursing – Sheila “Leah” Myers

Psychology – Stormi Day

Respiratory Care - Magen Lambert

Sociology – Jessica Claeys

Spanish – Hunter Green

Speech – Kailey Hughes

Theatre – Victoria Southard

Welding – Scott R Grillion

From MSU-West Plains:

(West Plains) – Local physician Dr. Scott Roush will receive this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award during Missouri State University Alumni Association’s annual spring picnic for alumni and friends at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the West Plains Civic Center exhibit hall.

The award recognizes a Missouri State University alumnus who has made extraordinary achievements in his or her personal and professional endeavors and has shown notable success in his/her profession or business, loyalty to the university and outstanding contributions to society.

“It is so fitting to recognize Dr. Scott Roush with this alumni honor from the university,” said Missouri State-West Plains Director of Development Elizabeth Grisham. “Dr. Roush started his academic career on this campus and then returned home to establish a successful medical practice. His contributions to medicine and to our community bring honor to our university. We are proud to call him one of our own.”

Roush graduated from West Plains High School in 1987 and enrolled at Missouri State-West Plains in fall 1988 with the intent to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps and enter the teaching field. But in fall 1994, after receiving Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri State University in Springfield and teaching several years at area schools, he discovered he had a desire to help people in an entirely different way and returned to Missouri State-West Plains to begin taking classes for medical school.

He applied to several area medical schools and eventually chose the University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo., where he completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2001. He completed his residency in family medicine and obstetrics at Cox Medical Center in Springfield and returned home in 2004 with an associate to open Ozarks Family Care.

His nominator for the award pointed out that Roush’s plans always were to “return to this area and to make a ‘true difference’ in rural health. His goal after seven years of practice ‘back home’ remains the same – to make a difference in rural health care.”

In addition to his practice, Roush is the director of medical education at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains and the rural track medical director of the Southeast Missouri Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in West Plains, a part of the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Rural Track Clerkship Program. He also serves as medical director for Three Rivers Hospice in West Plains, Mountain Grove and Licking and was a founding member of the Primary Care Health Improvement Project. As part of the project, he mentors medical students who are performing their residency and internships within the confines of his rural clinic.

“Dr. Roush is a perfect example of a motto and sign endorsed by the university, ‘Stay Close and Go Far,’” his nominator said. “He is an individual who makes a valuable addition to the quality of life in our community, and his desire to serve as a mentor for medical students is a most inspiring attribute.”

The annual picnic is free and open to all Missouri State University alumni and friends; however, reservations should be made prior to the event, organizers said. For more information or to make reservations, call the Missouri State-West Plains development office at 417-255-7240.

(Mountain Home) – The Mountain Home Police Department says a Gassville man was arrested Thursday morning after allegedly breaking into a Mountain Home pharmacy.

20-year-old Dylan Lawyer of Gassville was arrested Thursday around 2 AM. A report from the police department says that police responded to a burglary alarm at MediSave Pharmacy located on Highway 201 North. Shortly after arrival, officers observed Lawyer reportedly fleeing the area on foot. Officers pursued the suspect across Highway 5 North and he entered the back yard of a nearby residence.

After multiple demands to stop, a taser was used on the suspect. Lawyer reportedly broke one of the two taser leads and attempted to get back up, but another a taser was used in an attempt to subdue him.

Lawyer was arrested and charged with Commercial Burglary, Fleeing, and Resisting Arrest. He was incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center on a $7,500 bond.

Charges at the Sheriff’s Office

After arriving at the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department, investigators took a report that a 2008 Ford F350 Pickup truck belonging to the Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad had been stolen from a private residence off of Big Pond Place, which is off State Highway 5 South. A GPS locator device allowed deputies to locate the stolen vehicle buried in the mud at the end of North Cardinal Drive in Mountain Home.

Investigators say that a piece of equipment from the truck was used in the pharmacy break-in.

Lawyer was also charged with Felony Motor Vehicle Theft and was held on $15,000 bond on the theft charges. He was released after paying bond, and is scheduled to appear in court May 24.

From left to right: Texas County Collector/Treasurer Tammy Cantrell, county resident Kevin McGowan, Melissa Dunn with the Texas County Sheriff's Department, Connie Thompson with the Cass Township, residents Leanne and James Sigman, Cass Township President Jack Watson, Texas County District II Commissioner Linda Garrett, Cabool City Administrator Ron Scheets, Associate Commissioner John Casey, Robert Miller, Presiding Texas County Commissioner Fred Stinger, project engineer Jason Sivils, Mike Mineer, Texas County Baptist Director of Missions Paul Posey, Terry Trautman with MDC, Rose Ward, Gerry Elliott with MDC, Megan Hammer with Sen. Claire McCaskill's office, Jeff Crites with MDC, Chirs Ely with MDC, Texas County Memorial Hospital CEO Wes Murray. (ORN Photo)

(Houston) – Landowners, residents, and officials from the Missouri Department of Conservation and Texas County were on hand Thursday for a ribbon-cutting for the bridge on Route RA over the Big Piney River near the Baptist Camp Access.

The bridge, which fell into disrepair and lasted well beyond its scheduled life, was a 10-foot wide low-water crossing bridge that would regularly flood during heavy rains. The bridge also posed a risk to travelers who may be traveling by bus to a nearby summer camp, or to other river accesses in the area.

Jason Sivils with Great River Associates of Springfield, who helped design the new bridge, told the assembled crowd Thursday that a majority of the $624,000 cost for the bridge was allocated through the federal government’s Off-System Bridge Replacement Program, also known as the BRO Program:

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That program is funded by the Highway Transportation Fund, which is paid for by the gasoline tax.

The new, structurally sound two-lane bridge is 190 feet long with guardrails on both sides. The bridge was also raised, and now allows for canoe traffic on the river.

(West Plains) – Tomorrow, animal clinics and hospitals in Howell County will be participating in the annual county-wide rabies vaccination clinic, which will offer area pet owners a chance to vaccinate their pet at a discounted price.

Justin Frazier, Environmental Services Supervisor with the Howell County Health Department, says that things will be a tad different this year:

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Frazier also told us about the debilitating effects of the virus:

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With the effects of rabies well-known and the possible consequences of not vaccinating your pet, Frazier says that some people become complacent with putting their pets outside in pens. Frazier says that letting your pets outside quickly or leaving them in a pen won’t protect them from rabid animals:

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If you have any questions on the clinic, call your local veterinary clinic or the Howell County Health Department at 417-256-7078.

(Mountain Home) – A Mountain Home woman was injured Wednesday afternoon after a head-on collision in Baxter County.

The accident happened around 3:35 PM on Highway 341 near Barkshed Road, where the Arkansas State Police say a pickup driven by 26-year-old Matthew Maley of Mountain Home crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by 65-year-old Betty S. Rainbolt.

Rainbolt was flown to St. John’s Medical Center in Springfield. A condition report was not immediately available.

Maley was cited for careless driving and no proof of insurance.

(Sikeston) – MoDOT has scheduled work to start next week in Howell, Shannon, Oregon and Texas Counties.

Howell County

  • The bridge over Simms Valley between Route RA and County Road 3200 on westbound Highway 60 from Howell County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform routine bridge maintenance Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 5 PM daily.
  • Route E in Howell County from Highway 160 to the Arkansas State line will be reduced to one lane as crews partially overlay the roadway Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Oregon County
  • Route H in Oregon County from Route 142 to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane as crews perform pavement repairs Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.
  • Route V in Oregon County from Route 142 to Route H will be reduced to one lane Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 AM to 5 PM as crews perform pavement repairs.
  • Route 142 from Route U to Route UU in Oregon County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform pipe replacement Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.
  • Highway 63, from Route N in Howell County to Route 181 in Texas County, will be reduced to one lane as crews wash bridges at various locations Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 5 PM daily.
  • Westbound Highway 60 in Howell County, from Route 76 to the Texas County line, will be reduced to one lane as crews continue to perform concrete replacement Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 5 PM. Also, westbound Highway 60 from Route NN to Route U in Howell County will be reduced to one lane as crews seal bridge decks at various locations Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.
  • Route 76, from Route 95 in Douglas County to US 60 in Howell County, will be reduced to one lane as crews continue to perform pavement repairs Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.

Texas County

  • The bridge over the Big Piney River between Route 17 and Route AU on Route Z in Texas County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform routine bridge maintenance Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 5 PM. Also, Route 17 from Route 38 to Route 32 will be reduced to one lane crews partially overlay the roadway. Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Route KK from Route K to the end of state maintenance in Texas County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform drainage work Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Highway 63 and Grand Avenue in Texas County will be reduced to one lane as Houston maintenance crews continue to perform pavement repairs Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 4:30 PM.

Shannon County

  • The bridge over Jam Up Creek, located between Route OO and Route T on eastbound Highway 60 in Shannon County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform routine bridge maintenance Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 5 PM.
  • Route 19 from Highway 60 in Winona to the Oregon County line in Shannon County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform edge rut repairs Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 4 PM.

The work zones will be marked with signs and motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the areas. For additional information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT.

(Mountain Home) – The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office will be joining countless other law enforcement agencies across the country Saturday to collect expired or unused prescription pills as part of an effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take-Back Event.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us more about the event:

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Sheriff Montgomery says that disposing of the drugs this way is safer and more environmentally friendly than disposing them by other means:

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Other law enforcement agencies participating in the event include Howell, Oregon, Douglas and Wright Counties.