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Archive for May, 2012

            (West Plains) – The annual Talburt Animal Health Center Dog Jog will take place this Thursday. Dr. Wes Gunter with the clinic says that the event is a fundraiser for the West Plains Track and Field Team:

 

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            Registration starts at 5:30 PM at the Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds. For more information, call Talburt Animal Health Center at 417-256-2838.

            (Salem) – Fulton County voters approved a two million dollar bond issue to build a new jail last November.

            Now, county officials are looking for a new architect to build it, after the company they hired said the new penitentiary in Salem will cost more than the proposed $2 million.

            The announcement by County Judge Charles Willett that Fulton County Quorum Court parted ways with Lee & Associates, the arcitectural firm, came at the May 14 quorum court meeting. The relationship severance comes after a multi-year partnership between the county and the firm.

            The court, however, may have a new designer – a Tennessee-based company named Southbuild Team, which believes that they can design the jail for less than $2 million. While Southbuild’s approach sounds good, there is a potential problem: the USDA is involved in the project, since it is providing a $300,000 grant and a low interest loan to cover construction costs. USDA requires the hiring of a general contractor to oversee the project. Southbuild uses an approach in which it oversees its projects. The USDA will have to give permission for the county to vary from the federal agency’s usual criteria.

            Pressure is mounting to start construction on the jail by July.

            (Mountain Grove) – The Mountain Grove Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Tuesday at 5 PM at Mountain Grove City Hall for their regular session meeting.

            In old business, the commission will discuss a list of supplemental district regulations that the city has been working on for a number of years, such as height regulations, permitted accessory uses for homes, and off-street parking and loading spaces. Also, City Administrator Rick Outersky will ask the commission to list what specific items they do or do not want in particular zones. The city is trying to rework their commerical and industrial zoning requirements.

            No new business will be discussed at the meeting.

(Sikeston) – The Missouri Department of Transportation will be working throughout the region this week, weather permitting.

Howell County

            The bridge over Bennetts Bayou on Route YY in Howell County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform bridge maintenance. The bridge isis located between County Road 7320 and County Road 7680. Weather permitting, work will take place Tuesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 31 between 8 AM and 4 PM

            Westbound Highway 60 in Howell County from Business Route 60/63 to the Texas County line will be reduced to one lane as crews continue to perform concrete replacement Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31 from 6:30 AM to 5 PM. daily.

Oregon County

            Route U in Oregon County will be reduced to one lane as crews continue to partially overlay the roadway. The section of roadway is located from Highway 160 to Route 142.

Weather permitting, work will be performed Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31 from 6:30 AM to 5 PM daily.

            Route FF in Oregon County from Highway 160 to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane as crews continue to partially overlay the roadway Wednesday, May 30 through Thursday, May 31 from 6:30 AM to 5 PM daily.

            The bridge over the Eleven Point River on Route 142 in Oregon County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform bridge maintenance. The bridge is located between County Road 243 and Route UU. Weather permitting, work will take place Wednesday, May 30 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

            Route J in Carter, Oregon and Ripley Counties will be reduced to one lane as crews partially overlay the roadway, from Route K in Carter County through Oregon County and end at US 160 in Ripley County. Weather permitting, work will be performed Thursday, May 31 through Tuesday, June 5 from 6:30 AM to 5 PM daily.

Shannon County

            Route NN in Shannon County, from Route H to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane as crews partially overlay the roadway Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31 from 6:30 AM to 4 PM daily.

            Route YY in Shannon County from Route JJ to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane while crews continue to perform drainage work Wednesday, May 30 through Thursday, May 31 from 7 AM to 4:30 PM daily.

Texas County

            Highway 60 in Texas County will be reduced to one lane as crews perform bridge repairs.  The bridge is located between Business 60 and Cabool City Limits over the Big Piney River. Weather permitting, work will be performed Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30 from 7 AM to 5 PM daily.

            Route KK in Texas County will be reduced to one lane while crews continue to perform drainage work from Route K to the end of state maintenance Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31 from 7 AM to 4:30 PM daily.

            The work zones will be marked with signs, and motorists are urged to be extremely cautious if traveling in these areas.

(West Plains) – The West Plains city council has entered into another lease agreement with Missouri State University-West Plains for use of the civic center. City public information officer Laurel Thompson says the council took the action at the most recent meeting:

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            The lease agreement with Missouri State University’s Board of Governors shows the university will pay $101,250 from July first of this year through the end of June in 2013. The current lease rate that ends June 30 is for $98,301.

(Sikeston) – Installation of new signals at the intersection of Route 5 and Route 14 in Ava is expected to begin Monday, June 4, weather permitting.

            Representatives with the Missouri Department of Transportation say the updated signals will feature flashing yellow arrows for left turning traffic, which will help increase efficiency during off-peak times. A flashing yellow arrow will signify that drivers turning left should yield to oncoming traffic. The signals will also display solid green arrows when left turning traffic has the right of way. A solid yellow arrow will indicate drivers should prepare to stop or complete the turn if in the intersection.

            As work is underway, there will be periodic lane closures at the intersection. Flaggers will be present to guide traffic through the work zone during lane reductions.

            The project is expected to be completed in early August.

            The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.

            For more information, please contact Resident Engineer Lindell Huskey at 417-469-9028, District Traffic Engineer Craig Compas at -573-472-5310 or MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).

(Willow Springs) – The Missouri “Click It Or Ticket” campaign continues through the first week of June. Willow Springs Police Chief Dan Dunn shared some seat belt statistics with Ozark Radio News:

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Law enforcement officials will be out in force looking for seat belt law violators through June 3.

(West Plains) – The radio tower for the Howell County Emergency Center, located in the basement of the Howell County Health Department, was installed on Friday of last week. Howell County Emergency Management Director Lt. Mike Coldiron spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us more about the progress of the project:

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            Coldiron continued and said that the center will be used not only for emergency operations in Howell County, but for the entire region:

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            Coldiron says that the tower is 120 ft. tall, with a 17 ft. Antenna. The center also has 24 multiple-channel radios, with the center having its on emergency frequency. A camera and cell phone enhancers will also be added to the tower.

(Branson) – Silver Dollar City’s White Water will be opening for business Saturday, May 26, and just in time, as record temperatures are expected for the opening day.

The previous high temperature on opening day since the year 2000 was 86 degrees in 2006. Saturday’s expect mid-to-lower 90s highs will make things even more relaxing at the park.

The park has more than 13 acres of tropical adventures, including nearly 7,000 feet of slides, more than a dozen rides and attractions, and two million gallons of cool, water fun, plus an expanded night ride event.

White Water’s newest ride is Aloha River, a river ride 800-plus-feet long, holding 300,000 gallons of water. Also in the park is the 7-story, 6-slide thrill ride Kalani Towers, Raging River Rapids, Splashaway Cay, and more.

White Water is open daily May 26 through August 12, and on select days August 18 through September 3. For more information: call 800-831-4FUN(386) or visit www.bransonwhitewater.com.

(Mountain Home) – A misdemeanor charge of Child Endangerment has been filed against the mother who’s son was attacked by a pit bull terrier April 5.

Charges against 21-year-old Amber J. Moody were announced early Friday morning. The charges came following the investigation into the incident surrounding her 3-year-old son Ryland Moody being attacked and bitten by the family’s 9 month old Pit Bull Terrier.

Investigators obtained a warrant charging Amber J. Moody with one misdemeanor count of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the Second Degree. She turned herself in to the Sheriff’s Office on May 23 to be served with the warrant. She was released after posting bond in the amount of $270, and is scheduled to appear in District Court on June 21.