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Archive for July, 2012

(Sikeston) – Douglas County travelers can now expect to see new signals at the intersection of Routes 5 and 14 in Ava. Installation of the signals began in early June, with full activation of the new signals completed on July 25.

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

For more information, call MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT.

(West Plains) – The Howell County Commission and the Howell County Sheriff’s Department have worked together to save the county taxpayers some money. Northern District Commissioner Bill Lovelace says the original Howell County jail only had 22 beds and with many communities closing their jails, there was a need to expand:

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Lovelace says the original plan called for an expansion to 41 beds but after some additional review, the jail was expanded to 56 beds, which is its current capacity.

(Poplar Bluff) – A former Oregon County Sheriff’s Deputy has pleaded guilty to felony charges in a stealing case from late last year.

32-year-old Darrin Sorrell of rural Thayer pleaded guilty to one count of Stealing, a class C felony. Court documents state he will be on 3 years probation. Due to the felony conviction, he will no longer be able to serve as a law enforcement officer or carry a firearm.

Sorrell was charged October 12 in Oregon County Circuit Court with Felony Stealing by Coercion. Reports indicate Sorrell told an Oregon County resident that she was the focus of a drug investigation, and that he could end the investigation if she payed him money. A probable cause statement indicates the woman paid Sorrell two checks, totaling $5,800. Sorrell allegedly deposited one check into his personal bank account and cashed the other, keeping the money at his Thayer home.

Sorrell reportedly cited money trouble as the reason behind the crime.

Court records indicated Sorrell was ordered in August 2011 to repay Capital One Bank in a breach of contract suit. Sorrell is to repay $5809.24 in principal, $587.94 in interest and $871.39 for attorney fees, for a total of $7268.57 plus court costs.

(Sikeston) – MoDOT has scheduled work in Texas and Shannon County next week, weather permitting.

TEXAS COUNTY

  • Route KK in Texas County from Route K to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane while crews partially overlay the roadway Monday, July 30 through Thursday,August 2 from 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily.
  • Route AV in Texas County from Highway 60 to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane as crews partially overlay the roadway Monday, July 30 through Thursday, August 2 from 6:30 AM to 5 PM daily.
  • Route ZZ in Texas County from Route 17 to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane as crews partially overlay the roadway Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 4 PM daily.
  • Route YY in Texas County from Route M to Route Z will be reduced to one lane as crews partially overlay the roadway Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 4 PM daily.
  • Route AD in Texas County from Route 181 to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane as crews partially overlay the roadway Monday, July 30 through Thursday, August 2 from 6:30 AM to 5 PM daily.

SHANNON COUNTY

  • Route ZZ in Shannon County from Route M to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane while crews seal the roadway Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 4 PM daily.
  • Route U in Shannon County from Highway 60 to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane while crews seal the roadway Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 4 PM daily.
  • Route M in Shannon County from Highway 60 to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane while crews seal the roadway Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 4 PM daily.
  • Route EE in Shannon County will be reduced to one lane from Route 19 to the end of state maintenance while crews seal the roadway Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 4 PM daily.

HOWELL COUNTY

  • Route AM in Howell County from Highway 60 to the Howell County line will be reduced to one lane as crews seal the roadway Monday through Thursday from 6:30 AM to 5 PM daily.

OREGON COUNTY

  • Route 19 in Oregon County from Highway 63 to the Shannon County line will be reduced to one lane as crews partially overlay the roadway Monday, July 30 through Thursday, August 2 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the areas. For additional information, call MoDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).

(Jefferson City) – After a tremendous response from Missouri farmers, an additional $5 million is being added into the drought stimulated emergency program.

There was a incredible response to the emergency program, which was designed to help drought-affected farmers; this demonstrates the great need for water for livestock and crops in Missouri.

Within the two days, after the Governor announced the emergency program, more than 600 Missouri farmers have submitted applications to receive assistance with drilling or deepening water wells or expanding irrigation systems. Already, 33 contracts for water projects have been approved, with an average award of $6,300.

As a result, Gov. Nixon said he is directing another $5 million into the program to supplement the initial $2 million dedicated from the State Soil and Water Reserve Fund.

The emergency cost-share program is available to Missouri livestock or crop farmers whose production is being harshly impacted by the current drought. To be eligible for the program, a proposed water project must bring immediate material benefit to crops or livestock.

Because of the emergency situation of the drought, applications from farmers for this cost-share program must be submitted by August 6 to either the local soil or water district or online to the state of Missouri at MO.gov.

(West Plains) – Despite the rainfall on Thursday, the city of West Plains is urging residents to conserve water due to the dry drought conditions.

City Clerk and Public Relations Director Mallory Thompson has more:

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Temperatures are expected to be in the 90′s and lower 100′s for the next week or so. For more information, call West Plains City Hall at 471-256-7176.

ASUMH's paramedic program has received national initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The required state accreditation was received prior from the Arkansas Department of Health's Section of Emergency Medical Service. ASUMH Paramedic Program Director Dave Magee (center) accepted the state accreditation. Also on hand for the presentation (from left) were Timothy Calicott, M.D., Chair of the Governor's EMS Advisory Council; Greg Brown, Section Chief, Arkansas Department of Health, Section of Emergency Medical Service; Karen Hopper, Associate Vice Chancellor for Special Projects and Paramedic Accreditation Director; and Dr. Danny Bercher, Chair, Department of Emergency Medical Services, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. (Photo provided)

(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home’s (ASUMH) paramedic program has received national initial accreditation, the final step in a process that began four years ago.

The notification from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) follows a peer review site visit at the local campus last October and the program receiving prior required state accreditation in 2011. According to the CAAHEP Website, accreditation is an effort to assess the quality of institutions, programs and services, measuring them against agreed-upon standards and thereby assuring that they meet those standards.

The goal for national accreditation was established in 2008 when ASUMH’s paramedic program was strengthened through a new partnership with the University for Medical Sciences (UAMS), with the support of Baxter Regional Medical Center (BRMC). The partnership was the initial program offering through what was then the newly created Area Health Education Center (AHEC) North Central. AHEC North Central was established to provide needed healthcare education and other health-related programs for a 10-county region and received its first round of funding in the 2007 legislative session.

"Parker's Rangers" at the Eagle Point Recreational Area before leaving. (truthfarmer.wordpress.com)

(Texas County) – The FBI is now involved after an incident involving a congressional candidate at a regional park.

During the Fourth of July celebration at Eagle Point Recreational Area on Lake Wapapello, a campaigning team of supporters for candidate Bob Parker, who is running for Congress in Missouri’s 8th District, parked four vehicles which sport “Parker for Congress” signs in the beds of their trucks in the public parking lot.

After noticing the campaigning vehicles, the Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers instructed the Parker supporters to leave the public event. After much disputing with the Rangers, a Parker supporter, calling themselves “Parker’s Rangers”, told the Rangers that they would leave, but their Constitutional rights were being violated.

Earlier this month the FBI was contacted and asked to formally begin an investigation.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Bob Parker about the incident, and what steps are being taken since the meeting with the FBI:

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Parker says the meeting with the FBI took place July 13.

Dan Chambers a representative for Eagle Point Recreational Area and the Army Corps of Engineers was able to shed some light on the details of what happened that day and why the Rangers took the actions they did:

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The FBI has not given a date of expected completion for their investigation, though Parker and his supporters expect the issue to be addressed fairly quickly.

(Jefferson City) – A Mountain Grove resident was elected into the Missouri Propane Gas Association on Thursday.

Mitch Dane from Titan Propane in Mountain Grove became the District 7 Junior District Director at yesterday’s MPGA ceremony. The MPGA actually installed all of its new Board of Directors during ceremony, which doubled as the organizations annual meeting in Branson, which included several representatives from the area.

MPGA is a not-for-profit trade association organized to promote the safe and efficient use of propane. According to the U.S. Census approximately 13 percent of Missouri’s households use propane for heating, hot water, and cooking. Recognized for its environmental benefits, propane is also widely used in agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and transportation as a safe and versatile energy source.

For more information about the MPGA or to learn who the director for your district contact Steve Ahrens at 573-893-7655 ext 301.

(West Plains) – The West Plains High School Zizzer Pride Band will perform their annual Concert in the Park this evening at 7 PM. The concert, sponsored by Comet Cleaners, is free and open to the public, and will be held near the pavilion at People’s Park in West Plains. Band members will perform music they have rehearsed throughout the week at band camp.

Music selections include songs from the Broadway show Phantom of the Opera, and several new pep songs that will be used at home football and basketball games this year. The concert will begin with the traditional performance of the Star Spangled Banner, Zizzer Fight Song, and Alma Mater. The concert will also feature the color guard and percussion section.

For more information, contact Band Director Rocky Long at 417-256-6150 or via email at rlong@zizzers.org.