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Archive for September, 2012

(Brandsville) – A teenager from West Plains was injured Wednesday morning after her vehicle hyrdoplaned and drover off of Highway 63 near Brandsville.

The accident happened around 11:25 AM one mile north of Brandsville. 19-year-old Sydney Wade was taken from the scene of the accident to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains by private vehicle with minor injuries.

(West Plains) – Two people have been arrested after reportedly assaulting area law enforcement officers in separate incidents.

27-year-old Joshua Oehlerking of West Plains was arrested Monday evening on a Howell County warrant for Attempting to Disarm an Officer. Court documents state Oehlerking attempted to take a firearm from West Plains Police Officer Trey Dewitt. Oehlerking bonded out, with a court date set for October 1.

31-year-old Samantha Dobyns from Reeds, MO was arrested by the West Plains Police Department Tuesday on a warrant for 2nd Degree Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. Court documents state that Dobyns assaulted officer Bryan Jackson with West Plains Police Department by punching him and grabbing his throat. She bonded out with a court date of October 15.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – The percentage of Missouri high school students scoring well on Advanced Placement exams has risen slightly.

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says about 24,800 Advanced Placement tests were taken by students during the 2011-2012 school year. The test is scored on a scale of zero to five, with scores of three and above typically qualifying students for college credit.

The department says about 15,600 tests registered scores of three or above last year. That means students got good scores on 63 percent of the tests – up about one percentage point from the previous year.

(Jefferson City) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol is starting a new seat belt campaign. Cathy Walters has more:

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(West Plains) – This coming Saturday is the Tractors on the Square event in Downtown West Plains, as well as Antique Tractor Preservation Day.

Three years ago, Michael Hinton decided to start his website, theantiquetractorshow.com, to help tractor enthusiasts find parts and information, and other tractor lovers, in one place. Afterward, he campaigned for, and obtained, an official proclamation from Gov. Jay Nixon marking the first Antique Tractor Preservation Day observation.

Hinton spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us about the history of the event, and what’s in store for this year:

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The event will take place from 9 AM to 4 PM Saturday. West Plains officials say that traffic will be closed to thru traffic beginning that morning until the event is over. Barricades will be placed at Dixon Street and Washington Avenue, Jefferson and West Main, Leyda and Aid Avenue, and East Main Street will be blocked off from South Hill to the Square.

More information on the event can be found at www.theantiquetractorshow.com.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Governor Mike Beebe says a conservative group is “trashing” Arkansas by airing a television ad that claims high taxes and government debt is driving people out of the state.

Beebe on Tuesday criticized the television spots being aired by Americans for Prosperity and accused the group of misleading voters on the state’s accomplishments. The Democratic governor told reporters he believes the ads are insulting the state more than his policies.

The 30-second television ad says that many are leaving the state to seek opportunities elsewhere because of a high cost of living. The spot doesn’t mention Beebe or any legislative candidates.

Americans for Prosperity’s state director said the ad began airing over the weekend as part of a $175,000 buy in the 1st, 2nd and 4th congressional districts.

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(West Plains) – If you’ve been past the Howell County Sheriff’s Office in recent days, you may have noticed some new signage outside of the sheriff’s office. It’s part of a minor remodeling effort at the office.

Howell County Sheriff Mike Shannon spoke with Ozark Radio News and said that the old sign was on its last leg:

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He also outlined a number of projects that will be worked on in the near future:

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The Howell County Sheriff’s Office is located off of Missouri Avenue in West Plains.

(Mountain Home) – Film and television producer, Peter Giuliano, will speak at ASUMH’s Gaston Lecture Series at 7 PM on Tuesday, October 9 at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH). This free event will be held in Gaston Lobby on the second floor of Roller Hall at the ASUMH campus.

Giuliano, a Brooklyn, New York native, will share his experiences and insights gained in an extensive career in the film and television industry at the Gaston Lecture Series.

Peter Giuliano’s resume includes being the Producer on a number of hit shows, including “Boss”, “Law and Order”, “Birds of Prey”, and “Thieves”, as well as Executive Producer on films including “Collateral”, “Sphere”, and “Sleepers” and Co-Producer on “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters II”, “Kindergarten Cop”, and “Twins”. For two seasons (1976-1977), Peter Giuliano also worked on some of the most memorable commercial parodies for the sketch comedy TV series “Saturday Night Live.” Soon after producing SNL commercial parodies, he focused on working on TV commercials in the U.S., as well as Europe.

He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Peter and his wife Kelly Householder-Giuliano currently reside in the Twin Lakes area.

The Gaston Lecture Series at ASUMH is presented each year free of charge to the community. ASUMH Performing Arts Series patrons have a reserved section at this event. For more information about the Gaston Lecture Series and the 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series, call 870-508-6105 or visit www.thesheid.com.

Artist Michael Walsh says he loves to paint suggested pathways of streams, rivers and country passages like this one in “Morning Glory.” Walsh’s artwork will be on display Oct. 23 to Nov. 12 at The Gallery on the Mezzanine at the West Plains Civic Center. The exhibit is being sponsored by Missouri State University-West Plains. (Photo provided)

(West Plains) – Works by local artist Michael Walsh will be featured in a free exhibit October 23 through November 12 at The Gallery on the Mezzanine at the West Plains Civic Center.

The exhibit is being hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains’ University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department. A “meet the artist” reception is set for 2 PM October 27 in the civic center’s Magnolia Room.

Walsh describes his artwork as “expressive poetic truth”, and encourages audience participation through contributing their own personal experiences to the motif during the viewing process, thus enlarging their connection with the painting.

Some of Walsh’s favorite painters include Edgar Degas, Edgar Payne, Clyde Aspevig, Dennis Doheny, Matt Smith, Josh Eliot, Winslow Homer, Kathryn Stats, Ralf Oberg, Bill Anton, Tucker Smith, Richard Schmid, Mian Situ and Scott Christensen.

Born in 1952, Walsh’s journey to becoming a professional artist has been unconventional. In order to support a family, he worked 30 years as a graphic designer. Ten years ago, however, he was challenged to pursue his passion. His professional goals now are to facilitate workshops, continue instructing others in the craft, and finding broader recognition of his work through gallery representation, he said. He also said his life is blessed with his wife, his sons and their families.

Walsh has received several awards and honors for his artwork. His “Strong City SF Railroad Depot” painting was selected as artwork for a Kansas Lottery Scratchers ticket in 2011 to celebrate the state’s sesquicentennial. In 2010, his pieces “Fall Dreams” and “Home” were winners at the MidAmerica Pastel National Exhibition and Competition. His artwork also has received awards from the Paint America Association’s “Paint the Parks” competition; Arts for the Parks Top 100 Award – Bronze Medallion Marine Art Award of Merit; and the best of show award in the Commerce Bank on the Plaza Blue Ribbon Art Show in Kansas City. He served as a judge and demonstrator at the Blue Springs Fine Art Show in March 2009, and his piece “Red Onions” was published in the June/July 2005 issue of International Artist Magazine.

Walsh has made presentations to art organizations and taught university-level courses in drawing, painting and color theory, and has also donated his artwork to raise money for scholarships and charitable organizations, including MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Autumn Auction, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral Dean’s Cup Auction; the KCPT auction; Plains permanent collection at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; the Yellow House and Missouri State-West Plains.

For more information about the exhibit or other upcoming U/CP events, visit wp.missouristate.edu/upc/ or call 417-255-7966.

(West Plains) – Pet owners now have another option to treat certain conditions. Dr. Steve Talburt of Talburt Animal Health Center in West Plains says it can be used to treat a variety of ailments:

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Talburt Animal Health Center is located on Highway 63 just north of the fairgrounds in West Plains. The telephone number is 417-256-2838.