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Archive for November, 2012

(Kansas City) – A Dearborn couple made Powerball history by winning half of the game’s largest jackpot ever and the state’s largest prize. Cindy and Mark Hill said they are in shock after discovering they held one of two tickets that matched all six numbers drawn to win the record Nov. 28 jackpot worth $587.5 million.

“I called my husband and told him, ‘I think I am having a heart attack,’” Cindy, 51, said. “I think we just won the Lottery!”

Cindy had dropped their daughter off at school and headed to a convenience store to get a winning numbers report after hearing a winning ticket was sold in Missouri. She checked her tickets in the car and drove straight to her mother-in-law’s house to have her double-check the ticket. Then she called Mark, and he went to his mom’s house to see for himself.

“You know it’s the Show Me State, so he said, ‘Show me,’” Cindy joked.

Cindy bought the couple’s winning combination, along with four others, the night of the drawing at Trex Mart in Dearborn. She let the computer quick pick the combinations on her ticket. The winning numbers were: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29, and the Powerball was 6.

“I was just telling my daughter the night before, ‘Honey, that probably never happens (people winning),’” she mused.

The couple, who adopted a daughter from China five years ago, said they talked about adopting again since finding out about their win. They also plan to help family members, such as paying for college educations for their four granddaughters and their four nieces and nephews.

Cindy said she and Mark haven’t had a lot of time to talk about their plans for the windfall, but since her daughter has never seen the beach, they plan to take her to one. She also wants a horse, so “in a couple years, I’d say yes.”

Cindy also said Mark, 52, has talked about a red Camaro.

“It’s really going to be nice to spend time – not have to work – and be able to take trips with our family,” she added.

Cindy Hill worked as an office manager, but was laid off in June 2010 due to the loss of a grant. She said she then took a year off to spend time with their daughter and began looking for work recently when her daughter went to first grade. Mark Hill works as a mechanic for Hillshire Brands.

In addition to the Hill’s win, Trex Mart will receive a bonus of $50,000 for selling the winning jackpot ticket.

(Willow Springs) – The South Central Solid Waste Management District will hold a free collection event for scrap tires December 1-15 at the Willow Springs Recycling Center on Old Burnham Road in Willow Springs.

The event will run from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM each day.

Representatives from SWMD say the collection will be limited to 1000 tires, or a truckload, and tires from businesses will not be accepted. Tires dropped off should be passenger sizes 20″ or less and be off the rim. Collection is open for all residents of Howell, Douglas, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas and Wright Counties.

Officials say that the 1000 tire limit is usually reached quickly, so if you have tires you should show up as soon as possible.

SWMD will also be hosting a free drop-off for old computers, computer parts, televisions, and microwaves at the Booster Field Parking Lot in Willow Springs on December 15 from 9 AM to 2 PM.

For more information, call the district office at 417-932-5345.

(Caulfield) – A resident of Mountain Home, AR was injured on Wednesday after a one-vehicle accident in Caulfield.

43-year-old Felicia Fulbright suffered minor injuries and was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.

The accident happened at 7:04 PM on Highway 160, when Fulbright’s car, which was westbound, traveled off-road and struck a tree.

(West Plains) – Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous source, kindergarten students at the West Plains Elentary School and South Fork Elementary will be reeiving a pair of shoes for Christmas.

Dr. Brad Owings, Principal of the West Plains Elementary provides us with the details:

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In addition to thanking those responsible for the shoes, Leny Eagleman, Vice-Principal of the West Plains Elementary School, wanted to thank those who are helping fill backpacks for the Backpack Program. The Backpack Program was created to ensure that no West Plains students go hungry:

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Fore more information or to donate to the Backpack Program, call the West Plains R-7 at 256-6150 or visit zizzers.org.

(Carter County) (AP) – Nearly three dozen dogs have been removed from the rural southern Missouri home of a suspected animal hoarder.

KFVS-TV reports that Carter County authorities and the Humane Society of Missouri this week found 38 dogs living in what they called unsafe conditions. Thirty-one of the dogs were taken to the Humane Society in St. Louis for evaluation and possible adoption. A man who lives part-time at the home said the others belonged to him.

Sheriff Bruce Van Belle says the woman who owns the home left the state and left the dogs alone. Authorities found the dogs chained. One dog was dead after apparently being killed by other dogs.

It isn’t yet clear if any criminal charges will be filed.

(Kansas City) – Community Health Center leaders from Missouri and around the nation are in Washington, D.C., this week to make sure that those who need affordable health care the most are protected from Congressional budget-cutters. Joe Pierle is the executive director of the Missouri Primary Care Association:

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The federal government has already sent $42 million for Community Health Centers in Missouri, and Pierle wants Congress to see that the money is well spent. He says low-income and uninsured Missourians can access many services in one center, including primary, dental, pediatric and prenatal care. Pierle says that keeping people, especially children, healthy, is key:

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Nearly 400,000 Missourians receive their care at Community Health Centers, which offer services on a sliding scale. That number is expected to double once the Affordable Care Law is fully implemented.

MO News Service contributed to this report.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced his support Thursday for expanding Medicaid eligibility in Missouri, calling it both “the smart thing” and “the right thing to do.”

Nixon’s endorsement of the Medicaid expansion comes after months of pre-election silence on the subject and could give a significant boost to an effort by hospitals and other medical groups to persuade state lawmakers to embrace the change.

But it won’t be an easy sell for the Democratic governor. Republican legislative leaders responsible for passing a state budget generally have expressed opposition to a Medicaid expansion, citing concern about the future cost to the state.

Under a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, each state can decide whether to expand Medicaid to adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, as called for under President Barack Obama’s health care law. The federal government would pay the full cost starting in 2014, but states would have to begin paying a 5 percent share in 2017 that would gradually increase to 10 percent by 2020. Nixon said the Medicaid expansion could provide health care coverage to an additional 300,000 state residents, but those estimates have varied. The hospital association’s report estimated an additional 161,000 people would enroll in Medicaid because of the expansion in eligibility.

Cost estimates have varied. A report released Wednesday by the Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Foundation for Health estimates a Missouri Medicaid expansion would cost the federal government $8.2 billion and the state $333 million between 2014 and 2020. A report released earlier this week by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Urban Institute projected the federal government’s cost at $17.8 billion and the state’s share at $1.6 billion from 2013 to 2022.

Either way, the federal government will pay most of the bill.

(St. Louis) (AP) – Overall U.S. drought conditions have worsened for the second week in a row, reversing a recent easing in dry conditions in some areas and keeping the country mired in its worst drought in decades with no immediate relief expected for key Plains farming states.

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that 62.7 percent of the land in the lower 48 states was in some form of drought as of Tuesday, up from 60.1 percent the previous week. The area in extreme or exceptional drought – the two worst classifications – also rose, to 20.12 percent from last week’s 19.04 percent.

Before the recent downturn, overall conditions had gradually eased over five weeks, offering short-lived encouragement to some of the hardest-hit areas.

Bud Hinds and other spoke to the council in Willow Springs Tuesday about the promotion and revitalization of Willow Springs. (ORN Photo)

(Willow Springs) – At the Willow Springs City Council meeting Tuesday, city resident Bob Hinds discussed ideas for revitalizing the city. He said nearly 13,000 people drive the bypass each day and Willow Springs should take advantage of its location at the 60/63 intersection to become a thriving city.

He spoke to the council about placing billboards along the highway:

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Hinds also urged the council to entice more businesses into the downtown area, and at the three exits from town.

(Springfield) – The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will be holding blood drives throughout the region in the first half of December.

Officials with CBCO say blood reserves at this time are code green, meaning that include at least a three-day supply for most blood types. Although levels are adequate, it takes around 275 donations per day to meet the needs of the thirty-eight hospitals that use CBCO products.

Blood drives will be held on the following dates at following locations:

December 10, 1-4 PM: Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center, 2004 Crestview St., Ava
December 10, 3:30-7 PM: Church of Christ, Business 60, Rogersville
December 12, 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM: VFW Post 3770, POW/MIA Lane, Mountain Grove
December 14, 12-6 PM: Mansfield High School, 315 W. Ohio, Mansfield
December 14, 1-5:30 PM: First Christian Church, 202 E. State Route 17, Houston

For the eighteenth year in a row, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will participate in the Miracle of Giving Blood Drive event, which runs December 10-31. All participants at any CBCO blood drive during the Miracle of Giving event will receive a 15 oz. dishwasher-safe ceramic campfire mug.

Eligibility requirements include weighing at least 110 pounds, being in general good health and having required ID.

A single blood donation can save the lives of up to three people. For more information about this blood drive, check out our website at www.cbco.org or call 1-800-280-5337.

More dates may be added throughout the month. For the latest dates, visit the Community Calendar at www.ozarkareanetwork.com.