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Archive for January, 2013

(Mountain Home) – The Mountain Home Police Department is holding their sixth annual Citizen’s Police Academy starting March 25. Cathy Walters has more:

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(West Plains) – Area educators looking for a teaching position next fall are invited to attend the annual Teacher Placement Day event Friday, March 1, at the Lybyer Technology Center on the campus of Missouri State University-West Plains.

The event is being hosted by Missouri State-West Plains’ career services and campus outreach office and Missouri State University’s Teacher Education Completion Program.

It is designed to give students in their final semester of an education program and education program graduates the opportunity to meet with administrators from school districts in Missouri State-West Plains’ seven county primary service area, as well as with administrators from north-central Arkansas school districts, and apply for positions opening in those districts, organizers said.

The interviewing and application session is set for 9 to 11 a.m. in the training rooms on the lower level of Lybyer.

The interview session is free.

Administrators from area school districts who would like to participate in the interview session should preregister as soon as possible with Smith at 417-255-7230.

For more information about Teacher Placement Day, contact Smith at 417-255-7230 or the Missouri State University Teacher Education Completion Program office at 417-255-7930.

(Mountain Home) – A Bull Shoals woman was arrested on felony forgery and theft charges following an investigation initiated on January 22 after a local business reported theft of funds from the business.

45-year-old Tammy Rocheleau of Bull Shoals was arrested Monday and charged with Felony Theft of Property and Felony Forgery.

A report from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office states that employees at Gaston’s Resort discovered that an office employee had used a signature name stamp on checks, which she was not authorized to do. The employee would add or alter different amounts on petty cash tickets, then cash checks to cover those amounts that she used the signature name stamp on. Another employee discovered what had been going on and reported it to the business owner.  They found that this unlawful activity had been taking place since October, 2011.

Rocheleau reportedly admitted to forging the documents and taking around $2170 to cover bills.

She was released on $5,000 bond with an appearance in Circuit Court set for January 31.

“The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds” is one of the many prints on display by Rembrandt (1606-1669) at ASUMH. Click to enlarge.

(Mountain Home) – The Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the campus of Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) recently installed a display of 13 prints and etchings by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn created between the 16th and 17th centuries. The selected works on long-term loan to ASUMH from an anonymous collector are of a Biblical theme and are located on the north end of the Dale Bumpers Great Hall.

The fine prints by Rembrandt (1606-1669), who was a master of light and shadow, are among the paintings, drawings and prints that have placed him as one of the greatest creative talents of all time. For each of the prints on display, there is a date and a reference to chapter and verse of the Biblical subjects.

Prints on display at ASUMH include the following:

  • The Death of the Virgin – 1639, no scripture cited
  • The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds – 1634, Luke 2: 8-14
  • Return of the Prodigal Son – 1636, Luke 15: 11-32
  • The Flight Into Egypt: a Night Piece – 1651, Matthew 2:13-15
  • The Descent From the Cross – 1633, John 19: 38-42
  • Adoration of the Shepherds: a Night Piece – about 1652, Luke 2: 15-16
  • Joseph Telling His Dreams – 1638, Genesis 37: 1-11
  • The Raising of Lazareth – about 1630, John 11: 1-44
  • Christ at Emmaus – 1634, Luke 24: 13-31
  • Christ Preaching – about 1652, no scripture cited
  • Christ and the Woman of Samaria: Among Ruins – 1634, John 4: 5-42
  • The Good Samaritan – 1633, Luke 10: 30-35
  • Agony in the Garden – about 1657, Luke 22: 39-46

Rembrandt was born in 1606 in Leiden, a city in the Dutch province of South Holland, and died in 1669 in Amsterdam. According to The Complete Etchings of Rembrandt, edited by Gary Schwartz, it was Rembrandt’s etchings, more than his paintings and drawings, that most palpably changed the course of the history of art.

Admission to view the exhibit is free. Hours of operation at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. For more information on the exhibit, contact Christy Keirn in the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 870-508-6109.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – A university economist is casting doubt on whether Missouri’s job-creation incentives actually result in more jobs.

Economist Howard Wall of Lindenwood University testified Monday before the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee about the effectiveness of the Missouri Quality Jobs program. The initiative offers tax breaks to businesses that add jobs with good wages and health benefits.

Figures from the Department of Economic Development show the program has created about 11,000 jobs since 2006 – about one-quarter of what was projected. That number likely will grow, because the tax breaks run for several years.

Wall said some of those employees likely just shifted jobs. His analysis showed little net gain.

But lobbyists for Express Scripts and Monsanto said the tax breaks were important to their decisions to expand in Missouri.

(West Plains) – At last week’s West Plains city council meeting, a vehicle for hire permit was approved following a public hearing. City Clerk Mallory Thompson says no one came forward at the meeting:

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The February West Plains City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri lawmakers are taking another stab at a requirement for voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Legislators have debated the idea for several years, generally splitting along partisan lines. Republican supporters say it would help protect against possible voter fraud. Democratic critics contend there have not been recent documented instances of impersonation, and that it would make voting harder for some, including seniors and the disabled.

The most recent proposal, discussed during a hearing Tuesday before the House Elections Committee, would put to voters a state constitutional amendment allowing for a photo ID requirement. Coupled to the constitutional amendment would be separate legislation to implement it.

Sponsoring Rep. Tony Dugger said there currently is potential for voter fraud and that his goal is to protect the integrity of Missouri elections.

“It’s not my intention to take away any right to vote,” said Dugger, R-Hartville.

When Missouri voters go to the polls now, they can show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID or prove their identity with documents that do not contain photographs, such as copies of current utility bills, bank statements or paychecks with their names and addresses.

Under the proposal, people who do not have a valid driver’s license or other government-issued ID with their picture could vote using a provisional ballot. In order to do that, the voter would have to sign an affidavit that they could not obtain a photo ID because they could not afford the supporting documentation, were disabled, had religious beliefs against it or were born before 1941. The provisional ballots would be counted if the signature matches the one on file with local election authorities.

Opponents said the proposal would be a hurdle for voters to overcome. Denise Lieberman, an attorney for the Advancement Project, which is a voting rights group, said it is unnecessary and would restrict eligible voters from casting ballots.

“Elections should be free, fair and accessible for all who are eligible,” Lieberman said. “Certainly voters have an obligation for knowing the rules and complying with them. But we shouldn’t make voting harder than it has to be.”

Initially, the House committee hearing was scheduled for 6:45 a.m. The start time was pushed back after there were complaints, including from Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander.

Kander, who took office this month, voiced opposition to recent Missouri photo ID proposals during the fall campaign. As an alternative, Kander pointed to a policy in Idaho that allows voters who do not bring a required photo ID to sign a sworn affidavit and then cast a standard ballot.

Kander’s director of policy and governmental affairs told the House committee that Kander thinks Missouri’s most recent proposal would disenfranchise eligible voters.

Enacting a photo ID requirement for voters would require a change to the state constitution because the Missouri Supreme Court struck down a 2006 photo ID law as an unconstitutional infringement on the fundamental right to vote. The law was passed by the GOP-led Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Matt Blunt.

In 2010, lawmakers approved both a constitutional amendment and separate legislation. However, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the legislation. A trial judge rejected the ballot summary for the proposed constitutional amendment, calling it insufficient.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is defending the purchase of a new state airplane that can be used by the governor, other state officials and law enforcement officers.

Nixon says the $5.6 million airplane bought by the Missouri State Highway Patrol was a good long-term investment for law enforcement and safety.

The Democratic governor already has flown on the new King Air 250.

The patrol bought the plane with money from a fund for vehicles and aircraft. But some lawmakers are upset about the cost and the fact that the patrol did not tell them about the plane’s purchase in advance.

Senators have cited concerns about the new plane while delaying confirmation of Nixon’s appointee to head the Office of Administration.

(Springfield) (AP) – A southwest Missouri man will spend three years in prison for possessing cartoons showing child pornography.

A federal judge sentenced 36-year-old Christjan Bee of Monett on Monday to three years without parole, followed by five years of supervised probation.

Bee pleaded guilty last October to possession of an obscene image of the sexual abuse of children.

The Joplin Globe reports Bee’s wife called police in August 2011 after finding what she believed to be child pornography on her husband’s computer.

The U.S. attorney’s office says in a news release that comics found on the computer found several images of minors engaged in sexual activity.

(Springfield) – The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch in effect for the entire Missouri listening area and a majority of the Arkansas listening area until 8 PM this evening.

Watches are in effect for Howell, Douglas, Ozark, Wright, Texas, Shannon, and Oregon counties in Missouri, and Marion and Baxter counties in Arkansas.

Tornado watches are weather indicators used by the National Weather Service that the conditions have created a significant risk of a tornado occurring, but one hasn’t actually occurred.

In addition, a Lake Wind Advisory has been issued for Baxter, Marion and Fulton counties in Arkansas from now until 6 PM Wednesday. Winds are expected anywhere between 15-25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph, which makes hazardous sailing conditions on bodies of water.