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Archive for May, 2013

(Mountain View) – Officials in Mountain View are urging residents to be aware of the height of their grass.

Mountain View Police Chief James Perkins told Ozark Radio News on Thursday that the department has received a number of complaints of landowners who are allowing grass to run rampant.

Perkins says that if property is found to have grass that’s too tall, the property owner will receive a notice and will have 10 days to clean the property up. If the 10 days pass and the grass is not cut, the property owner will receive a citation, and have another week to get the property in line. If it is not done, multiple citations can be received. If enough citations are received, the property owner could face fines up to $500 per citation and a court date.

If you have any questions call city hall at 417-934-2601.

(Jefferson City) – Missouri farmers have teamed up with the USDA and the Missouri departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources to strengthen their operations to open new opportunities to receive loans and reimbursements to make on-farm improvements.

One such opportunity is The Bridge Loan Program, which is a partnership between federal and state agencies that assists farmers by reducing the financial barriers for some state and federal programs.

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Businesses Development Authority voted to expand a 2012 loan program that focused on producing a much wider range of programs.

These programs would include cost-share programs that are available through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Soil and Water Conservation Program (SWCP) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

The Bridge Loan Program will build onto the 2012 High Tunnel Loan Program, which allows producers to combine the loan with their participation in the USDA-NRCS program, reducing producers out of pocket costs.

For producers to be eligible for assistance through the Bridge Loan Program they must be approved for cost-share reimbursements through the USDA-NRCS, EQIP and/or SWCP. Additionally they must be able to show proof of financial ability to cover any gaps between reimbursement amounts and project costs, should a gap arise.

All applicants must be currently materially participating in the farming operation and at risk for price or production cost and must commit reimbursement payments to fulfill the loan note to the NRCS or SWCP.

Every loan offered through the Bridge Loan Program will include monthly interest payments at a 5.9 percent interest rate and a $25 closing cost. Funds may be withdrawn only when practices are being implemented, and loan terms may be up to the duration of USDA-NRCS, EQIP and SWCP programs.

Loan applications are available online, or by contacting the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority at masbda@mda.mo.gov.

(West Plains) – West Plains Bank and Trust Company are hosting a free luncheon focusing on the services offered for senior citizens and their caregivers on Tuesday June 11 at the West Plains Senior Center.

A lunch of grilled hamburgers and sides will be served from 11:30AM to 12:30PM, with the program beginning at noon.

Speakers will include Mary Mike Taylor with Southern Missouri Home Builders, Vicki Jones with the West Plains Senior Center, Craig King with Habitat for Humanity, and Gay Watson with Ozarks Medical Center. All speakers will speak on the topic of “Aging in Place.”

The event is put on to bring businesses and organizations that provide services to seniors and their caregivers to the same place. During the event seniors and their caregivers will have the opportunity to receive more information on the resources available to them.

An RSVP is required to allow for a lunch count. To RSVP or for additional information, call West Plains Bank and Trust Company at 417.256.2147.

The West Plains Senior Center is located at 406 East Main Street in West Plains.

(Houston) – The 7th Annual Upper Current River Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, June 15.

Registration is from 8-10 AM at Cedargrove, Akers Upper Landing, or Pulltite.

The river cleanup targets the following sections of the river:

  • Baptist to Cedargrove
  • Cedargrove to Akers
  • Akers to Pulltite
  • Pulltite to Round Spring

A BBQ supper will be served at the Round Spring Picnic Area at 6PM where there will be a drawing for a kayak and other prizes.

Contact Jack or Mary Ficker at 573-729-7065 for more information.

(West Plains) – The Flying R Ranch in West Plains will be hosting a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network on June 14-16. The Children’s Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization which provides funds for both medical research and medical care for children with chronic illnesses.

On Saturday and Sunday Flying R Ranch will provide a trail ride where participants can ride for a donation of $20 or more. Pledge cards are available for both riders and non riders to collect additional pledges for the event.

Any and all donations will be accepted, including goods and services, which would be greatly appreciated.

Prizes will be awarded to collected pledges, donations, and rider participation. Children from the local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals and their families are invited to come to the ranch on Saturday June 15, for a picnic and fun filled day at the ranch.

A petting zoo will be provided for the children; along with the opportunity for some hands on experience with a horse. Each child will also be receiving a cowboy hat, a T-Shirt, and a Little Ranch Buckaroo certificate.

To make reservations, request pledge cards, or to inquire about making donations call 417-469-2267.

(Washington) – Many in Missouri are worried about the competitive tax rates in Kansas and how they may be luring business away from Missouri. Senator Claire McCaskill says that a number of factors would lead to a business leaving Missouri, but adds that Missouri is a great state to do business in:

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Earlier this month,Missouri lawmakers gave final approval to an income tax cut for businesses and individuals that could reduce state revenues by about $700 million annually when fully phased in. The legislation, if signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, would mark the first decrease in Missouri’s income tax rate since 1921.

(West Plains) – Local author Anthony Priest will host a booth featuring literature written by Ozarks authors in conjunction with the 19th annual Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival in downtown West Plains.

Priest, associate professor of English at Missouri State University-West Plains, edited the recently released Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology, which features pieces by poets, novelists, naturalists, columnists and historians whose lives were shaped profoundly by the landscape and culture of the Ozarks.

The anthology includes pieces by such authors as Donald Harington, Sara Burge, Marcus Cafagna, Art Homer, Pattiann Rogers, Miller Williams, Roy Reed and Daniel Woodrell.

Copies of Yonder Mountain, as well as books by some of the authors, will be available for sale at the booth, which can be found near the festival information booth on East Main Street, and several of the authors will be on hand to sign them, Priest said.

In addition to the booth, Priest and several of the authors will give readings from the various titles offered beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, June 14, in the West Plains Civic Center theater. Among those joining Priest are Sara Burge, Craig Albin and Phil Howerton. Albin and Howerton also are members of the Missouri State-West Plains English faculty.

The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is the signature event for West Plains. The two-day festival seeks to celebrate, preserve, pass on and nurture an appreciation of the old-time music and folk life traditions distinctive to the Ozark Highlands. Admission is free.

For more information about the festival, visit www.oldtimemusic.org.

(Mammoth Spring) – The Common Sense Property Rights Coalition will meet Monday June 10 at 6 PM at Spring Dipper Ice Cream in Mammoth Spring.

Board member Kevin Jotz says that the discussion at the meeting will be on the federal effort to take over the White River Basin in Missouri and Arkansas, and how it can be fought at the local and state level. Members who attended the West Plains Civic Center rally on protecting the 2nd Amendment will also give a report.

For more information call 417-264-2435 or 417-270-1724.

(Yellville) – The Marion County Fairgrounds in Yellville will be hosting The Volunteer Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic and Dr. Joanna McManus in July and November of this year.

From July 16-19 and November 5-8, pet owners will have the chance to get their pets spayed and neutered at an affordable cost.

The clinic will take care of both male or female cats and dogs. The cost will be $67 for dogs up to 75 pounds and $77 for dogs over 75 pounds; and all cats will cost $42. These prices will also include a rabies shot.

Four million cats and dogs, about one every eight seconds, are put down in U.S. shelters each year, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The Volunteer Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic is hoping to reduce this travesty by providing spay and neuter services at affordable rates for all pet owners.

Surgery will be by appointment only. To make an appointment you can call 870-620-0048. The clinic will be booking up one month to six weeks in advance.

(Springfield) (AP) – A public memorial for hotel developer and philanthropist John Q. Hammons will be held next month in one of the many Springfield public venues he helped to build.

Hammons died Sunday in Springfield at the age of 94.

His company, John Q. Hammons Hotels and Resorts, announced Thursday the service will take place June 11 at JQH Arena on the Missouri State University campus.

Hammons donated $30 million toward the $67 million cost of the basketball and event venue, which opened in 2008.

The June 11 service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Doors will open one hour earlier.