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Archive for August, 2013

(Des Moines) (AP) – A growing season that began unusually wet and cold in the Midwest is finishing hot and dry, renewing worries of drought and its impact on crops.

Experts say corn and soybeans may not have enough moisture in dry areas to develop to full weight, which could reduce this year’s harvest.

The weekly Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that lack of rain has caused drought conditions to expand in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, and most of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

It also shows that abnormally dry conditions have expanded in eastern Iowa and South Dakota. Rain eased drought in portions of northern Nebraska, but much of the western half of the state remain in extreme drought.

But the drought monitor showed improvement in some states, including Kansas.

(West Plains) – The West Plains Fire Department will be out and about Saturday raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Firefighters will be out collecting money for “Jerry’s Kids” from 8 AM to 2 PM, and will be at the West Main and Preacher Roe intersection, Missouri Avenue and Broadway intersection, and Harlin Drive and Elmore Drive intersection.

City officials urge people to donate what they can to help a worthy cause.

(Ava) – Hundreds of beautiful Missouri Fox Trotters and thousands of their fans will arrive in Ava from Sunday, September 1, through Saturday, September 7, for the 55th Annual Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MFTHBA) Show and Celebration.

Exhibitors and their registered Missouri Fox Trotters will compete for cash, prizes and the coveted title of 2013 MFTHBA World Grand Champion.

From Sunday to Friday horses will be exhibited in more than 150 classes. Various events outside the arena will be held to highlight the versatility of the State Horse of Missouri as well as provide socializing and education for their owners

Competition will include classes in model/halter, gaited performance, and versatility which include cow cutting and trail challenges competitions. Throughout the show, vendors will offer everything from food to fashion located throughout the 130 acre grounds.

This year, regular admission daily tickets are $5, Monday through Thursday, and $6 on Friday and Saturday. Weekly passes are $30. The MFTHBA will be honoring all past and current FFA members with free admission all day Wednesday, September 4 and a special FFA class during the nighttime show. To receive free admission, current and past FFA members should wear their FFA jackets.

All horses entering the show grounds will need proof of their horse’s negative Coggins test and a certificate of veterinary inspection.

The MFTHBA show grounds are located in Ava on Hwy. 5, one mile north of the junction of Hwy. 5 and Hwy. 14. Call 1-417-683-2468 or visit www.mfthba.com for information.

A schedule for events is as follows:

Saturday August 31 (Pre-Celebration Event)

10am: Judges Seminar, Hall of Fame Room 

Sunday September 1

10am: Gospel Singing, Roy Williams Pavilion

10am: Versatility Classes, Versatility Arena 

6pm: Performance Classes, Dale Esther Arena

Monday September 2

9am: Trail Ride-Grounds, meet at front gate at 8:30am

10am: Versatility Classes, Versatility Arena

4pm: Cowboy Up for Christ, Versatility Arena 

6pm: Performance Classes, Dale Esther Arena

Tuesday September 3

9am: Trail Ride-Potter’s Field-Mark Twain National Forest, , meet at front gate at 8:30am

12pm:  MFTHBA Board of Directors Meeting, Hall of Fame Room

6pm: Performance Classes, Dale Esther Arena

Wednesday September 4

9am: Trail Ride-Assumption Abbey, meet at front gate

6pm: Performance Classes, Dale Esther Arena 

Thursday September 5

9am: Trail Ride-Crystal Lake Ranch, meet at front gate at 8:30am

10am: Versatility Classes, Versatility Arena 

11am: International Affiliate Meeting, Hall of Fame Room

6pm: Performance Classes, Dale Esther Arena

Immediately following Evening Show: Youth Benefit Auction, Roy Williams Pavilion

Friday September 6

9am: Trail Ride-Bateman Ranch-Mark Twain National Forest, meet at front gate at 8:30am

11am: Trail Obstacle Jackpot-ACTHA approved practice course, SW corner of grounds

4 pm:  Award nominated artists, 2nd Generation in concert, Roy Williams Pavilion

6pm: Performance Classes, Dale Esther Arena

Immediately following Evening Show: Karaoke, Roy Williams Pavilion

Saturday September 7

10am: Missouri Fox Trotter Horse Sale, managed by Adam’s Auctions, Versatility Arena

1pm: Manna Pro Clinic with Geno Middleton, Dale Esther Arena

4pm: Hall of Fame Reception, Hall of Fame Room

6pm: Performance Classes: Opening ceremonies will include Hall of Fame inductions a parade of champions featuring past World Grand Champions in Model, Versatility and Performance, Dale Esther Arena

(Caulfield) – A Caulfield man was injured Wednesday afternoon after the dirt bike he was operating traveled off of a private drive, hit a fence and a tree stump and overturned.

18-year-old Nathan Ehrhart was taken from the scene of the 3:53 PM accident to Mercy Hospital in Springfield by Air Evac.

The accident happened 2 miles south of Caulfield, according to a report from the Highway Patrol.

(Eminence) – A man from Mission, KS was injured Wednesday morning after the vehicle he was driving ran off-road and hit a tree.

The accident happened at 7:50 AM on County Road 412, about 4 miles west of Eminence.

84-year-old Billy Carter was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield by Air Evac.

Pictured standing, from left, David Masterson, representing the Trunk or Treat committee; Dianne Hoover, with OMC Riverways and the Trunk or Treat committee; and representing Howell County Outpost are Eric Bennett, Lee Arthurs, Brenda Cooler-Durham, Cindy Cole, Jane Ogle, Barb Arthur and Cathy List; and Jimmy Thompson, with the Klassic Kruisers Car Club and the Trunk or Treat Committee.  Front row kneeling is Jennifer Rader, Howell County Outpost. (Photo provided)

Pictured standing, from left, David Masterson, representing the Trunk or Treat committee; Dianne Hoover, with OMC Riverways and the Trunk or Treat committee; and representing Howell County Outpost are Eric Bennett, Lee Arthurs, Brenda Cooler-Durham, Cindy Cole, Jane Ogle, Barb Arthur and Cathy List; and Jimmy Thompson, with the Klassic Kruisers Car Club and the Trunk or Treat Committee.  Front row kneeling is Jennifer Rader, Howell County Outpost. (Photo provided)

(West Plains) – Howell County Outpost is the main event sponsor for the 20th Annual Trunk or Treat event, which was being held from 6-8 PM on October 30 at the West Plains Civic Center. Howell County Outpost recently presented a $2,000 check to the South Central Trunk or Treat Committee, which organizes the event to give area children the opportunity to trick or treat in a safe environment.

Admission to the event is one canned food item per person. Proceeds and canned food collected at the event benefit Ozarks Medical Center Riverways Hospice and the Elks Lodge 2418 for their Christmas for Kids program. Last year, more than 3,000 children and their families attended Trunk or Treat, receiving educational and safety information along with treats from over 80 local businesses.

Currently, the committee is seeking sponsors, including trunk sponsors, for the event. For more information about sponsorship, contact Dianne Hoover at 417-293-9969.

(Jefferson City) – The Missouri Department of Transportation urges the public to be safe this upcoming Labor Day holiday. Brett Stevens has more:

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(Cabool) – The Southern Cruisers Car Club will hold their 18th annual Car and Bike Show on Saturday, September 7 on Main Street in Cabool.

Registration takes place from 8 AM to 12 PM, and judging starts at 11 AM. Awards will be presented at 2:30 PM. Organizers say that t-shirts and dash plaques will be given to the first 50 entries, with other events and door prizes scheduled.

For more information call Danny at 417-926-8352 or Billy at 417-746-4613.

(West Plains) – Several informational seminars for area residents interested in applying to the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program for the fall 2014 semester have been scheduled at the nursing faculty at Missouri State University-West Plains.

The free seminars will provide information on nursing as a career, educational preparation for nursing, and a description of the classroom and clinical components of the Missouri State University-West Plains nursing program.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation at each seminar. No appointment or pre-registration is necessary to attend.

Seminars for those interested in the ASN Regular Track and LPN-to-RN Track programs are set for Tuesday, September 24, at 4PM, Saturday, October 19, at 10AM, Friday, November 1, at 2PM, and Tuesday, December 3, at 6PM. All meetings will be held in Looney Hall Room 107 on the Missouri State-West Plains campus.

For more information, contact the Missouri State University-West Plains Nursing Department at 417-255-7245.

(West Plains) – In September the Arts of the Avenue will be premiering their lasted production “Baby with the Bathwater”. Show nights will be on September 13-14 and 20-21 at 7PM in the Avenue Theater in downtown West Plains.

“Baby with the Bathwater” Director Mike Sisco spoke with Ozark Radio News about what audiences can expect from watching the production:

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Sisco shared that “Baby with the Bathwater” will be a fantastic production and that the cast will be well worth watching:

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For more information about this upcoming play or future productions visit www.theavenuetheatre.com.