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Archive for September, 2013

(Little Rock) (AP) – Gov. Mike Beebe says a potential federal government shutdown would result in furloughs for some Arkansas employees and leave children in peril.

The governor said in a statement Monday that as many as 2,000 state employees would be furloughed if Congress fails to reach an agreement averting a government shutdown at midnight EDT. Beebe says thousands more workers could face a similar fate if a shutdown drags on for an extended time.

Beebe says more than 85,000 meals for Arkansas children would not be provided and 2,000 newborn babies would not receive infant formula through the Department of Health’s WIC program.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas is preparing to implement a key part of the federal health care law with the launch of its online insurance marketplace.

Hundreds of agents, brokers and guides will be prepared Tuesday to help as the state launches its insurance exchange, an online marketplace where consumers can shop for coverage. State insurance officials last week announced the rates for the 71 plans offered by the four companies participating in the exchange.

State officials have said they expect 500,000 people to use the exchange. About half will participate through a plan the federal government approved last week allowing Arkansas to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income workers.

State insurance officials are holding a daylong signup event Tuesday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

(Mountain Grove) – Three Mountain Grove residents suffered serious injuries Saturday afternoon after a two-vehicle accident on Highway 60 near Mountain Grove.

The accident happened at 2:23 PM one mile west of Mountain Grove, when the northbound vehicle driven by 40-year-old Donald Reed pulled into the path of an eastbound vehicle driven by 19-year-old Dylan Love.

Reed was flown to Cox Hospital in Springfield, while a passenger in his vehicle, 66-year-old Michelle Coon, was taken to Cox Hospital by ambulance. Love was taken to Cox Hospital in Springfield by ambulance.

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(Centerville) – The National Park Service (NPS) and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail partners are hosting a public retracement of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail on Friday, October 11, at 1PM in Centerville.

This event commemorates the 175 Anniversary of the Cherokee removal and a public unveiling of official national historic trail signs, marking the longest signed segment to date of original historic route.

New signs will be unveiled on the 31-mile stretch of the trail which resides in Iron and Reynolds counties, Missouri. The dedication and unveiling will be held at the Assembly of God Multipurpose Building at 2244 Highways 21 & 72, Centerville, Missouri in Reynolds County.

Participating in the event will be partners and officials from the Cherokee Nation, Trail of Tears Association, Reynolds County, Missouri Department of Natural Resources – Division of State Parks, Missouri State Historic Preservation Office, The Doe Run Company, and Mark Twain National Forest.

In 1838, the Cherokee where forcefully removed from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee to Indian Territory, present-day Oklahoma. The Cherokees traveled across the states of Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas by foot, horse, wagon, and steamboat.

The Trail of Tears in Missouri goes through or touches land in the counties of Barry, Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Green, Iron, Laclede, Madison, Ozark, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Saint Francois, Scott, Stone, Texas, Wayne, Webster, Wright, and Washington.

(Cabool) – Four people, including three children, suffered minor injuries after the vehicle they were in ran off-road and hit an embankment Sunday morning.

The accident happened at 9:07 AM on Route M, about four miles north of Cabool. The driver of the vehicle, 20-year-old Ashley McKinsey of Mountain Grove, was taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.

The three children, aged 5, 9 and 13, were also taken to TCMH. The three children were listed as being from Norwood.

(Licking) – A resident of St. Charles suffered minor injuries Sunday afternoon after the ATV he was driving overturned.

The accident happened at 4:20 PM on Route 32, about 10 miles west of Licking, when the westbound ATV operated by 23-year-old William Moore attempted to make a left turn onto another roadway and overturned.

Moore refused treatment at the scene, according to a report from the Highway Patrol.

(Mountain View) – The Mountain View City Council heard from Police Chief James Perkins concerning the need for a Mountain View/Liberty School Resource Officer.

Chief Perkins spoke with Ozark Radio News and gave us an insight into the needs of the area for a School Resource Officer:

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The council also further discussed the hiring process of a city administrator, approved the renewal for employee health insurance, and declared that this year’s city wide Trick or Treating would take place on October 31, from 3-8PM.

Further questions on the items that were discussed and approved during the meeting can be addressed by contacting Mountain View City Clerk Willa Kramer at 417-934-2601.

(West Plains) – The West Plains Home Rule Charter Commission will be meeting in the West Plains Public Library Community Room on Tuesday, October 1, at 5:30PM.

During the meeting the commission will be reviewing and considering revising the Charter document per any recommendations made by the consulting attorney.

The commission will also take care of any new business that is presented during the meeting.

The public is welcome to attend the meetings and share their input on any issues presented to the commission.

(Jefferson City) – The number of Missourians who have taken the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge passed the 10,000 mark on Wednesday, and Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon are encouraging them to continue logging miles in order to reach the goal of 1 million miles this year.

Launched to promote Missouri’s distinction as the 2013 Best Trails State in America, the outdoor fitness initiative challenges Missourians to complete 100 miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year. Since the official launch on June 1, participants have completed more than 745,000 miles, including 288 miles by the Governor and 289 miles by the First Lady.

Gov. Nixon said that reaching their goal of 10,000 participants would not have been possible without the hundreds of families, businesses, and organizations all over the state that have embraced this initiative as a way to improve their health and take part in Missouri’s outdoor heritage.

Nearly 200 organizations, including schools, cross country teams and fitness clubs, have signed up to take the challenge as a group, while almost 30 Missouri businesses have implemented the initiative into office wellness programs to promote overall health and physical activity among employees.

For more information and to take the Challenge, visit MO.gov. Participants can also share adventures, post photos and learn about upcoming events by connecting with 100 Missouri Miles on Facebook and Twitter using #100MoMiles.

(Mountain View) – The Spintronix Color Guard will be holding auditions for the 2014 Indoor Color Guard on November 9 and November 16.

The auditions will be held at the Angelica Building at 906 S. Elm Street in Mountain View from 1-4 PM both dates. Doors open at noon. Officials say all necessary skills on dance, flag, and weapons will be taught during the audition time.

Spintronix Director Jackie Krasuski says the group is still looking for donations for a bus to transport the group to contests and other events.

For more information, call 417-247-0168, email spintronixguard@yahoo.com or visit www.spintronixguard.org.