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Archive for October, 2013

(Jefferson City) – Bryan Scott of St. Louis was sworn in Oct. 30 as the newest member of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

Eastern District Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Clayton III administered the oath of office in Clayton. Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Scott to the commission post on October 1.

Scott has been with the Boeing Company in St. Louis since 1988 and currently serves as director of quality for the major aircraft manufacturer. He also is a member of the Boeing management negotiations team. Scott, a Democrat, is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and obtained his master of management degree from Fontbonne University in St. Louis. He serves as the Boeing representative on the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis Board of Directors.

“Transportation affects every facet of business and our personal lives,” said Scott. “I consider it a great honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Missouri in this way.”

“Bryan Scott will be a great addition to the commission, and I look forward to working with him,” Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Chair Joe Carmichael said.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission is a six-member citizens’ panel that governs MoDOT. It can have no more than three members from any one political party. Members are appointed to staggered six-year terms by the governor and must be confirmed by the senate.

Other members of the commission are Joe Carmichael, Springfield,chair; Stephen Miller, Kansas City, vice-chair; Kelley Martin, Kansas City; Gregg Smith, Clinton and Kenneth Suelthaus, St. Louis.

(West Plains) – Work continues on the Howell Valley Road project in West Plains. City Clerk Mallory Prewett says that the weather this week has not helped things:

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Prewett reminds people that Halloween in the city of West Plains will run from 4-8 this evening.

(Willow Springs) – Crews in Willow Springs are preparing for winter work, and City Administrator Bob Pollard says that includes pot hole work. However, the winter patching work is done very particularly:

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Pollard reminds residents that if they have low-hanging branches or branches on trees that extend over roadways, they are urged to call city hall at 417-469-2107 to have the city cut them down.

(Mountain Home) – Two Mountain Home residents were injured in a one vehicle accident on Wednesday, October 30, at 6:39 AM on State Highway 5, just north of County Road 15.

26-year-old Eleta McClary was traveling south on State Highway 5 when she traveled off the right side of the road and overcorrected causing the vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway. The vehicle then collided with two trees and a fence.

McClary, along with her 4-year-old passenger Alex McClary, were transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center for their injuries. McClary has been charged with careless driving.

(Washington) – Politicians in Washington continue to discuss fiscal matters after the federal government reopened on October 16. Senator Claire McCaskill says that she is encouraged by the discussions:

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McCaskill also urges Missourians to take a moment this week to remember Ike Skelton, the former representative who died earlier this week at the age of 81.

(Willow Springs) – Two Willow Springs residents suffered minor injuries Wednesday night after the vehicle they were in ran off-road and overturned.

The accident happened at 8:35 PM on Route 76, about 2.5 miles west of Willow Springs. The driver, 18-year-old John Wilson, and 20-year-old Jessica Peck were both taken to Mercy Hospital in Mountain View by a private vehicle.

A report from the Highway Patrol states that both Wilson and Peck were wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.

(Birch Tree) – A Birch Tree resident suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning after a one-vehicle accident in Birch Tree.

The accident happened at 5:45 AM on Obanion Street, when the eastbound vehicle driven by 19-year-old Kyle Rhodes ran off-road, cut through a yard and struck a tree.

Rhodes was taken to Mercy Hospital in Mountain View by ambulance.

(Licking) – A resident of Newburg, MO suffered minor injuries Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident near Licking.

19-year-old Kaitlyn Hope was taken from the scene of the accident to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.

The accident happened at 2:45 PM on Route 137, about 4 miles south of Licking, when the truck driven by Hope ran off-road and overturned.

(Fayetteville) – Customers at participating Wal-Mart stores in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and parts of Kansas and Illinois will have the opportunity to donate personal care items from Thursday, October 30, to Monday, November 11.

Items such as tissues, soap, shampoo, and deodorant can be placed into purple in-store donation bins to support children in their local community as part of Champions for Kids’ “SIMPLE Giving” program. The donated items will be distributed to local children in the school district where each Wal-Mart store is located.

The SIMPLE Giving program is a unique departure from the traditional “give at the register” model of charitable giving. Instead of asking people to donate money, SIMPLE Giving provides an opportunity for people to give needed items directly to children in their own communities. The focus for October and November donations is personal hygiene items.

Area Walmart locations participating include the location in Houston, Mountain View, Mountain Grove, Thayer, West Plains, Ava, Mountain Home, Flippin, and Ash Flat.

In September, the SIMPLE Giving program provided over 70,000 donated snacks for children going back to school. For a list of participating stores and more information, go to championsforkids.org/simplegiving.

(Mountain View) – As the holiday season approaches, Tree for Children will be hosting a benefit yard sale at the Mountain View Community Center to raise money for their organization.

On November 6, donated items can be dropped off at the community center. The group is asking for clothing, furniture, dishes, or any items in your home that you would like to donate to their project. Items must be in good condition.

In the last few years, Tree for Children has helped around 600 children from birth to a senior in high school.

There are hoping to raise enough donations to purchase each child a set of clothing, coat, shoes, underwear and at least 3 nice toys that they are asking for.

If you have further questions about this sale or the project you can contact Linda at 417-934-2794 or 417-247-1278.