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Archive for December, 2013

(West Plains) – The Ozarks Small Business Incubator is offering its Premier Workshop, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” on Thursday January 16, 23, and 30, from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Coordinator of the OzSBI Heather Fisher about what the workshop has to offer:

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Fisher added that people who have taken the class before share that it’s like waking up from a dream:

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This is the last time the Seven Habits workshop will be offered in West Plains by OzSBI and Dr. Hamby. Once again the workshop costs $495 for non-members and $395 for OzSBI members. The deadline to register is Friday, January 10. Registrations received after the deadline will cost an additional $35 for non-members and $20 for OzSBI members.

To register for workshops, go to www.ozsbi.com, call 417-256-9724 from 9 AM to 4 PM or email info@ozsbi.com.

(Mountain Grove) – The next meeting of the Mountain Grove Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday, January 9 at 12 PM at the Ozarks Family YMCA facility at 1 YMCA Drive.

The meeting will be hosted by the City of Mountain Grove, and will feature City Administrator Rick Outersky speaking on the topic “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Chamber officials also remind residents and businesses that ballots for new Chamber board members were mailed out Monday, and are due January 8. You can also bring them to the membership meeting in a sealed envelope to be counted. Winners will be announced at close of meeting.

For more information call 417-926-4135.

(Mountain Home) – Registration is now open for nonprofit organizations to participate in the seventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Volunteer Fair. The Volunteer Fair is scheduled for Saturday, January 18 from 10 AM– 2 PM at the Donald W. Reynolds Library.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Donald W. Reynolds Library Community Outreach Coordinator Kim Crow Sheaner about the upcoming fair:

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In case of inclement weather, the Volunteer Fair will be rescheduled for Saturday, February 1. For additional information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Julie Stewart at julie.s@baxlib.org, call 870-580-0976, or visit the Library’s website at www.baxlib.org.

(New York) – After a highly successful and praised first event in St. Louis in March 2013, Wizard Entertainment will be bringing the second Wizard World Comic Con to St. Louis in 2014.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Wizard World Public Relations Manager Jerry Milani, who said that the 2014 show is slated to be bigger and better than the first:

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Milani also discussed how some of the biggest names in pop culture will be there:

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For those more interested in the “comic” portion of the convention, Milani says they won’t be disappointed:

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For more information, visit www.wizardworld.com.

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These students in Debra Mayers' Biological Science for Educators class (BIO 100) at Missouri State University-West Plains participated in an Earth Team partnership program between the university and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), preparing and teaching lessons about conservation practices to area youngsters this fall.  Front row from left: Britney Bews, Mtn. View; Autumn Baldwin, Buffalo; Emily Eckman and Shelby Simpson, both of Thayer; Emily Yeager, Dora; Anyta Cavitt, West Plains; Tori Shelton, Cabool; and Olivia Robertson, West Plains.  Back row:  Sarah Aimich, Myrtle; Katie Morris, French Village, Mo.; Stacy Dollins, Pomona; Kristal Casey, Koshkonong; Kristal Rollette, West Plains; Andrea Slinger, Cabool; and Paydon Guernsey and Amanda Arnold, both of West Plains.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

These students in Debra Mayers’ Biological Science for Educators class (BIO 100) at Missouri State University-West Plains participated in an Earth Team partnership program between the university and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), preparing and teaching lessons about conservation practices to area youngsters this fall. Front row from left: Britney Bews, Mtn. View; Autumn Baldwin, Buffalo; Emily Eckman and Shelby Simpson, both of Thayer; Emily Yeager, Dora; Anyta Cavitt, West Plains; Tori Shelton, Cabool; and Olivia Robertson, West Plains. Back row: Sarah Aimich, Myrtle; Katie Morris, French Village, Mo.; Stacy Dollins, Pomona; Kristal Casey, Koshkonong; Kristal Rollette, West Plains; Andrea Slinger, Cabool; and Paydon Guernsey and Amanda Arnold, both of West Plains. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(West Plains) – Students in Debra Mayers’ Biological Science for Educators (BIO 100) class at Missouri State University-West Plains this fall once again partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to become Earth Team volunteers and teach conservation practices in area schools as part of a service learning project.

This is the fifth semester Mayers’ students have participated in the project, officials said. The partnership began in 2010.

The biology students visited classrooms at area preschools, elementary schools and middles schools, as well as several area groups of 4-H and Boy Scout members, teaching lessons related to conserving, maintaining and improving our nation’s natural resources. In all, the student educators provided lessons for 153 children in classrooms and clubs in Mtn. View, Cabool, Thayer and West Plains.

Officials estimate the biology students volunteered 142 hours to prepare and present the lessons, which included such concepts as pollution, cohesion, water conservation, recycling and the water cycle.

At the close of the partnership project this month, Mayers’ students shared highlights of their teaching experiences with Mayers, their classmates and April Wilson, NRCS district conservationist and local Earth Team coordinator. Wilson presented each student with a letter of appreciation for their community service as Earth Team volunteers and valued members of the NRCS conservation team.

Mayers will teach Biological Science for Educators again during the 2015 fall semester and said she is looking forward to continuing her partnership with NRCS.

For more information about the Earth Team project, contact Wilson at 417-256-7117 or april.wilson@mo.usda.gov.

On 12/28/13 at 8:58 P.M. The Oregon County Sheriff’s Office issued a citation to Ryan Curtis Tate (24) of Thayer for Peace Disturbance.

On 12/29/13 at 10:10 A.M. The Oregon County Sheriff’s Office issued a citation to Edward Jesse Grenz (47) of Alton for Driving While Revoked.

(Mountain Home) – A 17-year-old Baxter County juvenile has been taken into custody and charged with breaking into four separate vehicles and stealing property out of them on December 17 and 18.

Items stolen from the vehicles include wallets, cash, credit cards, cell phones, and more. The total amount of theft and damage to the four vehicles totaled over $1850.

A juvenile suspect was developed in these break-ins, and some of the stolen articles were recovered, according to a press release from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office. The juvenile was taken into custody on Friday, December 27, and was turned over to Baxter County Juvenile Services.

Charges expected to be filed include 4 counts of breaking or entering, 4 counts of theft of property, and a county of criminal mischief.

(Mountain View) – The Mountain View City Council will be holding a special meeting at 1 PM Tuesday, December 31.

After the recognition of guests, the council will select an insurance provider for property, liability and workers comp insurance for the city.

The council will then adjourn.

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(West Plains) – Two people were seriously injured Friday after the vehicle they were in hit a brick wall in West Plains.

The accident happened at 9:39 PM Friday at the intersection of Preacher Roe Boulevard and Arkansas Avenue, when the eastbound vehicle driven by 44-year-old Oscar Caughron of West Plains crossed into the westbound lane and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to crash into the wall.

Caughron and his wife, 41-year-old Tracey Caughron, suffered serious injuries. Oscar was flown from the scene to a Springfield hospital by Air Evac, while Tracey was taken by South Howell County Ambulance.

A report from the West Plains Police Department states the vehicle was going over 60 miles per hour when the accident occurred. Blood was drawn from the driver and will be tested by the Highway Patrol crime lab. Results from that test could take 3-4 weeks to come back.

slaterKSPR(Springfield) – KSPR Meteorologist Lindsey Slater says things will be cool for your Monday:

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