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Archive for February, 2014

(West Plains) – The West Plains FFA Chapter from West Plains High School will be showcased this weekend, March 1-3, on “This Week In AgriBusiness”, a weekly, one-hour television agri-news program hosted by two of the country’s most well-known farm broadcasters Max Armstrong and Orion Samuelson.

The West Plains FFA Chapter Tribute will include information about the chapter’s history, activities and community service. It also includes several photos of the students and their participation in chapter activities.

Viewers can see the West Plains FFA Chapter Tribute during “This Week In AgriBusiness” which is aired on RFD-TV, a 24-hour television network for rural America. RFD-TV is carried on Dish Network channel 231 and on DirecTV channel 379, as well as a number of other cable systems. “This Week In AgriBusiness” airs four times on RFD-TV throughout the weekend. Broadcast times are 7 AM on Saturday; 5 AM and 5 PM on Sundays; and 8 AM on Mondays.

(West Plains) – The West Plains Home Rule Charter Commission will be meeting in the West Plains Public Library Community Room on Tuesday, March 11, at 5:30 PM.

During the meeting the commission will review the publicity plan, discuss any miscellaneous items, and hear all input from the public.

For more information on this meeting you can contact chair Herb Lunday at 417-255-7275.

(West Plains)- “What’s Going on in Gohn Hall” will be the topic of the next Friends of the Garnett Library monthly luncheon meeting Friday, March 14, on the Missouri State University-West Plains campus.

The luncheon and meeting will take place from 12-1 PM in room 109 of Gohn Hall, 603 W. Main St.

Deanna Smith, coordinator of Missouri State University’s Outreach Program on the Missouri State-West Plains campus, will be the guest speaker. She will discuss the various bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered locally in Gohn Hall by Missouri State Outreach, and representatives of the Teacher Education Completion Program will discuss details about the various teaching degrees available locally.

The cost of the meal is $10, and is payable at the door. Those wishing to eat are asked to make a reservation by calling 417-255-7940 or e-mailing FriendsofGarnettLibrary@MissouriState.edu by Tuesday, March 11.

Best of Show – Luminous Longear (Sunfish) entered in the Sporting category by Paul Port of Lakeview, AR. (Provided)

(Mountain Home) – Winners of the 9th ASU-Mountain Home Annual Amateur Digital Photography Contest have been named and ribbons have been hung as the entries travel around the community for viewers to admire.

The contest, sponsored in part by Arkansas State University-Mountain Home, Integrity First Bank and the Donald W. Reynolds Library, is currently on display on the second floor of the Vada Sheid Community Development Center through March 13. After that, they will be transferred to the Donald W. Reynolds Library from March 14 through April 3. The next stop for the artwork is at the main branch of Integrity First Bank, April 4 through April 24. The last stop for the display is at the Integrity First Bank branch near Wal-Mart, April 25 through May 16.

Judges have awarded a $300 grand prize for overall best entry, $50 prize to first place winners in each category, $25 to 2nd place winners in each category and ribbons for honorable mentions. An awards ceremony will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Library at 4 PM on Thursday, April 3. All participants and family members are encouraged to attend the ceremony.

The winner of Best in Show was Paul Port of Lakeview, AR with his sunfish photo called “Luminous Longear”.

All photos may be retrieved beginning May 16 at Integrity First Bank East Office. Entries not picked up after three months may be discarded or used for educational purposes.

The winners are as follows:

Winners are:  Best of Show – Luminous Longear (Sunfish) entered in the Sporting category by Paul Port of Lakeview, AR.

Landscape – 1st Place, Stream in Aspen by Ralph Moore of Viola, AR; 2nd Place, Dawn on the White River by Patrick Dearing of Yellville, AR; Honorable Mention, John Wayne Meadow by Ralph Moore of Viola, AR.

People – 1st Place, Afternoon at the Festival by Paul Neis of Mountain Home, AR; 2nd Place, Emerging Monk by Paul Neis of Mountain Home, AR;  Honorable Mention, My Three Sons by Vickie Fox of Bull Shoals, AR.

Children – 1st Place, Dandelion Smiles by Stacy Lynn Foster of Flippin, AR; 2nd Place, Public Bath by Paul Neis of Mountain Home, AR; Honorable Mention, C.J. by Janice Moss of West Plains, MO.

Pets – 1st Place, Dudley by Jennette Knasiak of Mountain Home, AR; 2nd Place, Life Wasn’t Like this Yesterday by Bruce C. Nickel; Honorable Mention, Rowdey by Jessica Basford of Gamaliel, AR.

Mammals – 1st Place, Bird Seed Robber by Vickie Fox of Bull Shoals, AR; 2nd Place, Alvin by Gayle Ann Pusch of Gamaliel, AR; Honorable Mention, Morning Glory by Melinda Burns of Mountain Home, AR.

Non-Mammals – 1st Place, Sunflower Aphid by F. Eugene Prohl of Mountain Home, AR; 2nd Place, “Lunch” Arkansas Road Runner by Gaye Ann Pusch of Gamaliel, AR; Honorable Mention, A Helping Hand by Jenette Knasiak of Mountain Home, AR.

Plants – 1st Place, Sunset on Tomatoes by Stacy Lynn Foster of Flippin, AR; 2nd Place, Sunflowers & Sunsets by Regina D. Collins of West Plains, MO; Honorable Mention, Oops… Too Soon by Bruce C. Nickel of Mountain Home, AR.

Creative/Abstract – 1st Place, Streak by David Osswald of Oakland, AR; 2nd Place, Portal by David Osswald of Oakland, AR; Honorable Mention, Framed by David Osswald of Oakland, AR.

Black & White – 1st Place, I Do by Cathy Beckham of Mountain Home, AR; 2nd Place, Flower by Gina Snodgrass of Mountain Home, AR; Honorable Mention, Meeting Baby Sister by Marjie Jones of Mountain Home, AR.

Still Life/Objects – 1st Place, Icy Stillness by Jennette Knasiak of Mountain Home, AR; 2nd Place, After the Dance by Donna White of Mountain Home, AR; Honorable Mention, Reflections by F. Eugene Prohl of Mountain Home, AR.

Transportation – 1st Place, Slow and Steady by Regina D. Collins of West Plains, MO; 2nd Place, Need a Ride? by Jo Wilson of Norfork, AR; Honorable Mention, Old Hag by Jessica Basford of Gamaliel, AR.

Structures – 1st Place, Old Ranch Place by Danny Moore of Viola, AR; 2nd Place, Life at the Lake by Carrier Litzsinger of Oakland, AR; Honorable Mention, Window at Rush by Jennette Knasiak of Mountain Home, AR.

Celebrations – 1st Place, Bhutanese Mask Dancer by Paul Neis of Mountain Home, AR; 2nd Place, Baptized in the Ocean by Jennifer Burnley of Mountain Home, AR; Honorable Mention, Before “I Do’s” by Carla Dollard of Mountain Home, AR.

Sporting – 1st Place, Teal the End by Carla Dollard of Mountain Home, AR; 2nd Place, Running on Air by Heather Fitzmaurice of Mountain Home, AR; Honorable Mention, Blinded by Spots by Janice Gunter Moss of West Plains, MO.

Travel – 1st Place, Mirror Lake by Janice Gunter Moss of West Plains, MO; 2nd Place, Taj at Sunrise by Paul Neis of Mountain Home, AR; Honorable Mention, Lancaster County by Debbie Spiegle of Gassville, AR.

Youth Photographer Gr. 12 or under – 1st Place, Blowflower by Carolyn Pokorny of Yellville, AR; 2nd Place, Year of the Horse by David Osswald of Oakland, AR; Honorable Mention, Say What? by Sarah Stanley of Mountain Home, AR.

Judges’ Choice Awards (carry no cash prize, but ribbons are awarded by judges as outstanding photos) – Looking Out at the Day (People category) by Rachel Nex of Gainesville, MO; Pidgeon Creek Cypress (Landscape category) by Bruce C. Nickel of Mountain Home, AR; Sunset in Paradise (Landscape category) by Jessica Petty of Mountain Home, AR; Cold Cardinals (Non-mammals category) by Marjorie Jones of Mountain Home, AR; Navy Pier (Structures category) by Shaley Felkins of Flippin, AR; End of the Line (Transportation category) by Jennette Knasiak of Mountain Home, AR.

(Ava) – A fugitive wanted by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has turned himself in.

31-year-old Jacob James of Ava, who was wanted on aggravated stalking charges, was arrested around 3 PM Thursday.

James pleaded guilty to sexual assault and served time in prison. After being released, law enforcement officers say he has committed numerous violations of the conditions of his parole, including stalking and harassing his victim.

Sheriff Chris Degase says James surrendered in rural Douglas County after giving the sheriff’s office his location.

He was arrested without incident and taken to the Douglas County jail. He also has a warrant for his arrest in Christian County on a stalking charge.

(Alton) -The Oregon County Sheriff’s Office has reported a number of fires in the county on Thursday.

The first call came in to the department around 2 PM of a structure fire out FF Highway in the Riverton area. At this time, the type of structure is unknown, however, no injuries were reported. The fire is contained and officers are in the process of clearing the scene as of 4 PM.

The second fire call came in just before 2:10 PM of a brush fire down AA Highway near Alton. Crews cleared the scene of that fire around 3:30 PM.

Law enforcement officials across the region strongly urge people to resist burning at this time due to dry weather conditions and winds.

(Theodosia) – An Ozark County man who has been on the run since August 2013 has been arrested by law enforcement in Ozark County.

39-year-old Ernest Dale Engels of Gainesville was charged with a number of counts of felony child sex abuse in Howell County. He was arrested around 9 AM Thursday morning in the Theodosia area, and was later taken to the Howell County Jail and held on $250,000 bond. The abuse was said to take place in Howell County and involved an 8-year-old female.

Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed says a tip from a concerned citizen led them to the Theodosia residence where Engles was found hiding in a closet.

(Gassville) – The Gassville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a male suspect following an incident involving three teenage girls.

The incident happened earlier this week on Opportunity Street in the Arkansas Estates subdivision in Gassville. That’s where three young teenage girls told police a man drove by them several times, and then stopped to ask them for directions. The suspect drove away, but returned a short time later and, after introducing himself as “Jason”, began to take pictures of the girls.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5’7″ tall with a medium build, mid-30s with short black hair, with a five-o-clock shadow. The suspect was driving a dark red, square minivan with Arkansas disabled tags.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect, or has seen a vehicle matching this description, is asked to contact the Gassville Police Department at 870-435-6439.

(West Plains) – The general municipal election in Howell County will be held on Tuesday, April 8, and a number of items will be on the ballot for county residents.

Items on the ballot for West Plains includes the adoption of the city charter document, and a council seat. Incumbent Brenda Smith is running for reelection against Dennis Beasley.

In Willow Springs aldermen Troy Yonker and Susan Rackley are running unopposed for reelection. Willow Springs voters will also choose three school board members.

In Mountain View, Mayor Patrick Reed is running unopposed for reelection, as is east ward alderman Paul O’Brien. West ward alderman Jeremy Burks is running for reelection against Lindell Vandevort. Three positions on the Mountain View-Birch Tree school board are also open.

Other ballot issues include a tax in the Fairview School District, which seeks to borrow $2.55 million to improve safety at district facilities, which includes the construction of a new lobby, intercoms and cameras, and the revamping of the gymnasium, with a corridor connecting the gym to the existing building. The tax levy would go from $0 to $.40 per $100 assessed valuation on real and personal property.

School board elections will also take place in Howell Valley and the Koshkonong School Districts, and for the Howell County 911 board.

East alderman Patricia Fulks and west alderman Ronnie Bunch in Brandsville are running unopposed.

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election is March 12 at 5 PM. To register, visit the Howell County Clerk’s Office in the Howell County Office Building, formerly the Bank of America building, in downtown West Plains.

(Jefferson City) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says that he will lead a delegation of Missouri business leaders and state officials to Canada next week in an attempt to sell more Missouri products to Canada, and expand investments by Canadian companies in Missouri.

Canada is Missouri’s largest export market and purchased nearly $4 billion in Missouri goods last year, led by the provinces of Ontario ($2.6 billion) and Quebec ($700 million).

Gov. Nixon will also meet with the leadership of major Canadian corporations that have made or are considering making investments in Missouri, such as Magna International, the parent company of Magna Seating in Excelsior Springs and LMV Automotive in Liberty. In 2012, LMV Automotive broke ground on a $42 million facility in Liberty that will supply parts to the Ford Transit, being built in Claycomo.

Missouri’s top exports to Canada in 2013 were transportation equipment ($1.5 billion); chemicals ($624 million); machinery ($438 million); and food products ($352 million).