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Archive for February, 2014

(Winona) – If you have ever had a less than ideal experience with nature then Twin Pines has just the workshop for you.

Wildlife Conflicts will be held on Saturday, March 1, from 9 AM- 2 PM at the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center off of Highway 60 in Winona. Every participant will receive training on how to set live traps, what baits to use and a notebook full of information to deter everything from woodpeckers to skunks. There is no cost, but registration is required. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch. This workshop is for ages 12 and up only.

Also on March 1, from 10AM -2PM for the ladies, they will be holding a workshop on making jewelry from items found in nature including dogbane, cattails, rose petals, seeds, rocks and more. All materials will be provided but if you have a special item you would like to incorporate into a necklace please feel free to bring it. There is no cost, but registration is required.

To register or for more information on any of these or other upcoming workshops you can call 573-325-1381 or e-mail twinpinescenter@mdc.mo.gov.

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Mariann Hyslop

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Dennis Hobbs

(Thayer) – The Reperatory Theatre of the Ozarks will hold a benefit Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, March 1, to help send two RTO singers back to Nashville for round two in “America’s Got Talent”.

The Spaghetti Dinner and Show will be by donation at the Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Center on Chestnut and Front Street in downtown Thayer, from 4:30-8 PM. RTO singers will perform, including special guest Randy Johnson.

RTO’s Mariann Hyslop of West Plains, and Dennis Hobbs of Thayer braved one of the coldest days this winter to go to the regional “America’s Got Talent” audition in Nashville, Tennessee.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – On the same day Missouri executed an inmate for a long-ago kidnapping and slaying, Republican state senators proposed legislation Wednesday intended to speed up the executions of people convicted of killing their kidnapping victims.

The Timely Justice Act would limit extensions for appeals and set deadlines for the state Supreme Court to hear cases and schedule executions for people sentenced to death on kidnapping and murder convictions.

Supporters said victims’ families often must wait too long for defendants’ sentences to be carried out.

The bill was filed just hours after Michael Taylor was executed at a Missouri prison for the 1989 abduction, rape and stabbing death of 15-year-old Ann Harrison. She was kidnapped by Taylor and Roderick Nunley while waiting for a school bus in the driveway of her home. Nunley also was sentenced to death and has not yet been executed.

Taylor originally was to be executed in 2006, but that was halted because of a legal challenge to the three-drug lethal injection mixture Missouri used at the time. The state since has switched to a single-drug method and has carried out four executions in the past four months.

The Missouri legislation comes a little over a week after another child kidnapping and killing garnered national attention. Ten-year-old Hailey Owens was abducted Feb. 18 while walking to her Springfield home and later fatally shot in the head. Her funeral is Wednesday.

Authorities have charged Craig Michael Wood with kidnapping, armed criminal action and first-degree murder. Woods’ lawyer has said he plans to plead not guilty.

State Sen. Dan Brown cited Hailey’s death while filing the legislation that is co-sponsored by 13 other senators.

“This act may not bring justice for little Hailey, but hopefully will serve as a warning to those who might commit such heinous crimes that we will not stand by while they rack up decades in prison,” Brown, R-Rolla, said in a written statement.

Under the legislation, the Missouri Supreme Court would need to hear arguments in a case within six months of submission of the last written argument. The high court would have another six months to issue its decision. The measure also would require the court to issue a warrant to carry out the execution no more than 10 days after the defendant’s state and federal appeals have ended.

(Joplin) – A 53-year-old man has died after a tree he was cutting down fell on him.

The Joplin Globe reports the accident happened Saturday on a rural property southwest of Joplin.

Mitch “Cobb” Wade was taken by ambulance to a Joplin hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

(Mountain Home) – The Teen Library Council in partnership with Junior Auxiliary presents their 2nd annual Prom Dress Sale at the Donald W. Reynolds Library serving Baxter County Saturday, March 1 from 2-5 PM.

The sale will offer gently used prom dresses, shoes, and accessories at bargain prices for this year’s prom season. Dress prices range from $10 to $75. The Prom Dress Sale is presented by the Teen Library Council in partnership with Junior Auxiliary. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Teen programs at the Library.

For additional information, contact Teen Librarian John Dyer, at john.d@baxlib.org, or call 870-580-0703 or visit the Library’s website at www.baxlib.org.

On Wednesday January 6th, seventy Junior Beta Club students represented the West Plains Middle School and competed at the Missouri State Jr. Beta Convention in Popular Bluff, MO. Caroline Beykirch won 1st place in Essay, Savannah Mardock, 3rd place in Embroidery; Emiline Yorty, 2nd Place in Water Color; and Clair Kimball, 3rd Place in Campaign Speech. Over 3500 students from school districts across the state competed at the event. (Provided)

(West Plains) – On Wednesday January 6, seventy Junior Beta Club students represented the West Plains Middle School and competed at the Missouri State Jr. Beta Convention in Popular Bluff, MO.

Caroline Beykirch won 1st place in Essay, Savannah Mardock, 3rd place in Embroidery; Emiline Yorty, 2nd Place in Water Color; and Clair Kimball, 3rd Place in Campaign Speech.

Over 3500 students from school districts across the state competed at the event.

(West Plains) – The Ozarks Small Business Incubator’s series with Arvest Bank continues on Thursday, according to Executive Director Heather Fisher:

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More information on OzSBI programs can be found at www.ozsbi.com.

The Macklind HSMO location.

The Macklind HSMO location in St. Louis.

(St. Louis) – Over 135 dogs have been rescued from a rural Howell County breeder.

In cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force has taken custody of 135 puppies and adult dogs from a dog breeding facility in rural Howell County that the owner has chosen to close.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Mike Perkins, Director of the Animal Cruelty Task Force for The Humane Society of Missouri, who shared how they became aware of the dogs and the situation:

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Perkins shared that the kennels owner did the right thing:

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The dogs have been taken to HSMO’s headquarters on Macklind Ave. in St. Louis City, where Perkins said they will be prepared for possible adoption:

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The dog breeds include Beagle, Boston Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, French Bull Dog, Pug, Miniature Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier and mixes of those breeds.

Perkins shared that if you or someone you know needs assistance to contact to Humane Society of Missouri:

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People interested in adopting these dogs should visit the Humane Society of Missouri website www.hsmo.org where they will be listed as they become available for adoption.

 

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Members of the Southern Missouri Home Builder's Association and the West Plains Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon for the Home Builder's Show at the West Plains Civic Center on Tuesday. (ORN Photo)

Members of the Southern Missouri Home Builder’s Association and the West Plains Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon for the Home Builder’s Show at the West Plains Civic Center on Tuesday. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – The 22nd annual Home and Garden Show will be held at the West Plains Civic Center this coming weekend, and John Thomason with the Southern Missouri Home Builders Association says some new events and demonstrations are scheduled during the event:

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More great events are scheduled for the weekend, as well:

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Proceeds from the event go toward helping strengthen the West Plains Community:

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For more information on the event go to www.smhba.com.

(West Plains) – The Howell Valley School has a new principal.

Renee Miller was named principal for the 2014-2015 school year at a special school board meeting on February 20.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held March 17 at 6 PM in the Technology Building.