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Archive for April, 2014

(Houston) – The Texas County Memorial Hospital board of trustees and administration learned at the monthly board meeting on Tuesday, April 22, that TCMH had net position of negative $527,077 in excess revenues over expenses following the 2013 financial audit.

Stephanie Weis, partner at BKD, LLP of Springfield, and David Taylor, senior manager at BKD, presented the annual audit report, explaining that TCMH had a “strong balance sheet” at the end of a “challenging year”.

Taylor pointed out that the negative bottom line included $863,099 in cash and pledges belonging to the TCMH Healthcare Foundation and $1,060,000 received by TCMH from the federal government for the adoption and implementation of electronic medical records within the hospital.

The growth of the Healthcare Foundation’s assets over the past seven years requires it to be included in TCMH financial statement. In 2012, the Foundation embarked upon a $3.2 million capital campaign to raise funds to build a tornado safe room and new surgery department which added to the funds held by the Foundation in 2013.

Taylor highlighted the fact that TCMH has 106 days of cash on hand. One day is equivalent to $74,000.

BKD sends an audit team to TCMH each March, spending about a week going over hospital financial information from the previous year. The firm takes about a month to complete the audit information including income expense statements, balance sheets, statement of cash flows and other information that comprises the financial report documents presented at the April board meeting.

BKD uses historical TCMH data and data from other healthcare facilities for comparison purposes during the audit. BKD also has access to the latest information regarding hospital payers which helps the firm reach concrete numbers in the final audit report.

(West Plains) – Family Nurse Practitioner Madalyn Hicks has joined the OMC Urgent Care Clinic, where she will provide care for walk-in patients in need of same-day treatment.

Hicks has more than 39 years of nursing experience and has been a full-time medical provider at the OMC Gainesville Medical Clinic since 2008.

The clinic, located at 181 Kentucky Avenue in West Plains provides treatment for minor trauma and illnesses that require same day attention, but are not severe enough for a trip to the emergency room. This is helpful for times when your primary care physician’s office is closed or unavailable. Patients are seen on a walk-in basis with no appointment necessary.

Hicks first began working at OMC in 1975 as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She became a registered nurse in 1979 and worked at OMC until 1990. For the next 15 years, she was employed as the school nurse for the West Plains R-7 School District while her son, Ross, was a student.

After her son graduated, Hicks returned to school and earned her Masters of Science degree to become a family nurse practitioner. She said after earning her degree she knew she wanted to return to OMC.

Hicks is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has been published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing and the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the Howell County Health Department board and has been serving since 2003.

The OMC Urgent Care Clinic is open from 10 AM to 7 PM daily. For more information, contact the clinic at 417-257-5911.

(Mountain Home) – The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, following the recommendation of the Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE), approved a number of program requests presented by Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH).

New Certificate/Degree Programs approved for ASUMH includes an Associate of Applied Science in Workforce Technology, with emphasis in mechatronics, heating and air conditioning, and automotive systems repair; a Technical Certificate in Accounting and Finance; Accounting and Finance, with an Emphasis in AAS in Management, and a Technical Certificate and Certificate of Proficiency in Mechatronics.

The AHEC Board also approved the proposed Workforce Technology Center at 4034 Highway 62 West in Mountain Home.

For information on these or other programs at ASUMH, contact Allison Haught, Recruiter, at 870-508-6262.

(Jefferson City) – Missouri Senators return to the floor Wednesday morning, April 16, to discuss several measures, including Senate Bill 794, sponsored by Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City.

According to the Senator the bill would allow certain financial institutions to transfer fiduciary obligations:

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The measure was later given the Senate’s initial approval and needs another vote before moving to the House.

(Jefferson City) – In Jefferson City Senator Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, shared during a recent interview that Governor Jay Nixon plans to veto Senate Bill 509, which would modify provisions relating to income taxes:

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Senator Cunningham also says if overriding the veto on Senate Bill 509 is not successful; a future income tax cut may go on a future ballot:

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For more information on Senate Bill 509 visit senate.mo.gov.

(West Plains) – The West Plains Area Disc Golf Club is holding its first Spring Disc Golf Tournament at 8:30 AM Saturday, May 10, at the Brett Stoddard Memorial Disc Golf Course.

The tournament will consist of three rounds of 9 and is open to the public to play or watch.

The club has been working on raising funds to make the 9-hole course a full 18 and to replace the current 9 baskets with better quality permanent baskets. This tournament will help raise money to achieve that goal.

All players and non-players are welcome. The entry fee is only $20 per player. Half of the entry fees will go to the club and half will go to payout. There will be a cash payout or players can choose to receive a club voucher for merchandise and get 20% added to their payout amount.

Registration will open at 8:30 AM, followed by a players meeting at 9:45 AM, and tee off at 10AM. There will be a provided lunch after the first two rounds followed by the final round of 9.

Players can register the day of but are encouraged to contact Chairman Mike Sisco at 417-293-0292 if they plan to attend. The Brett Stoddard Memorial Disc Golf Course is located approximately 12 miles south of West Plains on Hwy 17.

(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs Arts Council has announced the dates its upcoming, “Ms. Self, Are You Magic?” art show.

The show will open with a reception and opportunity to meet the artist on May 2, from 5-7PM. The show will also be open for viewing on May 3, 9, and 10, all from 5-7PM. And, the exhibit will be open on Sunday, May 11, from 12:30-2:00PM before a performance by the Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra at the Star Theater.

The show’s title is inspired by Ms. Self’s students who regularly ask her, “Ms. Self, are you magic?” to which she replies, “Yes – and so are you.” Ms. Self is a lifetime artist and, for the last fifteen years, an art teacher in the Ozarks. She is the daughter of a devoted architect and a school teacher and moved as a young child to Saudi Arabia. While exploring new lands, she experienced the rich complex patterns of the Middle East, the outrageous colors of African culture, and the spiritual depth of human existence.

“Ms. Self, Are You Magic?” will be held at the Ferguson Building, 2nd Floor, in downtown Willow Springs.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Seeking a part-time job that the Legislature decided to keep vacant for the remainder of the year, the three Republicans running for lieutenant governor in Arkansas say they want to use the post to advocate for major changes in the state. Those ideas range from overhauling the state’s tax code to abolishing the lieutenant governor’s office itself.

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin and state Reps. Debra Hobbs and Andy Mayberry face each other in the May 20 GOP primary for the lieutenant governor’s office. Whoever wins the nomination will face Democrat John Burkhalter and Libertarian Christopher Olson in November.

The three are running for a post that’s been vacant since Feb. 1, when Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr stepped down over ethics violations tied to his campaign and office spending.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – The Missouri Senate passed a scaled-back sales tax increase for transportation funding Tuesday as supporters sought to make the bill more palatable to the chamber’s Republican majority.

Senators voted 22-10 to send the proposed constitutional amendment to the House. It would levy a three-fourths cent sales tax if approved by voters at the November election. The state sales tax would rise to just below 5 percent, but in most areas the overall tax is higher.

House members backed a 1-cent sales tax increase earlier this month. Now the two chambers must agree on an identical version to send the issue to the ballot for voter approval.

The Senate’s version is projected to generate $534 million annually during the 10-year lifespan of the tax. A 1-cent sales tax would pour $720 million per year into the state’s coffers.

The Missouri Transportation Department says that it takes $485 million annually to maintain roads in their current condition but that the state’s construction budget is projected to dip to $325 million in 2017.

The decline is due to a variety of factors. Federal highway funding has become more uncertain and fuel taxes have flattened out, partly because of more fuel-efficient vehicles. A bond-financed surge in construction during the last decade has now dropped off, while the payments continue. Construction costs have also risen.

Transportation Department Director Dave Nichols said after Tuesday’s vote that he was “excited” lawmakers were continuing to discuss the proposal. When asked about the reduced amount, he said it’s up to lawmakers to decide how much money the department can put to use.

Some lawmakers said the Legislature would send voters a mixed signal by advancing a sales tax increase the same year it passed an income tax cut for individuals and some business owners. The income tax cut is estimated to cost $620 million annually once fully phased in.

By reducing the scope of the proposed transportation sales tax Tuesday, the $534 million Senate plan would ensure the revenue for transportation would not exceed the reduction from the income tax cut.

If passed by the Legislature, the proposal would head directly to the ballot. Supporters contend voters would look favorably on the measure because they place a premium on good roads. Missouri voters rejected the most recent attempt to raise taxes, a 2012 initiative petition to increase the cigarette tax.

On 04/25/2014 at 7:53 PM the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Billiee Jack Moulder (21) of Alton for Domestic Assault 3rd degree 1st/2nd offense. He was released on $1000 bond on 04/26/2014 at 10:08 PM, and given a court date of 05/07/2014 at 9:00 AM.

On 04/26/2014 at 5:25 PM the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office arrested Spencer Michael Cunningham (20) of Mammoth Spring, Ar. For Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility. He was released on $166.50 bond.

On 04/28/2014 at 3:55 PM the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office issued citations to Kristi Rynders (45) of Thayer for Fail to register vehicle, Fail to maintain financial responsibility, and driving while revoked/suspended. She was given a court date of 06/18/0014 at 9:00 AM.

On 04/28/2014 at 8:25 PM the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office issued a citation to Daniel John Jones (25) of Alton for speeding. He was given a court date of 06/18/2014 at 9:00 AM.