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Archive for April, 2014

(West Plains) – A West Plains man is dead after a two-vehicle accident in White County, AR on Monday.

A report from the Arkansas State Police says the accident happened around 5:29 PM on Highway 167 in Bald Knob, when an eastbound truck failed to yield while making a left turn onto Route 367, causing the motorcycle driven by 63-year-old Bill Leatherwood of West Plains to hit the truck on its passenger side.

Leatherwood and his passenger, Cathy Leatherwood, were taken to White County Medical Center in Searcy, where Bill Leatherwood later died. Cathy Leatherwood’s condition wasn’t immediately available at the time of the report.

(West Plains) – The Howell County Health Department has announced a second case of rabies has been confirmed in the county by the Missouri State Public Health Lab in Jefferson City.

Health department officials say the case involved a rabid skunk approximately 1 mile southeast of South Fork. The rabid skunk exposed a dog that was not current on its rabies vaccinations to the virus, and since the dog was unvaccinated, it was euthanized.

To date in 2014, this is the second confirmed case of rabies in Howell County, as well as the fourth rabies case statewide. Howell County ended 2013 with 4 rabies cases reported to the Howell County Health Department, 3 involving skunks and 1 involving a cat. In 2012, Howell County had a total of 6 positive rabies cases, which all involved skunks. In 2011, Howell County had a total of 7 positive rabies cases, all involving skunks.

In 2008, a Texas county man died from rabies after being bitten on the ear by a bat, marking the first human rabies death in Missouri since 1959.

Annually, 7,000 to 8,000 rabid animals are detected in the United States, with more than 90 percent of the cases in wild animals. Rabies is found naturally in Missouri, occurring primarily in bats and skunks, although other animals are also found to be rabid each year, including domestic species such as dogs, cats, horses, and cattle.

Countywide Rabies Clinic to be Held

The Howell County Health Department will again be sponsoring their countywide rabies vaccination clinic this Saturday, May 3. No appointments are required and the times and locations are as follows:

West Plains

Kramer Animal Hospital from 8 AM to 5 PM at the clinic, 109 St. Louis St., West Plains

West Plains Vet Clinic from 8 AM to 12 PM at the clinic, 1716 W. Highway 160.

Talburt Animal Health Center from 8 AM to 12 PM at the clinic, 3001 Porter Wagoner Blvd.

Animal Clinic of West Plains from 8-11:30 AM at the clinic, 1101 Route 17

Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds, Highway 63, from 12:30-2:30 PM

Mountain View

Mountain View Farmers Market from 1-3 PM

Barn Hollow Veterinarian Services from 1-3 PM

Willow Springs

Willow Springs Booster Field from 8:30-11 AM

Animal Clinic of Willow Springs from 8 AM to 12 PM.

For more information, call the Environmental Public Health Section at the Howell County Health Department at 417-256-7078.

Mike Wake, seated, listening to Woolsey during the Monday meeting. (ORN Photo)

Mike Wake, seated, listening to Katrina Woolsey during the Monday meeting. (ORN Photo)

(Mountain View) – The Mountain View City Council met for a regular scheduled meeting Monday evening, April 28, at 6PM in the Council Chambers.

During the meeting Katrina Woolsey, the owner of the Timber Creek Cinema in Mountain View, came to the council to discuss a number of electric and sewer system issues with her cinema. Woolsey spoke with Ozark Radio News following the meeting and explained her situation:

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Woolsey added that these issues have left a negative impact on her business:

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She continued by sharing that she believes the city will get right on these issues:

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Mountain View City Administrator Mike Wake also spoke with us after the meeting and shared what steps the city will be taking to assist Woolsey and the Timber Creek Cinema:

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During the meeting Wake also spoke to the City Council about a recent get-together he had with Siemens Industry, Inc. and told us why he wanted the get-together to take place:

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For more information on this meeting or future meetings of the Mountain View City Council contact City Clerk Willa Kramer at 417-934-2601.

(West Plains) – City crews in West Plains will be busy this week, according to city clerk Mallory Prewett:

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She also reminded people that the city has some open positions available:

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You can visit the West Plains city website here.

(Shannon County) – A Birch Tree resident suffered injuries Monday evening after being hit by a vehicle.

A Highway Patrol report states the accident happened at 6:30 PM on County Road 421 in Shannon County. 37-year-old Susan Morris of Birch Tree stepped out of a vehicle, which then rolled and struck her and knocked her to the ground.

Morris was taken from the scene of the accident to Mercy Hospital in Mountain View by the driver of the truck.

Jay Hale receives the Honorary State FFA Degree during the 86th Missouri FFA Convention, April 24-25, in Columbia, Mo. Hale is pictured with the newly elected Missouri FFA officers, from left, Cole Edwards, president; Nora Faris, secretary; Libby Martin, 1st vice president. (Provided)

Jay Hale receives the Honorary State FFA Degree during the 86th Missouri FFA Convention, April 24-25, in Columbia, Mo. Hale is pictured with the newly elected Missouri FFA officers, from left, Cole Edwards, president; Nora Faris, secretary; Libby Martin, 1st vice president. (Provided)

(Columbia) – A number of people were honored during the 86th Missouri FFA Convention, which was held April 24-25 in Columbia.

Jay Hale of West Plains was named an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention. Hale has been the advisor of the West Plains FFA Chapter since 2003. He is a Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association Executive Communication member and a member of Heart of the Ozarks Fair Board.

Also honored was Jaret Holden of Summersville, who was named the 2014-15 State FFA Vice President representing Area 13. Holden’s Supervised Agricultural Experience Program consists of 20 head of beef cows which he markets as feeder cattle. He also works on his family’s farming operation. Holden has served as chapter president and vice president of the Summersville FFA and as treasurer and secretary for the Area 13 FFA Association.

Other honorees and designations include:

Holden

Jaret Holden

  • Stephen M. Cook of Willow Springs won the Missouri FFA Agricultural Services Entrepreneurship and Placement Combined Proficiency Award.
  • Plato FFA member Heidi Murry receives a Missouri Agribusiness Academy certificate. She will attend the Missouri Department of Agriculture sponsored academy this summer.
  • Kaleb W. Stolba of the Willow Springs FFA Chapter was recognized as the Area 13 Star in Placement.
  • Marcus Scott Hoover of the Dora FFA Chapter was recognized as the as Area 13 Star Farmer.
  • The Summersville FFA Chapter placed first at the Forestry Career Development Event (CDE)
  • Matthew James Rodgers of Vanzant won the Missouri FFA Dairy Production Placement Proficiency Award
Plato FFA member Heidi Murry receives a Missouri Agribusiness Academy certificate during the 86th Missouri FFA Convention, April 24-25; in Columbia, Mo. Murry will attend the Missouri Department of Agriculture sponsored academy this summer. (Provided)

Plato FFA member Heidi Murry receives a Missouri Agribusiness Academy certificate during the 86th Missouri FFA Convention, April 24-25; in Columbia, Mo. Murry will attend the Missouri Department of Agriculture sponsored academy this summer. (Provided)

The Summersville FFA Chapter places first in the Missouri FFA Forestry Career Development Event at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention, April 25, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. Pictured from left are Levi Mahan, Katelyn Stoops, Jaret Holden and FFA Advisor Bill Holden. (Provided)

The Summersville FFA Chapter places first in the Missouri FFA Forestry Career Development Event at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention, April 25, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. Pictured from left are Levi Mahan, Katelyn Stoops, Jaret Holden and FFA Advisor Bill Holden. (Provided)

Pictured from left are Brian Hoover, father; Jodie Hoover, mother; Marcus Hoover; and Advisor Paula Bodenhamer. (Provided)

Pictured from left are Brian Hoover, father; Jodie Hoover, mother; Marcus Hoover; and Advisor Paula Bodenhamer. (Provided)

One of the hangars at the Willow Springs Municipal Airport was blown over by the Sunday storm. (Provided)

One of the hangars at the Willow Springs Municipal Airport was blown over by the Sunday storm. (Provided)

(Willow Springs) – Storms like the ones seen across the area Sunday and early Monday morning are an “all hands on deck” event for the city of Willow Springs, according to City Administrator Bob Pollard:

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Willow Springs saw the most damage from the storm in Howell County, with a hangar being blown over at the municipal airport. No injuries were reported.

(Licking) – An inmate at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking has died.

64-year-old Charles McClain was pronounced dead at 1:47 PM Sunday. McClain was serving a life sentence for 1st degree murder and forcible rape in St. Louis, and 2nd degree murder in St. Louis County. He was received in the Missouri Department of Corrections on March 2, 1995.

A report from jail officials says McClain died of apparent natural causes.

(Jefferson City)- Missouri senators returned from Easter break to debate a number of House Bills. The Senate spent some time on House Bill 1501, which is legislation that would change the laws regarding various tax credits. The measure was handled by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale:

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During debate, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, tells the handler she’s in favor of the proposal:

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House Bill 1501 has been set aside for further debate.

(Jefferson City)- In Jefferson City Senator Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, has been hard at work debating Senate Bill 860.

Sen. Cunningham said during a recent media interview that the Missouri Senate did pass Senate Bill 860, which will create a sales and use tax exemption for used manufactured homes:

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Sen. Cunningham adds last year’s attempt at cutting income taxes was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon:

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Sen. Cunningham additional shared during the interview that his office continues to get robo-calls about Medicaid:

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For more information on the work Senator Cunningham is doing in the Missouri Senate visit senate.mo.gov.