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Archive for July, 2014

Ukrainian honor guards lift up a coffin, holding the body of one of the Malaysian Airlines plane passengers, to load it onto a Dutch cargo plane in Kharkiv airport, Ukraine, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Dutch government has declared Wednesday a day of national mourning as the country prepares for the arrival of the first bodies of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. (AP Photo/ Sergei Chuzavkov)

Ukrainian honor guards lift up a coffin, holding the body of one of the Malaysian Airlines plane passengers, to load it onto a Dutch cargo plane in Kharkiv airport, Ukraine, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Dutch government has declared Wednesday a day of national mourning as the country prepares for the arrival of the first bodies of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. (AP Photo/ Sergei Chuzavkov)

(Ukraine) (AP) – Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, bringing some consolation to grieving relatives who still must wait for positive identifications and answers about who caused the disaster.

The Dutch government declared a day of national mourning as the country prepared for the arrival of the first bodies in the afternoon. The crash on Thursday killed all 298 people – most of them Dutch citizens – aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Ukraine and western nations are pressing the pro-Russian rebels who control the crash site to allow an unfettered an investigation, something Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would use his influence to achieve. Though confident that a missile brought down the aircraft, U.S. officials say Russia’s role remains unclear.

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town, sending Palestinian residents fleeing, as the U.S. secretary of state presses ahead with top-gear efforts to end the conflict that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and tens of Israelis. (AP Photo)

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town, sending Palestinian residents fleeing, as the U.S. secretary of state presses ahead with top-gear efforts to end the conflict that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and tens of Israelis. (AP Photo)

(Tel Aviv) (AP) – Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the U.S. secretary of state flew into Israel to press top-gear efforts for a truce in the conflict that has so far killed at least 657 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.

John Kerry landed in Tel Aviv despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban following a Hamas rocket near the airport the day before, reflecting his determination to achieve a cease-fire agreement between the warring sides.

Kerry was to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem and Ramallah in what appeared to be a crucial day in the flailing talks. U.S. officials have downplayed expectations for an immediate, lasting truce between Israel and the Hamas militant group that controls Gaza.

Meanwhile, a foreign worker in Israel was killed when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Wednesday, a police spokeswoman said. She did not immediately know the worker’s nationality. Israel also reported that two more of its soldiers have died in the conflict, bringing the military’s death toll to 29, but did not elaborate on the circumstances of the latest casualties. Two Israeli civilians have also died in the 15-day fighting.

On Tuesday, U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel after a Hamas rocket hit near the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, dealing a blow to Israel’s lucrative tourist industry.

The conflict is also starting to strain the Israeli economy. Military and finance ministry officials have said that the first 10 days of the operation had direct costs of about 2 billion shekels – about $585 million.

(Houston) – The 2014 Texas County Fair and 104th Old Settlers Reunion will take place Wednesday, July 30 through Saturday, August 2 at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds on Highway 63 just north of Houston.

Activities scheduled for this year’s fair include rabbit judging at 10 AM Wednesday and goat judging at 5 PM Wednesday. A poultry show will be held Thursday at 10:30 AM, with sheep judging at 3 PM, a miniature pony pull competition Thursday at 5:30 PM, and gospel music from 6:30-10:30 PM.

Swine judging will take place at 9 AM Friday, the Ozarks Older Iron Club tractor pull will be held Friday at 5 PM, a kid’s petting zoo will take place at 6 PM and live music from the South 63 Band will happen from 6:30-10:30 PM Friday.

On Saturday, dairy judging will take place at 9 AM, followed by an awards ceremony. The livesock sale will start Saturday at 4 PM. Also on Saturday, the Ozarks Older Iron Club tractor pull will be held at 3 PM, with music again from the South 63 Band from 6:30-10:30 PM. The annual fireworks show, which was postponed in June, will be held Saturday night.

Carnival rides and vendors will also be available.

(West Plains) – The Porter Wagoner Sidewalk project in West Plains is about halfway done, according to City Clerk Mallory Prewett:

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The project is funded by a Community Improvement Tax that was approved by city voters in April 2012. Motorists are urged to pay attention to signs and workers in the area.

(Jefferson City)- Among the new laws set to take effect on August 28 is Senate Bill 492, which will modify provisions relating to the authorization for funding and administrative processes in higher education.

Senator David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, is the bill’s sponsor and has this to share:

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Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, during debate expressed concern about one part of the bill and how it will affect her district:

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Senate Bill 492 will be used to change the way Missouri Colleges and Universities are funded.

(Jefferson City) – Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will be hosting two Mobile Office events on July 30.

The first will be held from 9-10 AM at the Douglas County Courthouse in Ava, and the second will be held from 2-3 PM at the Ozark County Courthouse in Gainesville.

Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

Senator Blunt’s Jefferson City Office also extends one-on-one service to all Missourians who have an issue with a federal agency or need additional assistance.

For more information, call call 573-442-8151.

(West Plains) – The Richards’ Early Childhood Center, located at 3075 Holiday Lane in West Plains, is announcing that they have openings in their preschool.

The Early Childhood Center (ECC) is a special center where everything is structured with smaller students in mind, and is fitted specifically for the needs of students in preschool and kindergarten. Students who will be 4 years old by August 1 are welcome to attend preschool for a full day or half day.

The full day option is available with meals and snacks included for $10 per day. This was made available so that parents in the Richards School District who wanted their children to attend preschool but were unable to find childcare for half a day were able to send their children all day.

If you have not signed your child up for the preschool program, or if you have any questions, you are encouraged to call the school at 417-256-5239 to register prior to open house.

(Willow Springs) – The annual free athletic physicals in Willow Springs will be given on Monday, August 4, at 8 AM at Mumford Gymnasium.

Organizers say the physicals, which will be conducted by the staff of the Willow Springs Medical Clinic and Willow Springs Schools, are for any Willow Springs student participating in athletics or cheerleading, who are in grades 7th-12th. The Missouri State High School Activities Association requires a yearly physical before a student is allowed to practice for an activity.

All necessary forms will be available on the physical date. Athletes will not be allowed to practice or participate without the proper forms being signed and turned in.

(Hutton Valley)- The Hutton Valley Neighborhood watch is set to hold their annual homemade pie and ice cream social and contest on July 26, at 5PM at the Hutton Valley Schoolhouse.

Everyone is invited to compete and prizes will be awarded for the contest. The rules for the contest include: You must bring two pies, one to be judges and one to be auctioned; bring your favorite homemade ice cream to be judged; and all pies and ice cream should be at the schoolhouse by 4:30PM.

For more information you can call Jackie Hinds at 417-469-2420 or 417-272-4747.

Standing with the Jayco pop up camper that is being given away to benefit TCMH Hospice of Care are (left to right):  Bill Bridges, TCMH emergency medical services director; Courtney Owens, TCMH Hospice of Care director; Melanie Evans, TCMH Hospice of Care nurse; Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer; Matt Bowers, Wehr Motors; Jay Loveland, Wehr Motors general manager, and Jay Gentry, TCMH Healthcare Foundation director. (Provided)

Standing with the Jayco pop up camper that is being given away to benefit TCMH Hospice of Care are (left to right):  Bill Bridges, TCMH emergency medical services director; Courtney Owens, TCMH Hospice of Care director; Melanie Evans, TCMH Hospice of Care nurse; Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer; Matt Bowers, Wehr Motors; Jay Loveland, Wehr Motors general manager, and Jay Gentry, TCMH Healthcare Foundation director. (Provided)

(Houston) – The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation recently received a Jayco Series Sport 10 pop up camper to give away for the Hospice of Care fund which benefits area Hospice of Care patients.

The camper will be awarded to a winner on November 8 at 3 PM at the TCMH Healthcare Foundation’s annual Chili Cook Off which also benefits Hospice of Care.

The pop up camper has a $7,500 value, and Wehr Motors’ donation covered much of the camper’s cost. Tickets will be sold for $10 each or $50 for six tickets. The camper pops up to feature a queen bed on one end and a full bed on the other end. Between the beds and the cargo deck the camper will sleep five to six. The sectionalized tents on the camper have a five-year warranty against mildew, cracks, mold and scratches. The cargo deck has a kitchen with a propane top that can be used inside or carried outside. The kitchen has a dinette area and a refrigerator.

An awning can be pulled out and anchored on one side of the camper. The camper can hold 10 gallons of potable water. The camper also comes with a lifetime warranty that covers the lifter system, the bed platforms, the roof, the frame and the floor.

Owens explained that the camper is currently parked at TCMH if anyone wants to see it.

The TCMH Healthcare Foundation and Hospice of Care have a fundraising goal of $55,000 for the 2014 Chili Cook Off, and proceeds from the camper ticket sales will go toward overall fundraising for the event.

For additional information about tickets or a 2014 Chili Cook Off, contact Hospice of Care at 417-967-1279 or 1-866-967-3311 ext. 1279.