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(West Plains) – A West Plains resident suffered moderate injuries Thursday night after a one-vehicle accident near his hometown.

The accident happened at 9:15 PM on County Road 8230, about a half mile west of West Plains, when the southbound vehicle driven by 19-year-old Daniel Watson-Lara ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree.

He was taken from the scene of the accident to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains with moderate injuries.

(West Plains) – The Porter Wagoner sidewalk project continues to head toward Gibson Ave., according to West Plains City Clerk Mallory Prewett:

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The sidewalk project was funded by a Community Improvement Tax that was approved by city voters in 2012.

(Jefferson City) – State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced that House Bill 1217 has gone into effect, meaning public retirees in Missouri are now protected from pension advances. Retired public employees who are drawn into what he calls “misleading agreements” can now take legal action against the businesses offering them. This measure is just one step Treasurer Zweifel is taking to protect working Missourians’ retirement security.

Pension advances offer an up-front lump sum of money in exchange for part or all of a public pension, and they are generally accompanied by exorbitant fees and interest rates.

With this law now in effect, State Attorney General Chris Koster has the authority to investigate and prosecute companies that continue to push these offers onto Missourians.

For more information visit tresurer.mo.gov.

(West Plains) – Howell County Sheriff Mike Shannon says that a number of phone scams reported in recent days:

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The number to the sheriff’s office is 417-256-2544.

(Harrison) – Troop I of the Arkansas State Police has announced a number of driver’s license testing cancellations for next month.

There will be no testing in Melbourne in Izard County on Tuesday, September 2. Testing has also been cancelled in Mountain Home on Thursday, September 4.

Testing will resume on the next regularly scheduled day.

(Willow Springs)- With summer coming to an end many of the Willow Springs crews biggest yearly projects have been completed and City Administrator Bob Pollard says the Labor Day Holiday, when all city employees have the day off, will be a break well deserved:

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The Willow Springs City Hall will be closed on Labor Day, and the pool will be closed for the season as well. For questions or concerns you can call 417-469-2107.

Pictured are Chris Carter with Carter’s Jewel Chest and OMC Blue Jean Ball Committee Chair Nancy Franz. Franz is modeling one of the necklaces available at  Carter’s Jewel Chest, located at 860 Highway 62 East in Mountain Home. (Provided)

Pictured are Chris Carter with Carter’s Jewel Chest and OMC Blue Jean Ball Committee Chair Nancy Franz. Franz is modeling one of the necklaces available at Carter’s Jewel Chest, located at 860 Highway 62 East in Mountain Home. (Provided)

(West Plains)- The Ozarks Medical Center Foundation Blue Jean Ball is only weeks away, scheduled for Saturday, September 20, at 6PM, at the Risner Stables in West Plains.

OMC Foundation Executive Director Ward Franz shares that it’s the number one event for the OMC Foundation:

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Franz shares that once again this year there will be one lucky winner who will take home a real diamond:

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For more information on tickets or sponsorships contact the OMC Foundation at 417-853-5200.

(Mountain Home) – The Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce is seeking a part-time greeter.

The Chamber of Commerce is seeking an individual to work four hours a week, on Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Officials say the position requires knowledge of the Twin Lakes area, a pleasant personality, strong organizational skills, and a willingness to help others.

All interested candidates need to contact Eddie Majeste by emailing EMajeste@enjoymountainhome.com your resume and titling the email “Saturday Applicant.”

The Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

(Van Buren) – Hundreds of individuals have worked or volunteered at Ozark National Scenic Riverways during the last 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act establishing the park as a unit of the National Park Service in 1964, and any and all volunteers are invited to a volunteer reunion.

The reunion will be held at the Big Spring Pavilion on Sunday, October 12, beginning at 3 PM. The park’s “Haunting in the Hills” event will be conducted all day and evening prior to the reunion on Saturday, October 11 at Alley Spring.

Festivities will begin with a social in order to reminiscence, visit and reconnect with former colleagues. A dinner will be held at 5 PM and will be catered by Tiny’s BBQ, at a cost of $12 per plate. Activities continue with a welcome and few words from park and National Park Service staff, sharing of park tales, and a concert by the Non-Lethal Tactics (NLT) band whose guitar player is retired Park Ranger Marty Towery.

Former employees are asked to contact Park Ranger Mary Ficker at mary_ficker@nps.gov or 573-323-8083 to get your name and address on the employee list.

An employee photo display will also be available at the reunion. If you’d like to share memories of your time in the park, send high resolution digital images to Mike Gossett at mike_gossett@nps.gov. Insure those people in the photographs have given their permission to be part of the display. If you would like to donate your original slides, photographs, or any other ONSR related materials to be preserved in the park’s museum collection, please contact Tricia Miller at 573-323-8047 or tricia_miller@nps.gov.

Those interested in attending the reunion must RSVP and provide their $12 per meal payment by close of business Wednesday, October 1.

(Melbourne) – Ozarka College recently hosted members of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) to discuss education development.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology is researching best practices in developmental education as a part of their strategic initiative. Chris Lorch, Ozarka College Associate Vice President of Academics, and Faculty members Anthony Burkhammer, Justin Ward, and Brandy Gore presented OSUIT with a tour of the Hawkes Learning System, from both the view of the student and the instructor.

Justin Ward, Ozarka College Math Instructor shared that they reviewed the Hawkes software, the new web-based platform, their attendance policy, their accelerated developmental sequence, and their higher pass rates in comparison to a traditional math course. He added that there was also a brief overview of the other math courses in which we implement the Hawkes software.

OSUIT added that they believe that if they were to adopt a system similar to theirs, it would benefit both their faculty and students.