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Mae and Alice Elerman Standing on their porch in 1912 One of 1000s of photos in park collection. (Provided)

Mae and Alice Elerman Standing on their porch in 1912 One of 1000s of photos in park collection. (Provided)

(Van Buren) – Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) has announced that the park is currently seeking a summer intern for a 12-week internship working in the park’s museum collection.

The intern must be a high school graduate, at least 18 years of age, with an interest in gaining experience in the preservation of a unique blend of cultural and natural objects.

The park’s Museum Technician will work closely with the intern to provide training while accomplishing several high priority tasks, including the processing of oral history recordings and cataloguing a portion of the park’s historic photograph collection. The ultimate objective of this position will be to make more of the museum collection accessible to the public, through both the park website and updated records that will provide ease of access for researchers. The intern will also learn about many facets of working in a National Park Service museum in addition to the duties of cataloging, scanning, and transcribing.

The oral histories in the park’s collection date from the 1970s and cover a vast array of topics, including use of the rivers and land and the unique culture of the Ozarks. The intern will be trained to transcribe, create, or update catalog information, and provide a detailed description of each history. Transcriptions will primarily be done using a computer, but use of tape recorders and reel-to-reel players may also be involved.

The historic photograph collection contains a massive amount of images, many of which are not identified or cataloged. The intern will catalog, scan, and rehouse photos dating from the late 1800s. By inserting the information into the park’s collection database, the intern will be providing increased accessibility for researchers.

Because no housing is available within the park, the intern must be willing to commute to Van Buren or secure their own housing. The internship is sponsored through Student Conservation Association (SCA) and is a volunteer position. The intern will receive $75 per week as a living stipend and may also qualify for a commuting subsidy of an additional $100 weekly.

Upon completion of the 12-week program, the intern will be qualified for a SCA AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $1,468 that can be used toward college tuition or federal college loans. The target start date is May 18. For more information and to apply, please visit www.thesca.org.

For information on Ozark National Scenic Riverways, visit the park Facebook page, the park website at www.nps.gov/ozar or phone 573-323-4236.

(Willow Springs) – Spring Clean-Up Week is May 12-16 in the city of Willow Springs, and City Administrator Bob Pollard says some residents are jumping the gun when it comes to setting their junk items out:

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Pollard also urges people to be patient with the city when it comes to some projects underway:

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Questions on what can and can’t be picked up during the Clean-Up Week in May can be directed to Willow Springs City Hall at 417-469-2107.

(Willow Springs) – Students in the Willow Springs School District will be having school Friday, according to Superintendent Dr. Derrick Hutsell:

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For more information, call the district office at 417-469-3260.

(Mountain Home) – Outreach coordinators from the Arkansas State University Heritage Sites program will give a presentation on the ASU-Mountain Home campus on Thursday, April 17. The presentation will be held in Gaston Lobby from 12:15-1 PM and is open to the public.

The heritage sites consist of four locations: Lakeport Plantation in Lake Village, the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza, the Hemingway-Pfieffer Museum & Educational Center in Piggot and the brand new Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash. The sites are all owned and operated by Arkansas State University.

Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University develops and operates historic properties of regional and national significance in the Arkansas Delta. These sites provide educational resources for formal and informal learning, including serving as living laboratories for students in the university’s Heritage Studies Ph.D. program. In addition, they serve as economic catalysts in communities where they are located by attracting heritage tourists from around the country.

Through the combination of restoration and humanities activities, the university strives to enhance the social and economic viability of rural Arkansas Delta towns, as well as provide exemplary educational and research opportunities for scholars, students, and the general public.

For more info about the sites themselves, visit arkansasheritagesites.astate.edu/AHS/. For more information, contact Tina Bradley, ASUMH Library Director, at 870-508-6130.

(Little Rock) (AP) – The Arkansas Highway Commission and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will officially begin a highway construction program with a proclamation ceremony.

The ceremony will be Wednesday in Little Rock to mark the first of 31 highway projects to be constructed under the $1.8 billion Connecting Arkansas Program. The program is funded with a 10-year, half-cent sales tax that was approved by voters in 2012.

The first project is a six-mile portion of the new Bella Vista Bypass from Bentonville to Hiwasse in northwestern Arkansas. The Bella Vista Bypass is a multi-phased project to construct two lanes of an ultimate 19-mile four-lane Interstate.

The other 30 projects include widening and improvement to highways statewide.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Public water systems could be required to notify Missouri customers before eliminating fluoride from drinking water.

The Missouri House gave first-round approval Tuesday to the legislation. It would require notification at least 90 days before a vote to permanently cease fluoridation.

Water systems would need to inform customers, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Health and Senior Services.

The measure needs a second affirmative vote before moving to the state Senate.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has more than $2 million in the bank for a likely gubernatorial campaign in 2016.

Koster reported his quarterly campaign finance figures Tuesday to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

He received about $539,000 of cash contributions from January through March and spent a little less than $130,000. When adding money he previously raised, Koster’s balance stood at just over $2 million.

That’s significantly higher than his potential challengers.

Republican Catherine Hanaway launched her gubernatorial bid earlier this year and has raised a little over $300,000.

Republican State Auditor Tom Schweich has nearly $835,000 in his campaign account. He’s faces only a Libertarian and Constitution party candidate in his re-election bid this year and could carry over some of that money to a potential 2016 governor’s race.

(Texas County) – Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced that over 50 people have been arrested and charged in connection with a number of long-term drug investigations in Texas County.

Over the course of approximately three years, officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the South Central Drug Task Force, Texas County and Wright County sheriff’s departments, along with the Cabool, Houston, Licking, Mountain Grove, and Summersville police departments conducted a series of narcotics investigations involving the distribution, sale, and possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription medications.

The investigation involved approximately 58 individuals in and around the Texas County area. Grand jury indictments for each defendant were obtained through the Texas County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office prior to the mass arrest operation initiated Monday morning.

Arrest teams consisted of members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Texas County Sheriff’s Department, Wright County Sheriff’s Department, Cabool Police Department, Houston Police Department, Licking Police Department, Mountain Grove Police Department, Summersville Police Department, and South Central Drug Task Force.

Highway Patrol officials say that the operation is active and arrest teams continue to arrest those indicted.

Below is a list of arrested individuals and charges:

  • Miles C. Wolf Jr. 36, Houston, Missouri, eight counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Hazel M. Post, 50, Houston, Missouri, three counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Kenneth C. Lay, 33, Houston, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Chasity M. Counts, 27, Houston, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Lennie G. Gale, 56, Houston, Missouri, five counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Christina M. Villarreal, 25, Houston, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Reginald W. Skouby, 58, Houston, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Parish L. Gale, 23, Houston, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Cheyenne S. Mourning, 36, Houston, Missouri, three counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Nadatha S. Walker, 23, Houston, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Ivan A. Gale, 21, Houston, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Alvey G. Gale, 53, Houston, Missouri, one count unlawful possession of a firearm
  • Michael K. Jackson, 53, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Robert D. Bartley, 56, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Jesse L. Villarreal, 44, Licking, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • James E. Dodd, 44, Houston, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Joshua H. Routh, 29, Houston, Missouri, three counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Kelly D. Williams, 35, Licking, Missouri, one count possession of a controlled substance
  • Michelle K. Houston, 45, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • James W. Dickens, 22, Houston, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Jeffery E. Friend, 22, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Thomas W. Hamby, 33, Mountain Grove, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Roger W. Franklin, 53, Houston, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Nathan C. Young, 27, Houston, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Penny L. Royal, 51, Licking, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Jennifer L. Royal, 25, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Betty L. Vestal, 54, Licking, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Jerrad D. Burks, 29, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Robin M. Vest, 48, Licking, Missouri, three counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Mariah J. Hamby, 18, Mountain Grove, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Karen S. Roberts, 52, Cabool, Missouri, five counts possession of a controlled substance
  • Bobby G. Johnston Sr., 59, Raymondville, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Levi C. Johnson, 29, Licking, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Terry E. Walker, 46, Licking, Missouri, five counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Steven W. Holden, 28, Bucyrus, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Dave A. Bressie, 58, Raymondville, Missouri, four counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Sally A. Porter, 61, Edgar Springs, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Christine M. White, 47, Raymondville, Missouri, two counts distribution of a controlled substance
  • Steven M. Counts, 30, Raymondville, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Barbra A. Colgan, 43, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Gary L. Couchman Sr., 49, Licking, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
  • Bob A. Hamby, 57, Duke, Missouri, one count distribution of a controlled substance
Front Row, Left to Right:  Chase Smith, Bob Sargent, Mike Topliff, Cyndi Wright, Rhonda Singletary. Second row: Lenny Eagleman, Wayne Calhoun, Owen Lunn, Jerry Marsh. (Provided)

Front Row, Left to Right: Chase Smith, Bob Sargent, Mike Topliff, Cyndi Wright, Rhonda Singletary. Second row: Lenny Eagleman, Wayne Calhoun, Owen Lunn, Jerry Marsh. (Provided)

(West Plains) – The Mount Zion Masonic Lodge of West Plains donated $2,000 to the Bridges Program.

The Masonic Lodge contributes to many charities around the area through its Creating a Partnership program.

The Bridges program is community-based organization designed to help meet students’ needs in the West Plains School District and the surrounding rural schools, leading to children being able to focus on their education.

From left: Brian Simmons, owner of Springfield Mortuary Services; Matt Buel, ASUMH Funeral Science Program Director; Robert Bradford, Regional Operations Manager for Si Funeral Services; ASUMH students, Leann McGovern; Octavia Nickel; Suzan Day; Bryanne Pouncy; Sarah Gryner; Misty Terry; Shirley Orsborne and Cassie Wilson, an ASUMH alumni who currently works for Springfield Mortuary Services. (Provided)

(Mountain Home) – On March 29, the Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) Mortuary Science Club met in Springfield, MO, to take tours of the Si Funeral Services/Wilbert Vault Company, the Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home and Springfield Mortuary Services.

ASUMH Funeral Science Program Director, Matt Buel said, “this was the most productive trip possible for our students. They were able to experience firsthand all aspects of their chosen field: embalming, funeral directing, cremation, cemetery operations and more, all in just a few well-planned hours. I am extremely grateful to our hosts for making this such an efficient learning experience.”

The students also got to meet two alumni of the ASUMH Funeral Science Program, Dennis Gamble and Cassie Wilson. Gamble works for Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home and Wilson is an employee of Springfield Mortuary Services.

For more information about the ASUMH Funeral Science program, please contact Matt Buel at 870-508-6157.