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(West Plains) – West Plains City Clerk Mallory Prewett says that city water and sewer crews will be out this week and in the future doing some clean-up work:

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The number to West Plains City Hall is 417-256-7176.

(Jefferson City)- Missouri senators in Jefferson City spent Monday afternoon, April 14, debating Senate Bill 966, which is legislation that would modify the law relating to the ethical behavior of public officials and lobbyists.

Senator Brad Lager, R-Savannah, sponsors the legislation and says other lawmakers have added to his original proposal:

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During the debate, Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, mentions he is curious about one aspect of the legislation:

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Senate Bill 966 has been laid over for future debate. A recent study by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch states that lobbyists spent $200,000 over three years on trips for Missouri lawmakers.

(Jefferson City)- In the Missouri Senate, Senator Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, has been busy this month discussing and debating the latest bills.

In a recent media interview Sen. Cunningham shared that Missouri Senator passed Senate Bill 734, which would allow member of electric cooperatives to participate in certain meetings by mail or electronic means:

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Sen. Cunningham additional shared that the Missouri Senate also passed Senate Bill 706, which would prohibit bad faith assertions of patent infringement:

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Senate Bill 734 will now be moving on to the Missouri House for further consideration.

(Little Rock) – The Arkansas State Library has awarded a $22,359 grant to Gassville Branch Library for purchasing furniture and computers and improving a parking lot.

The grant was made available by General Improvement Funds designated in the 89th General Assembly of the Arkansas Legislature.

The Arkansas State Library Board voted at a special meeting April 11 to distribute $141,000 in GIF funds to Arkansas public libraries. The State Library received 72 grant applications requesting almost $1 million.

Board Chair George “Bucky” Ellis said the Board had to make some difficult decisions to determine the best distribution of limited funds, however, Baxter County Librarian Gwen Khayat says the city of Gassville is helping stretch the grant funds by having city work crews do most of the labor on the parking lot.

Those who are interested in volunteering should contact Julie Stewart at julie.s@baxlib.org or call 870-580-0976.

(Alton)- The Alton Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring their 3rd Annual Boot Sale and “Crusin The Square” Car Show on Saturday, May 3, on the courthouse square in Alton from 10AM-3PM.

Ozark Radio News spoke to Alton Chamber of Commerce member Diana Clary who gave us some important information regarding the event:

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Clary went on to share that for anyone interested in reserving a “Boot” space or registering a car there is still time to do so:

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Clary continued to explain what they do with all the proceeds raised from the event:

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This event is additional hosted by the GWFC Alton Culture Club. For more information or to reserve or register those phone numbers once again were 417-270-1536 for Clary and 417-270-1750 for Osborne.

(West Plains) – The Howell County Health Department will host a gardening workshop next week.

The workshop will be held from 9 AM to 12 PM on Thursday, May 1 at the Howell County Health Department, 180 Kentucky Avenue, in West Plains. Sarah Denkler, Horticulture Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, will present the workshop in cooperation with the

community garden committee. Topics to be discussed at the workshop will include irrigation techniques, organic methods, and plant diseases.

The event is free, but please pre-register by calling 417-256-7078. Pre-registration is requested by April 29.

(Alton)- In only a few short weeks the Alton Sr. Class of 2014 will be preparing themselves for their final days at Alton High School.

With the large amount of snow days that were used during this school year Alton School District Superintendent Eric Allen shared with Ozark Radio News the correct dates for the High School Graduation, 8th Grade Promotion, and the Jr. High Honors Night:

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Allen also gave the dates for some other important events that you don’t want to miss out on:

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With classes coming an end and summer break just around the corner, Allen also gave us the dates and some of the things offered for this years’ Summer School:

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For more information on these Alton School District events call 417-778-7217.

Representatives with West Plains Bank and Trust Company participated in the American Bankers Association Teach Children to Save Day recently by visiting fourth grade students in the Mountain View-Birch Tree R-3, West Plains R-7 and surrounding rural school districts. More than 450 students were reached with the lesson, which focused on the difference between wants and needs and the importance of saving money. Shown with students at Richards R5 in West Plains, Mo., is West Plains Bank and Trust Company Bradford Branch Teller Linda Sorg. (Provided)

Representatives with West Plains Bank and Trust Company participated in the American Bankers Association Teach Children to Save Day recently by visiting fourth grade students in the Mountain View-Birch Tree R-3, West Plains R-7 and surrounding rural school districts. More than 450 students were reached with the lesson, which focused on the difference between wants and needs and the importance of saving money. Shown with students at Richards R5 in West Plains, Mo., is West Plains Bank and Trust Company Bradford Branch Teller Linda Sorg. (Provided)

(West Plains) – West Plains Bank and Trust Company employees returned to fourth grade recently as part of the American Bankers Association Teach Children to Save initiative. The annual event takes place each April and involves banker volunteers helping young people develop a savings habit early in life.

President and Chief Operating Officer David M. Gohn says West Plains Bank and Trust Company has participated in the program since 2008, reaching over 450 students in the Mountain View-Birch Tree, West Plains and other school districts.

The American Bankers Association provides financial education programs and resources that help bankers make their communities better. The association’s signature programs, Teach Children to Save and Get Smart About Credit, bring bankers and students together to increase financial literacy.

West Plains Bank and Trust Company offers the following tips for money-savvy parents raising money-smart kids:

  • Set the example of a responsible money manager by paying bills on time, being a conscientious spender and an active saver. Children tend to emulate their parents’ personal finance habits.
  • Talk openly about money with your kids. Communicate your values and experiences with money. Encourage them to ask you questions, and be prepared to answer them – even the tough ones.
  • Explain the difference between needs and wants, the value of saving and budgeting and the consequences of not doing so.
  • Open a savings account for your children and take them with you to make deposits, so they can learn how to be hands-on in their money management.
  • Let friends and family know about your child’s savings goal.  They’ll be more likely to give cash for special occasions, which means more trips to the bank.
  • Engage your community.  Many schools, banks and groups share your commitment to creating a money-savvy generation.  Engage support to provide youth with the education they need to succeed.
 The team from Mountain Home High School took top honors in the 29th annual Interscholastic Contest hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains on Friday, April 4.  Competition was held in three divisions based on school size, with first, second and third place winners announced in each division.  First, second and third place winners overall also were named.  The Mtn. Home contingent placed first overall, which gave them ownership of the “traveling trophy” that is given to the overall first place winner every year, and second in Division I.  Front row from left above are Lucas Dooley, Skylar Ronna and Noah Nelson.  Back row: Tommy Zulker, Evan Webb and Heather Morgan.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)


The team from Mountain Home High School took top honors in the 29th annual Interscholastic Contest hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains on Friday, April 4.  Competition was held in three divisions based on school size, with first, second and third place winners announced in each division.  First, second and third place winners overall also were named.  The Mtn. Home contingent placed first overall, which gave them ownership of the “traveling trophy” that is given to the overall first place winner every year, and second in Division I.  Front row from left above are Lucas Dooley, Skylar Ronna and Noah Nelson.  Back row: Tommy Zulker, Evan Webb and Heather Morgan.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(West Plains) – The team from Mountain Home High School took top honors in the 29th annual Interscholastic Contest hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains on Friday, April 4, on the Missouri State-West Plains campus.

An estimated 500 students from 18 area high schools in Missouri and Arkansas participated in the academic event. The competition tested students’ knowledge in a variety of subject areas ranging from agriculture, science and math, to speech, history and English. Competition was held in three divisions based on school size, with first, second and third place winners announced in each division. First, second and third place winners overall also were named.

The Mtn. Home team placed first in the overall competition, which gave them ownership of the “traveling trophy” that is awarded to the overall first place winner every year. Second place overall went to West Plains High School, and third place went to Houston High School.

West Plains High School took first place in Division I and was followed by Mtn. Home High School in second.

In Division II, first place went to Houston High School, second to Mtn. View-Birch Tree Liberty High School and third to Thayer High School. The top three winners in Division III were Mammoth Spring High School, first; Oregon-Howell R-3 High School in Koshkonong, second; and Winona High School, third.

In all, two teams competed in Division I, eight in Division II and eight in Division III.

The team from West Plains High School took top honors in Division I at the 29th annual Interscholastic Contest hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains on Friday, April 4.  With their trophy are, front row from left, Alex Hoopes, Keane Harris, Chelsea Shearin, Keith Kellet and Kate Froehlke.  Second row: Mathew Pavbelka, Haley McCall, Carissa Peoples, Kelsey Farris, Kirsten Swenson and Alex Eggert.  Third row: Adam Stasney, Caleb Gill and Andrew Parks.  Back row: Logan Hall, Riley Grennan, Keegan Wilson, John Nigliazzo, Tray Whitsell, Matthew McCall, Alex Abrams, Shane York, Ryan Evans, Austin Beard and Marvin Berner.  Gerard Dietrich and Jett Sexton also were members of the team.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

The team from West Plains High School took top honors in Division I at the 29th annual Interscholastic Contest hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains on Friday, April 4.  With their trophy are, front row from left, Alex Hoopes, Keane Harris, Chelsea Shearin, Keith Kellet and Kate Froehlke.  Second row: Mathew Pavbelka, Haley McCall, Carissa Peoples, Kelsey Farris, Kirsten Swenson and Alex Eggert.  Third row: Adam Stasney, Caleb Gill and Andrew Parks.  Back row: Logan Hall, Riley Grennan, Keegan Wilson, John Nigliazzo, Tray Whitsell, Matthew McCall, Alex Abrams, Shane York, Ryan Evans, Austin Beard and Marvin Berner.  Gerard Dietrich and Jett Sexton also were members of the team.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

For more information about the Interscholastic Contest and how to participate in next year’s event, call 417-255-7965.

(West Plains) – The Tecumseh Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will have their annual Mothers Day Dinner on Saturday, May 3 at 5:30 PM at the Firehall on Highway 160.

Organizers say the meal includes ham, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, baked beans, rolls, dessert and drinks.

A donation is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12. There will also be door prizes for the women.