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(Mountain Home) – The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office has announced a new feature to their popular website.

This new feature gives citizens the ability to upload photos, videos, audio and other files to the Crime Tips Form at www.baxtercountysheriff.com. This new feature is also available as a mobile version for those who access the website from their mobile phone or tablet.

Having the ability to upload photos, videos, audio and other files to the Crime Tips Form will allow enhance the public’s ability to assist the Sheriff’s Office in investigating or reporting a crime. As always, a person has the choice of leaving a phone number or email address if they want to be contacted or may remain anonymous if they choose. Of course in the event of an emergency or need of immediate assistance, please call 911 or the Sheriff’s Office at 870-425-7000.

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Website continues to grow in its popularity since its launch in November 2007, with more than 1.1 million visits to the website so far in 2014 and an average of more than 34,000 unique visitors each month.

(Little Rock) (AP) – State officials say Arkansas’ unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest rate in more than five years.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.2 percent. According to the department, the jobless rate is the lowest Arkansas has seen since November 2008.

The agency says four industry sectors posted job losses in June, with the biggest drop coming in state and local government. Officials say that decrease is attributed to the summer breaks at public schools and universities.

Employment in manufacturing rose by 1,900 jobs, primarily in durable goods as manufacturing plants added employees.

(West Plains) – A West Plains resident suffered moderate injuries Sunday morning after the vehicle she was driving ran off-road and overturned.

19-year-old Bailey Smith was taken from the scene of the accident to Mercy Hospital in Springfield by Air Ambulance.

The accident happened at 1:05 AM on Highway ZZ, about a mile east of West Plains.

(Houston) – A resident of Solo suffered minor injuries Saturday night after a one vehicle accident near Houston.

The accident happened at 8:05 PM on Highway 63, about a mile south of Houston, when the northbound vehicle driven by 47-year-old Jeffrey Gabel ran off-road and hit a fence and a number of trees.

Gabel was taken from the scene of the accident to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, and was then flown to Cox Hospital in Springfield.

(Willow Springs) – For local Willow Springs residents interested in learning more about the flood plains and areas City Administrator Bob Pollard says that he is the man to talk to:

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Pollard has also shared an update on the damaged hangar at the Airport:

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For anyone with further questions for Pollard, you can call City Hall at 417-469-2107.

(West Plains) – Drury University’s Academic Outreach office in West Plains is going to hold a community career fair on August 8 to help local residents and inquisitive students learn more about their education options, and what area employers require for hiring.

Lauren Campbell, Academic Advisor with Drury, spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us that the career fair came as part of a brainstorming session:

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She also added that they are still taking students for their emergency management program, which starts soon:

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Again, the community career fair will be held from 5-6 PM on August 8 at the Drury University Community Room at 403 Washington Ave. in West Plains. For more information, call 417-257-5700 or email lcampbell01@drury.edu.

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Dr. Lisa Casey

(Ava) – Local musicians will join players from Missouri and Arkansas to perform the third annual Summerscape orchestra concert on Saturday, August 16 at the Ava Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7 PM, may be purchased ahead of time or at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for those 18 and under. Tickets are available from Marriott Music Store on the square in Ava, and Thru The Grapevine in Ava.

Dr. Lisa Casey, Professor of Music and director of Summerscape 2014, joined the faculty of the Missouri State University Music Department in 2000, and teaches applied horn and brass methods. In addition to her duties at Missouri State, Casey is Principal Horn in the Springfield Symphony and also performs regularly with the Springfield Regional Opera, Ensemble 21, the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks, and the Missouri Chamber Players. Her performance credits include positions in the Washington Idaho Symphony, Texas Wind Symphony, Kansas State University Faculty Brass Quintet, and the Kansas City Brass Project.

Barbara Deegan

Barbara Deegan

Summerscape was organized in 2012 by Barbara Deegan, music teacher at the Ava School District and former conductor of the Mountain Home Symphony, to give local players a chance to play with an orchestra, to provide easy and local access to orchestra music, to offer teachers and their top students a performance opportunity, and to explore a wide variety of musical styles.

For more information about Summerscape 2014 or about purchasing tickets, contact Barbara Deegan, coordinator and conductor at 417-543-5696 or find the event on Facebook.

(Sikeston) – The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing from 4-6 PM Thursday, August 7 to discuss improvements to Route M in Carter County.

The meeting will be held at the Carter County Courthouse, located at 105 Main Street in Van Buren.

Project Manager Pete Berry says the proposed project includes widening curves, replacing the one-lane bridge over Pike Creek with a 2-lane structure and adding paved shoulders from Route 60 to the end of state maintenance. The project will require right-of-way acquisition in some locations.

For more information, please contact Berry at 417-469-6242, Transportation Project Designer Jeff Wachter at 573-472-5294, or MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MODOT (275-6636).

(West Plains)- The Howell Valley R-1 Board of Education met in a regular session on Monday evening, July 14.

During the meeting the board approved payment of all bills, cash reports, general ledgers, and back reconciliations. The board also approved the 2014-2015 Student Handbook. The Board also reviewed and approved the Howell Valley Building Rental Policy.

During the meeting it was decided that meal cost for the 2014-2015 school year would remain the same and all adult meals will cost $2, regular student breakfast meals will cost $1, and regular student lunch meals will cost $1.75. Reduced price student meals will remain the same at $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch meals.

The tax hearing and tax levy discussion will be August 18 at 5:45 PM with the regular board meeting immediately following. Bids were opened and accepted including Hiland Dairy for milk, C&K Snacks Inc. for bread products, and West Plains Propane for propane, gasoline, and diesel.

The board approved the 2014-2015 school start date for Thursday, August 14. The board also reviewed and approved the Code employees to attend School Firearm Training for the 2014-2015 school year and approved the final 2013-2014 Budget.

The next board meeting will be August 18, at 6PM.

(West Plains) – The West Plains Police Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for a missing person incident that occurred at 1400 Block of West 6th Street, West Plains at 12:13 PM on July 20.

17-year-old Dylan Blake Saltkill is a white male, stands 5’4″, and weighs 176 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Saltkill ran away from the 1400 block of West 6th Street in West Plains and took his caretaker’s vehicle, which was located by law enforcement after it was involved in a traffic crash. The subject was not in the vehicle and is believed to be on foot and injured in the Ozark County area. He was last seen at Highway 201 and J Highway near Howard’s Ridge in Ozark County, wearing a blue 2001 NASCAR shirt, blue jean shorts and white tennis shoes. A statement from the Highway Patrol states that Saltkill made a statement that he was en route to unknown location in Mountain Home, AR.

Police say Saltkill has the mental capacity of a 10 year old.

Anyone seeing the missing person or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the West Plains Police Department at 417-256-2244.