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West Plains Public Library -

West Plains Public Library –

(EM) The Scholastic Book Fair begins Thursday July 9 at the West Plains Public Library. The book fair will run Thursday July 9 to Tuesday July 14. For more information call 417-256-4775. The hours for the event are as follows: Thursday July 9: 1-5 PM. Friday July 10: 9 AM – 4 PM. Saturday July 11: 10 AM – 2 PM. Closed on Sunday. Monday July 13: 9 AM – 4 PM. Tuesday July 14: 9 AM – 2 PM.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks -

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks –

(EM) Another opportunity to give blood through the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is set for Friday in Mountain View. The CBCO is holding a blood drive on Friday July 10 from 12:30-5:30 PM at the Mountain View Community Center. When you have the opportunity, you can help save lives by donating blood.

MDA_logo_FMD(EM) West Plains – The 2015 MDA Lock Up in West Plains will be held today from 10 to 3pm at Skillets Restaurant. The lock-up occurs each year to help save and improve lives of people fighting Muscular Dystrophy.

Many area residents will be locked up for an hour to help raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. If you are contacted by one of the MDA jailbirds, please take the time to give. Those involved in the lock up will be asking family, friends, and business owners to make donations toward their bail.

The funds raised will help MDA find treatments and cures, and to support families with life enhancing programs and resources.

Jay Nixon(EM) Jefferson City – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently signed an executive order which states that Local governments must comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage.
The executive order directs all departments, agencies and commissions to take the steps to make sure they are in compliance with the ruling.
Governor Nixon also asked for the General Assembly to pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination act, which would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public against the LGBT community in Missouri.

Eldon Cole - Missouri University Extension

Eldon Cole – Missouri University Extension

MT. VERNON, Mo. — Almost every year someone loses a barn from fire caused by damp hay that spontaneously combusts according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“So far no reports of that have happened in 2015 but considerable hay has been put up with the dampness potential for fire,” said Cole.

Fire prevention starts at baling according to Cole. It is recommended that small, rectangular bales be right at 20 percent moisture or lower. Large round bales should be in the 18 percentage range or less, especially if they are to be stored in a barn.

“It is usually wise to leave large rounds outside a barn for a couple of weeks. During this time, you can monitor the temperature. The bale temperature may go up to the 120-degree range then begin dropping to a safe level. Up to this temperature, the hay quality has not been damaged to any extent. However, there may be some mold develop,” said Cole.

The greatest concern for fire risk and quality loss comes as the internal bale temperature rises to 130 to 150 degrees. The temperature can increase over a period, so Cole regularly recommends checking the temperature every four to six hours.

Cole recently received a call from a farmer who had baled some large round bales at around the 20 percentage moisture level. Rain was forecast, so he felt it best to wrap it up.

“This was on a Friday. He put the hay in a barn and on Monday he checked, and some of the bales were in the 150-160-degree range. We discussed when and if he should remove them and decided it was better to be safe than sorry,” said Cole.  The bales were removed with no incident.

“When I checked back with him the following day, and some bales now were up to 182 degrees but were not smoking. He was happy the barn was saved,” said Cole.
The use of moisture testers and thermometers can improve haymaking and maybe even save your barn, according to Cole.

For more information, contact any of the MU Extension livestock specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Lawrence County, (417) 466-3102; Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551; Randy Wiedmeier, in Howell County at (417) 256-2391; or Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313.

Estella Tullgren, TLCF Board; Jeff Quick, Food Bank of North Central Arkansas; Susan Gregory, Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. (provided)

Estella Tullgren, TLCF Board; Jeff Quick, Food Bank of North Central Arkansas; Susan Gregory, Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. (provided)

(Mountain Home) – The Twin Lakes Community Foundation (TLCF) celebrated its 13th annual donor banquet on June 10 at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home.

The basis of the foundation is the creation of endowments to serve the needs of the community, according to organizers.  From five funds created the first year, TLCF now has 127 permanent endowments. Foundation funds build philanthropy in Baxter, Fulton, Izard and Marion counties.  Gifts this fiscal year totaled $275,114, with fundraising reaching a total of $7,559,299 since 2002.

Board member Estella Tullgren recognized the 2015 recipients of Giving Tree Endowment Grants from the TLCF.  Those organizations recognized at the luncheon included: Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry, Arkansas Rice Depot – Food for Kids Backpack Program, Backpack Food 4 Kids/First United Methodist Church, Baxter County Historical & Genealogical Society, CASA of the 14th Judicial District, Community Connections for Youth & Families, Gamma House, Junior Auxiliary of Mountain Home, Marion County Single Parent Scholarship Fund, Ozark Center of Hope, Ozark Foothills Single Parent Scholarship Fund, Palette Art League, Salem United Methodist/Feed Our Children, Science & Technology Group, Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Baxter County, Twin Lakes Literacy Council and Yelville Area Food Closet.  These, and donor advised fund awards, totaled over $205,142 in the current fiscal year.

At the banquet, the Stop Hunger Endowment awarded a $2,000 grant to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. The Stop Hunger Endowment has received a total of $77,017 and awarded $7, 580 in total grant dollars.

For more information about the Community Foundation, contact Fletcher at or call (870) 321-6130.

On hand for the donation were, from left: West Plains Bank and Trust Company Assistant Vice President/Loan Officer Todd Wilbanks, President and Chief Operating Officer David M. Gohn, Imagination Library Representatives Jackie Grisham and Whitney Frazier, and West Plains Bank and Trust Company Teller Amanda Niemotka. (provided)

On hand for the donation were, from left: West Plains Bank and Trust Company Assistant Vice President/Loan Officer Todd Wilbanks, President and Chief Operating Officer David M. Gohn, Imagination Library Representatives Jackie Grisham and Whitney Frazier, and West Plains Bank and Trust Company Teller Amanda Niemotka. (provided)

(West Plains) – West Plains Bank and Trust Company recently made a $1,500 donation to the Imagination Library of West Plains.

The group is affiliated with Imagination Library USA, which promotes early childhood literacy by providing a free book each month to children birth to age 5.

For additional information regarding Imagination Library of West Plains, or to make a donation, call 417-274-4165 or go online to

(Raymondville) – The U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management will offer approximately 40 wild horses ranging from yearling to 5 years old to potential adopters on June 26-27 at the Golden Hills Trail Rides, located at 19546 Golden Drive, in Raymondville.

While the adoption process is simple and straightforward, anyone considering adoption of a wild horse should remember that the animals are wild and require gentling and training. Prospective adopters must have sturdy corrals that are 20’ x 20’ or larger, at least 6 feet high for an adult horse and at least 5 feet high for horses younger than 18 months, and have a shelter directly attached to the corral. Adopters must provide a stock-type, step up trailer, while ramps and side-by-side two-horse type trailers are not allowed.

The Saturday adoption will be on a first come, first served basis. The animals can be previewed on Friday, June 26, from 2-7 PM. Adoption hours on Saturday, June 27, are from 8 AM to 4 PM. A minimal adoption fee of $125 for animals less than three years of age and $25 for animals three and older is required for adoption. You can also take home a second animal for only $25 when you adopt an animal at the full fee of $125.

Organizers say all animals available for adoption have been examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, de-wormed, and blood-tested.

Wild horses and burros have virtually no natural predators and their herd sizes can double about every four years. As a result, the agency must remove thousands of animals from the range each year to control herd sizes.

Applications to adopt will be reviewed starting on Friday and may be submitted until Saturday. For more information, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS (1-866-468-7826) or visit the BLM web site at

(Jefferson City) – Area health departments are reminding people to be mindful of one of summer’s biggest pests. Gary Lee has more:


(Marshfield) – People who want to learn more about solar energy and the energy-saving opportunities are invited to attend the “Energy Conservation and Solar Energy Workshop” on Monday, June 15 at 10 AM and 1 PM at Ava Victory Academy, 1005 NW 12th Street, in Ava.

Organizers say the 2-hour morning workshop will teach people how to spend as little as $100 to cut home energy bills by 25 percent or more. Changes target air leaks, insulation, water heaters, lighting, and more. The 2-hour afternoon workshop will include a tour of a farm that uses solar energy. The tour will explain the benefits and costs of solar energy for the farm, home, and small business, what components are necessary, and how to use rebates and incentives to help pay for these solar systems.

The cost of each workshop is $20 per person or $30 for both workshops. Each household will receive one energy efficiency kit valued at almost $50, along with resource materials valued at over $25. These workshops are sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and are partially grant-funded to make them more affordable.

For more information, call the Douglas County Extension Center at 417-683-4409.