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(Willow Springs) – The Hutton Valley Neighborhood Watch will hold a meeting and potluck at the Hutton Valley Schoolhouse on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:45 PM.

The program will be presented by Jane Thomas, owner and operator of JB’s Health Mart in West Plains. Organizers say she will speak on “The Secrets to Longevity” and will hand out goodie bags containing free samples.

To get to the schoolhouse from Highway 60 east of Willow Springs, simply turn south on U Highway and turn east on County Road 2980.

For information contact Chester Godsy at 417-469-2193, 417-252-4512 or Phyllis Bischof at 417-469-4510.

(Mountain Home) – The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office will be selling a seized vehicle at auction.

The auction for a 2003 Jeep Liberty will be held June 23 at 5 PM at 2017 Highway 5 South in Mountain Home. The vehicle can be viewed from 3-5 PM on the date of the sale.

The sheriff’s office says the vehicle does not start. For more information, call the sheriff’s office at 870-425-7000.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced that former state Rep. Duncan Baird will become the state budget administrator at the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

Hutchinson said Thursday that Baird will be involved in the state budget process and in Hutchinson’s efforts to reform state government.

Baird is a Republican from Lowell who was first elected to the House in 2009 and served as House chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee. He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for state treasurer in 2014.

(Kansas City) (AP) – A former youth ministry volunteer at a Catholic parish faces charges accusing him of encouraging children to view pornography on cellphones and other electronic devices he gave them.

Anthony R. Snyder is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and seven counts of first-degree promoting obscenity, Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said. He’s accused of meeting seven boys, age 12 to 15, through St. Therese Catholic Church in Platte County, where he has been a parishioner, a local gym and a flag football team.

Snyder served as a youth ministry volunteer from 2006 to 2008 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Zahnd said.

Church officials cooperated with the investigation, Zahnd said.

Court records show that police met with several boys and their parents in May about Snyder’s “suspicious behavior,” which started in October 2012 and continued until May 2015. They told police Snyder had encouraged seven boys to view pornography after he provided them with phones, tablets and laptops that had been modified to download particular applications and third-party software.

In a letter to parishioners after the charges were announced Wednesday, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann said the pastor at Snyder’s church was told of his “suspicious behavior” on May 13 and called the diocesan ombudsman for abuse. He said they called the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline later that day and that law enforcement were then notified.

Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President, presents a retirement plaque to Bruce Dietsche for fourteen years of service. (provided)

Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President, presents a retirement plaque to Bruce Dietsche for fourteen years of service. (provided)

(Melbourne) – Bruce Dietsche, Ozarka College science instructor, has retired after fourteen years of service.

Dietsche was honored at a retirement celebration on Friday, May 8. Family, friends and colleagues in attendance shared their sincere appreciation for the education Mr. Dietsche has shared with countless students. Congratulatory speeches were made and everyone wished him a long and joyous retirement.

Mr. Dietsche shared his appreciation for all who attended and spoke about his experience as an Ozarka College employee. “What I will miss most is being in the classroom, trying to make a difference in students lives, by teaching them how to understand science.” Dietsche also spoke about the importance of teaching ‘tough love’ and how he believes this helped the students to learn more in his class. “Let them learn from their experiences and everything will be alright,” said Dietsche.

(Evening Shade) – A Licking man suffered serious injuries Wednesday afternoon after a motorcycle accident in Texas County.

A Highway Patrol report states the accident happened at 3:45 PM on Slabtown Road, about three miles east of Evening Shade, when the eastbound Honda motorcycle operated by 41-year-old Daniel Duncan ran off-road and hit a tree, with Duncan being ejected into the tree.

Duncan was flown from the scene of the accident to Cox South in Springfield by Air Evac.

(Kansas City) (AP) – A Missouri father and son face federal charges accusing them of defrauding farmers out of about $860,000 in a hay-selling scheme that spanned several states.

Federal prosecutors in Kansas City say 50-year-old Mark Henry of Cameron, and his son, 28-year-old Mark Henry Jr. of Lucerne, face 15 counts, including conspiracy to defraud and wire fraud.

Online court records don’t list lawyers for either defendant.

They’re accused of advertising hay to sell to farmers dealing with drought from 2010 to 2012. Prosecutors say they required farmers to pay in advance for hay that was advertised to be of good quality but actually “consisted of weeds, sticks, bushes, small trees, briars, thistles and woody stems.”

Their customers were in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Wyoming and New Mexico.

(Willow Springs) – MoDOT says shoulder work will continue into next moth on Route 106 in Reynolds and Shannon Counties.

MoDOT said in a news release that the roadway, from Route H in Shannon County to Route 21 in Reynolds County, will be reduced to one lane, weather permitting, through Wednesday, July 15 from 7 AM to 7 PM daily.

The work zone will be marked with signs and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling in the area.

(Little Rock) (AP) – The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office is seeking a rehearing before the U.S. appeals court that agreed last month with a lower court that a state law unconstitutionally burdens women by banning abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a 19-page petition Wednesday seeking a rehearing before the entire 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The court sided May 27 with doctors who challenged the law, ruling that abortion restrictions must be based on a fetus’ ability to live outside the womb, not the presence of a fetal heartbeat that can be detected weeks earlier.

Rita Sklar of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas said the petition for rehearing is “more waste of Arkansas taxpayer money.”

(Sikeston) – The Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety (SCRS) is currently accepting Law Enforcement Grant applications for 2016 contract year.

SCRS officials say the grants can be used to help cover the cost of overtime and equipment for checkpoints, saturation patrols and law enforcement. Awarded agencies may be requested to attend and assist with no more than two group-sponsored safety events during the year.

Grants are reviewed and awarded based on greatest need, and the proposed impact of the request on reducing fatalities and injuries. Verification of a departmental seat belt policy and agency involvement with the Coalition will be considered.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 26, with funding reimbursements available to awarded agencies beginning in August.

Applications and more information on the grants can be found at www.savemolives.com.