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Archive for June, 2012

(Raymondville) – A Houston resident was injured Monday after a one-vehicle accident near Raymondville.

A report from the Highway Patrol says that the accident happened just before 5:30 PM on Route 137, about 2 miles north of Raymondville. That’s where the southbound vehicle driven by 20-year-old Tiffany Wofford of Licking traveled off-road and overturned.

Wofford was uninjured in the accident, but a passenger, 25-year-old Jackson Morgan of Houston, suffered moderate injuries and was taken from the scene of the accident to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains my EMS.

(Willow Springs) – Highway Patrol Troop G has announced that a DWI saturation will be held in Texas County sometime in the month of July. Also, a sobriety checkpoint will be conducted in Howell County sometime in the month of July. The Missouri State Highway Patrol, in cooperation with area law enforcement, will conduct the checkpoint.

Sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturations are part of the Patrol’s efforts to remove careless and intoxicated drivers from Missouri’s highways. These enforcement operations are conducted at various locations which have been found to experience a higher than normal number of alcohol-related contacts, hazardous driving contacts, and traffic crashes.

Sheriff Shannon checks on other outstanding warrants at the sheriff's office. Shannon says that hundreds of outstanding warrants still stand. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – The Howell County Sheriff’s Office arrested a West Plains man on Wednesday who was wanted on outstanding stealing charges, and the help came from an anonymous tip after the caller heard Sheriff Mike Shannon’s weekly program on the Ozark Radio Network.

Mike Shannon says that the program has been working well:


The suspect was released on bond. Sheriff Mike Shannon’s program airs on multiple stations in the Ozark Radio Network in the 9 AM hour.

Dr. David Barbe

(Mountain Grove) – A Mountain Grove physician has been chosen as the board chair-elect of the American Medical Association.

Dr. David Barbe’s election to his new post with the AMA occurred at the group’s annual meeting on June 21 in Chicago. He has served on the Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA) continuously for more than 20 years. He was chair of that organization in 2003 and president in 2005. He’s been on the AMA’s Board of Trustees since 2009.

With his new role as board chair-elect, Dr. Barbe is hoping to help influence the future of medicine, noting that federal health care laws provide only a framework as the country moves forward.

After a year as chair-elect, Dr. Barbe will become AMA board chair. In that position, he will work closely with AMA senior management to oversee the operations of the AMA and implementation of AMA policies.

Dr. Barbe’s desire to serve others has kept him involved in policy discussions throughout the years, and he says it’s also the reason he started his medical practice in his hometown of Mountain Grove.

(Van Buren) – The 2011 spring flooding damaged the Hickory parking and river access on the Current River. Rehabilitation of this area has begun.

The river access and parking areas are aligned to avoid confusion, lessen congestion, and maintain an unobstructed shoreline. The day use areas are signed to provide clear access to launching watercraft. Work is ongoing toward completion of site improvement.

For more information, phone 573-323-4236 between 8 AM to 4:30 PM, or visit the park’s website at

NUMBER OF UNINSURED: 835,000 state residents are uninsured, or about 14 percent.

WHERE THE STATE STANDS: Missouri received an initial planning grant but has not implemented a health insurance exchange because of opposition to it by some Republican state senators.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW: Regardless of the Supreme Court ruling, Missouri residents will vote in November on a ballot measure asking whether Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration should be barred from implementing an insurance exchange without specific authority in state law. Nixon has said he will not order the creation of an insurance exchange.

(Springfield) – The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a heat advisory for a large part of the Ozarks from 1 PM Thursday to 7 PM Saturday.

Temperatures for the next few days are expected to be in the mid-to-upper 90s, with Thursday and Friday expected to be over 100 degrees. Mix that with humid conditions, and normal routine outdoor activities will become dangerous.

(Jefferson City) – With the heat in full effect the next few days, Cathy Walters has some tips to help keep you and others safe during the scorching summer heat:


The National Guard Armory in West Plains is the city's driving exam station. (ORN Photo)

(Willow Springs) – A number of driver examination locations will be changing their hours in July. Brett Stevens has more:


(Mountain View) – The Agape House Inc. of Mountain View, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, has undertaken a tax credit project in conjunction with and underwritten by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Neighborhood Assistance Program.

Tax credits may be issued at 70% of the contribution value to individuals having farm income, royalties, or rental properties as well as corporations, S-Corps, L.L.C.’s, partnerships, sole proprietors, of financial institutions. The Agape House has been receiving donations from churches, but such organizations do not qualify for tax credits.

The Agape House has secured contracts allowing the 70% tax credits for contributions with a total allotment of over $207,000 through March 2014.

Such contributions benefit donors on their Federal and Missouri income taxes. These credits may be used over the next five (5) tax years.

Contributions are earmarked for and help finance operational expenses for the shelter. Your tax preparer may be able to help inform you of the advantages of tax credits. Qualified donors also have the added benefit of knowing where large portions of their tax dollars are spent.

Donations of $500 or more qualify for these tax credits. If interested, please contact Board Treasurer and Project Director Garry Cooley at 417-934-2314 or the Agape House at 417-934-5721.