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Archive for June, 2012

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Voting is officially getting under way for Missouri’s primary elections.

Tuesday was the first day that registered voters may cast absentee ballots for the August 7 party primaries.

Missouri requires people voting absentee to meet one of several conditions. One of the most commonly used is an expectation of being absent from the proper jurisdiction on election day.

Other conditions commonly cited include being incapacitated by an illness or disability, or caring for someone else who is confined for those reasons.

(Theodosia) – After a $2.3 million water project in Ozark County Public Water Supply District #1, the city of Theodosia now has better water pressure and safer drinking water.

The project, which included a new chlorination system, pipeline upgrades and a new well, was paid for through a $545,000 low-interest loan and a $1,299,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture, and a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.

The new water storage facility will alleviate health and sanitation standards cause by insufficient water storage, and the new pipelines will help with water pressure issues in the district.

(Springfield) – There will be two informational meetings for people interested in enrolling in the Drury and Cox College nursing and medical assisting dual degree program at Drury’s Cabool campus.

The meetings will take place on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 10. Both meetings will begin at 6 PM and should last approximately an hour.

Beginning in August of 2012, students can begin to pursue a dual degree from Drury and Cox College at Drury’s course delivery site in Cabool. In just four years, students can complete a Bachelor in Health Science with an emphasis in leadership from Drury, and either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or an Associate of Science in Medical Assisting (ASMA) from Cox College. Courses will be offered in three modalities: seated at Drury’s Cabool site, blended (seated and online), and exclusively online.

The program can accept up to 36 students for its inaugural cohort (the group ofstudents who will go through the program together). Applications are due by July 20. Those accepted will attend a “boot camp” in August for orientation and technology training. The first cohort is scheduled to graduate in May 2016.

Drury’s Cabool campus is located at 801 Walnut Ave. To apply for the dual degree program or to obtain more information, contact Cohort Manager April Stublefield at 417-414-8521. For those that cannot attend either of the July meetings, Stublefield will host office hours in Cabool.

(Rolla) – Mark Twain National Forest’s Acting Forest Supervisor Teresa Chase reminds visitors and campers that the use of all fireworks is prohibited on all national forests and national grasslands.

Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays.

Regulations are enforced, and violation is punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.

Forest visitors are also reminded to ensure that all fires are extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving them. Please be careful with cigarettes, matches and other smoking materials while visiting national forests and dispose of them safely.

Also while on Mark Twain National Forest, a functioning spark arrester is required on all motorized equipment.

Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri. Mark Twain National Forest’s mission is to continue to restore Missouri’s great outdoors and maintain a healthy, working forest.

For more information about Mark Twain National Forest, visit

(Thayer) – The Oregon County Country Music Theater and the Go Green Festival board are seeking volunteers for a joint Advisory Board that will provide ideas for music events, ways to assist local nonprofits, fundraisers, and to assist with the next Go Green festival.

Organizers say that they want people who care about the community and promoting natural foods, food freedom, community spirit, organic gardening, alternative fuel sources, job creation, small business start-ups and all of the joys that come from living in the Ozarks.

Current advisers have a wide-range of passions, from music, event planning, to horses, cattle, hogs, goats, sheep, rabbits, poultry and other farm animals. They also enjoy helping local charitable organizations with fundraisers.

If interested please call 417-264-2435.

Also, the Ozark Self Reliant Living University, a non-profit group that promotes self-reliance, will be holding canning and preservation classes July 14 at the Oregon County Country Music Theater from 1-3 PM, and July 15 at the Next Step Seventh Day Adventist Church in West Plains. The classes are free.

(West Plains) – Northern Howell County Commissioner Bill Lovelace has announced that the railroad crossing at County Road 5120 north of Pomona will continue to be closed through Wednesday.

The crossing was scheduled to open Tuesday, however some equipment malfunctions have delayed the project.

Lovelace says that the work should finish around 6 PM Wednesday, and that alternate routes are available.

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(Willow Springs) – A large batch of railroad ties in Willow Springs caught fire on Tuesday morning.

Howell County 911 received the call about the fire on Industrial Dr. at 9:46 AM. Dispatched crews from the Willow Springs Fire Department arrived at 9:53 AM. Live reports said that the fire was mostly contained just before 11 AM Tuesday. Smoke from the morning fire could be seen just outside the West Plains city limits.

At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown. More on the fire will be reported as it becomes available.

(Springfield) – The contract for MSU-West Plains chancellor Drew Bennett has been extended for two years through June 30, 2014. Bennett has been chancellor since July 1, 2007.

The Missouri State Board of Governors approved the contract extension during the closed session of its meeting last Friday. In accordance with the Missouri Open Meetings, Open Records Law (Sunshine Law), the university has 72 hours in which to announce actions taken in closed session.

Bennett’s salary for 2012-13 will be $150,000, an increase from this year’s $138,822, making it more consistent with salaries for other Missouri community college presidents. In addition, Bennett will have membership to the West Plains County Club and live in the Richards Home, the chancellor’s residence at West Plains.

Prior to coming to West Plains, Bennett was commandant of the Marine Corps Chair, National War College, National Defense University at Ft. McNair in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining the National War College, he spent 30 years in the US Marine Corps before retiring in 2007 as a colonel. During his military career he also spent 12½ years in the higher education field, serving as a full-time faculty member for 3½ years at Texas A&M and two years at the National War College and as an adjunct professor at both the community and four-year college level.

Bennett received his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, a master’s degree in human relations from Golden Gate University, a master’s degree in security strategy at the National War College, and a doctorate in adult and extension education from Texas A&M University.

(West Plains) – The latest edition of the city of West Plains’ quarterly newsletter, OpenLine, includes the water quality report and public information officer Laurel Thompson says while the report finds no violations, there are questions that come up from time to time:


West Plains city residents receive a copy of the quarterly newsletter by mail but additional copies are available at City Hall, the Welcome Center, the West Plains Public Library, the Chamber office, the office at Walnut Grove Apartments, the West Plains Senior Center and at the Pleasant Valley Manor office.

Today is Laurel Thompson’s last day as public information officer for the city. City clerk Mallory Thompson officially adds that duty to her responsibilities on Wednesday.

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(Jefferson City) – The Missouri Department of Conservation has announced that Missouri deer hunters can apply online for managed deer hunts beginning July 1. More than 6,000 hunters will have a chance to participate in 99 managed hunts from mid-September through January.

The MDC holds an electronic drawing to determine who gets to participate in special managed deer hunts at conservation areas, state parks, national wildlife refuges and urban parks. The hunts are open to Missouri residents and nonresidents and help achieve MDC’s deer-management goals for the state while also providing additional hunting opportunities. Types of hunts include archery, crossbow, muzzleloader, historic methods and modern firearms, as well as youth hunts and hunts for persons with disabilities.

Hunt dates, locations and other details will be listed on the managed hunt application page on the MDC website starting July 1. Details about managed hunts also are available in the 2012 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations & Information booklet, available at MDC offices, on the MDC website and from permit vendors around the state.

Hunters may apply individually or as groups of up to six, except for youth hunts. Youths 11 years of age or older may apply singly or with one other youth and must be accompanied on the hunt by a qualified adult. Applicants need a nine-digit Conservation ID number for each hunter to complete the application process. To get a Conservation ID number, call 573-751-4115.

MDC will post drawing results at the same website address from September 14 to December 31. Successful applicants will receive area maps and other information regarding their hunts in the mail.

Resident or nonresident managed deer hunting permits are required to participate in managed hunts. These permits will be available to successful applicants after September 14 from any permit vendor statewide.