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Archive for July, 2012

(West Plains) – Missouri State University West Plains will be hosting an enrollment program to get future students on the fast track for fall enrollment.

The West Plains Missouri State University will host a “College Express” fall semester enrollment program on Thursday August 9, at 6 PM in the Lybyer Technology Center.

“College Express is a new program that allows all persons, regardless of age, to explore the possibility of attending college and complete much of the preliminary process in a single evening,” explained Dean of Student Services Dr. Herb Lunday,.

Future students who choose to attend will have the opportunity to visit the campus, learn more about the benefits of higher education, talk to faculty members and advisers, preview academic programs, apply for admission, begin the financial aid application process, and a whole lot more. Complimentary pizza and soft drinks will be provided, and prizes will be given away throughout the evening.

Pre-registration for the College Express program is encouraged. To register contact the Missouri State-West Plains admissions office at 417-255-7955 or for more information about the campus, visit

(West Plains) – Current district representative and Missouri State Senate candidate Ward Franz of West Plains is hoping to continue his service to the south-central Missouri region by being chosen in the upcoming Republican primary August 7.

Franz spoke with Ozark Radio News, and told us that he believes that the most important thing that politicians forget is that they serve their constituents:


He continued and said that the most important thing in the state at this point is the economy:


More on Franz and his campaign can be found at

(Mountain Home) – On April 18, The Board of Directors of Mountain Home Bancshares, Inc. made the decision to unify the bank’s offices in Pocahontas, Jonesboro, and Mountain Home under one name – Integrity First Bank. As a result, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home will reflect changes on the campus.

What has been known as First National Hall at ASUMH for over 10 years, will now become Integrity First Hall.

Integrity First Bank is expected to change their signage on the ASUMH campus tomorrow. Integrity First Hall houses the ASUMH departments of business, computer science and technology; all of which prepare students for a successful career in the technology-driven workforce.

Founded in 1963, the bank’s management stated, “A bank is a reflection of the community it serves.” Integrity First Bank has a commitment to the Twin Lakes community; and in 1998, endowed First National Hall on the ASUMH campus.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Several prosecutors are siding with the group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests in urging the Missouri Supreme Court to block an order requiring the group to release certain records.

The issue stems from lawsuits against a Roman Catholic priest by accusers who say they repressed memories of begin abused decades ago. A lawyer for the priest argues documents could raise doubts about such memories and whether a gag order was violated.

SNAP wants the high court to block a trial judge’s order that it provide records.

Several prosecutors submitted their own written argument, contending that disclosing records would violate abuse victims’ privacy rights and discourage others from coming forward. They also contend SNAP operates as a rape crisis center under Missouri law and its employees cannot provide confidential information.

The West Plains Missouri Department of Conservation is hosting a Hunter Education and Safety Course July 31 from 8 AM to 7 PM. Outdoor Skills Specialist in the Ozark Region Larry Lindemann spoke with the Ozark Area Network about the class being held:


Lindemann also wants people to know if you can’t join them for this class there will be other opportunities to take the class before the major hunting seasons:


For more information about this class or future class give them a call at 417-256-7161. The classes are being held in the MDC regional office located at 551 Joe Jones Blvd. West Plains, MO, 65775.

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(Mountain Home) – No injuries were reported in a small light plane crash on the afternoon on Sunday, July 29, at the air strip at Gaston’s Resort along the White River near Lakeview.

The Baxter County 911 Center received the call at approximately 2:30 PM, and according to a report from the sheriff’s office, the pilot of a 2008 4 seat Cirrus CSR 22 aircraft, identified as 30-year-old Jordan Smith of Kansas City, and two passengers on board, 23-year-old Matthew Stengel of Springfield, Missouri in the front and 28-year-old Casey Stengel, was attempting to take off from Gaston’s when the plane encountered difficulties and veered to the right. The plane’s wings struck some trees, and the aircraft then traveled approximately 50 yards and came to rest in some hedges near cabin number 71. The plane sustained heavy damage, but again there were no injuries reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted, and representatives from that agency will be coming to the location to investigate the crash. An officer with the Lakeview Police Department assisted at the scene.

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(Pomona) – Over 3000 paid attendees were at Skyfire 2012 at the West Plains Regional Airport in Pomona on Saturday, capping a successful celebration.

Attendees were also treated to the regional semifinals of the Texaco Country Showdown, where eight people from across the region took their shot a potential fame and a $100,000 grand prize. Erin Hicks was named the winner of the event.

The grand finale to the event was, of course, a fireworks show, and that did not disappoint. Workers at the airport did some prescribed burning in one of the fields to help cut down on the chances of grass fires, and high altitude fireworks were used to help prevent fires as well.

Texaco Country Showdown Regional Semifinalist winner Erin Hicks and runner-up Lancer Blair (ORN Photo)

Photos can be found here.

(Thayer) – The Thayer City Council approved the hiring of a new police officer at their most recent meeting on July 10.

Luke Martin, a dispatcher for the Thayer Police Department who recently graduated the Sheriff’s Academy in West Plains, will also continue to be a dispatcher while in training. went into special session at its Tuesday, July 18 meeting to discuss hiring a new police officer.

A list of minutes from the recent meeting also says the department is looking to purchase a Dodge Charger for a patrol car, in order to replace a 2005 Crown Victoria they would like to sell. The council also voted to complete the annual certification of radar units which, will cost approximately $350.

(Jefferson City) – The annual Missouri Tax Free weekend is coming up. Cathy Walters has more:


Staff Sgt. John Hogan was killed during World War II. Though he died almost 70 years ago, Hogan is only now going to be buried at Arlington Cemetery. (Hogan)

(Washington) – The remains of a West Plains soldier who went missing during World War II have been found, and will be burried in August at Arlington National Cemetery.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. John Hogan of West Plains was believed to have been killed in action when his B-17 was shot down over Germany in 1944.

All was thought to be lost until 47 years later, when a German gravedigger found a metal identification tag from a US soldier. It took 17 years for the U.S. government to get permission from Germany to excavate that site. Investigators turned up the remains of the B-17’s crewmembers.

Hogan is scheduled to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery in August with full military honors.

A full report from KSMU reporter Jennifer Davidson can be found here.