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Archive for July, 2012

(Mountain Grove) – The Mountain Grove Chamber of Commerce has announced the 11th Annual Community Health Fair will be held Saturday, October 6 from 8 AM to 12 PM at the Ozarks Family YMCA.

The goal of the health fair, according to organizers, is to improve the health and well being of the community by providing screenings, education, and information about providers, services, and products.

For more information on the fair, call the Mountain Grove Chamber of Commerce at 417-926-4135.

(West Plains) – With the primary election coming up August 7, one of the Republican candidates for the 154th district state representative seat is Kathleen Hensley. She says the state is actually giving away a lot of its rights to the federal government:


Hensley says that she is also interested in being a voice for the agricultural community:


Hensley is one of three Republican candidates on the primary ballot for the office, with the winner to face R.A. Pendergrass in the November election.

(Jefferson City) – Sighting of a foreign insect leads to concern for thousands of Missouri trees.

On July 25, the Missouri Department of Agriculture confirmed a sighting of an Emerald Ash Borer, an insect that is native to Asia that feeds on and kills ash trees, has been seen in Kansas City. Officials have been watching out for its arrival ever since the Emerald Ash Borer was seen in Southeastern Missouri, back in 2008.

Mark Nelson, the Forestry Regional Supervisor with the Missouri Department of Conservation, says that these insects could lead to a very slow death sentence for many ash trees in the area. It only takes only one borer, to kill a tree, for its fatal 100 percent of the time.

Many communities have already chosen to beat the insects to the punch, by cutting down ash trees and replacing them with different species before the bugs even arrived. Kansas City removed about 60 ash trees from eight Benton Boulevard blocks in 2010. This past spring, St. Louis announced it would cut down more than 900 ash trees on the grounds surrounding the Gateway Arch.

If your yard contains any ash trees, there is no reason to run out and treat it. Rather, it’s more important to spend money on water or properly pruning it, because the bugs tend to target unhealthier trees.

To be able to tell if your ash trees have been invested, examine your tree for S-shaped channels underneath loose bark and D-shaped exit holes. If your tree has any of these issues it is important to call your local forester.

(Mountain View, AR) – Four Mountain Home residents were injured in a two vehicle accident early Thursday morning.

The accident occurred around 1 AM Thursday morning when the Ford Explorer that 17-year-old Thomas Looney was driving with 17-year-old passenger Brittaney Vanhorn, and the GMC truck 18-year-old Mathas Badgley was driving with 17-year-old passenger Logan Lawrence, collided in the outside westbound traffic lane of State Highway 14, 10 miles east of Mountain View.

The accident was reportedly caused when Badgley attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone as Looney’s vehicle reached that point. Both vehicles attempted to steer into opposite directions to avoid impact, but they collided. Looney was ejected from the Explorer as was Lawrence from the GMC. All parties were taken to Stone County Medical Center for non-fatal injuries.

Badgley was charged with Improper Passing and Reckless Driving.

(Van Buren) – Area residents are invited to join local singer and songwriter Jamin Bray as she shares her love and passion for nature through music and song.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be hosting a free “Songs of the Ozarks Outdoors” Music Program at the Round Spring campground amphitheatre. The concert will be held on Friday, August 3 and will begin at 8:30 PM. Round Spring is located 12 miles north of Eminence on State Route 19.

For additional information, call the Round Spring Visitor Center at 573-323-8094 between 8 AM to 4:30 PM daily and ask for Ranger Sarah Morris. Program information will also be available on the parks website at

(Jefferson City) – The ongoing severe drought situation continues to be devastating to Missouri’s dairy herd.

“I think we could lose up to a third of our dairy cow numbers,” says MDA President Larry Purdom and a Purdy dairy farmer from.

“We appreciate all of the efforts by state and federal leaders to date” say Purdom, “but it would give us some hope if the U.S. House of Representatives would immediately pass the new Farm Bill.” The Farm Bill contains feed assistance programs that could help Missouri farmers during the soon coming fall and winter, but dairy farmers who are facing the drought need assistance now.

Farmers across the state of Missouri have resorted to searching high and low for hay and feed that just isn’t available. Most farmers in the state are just giving up by selling out all their herds in livestock auctions. However these milking cows will not be going back into the milking herd, for they are being sold for there beef. This will mean less home grown milk for Missouri, which is reportedly already a milk deficit state.

For more information on the Farm Bill or to provide assistance contact Larry Purdom at 417-442-3846 or Dave Drennan 636-519-9300.

(Green Forest, AR) (AP) – A 63 year-old man was arrested on drug and forgery charges after a probation officer making visit to the man’s home saw gear for making counterfeit money.

Green Forest Police say counterfeit bills had been circulating at area businesses recently, and investigators were able to get a description of a suspect.

Green Forest Police Chief John Bailey told the Harrison Daily Times that the case came together when an officer accompanied a probation officer on a visit to the home of Austin Alexander.

Bailey says that counterfeiting equipment was in plain sight in Alexander’s home. Police searched the residence and allegedly found drugs, drug paraphernalia and fake currency.

Alexander was being held at the Carroll County Jail on $15,000 bond. It was unclear whether he had an attorney.

(Lebanon) – A nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs like bath salts and K2 has led to two raids in Lebanon earlier this week.

This past Wednesday, Jefferson Package and Lucky’s Novelties in Lebanon were raided by authorities who were looking for synthetic drugs like bath salts and other synthetic copycat narcotics, which are now illegal.

Police, Laclede County sheriff’s deputies, and DEA agents say that some synthetic drugs were found at Lucky’s, and were purchased by undercover officers. Investigators also claim to have found synthetic marijuana at the Jefferson Package liquor store.

Two other shops were targeted in St. Joseph, MO and other communities across the country.

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(West Plains) – Over 150 people attended the annual voter rally at People’s Park in West Plains on Thursday evening.

The event, hosted by state senate candidate Ward Franz, welcomed candidates for various offices throughout Howell County, and state offices as well. Franz spoke with Ozark Radio News and talked about the event:


Also in attendance was gubernatorial candidate Bill Randles, who is running for the Republican nomination. Randles says that he was glad to be at the rally:


Randles continued and said he’s glad to be back in the southern Missouri area, which he says is similar to the area in Arkansas he grew up in:


Randles also talked about his platform:


More on Randles can be found at

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(Mountain Home) – The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a break-in and substantial property damage that occurred at the Old Arkana Church near Norfork.

A release from the department says tables and chairs and other smaller, non-secured items were knocked over and thrown around throughout the church, and there was damage to some suspended ceiling tiles in the Fellowship Hall, as well as holes in the wall. Two classrooms and other rooms downstairs were also ransacked with tables being knocked over and papers thrown about. Inside the sanctuary there was also a fine mist of flour across the room. Downstairs in the game room, racist and anti-religious statements had been spray painted on the walls.

Current estimates indicate approximately $15,000 in damages. A small amount of money was taken, but the pastor did not know a specific sum.

The break-in was discovered about 8:20 AM Wednesday morning by the pastor of the church. The offenders are believed to have gained access through an unlocked downstairs door.

Any persons having any knowledge or information concerning this break-in and vandalism are requested to contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.

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