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Archive for August, 2012

(Ava) – 8th Congressional District Rep. Jo Ann Emerson is scheduled to make an appearance at the annual Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association Show and Celebration, which starts on Sunday.

MFTHBA President Joyce Graening says that Emerson is one of a long line of dignitaries and people that will show up next week:


More information on the breed or the show can be found at

Pictured with Wednesday's haul are Detectives George Buehler and Jeff Williams, Officer Travis Huddleston and Detective Brauer. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – Two people are under arrest pending charges after the serving of a search warrant in West Plains netted police over over 100 canisters that contained smokeable spices and synthetic cannibanoids.

Officers with the West Plains Police Department served a search warrant at 1223 St. Louis Street in West Plains on Wednesday, August 29 around 2 PM, where numerous boxes and canisters that either had contained or still contained Code Black, a suspected synthetic cannabinoid like the banned substance known as K2, were found.

Different companies that distribute the suspected cannabinoids call them many different things, like “incense” or “spices”.

The canisters of the substance ranged in size from 1.5 grams to 1.2 ounce canisters. Many empty canisters were reportedly recovered from the trash outside the home, while other canisters were still in retail boxes and wrapped inside the home. Also picked up in the search was four packages of another brand of synthetic cannibanoids, smoking pipes, small plastic bags and other items.

Police Department Detective Bryan Brauer says that a 9 mm Taurus handgun was also taken from the home.

The two men were arrested and held pending charges from the search warrant. Brauer says that neither of the suspects lived at the house.

One of the suspects, a West Plains resident, was also arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant out of Mountain View for Stealing and Trespassing, while the other suspect from Willow Springs was held on an unrelated Willow Springs warrant for Trespassing.

(West Plains) – The Howell County Commission set the personal property tax levy for the rest of the fiscal year at their meeting on Thursday.

Presiding Commissioner Mark Collins says the rates are the same as last year, with some increased valuation in the county:


In all, the county is assessed at roughly $430 million.

Dr. Jack Rushin speaking to the mostly Democratic crowd Thursday in Gainesville. (ORN Photo)

(Gainesville) – Democratic 8th Congressional District Candidate Jack Rushin, a chiropractor from Poplar Bluff, spoke Thursday evening to the Ozark County Democrat Party meeting, held at Carla’s Country Cafe in Gainesville.

At the meeting, Rushin spoke to the crowd of about 20 about the main tenants of his platform, which he says focuses on common sense and responsibility. He says that government doesn’t necessarily have to be small to be great, but that it should be productive, work efficiently and spend money wisely. Rushin also said he will focus more on economic and job issues than social issues if elected to Congress.

Rushin also condemned Republican lawmakers in Washington for stalling progress in the government, saying that their mission since President Barack Obama was elected was to make him a one-term president by keeping Congress gridlocked, and making the President look ineffective in the process.

Ozark County Democrat Party secretary Dennis Lawson spoke with Ozark Radio News and said that he enjoyed the speech and Rushin’s “evidence-based” approach to politics:


Ozark Radio News also spoke with Rushin, who enjoyed the meeting and speaking to the constituents. Rushin says that he hopes that more Republicans and Independents will come and listen to him and have dialogue:


More on Rushin and his campaign can be found at

(Ava) – The 54th annual Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association’s Show and Celebration starts on Sunday at the association grounds, and runs through Saturday, September 8.

Donna Watson, the Event and Facilities Manager with the MFTHBA, says that a number of events are scheduled for the week, including a road dedication:


The dedication was the work of Representative Tony Dugger, who sponsored the legislation naming Highway 5 in Douglas and Wright Counties from Ava to Mansfield the Missouri Fox Trotting Highway. Watson says that the naming of the highway has been a goal of the organization’s for quite some time:


She continued, saying that general admission is $5 Sunday through Thursday, and $6 Friday and Saturday, with some special exceptions:


The association grounds are a mile north of Ava on Highway 5. For more information visit

(Houston) – Two more people have been arrested in connection with a sweeping drug raid conducted last Thursday in Texas County.

Adam Bryson of Houston was arrested in Greene County, Missouri on Friday and brought to the Texas County Jail, and charged with Sale of a Controlled Substance. His bond was set at $350,000.

Also arrested was Greg Vestal of Licking, who was also charged with three counts of Sale of a Controlled Substance, with bond set at $350,000 per count. Vestal was arrested in Newton, KS, and was brought back to Texas County this past Monday.

Texas County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Anderson said in a news release issued earlier this week that a majority of the 40 plus arrests involved the criminal sale of items like prescription medications like vicodin, morphine, and other narcotics and painkillers. The arrests come after a nearly three-year investigation and a convening of the Texas County grand jury.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Gov. Mike Beebe has declared a state of emergency in Arkansas to assist with the transport of harvested crops during the drought.

Beebe’s office said in a statement Thursday the declaration is intended to help Arkansas farmers who are experiencing navigation and transportation difficulties because of the low flow on the Mississippi River.

The declaration temporarily authorizes the issuance of special permits from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for the transport of agricultural products to their destinations on controlled access highways, provided the load doesn’t exceed 85,000 pounds.

The agricultural products specified are corn, rice, soybeans, and grain sorghum.

This declaration is in effect for 30 days and may be extended depending on future conditions.

(Sikeston) – MoDOT has scheduled work for Labor Day week, weather permitting.

Howell County

  • Route W in Howell County from Route 17 to the Eleven Point River Bridge will be reduced to one lane as crews replace a pipe under the roadway Tuesday through Thursday from 6:30 am to 5 pm daily.
  • Highway 63 in Howell County from Highway 60 in Willow Springs to Route N will be reduced to one lane while crews perform shoulder work Tuesday through Thursday from 6:30 am to 5 pm daily.

Texas County

  • Route HH in Texas County from Route 137 to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane as crews continue to partially overlay the roadway Tuesday through Thursday from 6:30 am to 5 pm daily.
  • Route U in Texas County from Highway 63 to Route HH will be reduced to one lane as crews replace a pipe under the roadway Tuesday through Thursday from 6:30 am to 5 pm daily.
  • Route 137 in Texas County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews repaint and repair the crosswalk at Licking School near College Street in Licking. Weather permitting, work will take place Tuesday, September 4 through Thursday, September 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
  • Route AP in Texas County from Route 17 to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane as crews perform pavement repairs Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
  • Route MM in Texas County from US 60 to Route 38 will be reduced to one lane while crews perform approach work Tuesday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Shannon County

  • Route WW, from Route 17 in Texas County to the end of state maintenance in Shannon County, will be reduced to one lane as crews continue to partially overlay the roadway Tuesday through Thursday from 7 am to 4:30 pm daily.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he won’t appeal a judge’s decision rewriting the ballot summary of a health insurance proposal.

Koster confirmed Thursday that he refused a request from Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to challenge a ruling that her original ballot summary was unfair and insufficient. A Cole County judge ordered Carnahan to use a revised summary supported by Republicans.

Carnahan’s office described the new wording as incomplete and uninformative, but Koster says it more accurately reflects lawmakers’ intent.

The question will ask: “Shall Missouri law be amended to prohibit the Governor or any state agency, from establishing or operating state based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the Legislature?”

(Jefferson City) – Two groups of loggers are being honored by the Missouri Department of Conservation after one was nominated for a regional award, and the other named the regional Loggers of the Year.


Gene Fiske, Jr., Jay Duncan, and Gene Fiske, Sr., from Summersville were nominated for the Appalachian Region Logger of the Year award. (MDC photo)

The loggers of Chaney & Sons Logging of Birch Tree were selected by the Missouri Department of Conservation as the Ozark Region’s Loggers of the Year for 2012. The Chaney & Sons Logging crew is made up of a family team; Bryan Chaney, Denny Chaney and Roy Chaney.

According to MDC Resource Assistant, Robert Crewse, who nominated the loggers, it was specific efforts that gained the group this prestigious honor, namely precautions to lessen soil erosion and sedimentation to the region.

Additionally, the Chaney & Sons logging crew has years of experience working in the Ozarks forests which positively influences the crew’s efficiency, safety and productivity. They notified the Conservation Department when they spotted Feral hog sign on one of the conservation areas, which enabled the department to eradicate the invasive animals before they could spread further on that area.


After being selected as Missouri’s loggers of the year in 2011, Gene Fiske, Jr., Jay Duncan and Gene Fiske, Sr., of J&G Logging in Summersville, were nominated for the prestigious

MDC Forestry District Supervisor Terry Thompson (left) and MDC Resource Assistant Robert Crewse (far right) congratulate Bryan Chaney, Denny Chaney and Roy Chaney of Chaney & Son’s Logging for their selection as the MDC’s Ozark Region Logger of the Year for 2012. (MDC photo)

Appalachian Region Logger of the Year award this year.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Forest Products Supervisor, Jason Jensen, even though the group was not selected for the award, their selection as finalists was a great achievement.

Jensen said these men exemplify the characteristics of best management practices to harvest forest products ethically and safely.

By product utilization, Jensen is referring to J&G Logging’s uses of small diameter wood for blocking and pulpwood in addition to harvesting sawtimber.

For more information on the MDC’s forestry best management practices, go online to