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Archive for August, 2012

(Mountain Home) – Oakland Park on Bull Shoals Lake is due to open tomorrow, August 30. The park will remain open through September 15 this year on a first-come first-served basis.

The Army Corps of Engineers had closed the park for the summer camping season in order to begin repairing damages caused to the park by the flooding of 2011. Flood rehabilitation was completed earlier than anticipated allowing the park to open for the Labor Day holiday.

For more information on rec areas on Norfork or Bull Shoals Lakes, go to or call the Mountain Home Project Office at 870-425-2700 Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

(West Plains) – The South Central Career Center in West Plains offers a number of opportunities for area students but counselor Joan Wright says it also has adult education and literacy programs, including the G.E.D.:


The West Plains R-7 school district, in cooperation with ten other school districts, supports and operates the Career Center. Participating school districts include Alton, Bakersfield, Dora, Eminence, Koshkonong, Lutie, Mtn. View-Birch Tree Liberty, Thayer, Willow Springs and Winona.

(West Plains) – The Harlin Museum presents the 2012 Fall Art Show, “Moments of Reflection”, in the month of September.

Entry deadlines are September 21 and 22 from 12-4 PM. Officials with the show say all entries must arrive by September 22.

Judges will choose Best of Show which pays $300, First Place – $150, Second Place – $75 and Third Place – $50.

Entry guidelines are available at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St, West Plains.

Award winners from Air Evac Lifeteam’s 2012 West Plains/Houston Employee Recognition Banquet are shown above. Front row, from left, are Brian Roe, Mistye Jones, Tammie Bethel, Debbie Harrell, Michelle Parker, Stephanie Remington, Shirley Tabor, and Raechel Roberts. Back row, from left, are Walter Wirtz, David Brixey, Angelina Denton-Howell, Alicia Strawn, Jason Coatney, Adam Carrell, Christopher Agnew, President Seth Myers, Devon Begley, Aaron Armades, and Dan Tolar. Not shown are Michael Parrish, Connie Smith and Holly Shepperd. (Photo provided)

(West Plains) – Twenty one employees from Air Evac Lifeteam’s corporate offices in West Plains and Houston, MO were honored during a special ceremony Thursday at the West Plains Civic Center.

The employees were honored for workplace excellence during the company’s West Plains/Houston Employee Recognition Banquet, which is held annually by the national air ambulance company. Currently headquartered and founded in West Plains, Air Evac Lifeteam has 110 bases across 15 states throughout the central United States.

Winners are as follows:

Completion Center Technician Award – Aaron Armades, Pomona.

Patient Accounts Rookie of the Year – David Brixey, Koshkonong.

Patient Accounts Veteran of the Year – Shirley Tabor, West Plains.

Patient Accounts Support Employee of the Year – Stephanie Remington, West Plains.

Patient Accounts Employee of the Year – Mistye Jones, Raymondville.

Membership Services Representative of the Year – Michael Parrish, Summersville.

Membership Services Employee of the Year – Debbie Harrell, West Plains.

Maintenance Award – Tammie Bethel, West Plains.

Accounting Department Employee of the Year – Connie Smith, West Plains.

IS Department Employee of the Year – Holly Shepperd, Gainesville.

Supervisor of the Year – Brian Roe, West Plains.

Safety Award – Dan Tolar, Salem, Ark.

Service and Support Employee of the Year – Raechel Roberts, West Plains.

Supply Chain Award – Christopher Agnew, West Plains.

Communicator of the Year (Ala./Miss./Va./Ga. region) – Jason Coatney, Willow Springs.

Communicator of the Year (Ark./Okla. region) – Adam Carrell, West Plains.

Communicator of the Year (Ill./Ind./Iowa/ region) – Devon Begley, West Plains.

Communicator of the Year (Mo. region) – Angelina Denton-Howell, West Plains.

Communicator of the Year (Tenn./Ky. region) – Walter Wirtz, West Plains.

Communicator of the Year (Texas region) – Alicia Strawn, Caulfield.

Flight Operations Support Employee of the Year – Michelle Parker, West Plains.

For more information about Air Evac Lifeteam services or employment opportunities, call 1-800-793-0010 or visit

(West Plains) – Innovative, interactive comedy illusionist Joel Meyers will perform his unique brand of magic at 7 PM Thursday, September 13, at the West Plains Civic Center Theater.

Tickets for the event, sponsored by Missouri State University-West Plains’ Student Government Association (SGA) and University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department, are $8 each and available at the civic center box office between 10 AM and 3 PM weekdays or by calling 417-256-8987 for credit/debit card purchases.

At just age 26, organizers said Meyers already has taken the world by storm with his progressive brand of comedy, inspirational and interactive magic, which is suitable for all ages. Officials at Newsweek magazine have said Meyers’ performances “capture your imagination.”

Meyers’ varied and impressive resumé includes everything from star performances off Broadway to private parties and corporate shows for numerous Fortune 500 companies, to appearances at five-star restaurants, countless charity events, fundraisers and universities, to a recent tour of China, organizers said.

For more information about Meyers and to see video of him in action, visit For more information about the September 13 performance in West Plains and other upcoming events sponsored by the U/CP Department, call 417-255-7966 or visit

(Springfield) – Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) has issued a Code Yellow Alert for the O-Negative Blood Type, meaning there is less than a two day supply of this type of blood on hospital shelves. To help replenish stock, the CBCO will be holding a blood drive at the Mountain View Community Center on W. 1st Street September 7 from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Officials with the CBCO say that it takes over 275 donations every day to meet the needs of the thirty-eight area hospitals that use CBCO products.

Eligibility requirements include weighing at least 110 pounds, being in general good health and present required ID.

A single blood donation can save the lives of up to three people. For more information about the blood drive, go to or call 1-800-280-5337.

City Clerk Mallory Thompson swears in Jack Pahlmann as the new mayor of West Plains. Pahlmann takes the position after the death of former mayor Joe Paul Evans August 18 at the age of 81. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – West Plains Mayor Pro Tem Jack Pahlmann was made the mayor of the city of West Plains Tuesday afternoon after a special city council meeting held to determine the next head of the city.

After opening the meeting, councilman Lou Citro nominated Pahlmann for the position, which was seconded by councilwoman Brenda Smith. Pahlmann accepted the nomination, as did remaining councilman Bob Burtrum.

City Clerk Mallory Thompson then swore Pahlmann in as the new mayor of the city:


City Attorney Bob Oberzalek told Ozark Radio News after the ceremony that the position of Mayor Pro Tem is now vacated in the city, and that the council will probably look to nominate a member of the council to the position at the next city council meeting September 24. Oberzalek says that the reason a Mayor Pro Tem was not selected at the special meeting was the fact the Pahlmann could have not accepted the nomination to be mayor, and could have held the Mayor Pro Tem position.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – A Missouri program to improve the water supplies of drought-stricken farmers could end up costing nearly 15 times the original estimate.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $2 million program a month ago in which the state would cover 90 percent of the cost for farmers to drill or deepen wells or expand their irrigation systems. But demand far exceeded expectations, and the governor expanded the program.

Nixon’s office says 5,885 applications ultimately were approved for grants totaling about $29 million.

The money could come from several sources, including the state Soil and Water Districts Commission, rural development funds in the Department of Economic Development and emergency management funds.

Nixon’s office cites a budget provision that grants flexibility for agencies to use money to offer immediate relief in emergencies.

Howell County 911 operators Susan Webb and former director Lisa Reid (foreground) help connect emergency responders to people within the county. The center is located in the basement of the old Bank of America building in Downtown West Plains. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – On Friday, August 31, Howell County 911 will celebrate 20 years of service to the citizens of Howell County.

The issue of forming a Howell County 911 PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) was put to a vote of the people of Howell County and was passed on the August 6, 1991 ballot and the first emergency call was taken and answered on August 31, 1992.

Ozark Radio News spoke with current 911 Director Steve Gleghorn, who told us more about the beginning of the service:


He continued and talked about the move to the Howell County Courthouse, and the director that followed:


Gleghorn also talked about his time as the director and some of the great accomplishments of Howell County 911:


We’ll have more with Steve Gleghorn later this week about Howell County 911 and some of the technological advances for the 911 system in the near future. Gleghorn also thanks Howell County residents for their continued support of the 911 system.

(West Plains) – Some good news may be coming to the region in the future, as a group representing a number of midwestern states is looking to strike an economic deal with China.

Northern Howell County Commissioner Bill Lovelace says that former Missouri Governor Bob Holden spoke to area representatives earlier this month about the venture:


Lovelace says that with a partnership, jobs may return to the area that were taken away by China long ago:


The International Trade Administration (ITA) recently announced new export data that shows Missouri merchandise exports increased 6 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, growing from $7.1 billion to $7.5 billion.