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Archive for September, 2012

(Ava) – An Ava man was killed early Sunday morning after a one-vehicle accident near his hometown.

The accident happened at 1:10 AM on CR 404, about 5 miles west of Ava. 24-year-old Coleman Miles was killed when the northbound vehicle he was driving ran off-road, struck a culvert and overturned.

Miles was pronounced dead at the scene by Douglas County Coroner Rick Miller. Miles’ death marks fatality number 27 for the year for Troop G of the Highway Patrol, compared to 26 at this time last year.

(Ozark Radio News) – Today is the National Drug Take Back Event, which will be held across the region.

Law enforcement agencies across the region will be collecting unused or unwanted pharmaceuticals throughout the day. All pharmaceuticals are accepted, including veterinary and over-the-counter drugs. No signatures are required and no questions are asked.

The purpose is to help everyone get rid of unwanted pharmaceuticals; prevent drugs from getting into the wrong hands by theft or curious children; and provide a proper way to dispose of prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and veterinary drugs so they do not pollute our water.

Water testing has found pharmaceuticals in water from water treatment plants and leaking landfills in the area.

Officials say collection and incineration is the only viable solution at this time.

Places participating today include the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, Howell County Sheriff’s Office, and the Houston Police Department.


Willow Springs Police Department, Main St., Willow Springs

Howell County Sheriff’s Department, 1106 Missouri Ave, West Plains


Thayer Police Department, 102 Front St., Thayer


Houston Police Department, Houston WalMart, Sam Houston Blvd, Houston


Ozark County Sheriff’s Office, Old Hwy. 160, Gainesville

Gainesville City Hall, Court Square, Gainesville


Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, 114 W. Locust St., Salem, AR


Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, 34 Staples Dr. (across from Staples), Mountain Home, AR

Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, 904 Hwy. 62 West, Mountain Home


Flippin Police Department, WalMart Super Center, 168 WalMart Dr., Flippin, AR

With some of the giveaway prizes above are, seated from left, OMC Media Relations Specialist Shandi Brinkman, OMC Cancer Treatment Center staff Molly Shinn RN, Ruby Russell RN, Patient Navigator Iva Highfill and Judy Harden LPN. Standing: Drago College Store staff Matthew Noblin and Sharon Holland, SGA cabinet members Nicole Rieken, Tony Ary, Kristi Ary, Krista Poole, Taler Sutherland and Kiera Searcy, and Drago College Store Manager Kathy Schloss. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(West Plains) – Members of the Student Government Association (SGA) and Drago College Store officials at Missouri State University-West Plains are teaming up to host a charitable community service event, “One Night, A Million Smiles” to celebrate National Student Day, an effort by members of the National Association of College Stores to honor students for their volunteerism and social responsibility.

Beginning the evening of Oct. 3, students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to come to the store at 411 W. Main St. to make inspirational greeting cards for cancer patients at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

The marathon event will run until 8 a.m. Oct. 4. Participating volunteers will be eligible to receive several giveaway prizes, including a Skull Candy headphone, MP3 player, 1,600 points for MicroSoft Xbox Live, a DaKine backpack, and Hurley clothing. Free drinks and snacks will be provided.

Here is a persimmon from the cultivar planting at the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station at Mountain Grove. John Avery, Fruit Grower Advisor, directs this project and evaluates the fruit from American and American/Asian hybrid persimmon trees. (Photo provided)

Ozarks Fruit and Garden Review is an article series from MSU-Mountain Grove’s Campus and Fruit Station. Starting in October, Ozark Radio News will share the articles online every weekend they are available.

by Marilyn Odneal, Horticulture Adviser

(Mountain Grove) – Pucker up – it’s persimmon time! American persimmons, Diopyros virginiana, have more pucker power when unripe than some of their Asian cousins, Diospyros kaki, which are originally from China and are called Japanese persimmons. In fact, one group of Asian persimmons has no pucker at all and can be eaten when firm like an apple. Kaki or Asian cultivars are either not astringent or, like the smaller-fruited American species, are astringent until fully ripe. The astringent pucker comes from a tannin, leucodephinidin, which bonds to proteins in the mouth causing it to feel dry and chalky. That is why it is so important to wait until an astringent persimmon is ripe – usually when the pulp is mushy and the skin can hardly keep the fruit together any more.

John Avery, fruit grower adviser at the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station, is working with the University of Missouri Southwest Center in evaluating cultivars of American persimmons as well as an American/Asian hybrid cultivar. Fruit is harvested and yield per tree and average fruit weight is recorded. John is evaluating the American cultivars (named varieties) Lena, John Rick, Early Golden, Garretson, Wabash, and Yates; the Claypool crosses including F100 (a male line), A118 and H118; and the American Asian hybrid Rosseyaenka. John mentions, “My favorite for good size, flavor and early harvest is Lena. Early Golden also has good flavor and is the first to ripen, but it is small. Yates is also good in my opinion.”

John says, “Persimmons are great as edible landscape plants as long as you site them with room to grow and where fallen fruit will not be a problem. For that reason, I would keep them away from patios and walkways.” The drooping leaves and branches give the tree an informal appearance and trees are attractive when fruiting, have nice fall color, and retain the typical orange, but also yellow, red, and even blue fruit after the leaves have fallen for a festive appearance. Persimmon trees are usually dioecious – bearing male or female flowers on separate plants – but some trees have both male and female flowers and male trees can occasionally have bisexual flowers.

So pucker up and plant one of these lovely Missouri native trees in your yard. Remember that you may need to plant a male tree in order to insure that you have the lovely and delicious fruit to spice up your harvest table.

For suggestions, comments or questions on this column, contact Marilyn Odneal via email at; write to Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station, 9740 Red Spring Road, Mountain Grove, Mo. 65711; or call (417) 547-7500. Visit our Web site at

(Sikeston) – MoDOT has once again scheduled road work in the region starting Monday, weather permitting.


  • Highway 160 in Howell County will be closed as contractor crews replace the railroad crossing between Old Airport Road and Concord Road in West Plains. Weather permitting, work will take place from 7 a.m. Monday, October 1 and will reopen at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 2.
  • Route W in Howell County from Route 17 to the Eleven Point River Bridge will be reduced to one lane as crews perform drainage work Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.
  • Route Y in Howell County from The Texas/Howell County line to US 60 in Mountain View will be reduced to one lane as contractor crews resurface the roadway Monday, Oct. 1 through Friday, Oct. 5 from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
  • Route HH, from Route U in Texas County to Route 137 in Howell County, will be reduced to one lane as crews seal the roadway with a mixture of rock and oil Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.


  • Eastbound Highway 60 in Shannon County will be reduced to one lane while crews trim trees and brush along the roadway from Route 17 to Route 99. Weather permitting, work will take place Monday, Oct. 1 through Friday, Oct. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
  • Route KK in Shannon County, just east of Devils Well Road, 2 miles west of Route 19, will be reduced to one lane as crews perform pipe replacement Tuesday, October 2 through Wednesday, October 3 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.


  • Route DD in Oregon County from Route M to the end of state maintenance will be reduced to one lane as crews perform drainage work Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 3 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.
  • Route U in Oregon County, from US 160 to Route 142, will be reduced to one lane as crews perform drainage work Wednesday, October 3 through Friday, October 5 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.


  • Highway 63 in Texas County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance. Crews will be working on two bridges located between Route U and the city limits of Cabool. Weather permitting, work will take place Tuesday, October 2 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Route VV in Texas County, from Route 137 to Route AB, will be reduced to one lane as crews perform edge rut repairs Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

(West Plains) – A number of vehicle break-ins in the West Plains area have prompted law enforcement to urge residents to be aware of their vehicles and the items inside. Howell County Sheriff Mike Shannon urges people to keep their items safe by not leaving them in an unoccupied vehicle:


If you see any suspicious activity around cars, contact your local law enforcement agency.

(Douglas County) – A 25-year old man who attempted to cross a low water crossing in Douglas County Thursday morning only sustained minor cuts and scrapes, after his vehicle became stuck in the water.

KYTV-Springfield reports that the man, who was unidentified in a report, told authorities he couldn’t see how high the water was when he tried to cross Cowskin Creek on Y Highway shortly after 5 AM Thursday morning.

He escaped his vehicle and attempted to walk across the low-water slab but lost his footing and held onto tree limbs until rescuers could toss him a rope. Rescuers used a fire truck to pull him to safety.

Dr. Randy Dunn

Clif Smart

(West Plains) – Area residents will have the opportunity to meet the two finalists for the 11th president of Missouri State University.

As part of their interview schedule, Dr. Randy Dunn and Clifton Smart III will visit West Plains October 9 and 11, respectively. The community reception for Dunn will be 1:45-2:45 PM October 9 in the Kellett Hall parlor on West Main St., and the community reception for Smart will be 2:45-3:45 PM October 11 at the same location.

Dunn currently serves as president of Murray State University in Murray, KY, a position he’s held since December 1, 2006. Prior to coming to Murray State, he served as the state superintendent of education for the Illinois State Board of Education. Before that, he held the rank of professor in the department of educational administration and higher education at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He began his academic career as an assistant professor in the department of leadership at the University of Memphis, a position he held for two years before taking a faculty position at Southern Illinois in 1995.

Smart is currently serving as interim president of Missouri State, a position he was appointed to on June 27, 2011. He had been general counsel at Missouri State since December 1, 2007. While at the university, Smart has provided legal counsel to the Board of Governors, president, faculty, staff and administrators. He also has been involved in many campus-wide initiatives, including leading the university response to the state auditor’s report; serving on the JQH Arena Task Force; developing a comprehensive on-line policy library for the university; and chairing or serving on a variety of searches. He joined the Strong Law Firm in Springfield in 1992, becoming a shareholder in the firm in 1995 and vice president in 1998.

For more information about the local receptions, contact the Missouri State-West Plains development office at 417-255-7240.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – A conservative fundraising group backed embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin with as much as $290,000 for his campaign Thursday. But Akin handed new fundraising fodder to his foes by suggesting that Sen. Claire McCaskill had behaved in a less “ladylike” manner than she has in the past.

Akin contrasted McCaskill’s demeanor in their first debate last week with her approach six years ago, saying that in running in 2006 against Jim Talent, she was more reserved, but “came out swinging” in her and Akin’s first debate.

Akin’s comment came moments after the Senate Conservatives Fund announced it was endorsing him, marking the highest-profile financial commitment Akin has netted since his campaign lost millions of dollars of planned advertising by other national groups that aid Republicans. Those groups withdrew their support after Akin remarked last month that women’s bodies have ways of averting pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.”

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which already has spent about $1 million on TV ads in Missouri, has reserved $4.3 million of additional advertising to begin running Oct. 9.

(Thayer) – A planned power outage will take place in Thayer early Sunday morning.

A news release from the city electric department says the outage will start at 1 AM Sunday morning and will last roughly 3 hours.

The outage will be for maintenance and repairs to an Entergy substation.