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Archive for September, 2012

(West Plains) – The Samaritan Outreach Center in West Plains is in desperate need of food.

The center said in an email to Ozark Radio News that they are most in need of meat-based food, such as canned meats, small rolls of hamburger meat, freezer-ready meat, and bacon. Also needed are bread and eggs, and food items for children.

Other items that are needed include baby wipes, diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6, and baby soap.

Officials with the Samaritan Outreach Center say that donations drop during the summer while food requests rise, which puts a strain on their supplies. Sometimes, they say, summer is harder than the cold winter months, because people think and act on donating during the holiday season, but seem to forget the summer months can be hard as well.

Donations can be dropped off at their new location, 715 Missouri Ave. For a full list of items, call 417-257-7792.

(Willow Springs) – Troop G of the Highway Patrol has announced that the Ava and Ellington driver examination stations will be closed Thursday, October 4.

Normal testing hours will resume at Ava on October 11, and at Ellington on October 18.

(Springfield) (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court will not hear a legal challenge to Springfield’s smoking ban, officially ending a lawsuit filed by a bar owner.

Attorney Jonathan Sternberg says the state Supreme Court declined to hear a legal challenge by Jean Doublin, owner of Ruthie’s Bar in Springfield.

In June, an appeals court rejected Sternberg’s argument that the Springfield law conflicts with the state’s clean air act, stating a provision in the state law allows smoking in bars and taverns.

The ban was approved by voters last year after a petition drive. It prohibits smoking almost anywhere someone works or where the public has access.

(Jefferson City) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol urges people to be aware of farming equipment on roads during harvest time. Brett Stevens has more:


(West Plains) – The Missouri Department of Conservation has announced that the White Ranch Shooting Range will be closed four days in October. The range will be closed to the public Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, October 10-12 until 2:00 PM for law enforcement training. The range will also be closed until 1 PM on Thursday, October 25 for the same use.

MDC works closely with law enforcement groups, and current MDC policy is to require groups larger than 10 people to apply for a special use permit in order to use the facility. To apply for a special use permit, certain conditions must be met and application may be made by contacting Julie Norris, the area manager at the West Plains Regional Office (417) 256-7161.

MDC wishes to thank the public in advance for their understanding and patience in regards to the closure. Another MDC public shooting range on the Gist Ranch Conservation Area will be open during these times and it even features a 300 yard range. The range is located just off 17 Highway between Summersville and Houston.

(Eminence) – Ozark National Scenic Riverways will bring the Ozark past to life during the Haunting in the Hills event on Saturday, October 13 at Alley Spring. The annual free event features folkway demonstrations, re-enactments, hands-on activities, food vendors, and traditional dancing, bluegrass and folk music.

Local skilled crafts people will demonstrate from 9 AM to 4 PM. Experience Ozark pioneer folkways and traditions such as basket weaving, bobbin lace making, spinning, wood carving, blacksmithing, chair caning and the making of household supplies of soap, candles, rope, brooms, apple butter and cider. Attendees can learn about Ozark history through the Fur Trapping Rendezvous, exhibited by the Ozark Long Rifle Association and the Civil War Encampment.

Live bluegrass and folk music is scheduled, provided by the Alex Riffle and the Siff Riffs band, which will be playing at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM. The Fireside Cloggers will also be dancing at 10 AM and 2 PM, with performances by the Western Grand Squares at 12 PM and 4 PM.

Young people can become Ozark pioneers by trying their hands at dipping candles, making rope, or shelling corn from the cob. Attend the one-room Storey’s Creek School and experience a school day from 100 years ago. Kids can also play with toys and games that would have been enjoyed on the playground then.

When night falls, a very different setting emerges during the Tales from Ozark’s Dark Side on Saturday evening, from 6-9 PM. Illuminated pathways will guide your way through Ozark legends, folktales, mysteries, superstitions, and natural wonders for spellbinding age-old storytelling. Visitors are encouraged to bring along flashlights. Tales and legends include:

Ozark Tales and Superstitions: A Variety of Folktales and Ozark Superstitions

The Wreck of the Spur Line

Search for the Ozark Karkaghne Monster: A Hike to Find the Lurking Beast

Struggles of the Civil War: One Woman’s True Story

Shallow Graves and Lives Remembered in Stone: A Graveyard Tour

The Legend of Slater Mine

Alley Mill is located six miles west of Eminence, Missouri on State Highway 106.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding natural resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people. For more information, call 573-226-3945 or 573-323-4236 or visit the park’s website at

(West Plains) -The Ozark Radio Network is now fully operational after a bolt of lightning struck one of the main broadcasting towers during Wednesday’s storm front that swept across the Ozarks.

As of 4:30 PM Thursday, all of the stations in the Ozark Radio Network, 102.5 FM KDY, Q94 Jack FM, 100.3 FM KUKU, 96.9 FM The Fox, and KWPM-AM 1450/1330, were fully operational.

The lightning bolt struck Wednesday morning at 11:30 AM, disabling all of our stations except 102.5 KDY and, soon after, KUKU. The Ozark Radio Network’s phone lines were also knocked out due to the strike.

(West Plains) – The College Republicans and College Democrats will co-host a candidate forum for those running for local offices beginning at 5:30 PM Tuesday, October 2, in Melton Hall Room 112 on the Missouri State University-West Plains campus.

This free event is open to all.

Organizers said each candidate will be given time for a brief presentation, followed by a question/answer time from audience members.

Barbara Nyden, assistant professor of accounting/entrepreneurship at the college, is coordinating the event with Dr. Gary Phillips, associate professor of communications. Both have attempted to invite all candidates running for area county offices, state representative and state senate positions to participate in this event, they said. Candidates are encouraged to contact Phillips at 417-255-7283 or or Nyden at 417-255-7279 or if they would like to take part.

(Van Buren) – The 3rd Annual Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Dewayne Graham Memorial Scholarship 5K run and 1 mile run/walk is October 20 at Big Spring, located in Ozark National Scenic Riverways near Van Buren.

The route will take runners along the Current River, Big Spring and the Civilian Conservation Corp historic district. Awards will be given in four divisions, from age 12 to 50 and above, for both female and male entries. People who pre-register by October 11 will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

On-site registration will be held the morning of the race outside National Park Service boundaries at the South Van Buren General Baptist Church on Hwy 103 near Big Spring.

Run details and pre-registration forms are available at Race proceeds will go to the MSHP Sgt. Dewayne Graham Memorial Scholarship Fund, which honors the life and career of Sgt. Dewayne Graham, who was killed in an ambush at his home Sunday, March 20, 2005.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a local high school senior of high moral character and integrity who in pursuit of a career in criminal justice or law enforcement.

For more information go to or contact Cathy (Crowley) Runge (Run-Gee) at 573-300-5132.

(Mountain View) – The Agape House, the domestic violence shelter in Mountain View, will be holding their 2nd annual October Celebration October 13 at 5 PM.

Tressa Price, director for the Agape House, says that a special dedication will be held this year for Gene and Joan Lawson, the founders of the Agape House. Gene will be presented with a marble plaque for his service, and an office building will be dedicated as “The Smith-Lawson Building”

Price says door and other prizes will be available at the event, and a sit-down dinner will be held by donation. Also, there will be presentations concerning what the Agape House is and those who have been helped by the Agape House the past 21 years.