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Archive for October, 2012

Billy Furlow, Jr.

Africa Wells

(Mountain Home) – One man is in custody and another man is still believed to be at large in the community following a vehicle pursuit that ended in a crash early Wednesday morning in the area of East U. S. Highway 62 B and Pioneer Trail Drive in Mountain Home.

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office reports that they received notification at 12:34 AM that an officer with the Highland Police Department in Sharp County was pursuing a vehicle that was about to enter Baxter County from the east. Baxter County Deputies and Mountain Home Police Officers deployed to the area to offer assistance, but  responding officers believed that the pursuit may have been discontinued somewhere in Fulton County. However, several minutes later, at 12:42 AM, both the suspect vehicle and the Highland Police Department vehicle, with the officer still in pursuit, had entered Mountain Home and crashed near the intersection of Highway 62 B and Pioneer Trail Drive.

Neither the occupants of the suspect vehicle nor the Highland police officer sustained known injuries. The suspects reportedly fled on foot from their wrecked vehicle. The report from the sheriff’s office states that approximately 10.3 grams of methamphetamine and some marijuana were found in the vehicle.

A Highland Police car was totaled during the pursuit early Wednesday morning. (Photo provided)

Baxter County Deputies, Mountain Home Police, and the Arkansas State Police began setting up a perimeter, with help from the Baxter County helicopter and tracking dogs from the Department of Corrections in Calico Rock.

Around 3:47 AM, authorities were able to take one suspect, 36-year-old Billy Furlow Jr. of Blytheville, AR into custody inside the nearby Walmart Supercenter. He was incarcerated on Charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Xanax without a Prescription, and Fleeing from Police. He also has holds for Parole Violation from Austin, Texas and for Probation Violation from Dallas County, Texas. He is being held without bond.

Authorities are still looking for 39-year-old Africa Wells of Jonesboro, AR. He is described as a black male, approximately 5′ 10″ in height, approximately 150 pounds in weight, with short hair. He was last seen wearing dark clothing. Authorities have information to suggest that Wells may be armed with a handgun, and should be considered dangerous.

Todd Akin speaks to 102.5 KKDY during the Howell County Republican rally earlier this month. (ORN Photo)

(Jefferson City) – As the election draws near, one of the most closely watched Senate races in the nation draws to a close, as Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill fights for reelection against Republican Representative Todd Akin, who came under fire earlier this year due to comments he made about “legitimate rape” and the female body.

Todd Akin told Ozark Radio News that there is a clear choice this November between Akin, who says he’s for the reduction of government, and McCaskill, whom he calls “Obama’s right arm”:


McCaskill agrees – she says there is a clear choice this November, but that Todd Akin is “too extreme” for the state of Missouri:


Akin has retorted, saying that McCaskill doesn’t listen to Missouri voters:


Meanwhile, McCaskill says that she believes that the Affordable Healthcare Act is an important issue, and that she believes Missourians will back her on the issue:

McCaskill talks with constituents in Texas County in August. (ORN Photo)


Akin says that, despite the Romney/Ryan ticket wanting to keep parts of the Act, he would work to repeal the whole thing, and instead work on healthcare reform piece by piece:


McCaskill is the first woman Senator from Missouri elected by the public. She was elected after the 2011 retirement of Kit Bond. Akin is Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District Representative, and has served since 2001.

Also in the race is Jonathan Dine, Libertarian candidate.

(Tecumseh) – Two people from West Plains were injured late Tuesday night after a one-vehicle accident in Tecumseh.

A report from the Highway Patrol states the accident happened at 9:58 PM on Highway 160, when the eastbound vehicle driven by 51-year-old Bonnie McCarley drove off-road, hit a highway sign, traveled down an embankment and then hit a tree.

The driver and 53-year-old Louise Gargione were both taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center by Ozark County EMS with minor injuries.

(West Plains) – Teachers and students of the West Plains High School have created a food bank for their students who may be in need. Cindy Wright of the West Plains R-7 told us about the creation of “Food for Thought”:


Wright went on to tell us how food can be picked up, ensuring students that their involvement is secure and private:


Over the upcoming Thanksgiving break, it is possible that a given student could miss 18 meals during that school week, that would otherwise be provided by the school. So, Food for Thought is also providing Thanksgiving Baskets for students in need. Andi Haney, a student and member of DECA tells us about the baskets:


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(Jefferson City) – Howell County’s unemployment dropped to 6.3% in the month of September, however the drop isn’t as great as the numbers would have you believe.

Unemployment for Howell County dropped from 7.2% in August, or 1,366 people unemployed, to 6.3% in September, or 1,149 unemployed. However, the labor pool, the number of potential employees within the county, dropped from 18,921 in August to 18,329 in September, or a loss of 592 people.


In other counties in the area, Ozark County’s unemployment numbers dropped from 8.3% in August to 8% in September, or a drop of two people in the unemployment numbers. Employment numbers jumped in Ozark County from 3,879 in August to 3,994 in September.


Shannon County saw a drop in unemployment in September, from 10.7% in August to 9.5% in September. Unemployment dropped from 311 to 272, but employment numbers dropped from 2,605 to 2,593.


Oregon County also saw a drop in unemployment, down to 6.2% in September to 7.3% in August. Unemployment numbers dipped from 327 to 273, however, employment dipped from 4,165 in August to 4,109 in September.


Texas County saw a drop in unemployment for September, down to 6.5% from 7.6% in August. The number of unemployed in August was 808, compared to 689 in September.


Unemployment rose in Wright County rose in September, from 8.1% in August to 8.3% in September. The number of unemployed rose from 637 to 660.


Douglas County saw the largest increase in unemployment, from 8.3% to a whopping 12.9%. The number of unemployed went from 524 in August to 868 in September.

(Little Rock) – The Arkansas Department of Labor has released the state’s unemployment numbers for the month of September.

Baxter County’s unemployment rate for September was 6.6%, or 1200 people out of a job. This is down from 7.2% in August.

Fulton County had roughly 325 people unemployed in September, and an unemployment rate of 6%, compared to 6.6% in August.

The unemployment rate for Marion County was down to 6.9% in September, compared to 7.4% in August. The report states there were about 450 people out of work in the county.

(Wentzville) (AP) – With polls tightening and the election campaign entering its final week, both incumbent Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Republican challenger Dave Spence are campaigning on the economy, but with starkly different takes.

Nixon was scheduled to meet Tuesday in Wentzville with autoworkers from the GM plant in the eastern Missouri town, automotive suppliers and their families. He will discuss the efforts to attract thousands of high-paying automotive jobs to Missouri.

Meanwhile, Spence is making stops in Farmington, Cape Girardeau and Poplar Bluff discussing his plan to increase jobs in Missouri.

In TV ads, Nixon cites Missouri’s low unemployment rate compared to many neighboring states. In his ads, Spence makes reference to boarded up businesses and says many people have simply given up trying to find work.

(West Plains) – Northern Howell County Commissioner Bill Lovelace says that County Road 1820 will be closed tomorrow for utility work.

The work will take place from 7-9 AM Thursday about 2 miles west of Highway 17.

Lovelace says that water lines will be installed during those two hours, causing the closure.

With Silvey above are Missouri State University System President Clif Smart, left, and Missouri State-West Plains Chancellor Drew Bennett. (Missouri State University Photo)

(West Plains) – Carol Silvey, a former history professor and the first director of development at Missouri State University-West Plains, was one of five former Missouri State University faculty and staff inducted into the university’s Wall of Fame during a special ceremony Friday afternoon, October 26, at the Plaster Student Union on the Springfield campus.

During Silvey’s nearly 38-year tenure with the university, she taught students the importance of their roots, advised students as they collected over 1,000 hours of oral histories, grew the campus’ endowment to more than $1 million, established the campus’ development board and advisory board, and won numerous awards, including the Business and Professional Women’s Woman of the Year Award, the West Plains Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards, Outstanding Rotarian for Community Service Award, Mountain Grove Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the university’s Staff Community Service Award.

Silvey is the first Missouri State-West Plains employee selected for the Wall of Fame.

(Mountain Home) – The US Army Corps of Engineers is advising landowners adjacent to public lands on Norfork Lake that survey crews will soon conduct boundary line maintenance along a 50-mile section of government boundary starting in the Rand Point area of Fulton County, and then head west and north through Woods Point, Hand Cove and Float Creek. The maintenance will end in the Crystal Cove area of Henderson.

Arrowhead Starr Company of Plainview, AR, who is conducting the maintenance work, will re-establish the existing Corps boundary line. Work will include locating boundary markers, clearing brush on the survey line, and repainting witness post and trees along the line.

Officials with the ACE say that this is part of a yearly boundary maintenance program.

For more information, call the Mountain Home Project Office at 870-425-2700 between 8 AM and 4 PM Monday through Friday.