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Archive for October, 2012

(West Plains) – A West Plains resident suffered minor injuries Monday after the vehicle he was driving struck an embankment and overturned near West Plains.

The accident happened at 4:40 PM on Highway 63, about 6 miles south of West Plains. 21-year-old Brent Tackitt was taken by South Howell County EMS to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.

A report from the Highway Patrol states the southbound vehicle came to rest on its wheels in a private parking lot after overturning.

(Willow Springs) – A Willow Springs resident suffered minor injuries Monday afternoon after an ATV accident near his hometown.

63-year-old Danny Essary was transported to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains by ambulance.

The accident happened on CR 5640, about 2 miles south of Willow Springs. A report from the Highway Patrol states the ATV struck a fence Essary couldn’t see because he was blinded by the sun.

(West Plains) – Area residents interested in taking classes during the 2013 spring semester at Missouri State University-West Plains now can browse through the list of courses available on the campus’ website.

The complete 2013 spring semester schedule course listing can be found at Paper copies of the schedule will be available November 2 through the university, but area residents can view an electronic copy of the printed schedule at

Approximately 370 courses will be offered during the spring semester. Courses include those available at the Missouri State-West Plains campus in Mountain Grove, as well as online.

Current, readmitted and transfer students have the opportunity to register for classes during an early registration period November 16-27. They can prepare for early registration by visiting with their adviser during Advisement for Success Kickoff (ASK) Week November 5-9. Advisers have set aside additional advising time during this week to meet with students at a time that’s convenient for the students. Once students have spoken with their adviser and their alternate PIN has been released, they may register for courses on the Grizzly Den website, 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the early registration period, or they can register in person at the registration and records office in Cass Hall, 515 Cass Ave., from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.

Officials with the Veterans Services office will be on hand during these same advisement and registration times to assist veterans with registration and required Veterans Administration forms. The VIP/Veterans Services office is located on the lower level of the Garnett Library in Room 102.

Regular registration for the 2013 summer session begins at 12:01 AM November 28 and continues through January 13, 2013. Spring semester classes begin January 14, 2013. Students must complete the entire enrollment process before January 14.

For more information about spring semester classes or the registration process, visit the Missouri State-West Plains website at or call the registration and records office at 417-255-7979.

(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) has announced that they are once again expanding their funeral science program to include classes at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus beginning January 2013.

The Memorandum of Understanding was approved Friday, October 26, by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education during a meeting of its Coordinating Board in Little Rock.

State Rep. Karen Hopper of Mountain Home made the formal announcement Monday, October 29, at Arkansas Tech-Ozark.

Dr. Pat Bailey, ASUMH Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs said that the expansion is a win-win situation for both institutions, stating that during these rough economic times it makes sense to share resources to meet the education needs of area communities.

ASUMH’s Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Science is a 60-credit hour program offering the theoretical and practical application of funeral service education. Students are prepared for entry into the profession after graduation. The National Board Examination must be completed prior to graduation.

Through the partnership, the two campuses will combine their course offerings for students to complete the degree. Students may complete 32 credit hours offered from Arkansas Tech-Ozark, with ASUMH providing the remaining 28 credit hours.

ASUMH’s funeral science program is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), which serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in funeral service and mortuary science education. The ABFSE is the sole accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation in this field.

(West Plains) – A backyard birder workshop will be held November 13 at the MDC Regional Office, 551 Joe Jones Blvd. in West Plains and November 27 at the United Methodist Church, 422 Hawthorn in Houston. Both workshops are free and start at 7 PM.

Organizers say scouts and 4-Hers will receive certificates of participation. The Top of the Ozarks Resource Conservation & Development and the Missouri Department of Conservation are the workshop sponsors.

A similar event was held in Ava October 23. Organizers say attendees at the Ava meeting got to see a wide variety of birds and learn interesting facts, as well as preservation and feeding skills.

For more information or to reserve seating, call Peter Maki at 417-967-0676.

(West Plains) – With October winding down, it’s still Domestic Violence Awareness month and Christos House prevention specialist, Sunshine Gorsky, says there are resources to use when reporting domestic abuse:


The Christos House website is and the hotline number is 1-800-611-5853.

(Springfield) (AP) – Police in Springfield are looking for a would-be holdup man who took “no” for an answer from a worker at a doughnut shop.

KOLR-TV reports the failed robbery happened around 1:30 PM Monday.

Police say a man in his 20s walked into St. George’s Donuts and demanded cash. The man apparently didn’t have a weapon, and the woman working the counter simply said “no” and demanded that he leave.

The man did just that, walking out without any money.

(St. Louis) (AP) – Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, the mother of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and a political trailblazer in her own right, died Monday at her home in St. Louis after a long struggle with heart and kidney problems, the senator said.

The first-term Democratic senator, who is locked in a close re-election race with Republican Rep. Todd Akin, had canceled most of her campaign events starting last week to spend time with her 84-year-old mother. She said Saturday that her mother suffered from acute cardio-renal failure and had lost consciousness at several points in recent days.

“For some time, Mom’s health has not been good, and our family takes comfort that she is now at rest,” McCaskill said in a statement announcing her mother’s death. “We were incredibly lucky to have a mother like her, a woman of great intellect and strength, who loved and nurtured, challenged and pushed, and was always there with wise counsel and great humor.”

Long before her daughter entered Missouri politics, Betty Anne McCaskill had made her own mark in Democratic circles. McCaskill has recalled how her mother sent her children out on Halloween in 1960 with the door-to-door message: “Trick or treat and vote for JFK,” referring to the Democratic presidential candidate, John F. Kennedy.

In 1970, she was appointed to the Missouri Commission on the Status of Women, which evaluated the opportunities for women in Missouri government, education and business. The next year, she became the first women elected to the Columbia, Mo., City Council. She also once served as president for the trustees of William Woods University in Fulton, her alma mater.

She ran unsuccessfully for the state House in 1978 against Republican Leroy Blunt, whose son Roy Blunt now serves as Missouri’s other U.S. senator. She later began a career as a financial consultant for Waddell and Reed in Kansas City, after her husband, Bill, became ill.

In 2004, she helped her daughter’s unsuccessful bid for governor by providing personal testimonies about the rising cost of medical care. She said at the time that her list of medicines had been steadily growing to the point that her costs far exceed her annual prescription drug coverage through private insurance.

During McCaskill’s 2006 Senate campaign, her mother traveled around the state with her in an RV, appealing in particular to rural voters and seniors as she discussed the need to close coverage gaps in the Medicare prescription benefits. For this campaign, she recorded a video displayed on McCaskill’s campaign website expressing her pride about the sentor’s work trying to straighten out mismanagement of veterans’ burial sites at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Senate race between McCaskill and Akin has been in the national spotlight since Akin remarked in mid-August that women’s bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in “legitimate rape.” Although he apoligized, McCaskill has highlighted the comment to portray Akin as an extremist and out of touch with women’s issues. The Missouri Senate is one of several that could help determine party control of the U.S. Senate.

Akin expressed condolences in a written statement in which he said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole McCaskill family right now.”

In addition to Claire McCaskill, Betty Anne McCaskill is survived by two other daughters, Anne Moroh and Lisa Finn; one son, Will McCaskill; six grandchildren; along with step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis.

(St. Louis) (AP) – Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill on Monday launched a Halloween-week ad casting her Republican challenger Todd Akin as “scary” because of his remarks about “legitimate rape.” Akin, meanwhile, is gaining some outside help in his quest to oust Missouri’s senior senator.

McCaskill’s ad aired as Akin teamed up with Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe for a series of campaign events in the St. Louis area. Inhofe was attending an energy roundtable discussion and fundraiser, then touring an aerospace and defense firm with Akin. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Akin was to campaign in the Kansas City area with former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

McCaskill has not been on the campaign trail because she is spending time with her critically ill mother. But that hasn’t stopped the first-term senator from launching new ads against Akin. Her latest begins with a woman proclaiming: “Todd Akin is scary.” The ad then features a video clip from mid-August in which Akin says women rarely get pregnant from rape. Akin is shown saying: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Another woman in the ad says: “He has no idea how it even works and he wants to legislate about it?”

Akin has repeatedly apologized for his remark and said he was wrong, but the suburban St. Louis congressman has continued to campaign on his staunch opposition to abortion in all cases except when a woman’s life is endangered.

During the energy roundtable, Akin said McCaskill has resorted to “desperate” claims in campaign ads.

“To me those huge government votes that Claire McCaskill takes are the things that are scary and I found myself very much in line with the commonsense of the people of the state of Missouri,” Akin said, citing the opposition of many Missourians to health care reform and stimulus measures.

“A lot of these claims are I think baseless and I think the people are starting to write them off as baseless,” Akin said of McCaskill’s ads.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee and other deep-pocketed GOP interest groups dropped their advertising plans for Akin after the rape remark, and top national Republicans such as presidential candidate Mitt Romney called on Akin to quit the race. Akin instead forged ahead with his campaign. He has received support from Republicans, such as Gingrich, but has not regained the backing of Romney or the GOP’s Senate campaign committee.

Inhofe is one who has stood by Akin.

“I maxed out (on contributions to Akin) in the very beginning and I stayed with him all the way through this thing,” Inhofe said.

As a nod to Akin’s reputation as a maverick, Inhofe said, “He’s not going to be very popular in Washington. I’m not very popular in Washington.”

Akin said he believes he is seeing support from women despite the rape comments. He cited the campaign effort called “Women for Akin” that has fanned out around the state and said he sees as many women as men at campaign events.

“It seems to me that women have the same interest in many regards as everybody else in society does,” Akin said, citing economic issues. “We’re talking about a bright hope for our children and all of our grandchildren and that doesn’t happen when the economy is being shrunk and everything.”

At the roundtable at McArthur’s Bakery in St. Louis County, co-owner David McArthur told Akin that orders drop 5 percent to 10 percent when gas prices get to around $3.30 per gallon. He said raw prices for the bakery have increased 38 percent during Obama’s presidency.

“All the small business people I know are just hanging on through this economy,” McArthur said.

Inhofe said tapping recoverable reserves in the U.S. could have an immediate positive impact on gas prices and the economy. He said a swing of just a few votes in the Senate could have a major effect on energy policy and make the U.S. less dependent on oil from the Middle East “in a matter of months – not years but months.”

(Bakersfield) – The Bakersfield FFA will be having a benefit haunted house event Monday and Tuesday in the FFA Ag Room.

The event will start at 6 PM both evenings.

The cost to enter the haunted house is $3 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Bakersfield FFA.