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Archive for October, 2012

Emerson talks with Gene Weinbeck, center, and Toney Aid at the Idea Center. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – 8th Congressional District Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson visited West Plains on Friday and toured a number of facilities, including the Ozarks Small Business Incubator’s new Idea Center and the Wound Care Center at Ozarks Medical Center.

Emerson says her visit to West Plains was actually to speak about new healthcare regulations that may be implemented at the first of the year. She also talked about the Wound Care Center and her visit to the Idea Center:


She also talked about her stop at the Idea Center, inside the Ozarks Small Business Incubator off of Washington Avenue in West Plains:


The Idea Center is slated to open next month.

Brittany French shows Emerson the new interactive smart board in one of the rooms at the Idea Center. (ORN Photo)

(Willow Springs) – A toddler was struck by a vehicle Saturday afternoon, according to the Highway Patrol.

The boy was rushed from the scene of the accident to Mercy Hospital in Springfield by Air Evac. The accident happened on private property off of County Road 4900, about 5 miles south of Willow Springs.

The driver of the vehicle was backing the vehicle up when the 2-year-old boy was struck by the vehicle.

(Brandsville) – A West Plains resident suffered moderate injuries Sunday morning after a two-vehicle accident at Brandsville.

A report from the Highway Patrol states the accident happened at 10:35 AM on Highway 63 at Brandsville, when the southbound vehicle driven by 48-year-old Shelley Hunsperger of West Plains attempted to change lanes on the highway when she turned into the path of a second vehicle. Hunsperger was taken from the scene by South Howell County Ambulance.

The driver of the other vehicle was uninjured.

(West Plains) – A resident of Independence, MO, who was reportedly fleeing from Howell County Sheriff’s Deputies early Saturday morning, was injured after his vehicle ran off-road and struck some fencing and a tree.

36-year-old Shawn Bell was taken by ambulance to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.

A report from the Highway Patrol states the accident happened around 1:30 AM on Highway 160, about 5 miles west of West Plains.

(West Plains) – Howell County Clerk Dennis Von Allmen has announced the polling locations for the upcoming election on November 6.

All normal locations are the same except for Howell 5, which used to vote at the Open Door Worship Center in the Southern Hills Shopping Center. The polling location has changed to the former “Shay’s” store building, behind Colton’s Steak House.

Polling locations are as follows:

Benton 1


(2718 County Road 7820, Moody, MO) Located in Moody, MO – east side of State Route E

Benton 2


(3209 US Highway 160) Located at South Fork, MO approximately 1/2 miles west of South Fork on US Highway 160 – north side of road.



(3300 County Road 3370) Located approximately 4 miles south of Mountain View, MO on State Route 17, then turn east on County road 2560 (at the Forest Dell Community church sign), go approximately 3.4 mile then turn north (left) on County Road 3190, go approximately 1/4 mile then turn east (right) on County road 3370, go approximately 3/8 mile to the building – south side of the road.

Dry Creek

(4898 County Road 1510) Located in Pomona, MO – south side of the airport on County Road 1510.


(125 East First Street, Mountain View, MO) Located downtown Mountain View, MO

Howell 1

(1700 Wayhaven Drive, West Plains, MO) Located next to the Heart of the Ozarks Fair Grounds

Howell 2


(1315 Webster Street, West Plains, MO) Located in People’s Park

Howell 3

(Court Square, West Plains, MO) Located downtown West Plains, MO

Howell 4

(110 St. Louis Street, West Plains, MO) Located on block east of the Howell County Court House

Howell 5

(Behind Colton’s Steak House, off of Preacher Roe Boulevard in West Plains)

Howell 6

(8004 County Road 3010) Located approximately 4 miles east of West Plains, MO at the junction of US Highway 160 and State Route 17.

Howell 7 & Myatt 2

Located in Brandsville, MO at the junctions of US Highway 63 and State Route V V

Hutton Valley

(5098 County Road 2980) Located in Hutton Valley, MO – approximately 1/2 mile south of the junction of US Highway 60 and State Route U, turn east on County road 2860 then approximately 100 yard to the rock building – north side of road

Myatt 1

(14446 State Route 17) Located in Lanton, Mo – just south of the junction of State Route 17 and State Route 142, turn east on drive.

Siloam Springs

(1898 State Route 14) Located in Pumpkin Center, MO – On State Route 14 approximately 7 miles west of junction of US Highway 63 and State Route 14 – south side of the road.


(5814 County Road 3250) Located in Peace Valley, MO – From State Route W turn south (at Post Office) onto County Road 3250.  Building is located on the east side of the road.

South Fork

(4600 State Route 142) Junction of State Highways JJ and 142.

Spring Creek

Located in Pottersville, MO approximately 1/2 mile west of the Pottersville Post Office – south side of the road.

Willow Springs 1

OZARK FAMILY YMCA – 405 West Main Street – Willow Springs

Willow Springs 2

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH – 402 North Harris – Willow Springs

The polling locations will be open from 6 AM until 7 PM.

Shane Schoeller arrived to the Republican rally in West Plains and talked with constituents. (ORN Photo)

(Jefferson City) – Missouri Republican secretary of state candidate Shane Schoeller is calling for a state photo ID law while campaigning across the state.

Schoeller, in an exclusive interview with Ozark Radio News, told us that requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID at their polling stations would help guard against election fraud:


Democratic secretary of state candidate Jason Kander has criticized recent photo ID proposals as extreme and unfair, and that the law would keep voters away from the polls. Schoeller says that there is no evidence of the assertion:


A study from the Center for American Progress, a progressive policy research and advocacy organization, says that in-person voting fraud has only occurred 10 times since the year 2000, and that, 25% of black voters and 16% of Latino voters lack photo ID, compared with a single-digit percentage of white voters.

(West Plains) – An estimated one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and the American Cancer Society estimates that 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and 28,170 men will die of the disease in 2012. But with a simple life-saving annual exam, the disease can be detected early, when it is still at a very treatable stage, according to Richard Delgado, Director of the Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center.

To fight this potentially devastating disease, Ozarks Medical Center will host a prostate screening beginning at 5 PM Thursday, November 15. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 417-257-6793.

The screening will be held at the OMC Cancer Treatment Center in the Shaw Medical Building, 1111 Kentucky Ave. The cost is $10, which includes a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test and an exam by a physician.

The test is available to Missouri and Arkansas residents. Delgado said males older than 50 or those with a family history of a father, brother or son, who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, should consider the screening.

OMC also plans to host a free For Men Only Breakfast from 7-8 AM on October 31 at the OMC Foundation, 401 Washington Avenue in West Plains. Call 417-257-6793 to RSVP.

The breakfast is open to men of all ages. Guest speaker at the event is Urologist Rick Holloway, MD, who will present and take questions on men’s health topics, including prostate cancer.

(West Plains) – Officials with the Howell County Health Department have announced that this coming Thursday, November 1 will be the final health department sponsored flu vaccination clinic to be offered this year.

Department administrator Chris Gilliam states that a lighter than expected turnout at the most recent vaccination clinic has allowed HCHD to provide one final clinic offering for county residents. The clinic will be held at the health department location at 180 S. Kentucky in West Plains from the hours of 1-5 PM.

  • Individual who should refrain from getting vaccinated include:
  • People with a severe allergy to chicken eggs,
  • People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past,
  • People who have been paralyzed by Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome within 6 months of getting an influenza vaccine in the past,
  • Infants less than six months old,
  • People who are sick with a fever

Individuals receiving Medicare Part A or Medicaid coverage are asked to bring their card with them to the clinic. There will be no charge to the beneficiary but a claim will be submitted to Medicare/Medicaid on their behalf. These charges will assist the agency in covering the cost of providing the vaccinations. For those individuals with no insurance coverage, the vaccine will be provided at no cost, however donations for the injections will be accepted.

If you have any questions, please call Howell County Health Department at 417-256-7078.

(West Plains) – The University of Missouri Extension will host a Beef Seminar focused on post drought challenges on November 8 at the West Plains Civic Center’s Magnolia Room. Pre-paid registration is required. Topics covered at the seminar will include tips and strategies to make local beef producers more successful.

The guest speaker will be Justin Sexten, State Extension Beef Nutritionist. Sexten will speak on feeding strategies for the upcoming winter and other post-drought considerations. Livestock Specialist Logan Wallace will focus on reproductive challenges in the cow herd following the drought.

Pre-registration is with a fee of $10 per person or $15 for two people from the same household. Please send pre-registration forms to the Howell County Extension Center, 217 Aid Avenue, West Plains, MO 65775. Registration includes a meal and reference material. The deadline to pre-register is November 5.

Registration will start at 5:30 PM at the event, with a meal and presentations to follow.

For more information contact the Howell County Extension Center at 417-256-2391.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is spreading some of his campaign wealth, chipping in $52,000 to help other Democrats.

Online state campaign finance records show Koster’s campaign on Thursday contributed $6,000 each to Democratic secretary of state candidate Jason Kander and to Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Susan Montee. Records also show that on Thursday, Koster’s campaign contributed $20,000 each to Democratic campaign committees for the state House and for the state Senate.

Koster is seeking a second term as attorney general. Running against him is St. Louis attorney Ed Martin, who served as chief of staff to Republican Gov. Matt Blunt.