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Archive for November, 2012

(Thayer) – Ozarks Self-Reliant Living University classes for December will be held this weekend, and will cover making your own bar soap.

OSLU heritage studies instructor Deb Slack says that classes are free, and will be held in Thayer this Saturday, December 1 from 1-3 PM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The West Plains class will be held Sunday December 2 at Next Step 7th Day Adventist Church.

Slack says the January class will be a day-long Disaster Preparedness Conference held from 10 AM to 3 PM January 5 in Thayer, January 6 in West Plains and January 12 in Willow Springs.

For more information call 417-264-2435.

(Willow Springs) – After being created by a vote of the people in the 1940s, the Willow Springs Public Library has served hundreds of thousands of people in the 60-plus years of its existence. But could the Willow Springs Public Library collect tax money for continuing operations? Yes, but representatives say they won’t.

Barbara Nyden represented the library board during the most recent meeting of the Willow Springs City Council on Tuesday. Nyden told the council that they were contacted by the Missouri State Library at the beginning of the year, and they received some disturbing news:


Nyden continued, say that a capital improvement tax that was passed in 1997 stopped collecting taxes for the library:


This was not necessarily a bad thing, however:


The city council also heard from Bob Hines concerning the revitalization of Main Street through advertising.

(Chicago) (AP) – The richest Powerball jackpot ever – and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history – has been won. The question now becomes: Who are the lucky winners waking up to new lives as multimillionaires?

Powerball officials said early Thursday morning that tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record $579.9 million jackpot.

The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.

It was not clear whether the winning tickets belonged to individuals or were purchased by groups. Arizona lottery officials said early Thursday morning they had no information on that state’s winner or winners but would announce where it was sold during a news conference later in the day. Lottery officials in Missouri announced Thursday morning that the winning ticket was sold in the Kansas City region.

Americans went on a ticket-buying spree in the run-up to Wednesday’s drawing, the big money enticing many people who rarely, if ever, play the lottery to purchase a shot at the second-largest payout in U.S. History. Tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide – about six times the volume from a week ago. That pushed the jackpot even higher before the Wednesday night drawing, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association.

A lottery official said late Wednesday that the jackpot increased to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing, making the cash option $379.8 million.

(Eminence) – A man has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child after he reportedly threatened at least one child at a sleepover party in Summersville.

40-year-old Michael Morano was charged Tuesday, November 27 in Shannon County Circuit Court. A probable cause statement taken from Shannon County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason DeJournett states that he arrived at a home on Route 1 in Summersville around 1:45 AM November 25 after receiving a call about a male at a party slashing tires with a knife. DeJournett says that he found Morano at the scene lying on the ground without a shirt and covered in blood. A woman identified as his wife told the deputy that he had been drinking, and had become angry and chased a number of the children out of the home.

One of the 8-year-old children’s parents told authorities in a statement that the child told them Morano had been trying to get multiple children into a vehicle, and started chasing the kids down the road after they refused. The child also told the parent that Morano had done something to the phones in the home that prevented the children from calling their parents.

Another witness told the authorities that Morano was chasing children with a some sort of alcoholic container, like a wine or beer bottle, in his hand.

The party contained over 20 children, who all had received rides from the home before the deputy arrived.

Bond for Morano was set at $10,000. The incident is still under investigation.

Sheriff Chris Degase

(Ava) – A coroner’s jury has found that a southwest Missouri sheriff’s fatal shooting of a man whose companion he was trying to arrest was justifiable homicide.

Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase shot and killed 41-year-old David Phillips on August 30 after he reportedly attacked the sheriff with a large pair of pliers. The altercation came about after Degase attempted to arrest 30-year-old Crystal Prock, who was with Phillips that day.

The six-member coroner’s jury heard from several witnesses and deliberated about 30 minutes before returning the verdict. The Douglas County prosecutor will now decide whether to pursue criminal charges.

Degase was re-elected Douglas County sheriff earlier this month.

(Willow Springs) – A final budget for the next fiscal year will be approved at the next meeting of the Willow Springs City Council.

The council met Tuesday evening and discussed the budget with Treasurer Beverly Hicks. Hicks told the council that the main emphasis with the upcoming year’s budget will be on capital infrastructure improvements and repairs to water, electric and sewer systems. The budget will be around $5.3 million, with a total of around $570,000 in supplies, parts and materials for the electric, water, and sewer projects. Hicks says this is the most the city has ever set aside in the budget for such projects.

Also at the meeting, the council heard from representatives from the Library Board concerning the library’s status as a non-profit organization, and a group wanting the city to invest in advertising to help boost revenue in the city.

The council also approved motions to allow City Administrator Bob Pollard to accept funding for a DRA grant for improvements to 10th Street; voted to allow new City Clerk Crystal Daniels to sign checks; and approved the closure of Main Street for the December 8 Christmas parade.

Ozark Radio News will have more information on council items throughout the week.

(West Plains) – The newest park in the city of West Plains is getting an update. City clerk Mallory Thompson also has information on work being conducted by the water department:


City crews have hung the Christmas decorations and the annual parade will be Saturday December 8 beginning at 5 PM.

(Willow Springs) – Highway Patrol Troop G has announced that a DWI saturation will be held in Texas and Wright counties sometime in the month of December.

DWI saturations are part of the Patrol’s efforts to remove careless and intoxicated drivers from Missouri’s highways. These enforcement operations are conducted at various locations which have been found to experience a higher than normal number of alcohol-related contacts, hazardous driving contacts, and traffic crashes.

The Patrol also encourages motorists to protect themselves from all types of hazardous drivers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint.

(West Plains) – With the move of the John J. Pershing VA Medical Clinic in West Plains finished late October, the clinic is preparing for the ceremonial opening on December 7, despite being open for almost a month already.

Angela Smith is the public affairs officer with the John J. Pershing VA Hospital in Poplar Bluff, which the clinic in West Plains stems from. Smith says that a ribbon cutting with be held December 7 to celebrate the opening of the clinic:


More information on the hospital and the clinic can be found at

(West Plains) – The Heart of the Ozarks United Way 2013 campaign is wrapping up, and one organization that could not function without community donations to the United Way is the Ozark Action Head Start program, located in West Plains.

Kathleen Simonson is the Head Start Director at Ozark Action. She says that the program, which helps teaches three and four-year-olds, has a wide reach in the area:


The All Day, All Year program is a daycare service with the Head Start class inserted into the program. Claudia Ryan with the Head Start Program says that the program is needed by many people in the area:


The campaign ends in November. For more information, go to