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Archive for December, 2012

(Norwood) – A resident of Kirbyville, MO is dead and a man from Mansfield is under arrest after a fatal accident early Sunday morning near Norwood in Wright County.

A report from the Highway Patrol states the accident happened at 2 AM on Highway 60, when a westbound vehicle driven by 27-year-old Ashlea Harper was rear-ended by another westbound vehicle driven by 36-year-old Christopher Fields. Harper’s vehicle then ran off-road and struck a dirt embankment, overturning numerous times and ejecting Harper from the vehicle. Fields’ vehicle traveled a short distance on the highway before running off-road.

Fields then reportedly fled from the scene of the accident on foot, and was arrested a short time later. He was charged with Felony Involuntary Manslaughter, Felony Leaving the Scene of the Accident, Misdemeanor Following Too Closely, and Littering.

The death is Troop G of the Highway Patrol’s 38th death for the year, and the fourth in the month of December.

(West Plains) – Officials with the city of West Plains say there is currently a boil water order in place currently for Farrell Street, from Monk to Barkley.

Residents could even be without water due to a water main break.

Officials advise residents to boil any water that may be consumed until further notice.

(West Plains) – Former 151st District State Representative Ward Franz of West Plains has been named the new Executive Director of the Ozarks Medical Center Foundation, according to a news release from OMC.

He will join the Foundation at the beginning of January 2013, and is responsible for developing strategies to build OMC’s philanthropic and community profile to augment the Foundation endowment fund.

OMC President and CEO David Zechman says that Ward was chosen because of his deep ties to this community, and his support of OMC while a representative.

Franz recently completed four terms as the Missouri State Representative for the 151st District, serving the region from 2004 to 2012.

During his time as a state representative, Franz served as the Chairman of the Family Services Committee from 2006 to 2008 and the General Laws Committee from 2010 to 2012. He was elected by the House of Representatives to serve as Caucus Chairman in 2006 to 2008. He also served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Employee Retirement from 2006 to 2012.

Franz holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Baptist University and a Masters of Art from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives, he was Vice President of Sales for Franz Foods and served as Deputy Juvenile Officer for the 37th Judicial Circuit.

(Jefferson City) – On January 1, Missouri’s minimum wage will increase by 10 cents to $7.35 per hour, benefiting an estimated 79,000 low-wage workers in the state.

Missouri’s minimum wage increase means an extra $190 per year in wages for the average directly affected worker, and the increased consumer spending generated by the minimum wage hike will boost GDP by more than $8 million, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute. Missouri is joined by nine states – Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington – that will also raise state minimum wage rates on New Year’s Day, boosting wages for nearly one million workers nationwide.

Missouri’s January 1st minimum wage increase is the result of a ballot proposal approved by voters in 2006 that provides for annual rate adjustments to keep pace with the rising cost of living. An estimated 72,000 workers in Missouri will be directly impacted as the new minimum wage rate will exceed their current hourly pay, and 7,000 more will see a raise as pay scales are adjusted upward to reflect the new minimum wage, according to an analysis of government data by the Economic Policy Institute. Sixty-three percent of these low-wage workers are adults over 20 years old; 70 percent work 20 hours per week or more; 44 percent have at least some college education.

(Jefferson City) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced that two people died on Missouri roadways during the Christmas holiday counting period. Brett Stevens has more:


(Houston) – At the start of 2013, Interventional cardiologist M. Faisal Khan, MD, will begin providing cardiology services to patients in the Texas County area at a monthly clinic at Texas County Memorial Hospital (TCMH).

Dr. Khan is a physician at Ozarks Medical Center Heart Care Services in West Plains. The two medical centers have worked together to establish the clinic in order to provide more convenient heart care services to patients in Texas County. The outreach clinic will begin on January 2 and will be held the first Wednesday of each month. Patients wishing to make an appointment should contact OMC Heart Care Services at 417-257-5950. The clinic will be held inside Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.

Interventional cardiologists provide diagnostic, routine and emergent interventional procedures for patients with cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Khan completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO, where he was chief resident. He went onto complete a fellowship in Echocardiography at the University of California in San Francisco and Fellowships in Cardiovascular Medicine and Interventional Cardiology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

In addition, he spent seven years as a Research Associate in the Department of Cardiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He joined OMC Heart Care Services earlier this year.

In addition to providing clinical care at OMC, Dr. Khan performs interventional procedures in the OMC Cardiac Catheterization Lab. The procedures include using an angioplasty balloon and/or a stent to open clogged heart vessels that can cause heart attacks.

Previously, Dr. Khan practiced at the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado; at Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele, Utah; at Ogden Regional Medical Center in Ogden, Utah; and at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, California.

He is Board Certified by the American Board for Internal Medicine.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – State offices in the Missouri Capitol’s home of Cole County will be closed Jan. 14 for the inauguration of statewide elected officials.

The festivities for Gov. Jay Nixon and first lady Georganne Nixon will start with a service at a Jefferson City church. That will be followed by the traditional parade ending at the state Capitol.

The swearing-in ceremony for five statewide officials is scheduled to start at 11:15 AM Missouri law states that a governor’s four-year term starts at noon on the second Monday in January.

The Nixons also plan a reception at the Governor’s Mansion and a barbecue showcase at a Jefferson City hotel. Inauguration Day will wrap up with a ball in the Capitol.

(Willow Springs) – Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced the results of a sobriety checkpoint conducted earlier in December.

A total of 22 arrests and 16 warnings were issued in conjunction with the checkpoint conducted in Howell County on December 15, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 160 and State Route JJ. Totals from this checkpoint include:

1– misdemeanor DWI arrest
7– seat belt summonses
5– non-moving summonses
1– no driver’s license summons
1– driving while suspended/ revoked summons
4– uninsured motorist summonses
1– misdemeanor warrant arrest
2– minor-in-possession summonses

(Willow Springs) – Troop G of the Highway Patrol reports that a total of 22 arrests and 25 warnings were also issued in conjunction with a DWI saturation conducted in Texas County on December 14. The saturation was conducted on Highway 60, Highway 63, Business Route 60, and Missouri Route MM. Totals from this saturation include:

3– misdemeanor DWI arrests
3– speed summonses
1– failed to yield summons
6– seat belt summonses
2– other hazardous moving violations summonses
3– non-moving summonses
2– driving while suspended/ revoked summonses
2– uninsured motorist summonses

(Sikeston) – MoDOT has announced road work for next week, weather permitting.


Highway 60/63, from Route AM in Howell County to Route 181 in Texas County, will be reduced to one lane while crews perform approach work Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Route W in Howell County, from Route 17 in Mountain View to Route 17 south of White Church, will be reduced while crews perform drainage work Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 3 PM.


Route 19 in Shannon County, from Highway 60 in Winona to the Oregon County line, will be reduced to one lane while crews cut brush and trim trees Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 3 PM.

Route 106 in Shannon County, from Route 19 in Eminence to CR 531, will be reduced to one lane while crews continue to replace pipe under the roadway Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 3 PM.

Route D in Shannon County, from Route 106 to Route 19, will be reduced to one lane while crews perform drainage work Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 3:30 PM.


Route AV in Texas County, from Highway 60 to the end of state maintenance, will be reduced to one lane while crews perform edge rut repairs Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 3:30 PM.

Work zones will be marked with signs, and motorists are urged to be extremely cautious if traveling in these areas.