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Archive for March, 2013

(West Plains) – West Plains Elementary will host summer school for grades Kindergarten through 6th grade beginning May 28, and running until June 20.

Hours will be from 8 AM to 3 PM Monday through Thursdays. The program is offered for open enrollment for students in the West Plains District and outside of the West Plains School District.

To register for summer school, visit

(Jefferson City) – This past Wednesday, Senators in Jefferson City discussed a bill that would require mandatory newborn screenings for critical congenital heart disease. Senator Dan Brown (R-Rolla) sponsors the bill, known as Senate Bill 230. he says most facilities are already practicing this procedure:


Senator Scott Sifton, (D-Affton) speaks in favor of the legislation:


Senate Bill 230 would later receive the Senate’s initial approval and needs another round of approval before moving to the House.

The bill is also known as “Chloe’s Law”, after Chloe Manz, who was found to have a heart defect shortly after birth. Chloe had the defect fixed, and is now a healthy two-and-a-half year old.

(Washington) – Next week is National Public Health week, and groups are urging people to make their health a priority not just next week, but throughout the year. Cathy Walters has more:


(Jefferson City) (AP) – A Missouri House committee is considering bill that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous after claiming their prizes.

Sponsoring Rep. Rochelle Walton Gray, of Black Jack, told the House Local Government Committee Thursday that winning the lottery can subject a person to hardship. Her measure would prevent the Missouri Lottery from releasing the names or addresses of prize winners without their written consent.

Officials from the Missouri Lottery say revealing a winner’s identity provides legitimacy to games and helps sell more tickets. The names of lottery winners are also subject to Missouri’s Sunshine Law, making identity information available to open records request.

db1(West Plains) – The 4th annual Zizzer Beta Club Dodgeball Tournament will be held April 19 from 6-10 PM at the West Plains High School Gym.

Proceeds from this year’s event benefit Habitat for Humanity. Cost is $5 per player, for 8-10 member teams. Admission is $2 or $1 and a canned food item.

For more information, call 417-256-6150 or you can register online at

(Mountain Home) – America’s foremost touring repertory theater will present Shakespeare’s As You Like It at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the campus of Arkansas State University-Mountain Home on April 13.

Presented by The Acting Company, the tour will include 45 cities and towns in 24 states across the country, including a stop in Mountain Home. The performance begins at 7 PM and is part of the ASUMH Performing Arts Series.

As You Like It is best known for the oft-quoted line “All the world’s a stage” and is the origin of the phrase “too much of a good thing.”

Ticket prices are $35 for adults and $17.50 for students aged 18 and under. ASUMH students, faculty and staff receive the student discount. Tickets to As You Like It are available by calling 1-800-514-3849 or 1-870-508-6280. They are also available online at or at the box office.

For more information, contact the box office at 870-508-6280.

(West Plains) – “You’re Just My Style” is the theme of the Friends of Garnett Library’s annual spring luncheon and style show Friday, April 12 at the West Plains Country Club.

The event, presented by The Kloz Klozet and Cottage Flowers and Interiors, will be held from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at The Kloze Klozet, Cottage Flowers or Garnett Library. Proceeds go to Garnett Library toward books and other items.

For reservations or more information, call Garnett Library at 417-255-7940.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – A Missouri Senate committee is considering a new name for Linn State Technical College.

The mid-Missouri college would be known as the State Technical College of Missouri under a bill outlined Wednesday to the Senate Education Committee.

Sponsoring Republican Sen. Mike Kehoe, of Jefferson City, said the change would reflect the statewide mission of the technical college and could help market it to more students.

Linn State is a two-year school based in Osage County. It has more than 1,000 students from 100 Missouri counties.

The committee did not vote on the proposal Wednesday.

levin(St. Charles) (AP) – A St. Louis-area man is facing criminal charges alleging that he used a prosthetic penis to try to pass a drug test.

Authorities say 34-year-old Sydney Levin was submitting a urine sample last week as part of his probation when an officer allegedly spotted him using a prosthetic, known as a Whizzinator. The device has been advertised as way to pass drug tests by using someone else’s urine.

KMOV-TV reported that Levin, of Lake St. Louis, was charged last week with possessing a forging instrument. He was arrested and released after posting $25,000 bond, and pleaded not guilty on Monday.

Levin was on probation for possession of a controlled substance and felony stealing in 2009. Authorities say Levin’s probation required that he submit a urine sample as part of drug test.

Levin did not have a listed phone number. Court records show that he does not yet have an attorney.

In 2010, Gerald Willis of Los Angeles was sentenced to six months in federal prison for running a company that sold the Whizzinator to cheat on drug tests. Willis’ company disbanded, but the Whizzinator is still sold on the Web as a sex toy through a company called Alternative Lifestyle Systems of Long Beach, Calif. A message seeking comment from the company on Thursday was not returned.

In a video on the Huffington Post website earlier this month, High Times associate publisher Richard Cusick used the Whizzinator as an example of tricks people use to beat drug tests.

(West Plains) – The West Plains R-7 Board of Education has announced that Donnie Miller will be the new Elementary School principal for the 2013-2014 school year.

Miller will assume the role of the West Plains Elementary Principal effective July 1, 2013. Miller replaces Dr. Brad Owings, who has accepted an elementary principal position at St. Joseph School District. Miller has been serving as principal at Plato R-V School District since 2006. Prior to Plato, he served as the Superintendent/Principal at Success R-VI School District.

Miller holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from College of the Ozarks, a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Southwest Baptist University and is currently enrolled in a Specialist in Education program from William Woods University.