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Archive for March, 2013


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(Salem) – One person is dead and another seriously injured after an accident Wednesday afternoon in Salem, AR.

A report from Troop I of the Arkansas State Police says 27-year-old Justin Hutson of Salem was killed when the vehicle he was driving lost control while traveling north on Old Sturkie Road. The vehicle then traveled off-road and overturned.

Hutson was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, 23-year-old Ashia Hutson, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield by helicopter.

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A rendering of the proposed Ag Facility. (Photo provided)

A rendering of the proposed Ag Facility. (Photo provided)

(West Plains) – The South Central Career Center has kicked off a campaign called “Raise the Barn” to build a new agriculture facility in the West Plains R-7 School District.

Ozark Radio News spoke with SCCC Director Jim Laughary, who told us more about the facility and its purpose:


Laughary says that the facility will be state-of-the-art, and will cost around $800,000. He talked more about the facility and the funding:


He also talked about the dinner event held this past Saturday:


A map of the ag facility location. (Photo provided)

A map of the ag facility location. (Photo provided)

The ag facility is part of a much larger project at the South Central Career Center, which is looking to move all of their adult classes to the building on Thornburgh.

More on that will be in Ozark Radio News later this week.


(West Plains) – Springfield CBS affiliate KOLR 10, the Ozark Radio Network, and Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative will join together Wednesday, April 3 from 2:30-6:30 PM for the KOLR 10 Weather Tour.

The event will take place at Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, N. Highway 63 in West Plains. The public is invited to attend the event and see the KOLR 10 mobile weather lab, with live broadcasts of the weather by KOLR 10 Chief Meteorologist Jaimie Warriner, at 5 PM and 6 PM.

Free food and drink will be provided.

Giveaways for Midland emergency weather radios will take place throughout the event. Attendees can also register to win a storm shelter courtesy of KOLR 10.

(Jefferson City) – The Missouri Director of Agriculture, Dr. Jon Hagler, has announced that two groups from south central Missouri were awarded grants from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s 2013 Building Our American Communities grant program. Eleven local chapters of the National FFA Organization and nine Missouri 4-H clubs statewide have been granted funding for their community service projects this year.

The Rockin Ranchers 4-H Club, the Willow Springs FFA Chapter, the Dora FFA Chapter and the Maverick 4-H Club plan to upgrade local community buildings through their service projects.

The Rockin Ranchers 4-H Club and the Willow Springs FFA Chapter, of Howell County, along with the Dora FFA Chapter of Ozark County, are working together on a project to create seating areas and livestock facilities for the Heart of the Ozark Fairgrounds in West Plains. With the grant funds, improvements will be made to make the fairgrounds more comfortable and appealing to exhibitors and visitors.

The Building Our American Communities program has been supporting youth projects since the 1970s. Each year, youth organizations throughout Missouri submit proposals for consideration for the grants, which range from $100 to $500 and support specific projects within each community. The grants are funded through Missouri’s Agriculture Development Fund under an agreement with the USDA.

4-H clubs and FFA chapters awarded grants this year must complete their projects no later than September 1, 2013.

For more information on the Department and its programs, visit

(Jefferson City) (AP) – A Missouri House committee has adopted legislation creating an emergency fund providing tuition assistance for Missouri National Guard members, after automatic federal spending cuts forced the program’s suspension.

More than 900 Missouri National Guardsmen will lose their federal tuition assistance at the end of the current semester if the automatic federal cuts remain intact.

Last week, the Missouri House Budget Committee voted to use $1.5 million in state funds to continue the aid. Separate legislation allowing the money to be spent cleared the Veterans Committee on a 14-0 vote Tuesday.

The measure is sponsored by Republican Rep. Charlie Davis, of Webb City. He says he hopes the state funds won’t be necessary and that the federal government reconsiders its cut to tuition assistance.

(Willow Springs) – Sergeant Marty Elmore of Troop G of the Missouri Highway Patrol says one of the questions officers get asked the most has to do with children riding in the front seat of a car:


Sergeant Elmore is a child safety certified technician and can answer questions concerning child safety seats. He can be reached at the Highway Patrol headquarters in Willow Springs by calling 417-469-3121.

(Cabool) – The Cabool Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 30th annual Farm Fest and Outdoors in the Ozarks Expo on May 10-11.

Events scheduled for Farm Fest include a 3D pop-up archery competition, chainsaw drag races, seminars, a carnival and more.

Admission and parking for the event is free.

For more information, visit or call the Chamber of Commerce at 417-962-3002.

wppl021(West Plains) – The West Plains Public Library has been awarded an eReader Exploration Grant from the Missouri State Library to purchase 5 eReader devices. These devices include Kindle Readers, Barnes and Noble Nooks, and an iPad. The grant award is for $1,115.

The library will use the eReaders to train staff so they may better assist library patrons who have questions about their personal eReaders. The library will also offer classes to the public covering the basics of using an eReader.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

(West Plains) – Residents of all ages in the Bakersfield area can learn more about Missouri State University-West Plains when university officials take their Campus Caravan on the road to that community for a 6 PM visit Thursday, April 4, at the Bakersfield High School cafeteria.

University officials are conducting the caravan visit to showcase Missouri State-West Plains in Bakersfield. Those attending will hear information on admissions, alumni programs and development, academic programs, Missouri State University bachelor’s and master’s degree programs available at the West Plains campus, financial aid, athletics, student life, the A+ Program, the William and Virginia Darr Honors Program, study abroad opportunities, and activities and events offered by the University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department.

Bakersfield High School graduates and Missouri State-West Plains students and alumni will be on hand to discuss their experiences in college. Also attending will be Bakersfield School District administrators; Grizz, the campus’ athletic mascot; and members of the Grizzly basketball and volleyball teams.

Complimentary pizza and drinks will be served, and several prizes will be given away throughout the evening. Musical entertainment will also be provided.

For more information, call the Missouri State-West Plains admissions office at 417-255-7955 or toll free at 888-466-7987.

For more information about the university, visit the website at

(Yellville) – Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas and Southeast Missouri is currently accepting applications from area non-profit organizations for the 2013 Charity of the Year (CY) program.

The organizations selected will benefit from the funds raised through the annual Arvest Charity Golf Tournament. Charitable organizations in Baxter, Boone and Marion counties in Arkansas and Howell County, Missouri are encouraged to apply.

2013 marks the 17th year of the golf tournament.

The committee will choose up to three charities to be the recipients of all tournament proceeds. Non-profit organizations within the four county area are encouraged to apply to become “Charity of the Year.” Final selection is based on past, present and future financial needs, along with other criteria. To qualify, the charity must be a designated IRS 501(c)(3) organization and must submit a letter to the committee explaining why their organization should be selected.

Applications for the 2013 Charity of the Year are due no later than Friday, April 19. All applications should be mailed to: Arvest Bank Charity Committee, Attn: Tiffany Watkins, P.O. Box 325, Yellville, AR, 72687, or they can be emailed to

The 17th Annual Arvest Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Twin Lakes Golf Course in Mountain Home. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are available at all levels. Call 870-449-7164 for more information.