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Archive for April, 2013

(West Plains) – The 37th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Division’s auction and chili supper was held on Friday, April 26, and over $6000 was raised at the event.

Roughly $6600 was raised at the event through a chili supper and auction that featured items donated by local area businesses and individuals.

Office Administrator Judy Hansmann told Ozark Radio News on Monday that the total does not include money from the County Line Coon Hunters Association’s benefit hunt, which will be held Memorial Day weekend.

The money goes to help fund a number of programs in place to help children in need throughout the 37th Judicial Circuit, which covers Howell, Oregon, Shannon and Carter counties.

(Little Rock) (AP) – An attorney suing over the state’s new lethal injection law says it has many of the same problems that resulted in the old law being rejected by the courts.

Attorney Jeff Rosenzweig says the lethal injection procedures approved in the just-concluded legislative session still contains elements that violate the separation of powers. Rosenzweig filed the suit Friday and says the drugs may cause a slow, agonizing death or not kill the inmate at all.

He also says the law violates federal law on dealing with the drugs that would be used and doesn’t properly provide for training and selection of the executioners.

Rosenzweig says there are complicated evidentiary issues to sort out and that it may take the courts a while to resolve the action.

(West Plains) – The Richards R-5 School District has announced a new mobile site for parents and students to keep up with the latest events in the district.

The website, located at, has information including upcoming events, bulletins, lunch menus and more.

District Technology Coordinator Lesa (Lisa) Hall says that the district is the first in the area to utilize the technology to stay in constant contact with parents, students and teachers.

People are encouraged to visit the web address through their mobile phone browser, bookmark the site and then make a shortcut to the site on their phone’s home screen.

(Thayer) – Ozarks Self Reliant Living University will hold intermediate gardening classes at three locations during the month of May, with a fourth special class on stockpiling food for emergencies.

Gardening classes will be held Saturday May 4 in Willow Springs at the Ferguson Building, Saturday May 18 at the Koshkonong Senior Cetner and Sunday May 19 at the Next Step 7th Day Adventist Church in West Plains. The special food stockpiling class will be held at Eagle Heights Independent Baptist Church in West Plains on Sunday May 5. All classes are from 1-3 PM and all classes are free.

OSLU provides free classes in life skills of past generations that are needed today to feed and care for families, including gardening, food preservation, soap making, cheese and yogurt making, baking and many other skills for healthy, happy living.

For information call 417-264-2435.

swap(West Plains) – Two women originally from Lawrence, KS who now live in the West Plains area are planning the first bi-annual Children’s Clothing Swap for Saturday, May 11, from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Yellow House, 409 Trish Knight St, in West Plains.

Abby Hess and Maggie Beedles say they have noticed the effort and expense involved in maintaining seasonal, well-fitting clothing for households with even just one child, and have planned a cost-free swap to meet the needs of area families. The idea behind the swap is simple: Participants bring the clothes their children have outgrown, as well as any maternity or nursing clothes and baby carriers, and trade them, for clothing that meets their needs.

Beedles and Hess are bringing the idea from their hometown of Lawrence, KS, where Hess helped to organize a bi-annual swap that grew each time the event was held.

Families are invited to gather up all their no-longer-needed children’s clothing between now and May 11. If you want to pre-register and pre-sort before the event, call 417-501-6063 or email

Participants are encouraged to take close to the same number they brought, though Hess reports there is always plenty to go around, so families in need, even if they do not have much to swap, are invited to attend and take what they feel they will use.

All the surplus will be donated to the Christos House thrift store. Additionally, the not-for-profit group will take up a collection to cover the $20 Yellow House rental.

For more information, call Maggie at 417-501-6063 or Abby at 417-256-1888. More information can also be found here.

(Mountain View) – A free group class about controlling diabetes will be hosted from 12-1:30 PM May 13 in Mercy St. Francis Hospital’s executive board room in Mountain View.

Guests will be able to learn steps they can take to manage diabetes, prevent complications and enjoy a healthier life. Areas that will be discussed include common myths and facts about diabetes, how to target fasting and after meal blood glucose levels, symptoms and causes of high and low blood sugar, monitoring blood glucose levels and using that information in decision-making, treatment options, effects of food, exercise and medicine on blood glucose levels, and how to use a personal support network.

People wanting to attend can register at the Mercy St. Francis business office or call 417-934-7000.

(Mammoth Spring) – The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a scavenger hunt in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week and Mammoth Spring State Park Tourism Day.

The event will be held May 11 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The scavenger hunt will start at 10 AM at the State Park Welcome Center. Participants will be given clues and a list of items to gather, which can be found at local businesses.

The winner will receive a $100 prize, according to chamber officials.

Other events and activities planned at the state park in Mammoth Spring that day includes live bluegrass music, door prizes, free depot museum tours, and more.

For more information, call the Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce at 870-625-7364 or email

(Little Rock) (AP) – The director of the Arkansas lottery says he hopes recent changes are helping the state-run gambling operation overcome a sales slump that plagued the agency for several months.

Lottery director Bishop Woosley says March numbers were strong, even though they don’t match up to sales figures from March 2012, when a huge Mega Millions jackpot drew people in droves to lottery ticket sellers.

Woosley says that sales dipped for a time last year as the newness wore off the lottery. Organizers made changes to scratch games to help increase sales and that big Powerball jackpots have helped.

Woosley say Mega Millions will likely see changes to help it attract more players. Powerball ticket prices have gone from $1 to $2 per ticket, which has helped drive sales through bigger jackpots.

Front row, from left: Dakota Crow, Nancy Davidson, Christina Coleman, Barbara Brown, Erica Garrett, Back row, from left: Zach Brown, Joe Phipps, Eric Miller, Doyle Brown, Emily Grisham, Bryan Adcock.

Front row, from left: Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Dakota Crow, Nancy Davidson, Christina Coleman, Barbara Brown, Erica Garrett.
Back row, from left: Zach Brown, Joe Phipps, Eric Miller, Doyle Brown, Emily Grisham, Bryan Adcock.

(West Plains) – The opportunity to win a shopping spree at Brown Furniture is just one of many events to be featured at the West Plains Derby Social 3:30-7:30 PM May 4 at the home of area residents Jacob and Erika Garrett, 10176 County Road 9510.

The Shopping Spree donated by Browns Furniture and Appliance is for $1,000.

Other events at the social will include a hat contest for ladies and a “Derby Duds” contest for men, a silent auction, Kentucky Derby trivia, and entertainment with dinner.

West Plains area Executive Director Dakota Crow said all proceeds from the social will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains area’s opening May 28, and help meet the club’s goals of academic success, good character and citizenship, and a healthy lifestyle for all area youths.

The club is also a co-host of the event.

Those interested in purchasing individual tickets may do so at Hart Family Eye Care and Colton’s Steakhouse in West Plains.

If you would like to volunteer or donating to the event please contact Crow at 417-293-2769 or email

(Cabool) – A resident of Cabool was killed last Friday morning after being ejected from the truck he was driving when it ran off-road and overturned.

17-year-old Jared Reese was traveling north 6 miles south of Cabool on Route 181 when the accident occurred.

A report from Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol states the accident happened just before 7:30 AM on Friday, April 26.

The fatality marks death number 5 for this year in the Troop G region, compared to 10 at this time last year.