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Archive for April, 2013

(West Plains) – Two people suffered minor injuries Saturday afternoon after an accident 3 miles west of West Plains.

The accident happened at 3:40 PM on Highway 160, when the vehicle driven by 60-year-old Suzanne Campling attempted to slow down due to stalled traffic. The vehicle then traveled off-road and struck a culvert and utility pole.

Campling and 19-year-old Kyle Raubeson of Tecumseh were both taken to Ozarks Medical Center by ambulance.

(West Plains) – Absentee ballots for the June 4 special election are now available in Howell County.

Absentee ballots are available to people who expect to be out of town on election day, incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability. To receive an absentee ballot by mail, applications must be received in the County Clerk’s office no later than 5 PM on Wednesday, May 29. People wishing to vote absentee by mail are encouraged to submit their application early in order to have ample time to receive and return their ballot no later than election day.

Absentee ballots may be voted in person in the County Clerk’s Office, on the first floor of the former Bank of America building in downtown West Plains until 5 PM on Monday, June 3.

The voter registration deadline to vote in the special congressional election will be at 5 PM Wednesday, May 8. You may register at the County Clerk’s Office in downtown West Plains, or at the Willow Springs or Mountain View city halls.

(West Plains) – The Ozark Radio Network is a finalist in three separate categories in this year’s Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards.

102.5 KDY (KKDY-FM) is a finalist in both the “Commercial Announcement” and “Promotion” categories, with the “Commercial Announcement” nomination going to Brett Stevens for his advertisement for “The Bounce House”, and the “Promotion” announcement going to Harlin Hutchison for his Ozark Radio Network promotion called “You Spent Your Ad Budget on What?”.

Also, Q94 JackFM (KSPQ-FM) is a finalist in the “Public Service Announcement or Campaign” catergory for their work with CASA within the past year.

The annual Missouri Broadcasters Association Convention will take place May 31-June 1, with the awards ceremony taking place the evening of Saturday, June 1.

(West Plains) – Members of the West Plains FFA chapter earned $1500 for their FFA program by participating in the third annual FFA Chapter Challenge.

New this year, Chapter Challenge offered FFA members in 15 states two ways to participate. Chapters could compete in the Voting Challenge or the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge. In the Voting Challenge, members met with local farmers to build relationships and learn about their livelihood, and those farmers then voted for their favorite FFA chapter. The Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge encouraged chapters to meet with agriculturalists and community members to broaden their understanding about agriculture and then promote what they learned through social media and by creating a video. The West Plains FFA chapter received $1500 in credit for placing first in the Voting Challenge in Missouri.

Across the country, more than 300 FFA chapters were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge grand prize, sponsored by the National FFA Foundation and Monsanto. The top chapter in each category received an all-expense paid trip for seven to the National FFA Convention & Expo. The top FFA chapters in each state received certificates of credit up to $2,500 which can be used with the national office for items such as new FFA blue jackets, convention fees and more.

(Jefferson City) – Missouri conservation officials say hunters shot only slightly fewer turkeys during the first week of the spring hunting season than last year despite challenging weather.

The Department of Conservation reports that 21,437 turkeys were taken during the first week of the season. That is 328, or 1.5%, less than in the first week of the season last year, but officials say it is encouraging because cold, rainy and snowy weather made hunting challenging.

Hunters took the most turkeys in Franklin County, where 560 turkeys were checked. Another 444 birds were shot in Texas County, and 413 in Ste. Genevieve County.

No gun-related hunting accidents were reported during the opening week.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – The smartphone era could spare Missouri motorists from digging through their glove boxes for their insurance cards when they’re stopped by law enforcement.

State senators passed legislation Thursday that would authorize drivers to show digital images of their proof-of-insurance cards to law enforcement officers or state licensing clerks instead of having to present a piece of paper. The bill now goes to the House.

The legislation is sponsored by Republican Sen. Gary Romine, of Farmington. He says paper insurance cards easily get lost in vehicle glove boxes. But he says many people now have a smartphone readily available at their side.

The bill says police and licensing clerks cannot be held liable if they accidentally drop a person’s smartphone while verifying vehicle insurance.

(West Plains) – Plans are in place for the annual West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce Caddyshack Classic Golf Tournament, which will be held Friday, May 10 at the West Plains Country Club.

The three-person scramble begins with a shotgun start at noon. A lunch, sponsored by Burton Creek Medical Clinic, Ozarks Medical Center and Westgate Carol Jones Realty will start at 11 AM.

Every golfer will have the opportunity to try their skill at shooting a hole-in-one on number 8 for a Mega Motorsports Polaris Ranger 500LE valued at $10,000! Prizes for a hole-in-one on the other par three holes include a $500 Visa Gift Card, a set of Cleveland Irons and a Kindle Fire. The Chamber will award Tournament prizes for first, second, and third place in three flights.

The Caddyshack Classic Golf Tournament is the Chamber’s largest non-dues fundraiser. Proceeds supplement member dues for Chamber programs and seminars, economic development initiatives and community events.

For more details, or to register a team, contact the Chamber office at 417-256-4433.

(West Plains) – Howell County Sheriff Mike Shannon says his “Most Wanted” segment that airs on the Ozark Radio Network and also can be seen on our webpage,, is working:


Sheriff Shannon is on-air on the Ozark Radio Network stations Wednesday mornings.

(Houston) – The eighth annual Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation Charitable Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, June 8 Oakwood Golf Course in Houston.

The tournament is a two-person scramble team format, with a cost of $120 per team, which includes a cart, green fees, mulligans and lunch. Tee times on June 8 are at 8 AM and 1 PM, and the tournament is limited to 40 teams.

Prizes will be awarded in four flights with three places in each flight. The number of entrants in the tournament will determine prizes and flights.

There will be many prizes awarded including a hole in one prize and prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin. Entrants will also be eligible for door prizes.

The TCMH Healthcare Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to ensure the quality of healthcare services for children, women and men at TCMH. The Foundation awards four $1,000 scholarships during the school year—two in the spring and two in the fall—since 2006. The scholarships are given to students in the TCMH service area that are pursuing additional education in a healthcare field.

The Foundation is already accepting applications for two $1,000 scholarships and other Foundation administered scholarships that will be awarded for the fall academic semester.

For more information, or to reserve a place in the tournament, contact Gentry at 417-967-1377.

(West Plains) – Missouri State University-West Plains has announced the recipients of the Distinguished Faculty/Staff and Alumni awards.

Rita Fugate, former assistant professor of mathematics at Missouri State University-West Plains, will receive the Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award, and Mountain Grove dentist Dr. Tom Todd will receive this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award during the Missouri State University Alumni Association’s annual spring picnic for alumni and friends at 6 PM Thursday, May 2, under the big tent at the corner of West Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue near the Smith-London Centennial Bell Tower.

The awards recognize extraordinary service among former employees of Missouri State-West Plains and alumnus who has made extraordinary achievements in his or her personal and professional endeavors.


Fugate, who received her bachelor’s degree in education from Missouri State University and her master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, spent over 30 years in education, both at the secondary and collegiate levels, before her retirement in February 2009.  She joined the campus full time as an Instructor of Mathematics in 1993 and quickly earned a reputation as a positive, upbeat and sincere educator.

Her efforts in the classroom and her willingness to serve as a mentor to other educators earned her the respect of her colleagues at the university and led to their unwavering support of her tenure as chair of the Math Department, Faculty Senate Chair, and her two terms as acting dean of academic affairs in 1999-2000 and 2007-09. During her tenure as dean, she led the effort to expand the faculty’s professional development program, developed an organized instructional program for an evening college at the Mountain Grove Extended Campus, implemented a student contact program for faculty, and directed a standardization of the university’s online programs.

Her strong reputation as an outstanding educator also earned her the first ever Educator of the Year Award from the West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce in 2007.

The annual picnic is free and open to all Missouri State University alumni and friends; however, reservations should be made prior to the event. For more information or to make reservations, call the Missouri State-West Plains development office at 417-255-7240.


Todd attended Missouri State-West Plains from 1976-78 and completed a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Missouri State-Springfield in 1979, just three years after taking his first college class. He was hired by the Thayer School District upon graduation to take over head coaching duties for the football team. A year later, he was accepted into the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 1984. He then moved back to his hometown of Mountain Grove to begin his practice.

Since returning to his hometown, Todd has been an active member of the community, joining the Mountain Grove Chamber of Commerce and serving on the Mountain Grove School Board from 1998-2003, the YMCA advisory board and the Missouri State-West Plains’ Chancellor’s Advisory Board. In 2000, he was named Outstanding YMCA Member of the Year, and also contributed to the creation of the Mountain Grove Alumni Park and Panther Stadium at Mountain Grove High School.

The annual picnic is free and open to all Missouri State University alumni and friends; however, reservations should be made prior to the event. For more information or to make reservations, call the Missouri State-West Plains development office at 417-255-7240.