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Archive for May, 2013

(West Plains) – Many people are becoming more pro-active when it comes to protecting themselves during storms and other disasters by installing storm shelters.

West Plains City Clerk Mallory Thompson says it’s also becoming increasingly urgent that the city know where those shelters are located:


City officials stress that this is strictly voluntary at this time but will be important information for them to have.

(West Plains) – The Howell County Clerk Dennis Von Allmen has announced the polling locations for the upcoming Special Election which will be held on Tuesday June 4.

The Howell 5 polling location will return for this election to the former Open Door Worship Center Building located next to JC Penney. All other locations remain the same for this election.

Polling locations will be open from the hours of 6AM until 7PM on Election Day.

People wishing to vote on an absentee ballot by mail must submit a written request no later than 5PM on Wednesday May 29. Absentee ballots may be voted in person in the Howell County Clerks Office until 5PM on Monday June 3. The County Clerks Office will be open on Saturday, June 1 from 8AM until noon for absentee balloting.

The County Clerks Office is located in the former Bank of America Building on the Court Square in downtown West Plains.

Benton 1  
Moody Community Building
Benton 2
South Fork School Building
Forest Dell Community Building
Dry Creek
Pomona Fire Station
Mountain View Community Center 
Howell 1  First Church of God 
Howell 2                                   
National Guard Armory
Howell 3
Howell County Court House
Howell 4
West Plains Civic Center
Howell 5
The former “Open Door Worship Center” building located next to JC Penny
Howell 6
Junction Hill School Building
Howell 7 and Myatt 2
Brandsville City Hall
Hutton Valley
Hutton Valley School Building
Myatt 1
Lanton Fire Station

Siloam Springs

Pumpkin Center Fire Station

Sisson Bosserman Community Center

South Fork

Good News Baptist Church

Spring Creek

First Missionary Baptist Church

Willow Springs 1

Ozark Family YMCA

Willow Springs 2

First Baptist Church – Willow Springs

(Willow Springs) – Bill Virdon Boulevard in West Plains will be closed through the month of June while contractor crews perform grading and concrete paving.

This section of roadway will be closed on Business 63 just north of Highway 63 in West Plains. Weather permitting, work will take place Monday, June 3 at 7 AM and will reopen on Friday, June 28 at 7 PM.

The work zone will be marked with signs and motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area.

For more information, please call the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).

(West Plains) – West Plains Elementary has received a bronze level recognition as a high achiever in School Wide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) implementation.

Representatives from West Plains Elementary will attend a recognition ceremony at the 8th Annual Missouri SW-PBS Summer Training Institute at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri on June 12. During the ceremony, the representatives will be recognized for implementing the initiative.

SW-PBS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools by structuring the learning environment to support the academic and social success of all students. The process supports the adoption and long-term implementation of efficient and effective discipline throughout the school environment. SW-PBS methods are research-based, and have been proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors in schools.

(Willow Springs) – Highway Patrol Troop G has announced totals from their CARE, or Combined Accident Reduction Efforts, program conducted Memorial Day weekend.

Troop G reported zero fatal traffic crashes, and investigated eight traffic crashes on CARE designated highways, resulting in seven injuries. Troopers made 10 DWI arrests, 42 drug arrests, issued 440 speed summonses, 224 safety belt violation summonses, 12 child restraint summonses, and assisted 217 motorists in Troop G over the course of the weekend.

Troop G troopers working on U.S. Highway 60 also participated in the 20-Mile Trooper project. Troopers assigned to this operation worked 12-hour shifts to patrol 20-mile intervals on major highways and interstates in Missouri on Friday, May 24, 2013, and Monday, May 27, 2013. Totals from this operation include:

73– speed summonses
21– seat belt summonses
1– other hazardous moving vehicle summons
4– non-moving summonses
1– driver’s license summons
3– uninsured motorist summonses
1– misdemeanor warrant arrest
60 — warnings

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri residents renewing their drivers’ licenses or registering motor vehicles could pay more under a bill awaiting the governor’s approval.

Current law allows local fee offices to charge $2.50 for licenses that expire in three years and $5 for a 10-year license. But a measure passed by lawmakers this month would double those charges.

The fee charged for annual vehicle registration would also increase to $5. For vehicles required to be registered every other year, the new fee would be $10.

The fee increases are part of a broader transportation measure awaiting a decision by Gov. Jay Nixon.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers have approved spending nearly $16.5 million in federal funds to move the state closer toward setting up an insurance marketplace under the health care law.

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Tuesday approved spending the grants for setting up the insurance exchange, which will be run as a partnership between the state and the federal government. The state has received more than $43 million total from the federal government for the exchange.

The grants were approved on a 23-9 vote, with some Republican lawmakers objecting to spending any money toward implementing the federal health care law.

Open enrollment for the exchange is set to begin in October. The Arkansas Insurance Department says it expects at least 500,000 people to participate in the exchange.

From left: Bob Brownrigg, Dakota Crow, Jerry Hall, Rachel Peterson, Nancy Davidson. (ORN Photo)

From left: Nancy Davidson, Bob Brownrigg, Dakota Crow, Jerry Hall, Rachel Peterson. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – Armstrong Hardwood in West Plains has donated $1000 to the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area, which started its services this past Tuesday.

Dakota Crow talks about the facility the Club is currently in:


The program runs Monday through Thursday from 3-6 PM, with hours Friday from 7:30 AM to 6 PM.

(Washington) – Counterfeit cash has been popping up in Greene County and across the Ozarks in recent weeks. Tim Church has some tips on how you can be sure your cash is good:


(Ava) – An Ava man faces drug charges after a domestic disturbance call in Douglas County earlier this month.

22-year-old Brandon Stanifer faces multiple charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and one misdemeanor count of Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia.

The investigation began May 23 after a domestic disturbance was called into the Ava Police Department at a residence on East Highway 14. Later that day, Stanifer reportedly called in and reported his girlfriend missing and a missing person report was taken by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. A search of the residence for evidence of the domestic and missing female resulted in the seizure of Methamphetamine, Xanax, marijuana and various items of drug paraphernalia, according to information obtained from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Stanifer was taken into custody and the female was later located at her mother’s residence, where she went after the domestic dispute.

Stanifer’s bond was set at $15,000 cash and at report time, he is currently incarcerated in the Douglas County Jail.