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Archive for July, 2013

(Mountain Home) – The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office reports that counterfeit twenty dollar bills are being circulated and passed in the county and possibly in the surrounding area.

Sheriff John Montgomery says three counterfeit twenty dollar bills were deposited at a local bank, which made the Sheriff’s Office aware of the incident. According to bank personnel, the abnormal characteristics of these counterfeit bills were that:

  • The bills feel thicker than normal when touching or handling them.
  • The ink may run or smudge when the bill is wet.
  • The bills tend to separate or peel apart.

A marker pen used to detect counterfeit bills failed to identify these as counterfeit.

Counterfeit bills may be passed intentionally, or they may unknowingly be offered as payment by persons who are unaware the bills are not authentic. Businesses or persons receiving questionable bills should contact their local law enforcement agency for assistance in investigating the authenticity of the currency.

According to the United States Secret Service, there are several things to look for when determining the authenticity of United States currency. They are:

Portrait: The genuine portrait appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat, with details merging into the background, which is often too dark or mottled.




Federal Reserve and Treasury Seals: On a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury Seals are clear, distinct, and sharp. The counterfeit seals may have uneven, blunt, or broken saw-tooth points.




Border: The fine lines in the border of a genuine bill are clear and unbroken.  On the counterfeit, the lines in the outer margin and scrollwork may be blurred and indistinct.

Serial Numbers: Genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced, and are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury seal. On a counterfeit, the serial numbers may differ in color or shade of ink from the Treasury seal, and may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.

(West Plains) – Student returning to the classroom for the new school year and area adults are invited to the Howell County Health Department in West Plains for free Tdap vaccinations.

In collaboration with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services the Howell County Health Department has announced another opportunity for residents to receive Tdap vaccinations at no cost. Tdap shots are a combination of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis.

On August 13 the clinic will be open from 8AM-6PM in hopes that parents who work till 5PM will have the opportunity to bring in their children.

Chris Gilliam, the Administrator at the Health Department shared that the hope is that children ages 11 and older, was well as adult residents will take advantage of this opportunity. Gilliam would like to remind parents that it is a mandatory requirement for students entering into the 8th grade to have a Tdap immunization prior to the new school year.

Adults who are involved or have close contact with very young children or who haven’t received a Tetanus shot with the past 10 years are strongly urged to participate themselves. Gilliam stated that the need vaccinations doesn’t stop when you become and adult, and these vaccinations just like childhood immunizations are important to lifelong good health.

For more information contact the Howell County Health Department at 417-256-7078.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Auditor Charlie Daniels’ office says $11.3 million in unclaimed property was returned to owners in the past fiscal year.

Daniels’ office on Monday announced that more than 13,000 Arkansans received a check for unclaimed property during the fiscal year that ended June 30. The returns mark a 30% increase over the amount of claims paid in 2012. The office credited its new online claims process with driving up the total paid out over the last year.

The auditor provides an online unclaimed property search as well as a mobile app for users with smartphones. The office also annually publishes a list of owner names in newspapers around the state during the Great Arkansas Treasure Hunt.

(West Plains) – This year’s Howell County Relay for Life is set for September 14 and Aimee Hilt says there’s a new addition to one of the most emotional segments of the event:


This year’s Relay will be from noon to midnight September 14 at the West Plains Elementary School track.

(Willow Springs) – All Willow Springs School District athletes are invited to Mumford Gymnasium on Monday August 12 at 8 AM for free athletic physicals.

The physicals are for any Willow Springs Students 7-12 grade that plan to participate in athletics or cheerleading in the upcoming school year.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association requires a yearly physical before students are allowed to practice for an activity. Staff with the Willow Springs Medical Clinic and Willow Springs Schools will conduct the exams.

Organizers say all necessary forms will be available on the physical date. Athletes will not be allowed to practice or participate without the proper forms being signed and turned in.

(Houston) – Plans are underway for the seventh annual Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation Chili Cook Off.

The cook off will be held on Saturday November 2, at the Texas County Fairgrounds in Houston, with all proceeds to benefit the TCMH Hospice of Care.

This year event will also feature music, a live auction, a homemade pie auction, a cakewalk as well as the opportunity to sample all the chili.

Teams will compete in the annual cook off for chili prizes and will be raising money for the TCMH Hospice of Care. Teams will be comprised of five people and are sponsored by businesses and organizations.

A panel of judges will taste the chili and award a prize for the judges’ choice. There will also be a prize for the people’s choice, the spiciest chili and the best decorated/theme booth. Medals will be awarded in each category and awards will be given to the team that raises the most money.

TCMH hopes to raise at least $60,000 for their Hospice of Care, which will further the endeavors to provide hospice care for terminally ill patients and their family members regardless of their ability to pay for services.

The fee to become a team sponsor is $150 and includes t-shirts for the team members, cook passes, and promotion prior to the event. Interested sponsors can obtain a complete set of rules and an entry form through the TCMH Healthcare Foundation by calling 417-967-1377 or by visiting

(Jefferson City) – This weekend is the annual “back to school” sales tax holiday in Missouri. Tim Church has more:


That link can be found here.


Faith Babcock


Kenneth Grady

(Mountain Home) – The Baxter County Sheriff Office currently has two persons being held in the Pemiscot county Sheriffs Office in Caruthersville Missouri for outstanding warrants for felony Theft of Property.

38-year-old Kenneth Grady of Hayti and Faith Babcock of Caruthersville were arrested early Tuesday morning July 30 by Missouri authorities and are currently awaiting extradition to Baxter County.

The Sheriffs Office issued the felony arrest warrants after an investigation of the theft of two person watercrafts and trailer were reported stolen on July 20 from Jordan Marina on Lake Norfork. The watercrafts and trailer were valued collectively at approximately $20,000. Evidence indicated that the suspect purchased fuel for the watercraft on or about July 6 and used a credit card owned by Babcock to pay for the fuel.

The two personal water craft and the trailer have been returned to the owner. Once Grady and Babcock are extradited, they will have a bond of $15,000 each on their charges.

(Gainesville) – The August meeting of the Ozark County Democratic Party is scheduled for Thursday, August 8 at the Black Bear Grill in Gainesville starting at 6 PM.

Organizers say that the party will be planning activities surrounding the annual Hootin n’ Hollarin’ festival. Non members are welcome to attend regardless of political party affiliation.

For more information contact secretary Dennis Lawson at 417-679-0810.

(Houston) – Missouri state congressional representatives, Robert Ross, House of Representatives 142nd district representative, Mike Cunningham, Senate 33rd district representative’s, and Jason Smith, the newly elected US congressman for Missouri’s 8th district have all visited TCMH and spoke with Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH about Medicaid expansion.

Murray said that out state representatives have been talking with all of the area hospitals and that TCMH is optimistic that they will make the moves needed for state Medicaid expansion when congress reconvenes for the fall session.

Many hospitals across the nation are facing financial woes and it’s not just the rural hospitals that are affected. Murray noted that those hospitals like TCMH that have higher numbers of uninsured, Medicare and Medicaid patients recently have been “hit harder.

Murray shared with the board during the July 23 meeting that plans of adding a fast track or an urgent care tract to the emergency department for weekend peak times has been placed on hold.

This decision was made by Murray, and Dr. Jeff Kerr, TCMH emergency department medical director, due to revenues being down for the year.

For now the emergency department will continue to track peak times and patient numbers and put a plan in place to better utilize staff on hand and available space in the new department during any peak times when the department is very busy.

Dr. Kerr shared that while a fast track or urgent care is our goal, they don’t want to set such services up to fail because it is too early to take on such an expense.