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Archive for July, 2013

(Hardy) – The Turtle Island and Native American Association of Arkansas and the city of Hardy are proud to present the 4th annual Turtle Island POW WOW.

From Friday October 4 through Sunday October 6 local residents can bring out there lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the event as they dance with the drum beats to the songs of their ancestors.

Different styles of dance will be performed and audience and children participation included.

The event will run from 9AM-6PM on Friday and Saturday and 9AM-4PM on Sunday.

Ken Dixon will be the EMCEE for this event, Daniel Jorgenson as the Arena Director, Jason Thigpen as the Headman and Cyndi Skenandore as the Headlady, and Jarvis Poahway and the Comanche Southern Singers on the drums.

Crafts and pieces of art will be available for purchase. For more information you can contact Jerry Hunt at 870-972-6995.

(Jefferson City) – Missouri casino employees will serve as responsible gaming ambassadors during the casino industry’s 16th annual Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW) from Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 9.

RGEW was created by the American Gaming Association (AGA) in 1998 where they put the livelihood of Missouri gamblers first by promoting responsible gaming and increased awareness of problem gambling issues nationwide.

This years RGEW theme “How Do You Say Responsible Gaming?” embraces diversity and encourages employees to make a personal connection to responsible gaming. According to the AGA the gaming industry’s diversity among both employees and patron is one of its greatest strengths.

Executive director of the MGA Mike Winter shares that from top executives to front line team members responsible gaming is a year round priority of all Missouri casino employees.

The AGA will be placing a video on their YouTube channel and via other social media in the coming weeks of casino employees speaking responsible gaming messages into their own native languages. Missouri casinos will also be providing responsible gaming brochures and other materials in a variety of languages at every casino property during RGEW. They will also have a variety of other activities for casino goers to enjoy.

A full list of participating casinos and activities can be found at

(Newport) – A jail escapee from Jackson County, AR has been killed during a police pursuit in Missouri.

39-year-old Steven Mitchell died Tuesday afternoon after crashing the vehicle he was driving into a tree while trying to elude police near Mountain View. A report from the Highway Patrol states that the vehicle caught fire with Mitchell trapped inside the vehicle.

Mountain View Police stopped the vehicle, which was driven by Mitchell’s wife, about noon Tuesday for speeding. When she was removed from the car due to a reported odor of intoxicants, Mitchell reportedly got behind the wheel and drove away. He was spotted still driving the vehicle about three hours later and crashed while again trying to elude officers.

The vehicle was later identified as having been stolen from Bald Knob, AR.

A second inmate who escaped with Mitchell early Monday, 22-year-old Steven Reed, was recaptured earlier in Independence County.

Authorities says Mitchell’s wife, Jessica Mitchell, is being held for helping in the escape.

Ozark Radio News broke the story Tuesday afternoon.


(Willow Springs) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a man is dead and a woman is in custody following multiple pursuits in Howell and Shannon Counties this afternoon.

Around noon, Troop G of the Highway Patrol received notification that an escapee from Jackson County, AR was possibly in Howell County in the Mountain View area. At some point in the afternoon, law enforcement officers saw what they believed to be the suspect’s car, a white Nissan Altima. A pursuit ensued and the vehicle was lost, however, authorities apprehended a woman believed to have been in the suspect’s vehicle.

At this time, it’s not known if the vehicle belonged to the woman.

Highway Patrol representatives say that around 2:40 PM, the vehicle was spotted again, and another pursuit ensued. The vehicle then ran off-road and crashed on Route T south of County Road 687 in Shannon County. Authorities say that the male suspect was killed in the accident.

The female is being held in custody on possible charges of aiding a fugitive. At this time, the identities of the woman and the man fatally injured are not known.

Very little information on this incident is known at this time. We will bring you more at when more information is released.

(Kansas City) (AP) – Pressure is mounting to end a federal program that recognizes conservation and recreation efforts along waterways.

Pushback to the National Blueway program began after the White River was made part of the program in January. The 700-plus-mile river flows through Missouri and Arkansas.

The Blueway program is part of President Barack Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. The designation is intended to promote outdoor recreation and doesn’t require new regulations. But some critics fear it could lead to land seizure and tougher enforcement of existing laws.

Earlier this month, the Interior Department dropped the White River from the program and announced it wouldn’t name any new Blueways until it completes a review.

Hundreds of people attended a Congressional subcommittee field hearing Monday in southern Missouri, with most wanting the program ended.


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From the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office:

The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a Level 3 (High Risk to Re-Offend) Sex Offender has moved out of Baxter County and is now residing in West Plains, Missouri.


DATE OF BIRTH: 08/29/1975

PREVIOUS ADDRESS: 4000 Highway 62 East
Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653

NEW ADDRESS: Co. Rd. 6620
West Plains, Missouri 65775

The offender was convicted in the State of Missouri on September 16, 1994 of Sexual Assault in the First Degree. This offense involved the offender engaging in intercourse with a 14 year old female.

This person is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass Registered Sex Offenders. Citizen abuse will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.

(Houston) – The Texas County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees met on Tuesday July 23 for their monthly meeting.

During the meeting, Wes Murray chief executive officer at TCMH reported to board members that the TCMH Healthcare Foundation should eclipse its $3.2 million Care for Your Future capital campaign goal with the addition of $250,000 in tax credits with dollar for dollar matching from the Missouri Development Finance Board.

The Healthcare Foundation will have two years to raise $250,000 in state tax credits that will be matched by the state for a total of $500,000 when all the tax credit funds are raised.

Murray shared that they are very happy to be able to take advantage of this state program to vault them over and past their goal for the project.

These tax credits are currently available and will be used on a first come, first serve basis.

(Dora) – A resident of Moody suffered serious injuries Monday evening after a motorcycle accident near Dora.

The accident happened at 7:25 PM on Route H, about 10 miles south of Dora, when the southbound vehicle driven by 35-year-old Joshua Cotter ran off-road and struck an embankment, the impact ejecting the driver.

Cotter was flown from the scene of the accident to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says restoration of the state Capitol’s interior dome is underway.

Martin announced the beginning of the project on Monday.

He says a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council is funding the restoration.

Martin’s office says work on the project will continue through the fall. The dome’s interior will be repainted to be as historically accurate as possible, dating back to the Capitol’s original construction.

The Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council has provided several grants to restore and renovate the Capitol in recent years.

The state Capitol was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

zizzerslogosm(West Plains) – The West Plains Alumni Association, in conjunction with the West Plains Education Foundation, will be putting on an Inaugural Zizzer Homecoming Celebration to be held on Saturday, October 5. All alumni and Zizzer friends are invited to attend.

This year’s celebration will begin with the traditional homecoming parade that stretches around downtown, followed by the homecoming varsity football game on Friday, October 4, at the Zizzer Stadium, with the Homecoming Celebration to be held on Saturday. The event will go from 5-11PM at the West Plains Civic Center Exhibit Hall. This event will be the true highlight of Homecoming weekend as alumni, faculty, and friends gather together.

Tickets will go for $50 per couple, $30 for individuals, or $175 for a table of 8. Tickets will be only for those 18 and up and are all inclusive with dinner, drinks, and entertainment including local singer/song writer and West Plains High school Alumni Art Bentley.

Tickets can be purchased at the Ozark Horse Trader Office, area banks, the West Plains School District Board of Education Office, or the West Plains Civic Center. Proceeds from the event will go to the West Plains Education Foundation to provided mini-grants and scholarships to West Plains School District teachers to use in their classrooms.

For more information visit:

(West Plains) – Officials with the MU Extension Office in Howell County say that people should be aware of a scam that has entered the area.

Recently, farmers in southwest Missouri have been part of a scam selling a herbicide over the phone. The calls have consisted of a salesman saying that he has a product, Trilete, that will work great for the farmers weed problems and then asks for a credit card. When researching the product Trilete, extension specialist have not come up with much information, and it seems to be nonexistent.

Officials urge people to remember to be cautious whenever purchasing products over the phone. For questions on a herbicide that is unfamiliar, please call your local extension center for more information.