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Archive for July, 2013

(Alton) – With only two weeks left of summer break before the August 14 start for the Alton School District, there are a few things that parents and students may need to make themselves aware of.

For new students enrolling into the Alton district, registration will be from 8:30-11AM and 12:30-2:30PM on August 1 and 2.

On August 6 class schedule will be available for student pick up. Upcoming juniors and seniors can get their schedules from 8:30-11:30AM and 8th -10th graders from 12:30-3PM.

This years Seventh Grade Orientation will be August 12 at 5:30PM. This orientation will give students a chance to meet some of their future teachers and learn the differences between Elementary School and Jr. High. Student will also have their schedule available for pick-up on that night.

Also on August 12 the Community Foundation Hot Dog Supper and Open House will be from 6-7:30PM.

For more information on these event or other school related issues call the school at 417-778-7216.

(West Plains) – The committee elected to write the charter for the City of West Plains continues to make a lot of progress and City Clerk Mallory Prewett reminds us they are asking for the public’s input:


West Plains city residents will vote on the final draft of the charter in April and, if approved, will replace the city’s current commission form of government.

(West Plains) – With the West Plain School District under a month away from their first day of classes it’s time once again for student registration.

Students who will be entering the 11th or 12th grades may enroll at the West Plains High School on July 31. Seniors can register from 8-10AM and juniors can register from 10AM-Noon. All students who are entering into the 10th grade can enroll at the West Plains High School on August 1 from 8-10AM.

All current students in Kindergarten through 8th grade will not need to register.

For this school year lunch prices have changed since last year with lunch costing $2.50 and Breakfast costing $1.75 for all grades. Additional milk maybe purchased for $0.35.

The fee for this year’s West Plain Elementary supply fee has been set for $25 and students are asked to bring a backpack and a box of tissues. The fee provides each student with all the supplies that are need throughout the school year. School supply list for elementary and middle school students can be accessed via the districts website at

The West Plains School District would like to remind parents that all questions regarding bus services should be directed to the Transportation Department at 417-256-6150.

(Eminence) – The Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be hosting a free Old Time School Day event at Alley Springs on Wednesday, July 31 with fun activities from 9:30AM-Noon.

Elementary age youth and older are invited to learn what school life was like back in the day when classes took place in a one room school house.

Rangers will lead children into this fun environment and they take a step backing time to experience typical pioneer school activities and game. Old Time School Day will include traditional daily school activities, spelling bees, chalk board games, and other old time games such as stilt walking, sack races and barrel ring rolling. Children should be equipped with their own sunscreen and water bottles for the day.

Registration for this event is recommended but not required. For more information or to sign up you can call Ranger Sarah Morris at 573-226-3945.

Alley Spring is located 6 miles west of Eminence, Missouri on Highway 106.

(Thayer) – The Common Sense Property Rights Coalition will meet Monday, August 12, at 6 PM at the Spring Dipper Ice Cream location in Mammoth Spring, according to board member Kevin Jotz.

Jotz says the discussion at this meeting will be the federal Blueway designation, and the recent Congressional committee meeting in West Plains. Other discussion topics include illegal immigration and a presentation from Tom Schulte, Field Director for Senator Roy Blunt, who will discuss the Citizen Empowerment Act and the Government Accountability Act, both pieces of legislation recently sponsored by Senator Blunt.

All area residents interested are invited to attend. For more information at 417-264-2435 or 417-270-1724.

(Willow Springs) – Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol released results from a Marine Operations Saturation conducted on the Black River in Reynolds County on July 27.

A total of 51 arrests were issued in conjunction with the operation.

Totals from this saturation include one felony drug arrest, 27 misdemeanor drug arrests, 19 minor-in-possession summonses, and four misdemeanor criminal arrests.

Troop G Captain Dwayne Isringhausen shared that it is the goal of the Missouri State Highway Patrol to do all they can to insure that families who spend time on and around the water can be safe and enjoy their time there.

As part of the “Click It 4 Life and Wear It!!!” campaign, the Patrol would like to encourage all motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint and everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket.

Local Representatives Shawn Rhoads, left, and Robert Ross testified Monday. (ORN Photo)

Local Representatives Shawn Rhoads, left, and Robert Ross testified Monday. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – A US House Subcommittee on Water and Power held a meeting in West Plains on Monday to hear testimony from local residents and politicians about the resension of the National Blueways designation of the White River Watershed.

The Subcommittee included 8th District Representative Jason Smith, Representative Billy Long, Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford, and was chaired by Rep. Tom McClintock of California’s 4th District.

McClintock spoke with Ozark Radio News and shared that the Blueways designation was not what it seems after scratching the surface:


Congressman Smith shared with Ozark Radio News that a major problem with the Blueways Designation was that a local approach was not taken with its creation:


Smith believes that another battle might be coming in the fight against the National Park Service:


Congressman Long spoke with Ozark Radio News and said that Representative Smith and himself sent a letter to Washington looking for an explanation behind the Blueways System:


From left, Rep. Billy Long, Rep. Tom McClintock, and Rep. Jason Smith. (ORN Photo)

From left, Rep. Billy Long, Rep. Tom McClintock, and Rep. Jason Smith. (ORN Photo)

The Subcommittee heard testimony on Monday from Missouri Rep. Sonya Anderson, Boone County AR Justice of the Peace Ralph Guynn, Arkansas State Senator Missy Irvin, Arkansas Representative Kelsey Linck, and Rep. Shawn Rhoads and Rep. Robert Ross of Missouri. Others testifying included landowners and people from government watchdog groups.

Many testified about their opposition to the designation, citing the possible impact on the tourism business, economies, and landowner’s rights if the designation wasn’t rescinded.

Also invited to the hearing was Rebecca Wodder, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, who instituted the Blueways plan. She was not in attendance.

Around 400 people from across the White River Watershed in Missouri and Arkansas were in attendance.

Testimony from the hearing can be found here. For the full interview with Smith, Long and McClintock, click here.

(Midway) (AP) – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says an 11-year-old boy was killed over the weekend while boating on Bull Shoals Lake.

Officials say the boy was riding on a tube behind a boat when the accident occurred. Game and Fish spokesman Keith Stephens says the boy’s father was driving the boat and tried to circle around after the boy fell from his tube.

Stephens says the father accidentally struck the boy with the boat. The boy was pronounced dead by the Marion County coroner.

Bull Shoals Fire Chief Brent Mitchell says that the accident is under investigation by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

(Washington) (AP) – An influential group of government advisers has endorsed lung cancer screening for the first time – but not for everybody. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is proposing annual CT scans, a type of X-ray, for certain current and former smokers.

To be considered for screening, the task force says people should:

  • Be ages 55 through 79.
  • Have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or the equivalent, such as two packs a day for 15 years.

People who should not be screened include:

  • Those younger than 55 or older than 79.
  • Those who smoked less or less often than those described above.
  • Those who quit smoking 15 or more years ago.
  • Those too sick or frail to withstand treatment for lung cancer.

(Hot Springs) (AP) – An escaped inmate in Garland County is still on the loose and authorities say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Officials say 33-year-old Derrick Estell went through a window early Sunday morning in a planned escape attempt in which he allegedly had help. The sheriff’s department said Monday that deputies are following up numerous leads.

The department says a man entered the booking area to distract two deputies and Estell hopped through a window and ran from the jail. He fled in a car that was waiting in a nearby alley.

Officials say 58-year-old William Harding is in custody, accused of aiding the escape. Estell is a state prisoner who was in Garland County for a court appearance. He was serving sentences from Garland, Grant and Pulaski counties.