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(West Plains) – Officials at Missouri State University-West Plains have announced their Dean’s List honorees for the 2013 summer session.

To qualify for the Missouri State-West Plains Dean’s List, students must have earned a 3.5 to 3.99 grade point average for six or more credit hours taken during the session. Students who maintain a 4.0 grade point average for six or more hours are recognized in the Chancellor’s List.

Missouri State University-West Plains

2013 Summer Session Chancellor’s List


Fort Myers:  Justin A Jamison



Salina:  Tommy G Martin



Alton:  Rebecca G Brandon, Angela M Winters, Danielle N Zook

Birch Tree:  Jessica M Brown, Jeffrey R Collins, Shelly K Renegar

Cabool:  Vincent R McKee, Tori C Richardson

Caulfield:  Somer N O’Halloran

Dora:  Jaime L King

Houston:  Elizabeth R Hayes, Caitlyn R Ross

Lee’s Summit:  Jamal R Mabry

Mountain Grove:  Brandon K Day, Alexandra C White

Mountain View:  Kimberly A Allen, Brittney K Bews, Shannon J Campbell, Daniel G Trado

Norwood:  Luke A Laub, Heidi M Thornton

Pomona:  Lois M Debolt

Pottersville:  Nicole A Collins

Summersville:  Shauna L Pitts

Thayer:  Ciji A Clentimack, Angela M Crase, Angela N Mustion, Belinda L Young

West Plains:  Donnie S Bounds, Zachary P Davis, Rachel B Deal, Kegan J Drown, Toni R Dukes, Abigail Eskew, Michele E Fortune, Deborah C Fox, Shelly L Hall, Shelby L Harris, Danielle L Henry, Rebecca S Ingram, Craig R Jennings, Patrice L Jennings, Logan R Kinder, Amy E Kutter, Alexis K Lee, Stuart L Miller, Rozanna M Montague, Laiz G Novaes, Amanda N Pavelka, Jessica D Peterman, Stephanie M Riggs, Tamala R Riggs, Gregory L Sanders, Lee A Scholl, Cathy E Smith-Friga, Johna L Wade, Darian L Williams, Joshua C Yates, Samuel R York

Willow Springs:  Maegan R Bell, Bethany L Carter, Crystal Collins, April G Hogan, Meredith A Pilcher


Missouri State University-West Plains

2013 Summer Session Dean’s List


Montreal:  Jonathan D Tshibuy



Mammoth Spring:  Julie N Privett



Alton:  Jasen J Johnston

Cabool:  Sarah E Barnaba, Sarah M Vaughan

Couch:  Amanda R Roberts

Dora:  Sherry L Clark

Elk Creek:  Kambri M White

Gainesville:  William R Mahan

Houston:  Breonna T Richards

Jackson:  Daniel F Krydynski

Koshkonong:  Sarah A Nessling

Licking:  Emilee F Reese

Mountain Grove:  Leeann N Beck, Russell R Emery, Miranda K Rogers, Courtney E Stout, Elizabeth M Williams

Mountain View:  Hanna J Brown, Michael O Gaddy, Morgan R McKinzie, Tyler L Taylor, Timothy E Wilson

Pomona:  Casey M Hall, Mary E Holland

Sikeston:  Halley A Loflin

Springfield:  Zacheriah R Wilson

Summersville:  Mandy L Bradley, Catherine W McNatt, Teresa M Richardson, Rebecca A White, Jodie L Wilbanks

Thayer:  Courtney L Pugh

Thornfield:  Kyra J Hogan

West Plains:  Kristi D Ary, Tiffany M Bond, Ryan W Brassfield, Heather L Brinkerhoff, Kenneth L Cotter, Corey J Deatherage, Perry S Elliott, Mary E Fine, Kendra R Finley, Lucas W Gant, Melissa D Gilbreath, Shannon R Gilbreath, Grant L Hall, Alan C Jackson, Phillip E Kinder, Jordan L Lange, Michelle M Miller, Christopher D Moore, Trisha L Moss, Kayla B Noakes, Helena Peric, Bradyn A Peterson, Travis L Pohl, Krista M Poole, Jessica K Quinn, Haylea N Rackley, Melissa M Raubeson, Misty D Rodgers, Kevin M Seeley, Dusty L Sell, Devin D Sexton, Shelby A Smith, Dalton J Stockton, Benjamin J Taylor, Brittany N Tryon, Sheila M Welch, Daniel J Wilson, Paris T Witte

Willow Springs:  Erika R Duncan, Clayton W Johnson



Ooltewah:  Leondra N Barrett

This photo of a Chinese garden mum was taken last year at the Missouri Botanical Garden. These mums are not pinched back, instead all side shoots are removed to produce a plant with one single amazing flower.

(Mountain Grove) – Chrysanthemums that is. As if this season, with below normal temperatures in spring and a very wet summer have not been strange enough, it now looks as though fall might be early to arrive. In fact, the first potted mum plants have arrived in stores.

Mums belong to a very large family of plants called Asteraceae or Compositae, also called the sunflower family. That means they are related to many other popular garden flowers like sunflowers, but also to calendulas, dahlias, zinnias and various daisies. Its family tree also includes the not so popular dandelion and edible plants like lettuce and artichokes. Mums have a very long history in China going back several thousand years. In Japan they have grown for nearly as long, and they are part of each country’s history, legends and culture in many ways. Mums are the official flower of Japan.

Mums come in many sizes, flower shapes and colors. The size ranges from the small, tightly petalled button mums to the gigantic spiky football mums, and the height of the plant varies between 8 and 36 inches correspondingly. The original mums were gold colored (in Greek “chrysos” means gold), and today their colors range from white, yellow, gold, amber and rust reds. The lilac color is less common.

Many mums are hardy in zone 5, but most often the more unusual types of mums and those used by florists in flower arrangement are not quite winter cold hardy around here. Those that do survive can sometimes be downright invasive, as I found out after a friend gave me some starts of a daisy flowered Korean mum. It spread not only by short runners, but also by seed. I did not mind too much though, because they spread slowly and form nice clumps in the process, and the seedlings turn out to have variations in color. Also this particular type of mum does not require cutting back during the summer.

If you want to plant mums bought at a local store in the fall, don’t plant them too late; they won’t have time to establish their roots in the new soil before the ground gets too cold. Mums are available in the spring, mostly from mail order sources, and these will bloom in September/October if you cut or pinch them back every 4-6 weeks. Short types of mums should be pinched back when the shoots are 3-4 inches long, tall types 6-7 inches long. This will force the plants to branch out, becoming denser with more flowers and shorter, sturdier stems. You can do this until about the middle of July, and then let the flowers develop. Pinching delays bloom, otherwise, like those mums that I forgot to pinch back this year, they might start blooming in August, leaving nothing for the much needed fall color!

Mums that are not hardy in Missouri can be grown as annuals, often added to otherwise bare borders in fall just when they are starting to bloom. The Missouri Botanical Garden featured some really amazing looking spider type mums in their Chinese garden last year. These are not pinched back, instead all side shoots are removed to produce a plant with just a single, but huge, showy flower.

Direct comments or questions concerning this column to Marilyn Odneal via email at; write to Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station, 9740 Red Spring Road, Mountain Grove, Mo. 65711; or call (417) 547-7500. Visit our Web site at



(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) recently held a ceremony honoring graduates of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. Graduates completed 99 hours of course work and passed a skills and knowledge test to graduate. Students finished their course work in three weeks. ASUMH instructor Lucy Haun R.N. presented the graduates with their certificates.

For information on upcoming classes or scholarships, contact ASUMH Health Science Coordinator Sarah Smith at 870-508-6266 or email

Pictured are graduates of the class:

Back row, from left: Willa Gregg of Mountain Home, AR; Jennifer Davis of Mountain Home, AR; Jade Lowries of Salem, AR; Laikynne Smoot of Gepp, AR.

Front row, from left: Kelcie Snider of Yellville, AR; Savannah Wood of Mountain Home, AR; Bessie Maples of Flippin, AR; Susan Ree of Gassville, AR.

Pictured, Beth Carter, with Carter’s Jewel Chest, holds a diamond, similar to the one that will be given away at the Blue Jean Ball. Carter’s Jewel Chest is located at 860 Highway 62 East in Mountain Home.

Pictured, Beth Carter, with Carter’s Jewel Chest, holds a diamond, similar to the one that will be given away at the Blue Jean Ball. Carter’s Jewel Chest is located at 860 Highway 62 East in Mountain Home.

(West Plains) – Champagne and diamonds will be a part of the Ozarks Medical Center Fifth Annual Blue Jean Ball at 6 p.m. Sept. 21. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a limited number of champagne glasses, each containing a single stone.

One glass will contain a half carat diamond, valued at $2,000. The diamond has been donated by Carter’s Jewel Chest in Mountain Home, Arkansas. According to OMC Foundation Executive Director Ward Franz, 100 glasses will be available for purchase the evening of the event for $25 each. Guests will then have the opportunity to have their stone tested at the event to learn if they have the real diamond.

The winner will take home the diamond.

The Blue Jean Ball is the signature event of the OMC Foundation and proceeds go to support local health care. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at the OMC Foundation at No. 12 Parkway Center or at the OMC Public Relations Department at No.21 Parkway Center. The admission ticket includes food, drinks and entertainment. Sponsorships, which include benefits such as reserved seating in the “Sheriff’s Tent,” are also available.

In 2012, approximately 600 people attended the Blue Jean Ball, raising a total of $73,563. For more information on tickets or sponsorships contact the OMC Foundation at 417-853-5200.

(Jefferson City) – The official 2013 Missouri State Highway Map is hot off the presses and available free of charge.

The map features up-to-date route information and its cover celebrates the Missouri Department of Transportation’s centennial of service.

“MoDOT has been around for a hundred years and we want to celebrate that fact with the citizens of Missouri,” said Dave Nichols, director of MoDOT. “The cover features the new Christopher S. Bond Bridge in Kansas City and has inset pictures dating back to the times when Missouri still had mud roads.”

In addition to showing 33,891 miles of state-maintained routes (252 more than the last map), this edition displays several new features, including the Chicago to Kansas City Expressway (Missouri Route 110), the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge (opening in early 2014), an updated Katy Trail inset and the newly signed US Bike Route 76 Transamerica Trail in Missouri.

State parks, conservation areas, historic sites, hospitals, airports, Amtrak stations, colleges, universities and other destinations also are displayed on the map. Other helpful bits of information include easy-to-locate emergency telephone numbers, and contact information for the Missouri State Highway Patrol and MoDOT district offices.

The 2013 state highway map was printed on recycled paper using soy-based ink. It was printed by a St. Louis, Mo. company, Universal Printing.

To request a free map, contact MoDOT at 1-888-Ask MoDOT or visit the department website at

(Salem) – The Fulton County Fair will be hosting the 3rd Annual Holiday Extravaganza on November 1-2 in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem Arkansas.

Hours will be 12:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday and 9:00 to 3:00 on Saturday. The fair office is now taking reservations for tables and booth space..

Direct marketing consultants and craft vendors interested in participating in the Holiday Extravaganza should contact the Fulton County Fair at 870-895-5565 or email to reserve space. Forty spaces are available for rent.

(West Plains) – City officials in West Plains say that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the city pool will be closed on Saturday.

The pool will be open Sunday from 12-5 PM and will be closed on Monday.

(Hartville) – A resident of O’Fallon, MO was killed Thursday afternoon after the semi he was driving ran off-road, through a fence and hit a tree.

45-year-old Jeffrey Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene by acting coroner Sheriff Glen Adler.

The accident happened just after 2 PM on Route 5, about 4 miles north of Hartville.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say the semi was carrying medical oxygen tanks, and one lane of Route 5 was closed for several hours.

West Plains High School Principal, Jack Randolph; SRO’s Rusty Smith, Brad Jones and Sean Barrett; Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Mulford. (Photo provided)

West Plains High School Principal, Jack Randolph; SRO’s Rusty Smith, Brad Jones and Sean Barrett; Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Mulford. (Photo provided)

(West Plains) – In previous years, Officer Brad Jones with the West Plains Police Department split his time between the high school, middle school and elementary school. Last spring the West Plains School District and the City of West Plains jointly funded the hiring of two additional school resources officers for the 2013-2014 school year.

Officer Sean Barrett is the new full time School Resource Officer at the West Plains Elementary and Officer Rusty Smith is the new full time School Resource Officer at the West Plains High School. Officer Jones now serves at the West Plains Middle School.

Sean Barrett has been an officer with the West Plains Police Department since 2008, while Rusty Smith has been an officer with the WPPD since 2001. Both are certified in Basic and Advanced School Resource Officer Training.

West Plains Schools Superintendent Dr. John Mulford says the district is continually reviewing safety plans, and the addition of school resource officers is part of that plan. He added that the district is committed to providing safe schools where students can learn and teachers can teach.

(Moody) – A resident of Moody suffered minor injuries Thursday morning after the sedan she was driving ran off of Route E near her home town and struck a fence.

17-year-old Amber Plachy was taken from the scene of the accident to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home.

The accident happened at 7:15 AM one mile south of Moody.