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Archive for August, 2013

(Ava) – Two people were injured, one of them seriously, in a one vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Route 14.

The accident happened roughly 20 miles west of Ava at 4 PM, when the eastbound vehicle driven by 31-year-old Kayla Lakey of Ava ran off-road and overturned.

Lakey suffered serious injuries and was taken to Cox Hospital in Springfield. A passenger in the vehicle, 38-year-old Joanna Lafferty of Ava, also suffered injuries. She was also taken to Cox Hospital in Springfield.

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(West Plains) – Motorists are again reminded of a street closing in the city of West Plains. City Clerk Mallory Prewett says it’s all in the name of progress:


West Plains City offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. Residential trash scheduled to be picked up on Monday will instead be picked up on Tuesday next week.

(West Plains) – Rumors on social media outlets have whipped some people in the Ozarks into a frenzy, and the West Plains Police Department wants to reassure residents across the region that the stories have no merit.

Public Information Officer Jeremy Pounders says that the people have been calling the department about stories they’ve read on Facebook or Twitter about door-to-door salesmen who may have ulterior motives. Pounders says that those stories are unfounded:


If residents have any questions, Pounders says they should call their local law enforcement agency:


The number to the West Plains Police Department is 417-256-2244.

(West Plains) – All area business owners are invited to participate in the annual career/job fair hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains and the South Central Career Center.

The event is set for 9AM to 2PM Thursday, September 26, in the Student Recreation Center at the corner of Garfield Avenue and West Trish Knight Street on the Missouri State-West Plains campus. Booth space is free for participants.

The event will contain a combination of career information, educational opportunities and job possibilities for area residents, as well as college and high school students.

Business owners who would like to participate should contact Alice Smith at 417-255-7230 to reserve booth space. The deadline to reserve space is Friday, September. 13.

Smith said that she hopes all business owners will consider participating, not only as a resource for future employees, but also to provide information to students and other potential employees about the type of skills needed to meet future business and industry demands.

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Warren Haley and Dr. Robin Myers

(Mountain Home) – Cultural arts programs at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) will benefit from a new $50,000 endowment from area philanthropist Warren Haley, according to Chancellor Dr. Robin Myers.

Beginning with the 2014-2015 season, the Haley Cultural Arts Endowment will fund cultural arts programs like dance, piano, vocals, drama and theater as part of the Performing Arts Series at ASUMH. Haley serves as a member of the Performing Arts Council at ASUMH.

Haley said that he was been inspired by the reception that the Asian arts and antiques collection that he provided to the campus received, and he’s been thrilled at how the Performing Arts Council has brought a great number of shows to the area.

For information on the Performing Arts Series or the Haley collection, contact Christy Keirn at 870-508-6109.

(West Plains) – Officials at Missouri State University-West Plains want to capture history in the making, and they are asking area residents to help.

They are collecting items for a time capsule that will be part of the 50th anniversary celebration September 16 at the Smith-London Centennial Bell Tower on Franklin Street just west of the Lybyer Technology Center.

Area residents are being asked to drop off items such as 2013 coins, current photos, yearbooks, movie DVDs and VHSs, music CDs, and other items at Kellett Hall, 905 W. Main St., by 5 PM Monday, September 9. Photos or documents submitted should be placed on acid-free paper. The capsule will be locked and securely displayed at a location on campus to be determined.

Officials said items that are dropped off will be reviewed by members of the anniversary’s executive committee, and those considered most appropriate will be included in the capsule. The number of items included will be determined by space, and items not included will be returned to the owner.

Missouri State-West Plains opened September 16, 1963, as the West Plains Residence Center at the West Plains High School campus with a total of 111 students enrolled for classes during that first semester. Since then, the university has grown into a multi-building campus in the heart of West Plains with an average enrollment of 2,200 students. It currently offers 15 associate degrees, seven certificate programs and a variety of other credit and non-credit courses. It also serves as a delivery site for a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs offered by Missouri State University-Springfield’s Outreach Program.

For more information about the time capsule or the 50th anniversary celebration on Sept. 16, call 417-255-7240.

(Mountain Home) – A convicted felon and Gassville resident was arrested by Baxter County Sheriff Deputies on Friday, August 23, at approximately 9:42PM for possession of firearms.

Deputies were called to the 31 Woodhaven Lane near Gassville on the report of gunshots being fired in the area. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies spoke with 29-year-old Gilberto Salinas who claimed the he knew nothing about any gunfire and that there were no firearms in the residence.

Following the discovery of a loaded magazine for a pistol in plan view and an NCIC inquiry that revealed Salinas to be a convicted felon, from the state of Texas, and thereby prohibited from possessing firearms; he was arrested.

Deputies later discovered several firearms and some ammunition inside the residence which were seized and taken into evidence.

At report time Salinas remained incarcerated in lieu of a $15,000 bond, with a court appearance date set for September 5.

(West Plains) – The Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) will be hosting a number of workshops in the month of September.

The first workshop, “Basic Bookkeeping” will be held Thursday, September 10 from 6-9 PM. Cost is $20 for members, $35 for non-members. The deadline to register is September 6.

The second, which covers Windows 8, will be held Tuesday, September 24 from 6-9 PM. Cost is $20 for members, $35 for non-members. The deadline to register is September 20.

The final workshop, “Advanced QuickBooks”, will be held from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Thursday, September 26. Cost is $99 for incubator members, or $129 for non-members. The deadline to register is September 20.

For more information on the workshops, visit or call 417-256-9724.

(Cherokee Village) – The Cherokee Village Fire Department will be collecting donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association during their “Fill the Boot” drive Saturday, August 31.

The collection will take place from 7 AM to 12 PM at the Town Center in Cherokee Village. All proceeds collected from various departments in northern Arkansas will be used in northern Arkansas, after a policy change at the MDA.

Fire Chief Russell Tanner urges everyone to come out Saturday and help “Jerry’s Kids” during the boot drive.

(Summersville) – After many months of renovations and construction, the new Summersville Library opened on Saturday, August 17.

Diana Richardson with the Summersville Library spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us about the old location, and the move:


Now with double the space, Diana says that a number of improvements have gone into the new location:


The library also has handicap accessible bathrooms and space for 12 computers, while the previous location had only 5.

The Summersville Library is part of the Texas County Library group, which carries some benefits, as Richardson explained:


The project was funded through a $241,000 Community Development Block Grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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