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Archive for September, 2013

(Jefferson City) (AP) – A physician credited as the father of osteopathic medicine, a U.S. senator who helped end slavery and a suffragist who took her cause before the U.S. Supreme Court are among the candidates for induction into the state Capitol’s Hall of Famous Missourians. And now, the public will help decide who is added.

The hall is a collection of bronze busts and generally has honored people chosen by the House speaker. However, House Speaker Tim Jones is calling for a public vote to choose two new honorees. Voting starts Monday and is open through Oct. 31.

The vote comes after acrimony last year following the selection by a different House speaker of commentator Rush Limbaugh. That choice was criticized by Democrats, some women’s groups and other political foes.

This year’s pool includes no one quite so polarizing. Ten finalists were selected based largely on public nominations received this summer.

The most nominations were for Claude Smith, a composer and music educator whose composition “Flight” was adopted as the official march of the National Air and Space Museum. He taught music in Missouri and Nebraska and received commissions for works for the U.S. Air Force Band, the U.S. Marine Band, the U.S. Navy Band and the Army Field Band. His daughter, Pam Smith Kelly, said he was a humble man and wanted music to be part of everyone’s life.

“He made an impact wherever he went,” she said. “He loved his music No. 1, but he was such a gracious person and he loved working with people.”

Receiving the second-most nominations was Andrew Taylor Still, who settled in Kirksville and founded the American School of Osteopathy. His inclusion had support from several people with ties to A.T. Still University.

“Dr. Still really ushered in a whole new train of thought,” said Brad Bates, a lobbyist for the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. “He basically revolutionized medicine with his style, and he looked at it from a different vantage point in how the body works together with itself in order to heal.”

Bates said there are about 82,000 osteopathic physicians.

Busts of those in the Hall of Famous Missourians are displayed between the House and Senate chambers. Among those already included in the hall are President Harry Truman, Walt Disney, George Washington Carver, Walter Cronkite and Betty Grable.

The other finalists eligible to be voted in are former U.S. Sen. John Henderson, who helped write and co-sponsored the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery; Rose O’Neill, who created the cartoon Kewpie; composer and pianist John William “Blind” Boone; science fiction author Robert Heinlein; former elected officials Kit Bond and Sue Shear; and suffragist Virginia Minor. She was the plaintiff in an 1874 U.S. Supreme Court case that unsuccessfully argued a constitutional amendment calling for equal protection gave women the right to vote. The final candidate is professional golfer Payne Stewart, who won three major championships and was included, though others received more nominations.

Missouri House officials received hundreds of submissions – both serious and sarcastic.

Poet T.S. Eliot had nominations as did rock-and-roller Chuck Berry and outlaw Jesse James. Actors Brad Pitt and Jon Hamm did not make the final cut, nor did the founder of the journalism school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. And demonstrating the popularity of the St. Louis Cardinals were nominations for players, the manager and a broadcaster.

A few called for removing Limbaugh. One submission said the person not want to embarrass “people who I DO respect by suggesting that they be honored there alongside his bust.”

In addition to the two chosen by the public, the House speaker plans to pick a third person.

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(West Plains) – Dozens of bikers, some from as far away as Great Britain and France, trickled in and out of the West Plains Civic Center Friday afternoon for one of the final stops on a 6-night, five-day H.O.G. Touring rally that ran September 22-27.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Paul James, the Consumer Events Director with Harley-Davidson Motor Company, who talked about the “Ozark Hellbender Tour”:


James says that some riders were unsure about the tour route, but he says that changed soon enough:


Ozark Radio News also spoke with Demea Loyd of Washington, MO, who was on the tour.

Mayor Jack Pahlmann (ORN Photo)

Mayor Jack Pahlmann (ORN Photo)

She echoed the sentiments shared by James and other riders about the scenery and the trip itself:


The tour went from West Plains up to Cuba, MO, where the riders would get to try out a number of 2014 Harley-Davidson models. At 1 PM, West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann welcomed those in attendance and thanked them for their time in the city.

(West Plains) – The West Plains Public Library has been awarded a $6,695 Technology Mini-Grant to purchase 5 new computers for its circulation desk and 5 new public access catalog computers.

The grant award, through the Missouri State Library, will also be supplemented by an additional $629 from the library to purchase these computers, which will be installed sometime next month. Library officials say that the computers should provide more efficient service at the circulation desk, and patrons should see improvements in response time when using the public access catalogs.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

(West Plains) – The West Plains Senior Center is closed today.

Officials say that there will be no lunches today, and the Meals on Wheels will not be happening Friday.

The flu shot clinic operating at the center, however, will run today.

(Washington) (AP) – U.S. consumers increased their spending slightly last month as their income grew at the fastest pace in six months.

The Commerce Department says consumer spending rose 0.3 percent in August. That’s up from a 0.2 percent gain in July.

Income rose 0.4 percent in August, the best gain since February and up from a 0.2 percent July increase. Private wages and salaries rose $28.5 billion, while government’s increased $2 billion. Forced federal furloughs reduced government wages and salaries by $7.3 billion.

Consumer spending drives 70 percent of economic activity. Many analysts forecast weaker overall growth of around 2 percent in the July-September quarter, in part because of weaker consumer spending.

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(West Plains) – When stop signs became stop lights, skating rinks became lots, and restaurants became car dealerships, it’s safe to say the residents of West Plains have seen changes all over their city in recent years.

But now another well known West Plains business is closing their doors.

After being open since the 1960’s, Suds N, formally Dog N Suds, will be shut down after Tuesday, October 15.

Ozark Radio News spoke with owner Scott Stephens, who shared that the closing is because there wasn’t enough money coming in and that they had been borrowing money just to keep the doors open.

In December of 2011, KYTV in Springfield broadcasted a story on Suds N, when the business was on the edge of shutting down for the first time. Stephens said that the broadcast brought in some business, but things went back to normal after a few months.

On the Suds N Facebook page, a post written by the admin gave social media users the notice on September 14 that Suds N is indeed closing down. Since its posting, the notice has received over 30 comments from current and former customers, employees, and residents. Each comment reflects a story, a fond farewell, or a question of “Why?”.

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Stephens shared that they owned the business, but not the building and that he has no idea what will become of the old structure.

Suds N is located at 301 West Broadway in Downtown West Plains. Up until their closing their Monday through Friday hours will be 10:30AM-8PM, and 11AM-7PM on Saturdays.

(Mountain View) – The Mountain View City Council met on Monday, September 23, at 6PM in the City Council Chambers.

The council heard from Chief James Perkins of the Mountain View Police Department regarding his request for a temporary parking provision during the Pioneer Days Celebration.

Chief Perkins spoke to Ozark Radio News about why he requested this temporary parking provision from the council:


Further questions on the items that were discussed and approved during the meeting can be addressed by contacting Mountain View City Clerk Willa Kramer at 417-934-2601.

(Hartville) – A resident of Grovespring suffered minor injuries Thursday morning after an accident involving a semi that happened near Hartville.

The accident happened at 8 AM on Highway 5 and Route TT, about 4 miles north of Hartville, when the westbound vehicle driven by 16-year-old Cassidy Williams of Grovespring failed to yield at the intersection and struck a trailer being pulled by 50-year-old Dwight Pohle of St. James.

Williams suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield by ambulance.

Chapter members David and Lisa Johnson, West Plains with their completed homebuilt  AeroVee Powered Sonex Aircraft with EAA Chapter 1218 Hangar in background (Provided)

Chapter members David and Lisa Johnson, West Plains with their completed homebuilt AeroVee Powered Sonex Aircraft with EAA Chapter 1218 Hangar in background (Provided)

(Willow Springs) – Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1218 of Willow Springs will be hosting their Annual Open House and Fly-In on Saturday, October 12 from 10AM – 2PM at the chapter hangar, located at 810 Bryan Street in Willow Springs.

Organizers say that there will be vintage and home built aircraft on display, along with a Porta-Sim flight simulator from St Louis Flight Simulator. Other events include a free barrel train ride for kids 12 and under, and a display from the radio controlled aircraft club from Houston.

2013 marks the 110th anniversary of the Wright Brother’s First Flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and the 10th anniversary of Charter Chapter member Bill Ghan’s completion of a replica of the Wright Flyer. There will be a Wright Flyer information center with photos and video of the building and consequent takeoff from the Willow Springs Airport. EAA Chapter 1218 members participated in the completion of the Wright Flyer and moving it to its current display location in the Springfield-Branson National Airport’s Main Terminal.

American Legion Post #384 of Willow Springs will have their fundraising lunch wagon on hand.

EAA Chapter 1218 was formed in 1998 with 18 charter members, and has grown to over one hundred twenty members in a nine county area. For more information visit or call 417 469-4212 or 417 252-0332.

(Flippin) – The mayor of Flippin says he won’t resign, despite a recent incident where he accidentally shot out a window in City Hall.

At a city council meeting this week, Mayor J.J. Hudson said he wouldn’t step down. Councilwoman Stacie Hopper requested Hudson’s resignation, saying she’d been contacted by several residents who had requested that Hudson step down.

Authorities say Hudson accidentally discharged a rifle while visiting the police chief’s office in City Hall earlier this month. No one was injured, though the incident broke an office window.

Hopper says “there’s no reason” the mayor should have fired a gun in City Hall. Hudson responded that he wouldn’t resign and said the city is moving forward.