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Archive for October, 2013

(Houston) – The Board of Trustees for Texas County Memorial Hospital held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 22.

Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH shared with the board that himself, Linda Pamperien, chief financial officer; Doretta Todd-Willis, chief nursing officer, and members of the TCMH board of trustees met recently with most members of the hospital’s active medical staff to discuss strategic planning for the hospital.

A new healthcare coding system known as ICD-10 will soon be required of all healthcare providers. Dr. Jim Perry, OD, TCMH board member explained that what used to be 1,000 codes is going to over 100,000 codes. According to Perry billing for healthcare services will become much more complex with ICD-10.

ICD-10 is much more complicated according to Perry, and healthcare providers can’t afford to leave money on the table, or afford to over code.

Murray stated that the TCMH physicians want to know what they can do to help the hospital and there are some professional resources available that can help all of our providers in the hospital and in the clinics.

Training will be provided to all clinic staff and billers as well as the physicians and mid-level providers. Murray hopes that the plan of action for the area healthcare providers will “get everyone on the same page”.

(Van Buren) – Originally scheduled for October 19-20 at Big Spring, the Wounded Warrior Mobility Impaired Hunt for military service members has been rescheduled for Veterans Day Weekend November 9-10. While the hunt is taking place, the Big Spring area will be closed to the public for visitor safety.

The park will reopen November 11.

Local volunteers will be assisting the mobility challenged hunters during the hunt.  A St. Louis sporting goods store donated the blinds and chairs that accommodates those in wheelchairs.  “The community has come together to insure that these veterans, who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the American people, have successful hunting experiences,” explains Superintendent Bill Black.

For more information, call 573-323-4236 or visit the park’s Facebook page, or website at

(West Plains) – If you’re thinking about starting a business or wanting to learn more about how to build a strong brand and inspire customer loyalty, satisfaction and retention, the Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) will offer two workshops in November the may be able to help.

The OzSBI Professional Workshop, “Starting a Small Business: The First Steps” is being offered on Thursday, November 7, from 1-4PM, and is facilitated by Willis Mushrush, Business Development Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. The workshop will help you learn to assess your strengths and weaknesses as a potential entrepreneur, understand legal and rigid requirements, and identify sources of funding. The deadline to register is Friday, November 1.

The second OzSBI’s Professional Workshop, “Who are You? Building Your Brand” is being offered Thursday, November 14, from 6-9PM. Co-facilitators are Gay Watson and Shandi Brinkman. Ms. Watson is the Senior Executive Director of Marketing, Planning and Public Relations for Ozarks Medical Center. Ms. Brinkman has been the Media Relations Specialist for Ozarks Medical Center since 2008. The deadline to register is Friday, November 8.

Each workshop costs $35 for non-members and $20 for OzSBI members. Registrations received after the deadline will cost an additional $5 for both members and nonmembers.

To register for workshops, go to , or call 417-256-9724.

(West Plains) – The Howell County Sheriff’s Office collected over 100 pounds of prescription drugs this past Saturday during the DEA prescription drug take back event. Dan Mulkey.

Dan Mulkey with the Howell County Sheriff’s Office spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us the official total:


Mulkey added that people who may not have been able to come out to the take back event can still drop off their unwanted or expired medications:


If you have any questions, call the Howell County Sheriff’s Office at 417-256-2544.

(Mountain Home) – If you’re looking for a way to change a child’s Christmas, now is your chance.

Mercy Mall in Mountain Home is hosting Run for Rides, an 80’s style family fun run/walk, and for every registrant a brand new Huffy bicycle will be given to a local child.

Race day registration and check-in will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 1106 Spring Street from 8:30-9:30AM on Saturday, November 16, with the race starting at 10 AM at Cooper Park, at 1101 Spring Street.

Adults 16 & up will be $35 before November 10, and late registrants will be $45. Kids of all ages are welcome to run with a guardian, including strollers and leashed pets! Youth tees may be pre-ordered for $10. Kids are welcome to register if they would like to provide another Christmas bike!

Each pre-registered 5K race participant will receive an awesome custom design tee. There will be awards for given for best dressed (80s style) male & female, senior over 60 & children 10 & under division; top male & female overall; top male & female walker; and top male & female in the following age divisions: 11-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Any business interested in participating please email

(West Plains) – Families with young children looking for a safe, fun environment to spend Halloween night are invited to visit West Main and the Historic Court Square in West Plains from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

Called the Great Pumpkin Downtown Festival, the free event will feature candy provided by downtown merchants, face painting at The Teacher’s Store, music, and hot dogs. The Festival will begin at the First United Methodist Church along West Main and around the Courthouse Square. Parking will be available at the Methodist Church and at all the public lots along the Square.

Children ages 11 and under are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes and bring their sacks for candy.

The event is being sponsored by West Plains Downtown Revitalization, Inc.

For more information about the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, people may call Anita at 417-256-4433.

(Eminence) – The Eminence Area Volunteer Fire Department will be having a “Fish Fry and Gigging Night” at 2 PM on Saturday November 2 at the Eminence Fire Station.

The Fire Station is on the road that runs past the EMI factory in Eminence.

There will be fried fish and other food and drinks. Short gigging trips will also be offered for a donation. All proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing a new fire truck.

(Nashville, TN) – Surpassing the competition at the 32nd Annual Texaco Country Showdown South Missouri State Final, Nicole Knight proved worthy of the state title and $1,000. The Isle of Capri in Boonville showcased acts which had won a local contest sponsored by radio stations throughout the state enabling each to perform at the state level competition of America’s largest country music talent search.

Knight, representing radio station KCLQ of Lebanon, triumphed at the state level event. Other sponsoring radio stations were KKDY-FM West Plains, KWKZ-FM Cape Girardeau, KDKD-AM/FM Clinton, KNMO-FM Nevada, and KOEA-FM Poplar Bluff.

On October 12, Knight competed in the Midwest Regional Final at the Northern Lights Casino in Walker, MN to determine if she will advance to the National Final. Regional Winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Nashville to compete for $100,000 and the coveted title, “Best New Act in Country Music.”

Each year, more than 50,000 artists compete throughout the U.S. Past local, state, and regional winners include: Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Sara Evans and Billy Ray Cyrus. Visit for more information.

(Licking) – An inmate at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking has died.

68-year-old Dairl Smith was pronounced dead around 4:20 AM Wednesday morning by staff at the prison. Smith was serving a 30-year sentence for Child Molestation First Degree from Crawford County. He was received in the Missouri Department of Corrections on Sept. 11, 2003.

Prison officials say Smith died of apparent natural causes.




(Lexington) (AP) – A funeral home in Ike Skelton’s hometown says the former 17-term Missouri congressman died of complications from pneumonia.

Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home in Lexington included the cause of death in a preliminary obituary Tuesday.

Skelton died Monday at the age of 81 in a Virginia hospital surrounded by his wife, his sons and their families. Also present was his longtime friend and colleague Russell Orban, who said Skelton had entered the hospital a week earlier with a bad cough.

Skelton, a Democrat, served 34 years in the U.S. House before losing in 2010 to Republican Vicky Hartzler in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District. He had practiced law since then in Missouri and Washington, D.C., and had homes in Lexington and McLean, Va.

Family members are planning a memorial service in Lexington.