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Archive for October, 2013

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel says his office has returned $1.7 million worth of unclaimed property to five account owners in the first quarter of the state’s fiscal year.

In a news release Tuesday, Zweifel’s office identified the recipients only as large company; a St. Louis-area office for a national company; a law firm; a Kansas City-area company; and a woman living in the St. Louis area.

Zweifel says his office currently is holding more than $760 million of unclaimed property for 4.6 million account holders. Missourians can go to the website to search the treasurer’s database.

Sen. Mike Cunningham (ORN Photo)

Sen. Mike Cunningham (ORN Photo)

Rep. Shawn Rhoads (ORN Photo)

Rep. Shawn Rhoads (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – Century Link and the Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed area residents to their annual “Issues & Eggs-A Breakfast with your Legislators” Tuesday morning, October 29, in the West Plains Civic Center.

During the breakfast Senator Mike Cunningham and Representative Shawn Rhoads spoke at the event about recent and future legislative sessions and took questions from the crowd.

Representative Rhoads spoke to Ozark Radio News about some of issues that were dealt with in the most recent sessions and what he will be looking into in future ones:


A number of topics were discussed and Senator Cunningham shared with Ozark Radio News, following the event, what will be returning in upcoming sessions:


Senator Cunningham also informed the crowd that there are final preparations being made for him to have a representative in Howell County in the following months:


Representative Rhoads and Senator Cunningham invites anyone is has an issue that they would like to discuss to call their offices. Rhoads office can be reached at 573-751-1455 and Cunningham’s can be reached at 573-751-1882.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure aimed at legalizing marijuana in the state.

McDaniel on Tuesday cited several problems with the proposed constitutional amendment submitted by retired Army Lt. Col. Marjorie LeClair of Shirley. McDaniel must certify the wording of an amendment before supporters can begin gathering signatures in an effort to qualify for next year’s ballot.

The proposal would repeal all laws pertaining to the production, distribution and sale of the cannabis plant and any products derived from the plant. McDaniel has rejected previous versions of the proposed amendment.

Arkansas voters last year narrowly rejected a ballot measure that would have legalized medical marijuana. Supporters are trying to get similar measures back on the ballot next year.

(West Plains) – The South Central Regional Fraternal Order of Police lodge #43 will be holding several fundraising events over the course of the next couple of months to raise money for the annual Shop With A Cop program.

The first event will be held November 2 at Southern Hills Shopping Center in West Plains. The FOP will be selling full racks of BBQ Baby Back Ribs for $20 a rack. The ribs can be pre-ordered by contacting George Buehler at 417-293-6257 or Richard Rhoads at 417-293-3734. The ribs are expected to be ready for pick up between 11 AM and 4 PM.

The second event will be held at McDonald’s on Preacher Roe Blvd. in West Plains on November 11 between 3-7 PM, where a percentage of all sales will be donated to the FOP for the annual Shop with a Cop event.

Other events are also scheduled. For more information call 417-257-2434.

(Gamaliel) – Three people were injured Tuesday morning after a head-on collision on Highway 201 North near Gamaliel.

The accident happened at 11:48 AM just north of County Road 241, when the northbound vehicle driven by 19-year-old Preston Helmke of Yellville crossed the center line and hit a southbound vehicle driven by 69-year-old Norma Risley of Mountain Home.

Risley and a passenger, 69-year-old Dennis Driskell, were both injured and taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center. Helmke was also injured and taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center.

A report from Troop I of the Arkansas State Police states that charges are pending against Helmke.

(Houston) – The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation is gearing up for their 7th Annual Chili Cook Off on Saturday, November 2, in the Community Building at the Texas County Fairgrounds. The Foundation is hosting the event to raise funds to benefit TCMH Hospice of Care.

The TCMH Healthcare Foundation Chili Cook Off will feature 14 teams competing for chili prizes and in raising money for Hospice of Care. The event will also feature music, a live auction at 2PM, a chili dog eating contest, an inflatable slide and face painting for kids, a cake walk and booths with special foods or games, as well as the opportunity to sample all the chili.

Hospice of Care provides end of life care for patients and their families regardless of a patient’s ability to pay for the service. If insurance coverage is not available, Hospice of Care may use Chili Cook Off funds to purchase medications in addition to providing care at no charge.

Tickets to the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children and are available through Hospice of Care and the Healthcare Foundation at TCMH. For more information about a sponsorship or to make a gift in support of the chili cook off, contact the TCMH Healthcare Foundation, 417-967-1377 or visit

(West Plains) – West Plains City Clerk Mallory Prewett says that the city’s electric department is winding down on their projects and getting ready for winter work:


For more information on the trimming work, visit or call city hall at 417-256-7176.

(Washington) – The Red Cross urges children and their parents to be cautious during Halloween. Brett Stevens has some tips on how to be safe while trick-or-treating:


(Los Angeles) – According to a study done in collaboration between and Column Five, 72% of adults reported handing out candy on Halloween in 2011 in the United States, and this year’s number is expected to be even higher than that.

Many costumed children go door to door in their local neighborhoods in hopes of receiving free candy instead of apples or granola bars. Dr. Harold Katz, an LA dentist, author, and businessman, spoke to Ozark Radio News to give some advice to those who plan to hand things out this Halloween:


Dr. Katz is the author of the best-selling book The Bad Breath Bible.

(West Plains) – The South Central Child Advocacy Center in West Plains has been open for two years, and things are moving fast, according to Executive Director Barbara Brown-Johnson. She spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us what the center does:


She continued, saying that Neighborhood Assistance Program, or NAP, tax credits are available for businesses interested in donating to the center:


The building renovations are roughly $500,000, which is what the CAC hopes to raise in donations for the tax credits. Johnson says that in the two years the office has been open, things have been busy, which made the center open for longer:


The South Central Child Advocacy Center services Douglas, Howell, Ozark, Oregon, Texas, Wright and Shannon counties. For more information, visit