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Archive for November, 2013

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(West Plains) – Judy Ingalsbe, left, and Robin Morgan, both of West Plains, were winners of giveaways at the “Holiday Cheer” fashion show and luncheon Friday, Nov. 15, presented by The Kloz Klozet and Cottage Flowers & Interiors to benefit the Garnett Library at Missouri State University-West Plains.

Ingalsbe received a cookbook from Cottage Flowers and Interiors, and Morgan received a scarf from The Kloz Klozet.

The fund-raising event was sponsored by Friends of the Garnett Library. Proceeds will go toward purchasing furniture for a collaborative learning area in the library.

(Washington) – Congressman Jason Smith has released his weekly Capitol report, discussing issues he has with the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare:


(West Plains) – The December meeting and Holiday Pot Luck of the Howell County Democrats Club will be held December 10 at the Yellow House in West Plains.

The Pot Luck dinner starts at 6 PM, with the meeting at 7 PM. Barbara Stocker, candidate for the Missouri’s 8th District, will be the special guest speaker.

All Democrats, Independents and Progressives are invited to attend. Regular meetings are held the second Tuesday every other month rotating among the communities of Mountain View, West Plains, and Willow Springs.

Contact Barbara Nyden at or call 417-855-0505 or visit for information.

(Hartville) – A 57-year-old Hartville man was killed Friday afternoon after a head-on collision 4 miles east of his hometown.

Joseph Mayo was taken from the scene of the 12:38 PM accident at Mercy Hospital in Springfield just after 2 PM.

The accident happened on Highway 38, when Mayo’s eastbound motorcycle attempted to pass another eastbound vehicle, and struck a westbound pickup truck driven by Victor Mills of Hartville head-on.

The death marks fatality number 28 for Highway Patrol Troop G for this year, compared to 34 at this time last year.

Doug Collins (right), the Texas County Memorial Hospital November employee of the month, with his supervisor, David Rosemann. (Provided)

Doug Collins (right), the Texas County Memorial Hospital November employee of the month, with his supervisor, David Rosemann. (Provided)

(Houston) – Texas County Memorial Hospital has named Doug Collins of Houston the November employee of the month.

Collins was nominated for the award by Anita Kuhn, controller at TCMH. Collins, an engineering tech in the TCMH plant operations department, has been employed at the hospital for 13years.

“Doug is hard working, and he’s been a key part of the in-house remodeling at TCMH,” Kuhn said, adding, “Doug was also very helpful in recently helping us with some special items the business office needed for an event.”

Kuhn described Collins as “pleasant”, greeting everyone with a smile.

This is the second time Collins has won the employee of the month award at TCMH. Collins also won the award in August 2009.

As employee of the month, Collins received a certificate honoring her achievement; a pin; $100 cash; a special parking place in the TCMH lot; one day of paid vacation; a $50 gift card; and gift certificates to Paws N Claws, D&L Florist and Janstiques. A reception will be held at the hospital in honor of Collins.

Collins is now eligible for the 2013 TCMH employee of the year award.

(Jefferson City) – Gov. Jay Nixon called a special session of the General Assembly on Friday, November 29, to pass legislation to help the state win production of Boeing’s next-generation commercial aircraft, the 777X.

The 2013 Special Session will convene at 4 PM on Monday, December 2. State responses to Boeing’s Request for Proposal, received last week, are due by December 10 and legislative action is necessary in order for Missouri to put forward a competitive proposal, according to Nixon’s office.

Gov. Nixon shared that building this next-generation commercial aircraft in Missouri would create thousands of jobs across the State and secure Missouri’s position as a hub for advanced aerospace manufacturing and that’s why he is committed to competing for and winning this project.

To put forward a competitive proposal in all these areas, the Governor has asked the General Assembly to pass legislation adding additional capacity of up to $150 million annually for large-scale aerospace projects under four of Missouri’s existing economic development programs: Missouri Works, Missouri Works Training, Missouri BUILD, and the Real Property Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act.

(Jefferson City) – The unemployment rate for the Missouri region is down for most all local counties.

Numbers from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center say that Howell County saw an unemployment rate drop from 6.1% in September 2013 to 5.5% in October 2013, with 18,357 people listed as employed in October compared to 18,074 in September. The labor pool in Howell County also increased over the last month by 174, from 19,250 to 19,424. 1,067 people were listed as unemployed.

In Shannon County, unemployment was up .4%, from 7.6% in September to 8% in October. 246 were listed as unemployed in Shannon County in September, and 250 were listed as umemployed in October. The labor force also dropped in October, down from 3,218 to 3,136.

Unemployment in Oregon County dropped from 6.4% in September to 6.1% in October. 288 people were listed as unemployed in October, comparted to 300 in September. The labor pool also increased by 58 people, from 4,699 in September to 4,757 in October.

In Douglas County, unemployment dropped from 8.8% in September to 6.3% in October, with the number of unemployed people dropping 172 from 566 to 394. The labor pool decreased in October to 6,287, down from 6,425 in September.

Unemployment in Ozark County decreased to 6.6% in October, compared to 6.9% in September. 288 were listed as unemployed in October, compared to 312 in September. The labor pool for October was 4,372, compared to 4,496 in September.

In Wright County, unemployment decreased to 6.6% in October, compared to 6.9% in September. 512 were listed as unemployed in October, compared to 571 in September. The labor pool in October was 8,185, compared to 8,248 the month before.

Unemployment in Texas County decreased to 6% in October, compared to 6.3% in September. 707 people were listed as unemployed in September, and that number dropped to 681 in October. The labor pool decreased from 11,289 in September to 11,285 in October.

(Forsyth) – With Thanksgiving over, the University of Missouri Extension is offering a number of money-saving tips for people who are already making plans for Christmas. Brett Stevens has more:


(Jefferson City) – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host a Listening Post Meeting on Thursday, December 5 at Willow Springs City Hall, 900 W. Main St.

The listening post will be from 1:30-2:30 PM. Listening Posts are opportunities for Missouri residents to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

Senator Blunt’s Jefferson City office also extends one-on-one service to all Missourians who have an issue with a federal agency or need additional assistance. To reach the Senator’s Office of Constituent Services, please call 573-634-2488.

(Hardy) – The city of Hardy will have an open public meeting on Tuesday at 5 PM at Hardy City Hall, 124 Woodland Hills Road.

An agenda from the city says that a proposed ordinance for “sexually oriented businesses” and a possible change to city zoning will be discussed.

Comments and questions will be welcomed as this meeting is open to the general public.