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Archive for December, 2013

(Thayer) – A Thayer resident suffered injuries Friday afternoon after a four-wheeler accident near Thayer.

The accident happened at 3:30 PM on some private property on Route 142 east of Thayer, when the four-wheeler operated by 32-year-old Tyler McCullough overturned while climbing a hill and landed on him.

He was taken to Mercy Hosptial in Springfield by Air Evac.

(West Plains) – Air Medical Group Holdings, the parent company of Air Evac, announced last Monday that they will be consolidating their West Palins location into a new facility that will be built near K Highway and Worley Drive in West Plains.

City Economic Development Director Bob Case says that the city used a program called Chapter 100, which helps companies in a variety of ways:


Case says that the PILOT program helps fund public entities that collect tax funding on that land:


Case says that the PILOT and Chapter 100 programs are just two of the many tools used by the state of Missouri to build business:


The new 40,000 square foot building will house AMGH’s Revenue Cycle Department, Membership Business Unit, Print Shop, as well as an Air Evac Lifeteam Communications Center. Air Evac’s West Plains air ambulance base will also be relocated to the new facility.

(West Plains) – The 2014 edition of the Howell County Plat book is now available for purchase.

The book can be bought at the County Clerk’s office in the former Bank of America building on court square in West Plains for $35. E-books and premium maps are also available.

For more information call 417-256-2591.

(Springfield) – Back in 1971, President Richard Nixon declared the month of January to be dedicated to honoring those who give life, and virtually every president since then has reaffirmed the designation.

Currently, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is under a Code Yellow Alert for O Negative and A Negative blood types, meaning there is currently less than a two-day supply of this type on hospital shelves and donations are needed immediately.

CBCO will be holding upcoming blood drives at the Plato High School, 10645 Plato Drive, from 11AM-4 PM and the West Plains First Christian Church, 422 W. Main Street, from 12:30-5:30 PM on Thursday, January 9, and at the Mountain View Community Center, 125 W. First Street, on Friday, January 10 from 12:30- 5:30 PM

To be eligible to give blood, you must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and present a valid photo ID.

For more information about sharing your good health with others, please visit their website at or call toll-free 1-800-280-5337.

(West Plains) – The West Plains Area Disc Golf Club is hosting its 2nd Annual Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament at 9 AM Saturday, January 4, at the Brett Stoddard Memorial Disc Golf Course, which is located approximately 12 miles south of West Plains on Highway 17.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Chairman of West Plains Area Disc Golf Club Mike Sisco who told us about the registration process and the tournament:


Ice Bowls are held all over the country every year for the purpose of raising money for charities. The emphasis of Ice Bowls is to raise money and food for the hungry, and last year, The West Plains Area Disc Golf Club’s 1st Annual Ice Bowl raised $402 and over 150 pounds of food for The Martha Vance Samaritan Outreach Center.

Sisco added that the slogan of Ice Bowls has always been “no wimps and no whiners”. Short of extremely dangerous roads, the tournament will not be cancelled due to weather or conditions:


Sisco also shared that Disc Golf is a lot like regular golf and that all players and non-players are welcome:


The entry fee is only $25 per player. Players are encouraged to bring at least three pounds of nonperishable food to receive a $5 discount on their entry.

Although players can register the day of, they are encouraged to pre-register by contacting Sisco at 417-293-0292.

(Springfield) – Grocery shoppers have until Tuesday, December 31, to Check Out Hunger for Ozarks Food Harvest at nearly 80 participating stores.

The 15th annual Check Out Hunger campaign began November 15, in more than 50 communities to help feed the 170,000 people Ozarks Food Harvest serves annually through its member pantries and agencies.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Ozarks Food Harvest Director of Development and Communications Denise Gibson about how people can help out in the final days on the campaign:


Gibson added that even after the Check Out Hunger campaign ends there are still ways people can help:


Stores taking part in the campaign include Akin’s, Bistro Market, Country Mart, Dillons, Harter House, Hy‐Vee, Murfin’s Market, Price Cutter, Ramey, Smitty’s, Summer Fresh, Town & Country, and Woods Supermarket. Last year, the fundraiser was record‐breaking, collecting $35,000. This year’s goal is to raise $40,000.

(Jefferson City) – 30 Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers graduated from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, December 20, in Jefferson City.

The ceremony took place at 9 AM at the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy. The 97th Recruit Class reported to the Academy on July 1, 2013. The new troopers will report for duty in their assigned troops on January 6, 2014.

Governor Jay Nixon and Colonel Ron Replogle addressed the new troopers. During the graduation ceremony, retired Colonel Roger D. Stottlemyre gave the keynote address. Dean Gil Kennon, vice president of college affairs for Mineral Area College, was present to confer an associate’s of applied science degree to the new troopers based on their course work at the Academy.

Four class awards were presented as part of the graduation ceremony. The recruits accumulated points toward graduation in the categories of physical fitness, firearms, and academics throughout their 26 weeks at the Academy. The person with the highest number of points in each category earned the respective award. Trooper Taggart Holston earned the physical fitness award. Trooper Justin Ewing earned the firearms award. Trooper Daniel Duddleston earned the academics award and the Superintendent’s Award, which is presented to the person with the most points overall.

Ryan Pace, of Cassville, MO. and Caleb McCoy, of Farmington, MO, have been assigned to Troop G. Pace with cover North Howell & Shannon Counties while McCoy will cover Carter & Reynolds Counties.

(Mountain Home) – A rural Mountain Home man has been charged and arrested in connection with the attempted burglary of a residence that occurred in June 2011, during which he was shot by the homeowner.

A bench warrant was issued this month charging 36-year-old Larry Copas with residential burglary, criminal mischief in the 2nd degree, and criminal trespassing.

Around 4:30 AM on June 13, 2011 deputies responded to a 911 call of a person who was attempting to break into a house on Timberlane Road west of Mountain Home.

Homeowner Jeremy Ealey fired five shots from a 22 caliber revolver at Copas, who was reportedly attempting to gain access to the residence. Out of the five shots, one shot struck Copas in the head and another in the lower abdomen.

When Baxter County Deputies, arrived to the scene they found Copas sitting on the porch at the rear of the residence covered in blood. Ambulance personnel arrived on the scene and transported the subject to Baxter Regional Medical Center. He was later transferred to Saint John’s in Springfield where he was listed in critical condition.

Currently Copas is being held in the Baxter County Detention Center after being arrested on Thursday afternoon, December 26. His bond was set at $50,000, and he will appear in Circuit Court on January 2.

Michael Hoff, Executive Vice President of Community 1st Bank and Toney Aid, Director of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator. (Provided)

Michael Hoff, Executive Vice President of Community 1st Bank and Toney Aid, Director of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator. (Provided)

(West Plains)- Community 1st Banking Company has been recognized as a Champion of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator.

The bank has been an OzSBI Champion since May 2013. Champions receive exclusive benefits including a banner which will hang in the Ozark Small Business Incubator lobby. OzSBI Champions also receive free use of meeting rooms and discounts on OzSBI Premier and Professional workshops.

OzSBI director Toney Aid says that the display of the banners in the lobby is a great way to publicly acknowledge OzSBI supporters in the Champion program.

Businesses interested in participating should contact Heather Fisher at 417-256-9724 or at

(St. Louis) (AP) – Deer in Missouri are dying from a rare but fatal disease, and the Missouri Legislature is expected to consider conflicting ways to contain the problem in the 2014 session.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that since the first case in 2010 on a private hunting ranch in Linn County, 20 more dead deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, or CWD, all within a two-county area of north-central Missouri. Ten of the deer were at an affiliated hunting ranch in Macon County; the rest were wild deer taken by hunters near the Macon ranch.

Conservationists and owners of fenced hunting ranches disagree over how to approach the disease. The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering stricter rules for hunting ranches. One option would require them to build higher, double fences. Hunting ranch operators say that would be expensive and offensive.

The Missouri Whitetail Breeders and Hunting Ranch Association plans to ask lawmakers to declare the captive deer “livestock.” That would mean they would be regulated by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, not the conservation department, which currently regulates all 1.4 million deer in the state.

Sam James, association president, said his group will seek help from the Legislature in the session that begins Jan. 8.

“I think Conservation is trying to put us out of business,” said James, who owns the two Whitetail Dreams hunting ranches near Fulton. “There are people (in the department) who don’t approve of what we do, and we’ve had enough of it. Putting us under one state agency makes much more sense, and Agriculture can do the better job.”

Missouri is home to more than 40 private hunting ranches.

Aaron Jeffries, assistant director of the conservation department, said the agency does not object to hunting ranches but represents all of Missouri’s hunters and wildlife enthusiasts.

“With captive deer being transported across our landscape, we need to enhance our fencing standards,” Jeffries said. “To define a captive deer as livestock is not a good road to go. Our job is to protect deer on both sides of the fence.”

CWD is caused by a mutated protein, or prion, that attacks the nervous system. It does not harm humans but is fatal to deer or elk. The prion can be spread by live deer or carcasses, even from soil in which they decompose. There is no cure.

The disease was first found in Colorado in 1967 and has been confirmed in 21 other states.

Joe Humphrey, owner of Beaver Creek Ranch near Poplar Bluff, said ranch operators already have strong business reasons not to let CWD spread in any herd, captive or wild.

“How does it fix this by killing our industry?” he said.