Archive for January, 2014
(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home has announced that the college plans to grow its vocational and technical program offerings and expand the space where these programs will be offered.
Meeting on the grounds of a local Buick GMC dealership, Chancellor Dr. Robin Myers and Ultimate Buick GMC representative Sara Zimmerman announced the college’s leasing agreement for the Ultimate Buick GMC building located at 4034 Highway 62 West in Mountain Home.
The lease will begin August 1, 2014.
The building, which is 23,000 square feet of space, with over 16,300 square feet enclosed and 7,000 square feet under a roof, will house classes for the existing welding and mechatronics programs. Currently, welding is offered on the ASUMH campus and mechatronics is offered at Baxter Lab.
On January 31, ASUMH will present two new programs to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board for approval: Automotive System Repair Technical Certificate and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technical Certificate. The ASU System Board approved these programs on December 14, 2013. The college is shooting for a mid-summer move-in date for welding and mechatronics, with HVAC and automotive classes enrolling in the fall, pending approve from the AHECB.
(Rover) – No major injuries were reported Friday morning after a one-vehicle accident on Highway 160.
The accident happened just before 11 AM about 2 miles east of Route M, when the westbound vehicle driven by 32-year-old Aaron Judd of Rover ran off-road, struck the ground and overturned several times.
Judd suffered minor injuries and refused treatment, according to officials on the scene.
(West Plains) – Ozarks Medical Center and the Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday to mark the opening of their Behavioral Healthcare Clinic, and the Parkway Center as a whole.
Gay Watson, Executive Director of Marketing for OMC, told us about the facility and the ribbon cutting:
Watson also talked about some of the services offered by BHC:
For more information, call BHC at 417-257-6762.
Meanwhile, the average retail price for home heating oil rose 12 cents to $4.18 per gallon, up 13 cents from a year ago.
(Jefferson City) – Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host two Mobile Office events on Tuesday, February 11.
The first will be held at the Ozark County Courthouse in Gainesville from 10-11 AM, and the second will be held at the Douglas County Courthouse in Ava from 1:30-2:30 PM.
Mobile Offices are held to allow Missourians 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 at 573-634-2488 or send a letter at 308 E. High Street, Suite 202, Jefferson City, Missouri 65101.
(West Plains) – At the most recent West Plains City Council meeting on Monday, January 21, the council approved a bid for construction costs for the new fire station in the Southern Hills region. City Clerk Mallory Prewett told us more about the project:
Prewett added that sign-ups for people wishing to run for the city council have closed:
The new ordinance in West Plains that mandates parking with the flow of traffic in non-curbed areas goes into effect today.
Hicks says that the increase helped a number of departments:
Hicks noted in her budget summary that labor for infrastructure projects, and repair and maintenance costs are around $500,000, with another $500,000 budgeted for payroll for the city, including a 3% cost-of-living increase.
(Jefferson City) – A week following delivery of the governor’s annual State of the State address, Missouri legislators continue to discuss what needs to be done to ensure a balanced budget is in place by the beginning of the next fiscal year.
Sen. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville) says that he’s in agreement with Gov. Nixon when it comes to putting money towards education:
Sen. Joseph Keaveny (D-St. Louis) is making it known that a point of tension maybe the differences between revenue estimates among the legislative and executive branches:
The next fiscal year begins on July 1.
EXCEL 2014 kicks off on Thursday, February 13, with a “Get to Know EXCEL and Extension” session and a weekend retreat that will be held from Friday, February 28, through Sunday, March 2. Following the retreat will be six classroom sessions and two study tours within Howell County. The infrastructure as well as the scope of business, industry, and community services will be reviewed in West Plains, Mt. View, and Willow Springs.
The class sessions, held weekly from 11 AM – 1:30 PM at the Extension Center in West Plains, will have presentations and interactive discussions focusing on Ozarks Culture, Demographics and Economic Development, Understanding Poverty, Agriculture Trends and Realities, Education Concerns, and Challenges and Opportunities. Class participants will be challenged to develop action strategies to address issues identified in the sessions. Speakers for the course come from the University of Missouri, Missouri State University, state agencies, and local communities.
Registration is now open for enrollment, and is due by Wednesday, February 12. For further information about the course, or to request an enrollment form, contact the University of Missouri Extension Center in Howell County, 217 S. Aid Avenue, West Plains, 417-256-2391, or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Enrollment forms are also available at The West Plains, Willow Springs, and Mountain View Chamber of Commerce offices.
(West Plains) – Howell County Sheriff Mike Shannon says that a number of new developments have happened within the county involving both the sheriff’s department and a new neighborhood watch group:
Shannon says that Hirsch cut the department a deal on a dog kennel and donated other kennel equipment.