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Archive for January, 2014

(West Plains) – Willis Mushrush, Business Development Specialist with University of Missouri Extension, is conducting an OzSBI Professional Workshop, “How to Determine the Right Price for Your Product or Service” on Tuesday, February 4, from 1-3 PM at the Ozarks Small Business Incubator.

The workshop is designed to help business owners determine a dynamic pricing strategy based upon changing demand, direct and indirect costs, competition, and market position.

The goal of any business is to make a profit. Organizers say that if you’re a startup or want to revisit your pricing strategy, this workshop will give you the tools to put profitability at the forefront of your pricing.

The workshop costs $35 for non-members and $20 for OzSBI members. The deadline to register is Friday, January 31. Registrations received after the deadline will cost an additional $5 for both members and nonmembers.

To register for workshop, go to, call 417-256-9724 or email

(West Plains) – “The Poets Speak” will be the topic of the next Friends of the Garnett Library monthly luncheon meeting Friday, February 14, on the Missouri State University-West Plains campus.

The luncheon and meeting will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms 104 and 105 on the lower level of the Lybyer Technology Center. Parking is available in the lot off Cass Avenue on the north side of the building.

Published authors Dr. Craig Albin and Dr. Phillip Howerton, both of whom are professors in the Department of English at Missouri State-West Plains, will read selections of their poetry at the meeting that explore affection for and devotion to people and places.

Combined, their poetry has appeared in more than 70 publications, including Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, The Cape Rock, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Natural Bridge, River Oak Review, Red Rock Review and Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology.

The Cost of the meal is $10 payable at the door. Those wishing to eat are asked to make a reservation by calling 417-255-7940 or e-mailing by Tuesday, Feb. 11.

For more information about Friends of the Garnett Library, visit the organization’s website or call 417-255-7940.

(Mountain Home) – The Donald W. Reynolds Library serving Baxter County would like to invite everyone to join them on Tuesday, February 4, at 4 PM for an Adult Cell Phone Class.

If you would like to learn how to take and send pictures and video, maintain a list of contacts, access the Internet, and more on your cell phone, bring your phone to get some hands-on help from tech-savvy Teen Library Council volunteers. Any variety of cell phone is welcome and all questions are welcome.

For additional information, contact Teen Librarian John Dyer at or 870-580-0703 or visit

(Little Rock) – The Arkansas State Police Commission has approved the recommendations for promotion of three State Troopers, including one from Gassville.

Sergeant Charles Hubbard, 40, of Gassville, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and will be assigned to State Police Highway Patrol Division, Troop I, as assistant Troop Commander. Troop I is headquartered at Harrison. Lieutenant Hubbard, an eighteen year veteran of the department, most recently has been assigned in Baxter County as a patrol post supervisor.

The promotions were presented for consideration to the commissioners by Colonel Stan Witt, Director of the Arkansas State Police.

(West Plains) – Scott Corman, President and CEO of Community First Banking Company of West Plains has announced several promotions effective January 1, 2014.

Kelly Slayton

Kelly Slayton

Kelly Slayton has been named Chief Operations Officer (COO) and will oversee operations of the entire bank. Kelly has 29 years of banking experience in operations, human resources and marketing. She is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, WI Human Resources School and their Advanced Human Resources program. She has been with Community First since 2006.


Kelly Summers

Kelly Summers

Kelly Summers was promoted to Branch Operations Manager at the West Plains location. Kelly is a native of Bakersfield and has over 12 years of banking experience in operations with Community First. She has completed numerous bank related courses in operations and ACH.



Gabriel Chambers

Gabriel Chambers

Gabe Chambers has been promoted to Co-Controller. Gabe is from Dora and has a BS in Accounting from Pensacola Christian College, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from William Woods University and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has been with Community First since June, 2012.



Daniel McKinney

Daniel McKinney

Daniel McKinney and Weston Gant have been designated as Bank Trainees. Daniel is a native of West Plains and has 6 years of bank experience. He has an associate’s degree in General Studies from Missouri State University and has been with Community First for since 2012.



Weston Gant

Weston Gant

Weston Gant is a native of West Plains and graduated with the class of 2008. He recently graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a minor in Business Management. He has been with Community First since August, 2013.

“On behalf of Community First, I am pleased to announce these promotions. We are proud to have people of this caliber on our team helping provide excellent customer service. They have the skills necessary to help Community First continue to grow and prosper”, said Corman.

(Jefferson City) – Corn farmers, board members, industry representatives and guests from across the state gathered in Jefferson City on Tuesday for the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) annual meeting and lobby day.

The morning kicked off at the Capitol Plaza Hotel with MCGA’s annual business meeting. Members elected Matt Lambert of Brookfield, Mo., to the MCGA board of directors to represent District 2 growers in north central Missouri. Kurtis Gregory of Marshall, Mo., was also elected to represent central Missouri growers in District 5. Three board members were reelected: Kevin Hurst in District 1 in northwest Missouri; Mark Scott of District 6 representing the east-central region; and John Moreton of District 7 in southeast Missouri.

Following the annual meeting and luncheon, growers visited the State Capitol to encourage legislators to allow the sale of E15 (15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline) in Missouri and highlight the importance of corn and ethanol production in the state’s economy.

Members also took the opportunity to honor industry supporters for their contributions to the association during a recognition dinner. Congressman Jason Smith, among others, was awarded the Friend of Corn Growers Award for his work for farmer’s rights.

The Missouri Corn Growers Association is a membership organization of farmers dedicated to growing and defending the corn industry.

(Mountain Home) – A Mountain Home woman was injured Thursday morning after a two-vehicle accident on Highway 62 East.

The accident happened at 11:04 AM at the 9.10 mile marker, when the eastbound vehicle driven by 70-year-old Charlotte Maley crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle.

Maley was taken from the scene of the accident to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home. A passenger in Maley’s vehicle was uninjured, and the driver of the second vehicle wasn’t injured.

(Jefferson City) – Representative Courtney Allen Curtis (D-Berkeley) recently introduced HB 1624, which would designate the “high five” as Missouri’s official greeting.

After filing the bill, Curtis issued the following statement:

“The high five is friendly, fun, and can lift spirits; and with tensions running high in the Capitol building, the high five might be just what Missouri needs. Both Republicans and Democrats are passionate about their issues, and sometimes that passion can cause our legislators to be on edge. An official state greeting could help to break up the monotony of the day-to-day work and promote a friendlier environment between both sides of the aisle.

“This bill was designed to actually get children involved in our political process. These type of bills are used to engage our youth, many of whom I visit with in my district. In an election year, tensions are often at all-time high, so I think it’s a great way to break the partisan gridlock.”

In addition to his legislative duties, Representative Curtis is the Chairman of the Freshman Bipartisan Issue Development Committee.

(Mountain Home) – A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft of mail boxes in front of private residences on Dwelle Road that occurred sometime during January 25 or January 26.

Baxter County deputies were dispatched on January 27 to take the complaint report. Three mail boxes on Dwelle Road had been knocked off their posts and stolen. The remaining contents of the mail boxes, if any, are not known. Some personal mail was found on the ground.

One of the victims is offering a $200 cash reward to anyone providing information leading to arrests and convictions in these crimes. Anyone having knowledge of the thefts or information about them can contact Investigator Larry Walters in the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division by calling 870-425-7000.

(West Plains) – On Wednesday, the Howell County Commission approved the annual operating budget for 2014 at just over $8.9 million.

Howell County Presiding Commissioner Mark Collins said that, while the overall budget is up by roughly $500,000 from last year, there are some parts of the budget that remain flat or have fallen, including the amount of grant funding from state and federal resources.

The road and bridge portion of the budget was also up from last year at $2.4 million, partially due to upcoming projects including the construction of a bridge on County Road 8530 just south of West Plains.

The budget is prepared from various offices and departments submitting estimates of revenues and requests for expenditures to the Howell County Commission for review and possible approval.