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Archive for January, 2014

(West Plains) – On Friday a new parking ordinance will be in effect in the city of West Plains. City Clerk Mallory Prewett explains:


If you have any questions, call West Plains City Hall at 417-256-7176.

(Jefferson City) – Missouri senators continue to introduce legislation on the Senate floor, and also have started to debate measures.

Sen. Bob Dixon, (R-Springfield), is introducing Senate Bill 507, which would modify the gubernatorial appointment process for acting directors and vacancies in certain public offices:


Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, (D-Kansas City), is introducing Senate Bill 787 which would create a Capital Sentencing Procedures and Protocols Commission:


For more information on this Senate Bills you can visit their website

(Theodosia) – A Theodosia resident suffered moderate injuries Wednesday night after a one-vehicle accident near her hometown.

The accident happened at 10 PM on Route P near Route NN southwest of Theodosia, when the southbound vehicle driven by 64-year-old Jeannine Kruszewski ran off-road, hit a road sign, and ran into a ditch and struck an embankment.

Kruszewski was taken from the scene of the accident to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains by Ozark County Ambulance.

(Willow Springs) – Yarber Funeral Home is now open in Willow Springs at their new location at 814 East Main.

The funeral home will be holding an open house on Saturday, February 1 from 1-3 PM, and invites to public to visit and see the new facilities. City officials say that Yarber Funeral Home also became Chamber members and will be attending the Annual Chamber Banquet this Saturday night.

If you want more information on their services, call Yarber Funeral Home at 417-469-1717 and their fax is 417-469-1818.

(Ellington) – The Ozark Heritage Project is urging residents across the region and particularly those that live in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways region in Shannon, Carter and Dent Counties, to voice their opinion concerning the proposed management plan for the park. Now, they hope to make it even easier for you to comment.

Rick Mansfield, who is the president of the group, says that the forms are going to be available across the region. He also talked about how the group hopes to have streamlined the process:


Mansfield continued saying that the comments were developed after interviewing people in the region, and that the sheets were created after hearing that the amount of comments submitted were low:


Mansfield says that every substantive comment to the Parks Service will be helpful in shaping the future of the park:


Some legislators are looking to get ONSR back under the control of the Missouri Department of Conservation, with legislation currently working its way through the Missouri legislature.

Comment forms can also be picked up at the Ozark Radio Network, 983 US Highway E. 160, West Plains.

(Willow Springs) – A Mountain View resident was injured Wednesday morning after a one-vehicle accident east of Willow Springs.

The accident happened at 11:50 AM on Route U, when the northbound vehicle driven by 67-year-old Barbara Johnson ran off-road, hit a road sign and overturned.

She was flown from the scene of the accident to Cox South Hospital in Springfield by Air Evac.

(West Plains) – The Christian Campus House at Missouri State University-West Plains will be hosting a live screening of a debate that has been garnering much attention in the media and online.

Leading creation apologist and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham will be debating the beginnings of the universe at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY with popular TV personality and evolution apologist Bill Nye, who is best known as Bill Nye the Science Guy.

The debate will be streamed February 4 from 4-6 PM in Melton Hall room 112 on the MSU-West Plains campus. Free donuts and water will be available at the event.

For more information, call 417-293-7662.

(Jefferson City) – The Missouri Department of Revenue is offering people tax tips before the first filing date on January 31. Brett Stevens has more:


(Mountain View) – The Mountain View City Council met in a regular session meeting on Monday, January 27, at 6PM, in the Council Chambers.

Chris Christenson informed the council that he is no longer with Johnson Controls, and is now with Siemens Company, adding that he would like to bring in some engineers to do the preliminary assessment on the city’s infrastructure. Christenson informed the council that he will be providing the same services offered at no charge for the preliminary assessment. The council approved to have Christenson to proceed with the assessment of the city’s infrastructure.

Alderman Jeremy Burks presented a brochure of pricing on refurbished ATM machines. After hearing Brenda Reavis’ report of an unfortunate incident that had occurred in the West Plains/Thayer area regarding ATM machines not being ADA compliant, the council agreed to look into the matter closer and revisit this issue at the next meeting.

Mayor Patrick Reed reported several photographs were damaged at the senior center due to the roof leaking from the major snowstorm in December of last year. Mayor Reed also reported that one of the heat pumps at the library needs some repair work, and will cost around $3,000. The building maintenance budget for the library only has $128 remaining in this fiscal year.

(Willow Springs) – Some people simply find ways to make a difference in their communities. Charles Millner and his wife Naomi exemplify that quality of caring and giving back.

The United Methodist Church of Willow Springs is partnering with the American Red Cross to help save lives in their honor during a blood drive on Monday, February 10, from 12-6 PM at Willow Springs United Methodist Church, 311 N. Harris St., Willow Springs, Mo.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Marci Manley, Communications Program Manager for the Red Cross, who shared the extended purpose behind this blood drive:


Manley added that with the recent winter weather the Red Cross lost hundreds of blood drive opportunities:


Manley added that many times people don’t understand the reason for the constant need of blood donations:


To donate blood you must a valid ID, such as a driver’s license or two other forms of identification. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.