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Archive for February, 2014

(Licking) – A multi-alarm fire on Wednesday morning has destroyed a home near Licking.

Roughly 12 firefighters from Licking and Raymondville were called to a home fire on Kirkman Road, which is located off of Highway V near Licking.

The house was a total loss, however no injuries were reported. At this time, the cause of the fire is not known.

(Ava) – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department is currently seeking a wanted fugitive.

31-year-old Jacob James is wanted on a charge of aggravated stalking in Douglas County. James pleaded guilty to sexual assault and served time in prison. Since he got out, law enforcement officers say he has committed numerous violations of the conditions of his parole, including stalking and harassing his sexual assault victim.

Officers have been unable to locate James and he has not checked in with his parole officer as required, and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of James can contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department at 417-683-1020.

(West Plains) – North Star Destination Strategies, the company conducting a marketing and branding project for the city of West Plains, are in the community collecting information and interviewing people to help with their project.

City Tourism and Marketing Director Todd Shanks told Ozark Radio News and told us what the interviewing entails:


Shanks also told us the next step in the process involves city residents:


The entire analysis, which was approved in November by the city council, is expected to take a year before the final product is complete.

(Willow Springs) – During Monday’s city council meeting in Willow Springs, the board of aldermen heard from Myles Smith of Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, who discussed the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to curb pollution from coal plants and gave an update on the Cooperative’s efforts to stem the cost of higher utilities.

Smith said that new technologies could mean higher power costs for everyone:


Smith says that cooperatives are working hard to get people to contact the EPA and voice their opinion:


Comment forms were left at Willow Springs City Hall. For more information on how to contact the EPA, call Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative at 417-256-2131 or toll-free 1-888-HOE-POWER (1-888-463-7693), or visit

(Jefferson City) (AP) – A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation that would block the state from implementing new education standards.

The measure endorsed Wednesday would prevent schools from using the Common Core Standards, unless the Legislature passes a bill to adopt them. The Missouri State Board of Education voted to adopt the standards in 2010.

Sponsoring Republican Rep. Kurt Bahr says the new benchmarks for reading, writing and math take important teaching decisions away from local school boards. The bill’s opponents say the new education guidelines help students prepare for college.

Missouri students are scheduled to take Common Core-aligned tests this fall. Many other states have also adopted the standards.

The measure now heads to the House Rules Committee.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Seeking to sidestep a court ruling, the Missouri House endorsed legislation Wednesday that attempts to reinstate limits on the amount of money people can receive from medical malpractice lawsuits.

The bill given initial approval seeks to re-impose a $350,000 cap on noneconomic damages in medical practice cases that was struck down by Missouri Supreme Court in 2012.

The court ruled that a 2005 Missouri law imposing the financial limit violated a right to a jury trial that it said had been embedded in the Missouri Constitution since in 1820. The legislation attempts to get around that by declaring that medical practice claims are not covered through common law that existed when the constitution was adopted and instead are governed by state laws.

A similar measure passed the Republican-led House last year but stalled in the Senate, which also is controlled by Republicans. A second House vote is needed to send this year’s measure to the Senate.

(Willow Springs) – As schools transition to the new “common core” education standards, many parents may exactly be wondering what that entails for their child. Willow Springs Superintendent Dr. Derrick Hutsell spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us that there are a number of resources available on the school’s website:


The website is

(Mountain Home) – A Mountain Home woman arrested and incarcerated on Monday, February 24, in the Baxter County Detention Center on felony drug charges.

According to a report from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, a person cooperating with Sheriff’s investigators made three controlled drug buys from 48-year-old Michelle Tillery in the summer of 2013. Tillery reportedly sold 25 methadone hydrochloride pills and 11 focalin pills to the informant which were monitored and recorded by Sheriff’s investigators.

Tillery reportedly utilized a cellular telephone to facilitate selling these drugs, with law enforcement saying the transactions took place within 1,000 feet of a church in Mountain Home.

Tillery was booked on charges of delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, unlawful use of communication device, and distribution near certain facilities.

She is being held in the Baxter County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bond, and she will appear in Circuit Court on February 27.

(West Plains) – The University of Missouri Extension will host a Tree Pruning Workshop on Thursday, March 6 from 10 AM to 12 PM at Galloway Park in West Plains.

John Avery, Fruit Grower Advisor with MSU Fruit Experiment Station will be the presenter. There will be hands on demonstrations on pruning technique for different species of fruit trees; the pruning system for each species; what to remove, what to keep, and what to look for when pruning. Discussion will also include the importance of pruning each year and the recommended tools to use for pruning.

Pre-registration for the free workshop is requested. A minimum of 10 participants will be required to hold the workshop.

For more information, call the Howell County Extension Center at 417-256-2391.

(West Plains) – Area LPNs wishing to obtain RN credentials through Missouri State University-West Plains’ new evening program for the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree have until April 1 to apply.

Seats are still available in the evening program, so officials decided to extend the application deadline from February 1 to April 1 to give additional opportunities to area LPNs to enroll.

Director of Nursing Amy Ackerson said the university recently received approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing (MSBN) to expand it’s LPN-to-RN bridge program. As a result, the nursing department will begin offering an evening bridge program targeting, but not limited to, working licensed practical nurses.

The evening bridge program is expected to begin in June following a site visit by MSBN officials. All course and clinical rotations for the evening program will be offered after 5 PM or online.

Additional information about the program and the application process can be found a For more information about the LPN-to-RN bridge program or the nursing program, call the Missouri State-West Plains nursing department at 417-255-7245.