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Archive for May, 2014

(Little Rock) (AP) – Officials say about 75 percent of Arkansans eligible for the state’s Medicaid expansion program have signed up.

More than 170,000 people have applied and were deemed eligible for the state’s “private option” program, the Department of Human Services said Tuesday. The program uses federal Medicaid dollars to buy private health insurance for the poor.

Last month, department officials estimated that around 155,500 people signed up for the health care program, which 225,000 Arkansans qualify for.

The Legislature established the program last year as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion envisioned under the federal health care law. Lawmakers reauthorized the program in March.

(Little Rock) (AP) – A year after he was appointed to take over Arkansas’ scandal-plagued state treasurer’s office, Charles Robinson has fulfilled the goal laid out for him by the governor and lawmakers: Keep the low-profile office out of the news.

Beebe and lawmakers are praising Robinson, who was appointed to the post a year ago this week. Robinson replaced ex-Treasurer Martha Shoffner, a Democrat who resigned last year after being arrested in an FBI sting. Shoffner was convicted on 14 bribery and extortion charges after prosecutors said she steered state business to a bond broker who gave her cash payments.

Robinson said he’s been focusing on addressing the problems with the office and implementing a state law overhauling the post.

(Tahelquah, OK)(AP) – Nineteen Cherokee Indians are set to begin a 950-mile bicycle ride as part of the annual “Remember the Removal” ride commemorating the forced removal of Cherokees from the southeastern United States to what is now Oklahoma.

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma who are making the ride gathered Friday in Cherokee, North Carolina, before leaving for Georgia for the start of the journey on Sunday.

The ride follows the northern route of what is known as the Trail of Tears. It begins Sunday in New Echota, Georgia and is to end June 19 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

The riders will cross Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas before ending the journey in Oklahoma.

(Licking) (AP) – State corrections officials say two officers at a southern Missouri prison are recovering from an assault by an inmate.

The Department of Corrections said the incident happened around 7 a.m. Friday at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking.

The injuries were described as moderate, and the department said Friday afternoon that both officers were in good condition.

Details about the assault and the inmate were not disclosed. Department spokesman David Owen says eight emergency response teams were activated to help search the prison.

The South Central Correctional Center is located about 100 miles south of Jefferson City. It opened in 2000 with a capacity of about 1,600 inmates.

(Mountain Home)- Arkansas State University-Mountain Home art students are hosting an artist reception on Thursday, June 5, from 4-6PM in the ASUMH Vada Sheid Gallery.

ASUMH has also recently announced the names of the Arkansas State University- Mountain Home students have also been named to the honors list for the spring 2014 semester:

Chancellor’s List- Jared Allen; Lori Amick; Tosha Applegate; Katie Backus; Jennifer Bailey; Taylor Basinger; Dawn Bennett; Edward Boris; Kaiya Brooks; Lesli Brown; Stephanie Bryant; Klinton Buechele; Cody Cain; Tabatha Callantine; Margaret Carpenter; Hannah Chapman; Tracy Connelly; Lena Davis; Suzan Day; Garth Deems; Carley Dodson; Anna Dollar; Jason Dunn; Amanda Engel Butler; Kenneth Eubanks; Sarah Flippin; William Foster; Ariel Fountain; James Garland; Brittany Green; Angela Greenhaw; Bailey Grissum; Michael Hadrys; Shelby Halliday; Deborah Harbin; Madison Harned; George Hastings; Jesse Hernandez; Robin Holt; Steven Holtz; Carol Honey; Susan Huckleberry; Cynthia Hummell; Samuel Hurst; Emily Johnson; Alyson Kanta; Rachel Kesterson; David Kilgore; Maria Krueger; Colby Kutsi; Leigha Lashley; Brenda Lawrence; Carla Lemley; Josh Lung; Joannes Mackey; Justin Martin; Savannah McFarland; Leann McGovern; Tanner McGuire; Andrea Melton; Nicole Miller; Adrienne Moore; Angela Myers-Obermire; Jessica Newman; Hannah Oels; Katie Paul; Gary Pearman; Alyssa Pendergrass; James Pinkston; Charles Rehrig; Jeffrey Richards; Corrina Riggs; Sara Rivas; Elisa Rogers; Katelyn Sauls; Derek Scott; Richard Skaggs; Zachary Solomon; Amber Stanley; Shyanne Stephens; Ashley Stokes; Jason Thielman; Lisa Toms; Leslie Trewyn; Skiver Tribble; Samantha Tucker; Kate Tyree; Bailey Wagner; Taylor Waldon; Michael Warren; Elizabeth Wilson; Tonya Young.

Vice Chancellor’s List- David Alkire; Charles Altenbaumer III; Weldon Baird; Brandon Barnes; Jessica Basford; Jason Beiler; Jesse Biddle; Debbie Blakeslee; Kelly Bodimer-Bruce; Angela Bower; Camellia Brackin; Devyn Bratten; Gary Brison; Mikayla Brown; Sarah Campbell; Jennifer Castle; Catherine Coon; Jessey Cooper; Bart Crymes; Amy Curtis; Stephine Davis; Emily Davison; Brandy Deloach; Korbin Duffy; Taylor Edmonson; Stacey Evans; Johnathon Everett; Paula Foster; Kaila Garcia; Lisa Goettler; Callie Ham; Dylan Hamby; Jennifer Helm; Michael Hilton; Franklin Hinkle; Megan Holder; Taylor Huddleston; Kristin Jacobelli; Angelica Jones; Justine Jones; Katherine Kappmeyer; Laurie Kasinger; Joshua Kerwood; Alex Kiefer; Noelle King; Kevin Kite; Morgan Lamb; Hannah Landry; Cindy Lindstrom; Brandi Long; Aaron Loyd; Caleb Lunday; Andrea Marquis; Sam Mason; Andrew McCormick; Brandon McFarland; Joni McKinney; Ruth-Anne Morrison; Rebecca Nelson; Jessica Neubauer; Isabella Pagni; Emma Palella; Christie Proffitt; Gary Quinney Jr.; Larissa Randall; Laura Rodgers; Maci Romine; Laura Rouse; Kimberly Sills; Andrea Snyder; Jeffery Stacks; Alex Stubenfoll; Melissa Tabor; Lauralyn Terherst; Arriah Thomas; Aaron Tilley; Clinton Tilton; Courtney Tone; Melanie Treat; Carmelle Trombetta; Karlee Tucker; Christina Urban; Patricia Valente; Shyanne Villalvazo; Whitney Ward; Joseph Watroba; Sarah West; Gabriel Wiggins; Meagan Wilkerson; Amber Williams; Amanda Woodard; Yidan Xu; Sheldon Zeltner; Valory Zortman.

Eligibility for the Chancellor’s List and the Vice Chancellor’s List requires at least 12 credit hours of college-level courses, not including courses beginning with a “0”. Full-time students whose grade point average for the semester is 4.00 are named to the Chancellor’s List. Full-time students whose grade point average for the semester is within the range of 3.60 through 3.99 are named to the Vice Chancellor’s List.

(West Plains)- On Saturday, June 21, from 1-3PM at the Wite Rayvn Metaphysical Church of the Ozarks ATC there will be a workshop in the Health Living-Healthy Life series that is designed to assist everyday people to do everyday things that can improve their quality of life. Finding editable plants on your own property that make great salads, rain water for animals and plants, easy inexpensive solar power wind, and just old fashion common sense thing that have been forgotten in the 21st century that really work towards your benefits.

This workshop is being taught by Will O Wellsprings, a long time master gardener and landscaper, who has extensive knowledge of how you too can live off the land. Wite Rayvn Metaphysical Church of the Ozarks ATC is located 4574 State Route 142 West Plains, MO 65775.

For more information on this workshop you can go to

(West Plains)- Ozark Independent Living (O.I.L.) will be offering free sign language classes from 1-3PM beginning on June 18, at the West Plains Senior Center.

Classes will continue each Wednesday for six weeks and Sue Cawthron will be instructor. The recommended book, “A Basic Course in American Sign Language,” will be available for $25 and may be picked up at the O.I.L. office located at 109 Aid Avenue in West Plains between 8AM-4:30PM weekdays.

Sign Language classes are just one of the many services provided by O.I.L., which has been serving a seven-county area for 18 years.

For further information or to sign-up for the class, call 417-257-0038, Ext 216.

(Melbourne)- The Ozarka College Foundation has announced twenty-six scholarship recipients for the upcoming academic year. Each student has been awarded $500 scholarships to be split between the fall 2014 and spring 2015 Ozarka College semesters.

The Dan (Wally) Pittman scholarship has been awarded to two recipients, Susan Adkins and Madison Deloach. Whittany Dockins has been awarded the Charles Cheatham Memorial scholarship. Deloach and Dockins are both graduates of Calico Rock High School.

The Coy Ferguson Memorial scholarship has been awarded to Eli Blankenship and Makayla Gross has received the Granny Bea Crofford Memorial scholarship. Both are graduates from Izard County Consolidated (ICC).

Highland High School graduate, Amber Merriam, has received the Dietsche/Martin scholarship. The Orvis and Lilbern Farris-Nix scholarship was also awarded to a graduate of Highland High School, Julie Steeves. Ozarka Family awarded two scholarships, Kasey Hendrix and Nykki Via. Hendrix graduated from ICC and Via graduated from Quitman High School.

Three residents of Cherokee Village have received $500 scholarships. Arwen Sharak has been awarded the Harold Crawford Second Chance scholarship, Darla Spencer received the James Fenton Memorial scholarship, and Jessica Cubillas earned the Tri-County Hospice scholarship. Tri-County Hospice also awarded a scholarship to Jenerose Powell of Hardy.

Mountain View residents have clinched four scholarships: The Joe and Maxine Wyatt scholarship, Margaret Kemp Memorial scholarship, Netta Gilbert Memorial scholarship, and one of the Jean Jennings Memorial scholarships. Respectively, recipients include Derek Broyles, Deborah Jordan, Bailey Miller, and Bailey Barnes. Blonnie Brown, of Fifty Six, was also awarded a Jean Jennings Memorial scholarship.

The JoKay Smith Memorial and the Robert Kalischer Memorial scholarship each went to graduates of Mammoth Spring High School. Congratulations to Brianne Reed and Hope McComas. A second Robert Kalischer Memorial scholarship was awarded to Tim Davidson of Hardy.

The Lesa Bull Memorial also awarded two scholarships. One went to Makollie Koelling of Salem and the other to Roberta Sutton of Thayer, Missouri. Lindsey Wetzel, graduate of Melbourne High School, was awarded the Harry Powell and Velma Fudge Dixon Memorial scholarship. Lindsey McHalffey of Violet Hill received the Paul and Treva Miller scholarship and James Tackett of Ash Flat was awarded the Sharp County Literacy/JaNoel Bess scholarship.

In addition to the $500 scholarships, the Foundation is also happy to announce a $250 scholarship donated by Sales and Marketing Executives International. Recipient for this scholarship is Michele Eaton. Eaton is a Batesville resident who is majoring in Nursing.

For more information about these scholarships, which totaled $13,250, or other scholarship opportunities, please contact Suellen Davidson, Ozarka College Director of Advancement, by calling 870.625.0411 or email:

(West Plains)- The next evening “stroll” around the West Plains downtown square, complete with food, live music, and extended hours for various businesses, is returning to the square in June.

The “First Friday Night Downtown Stroll” will be held Friday, June 6, at 5PM, and offer a mix of shopping, music, food, and activities for the whole family. Visitors will have an opportunity to browse in stores normally closed during the evening while enjoyed a stroll around the historic downtown square.

For more information about the First Friday Night Downtown Stroll, people may contact West Plains Downtown Revitalization Executive Director Kerri Jones at 417-256-4433.

(Jefferson City)- Route 60 in Wright and Texas Counties will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

This section of roadway is located from Route 5 to Route 63. Weather permitting; work will be performed Monday, June 2 through Thursday, June 5 from 6:30AM to 5:30PM daily.

The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area. For additional information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or visit