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(Jefferson City) – The Missouri Department of Agriculture has announced that a local organization has received $1000 to assist in providing low cost spay and neuter services.

The Ava Area Animal Welfare League was the recipient of $1,000 from the Missouri Spay & Neuter Grant Program, which helps animal shelters, humane societies and non-profit spay and neuter initiatives that work to address pet overpopulation by reducing the cost of spaying and neutering services.

AAAWL was one of fourteen organizations who were selected in this latest round of grant funding. Since 2009, the program has awarded at least $20,000 in grants annually. Agricultural officials say selection was especially competitive this year, since ten more organizations than last year applied, and there was a funding shortfall of $5000 compared to the previous year.

Other groups include the Dent County Animal Welfare Society in Salem, MO; Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Reeds Spring; and Operation Spot in St. Louis.

The Missouri Spay and Neuter Grant Program is funded by sales of the “I’m Pet Friendly” license plates through the Missouri Department of Revenue. Each sale of the plate donates $20 to the Missouri Pet Spay/Neuter Fund, which is administered by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Missourians can obtain those license plates at any time by visiting their nearest license office or the Department of Revenue online at

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has issued a consumer alert for college students and others in the state who will be renting an apartment or house for the first time.

Rutledge says young consumers need to be smart while shopping for an apartment or rental house. She says shopping for an apartment or rental house is just as important and complex as buying a car or evaluating the benefits of a new cellphone or game console.

The attorney general says college students and others need to know what to ask a landlord and what to look for in an apartment or rental house.

Among other things, Rutledge says renters should read the lease fully and ask about utilities, including their average monthly cost and whether the landlord covers those costs.

(West Plains) – A new writing class, Writing II: Academic Writing (ENG 210) and an additional section of College Algebra (MTH 135) have been added to the 2015 fall semester course schedule at Missouri State University-West Plains’ campus in Mountain Grove.

Mountain Grove Campus Coordinator Lu Adams said the writing class will be held 4 to 5:20 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and the math class will meet from 5:30-8:20 PM Wednesdays at Shannon Hall, 401 E. 17th St.

Writing II: Academic Writing is a three-credit-hour class in which students will study and practice the discourse conventions of academic writing and writing about public affairs from the perspective of an educated person, according to the university’s course catalog. Students will have needed to earn a grade C or better in Writing I (ENG 110) before enrolling in this class.

College Algebra is a three-credit-hour class that covers problem solving, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, equations, inequalities and their applications; coordinate geometry, including conic sections and systems of equations/ inequalities; and an introduction to sequences and series, according to the course catalog. Students who have not taken Intermediate Algebra (MTH 103) should have two units of high school algebra and an approved score on a departmental placement test to take this class.

Registration for these and other classes scheduled for the 2015 fall semester at the Mountain Grove or West Plains campuses, as well as online, will continue through August 16. A complete course schedule can be found

For more information about admission and registration procedures, contact Adams at 417-547-7575 or visit

(Mountain View) – Liberty Middle School will be holding an open house for all students and parents on August 10 from 6-8 PM.

At that time, students in grades 6-8 can pick up their schedules, visit their classrooms, meet their teachers, and fill their lockers. Incoming 6th graders and parents will have a brief meeting in the gym at 6 PM to start the evening. Schedules will not be available for pick up prior to open house.

Students unable to attend open house will be able to pick up schedules in the front office on Tuesday, August 11.

(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH)’s Public Safety Officers Matt Garcia and Eddie Elliot are offering a four-day summer youth public safety program through ASUMH Community Education.

The program, which is open to adolescents ages 14-18, will demonstrate how to avoid dangerous situations like distracted driving, as well as coping with peer pressure and bullying. The program will focus on development of practical life skills, team building and good decision-making. The final day of class will conclude with a dance party with DJ Peace.

The Youth Public Safety Program will take place at The Sheid on the campus of ASUMH from 5:30-7:30 PM August 10-13. The cost of registration is $15 per student and will include a t-shirt, snacks and drinks each evening. Scholarships are available. The deadline to register is August 7 and can be completed at or by calling 870-508-6280.

For more information about the Youth Public Safety program, call 870-508-6300.

(Mountain Home) – The Donald W. Reynolds Library in Mountain Home has announced that Jennifer Veloria-Dunn has been hired as the new marketing coordinator and adult programs co-coordinator.

A Mountain Home native, Jennifer Veloria-Dunn graduated from Mountain Home High School, earned two associate degrees at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home and then went on to earn her Bachelor of Technology Management at Missouri State University in Springfield.

Jennifer is a 5 year veteran of the secondary classroom, having taught business and career education at Cotter High School. Most recently, she was working for Arkansas State University-Mountain Home, serving as the college and career coach for Cotter and Flippin High Schools.

For information on Library programs visit the Library’s website at The Donald W. Reynolds Library Serving Baxter County is located at 300 Library Hill, Mountain Home, AR.

(Ava) – An Ava resident is dead after drowning in Bryant Creek in Douglas County.

A report from the Highway Patrol states that 55-year-old Steven Gear was wading in the water around 3:30 PM Wednesday afternoon when he was swept into deep water by the current. The report states that Gear went underwater and eventually resurfaced, face down, and became lodged in some tree root debris.

Gear was pronounced dead at the scene around 5:30 PM by Douglas County Coroner Rick Miller. His body was taken from the scene to Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Ava.

(Eminence) – A Van Buren resident suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning after the vehicle she was driving ran off-road and hit an embankment.

18-year-old Paityn Mulvaney was taken from the scene of the 8:35 AM accident to Mercy Hospital in Mountain View.

The accient happened five miles south of Eminence on Route 19, according to a Highway Patrol report.

(Mountain View) – The Mercy Hospital system has announced that the Mountain View hospital will be receiving a portion of $600,000 of grant funding.

Mercy St. Francis Hospital and the Good Samaritan Clinic are partial recipients of the Mercy Caritas and Catherine McAuley Area of Greatest Need grant programs.

The Mountain View Good Samaritan Clinic, which has provided much-needed medical and dental services to uninsured patients for more than a decade, has received $12,000 in funding, which will go toward prescription medications, antibiotics, a variety of hypertension and diabetes medications, and diabetic supplies. In 2014, the clinic saw nearly 2,300 visits from more than 50 locations in Southwest Missouri. That same year, it provided more than 1,300 prescriptions.

The Mountain View community will also soon have more help “kicking the habit.” Through this year’s grants, Mercy St. Francis Hospital will provide an expansive tobacco cessation program – through secondhand smoking education for preschools, tobacco avoidance courses for middle school children, and Freedom from Smoking classes for parents and the community.

Now in its 28th year of operation, Mercy Caritas is providing a total of $500,000 in grants. The Catherine McAuley fund offers an additional $100,000 in grants funding supported by Mercy co-workers as part of the annual Mercy Way campaign.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office is coming to a town near you.

Rutledge announced plans Wednesday to operate mobile offices across the state during the beginning of August. Rutledge, a Republican who was elected in November, created the mobile office initiative to make her office accessible to everyone, particularly those who live outside the capital city.

Mobile offices can help constituents with such consumer-related issues as filing consumer complaints against scam artists. Rutledge says she believes there is no issue too small for her staff to have a face-to-face conversation with a constituent.

The attorney general’s mobile offices plan stops in El Dorado and Camden on Aug. 4; Harrison and Marshall on Aug. 6; Walnut Ridge and Newport on Aug. 11; and Melbourne and Mountain View on Aug. 13.