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(Mountain Home) – The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a firearms qualification shoot for Retired Law Enforcement Officers on Friday, October 3, beginning at 8AM at the firing range on Baxter CR 782 off State Highway 201 North.

The cost for this process is $10 and is payable in advance. The retired officer must furnish his or her own firearm and ammunition. Any retired law enforcement officers interested in participating in the firearms qualifications shoot will need to come to the Sheriff’s Office to register in advance by filling out a written application and sign a release and waiver of liability form.

The qualification course has been developed and selected by certified firearms instructors of the Sheriff’s Office. Those officers who successfully pass the course will be issued an official card from the Sheriff’s Office attesting to their having satisfactorily completed the course.

For more information call the sheriff’s office at 870-425-7000.

(West Plains) – The nursing faculty at Missouri State University-West Plains will host an informational seminar for area residents interested in applying to the university’s Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program at 6PM on October 30, at Shannon Hall, 401 E. 17th St., in Mountain Grove.

The seminar is free and will provide information on nursing as a career, educational preparation for nursing, and a description of the classroom and clinical components of the Missouri State-West Plains nursing program. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. No appointment or pre-registration is necessary to attend.

For more information, contact the Missouri State-West Plains Nursing Department at 417-255-7245, or visit the department’s website at www.wp.missouristate.edu/nursing.

(West Plains) – A recent survey by the Stanford Graduate School of Business’s found that nearly two-thirds of people in management do not receive coaching or leadership advice from outside consultants or coaches. 100% of them stated that they are receptive to making changes based on feedback

Train the managers your business needs by attending the “Supervisory Certificate Series” starting Wednesday October 15. This unique four-part series is brought to you by the University of Missouri’s Missouri Training Institute and the Ozarks Small Business Incubator, underwritten by Penmac and the Delta Regional Authority. This series is ideal for both experienced supervisors and new managers in all industries including manufacturing, government, for-profit and non-profit. Through facilitated discussions and an engaging learning process, attendees will gain a common language and techniques to improve their leadership role in their organization.

The Supervisory Certificate Series will address the following topics: building effective relationships, legal responsibilities of a supervisor, communicating successfully, leading high-performance teams, coaching employees and guiding conflict resolution.

The series will be held on four consecutive Wednesdays: October 15, October 22, October 29 and November 5. All classes will be held at the Ozarks Small Business Incubator, 408 Washington Avenue, West Plains.

The cost for the entire series is $ 545 or $495 for OzSBI members; a full-day session or two half day sessions of your choice is $195 or $165 for OzSBI members; or one half day session of your choice for $145 or $125 for OzSBI members.

Enrollment in the series can be done online at www.ozsbi.com or by calling 417-256-9724. The deadline to register is Friday, October 3, and seating is limited.

(Melbourne) – Ozarka College will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on September 18 from 10AM-2PM.

The blood drive will take place in the lobby of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne.

For more information about the American Red Cross Blood Drive, taking place at Ozarka College in Melbourne, please call 870-368-2024.

(Houston) – The Texas County Memorial Hospital breastfeeding support group will meet Thursday, September 25, from 6:30-8:30PM in the second floor medical surgical education room at the hospital.

Jennifer Terrill, a registered nurse and internationally board certified lactation consultant at TCMH, will facilitate the breastfeeding support group. The group is open to mothers that are currently breastfeeding or expectant mothers that are planning to breastfeed after the birth of their child. Mothers may bring their breastfeeding child to the meeting.

Support group meetings are held the fourth Thursday of every month. The support group is free, but the obstetrics department requires pre-registration prior to the support group.

For more information or to register, contact the TCMH obstetrics department at 417-967-1260 or 1-866-967-3311, extension 4449.

(Cherokee Village) – Cherokee Village City Hall has announced that the City Council will hold session on Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 PM.

The District Court will hold court on Friday, September 19, at 9 AM.

Officials would like to remind folks that all meeting and court sessions are held at City Hall and they are all open to the public.

(Calico Rock) – On Saturday, September 20, the Calico Rock Lions Club and Volunteer Fire Department are teaming up once more to present the Draggin’ Wagon Sled Team Truck Pull event at the Tip Wiseman Rodeo Arena adjacent to Earl King Park off Highway 56.

The main gates will open at 5PM with the truck pull action starting at 7 PM.

This jointly sponsored, action packed event is a fundraiser for the Lions and the Fire Department, so all are encouraged to come out to show their support. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12, and kids under age 6 admitted free.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy is in critical condition after police say an officer shot him with a stun gun during a traffic stop.

Sgt. Darrell Schmidli says the driver was stopped Sunday afternoon because of an outstanding warrant. He says the driver refused to roll down the window or get out of the car. He says the officer used the stun gun on the teen, who allegedly struggled with police as he was removed.

The teen was hospitalized in critical condition. Police say they don’t know what caused the medical emergency.

A friend who witnessed the stop tells WDAF-TV the teen was using his cellphone to record the officer. Another witness tells the station she saw the teen convulsing.

Schmidli says police will review video of the stop.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis nonprofit that provides assistance to families of emergency workers who die in the line of duty says it is not raising money for the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Backstoppers released a statement on Monday dispelling reports on social media, saying the organization is not participating in, and has not benefited from, any fundraising to support Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. Wilson remains on paid administrative leave while a state grand jury and the Justice Department continue investigations into the Aug. 9 shooting.

Backstoppers says that if it receives any funds related to the Ferguson matter, the money would be rejected.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said Monday that she plans to resign later this year, ending a tenure during which she repeatedly came under criticism as the state adopted new school accreditation standards and dealt with struggling districts.

Nicastro has been head of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education since 2009, after previously serving as a school administrator. She said she will step down at the end of 2014.

In a written statement announcing Nicastro’s departure, the department noted her tenure has included the implementation of new educational and classification standards for public schools. The department also adopted an initiative intended to push Missouri into a top 10 ranking for student achievement by 2020.

“This is exactly the right time both personally and professionally for a change in leadership,” Nicasatro said in a written statement.

Nicastro had been frequently criticized by some state legislators and officials for her handling of high-profile issues, particularly during the past year.

An audit released last month faulted the department’s process for hiring a consultant for a potential overhaul of the Kansas City School District. Some state lawmakers also have been upset with the way the department has handled a student-transfer law for unaccredited districts in the St. Louis area. Other lawmakers have been opposed to the agency’s implementation of the Common Core educational standards.

One of Nicastro’s most outspoken critics has been Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, of St. Louis.

Chappelle-Nadal said Monday that she was “ecstatic” to hear Nicastro was leaving, adding: “She made the right decision.”