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Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President, presents a retirement plaque to Bruce Dietsche for fourteen years of service. (provided)

Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President, presents a retirement plaque to Bruce Dietsche for fourteen years of service. (provided)

(Melbourne) – Bruce Dietsche, Ozarka College science instructor, has retired after fourteen years of service.

Dietsche was honored at a retirement celebration on Friday, May 8. Family, friends and colleagues in attendance shared their sincere appreciation for the education Mr. Dietsche has shared with countless students. Congratulatory speeches were made and everyone wished him a long and joyous retirement.

Mr. Dietsche shared his appreciation for all who attended and spoke about his experience as an Ozarka College employee. “What I will miss most is being in the classroom, trying to make a difference in students lives, by teaching them how to understand science.” Dietsche also spoke about the importance of teaching ‘tough love’ and how he believes this helped the students to learn more in his class. “Let them learn from their experiences and everything will be alright,” said Dietsche.

(Evening Shade) – A Licking man suffered serious injuries Wednesday afternoon after a motorcycle accident in Texas County.

A Highway Patrol report states the accident happened at 3:45 PM on Slabtown Road, about three miles east of Evening Shade, when the eastbound Honda motorcycle operated by 41-year-old Daniel Duncan ran off-road and hit a tree, with Duncan being ejected into the tree.

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

(Kansas City) (AP) – A Missouri father and son face federal charges accusing them of defrauding farmers out of about $860,000 in a hay-selling scheme that spanned several states.

Federal prosecutors in Kansas City say 50-year-old Mark Henry of Cameron, and his son, 28-year-old Mark Henry Jr. of Lucerne, face 15 counts, including conspiracy to defraud and wire fraud.

Online court records don’t list lawyers for either defendant.

They’re accused of advertising hay to sell to farmers dealing with drought from 2010 to 2012. Prosecutors say they required farmers to pay in advance for hay that was advertised to be of good quality but actually “consisted of weeds, sticks, bushes, small trees, briars, thistles and woody stems.”

Their customers were in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Wyoming and New Mexico.

(Willow Springs) – MoDOT says shoulder work will continue into next moth on Route 106 in Reynolds and Shannon Counties.

MoDOT said in a news release that the roadway, from Route H in Shannon County to Route 21 in Reynolds County, will be reduced to one lane, weather permitting, through Wednesday, July 15 from 7 AM to 7 PM daily.

The work zone will be marked with signs and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling in the area.

(Little Rock) (AP) – The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office is seeking a rehearing before the U.S. appeals court that agreed last month with a lower court that a state law unconstitutionally burdens women by banning abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a 19-page petition Wednesday seeking a rehearing before the entire 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The court sided May 27 with doctors who challenged the law, ruling that abortion restrictions must be based on a fetus’ ability to live outside the womb, not the presence of a fetal heartbeat that can be detected weeks earlier.

Rita Sklar of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas said the petition for rehearing is “more waste of Arkansas taxpayer money.”

(Sikeston) – The Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety (SCRS) is currently accepting Law Enforcement Grant applications for 2016 contract year.

SCRS officials say the grants can be used to help cover the cost of overtime and equipment for checkpoints, saturation patrols and law enforcement. Awarded agencies may be requested to attend and assist with no more than two group-sponsored safety events during the year.

Grants are reviewed and awarded based on greatest need, and the proposed impact of the request on reducing fatalities and injuries. Verification of a departmental seat belt policy and agency involvement with the Coalition will be considered.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 26, with funding reimbursements available to awarded agencies beginning in August.

Applications and more information on the grants can be found at

(West Plains) – The city of West Plains is urging residents to keep an eye on your yards and property after last week’s rainfall, according to city clerk Mallory Hawkins:


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



(West Plains) – Ozarks Medical Center will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new home of the OMC Orthopaedic Clinic on July 14.

The groundbreaking will be held at 12:15 PM at the clinic’s new location at the corner of Kentucky Avenue and Ninth Street. At 6500 square feet, the new clinic will greatly increase the size of the current clinic facility at 1609 Porter Wagoner.

The OMC Orthopaedic Clinic has been serving the region since 2009, and is staffed by three board certified orthopaedic surgeons: Dr. David Denenny who began at OMC in 2009, Dr. James Rushford who began in 2014 and Dr. Susan Jolly who is joining OMC in June of this year.

Construction of the clinic is expected to be complete in spring 2016. The existing building on the corner of Kentucky Avenue and Ninth Street will be removed to prepare the site for new construction. The clinic will continue to operate at 1609 Porter Wagoner until the new facility is ready for occupancy.

To reach the OMC Orthopaedic Clinic call 417-256-1745.

(West Plains) – The city of West Plains will be conducting storm siren testing on Thursday.

Weather permitting, the test will take place at 10 AM, according to police chief Jeff Head.

In the event of inclement weather, the test will be postponed to a later date.



(West Plains) – Traditional music workshops will be held both days of the Old-Time Music, Ozarks Heritage Festival in downtown West Plains.

The Roe Family Singers of Kirkwood Hollow, MN will hold an autoharp seminar Friday, June 19 from 12-1 PM and an introduction to bass workshop from 1-2 PM on Friday, as well as a clogging and buckdancing workshop on Saturday, June 20 from 12-1 PM.

Missouri musical duo Michael Fraser and Tenley Hansen of Shortleaf will present a beginner’s fiddle workshop from 2-3 PM Friday, June 19.

Also holding a workshop this year is Clarence Brewer, also known as “King Clarentz”, who will hold a Delta Blues slide guitar workshop twice during the festival, from 3-4 PM Friday and 5-6 PM Saturday.

Arkansas native Seth Shumate will hold a harmonica gathering on Saturday. June 20 from 1-2 PM, with free harmonicas being given to the first 70 participants.

Van Colbert of the Willow Springs area will hold a banjo workshop on Saturday, June 20 from 2-3 PM. Van currently plays with the Blackberry Winter Band, who rose to national recognition in the independent film “Winter’s Bone”.

Springfield-area natives Victoria Johnson and Gail Morrissey of the band Stringfield will present a hammer dulcimer workshop on Saturday, June 20 from 3-4 PM.

West Plains native Dennis Crider will present a finger-picking guitar, rhythm guitar, and ukulele workshop on Saturday, June 20 from 4-5 PM. Crider is a West Plains fixture who was also featured on the soundtrack of “Winter’s Bone”.

The festival, in its 21st year, will be held Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20. The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, celebrates Ozarks music and culture. Admission to all festival events is free.

For more detailed information on these artists and workshops, visit the website at http://www.oldtimemusic​.​org