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(Cabool) – A free winter dance concert hosted by the STARS Foundation, will be performed on Saturday, December 6, at 7 PM, at the Cabool High School located at 720 Peabody Ave, in Cabool.

The STARS Foundation is a non-profit, community wide, Fine Arts School. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.thestarsfoundation.org.

FILE - In this  Feb. 11, 2014 file image from video provided by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Wilson is not expecting to face criminal charges from a Missouri grand jury that has been investigating the nationally watched case for the past several months, a police union official said Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Jeff Roorda, the business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, said he met Thursday with Ferguson Police Officer Wilson, who has remained secluded from the public eye since the Aug. 9 shooting. Wilson remains confident in the outcome of the grand jury investigation, Roorda said.    (AP Photo/City of Ferguson, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2014 file image from video provided by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Wilson is not expecting to face criminal charges from a Missouri grand jury that has been investigating the nationally watched case for the past several months, a police union official said Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Jeff Roorda, the business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, said he met Thursday with Ferguson Police Officer Wilson, who has remained secluded from the public eye since the Aug. 9 shooting. Wilson remains confident in the outcome of the grand jury investigation, Roorda said. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson, File)

(Jefferson City) (AP) – The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown seems confident that he will not face criminal charges from a grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday.

Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, said he met Thursday with Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, who has remained secluded from the public eye since the Aug. 9 shooting that sparked tense and occasionally violent protests and drew national attention.

Wilson has been under a lot of pressure and stress but appeared confident in the outcome of the grand jury investigation, Roorda said.

“It’s fair to say that neither he nor his defense team expect an indictment,” Roorda said, offering his impression of the situation based on the meeting with Wilson.

Roorda later told the AP in a text message that he was only speaking for himself.

“Wilson seems confident that justice will be served, but neither he nor his attorneys shared any expectations with me,” he said in the text.

One of Wilson’s attorneys, who also attended Thursday’s meeting, said there was no specific discussion of expectations.

“We have absolutely no idea – no more than anyone else – what may or may not happen,” attorney Neil Bruntrager said. “The only expectation that we would have is that the grand jury would be thorough and fair.”

If he is indicted, Wilson will immediately turn himself in to authorities, Bruntrager said.

Wilson has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting.

A 12-person St. Louis County grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case as it weighs whether to issue charges against the white officer for the black 18-year-old’s death. A decision could come soon, though authorities have not publicized any specific date for an announcement.

Roorda said St. Louis city police have been notified that they are switching to 12-hour shifts starting Saturday, a preparation for a potential uptick in protests.

The St. Louis County Police Department has not yet decided whether to switch to longer work shifts, spokesman Brian Schellman said.

For weeks, local and state police have been preparing for a grand jury announcement in anticipation that it will result in renewed protests. Earlier this week, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to help with security.

Authorities have said Wilson shot Brown, who was unarmed, following some sort of physical confrontation that occurred after Wilson told Brown and a friend to stop walking down the center of a street.

Wilson told authorities that the shooting happened after Brown struggled with him for his gun, according to reports by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York Times that cited unnamed sources. But some witnesses have said Brown had his arms raised – as if to surrender – when the fatal shot was fired.

Riots and looting occurred a day after the shooting, and protesters filled the streets for weeks. Police responded by firing tear gas and smoke canisters into crowds of demonstrators after some people threw rocks and Molotov cocktails.

Protests have been nearly constant since the shooting. The vast majority of protesters want to see the officer charged with murder. Many are also pushing for changes in the way police and the courts interact with minorities. A handful of demonstrations have been in support of Wilson.

Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for Brown’s family, described the investigation as an “emotional roller-coaster” for his clients. Even if Wilson is indicted, there’s no guarantee of a conviction. And if he isn’t charged, Crump said Thursday, “they get no chance of justice for their child.”

Crump said he had no insight into the timing of the grand jury’s decision, but that he expected to be notified ahead of any public announcement.

Wilson has incurred significant legal, medical and relocation expenses, and a police charity has raised close to $500,000 for him, Roorda said.

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(Willow Springs) – The city of Willow Springs honored a number of employees for their years of service at the city council meeting on Wednesday.

Recipients and photos are below.

Tom Benyo, left, received recognition for 12 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

Tom Benyo, left, received recognition for 12 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

Robert Rackley, left, received recognition for 30 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

Robert Rackley, left, received recognition for 30 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

Marsha Asberry, left, received recognition for 15 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

Marsha Asberry, left, received recognition for 15 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

Jim Stillwell, left, received recognition for 26 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

Jim Stillwell, left, received recognition for 26 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

James Walton, left, received recognition for 13 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

James Walton, left, received recognition for 13 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

David Gooch, left, received recognition for 26 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

David Gooch, left, received recognition for 26 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

Danny Cooper, left, received recognition for 13 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

Danny Cooper, left, received recognition for 13 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

Chipper Wood, left, received recognition for 12 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

Chipper Wood, left, received recognition for 12 years with the city. At right is City Administrator Bob Pollard. (Provided)

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(Mountain Home) – Three people were arrested Thursday morning when authorities conducted a probation home visit and search at a home in rural Mountain Home.

58-year-old Thomas Harvey, 36-year-old Jeremy Thorgensen, and 25-year-old Bethany Williams, all of rural Mountain Home, face a variety of charges related to drugs and probation violations.

Investigators say that during the search, officers found approximately 1.2 grams of meth, drug paraphernalia, and firearms, all of which were seized and taken into evidence.

Agencies participating in the search and arrests were the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Home Police, and Arkansas Department of Community Corrections.

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Bethany Williams

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Jeremy Thorgensen

Pictured from left, ASUMH Communications Team: Linda Clark; Christy Keirn; Amanda Herd; Sarah Sikes. (Provided)

Pictured from left, ASUMH Communications Team: Linda Clark; Christy Keirn; Amanda Herd; Sarah Sikes. (Provided)

(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home’s (ASUMH) Department of Communications and Institutional Advancement recently received four awards for marketing pieces submitted to the District 4 National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR).

As part of District 4, ASUMH competed against two-year colleges in Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. NCMPR is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges.

ASUMH received Medallion Awards as follows: Gold, Viewbook; Silver, Novelty Advertising; Bronze, Novelty Advertising; and Bronze, Printed Academic Catalog. These items and publications have been used for recruiting and promotion of ASUMH and its new logo, which was officially adopted in September.

Ric and Tommie Kristeff, Owners of Finch’s Locksmith Service. (Provided)

Ric and Tommie Kristeff, Owners of Finch’s Locksmith Service. (Provided)

(West Plains) – Finch’s Locksmith Service was founded by the late Kevin Finch almost two decades ago, and quickly became a household name in the West Plains area. Now, its new owners are hoping to continue that great service.

Finch’s Locksmith Service reopened in May 2014 under the new ownership of Ric and Tommie Kristeff, who are excited to continue serving the community for the future decades to come.

Shortly after the purchase, Finch’s Locksmith Service became an affiliate client of The Ozarks Small Business Incubator. They are utilizing OzSBI’s services including a team of highly trained mentors, marketing assistance, networking, and other business services to grow their business here in the Ozarks.

Finch’s Locksmith Service is bonded and offers automotive, commercial and residential locksmith services. Call Ric at 417-256-8657 to set up an appointment.

For more information on how OzSBI can help your business, call us at 417-256-9724 or visit us online at www.ozsbi.com.

(Casper, WY) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team is still in the hunt for its first national title after defeating Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 25-21 in first round action today at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship Tournament in Casper, Wyoming.

The Grizzlies (26-12), seeded 11th in the three-day event, will face third seeded College of Southern Idaho (33-2), Twin Falls, at 6:30 p.m. local time today in the quarterfinals. The Golden Eagles advanced by defeating No. 14 seed New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, 25-15, 25-21, 25-7 in a first round match that took place on a court adjacent to the Grizzlies’ match. All of the tournament matches can be viewed via streaming live video at www.njcaatv.org.

Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann couldn’t be more pleased with the effort her team put forth against the Bruins. “Our players were phenomenal,” she said of her players. “They executed our game plan very well. They played great defense, and that helped create our offense. I can’t say enough about their effort today.

The Grizzlies and the Salt Lake Bruins fought a tight contest through the first two sets, with neither team gaining more than a 4-point advantage. In the third, however, the Grizzlies jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead and continued to build that advantage throughout the set with great team play. The Bruins righted their ship in the fourth set, keeping pace with the Grizzlies until freshman middle attacker Penny Liu put the set away by scoring 4 of the Grizzlies’ final 5 points to give the team the win.

Liu led the Grizzlies offensively with 31 kills on 46 attempts with three errors for an attacking percentage of .609. Freshman outside attacker Pulotu Manoa followed with 17 kills, and freshman outside hitter Gabby Edmondson added 11. Freshman setter Susannah Kelley led the team in assists with 53, and sophomore outside hitter/defensive specialist Kaili Simmons recorded the team’s only service ace.

Defensively, Liu, Manoa and redshirt freshman right side/middle attacker Ashley Bishton each had two blocks, and Simmons led the team in digs with 25, followed closely by sophomore libero Alyssa Aldag with 21. Liu earned the most points with 35.

One notable statistic from the match really impressed Wiedemann. “Both teams only missed one serve the entire match! We have been working on it, and it made a difference. When teams come out and play like that, it’s fantastic,” she said.

The Grizzlies will have to turn in another great performance against CSI, Wiedemann said. “Defensively, we want to continue what we’re doing and try to be efficient on offense. We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now, and that’s how we need to be playing. Our players need to continue to give each other confidence on the court.”

(West Plains) – After only three years coaching the West Plains Zizzers Football team, Coach Steve Ary has been named Coach of the Year.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Coach Ary to learn what it means to him to receive such a title:

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The West Plains Zizzers played an incredible season, coming away with an 8-3 record on the season and a 7-2 record in district play. Coach Ary shared his thought on his most recent season of play:

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With this season over for the Zizzers, Coach Ary says he’s already looking to next year:

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19 boys from the West Plains Zizzer Football team were named All-Ozark Conference for their play during their 2014 season.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Player

Grade

Position

School
Sam Hall

11

QB

West Plains
Brad Gaffey

11

WR

West Plains
Dausen Neuschwander

11

OL

West Plains
Andrew Cobb

11

TE

West Plains
Jacob Hackworth

12

OL

West Plains
Gerard Dietrich

11

WR

West Plains

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Player

Position

Grade

School
Matt Wernsing

LB

12

West Plains
Sage Wood

DL

12

West Plains
Tyler Sands

DB

12

West Plains
John Williams

DB

11

West Plains

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Player

Grade

Position

School
Jett Sexton

11

OL

West Plains
Greg Freeman

12

OL

West Plains
Sage Wood

12

OL

West Plains
Robert Kurth

12

RB

West Plains

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Player

Position

Grade

School
Jake Quarti

LB

11

West Plains
Chance Davis

DL

11

West Plains
Dakota Sloan

DL

11

West Plains


HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE

Player

Grade

Position

School
Wade Chezem

12

FB

West Plains


HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE

Player

Position

Grade

School
Brandon Mitchell

DB

11

West Plains
Justin Nichols

DB

10

West Plains

(Springfield) (AP) – Police say a man who was wounded in a shooting that killed three other people has died from his injuries.

24-year-old Christopher Freeman of Springfield died Wednesday. He had been in critical condition since he and the three others were found shot in a room at the Economy Inn on Saturday. Forty-four-year-old Lewis Green, 43-year-old Trevor Fantroy and 29-year-old Danielle Keyes were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police suspect that the victims had been in the motel room for longer than a day and were shot with a handgun. It’s unclear how they knew each other.

Police say they are following several leads but no arrests have made.

(Springfield) (AP) – Springfield police say one man has died and another has been wounded in a shooting.

Officers were dispatched to a home on Wednesday and found the man’s body on a porch. They say the other man was hospitalized but they haven’t released his condition.

Their identities haven’t been released.

Police didn’t say how many people are involved but they say they believe everyone has been taken into custody. No charges have been reported.

Lt. Todd Revell tells the Springfield News-Leader that there was possibly more than one shooter.