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(Little Rock) (AP) – The Arkansas attorney general’s office says it doesn’t object to the state’s highest court moving quickly on a lawsuit challenging a gay marriage ban.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office on Tuesday told the Arkansas Supreme Court it doesn’t object to a request by a group of same-sex couples challenging the ban to expedite the case before the high court. The state is appealing a Pulaski County judge’s ruling in May striking down a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza’s decision led to hundreds of gay couples being wed before the state Supreme Court suspended his ruling.

The court has said it’ll hold oral arguments in the case, but hasn’t set a date.

(West Plains) – The next prequalification for the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will be from 4-5:45 PM Wednesday, November 5, at the West Plains Public Library Community Room.

November’s mobile food pantry is being sponsored by the Sunrise Rotary Club of West Plains and the Noon Rotary Club of West Plains.

Those eligible to apply for this assistance include area families with children ages birth through 18 who live within Howell County. Students enrolled at Missouri State University-West Plains and the South Central Career Center also are eligible, provided they meet income guidelines. Missouri State students must present their student identification cards in person, as well as a current class schedule; they may not send them with a family member. Families will receive only one voucher per family.

Those who apply should bring a photo ID, proof of income, proof of Howell County residency, names and ages of children, and a telephone number to the prequalification. Proof of Howell County residency does not apply to Missouri State-West Plains or South Central Career Center students.

The first delivery arrived April 13, 2010. The next prequalification date is December 3, 2014.

For more information about the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry project, contact officials at the American Red Cross office in West Plains at 417-257-0018.

(Pomona) – A West Plains man suffered minor injuries Tuesday after a two-vehicle accident near Pomona.

The accident happened at 12:10 PM on Highway 63, a half-mile north of Pomona, when the westbound vehicle driven by 81-year-old John Roy of West Plains was struck in the side by a southbound vehicle after he failed to yield the right of way, according to a report from Troop G of the Highway Patrol.

Roy was taken from the scene of the accident to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. The driver of the other vehicle was uninjured.

 Pictured from left with Landmark Bank are Vice President Greg Crews, Real Estate Lender Mikela Jones, Loan Officer Kimberly Bontrager, Operations Manager Kim Love, President Joyce James and Administrative Assistant Maylee Maffei, and with South Central Missouri Trunk or Treat is Sandy Jones. (Provided)

Pictured from left with Landmark Bank are Vice President Greg Crews, Real Estate Lender Mikela Jones, Loan Officer Kimberly Bontrager, Operations Manager Kim Love, President Joyce James and Administrative Assistant Maylee Maffei, and with South Central Missouri Trunk or Treat is Sandy Jones. (Provided)

(West Plains) – Landmark Bank of West Plains has donated $250 to support the Annual South Central Missouri Trunk or Treat, which will be held 6-8 PM October 29 at the West Plains Civic Center.

The event gives area children ages 11 and under the opportunity to trick or treat in a safe environment as area businesses and organizations sponsor trunks and distribute candy. Children will be given bags courtesy of Howell County Outpost to collect candy at the event.

Admission is one canned food item per person, with proceeds and canned food collected at the event benefiting Ozarks Medical Center Riverways Hospice and the Elks Lodge 2418 for their Christmas for Kids program.

(West Plains) – Branson performer Keith Allynn performed a benefit concert for AmVets Post 98 in West Plains on Sunday, and Jim Antoine with AmVets Post 98 told Ozark Radio News that the concert was a success:

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The $2000 raised will go to the Post’s seasonal meal program:

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The post will also be holding a Halloween Party on October 31 at 7 PM.

(Alton) – The South Central Solid Waste Management District has scheduled a scrap tire collection event.

Tires will be collected from 8 AM to 3 PM October 27-31 at the Oregon County Shed, located approximately 1 mile north of Alton on Highway 19.

There is a limit of 10 tires per vehicle, with tires 24″ in diameter or smaller accepted.

Call 417-256-4226 if you have any questions.

(West Plains) – Northern Howell County Commissioner Bill Lovelace told Ozark Radio News that the Creamery Road bridge project is the third bridge work for the county in the past decade or so. He added that the bridge work wouldn’t have been possible without federal assistance:

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The other two completed bridges include the bridge in Moody at the Georganne hole and south of West Plains just east of Highway 63.

(Willow Springs) – Willow Springs City Administrator Bob Pollard spoke with Ozark Radio News and discussed some of the big accomplishments by city crews this year, and the struggle to fund some of those projects:

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Pollard also talked about some of the projects the city is looking to do this coming year:

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The next council meeting will be held at 6 PM on Wednesday, October 22 at Willow Springs City Hall. For more information, call City Hall at 417-469-2107.

(Salem) – The race for Mayor of the city of Salem, AR isn’t much of a race anymore, as there is now only one active candidate.

Independent candidate Charles Owens has dropped out of the race against Democrat Daniel Busch citing a “personal conflict of interest”. Despite dropping out, Owens, who manages Tri-County Medical Rentals of Salem, is still on the ballot for the November 4 election. If he wins, he would be expected to resign, and a new mayor would be appointed.

Busch is a school resource officer with the Salem School District.

The person who is elected will be replacing Mayor Gary Clayton, who served as mayor of Salem for 40 years.

(West Plains) – A West Plains man was killed Monday evening after he collided with a vehicle while riding a skateboard.

A report from the West Plains Police Department states that 21-year-old Daniyel Pleshka was pronounced dead at Ozarks Medical Center just after 7 PM on Monday.

The accident happened around 6:30 PM at the corner of Broadway and Halstead near Butler Children’s Park, when Pleshka, who was southbound on Halstead on a skateboard, collided with a vehicle that was westbound on Broadway.

Witnesses at the scene told police that neither the driver nor Pleshka had time to stop, and that Pleshka was traveling at a high rate of speed.

The police department states the driver, who passed an alcohol screening, and three passengers in the vehicle were uninjured.