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(West Plains) – Those who ordered doughnuts as part of the Howell Valley Choir fundraiser are urged to pick their orders up this evening.

Doughnut pick-up will be from 3:30-6 PM on Wednesday at the Howell Valley cafeteria off of Route ZZ.

For more information call 417-256-2268.

(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs City Council discussed the upcoming year’s budget at their most recent meeting, and City Administrator Bob Pollard says they discussed some issues, including infrastructure and dealing with problem properties:

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The council meeting was held on Thursday, September 25.

(West Plains) – The City of West Plains had a power outage on Friday, and City Clerk Mallory Prewett says that they encourage people to report power outages:

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The number for city hall is 417-256-7176.

(Winona)- The Department of Conservation is hosting several events at the Twin Pine Conservation Education Center in September and October to help citizens connect with nature and the outdoors.

From October 18, starting at 8AM through October 29, at 5PM the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center is having a Discover Nature: Backpacking workshop.

This backpacking trip will take you on the Ozark Trail with an overnight camp at the mid-point of the journey. The group limit is only 20 people ages 12 and up. Those under 16 must have a parent or guardian present and reservations are required. For details on the trip route and other backpacking information, call 573-325-1381.

On Thursday, October 30, the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center from 10AM-6PM is hosting their Owl-o-Ween event.

During this event you can explore the myths and superstitions that have developed regarding this traditional seasonal icon. The Dickerson Park Zoo will be bringing a Great Horned Owl, Screech Owl and Barred Owl. The 10AM-1PM programs are for schools and the 6PM program is for the general public. Reservations are required for the schools and general public.

For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381.

(Jefferson City) – Missourians might notice more neighborhood foot traffic as students participate in International Walk to School Day on October 8.

The Missouri Department of Transportation encourages parents and communities to help children establish ongoing walking and cycling programs.

To help ensure safety, participants can go to maps.walkbiketoschool.org/ to map a safe route to school. Families who live farther from school can drive part of the way and join the walk along the designated route.

MoDOT oversees the Safe Routes to School program, which is a national program funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation that provides children in grades K-8 with education, training and infrastructure for bicycling and walking to school safely. The program is designed to provide public awareness and outreach to encourage walking and bicycling to school, instead of riding in cars and buses.

Is the event at your school on the national list? Find out by visiting www.walkbiketoschool.org. There you can learn more about how your community benefits when students walk and bike to school.

(Mountain Home) – Bert and Valerie Cullen have presented the Mayflower Silver Series of reference books to the Donald W. Reynolds Library serving Baxter County in Mountain Home.

Known first as the “Five Generations Project,” these books also called the “Silver Books”, survey and document the genealogy of the first five generations of Mayflower descendants.

Patrons can access the books in the Local History and Genealogy Room of the Donald W. Reynolds Library. In addition, anyone interested in documenting their Mayflower ancestry may contact the Arkansas branch of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants at mayflowerar@gmail.com or the main office in Plymouth, MA, www.themayflowersociety.org.

For information about all Library programs visit the Library’s website at www.baxlib.org.

(Houston) – During the most recent Texas County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees meeting, Linda Pamperien, chief financial officer at TCMH, provided surgery case numbers showing a slight decrease in the number of surgeries at the hospital in August.

There were a total of 66 cases in May; 55 cases in June; 124 cases in July and 105 cases in August.

Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH explained that with the addition of general surgeons Linda Milholen, MD and Leroy Wombold, DO and obstetrician and gynecologist, Christopher Baldwin, MD, there was “room for growth” with the surgical case numbers.

Also during the meeting Amanda Turpin, quality management director at TCMH, reported that as a member of the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), TCMH received funds from the Center for Medicare Services (CMS) that allowed her to attend the National Association for Healthcare Quality conference this month.

Funding was also provided for Turpin to attend additional classes at the conference that will allow her to take the exam to become a Certified Professional on Healthcare Quality. Turpin and two additional hospital departments provide monthly data to HEN. TCMH has been reporting to HEN for two years, and the data is compiled and shared at national, regional and state levels.

(Mountain View)- Mercy St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View is hosting a Halloween Hustle 5K Color Run/Walk on Saturday, October 25, on the Mountain View Football Field.

Registration will take place from 7:45-8:45 AM that morning, and the race starts at 9 AM. Organizers say that in order to receive a t-shirt you must register by October 6.

All proceeds raised at the event will go to the Mountain View Good Samaritan Care Clinic, which provides free health related services to uninsured people in southern Missouri.

For more information you can visit www.mercy.net or call 417-934-7000.

(Jefferson City) – If you were thinking about registering for the Great Central US ShakeOut, registration is still open. Brett Stevens has more:

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(Caulfield)- The Heart of the Ozarks Quail Forever chapter will be having their annual Youth Quail Hunt on Saturday, October 25, at 8AM at Ozarks Wings in Caulfield.

The event is free to youths between the ages of 11-15 that have their hunter’s certification. Space is limited, so preregistration is required.

Contact Jason Poor at 417-372-2544 to register, or for more information.