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(West Plains) – The season’s first appearance of Santa Claus highlights the First Friday Night Downtown Stroll next Friday, November 7 in downtown West Plains.

The stroll starts at 5 PM, and visitors will again have an opportunity to browse in stores and eat at restaurants normally closed during the evening while enjoying a stroll around the historic downtown square and along Washington Avenue.

Visitors can also get free photos taken with Santa at Movie Time Café, and a mailbox for letters to Santa will be set up on the courthouse lawn.

(West Plains) – Ozarks Medical Center will be hosting a free Diabetes Care Fair from 5-7 PM November 13 at the Willard Hunter Classroom in Parkway Center, located off Porter Wagoner Boulevard in West Plains.

The diabetes fair will include a free A1C screening, which is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood sugar over the past three months. No fasting is required for this test.

Body mass index (BMI) calculations, feet checks and blood pressure checks will be offered. In addition, information will be available on coping with stress, exercise options, cardiovascular health, smoking cessation, neuropathy, stroke, nutrition and diabetic supplies.

This OMC event is held in recognition of American Diabetes Month in November.

Prolonged elevated blood sugar can lead to long-term complications such as kidney damage, sexual problems, cataracts, glaucoma, retinopathy, nerve damage known as neuropathy and an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.

For more information, call 417-257-6793.

(West Plains) – Work continues on the new FFA Barn in the West Plains R-7 School District.

West Plains FFA Adviser Jay Hale told Ozark Radio News that he’s excited about the progress:

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The new ag-science facility will give over 200 high school students real hands-on-experience when taking agricultural science classes. The 10,500 square foot space is located on Olden Street near West Plains High School.

(Willow Springs) – The City of Willow Springs is working hard to drum up sales as we head toward the end of the calendar year. City Administrator Bob Pollard told Ozark Radio News that it’s vital for people to shop at home this holiday season to help keep things in town running smoothly:

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The next Willow Springs Council meeting will be at 6 PM November 19.

from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office

In an effort to assist parents in keeping our kids safe this Halloween, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office is publishing a list of sex offender’s names and addresses in Baxter County.

The list includes risk levels 2, 3 and 4 that allow for public notification. Currently there is not a law in Arkansas that prohibits sex offenders from participating in Halloween festivities. This information is not meant create apprehension or fear rather we believe an informed public is a safer public. More information can be obtained at www.baxtercountysheriff.com under the Sex Offender Tab.

Mountain Home

Risk Level

3 Anderson, Ralph 1724 Brentwood Drive Mountain Home

2 Corrao,Nicholas 508 Ascension Drive Mountain Home

2 Baglin, Gregory Lee 764 Circle Drive Mountain Home

2 Dorosz,Reginald 1302 East 9th Street Mountain Home

2 Henson, Debra 261 West 2nd Street Mountain Home

3 Howard, Michael 1115 Meadowcrest Drive Mountain Home

3 Lear, Robert 359 East 7th Street Mountain Home

2 Lopez, Eduardo 145 South main Street Apt 107 Mountain Home

2 McDaniel, Earl 1147 Leonard Drive Mountain Home

3 Mravlag, Gary 610 East 7th Street #2 Mountain Home

2 Rocco, James 1309 Hallmark Circle Mountain Home

Lakeview

2 Baker, Kevin Wayne 149 CR 947 Lakeview

3 Martin,Jimmie Lee 4215 Hwy. 178 W., #6 Lakeview

2 Worcester, Bruce Kenneth 55 Eastgate Drive Lakeview

Gassville

3 Hardy, Brian Lee 51 Bickford Lane Gassville

2 Hunt, Brandon Elliott 6854 Hwy 62 West #1 Gassville

3 Lynn, Samuel Edward 36 Honeydew Ln Gassville

3 Patteson, Eddie Wayne 64 CR 889 Gassville

3 Penner, Mitchell Ryan 285 CR 1159 Gassville

3 Rayburn (Rayborn), Gregory Doyle 2140 Hwy. 126 N. Gassville

2 Uren, Bradley Thomas 126 Swaying Oak Drive Gassville

Norfork/Jordan/Calico Rock

3 Greer, Calvin Lee 141 Hodge Springs Rd. Norfork

2 Greer, Vince Dwayne 1430 Sheid Rd Norfork

3 Partee, Shawn Michael 568 CR 204 Norfork

2 Jones,Joseph William Jr. 142 Yellow Pine Trail Jordan

N/A Bailey,Jeffrey Dean 72 E. Fork Trail Calico Rock

Salesville

4 Floyd, Charles Wade 243 Highway 177 South Salesville

Midway

3 Deinzer, John S. (Jack) 6468 Hwy. 5 North #4 Midway

3 Hurst, Robert Eugene 34 Sweet Fern Ln. Midway

2 Havens, Harvey Turner 1281 Hwy 178 West Midway

2 Johnson, Joseph Ludwig 1106 Hwy. 178 West Midway

4 Shelton, William Claude 188 Country Life Place Midway

3 Smith, Darrell Shane 188 CR 900 Midway

Clarkridge Area

3 Harris, Jeffrey John 257 Chriswood Dr. Clarkridge

3 Yeatman II, Lloyd Curtis 97 CR 476 Clarkridge

2 Aldridge, Steven David 265 Maple Leaf Trail Mountain Home

3 Cruse, John Kirby 70 L&L Ranch Rd. Mountain Home

Henderson

3 Woodsmall, Jr., Danny Allen 54 CR 876 Henderson

2 Kotlowski, Stephen Michael 10601 #1 Hwy 62E Henderson

2 Jeremiah, Craig Alan 875 CR 139 Elizabeth

Gamaliel

2 Storz, James Daniel 164 CR 810 Gamaliel

Briarcliff Area

3 Soeken, Eric Lynn 4025 Sycamore Springs Rd. Mountain Home

2 Wuellner, Joseph Patrick 3758 Sycamore Springs Rd Mountain Home

3 Mullin, Shane Michael 18 N Sunrise Heights Circle Mountain Home

3 Prentiss, Bart Lee 80 Back Forty Trail Mountain Home

Rural Baxter County

Hwy 201 North

2 Lynch, William Sean 710 Northpointe Dr. Mountain Home

3 Maples, Jimmy Dale 7777 Hwy 201 N Mountain Home

Hwy 62 West

2 Boutwell, Michael Anthony 3551 Hwy 62 W # B Mountain Home

Hwy 201 South

2 Toth, Michael Stephen 7723 Hwy. 201 South Mountain Home

2 Seymour, Joey Lee 240 Seymour Lane Mountain Home

Hwy 5 South

2 Dudgeon, Loretta Gayle 8592 Hwy 5 South Mountain Home

2 Mabry, Curtis Edward 5506 Hwy 5 South Mountain Home

3 Hohn, Jason Paul 3230 Hwy 5 South Mountain Home

Hwy 62 East

2 Cheever, Theodore 502 Pioneer Trail #2 Mountain Home

2 DeMoulpied, Barry John 1240 CR 30 Mountain Home

2 Stow, Gerald Leroy 149 Lake Lane Mountain Home

3 Love, Charles Richard 119 CR 995 Mountain Home

2 Smith, Joseph Paul 239 Buzzard Roost Cutoff Mountain Home

The persons listed above are not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass Registered Sex Offenders. Citizen abuse will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.

(West Plains) – Families with young children looking for a safe, fun environment to spend Halloween night are invited to visit downtown West Plains Friday night for the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival.

The event will take place from 5-7 PM along West Main, Washington Avenue, and court square in West Plains. Downtown merchants will be handing out candy during the two hours, and kids ages 11 and under are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes and bring bags for candy. Free Halloween pictures will also be taken at the Movie Time Café.

Parking will be available at the First United Methodist Church and all the public lots around the Square.

The event is being presented by West Plains Downtown Revitalization, Inc., the First United Methodist Church, the First Christian Church, and the downtown merchants.

For more information about the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, people may call Mary Mike Taylor at 417-827-8334.

(West Plains) – The next monthly meeting of Ozark Spring Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will be held 2 PM Saturday, November 1 in the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church, 107 Curry Street in West Plains.

Chapter member Evelyn Vetter will be presenting a program: “Recording History – The Veteran’s History Project with the Library of Congress.” Vetter has contributed histories to this project and encourages others to submit stories of veterans to the project.

Members are also asked to bring items for donation to the USO in St. Louis. These items are used for military personnel traveling and are taken to the USO by a chapter member who volunteers time with the USO at Lambert St. Louis Airport.

You don’t have to be a member to come to the DAR meeting. Any woman over the age of eighteen who can prove lineal descent from a Revolutionary War Patriot is eligible to join DAR.

For more information about Ozark Spring Chapter NSDAR and its programs, visit www.mssdar.org/ozarkspring on the web, or contact Chapter Regent, Sue Evans at 417-962-0166 or Chapter Registrar, Vivian Brake at 417-256-9087.

(Mountain Home)- The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, State Services program presents a traveling exhibition of artwork from the 53rd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition.

A representation of the creative efforts of young Arkansas artists in grades K-12 will be exhibited at the Donald W. Reynolds Library Serving Baxter County November 3, through November 21

The works in this exhibition are all selected for exhibition in the 53rd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition conducted at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock and organized in coordination with the Arkansas Department of Education. Teachers from 118 schools across the state submitted 454 artworks for consideration. Members of the Arkansas Arts Educators selected 105 artworks for the exhibition.

Neal Harrington, Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at Arkansas Tech University, selected the awards for the exhibition. She selected one “Best of Class” and two “Honorable Mention” awards for each grade level. Monetary awards, funded by Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Mid-Southern Watercolorists, were given to support each winner’s arts program.

Area students whose artwork is featured in the exhibit include:

Landon Perry Flippin Public Schools 4th grade

Laney Stout Hackler Intermediate School 4th grade

Dylan Johnson Flippin Public Schools 5th grade

Ashley Vrendenburg Flippin Public Schools 8th grade

Kelcy Acklin Norfork High School 9th grade

Abby Walden Mountain Home High School 10th grade

Ariona Pennington Norfork High School 10th grade

Larren Ann Wilkins Norfork High School 11th grade

Steven Switzer Mountain Home High School 12th grade

Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10AM-6:30PM, Tuesday 10AM-8PM, Saturday 10AM-5PM and Sunday 1-5:00PM.

The 53rd Young Arkansas Artists Tour is sponsored by Bank of America; The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston; Entergy Arkansas, Inc.; Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, Inc.; Nucor Steel, Inc.; Union Pacific Foundation; and Electrical Cooperatives of Arkansas. Arkansas Arts Center programs are supported in part by: the City of Little Rock; the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; the City of North Little Rock; and the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For information on all Library programs, visit www.baxlib.org.

(Summersville) – The Summersville Senior Center’s CenterLines dance group is currently available to perform at local fundraisers. The group of senior citizens was formed in January of 2014 and recently danced at the Summersville Pumpkin Fest.

Contact Kathie Cox at 417-932-4866 for more information on scheduling the group for a function.

Carter

Beverly Carter

(Little Rock) (AP) – Authorities have arrested the wife of a man accused of kidnapping and killing an Arkansas real estate agent on the same charges.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Crystal Lowery of Jacksonville was arrested Thursday at her home. An arrest report says she is charged with capital murder and kidnapping.

Lowery’s husband, 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis, was arrested earlier this month for capital murder, kidnapping and robbery in the death of 50-year-old Beverly Carter. Lewis has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Carter disappeared on Sept. 25 after telling her husband she was showing a house in Scott, a rural area east of Little Rock, to a potential client, but she never returned from the appointment. Her body was found five days later in a shallow grave near Cabot.