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(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home will be hosting a night of fun, Santa, and “Frozen” on Tuesday, December 2 at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center, 1600 College Street during the “Sleigh Bells at The Sheid” event.

The event starts at 6 PM, and will feature cookies and juice, a visit from Santa, and a viewing of the hit Disney film “Frozen”. Admission is free.

More information on the school and upcoming events can be found at www.asumh.edu.

(Ozark Radio News) – Today is Thanksgiving, and all city, county, state and federal offices, along with libraries, banks and some other businesses will be closed today in observance of the holiday.

Normal hours will resume on Friday, unless otherwise noted.

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(New York) – A Birch Tree girl is performing in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

17-year-old Kelsi Kelly is a member of the Spintronix Color Guard out of Mountain View, and will be spinning a flag in the Great American Marching Band portion of the parade. The Great American Marching Band will be near the end of the parade, as they a helping lead Santa Claus on the route.

Kelly is a junior at Liberty High School.

(Willow Springs) – Willow Springs Superintendent Dr. Derrick Hutsell told Ozark Radio News that the district is thankful for recent improvements and expansions:

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School will be out for students in Willow Springs today and tomorrow for the Thanksgiving holiday.

(Willow Springs) – Willow Springs City Administrator Bob Pollard wanted to remind residents of a very helpful tool for paying your utility bill.

Pollard told Ozark Radio News that the city has a dropbox available 24/7 for city residents:

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City offices in Willow Springs, including the license office, are closed today and tomorrow for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Photos such as this one, taken by children at the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area, will be on display in the West Plains Civic Center Gallery Nov. 24-Dec. 12. (Provided)

Photos such as this one, taken by children at the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area, will be on display in the West Plains Civic Center Gallery Nov. 24-Dec. 12. (Provided)

(West Plains) – An exhibit featuring photographs from members of the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area is currently on display at the West Plains Civic Center.

The “Image Makers” photo exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, is a sampling of photos by members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area, under the direction of Fine Arts Coordinator Deidre Button. The exhibit will be on display November 24 through December 12 at the Gallery on the mezzanine at the West Plains Civic Center, and is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

The project is a local program, patterned after the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Photography Program, and is designed to help Club members go beyond taking simple snapshots and develop the skills to produce gallery-quality photographs.

A special “meet-the-artists” reception will be held on Wednesday, December 3, from 4:30-6 PM, in the gallery at the civic center. Prints can be ordered at the exhibit, and all money raised from their sale will go directly back to the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains area to help support club programs.

(Branson)- Missouri resident and first time author Elizabeth Hughes has published her first children’s book, Tom the Turkey’s Road to Freedom, just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Hughes, a Public Relations Director with the College of the Ozarks, to learn more about her first book:

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Hughes went on to explain the message she hopes Tom the Turkey’s Road to Freedom will present to readers:

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Tom the Turkey’s Road to Freedom has come a long way since Hughes got the idea back in 2006:

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Hughes also shared with us her journey to finding the books illustrator, David Long:

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Hughes shared that she will be vacating her position at College of the Ozarks at the end of the year and plans to continue the journey of Tom the Turkey:

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For more information or to purchase your copy of Tom the Turkey’s Road to Freedom you can visit Hughes’ website www.tomtheturkeysroadtofreedom.com. Tom the Turkey’s Road to Freedom can also be found at other fine retailers where books are sold.

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The West Plains Christmas Tree shortly after being lit in 2013. (ORN Photo/File)

(West Plains) – A return visit from Santa Claus and the official lighting of the West Plains Christmas Tree highlight the First Friday Night Stroll next Friday, December 5 on the historic downtown court square in West Plains. Free pictures with Santa will begin upon his arrival at 5:30 PM at the Movie Time Café.

At 6 PM, the Christmas festivities being with sing-alongs and carols. At 7:30 PM the Christmas tree on the west Courthouse Lawn will be lit by Mayor Jack Pahlmann and some local children. Businesses and local restaurants will be open for extended hours for evening shopping and entertainment.

Children will also have an opportunity to deliver their letters to Santa during the event, with a special red mailbox installed on the Courthouse lawn. This year, the holiday window decorating competition among the merchants in the downtown area returns, with prizes awarded to the winners.

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(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs Arts Council has announced a holiday concert entitled “Sounds of the Season” on Sunday, December 7 at 2 PM at the Star Theater in Willow Springs.

Tickets are $5 for people 12 and older, while those under 12 get in for free.

The show will feature a number of holiday favorites and other classical numbers performed by the Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra, as well as the newly formed Southern Ozarks Youth Orchestra. Both orchestras are sponsered by the Willow Springs Arts Council as well as grants from the Missouri Arts Council. The volunteer orchestra, under the direction of Michael Roy, has been performing at the Star Theater for five years.

For more information on the show, visit www.willowspringsartscouncil.org.

Pence, standing far right, and Randy Culpepper, standing, far left, instructor at Family Karate, are shown here with some of the students who participated. (Provided)

Pence, standing far right, and Randy Culpepper, standing, far left, instructor at Family Karate, are shown here with some of the students who participated. (Provided)

(West Plains) – Throughout the month of October, students at Family Karate in West Plains saved their change to help patients undergoing cancer treatment at OMC Cancer Treatment Center. The students raised $128.38, which they presented to Brian Pence, Director of the Cancer Treatment Center.

Pence says that the OMC Cancer Treatment Center is in constant need of funding, as they help patients with medicinal needs as well as other bills, such as utilities and gas.

“Your donations make a difference in the lives of those fighting cancer right here at home,” Pence said.