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(Willow Springs) – The Hutton Valley Neighborhood Watch will hold a meeting and potluck at the Hutton Valley Schoolhouse on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:45 PM.

Organizers say the program will be presented by Allen and Mary Kay Severin, who will give an update on their progress with their Earthship home.  To learn more about their project read Mary Kay’s blog.

To get to the schoolhouse, turn south on U Highway from Highway 60 east of Willow Springs. From there turn east on County Road 2980 and look for the big rock building.

For information contact Chester Godsy at 417-469-2193 or 417-252-4512 or Phyllis Bischof at 417-469-4510.

Morgan Cook of the Willow Springs FFA Chapter wins the Missouri FFA Equine Science Placement Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention, April 16-17, in Columbia, Mo. (Provided)

Morgan Cook of the Willow Springs FFA Chapter wins the Missouri FFA Equine Science Placement Proficiency Award at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention, April 16-17, in Columbia, Mo. (Provided)

(Columbia) – A Willow Springs senior has won the Missouri FFA Equine Science Placement Proficiency award and Area 13 Star in Agriscience award at the 87th Missouri State FFA Convention.

Morgan Cook, a senior at Willow Springs R-IV High School, is the daughter of Albert and Julie Cook. She is a member of the Willow Springs FFA Chapter. Her advisor is Nathan C. Sanders.

Cook’s supervised agricultural experience program comprises employment at Valley View Farms. Cook is involved with aspects of equine health, nutrition and breeding practices, including implementing vaccination schedules, feeding, and cleaning stalls.

As an FFA member, Cook has competed in the knowledge, dairy foods and nursery career development events at the state level. Cook has also exhibited horses at multiple national shows, as well as the Missouri State Fair.

In addition to FFA, Cook is involved with the South Central Horse Show Association and the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MFTHBA). She also participates in the MFTHBA mentoring program.

After graduation, Cook plans to study livestock genetics at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss.

(Springfield) (AP) – A Missouri man has survived the earthquake and avalanche that has killed more than 3,000 people in Nepal.

Reports say Dan Nash, owner of Nixa-based Satori Adventures and Expeditions, and several other climbers are at an advance camp at 18,600 feet. They were climbing 27,000 foot Cho Oyu mountain when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck.

A company representative says the group of climbers is safe and currently in a holding pattern because the Chinese government, which issues climbing permits in the region, has restricted movement. The group is awaiting updates for when it will be safe to continue.

Nash has been able to send text messages to his partner in Missouri through a satellite phone.

From left: Emma Watson, Hannah Schmeling, Josh Jones and Clayton Hall. (ORN Photo)

From left: Emma Watson, Hannah Schmeling, Josh Jones and Clayton Hall. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – The first Zizzer Talent Show was held on Saturday at the West Plains High School gym.

Students sang, tap danced, and read poetry to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area. First place winners were Josh Jones and Clayton Hall, who sang a duet of “Lily’s Eyes” from “The Secret Garden”. Second place was Hannah Schmeling, who sang “All in Love is Fair”, and third place went to Emma Watson, who sang “Someone Like You”.

The event, which raised $285, was the idea of Hannah Morrison, who helped MC the event.

West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann, seated, signs the proclamation designating April as Occupational Therapy Month. Standing behind Pahlmann are several of Ozark Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services staff, left to right: Rebecca Williams, OTR/L; Ann Cisco, COTA/L; Lori Pendergrass, COTA/L; Rhonda Hollingshed, OTR/L; Brian Cote, OTR/L, CHT; Angela Anderson, OTR/L; Dan O’Connell, COTA Student; and Tammy Thies, OTR/L, SIPTC. (provided)

West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann, seated, signs the proclamation designating April as Occupational Therapy Month. Standing behind Pahlmann are several of Ozark Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services staff, left to right: Rebecca Williams, OTR/L; Ann Cisco, COTA/L; Lori Pendergrass, COTA/L; Rhonda Hollingshed, OTR/L; Brian Cote, OTR/L, CHT; Angela Anderson, OTR/L; Dan O’Connell, COTA Student; and Tammy Thies, OTR/L, SIPTC. (provided)

(West Plains) – Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Rehabilitation Services and the city of West Plains have recognized April as Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational therapy enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them live better with injury, illness, or disability.

According to Pam Ream, director of OMC Rehabilitation Services, occupational therapists and therapy assistants focus on helping patients return to work or activities, which are meaningful to that individual. This can be accomplished despite their challenges that they face.

Ream said therapists work with patients to maximize their potential so that they can thrive at school, work, home or in any setting. Occupational therapists help people overcome their disabilities or medical conditions so they can accomplish their everyday tasks. “Our mission is to work with our patients and help them with the skills they need to live life to its fullest,” Ream added.

Occupational therapy takes into account a person’s psychological, physical, emotional and social makeup as well as their environment. The therapists work with the clients to achieve their goals, function at the highest possible level, concentrate on what matters most to them, maintain or rebuild their independence, and participate in daily activities they need or want to do. Solutions may include:  adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the individual’s surroundings or helping them to alter their own behaviors.

Ream said occupational therapy can also help with fine motor skills and visual perception. Occupational therapy can be of assistance to those who have had a stroke or head injury, or those who have developmental delays or neurological problems. Specialized occupational therapy is offered at the Hand Clinic, a clinic dedicated to treating injuries that affect hand function, which is staffed by a Certified Hand Therapist.

Rehabilitation Services also offers sensory integration testing and therapy for those people who have problems interpreting and processing information they receive through their senses. Sensory integration therapy aids in the behavioral aspects of autism and Asperger’s disorder.

In addition to occupational therapy, OMC Rehabilitation Services also offers physical therapy and speech-language pathology services in the hospital and at area clinics, schools, and work places, and through Riverways Home Health of OMC. For more information about OMC Rehabilitation Services or occupational therapy, call 417-257-5959 or toll-free 888-242-9329 or e-mail rehab@ozarksmedicalcenter.com.

(West Plains) – Area residents can study the poetry of Robert Frost, learn about Missouri politics and government or investigate the impact of video game and movie violence on the growth and development of children in some of the new and unique courses being offered during the 2015 summer intersession, summer session or fall semester at Missouri State University-West Plains.

SUMMER INTERSESSION

The Poetry of Robert Frost (ENG 184) is a one-credit-hour class scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 18-22 that will offer several insights into the life and times of this great American poet.  Students will explore numerous themes and aspects of his poetry, such as his use of nature and philosophy, his development of metaphor, his consideration of existential questions, and his resistance to dehumanization, according to instructor Dr. Phillip Howerton, associate professor of English.

“Robert Frost was arguably the most popular and critically acclaimed American poet of the 20th century, and this course will be a close study of a selection of some of his most important poems,” Howerton said.

Approximately 60 poems will be studied, including “The Tuft of Flowers,” “The Road Not Taken,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” “Birches,” “Mowing,” “Mending Wall,” “The Oven Bird,” “Dust of Snow,” “Home Burial,” “The Death of the Hired Man,” “Nothing Gold Can Stay” and “Fire and Ice.”  In-class participation, daily quizzes, a three-page response paper and a final exam will be required, Howerton said.

Missouri Politics and Government (PLS 101) is a one-credit-hour class scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 18-22 that will teach students about Missouri’s history and political structure, as well as the state’s governmental structure, according to instructor Dr. Kathleen Morrison, professor of political science.  Offered every other summer intersession, the class is required by the Missouri General Assembly for transfer students who take American Government out of state, but it is open to everyone, she said.

Czardas by Nature: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’s Science (BIO 197) is a one-credit-hour online class May 18-22 during which students will study the interrelationships of biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) components, according to per course biology instructor Rochelle McCracken.  Students will develop and use scientific reasoning skills to answer questions and participate in discussions about interactions between living organisms and their environment.

African-American Autobiography: Frederick Douglass (ENG 184) is a one-credit-hour class scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 1-5 that will study the classic American autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.  Discussions will explore the structure of Douglass’ narrative, his attitudes towards slaveholders, the value he places on education, his relationship to the enslaved, his view of himself as an individual, his development as a writer and orator, and his use of rhetorical techniques and elements of creative non-fiction, according to Howerton, who will teach the class.

“Born into slavery in 1817, Douglass escaped to the north in 1838 and became an orator, author, abolitionist, newspaper editor, consultant to President Lincoln, and U.S. minister to Haiti,” Howerton said.  “Douglass was the author of one novel, The Heroic Slave, and three autobiographies, Narrative (1845), My Bondage and My Freedom (1855), and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1882), and he was editor and owner of two newspapers, North Star and Frederick Douglass’s PaperNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass chronicles his experiences as a slave and his new life in the north as a laborer and as an abolitionist.”

In-class participation, daily quizzes, a two-page essay, and a final exam will be required, Howerton added.

SUMMER SESSION 

The War Play Dilemma (CFD 197) is a one-credit-hour online course that will look at the impact media-related violence has on children’s growth and development, according to instructor Dr. Renee Moore, professor of child and family development.  “As children are exposed to television, movies, video games and media-linked toys, concern for the impact of exposure to violence is growing,” she said.  “The War Play Dilemma class will look at the role these influences have in children’s growth and development and will explore practical strategies parents and educators can employ to reduce their negative impact.”

SUMMER SESSION AND FALL SEMESTER

Environmental Science (ENV 105) is a four-credit-hour online class that will look at global geological cycles, biodiversity trends, human population dynamics, sustainable land and water usage, pollution impacts, energy challenges, climate change and future predictions for a cooperative global effort toward a habitable planet, according to instructor Debra Mayers, assistant professor of biology.  The online lab component of the class will involve students creating their own solar cooker from recyclable items, measuring nearby trees and calculating board feet, and virtually trapping bears and analyzing their DNA to track their movement, she added.

Understanding Biological Systems Through Inquiry (BIO 111) is a one-credit-hour independent laboratory class that can be used to fill the lab credit for the natural sciences requirement of the Associate of Arts in General Studies degree.  It is scheduled from 2 to 3:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer session and noon to 1:50 p.m. and 7 to 9:20 p.m. Mondays and 3:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursdays during the fall semester.  It also will be offered online during the summer session and fall semester.

This laboratory class is a practical class that relates issues of biology to society, according to Mayers, who added the class, will enhance the laboratory experience of the university’s current lab-included biology and biomedical science classes.

As an entirely hands-on class, students will further develop their skills of gathering information about science, reason scientifically from that information and synthesize responses to questions based upon that information in order to explain biological phenomena, according to Sharath Rongali, one of the instructors.  “The objective of the course is to emphasize the various aspects of biology by helping students understand the biological phenomenon they observe every day,” he explained.

Students must have had or be currently enrolled in the lecture portion of a biology or biomedical science class to enroll in this class, Rongali added.

FALL SEMESTER

Social Justice and Contemporary Civil Rights Narratives (HNR 297/PHI 197) is a three-credit-hour class scheduled for 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays that will look at how present-day narratives concerning urbanite culture, post-colonialism and hip-hop reflect and engage the legacies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., according to instructor Alex Pinnon, director of the William and Virginia Darr Honors Program.  Students will read the biographies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., analyze HBO’s critically acclaimed drama The Wire, reflect on the discography of Kendrick Lamar’s hip-hop albums (Section .80, Good Kid/MAAD City and To Pimp a Butterfly), and read essays from notable post-Colonial critics Achebe, Said and K’Naan.

Masterpieces of Modern Continental Literature (LLT 201) is a three-credit-hour class scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays that offers a comparative study in English translation of the prose literature of the European continent of the 19th and 20th centuries, according to instructor Dr. Craig Albin, professor of English.  The course reading list includes Abel Sanchez by Miguel de Unamuno, Billiards at Half-Past Nine by Heinrich Boll, Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzheintsyn, The Plague by Albert Camus and The Trial by Franz Kafka.

Introduction to Horticulture (AGR 170) is a three-credit-hour class that will be offered from 5:30 to 6:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as online, that will teach students about plant growth and development with an emphasis on horticultural crops, according to instructor Dr. Linda Risner, assistant professor of agriculture.  Students will get their hands in soil and learn about soil fertility in protected structures such as greenhouses, high tunnels and row covers, as well as outdoor soils.  A new greenhouse currently under construction on campus will be a working laboratory where students can conduct exercises on plant propagation, diagnosing and treating plant disorders, growing plants indoors, and media, fertilizers and watering, she said.  Topics will include vegetable gardening, growing fruit and nut trees and bushes and other small fruits, and flower and herb gardening.  For more information, students can call Risner at 417-274-1917.

For a complete look at the 2015 summer session/fall semester schedule, visit grizzlyden.missouristate.edu/Schedule.htm.  Printed copies also are available by calling 417-255-7955.

Regular registration for 2015 summer intersession, summer session and fall semester classes is now underway.  For more information about admissions and registration procedures, call the admissions office at 417-255-7955 or toll free at 1-888-466-7897 or visit the university’s website, www.wp.missouristate.edu.

Vincent Anderson, Reference Librarian; Gwen Khayat, Library Director; Mrs. Annie Abraham; Dr. Simon Abraham. (provided)

Vincent Anderson, Reference Librarian; Gwen Khayat, Library Director; Mrs. Annie Abraham; Dr. Simon Abraham. (provided)

(Mountain Home) – The Dr. Simon and Annie Abraham family recently donated 19 photographs that chronicles life in the White River Valley between 1880s-early 1900s.

This historically significant collection is now on display at the Donald W. Reynolds Library, 300 Library Hill in Mountain Home.

For more information on the library and library programs, visit www.baxlib.org

(West Plains) – In observance of the 64th annual National Day of Prayer on May 7, members of First Baptist Church of West Plains will host a community prayer breakfast.

Interim Senior Pastor, Dr. Rick Hedger, encourages all Christians to attend the free event, which will begin with prayer at 7 AM and breakfast at 7:30 AM. The church is located at 202 Walnut St. in West Plains.

The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States, when the Continental Congress allocated a time for prayer in forming a new nation in 1775. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.

For more information about the Community Prayer Breakfast, call the church office at 417-256-3128.

(Mountain Home) – The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that Robert Ernest Camilli, who was previously registered with the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office as a level 3 sex offender, has been released from the Arkansas Department of Corrections and has moved to Arizona.

Camilli had been required to register following his conviction on April 6, 2006 in Baxter County for Sexual Indecency with a Child. After registering, he left Baxter County without notifying law enforcement and without registering elsewhere. A bench warrant was issued in May, 2012 charging him with failure to comply with registration requirements. He was arrested out of state in early 2014 and returned to Baxter County to face the charges. Camilli was sentenced to the Arkansas Department of Corrections in September, 2014 and taken there on November 11, 2014.

Camilli has since been released and left the state without further obligation here.

(Hot Springs) (AP) – Arkansas’ attorney general says her office is launching a new program to provide services for members of the military and also set up a “mobile offices” program that will send her employees to county seats statewide.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge spoke Saturday to the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors Association. She said that active-duty military members and veterans are targeted at times by scam artists and could be in need of specific services. She introduced National Guard Col. Marcus Hatley as the leader of the unit.

Rutledge also said she would send members of her staff to county seats to provide services that might otherwise require a trip to Little Rock. She said she wants her office to be accessible to everyone.