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orn(BS) 25 yr. old Danny Wilcox of Pomona was arrested over the July 4th weekend for 5 outstanding Oregon County warrants, & one parole violation, including 2 felony drug arrests, 1 felony bad check fraud, & 1 first degree assault. He was taken to the Howell County Detention Center, bail was set at 2,000.

(BS) 22 yr. old Tanner Huffman of Koshkonong was arrested on a felony warrant receiving stolen property, & assault 2nd degree. He is being held in the Howell County Sherriff’s Dept.

(BS) 32 yr. old Travis Robertson of Pomona was arrested Saturday for felony failure to appear, and possession of a controlled substance, 35 g or less of marijuana. Bond is set at 4,500.

(BS) 51 yr. old Donald Patty of West Plains was arrested over the weekend & is beinig held in the Howell County Shriiff’s Dept. For possession of a controlled substance 35g or less of marijuana. Bond is 4,900.

(BS) 29 yr. old Rod Thibodeaux of Willow Springs was arrested by the Howell County Sherriff’s Dept. For 1st degree tampering with a motor vehicle & resisting arrest. He posted bail and was released.

WP City Pool(EM) – Free pool day for West Plains and Mountain View is Tomorrow. West Plains Bank and Trust Company sponsors the Free Pool Day at the West Plains Aquatics Center, from Noon to 7 p.m., and Mountain View Municipal Pool, from 1 to 5 p.m. All area residents are encouraged to take advantage of free admission during these times on Wednesday.

MichaelPace(EM)   (West Plains)  – The greater area West Plains Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting was held Thursday July 2 at the West Plains Civic Center.  The guest speaker for the event was Michael Pace, current member of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

Missouri tried to get adequate funding for the Transportation department through legislature earlier this year but that did not prosper well according to Pace.  Pace says the commission was hopeful for a two plus two plus two plan with indexing:



Pace said even though the legislative session is over, you may see some form of Senate bill 540 again next year even though it didn’t pass.  So what’s next for the Transportation Department?


Pace was appointed to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission in January 2015 by Governor Jay Nixon.

(BS)  The regular session of the Mt. Grove City Council will meet at City Hall at 7pm Tuesday.  Items on the agenda include:  readings from the Arts Council, American Legion, Missouri Extension, & older adult transportation service.

Also discussed will be tall grass & weed care, extending hours of the downtown market, and a police dept. promotion.

A Missouri Resident matched all six numbers in the Powerball drawing Saturday night and now is $70 million dollars richer.   They will be the ninth largest jackpot winner in Missouri history.

The winning numbers were:  3-6-14-18-24, and the Powerball number was 21.

“If you find you hold the winning jackpot ticket, be sure to sign the back and put it in a safe place until you can take it to Missouri Lottery Headquarters in Jefferson City,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “Winners can also call Lottery headquarters to make arrangements to claim the prize.

“We want the winner to take his or her time in getting the proper legal and financial advice before they come to our headquarters,” Reardon added. “It is also wise to tell as few people as possible at first, so you have uninterrupted time to make these important decisions.”

The Missouri winner has180 days to claim the prize, which would give him or her until Dec. 31, 2015.  The jackpot winner can get the jackpot prize in 30 graduated annuity payments or in one lump-sum payment. If no choice is made in 60 days, the jackpot is automatically paid in 30 payments.

The last time a Powerball jackpot was won in Missouri was Nov. 8, 2014, when a woman from Dallas, Texas, claimed a jackpot prize worth $202.6 with a ticket she bought at Union Station in St. Louis, while on a trip to Missouri. To date, Missouri has sold the second-most Powerball jackpot tickets of all of the Powerball members with a total of 31.

MT. GROVE, Mo. — Heat stress is a factor that significantly affects the comfort and productivity of cattle according to Ted Probert, dairy specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

“With summer approaching, now is a good time for producers to evaluate how effectively their herd management addresses the issue of heat stress for their herd,” said Probert.

All cattle are affected by elevated temperatures and will respond favorably to efforts to keep them comfortable.

“Lactating dairy cattle are the most vulnerable to stress associated with high heat and humidity,” said Probert. “Although I focus on milk cows, the basic concepts of heat stress abatement apply to all classes of cattle and other livestock as well.”


Cattle are most comfortable when temperatures range between 25 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. As the temperature rises above this level cattle slowly begin showing signs of heat-related stress.

The higher the temperature rises, the more severe these symptoms become. Humidity also plays a role in the severity of heat stress.

“The two factors of temperature and humidity acting together determine the degree of discomfort cattle endure at any given time,” said Probert. “The combinations of heat and humidity are expressed in a temperature-humidity index. The closer the index gets to 100 the higher will be the level of heat stress.”

Cattle under heat stress exhibit physiological and behavioral changes including increased respiration rate, elevated body temperature, reduced feed intake, and decreased milk production. Additionally, volatile fatty acid production in the rumen is altered resulting in the possibility of acidosis and a lowered butterfat test. Heat stress can significantly decrease conception rates.


“Heat induced stress causes lowered feed intake. Anything that can be done to prevent or circumvent lowered intake will be a positive move toward heat stress abatement,” said Probert.

Use of nutrient dense feeds is important during the heat of summer. Use of high-quality forages will reduce heat produced during digestion and offer more nutrients per unit of intake. Altering the proportion of forage to concentrate in the ration and adding extra fat are other strategies for increasing nutrient density.

“Feeding most of the ration during cooler parts of the day will minimize digestive heat production and improve intake. More frequent feeding will help compensate for feed deterioration when silage is a ration component.

“Pasture fed cattle will benefit when allowed to graze in shaded pastures during the heat of the day. Non-shaded pastures can be used at night,” said Probert.

Cows lose minerals through sweating. This is more pronounced during hot weather. Appropriate ration levels of some important minerals during periods of heat stress include potassium (1.50%), sodium (.50-.60%), and magnesium (.30%).


Cows also increase their water intake during hot weather. Adequate water availability is extremely important during this time of year.

“Keeping water fresh and as cool as possible will encourage intake and help cool cows. Cows will drink more if they don’t have to walk too far to their water source,” said Probert.

A final consideration would be the effect feeding endophyte-infected fescue can have on cattle during hot weather. The ergovaline present in infected fescue causes constriction of blood vessels, reduction of blood flow, and reduced heat dissipation.

“Feeding endophyte-infected fescue will increase the stress that cows are subjected to during hot weather, further intensifying all the problems they endure when under heat stress,” said Probert. “Substitution of alternate forages in place of fescue during hot weather will make a significant impact toward combatting heat stress.”


Shade is the first thing to address when designing cow cooling systems. The shade will reduce the animals’ exposure to solar radiation and the amount of heat they absorb.

The most important areas for providing shade include holding pens, feeding areas, and resting areas. Shade can be provided naturally (trees), by permanent buildings, or by portable structures.

“Shade cloth can provide an inexpensive means of shielding cows from the sun. Plans for portable shades are available from your local MU Extension office,” said Probert.

The addition of fans in shaded areas will complement the benefits provided by shade. Fans are useful for increasing air movement around cows. Two areas where fans are beneficial are in the holding pen and where cows rest.

Sprinklers are the third component of the most effective cow cooling systems. Sprinkler systems offer the benefits of cooling the air around cows as well as cooling cows directly by wetting them then allowing the water to evaporate from the cows’ skin.

Sprinklers should be used in conjunction with fans to create an environment that combines the cooling effects of water and air movement working in tandem.

“Cooling cows just twice daily while they are on the holding area can have a significant impact on cow comfort and performance,” said Probert.

For further details on installation of heat stress relief systems or assistance in designing a system for your farm, contact either of these MU Extension dairy specialists in southwest Missouri. Reach Ted Probert in Wright County at (417) 547-7500 or by email at, or Reagan Bluel in Barry County at (417) 847-3161 or by email at

fireworks (EM) (Willow Springs) – It’s back to work for most after a three day holiday weekend as our nation celebrated it’s indepenance. Many citys and towns in south central Missouri and Arkansas celbrated with firework events including Houston, Thayer, and Willow Springs:

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The Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. Our hope is that you had a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.

(EB) (Willow Springs) – A legendary Southern Gospel group will be performing in Willow Springs this week.

The Kingsmen will be in concert at the First General Baptist Church in Willow Springs, located at 2507 Railroad Drive just off Highway 63, on July 9.

Organizers say the doors will open at 6 PM, with the concert at 7 PM.

There will be no admission fee for the show, however, a love offering will be taken.

(EB) (Ash Flat) – The 2015 Summer Reading Round-Up program continues through the month of July at the Ash Flat Library.

Library officials say that awards are given with each completed page on the book list. Age appropriate art supplies are also given to each child to create pictures of something read about on the book list. The art works may be entered in the county fair and returned to the library for the reading program art show in August.

Kids and parents are urged to come by the library at 11 Arnhart Street in Ash Flat during the new library hours, 10 AM to 7 PM Monday-Friday and 10 AM to 2 PM Saturday to sign up for the reading program.

For more information, contact the Ash Flat Library at 870-994-2658.

(EB) (West Plains) – Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) and the American Lung Association will be offering the Freedom From Smoking program, a 7-week smoking cessation class for adults. Eight meetings will be held during the session beginning on Monday, July 20 from 10 AM to 12 PM, in the OMC Parkway Center. There is no cost for the program, but enrollment is required.

As America’s gold standard smoking cessation program for over 25 years, Freedom From Smoking helps participants create personalized plans to overcome their tobacco addiction.

With a recent new edition, the program is based on the latest research on addiction and behavior change. It approaches the difficulties of quitting with a sensitive, supportive style.

Studies show that people who use the program are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who try to quit on their own.

According to Ruth Nabors, Pulmonary Rehab Coordinator at OMC, the program is especially helpful because it is taught by a trained facilitator who helps participants learn what triggers their smoking, when they are most likely to smoke, and the best way to approach the quitting process.

The public can enroll in this free program by calling Aimee Hilt at 417-257-6762 or Ruth Nabors at 417-257-5959. The classes are limited to the first 15 to enroll.