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(West Plains) – The employees of West Plains Bank and Trust Company are launching a new scholarship program for a graduating senior attending either West Plains High School or Liberty High School.

Established in late 2014, the West Plains Bank and Trust Company Employee Scholarship Fund was created by Bank employees with the purpose of supporting college-level study for young people interested in the field of banking.

According to David M. Gohn, West Plains Bank and Trust Company President and Chief Operating Officer, a one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded for a 2015 West Plains High School or Liberty High School graduating senior.

Applications are available from counseling staff at each high school or at West Plains Bank and Trust Company locations. Completed applications, along with supporting documents, must be received or postmarked no later than April 20.

For additional information regarding the West Plains Bank and Trust Company Employee Scholarship Fund, call 417-256-2147 and ask to speak to a member of the scholarship committee.

(Mountain Home) – A rural Mountain Home man faces drug charges after he allegedly sold drugs to a police informant.

51-year-old Bobby Morris faces three charges of delivery of methamphetamine and three counts of unlawful use of a communication device.

A report from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office states that earlier this month, Morris sold over 21 grams of methamphetamine to an informant in three transactions, using a cell phone each time.

Morris was held on $25,000.00 bond, and was also held without bond on a parole violation. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 16.

(West Plains) – Sign-ups for spring sports are underway in West Plains, according to city clerk Mallory Hawkins:

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(Sikeston) – MoDOT has scheduled some work in Howell County this coming week.

Highway 60 in Howell County, from Route RA to Route U, will be reduced to one lane as crews perform bridge deck washing Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 2 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Business 60/63 in Howell County will be reduced to one lane as crews wash bridge decks from east Business 60/63 to west Business 60/63 Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 2 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Also, Route NN in Howell County, between US 60 and the Texas County line, will be reduced to one lane while crews perform pipe replacement Monday, March 30 through April 2 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The work zones will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the areas.

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West Plains High School senior Bernice Worley, right, with volunteer Dakoda Trithara, a college adviser at West Plains High School. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(West Plains) – 19 area residents, including students, parents or spouses, received free help filling out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during Missouri State University-West Plains’ FAFSA Frenzy event Saturday, March 7, at the Lybyer Technology Center.

This is the sixth year Missouri State-West Plains has hosted the event, a program of College Goal Sunday, which gives students and their parents free access to financial aid professionals who can guide them through the application process. Donna Bassham, coordinator of financial aid at the university, said help was given to anyone planning to attend college, not just those who are current students or are planning to attend Missouri State-West Plains next fall.

Eleven volunteers assisted students with their forms. Bassham said university officials are looking forward to hosting the event again next spring.

ASUMH student, Brittany Lowry in Dr. Eddie Dry’s biology class, working with the new lab equipment. (provided)

ASUMH student, Brittany Lowry in Dr. Eddie Dry’s biology class, working with the new lab equipment. (provided)

(Mountain Home) – Biology students at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) removed the dust covers on 10 new digital microscopes earlier this month. The 10 digital microscopes represent one of the largest collections at any higher education institution in Arkansas, according to a representative of vendor Delta Optical of North Little Rock, Ark.

Following the roll out of the new biology lab equipment, students took turns peering into the eyepieces of the new microscopes after obtaining slides from Dr. Eddie Dry, assistant professor of biology, and being directed to locate and identify the various phases of the cell cycle. Dr. Dry moved throughout the lab working one-on-one with the 23 students to ensure all were able to successfully locate cell cycle phases.

But a short time later, the lab was transformed as Dr. Dry directed his students to a cabinet holding laptop computers. Utilizing installation manuals and their critical thinking and technology skills, the students connected their microscopes to laptop computers. Those connections transferred the images of the standard optical microscopes where viewing is done one person at a time onto the laptop computer screens allowing Dr. Dry to instruct multiple students simultaneously about the phases of a cell cycle from the enlarged image.

With the new digital microscopes, visuals can be captured as still images or motion video, saved and edited. The software can also be used to measure small distances such as diameters of cells or the distance between cells.

Dr. Dry said, “These digital microscopes promote higher levels of engagement between me and the students and between students. It is awesome to see students excited about a class activity and seem them sharing information with each other.”

By upgrading the college’s lab with the new equipment, Delta Optical representatives advise ASUMH’s students are gaining experience with real-world equipment, noting a larger version of ASUMH’s digital scopes are utilized by Baxter Regional Medical Center’s pathologists.

The more than $30,000 in funding for the new equipment was made available through a Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education grant administered through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Amy McFall

Kimberly McFall

(Mountain Home) – The Donald W. Reynolds Library serving Baxter County is pleased to welcome Kimberly McFall as Marketing Coordinator and Adult Programs Co-Coordinator and Amy Huseby as Circulation Clerk.

A Mountain Home native, Kimberly McFall graduated from Mountain Home High School, earned her Bachelor of Arts from Arkansas State Tech in Russellville, AR, a Masters of Library Science from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, an Educational Specialists degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and is currently finishing her dissertation to complete her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at ASU.

McFall is a 17 year veteran of the K-12 classroom, having taught Music and Media in Texas, North Carolina, and Arkansas. Most recently, she was a graduate assistant at ASU-Jonesboro in the Educational Leadership department and taught at Black Rock School in Lawrence County. McFall says, “I look forward to working with the Library Staff and serving the community.”


Amy Huseby

Huseby has 14 years of customer service experience working with the American Red Cross in Blood Services/Apheresis and most recently in the banking industry as a Customer Service Specialist. She grew up in the Chicago area, later moving to Springfield, MO and then to Mountain Home in 2001 to be closer to her parents who retired here in 1993. Huseby says, “I am very excited to begin a new and wonderful career with the Baxter County Library. Having a passion for knowledge and a love of books, the Library is a perfect fit, and I look forward to the journey ahead!”

(Little Rock) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has released his new weekly address, in which he talks about economic development:

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(Melbourne) – The Ozarka College Foundation is gearing up to host their annual Spring Gala on Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. This year’s event will be held in the new Student Services Center at Ozarka College, located at 218 College Drive in Melbourne, Arkansas.

In honor of this being Ozarka College’s fortieth year in higher education, the theme will be, “Forty Years Strong!” Centennial Bank will once again be the presenting sponsor of this ruby inspired occasion.

The Gala features dinner prepared by the award-winning Culinary Arts Department, as well as a live auction. This year’s auction experience will be even more exciting, thanks to a generous donation from Sissy’s Log Cabin. Attendees who are the highest bidder on an auction item will have the chance to win a beautiful ruby and diamond ring.

We would also like to express our appreciation to individuals and businesses who have already committed to being corporate sponsors: Arch Westmoreland, BanCorp South, Bray Law Firm, Broadwing Air Repair, Centennial Bank, CenturyLink, First Community Bank, First National Banking Company, First Service Bank, Freedom Ford, GH Miller and Sons, Hatfield Ready Mix, Hometown Propane, Lemon Tree, Mark Martin Chevrolet, Mark’s Pharmacy, NAEC, Paul Miller Motors, Robert Reeves, Simmons First Bank, State Farm Insurance, Stephens, Inc., Tim Gammell, Tucker Wholesale Auction, and White River Medial Center North Complex.

All proceeds from the Gala will support the Foundation in its effort to provide resources necessary for many students to have life-changing experiences through education at Ozarka College. For more information or to purchase your tickets, please call the Ozarka College Advancement Office at 870.368.2059.

(Maryville) (AP) – A northwest Missouri man has been charged in the death of a 10-month-old boy.

The St. Joseph News Press reports that 25-year-old Nicholas L. Bradshaw, of Maryville, faces two felony counts of abuse or neglect of a child, resulting in death. Bond is set at $50,000. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice filed the charges Thursday after a four-month investigation.

Maryville Public Safety said in a statement that the baby was hurt Dec. 5 and died two days later at Children’s Mercy. Bradshaw had been caring the boy when he was injured.