(Little Rock) (AP) – The Arkansas Educational Television Network says PBS’s popular Antiques Roadshow appraisal event is coming to Little Rock next month.
AETN says the program will tape an episode at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock on July 25. Participants must register with AETN by July 10 to attend.
The public TV series features a wide variety of items brought in for professional assessment, including of the market value. Thousands of people appeared for the taping of three one-hour episodes in Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday. They are scheduled to air in 2016.
Ticket holders can bring as many as two items, and must bring at least one item. Those who plan to bring a painting for appraisal should be prepared for the possibility of an extra-long wait.
by Jim Salter, AP
(St. Louis) (AP) – A wet June turned worse after strong weekend storms drenched the Midwest, adding to concern that already-serious flooding won’t go away anytime soon.
It seems to be unrelenting: More rain is forecast for later this week in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, “possibly a lot,” National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said Monday.
“It’s a very wet late spring, early summer, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon,” he said.
Buyouts since the massive flood of 1993 have removed thousands of homes from the floodplains of the Midwest, but the flooding has closed hundreds of roads and swamped thousands of acres of farmland.
Parts of Missouri saw nearly 2 inches of rain over the weekend. St. Louis has received 13.1 inches of rain this month, 9 inches above normal and setting a June record with two days left in the month. It’s also the second-wettest of any month since official record-keeping began in 1874; in first place is 14.78 inches in August 1946.
Flood-weary towns scrambled to protect property. In southeast Missouri, dozens of people fled Dutchtown and Allenville as the Mississippi River neared a crest of 12 feet above flood stage. In northeast Missouri, the Fabius River spiked 10 feet above flood stage, topping sandbags on a levee and forcing about 100 residents of a mobile home park to evacuate in Taylor.
The storms also brought severe weather, with three tornadoes touching down Sunday about 70 miles northwest of St. Louis and a possible one in a St. Louis suburb.
Other rivers were overflowing, too. The Illinois River was around 10 feet above flood stage at several points in central Illinois, flooding roads and a few businesses in places such as Beardstown, Meredosia and Peoria. The town of Peru called off its July Fourth fireworks show because of the flooding. And in southern Illinois, the Ohio River was climbing toward an expected crest 7 feet above flood stage Saturday at Cairo, drenching farmland in that area.
Northwest Indiana has been hit particularly hard during June. Agricultural experts said last week the state’s corn and soybean crop has already been reduced by nearly $300 million. That was before up to 4 inches of weekend rain caused rivers and creeks to flood and prevented storm sewers from emptying into them, resulting in street flooding in Muncie, Portland and other communities.
The Wabash River was so high in Lafayette, Indiana, over the weekend that it blocked access to a hospital. The river was still more than 10 feet above flood stage Monday after dropping a foot from its crest Sunday.
In southwest Michigan, the overflowing Kalamazoo River drenched Stryker Field, home of the minor-league Kalamazoo Growlers. It’ll be several days before the field dries out, and the cost of the damage is not yet known. Flood warnings were issued for several waterways in southern Michigan.
And in Waco, Texas, police said a homeless man, Timothy Lee Bonner, 49, was sleeping in a tent near a creek when he was swept away by flooding. His body was recovered Saturday morning from the creek behind Baylor University’s Floyd Casey Stadium.
(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says a U.S. Supreme Court ruling approving the use of the sedative midazolam in executions will allow states to move forward with lethal injections, though other issues remain in Arkansas.
Hutchinson said Monday that he had directed the Department of Correction to “initiate a search for the appropriate drugs.” He noted that the department needs to find a drug supplier before any executions can be scheduled.
There are 33 inmates on death row in Arkansas, including at least eight who have exhausted their judicial appeals.
Asked if he would sign the warrants, Hutchinson said he’s “ready” to fulfill his responsibility.
The attorney general’s office says executions could be delayed amid a challenge over a new law that makes Arkansas’ execution drug supplier a state secret.
(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas has signed an agreement with a Vietnamese province that is aimed at boosting trade between the two regions.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday signed the agreement with the chairman of Dong Nai Province in southeastern Vietnam. Hutchinson says the agreement will help develop economic development, trade and educational opportunities between the state and the province, and had been negotiated over the past three months.
Arkansas is the first state to sign such an agreement with the province. Hutchinson says he hoped to eventually visit the province as part of the exchange.
Hutchinson says the memorandum of understanding opens up business opportunities for the state, such as increasing exports of soybeans, rice and other agricultural commodities.
by RB Fallstrom, AP
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Matheny has zero interest in scanning the daily statistics that show just how efficiently the St. Louis Cardinals are dealing with the opposition.
Matheny prefers that his players ignore all that, too, just as they have the hacking investigation involving the Houston Astros that seems to have quieted down. The players can keep the franchise with the majors’ best record rolling along by grinding out at-bats, grinding out innings, briefly savoring results and moving on.
“I couldn’t say I stuck my head in the sand so much I didn’t know we won 50 games,” Matheny said before the Cardinals raised their record to 51-24. “But it doesn’t really do us any good to focus on that stuff, we’ve just got to go play the game.”
It is best, he added, that contributing kids spend no time fretting about when they might be sent back down to the minors or wondering how they’ll respond to the hard times that might be around the corner.
The manager is not about to throw cold water on rookie Xavier Scruggs, a recent first-time call-up who has nine hits in his last five games and an RBI in each of the last three, helping the Cardinals run their winning streak to six and widen their lead to nine games in the NL Central.
“Oh, this is awesome,” Scruggs said. “It’s everything you dream of, just being part of the best team in baseball. Just being able to able to play a little part is just great for me.”
Some of the reasons behind the Cardinals’ run of success:
The biggest reason, by far, for a start of historic proportions is the pitching minus ace Adam Wainwright, sidelined for the year in April with a torn Achilles tendon. The 2.61 ERA leads the majors by far, and the Pirates are the only other team with an ERA below 3.00.
Over the last five games, the opposition has mustered just six runs, and that’s no isolated stretch. The Cardinals have allowed two or fewer runs an amazing 44 times, going 37-7. Michael Wacha (10-3, 2.77), Carlos Martinez (9-3, 2.80) and Lance Lynn (5-4, 2.84) are all among the ERA league leaders.
The Cardinals had enough confidence in Martinez, in his first year in the rotation, to stick with him after two rain delays in Sunday’s 4-1 victory over the Cubs that completed a three-game sweep. Medical marvel Jaime Garcia, coming off thoracic outlet surgery after years of shoulder trouble, is 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA in seven outings.
Closer Trevor Rosenthal has a 0.52 ERA and one blown save in 24 chances. St. Louis leads the league with 30 saves overall with Carlos Villanueva (1.37), Kevin Siegrist (1.52) and Miguel Socolovich (1.69) all under 2.00.
The Cardinals are 29-7 at home, the best ever in the divisional era that began in 1969 according to STATS, and they lead the majors with 22 come-from-behind wins.
The offense does its part minus Matt Holliday and Matt Adams for long stretches. Scruggs has earned recent time at first base ahead of veteran Mark Reynolds and is not being prepared for the inevitable “rough patch.”
“Mark’s still going to be a big part of what we’re doing here, but Xavier is putting together some at-bats you can’t ignore,” Matheny said. “That’s what a young guy’s supposed to do – you get an opportunity, jump on it.”
Another neophyte, outfielder Greg Garcia, is 5 for 10 with a critical homer.
Holliday is getting closer to returning from a quad injury sustained in early June but feels no pressure to because the team is doing just fine without him.
“They’re obviously playing great, so it’s no hurry,” Holliday said. “They’re finding ways to win and guys are stepping up, and that’s really the way it’s been the last few years.”
Matheny played for Tony La Russa, whose mantra was winning series. The Cardinals have done that admirably, going 18-5-2.
The manager who’s taken the Cardinals to a World Series and two NL championship series in his first three seasons thinks smaller.
“I just can’t help but keep being drawn to this very simplified idea of one pitch at a time,” Matheny said. “We don’t worry about what our record is, it’s what we can do right now. Play today. That’s it.”
(Simmons) – A Mountain Home resident was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle accident in Texas County.
The accident happened at 8:45 AM on Highway 63 one mile south of Simmons, when the northbound vehicle driven by 42-year-old Patricia Zulfer of Mountain Home crossed the center line and struck the side of a southbound vehicle driven by 37-year-old Dane Long of Houston. A Highway Patrol report states that Zulfer’s vehicle skidded and traveled off-road, overturning several times, while Long’s vehicle also ran off-road and overturned.
A passenger in Zulfer’s vehicle, 46-year-old Edward Deen of Mountain Home, was pronounced dead at the scene by Texas County Coroner Tom Whitaker. The Highway Patrol report states that Deen was not wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.
Meanwhile, Zulfer and two passengers, 15-year-old Alex and Kaitlyn Zulfur, suffered moderate injuries. Patricia and Alex were taken to Cox Hospital in Springfield by Life Flight Helicopter, while Kaitlyn was taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.
Dane Long suffered minor injuries and was taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital by a private vehicle.
The death marks fatality number 10 for this year for Highway Patrol Troop G, compared to 15 at this time last year.
(Mountain View) – Nine Mountain View residents suffered minor injuries Saturday evening after a two-vehicle accident near their hometown.
A report from Troop G of the Highway Patrol states the accident happened at 8:20 PM at the intersection of County Road 3030 and County Road 3680, about four miles west of Mountain View, when the southbound SUV driven by 25-year-old Andrew Cross of Mountain View struck a westbound sedan driven by 42-year-old Jack Ripko of Mountain View, which was in the intersection.
Cross and five passengers all suffered minor injuries and were taken to Mercy Hospital in Mountain View, while Ripko and two passengers also suffered minor injuries. They were also taken to Mercy Hospital in Mountain View.
(Alton) – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Michelle Sims has joined the medical team at Ozarks Medical Center’s Alton Medical Clinic, located at 100 Medical Drive in Alton.
Sims joins clinic physician Harry Kelly, DO in providing quality care to the residents of Oregon County. Patients can be seen for family medicine, workman’s comp, mental health services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, lab and digital x-ray at the clinic.
The Alton Clinic has served the community for over 10 years in its present location. Nurse Practitioner Mary Anne Vaughn is retiring July 24, and Sims will be replacing her on that date.
Sims holds a Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialty in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from Graceland University in Independence. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and completed her Associate of Science in Nursing from Missouri State University-West Plains.
Sims previously served as a Registered Nurse for OMC’s health care system for several years. Before coming to the Alton Medical Clinic, Sims was an Advanced Practice Family Nurse Practitioner at the John J. Pershing VAMC in Poplar Bluff, where she was a Primary Care Provider and Home-Based Primary Care Provider, and provided Women’s Health Services at Howell County Health Department.
Sims is married to Assistant West Plains Fire Chief Roy Sims. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, camping, and is a certified scuba diver.
For more information, contact the clinic at 417-778-7227.
(West Plains) – A new seafood business in West Plains will be holding their grand opening on Wednesday.
Derek Dowell is the owner of Fat Shrimp Seafood Company in West Plains, and is a familiar face to seafood enthusiasts, having owned the Blue Coconut seafood business in West Plains prior to its closing in 2010.
Dowell spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us more about the grand opening:
He also talked about how he began making seafood:
Fat Shrimp is also an affiliate client of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator in West Plains. Dowell talked about how they helped him and his business get on their feet:
Heather Fisher is the executive director of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator. She told Ozark Radio News that the microloan program is available for businesses:
For more information on the microloan program, visit www.ozsbi.com or call 417-256-9724. If you would like more information on Fat Shrimp Seafood Company, visit www.fatshrimp.com or like Fat Shrimp Seafood Company on Facebook.
(West Plains) – For the sixth consecutive year, people in Howell County will have an extra day to swim this summer, free of charge.
Wednesday, July 8, is West Plains Bank and Trust Company Free Pool Day at the West Plains Aquatics Center, from 12-7 PM, as well as at the Mountain View Municipal Pool, from 1-5 PM. All area residents are encouraged to take advantage of free admission during these times.
West Plains Bank and Trust Company President and Chief Operating Officer David M. Gohn says children and adults will be admitted free of charge, and he encourages residents to take advantage of the free swimming date.