(West Plains) – The Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area is preparing for their annual Derby Social fundraiser, which will be held May 2.
Club board member Emily Grisham spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us more about the event:
Attendees will also have an opportunity to win a number of prizes donated to the event by area businesses:
Some of the items include a custom Fusion chair from At Home Market valued at $415, and a Seiko Music in Motion Clock valued at $450 and a variety of Eleganza jewelry valued at over $1600 from Southern Hills Jewelry.
For more information on the Derby Social, call the Boys and Girls Club at 417-204-CLUB (417-204-2582) or visit the Boys and Girls Club Facebook page.
(Jefferson City) – The American Farm Bureau recently released the results of its first quarter Marketbasket Survey, in which 16 common food items are price checked. Nationwide the items totaled $53.87 while Missouri’s average price for the same items was $47.45, netting a savings of $6.42. One year ago, Missouri prices for the same items totaled $49.08.
Missouri shoppers found that five items had increased in price since the same survey was conducted in the third quarter of 2014 while 11 showed a decline. The total in the third quarter was $51.13.
Beef prices were split, finding ground beef dropping to $4.46 per pound compared to $4.82 last quarter. However, sirloin tip roast was up 17 cents to $5.16 per pound. Missouri prices for pork products, bacon and deli sliced ham, both dropped, while boneless chicken breast prices rose to $3.21 per pound.
Other items impacting the overall price increase were eggs, increasing to $2.11 per dozen; toasted oat cereal, $2.91 for a 9-oz. box; and a 20-oz. loaf of white bread hitting $1.36.
Prices decreased for Red Delicious apples, russet potatoes, orange juice, salad mix, 5 lb. flour and vegetable oil. Milk prices have shifted over the past several surveys, and this one found a 3-cent drop to $3.91 for a gallon of whole milk.
The United States Department of Agriculture projects 2-3 percent food inflation for 2015.
(Omaha) (AP) – The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West remained negative in April even though it improved slightly from the previous month.
Creighton University’s Rural Mainstreet index grew to 46 in April from March’s 43.6, but any score below 50 suggests a decline. The indexes range between 0 and 100.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the strong U.S. dollar continues to hurt exports of agriculture and energy products. And demand for farmland remains weak, so land prices are declining.
The farm equipment sales index sits at 15.6, up slightly from March’s 15.2, but well below the neutral level of 50.
Bankers from rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.
(Jefferson City) (AP) – A proposal to raise Missouri’s fuel tax for the first time in two decades appears unlikely to move forward this session, Missouri Senate leaders said Thursday, despite warnings from transportation officials about the future of the state’s infrastructure.
A bill that would raise the current 17-cent gas tax by 2 cents stalled earlier this week in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said he doesn’t want to waste more time on the measure and that the Legislature was apparently not going to address the problem. Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, who supports the increase, said there’s no alternative out there.
The Missouri Department of Transportation faces a steep decline in the state’s construction budget for roads and bridges – from $1.3 billion annually in 2009 to $685 million this year, and it is expected to drop to $325 million in the fiscal year 2017 budget. Increasing efficiency of cars resulting in less gas use, the expiration of a bond program to finance transportation and increased construction costs have all contributed to the transportation funding problems.
To deal with the anticipated shortfall in the amount needed to fully maintain all of the state’s 32,000 miles of roads, the department plans to focus on fully maintaining one-quarter of the system.
(Mountain Home) (AP) – The attorney for two Arkansas prison inmates who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles told the state Supreme Court that both should be resentenced based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Jeff Rosenzweig argued Thursday to the state court meeting in Mountain Home that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling should be applied retroactively and Aaron Hodge and James Grubbs should each receive new sentencing hearings.
Assistant state Attorney General Valerie Glover Fortner countered that some previous U.S. Supreme Court rulings weren’t applied retroactively and that “inequality exists in the law.”
Both Hodge and Grubbs were 17 when convicted in the 1990s on separate murder charges. The U.S. Supreme Court in a separate Arkansas case ordered resentencing for a man sentenced to life in prison as a juvenile.
(West Plains) – West Plains FFA placed 32nd out of 338 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention.
Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year.
Chapter activity awards, sponsored by FCS Financial, are given to chapters achieving excellence in student, chapter and community development, according to information provided by the Missouri FFA Association. The West Plains FFA Chapter advisors are Jay Hale and Tonya Jedlicka.
The West Plains FFA Chapter student development activities included a Career Success Day and a leadership training series. Community development activities included growing plants for a community container garden project. The West Plains FFA chapter also raises funds to provide food for children who are not getting enough food at home. The chapter recently received a BOAC grant, and they are using these funds to make improvements to the local fair.
The top chapters are submitted to the National FFA Organization where they compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. The competition will be this fall at the 88th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.
The Missouri FFA has 25,829 members representing 338 chapters. The national organization has more than 610,000 members representing 7,665 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
(West Plains) – West Plains city clerk Mallory Hawkins recently told Ozark Radio News that weather has hampered the city transit building project, but crews are working in that area when they can:
She added that street and engineering crews will work on a new storm drain in the city to prevent flooding issues:
This weekend is the city-wide yard sale in West Plains. For more information call city hall at 417-256-7176.
(West Plains) – The West Plains School District has announced that summer school will take place June 1-25.
The summer school session is available to all students in kindergarten through 8th grade. The program will be held at the West Plains Elementary School and the West Plains Middle School, Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 3 PM. The program is offered for open enrollment for all students in the area.
School officials say the program will focus on reading and math instruction through interactive activities and field trips. Breakfast and lunch will be served to all students free of charge. Transportation will also be provided to students living in the West Plains School District.
For more information please contact the West Plains Elementary at 417-256-6158.
(Springfield) – If your farm has been in your family since December 31, 1915, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.
To qualify, farms must meet a number of guidelines, including having the same family owning the farm for 100 consecutive years. The farm must also be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.
In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau joined MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as a program sponsor.
Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized.
For applications received by May 1, a $65 fee covers the cost of a certificate, farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. If the application is received between May 1 and May 15, the cost is $75. Applications must be postmarked by May 15 to be considered.
Applications can be completed online at extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm, or you can call the Extension publications office toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, or call your local MU Extension office.
(Pine Bluff) (AP) – The Arkansas Department of Correction will soon begin transferring female inmates who are eligible for a work-release program into a new facility in Pine Bluff.
The department says the process of moving 54 inmates to the Pine Bluff Re-Entry Center will start on Saturday.
The department’s work-release program is for inmates who are within 30 months of parole. Only those with non-violent convictions and clean disciplinary records are eligible.
All beds are expected to be filled by next week and the transfers will allow the department to move women being held in county jails into the state prison beds left vacant by the inmates moved to Pine Bluff.
The department said that as of Thursday there were 205 female state inmates being held in county jails.