(West Plains) – The story of beloved advice columnist Ann Landers will come to life at 7 PM on Tuesday, October 21, when the Nebraska Theatre Caravan brings its production of “The Lady With All the Answers” to the theater stage at the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St., in West Plains.
The performance by this national touring production is being sponsored by the University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department at Missouri State University-West Plains. Tickets are $8 in advance through the civic center box office and $10 at the door; university students will be admitted free with their BearPass ID.
For decades millions of Americans sipped their morning coffee and began their day reading three simple words, “Dear Ann Landers.” Eppie Lederer, better known as advice columnist Ann Landers, answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples and a multitude of others in need of advice. No topic was off-limits, including nude housekeeping, the proper way to hang toilet paper, sibling rivalries, addiction, religion and wandering spouses. Landers regaled her readers with direct, insightful and often humorously honest responses. Late on a 1975 night in Landers’ Chicago apartment, an ironic twist of events confronts her with a looming deadline for a column dealing with a new kind of heartbreak: her own.
This one-woman, off-Broadway tour de force provides a compelling portrait of the bubbly, frank and slightly eccentric writer who became a fixture of our culture. It is all about the no-nonsense Sioux City, Iowa, native whose daily dialogue with America helped shape the social landscape for the last half century.
“The Lady With All the Answers” contains some adult content intended for mature audiences, organizers said. For more information about the performance, contact the U/CP Department office at 417-255-7966 or visit wp.missouristate.edu/ucp.
(Cherokee Village) – Members of the Cherokee Village Lions Club will take to the streets of Spring River area October 2-4 to raise funds as part of the annual White Cane Day.
Funds donated by community members will be used to provide vision care locally, support Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing, World Services for the Blind and Leader Dog. Those in need of glasses, eye surgery, or help in adapting to low vision are helped with these donations.
According to Lion President Nancy French of Cherokee Village Lions Club, the money raised will allow Lions to meet vision needs in the community, as well as scholarships and local charities.
The Cherokee Village Lions Club has 22 members and meets on 2nd & 4th Tuesday’s of the month at 5 PM at Words AfterWords in Hardy. For more information or to get involved with the Cherokee Village Lions Club, please contact Lion Vickie Rice at 870-847-4622.
(Scott) (AP) – Authorities have arrested a man in the case of an Arkansas real estate agent who has been missing since last week.
Little Rock police arrested 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis on Monday morning. Lewis was named in an arrest warrant Sunday on suspicion of kidnapping 49-year-old Beverly Carter.
Authorities say Carter planned to show a house Thursday night in Scott, a rural area east of Little Rock, but she never returned from the appointment. She remained missing Monday.
Police say Lewis was arrested at a Little Rock apartment complex after someone spotted him and called 911.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest. Lt. Carl Minden says authorities aren’t releasing details on how investigators identified Lewis as a suspect. He says Lewis is on parole for previous convictions in Arkansas.
(St. Louis) (AP) – Assistant Attorney General Jeremiah Morgan argued Monday in a St. Louis courtroom that state law, backed by the vote of the people, makes it clear that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman.
But St. Louis City Counselor Winston Calvert countered that the state has no business treating gay and lesbian couples as “second-class citizens.”
St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison is deciding the constitutionality of Missouri’s ban on gay marriage. The city of St. Louis issued marriage licenses in June to four same-sex couples, setting up a court fight over the state’s 2004 state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
It isn’t clear when Burlison will issue a ruling. St. Louis officials have stopped issuing marriage licenses to gay couples until legal issues are resolved.
(Springfield) (AP) – The state’s highest court will hear arguments this week about whether a Springfield man accused of restricting his son’s diet and locking him in a bathroom for several days as punishment is guilty of child abuse.
In 2011, Peter D. Hansen, 50, was convicted of abusing one of his children. He’s appealing the ruling to the Missouri Supreme Court, which will hear arguments on Wednesday, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
Hansen was sentenced to three years in prison in 2012, but a judge suspended the punishment and placed Hansen on five years of probation with 100 days in the Greene County Jail.
Hansen, who is a Seventh Day Adventist, said his religion encourages vegetarianism and the boy’s punishment didn’t constitute child abuse.
Prosecutors argue the boy was limited to about two cups of food per day and was punished by being confined in one of the church’s bathrooms. They say there is sufficient evidence to prove Hansen inflicted cruel and inhumane punishment by locking the boy in a small, dark and cold bathroom for days at a time and withholding food.
Hansen said the state’s evidence failed to prove either of those claims. He has denied to police that he withheld food.
Court records show the family was evicted from their home in April 2009 and lived in a car for several weeks before their local church allowed them to live in their building.
“The family had little money, but continued to live by the principles of their church in that environment, eating mostly vegetables, grains, legumes and some fruit, two meals a day, drinking water and exercising,” Hansen’s appeal stated.
Hansen’s daughter also said she was often punished by being isolated from the rest of the family or being restricted from eating “luxury foods like fruit, or butter,” court records state.
(Clayton) (AP) – A drug case involving an arrest made by the Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old in a separate incident is on hold while a grand jury reviews the shooting.
A judge approved a request by prosecutors Monday to send the drug case involving the arrest by officer Darren Wilson to a St. Louis County grand jury. But a spokesman for Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch later said that the case is “on hold” until Wilson’s status is resolved.
Spokesman Ed Magee called the move standard procedure in cases where police officers are not immediately available to testify in court.
A lawyer for Christopher Brooks alleges Wilson “roughed up” his client after Brooks refused to hand over the keys to a locked car parked in his grandmother’s driveway, where police say they found drug paraphernalia and several ounces of pot. Defense attorney Nick Zotos wants the drug distribution charge dismissed because he doesn’t expect Wilson, who didn’t attend the preliminary hearing, to show up in court.
“Wilson is compromised as a witness,” said Zotos, who opposed the initial request by McCulloch’s office to shift the drug case to a panel that meets behind closed doors. It wasn’t clear whether Brooks made the allegation against Wilson before or after Brown was killed.
A police union attorney who has spent decades representing members of law enforcement in court told The Associated Press on Monday that he represents Wilson, who is under investigation by another grand jury over whether he used excessive force in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.
James P. Towey, general counsel for the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police and a former general counsel for the St. Louis Police Officers Association, said Wilson may be willing to publicly discuss the case in the future. He declined to provide details of the whereabouts of Wilson, who has gone into hiding since Brown’s death.
Wilson, 28, received a Ferguson City Council commendation in February for his role in Brooks’ arrest one year earlier. Zotos questioned whether the honor was merited.
“We give trophies every day for just showing up,” he said after the brief hearing in St. Louis Circuit Court. “If you play on the team, you get a trophy.”
The grand jury is reviewing evidence in Brown’s death to determine whether Wilson should face criminal charges in the shooting that led to violent protests, hundreds of arrests, the summoning of the Missouri National Guard for security and international attention. McCulloch has said he expects that grand jury to complete its work by mid-October or early November, though its term has been extended until January.
The assistant prosecutor, who did not identify himself in court, did not indicate during the hearing why the county wants to shift the case to the grand jury. Magee did not provide a reason but said it didn’t involve an effort to prevent information about Wilson from being publicly disclosed.
(Little Rock) (AP) – Former President Bill Clinton is returning to Arkansas next week to help Democrats in his home state as they try to fend off a Republican takeover of the state’s top offices in the November election.
State Democrats on Monday announced that Clinton would headline four rallies around the state next week. The 42nd president and former Arkansas governor planned headline rallies in Conway and Jonesboro on Oct. 6 and in Fayetteville and Rogers on Oct. 7.
The rallies are free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. Information on the rallies is available at www.arkdems.org/clintonrally/
Republicans have been relying on a stream of national surrogates who have visited the state lately to stump for their nominees.
(Alton) – A boil water order issued in the city of Alton has been lifted.
The boil water order, which was issued for residents on Market, Simpson, Vine, and Water Streets was lifted Monday morning.
For more information call Alton City Hall at 417-778-6321.
(Jefferson City) (AP) – State scientists say Missouri’s wild turkey population appears to be on the rebound.
The Department of Conservation says it has observed a higher ratio of young turkeys to hens than compared to the average over the past five or 10 years. Some of the strongest numbers have been reported in northern Missouri, which had been most affected by a downturn in turkey production that began in the early 2000s.
The department says Missouri has now had strong turkey reproduction in three of the past four years. That means hunters should start seeing more turkeys in the woods.
(Jefferson City) (AP) – A group of business and energy leaders will start work next week to help improve Missouri’s energy policies.
Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday announced the names of more than 50 business, labor, education and energy leaders who will start work to hash out a plan for state energy use Oct. 1 at Washington University in St. Louis.
The committee created by Nixon in June is responsible for recommending ways the state can be energy efficient, promote economic development in the energy sector and ensure an abundant energy supply.
Appointees include a Sierra Club member, energy company representatives, university employees and representatives from businesses such as Ford Motor Co.
Members of the public can attend any of the eight meetings in October and submit suggestions online at energy.mo.gov.