(West Plains) – The Ozark Radio Network is holding a new contest that will allow the public to choose the name of the network’s new “Director of Fun”.
Our new bulldog mascot will be available for station events, remotes and promotions across the Ozark Radio Network. When he’s not out and about with the network, he resides at the Eades Bullies Farm.
The dog will be making posts on the station’s Facebook pages and hosting the Pet Patrol page on www.ozarkareanetwork.com. The naming contest runs now through Friday, May 8, with the final announcement being made during a live remote broadcast May 15 at All Pet and Equine Supply in West Plains on 102.5 KDY.
People can vote online for their favorite dog name, as well as in-person at All Pet and Equine Supply in West Plains. Those who vote in-person at All Pet and Equine Supply will receive a free dog treat and receive a punch on their All Pet Payback Card.
(West Plains) – Emergency crews in West Plains spent over an hour Saturday night attempting to get a man out of a storm drainage ditch.
A call came in to the West Plains Police Department at 10:25 PM of a man screaming for help underneath Preacher Roe Blvd. at the McDonald’s restaurant.
Law enforcement officers at the scene told Ozark Radio News that the man, who was later identified as 23-year-old Justin Shipp of Thayer, gave authorities multiple names before being identified, and was uncooperative for a majority of the time. A West Plains firefighter entered the drainage area in an attempt to get Shipp out, but to no avail. Eventually, his real identity was uncovered, and, after receiving help from his mother in coaxing him out, Shipp exited the drainage area around 11:44 PM.
At this time, it’s believed that Shipp entered the storm drainage ditch by Ryan’s buffet and crawled to the McDonald’s area where he was found. Police say that he also exited the drainage system near Ryan’s.
Shipp was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains for treatment and observation. At this time, the reason for Shipp entering the drainage ditch is unknown.
(West Plains) – Emergency crews spent Saturday night off of Preacher Roe Blvd. in West Plains attempting to get a man out of a storm drainage ditch.
Police arrived shortly before 10:30 PM after reports of a man under the road were called in. Crews on the scene told Ozark Radio News that the man, who has reportedly given authorities multiple names, has been belligerent and is refusing to come out.
At this time, authorities are unsure how the man got in, or why.
We’ll bring you more information on this bizarre story when it becomes available.
(West Plains) – The city of West Plains has landed on another “Top 10″ list this year.
The website City Described, which makes a variety of “top 10″-style lists ranging from “Small Soccer Cities” to “The Best Private High Schools in Los Angeles”, named West Plains number 2 of the “Top 13 Small Cities in Missouri in 2015″ list, which was published at the end of 2014. Reasons given for the ranking include the city’s location, festivals and events, and cultural and historical heritage.
Other cities named to the list include Jefferson City, Glendale, Kirkwood, and Columbia, which took the number one spot.
This isn’t the city’s first time on a list like this: Cities Journal also ranked the city in 2014.
(Thayer) – A West Plains man faces charges of parental kidnapping in the city of Thayer.
26-year-old Christopher Richardson was arrested on April 10. A press release from the Thayer Police Department states that Richardson had taken a 1-year-old from his girlfriend’s aunt’s house after getting into an argument with the girlfriend. Police say he then went to the girlfriend’s residence and, as she tried to get the one-year-old and another child out of the car, took off with the woman and two children in the car.
Police say Richardson then dropped one of the children and the woman off at a gas station in Koshkonong, and took the one-year-old to West Plains, where he was later arrested.
At report time, Richardson was being held in the Oregon County jail on $10,000 bond.
(Carter County) – Two Poplar Bluff residents suffered serious injuries Sunday evening after a two vehicle accident in Carter County that involved a motorcycle.
The accident happened at 6:12 PM at the intersection of Route K and Route B in Carter County, when the southbound SUV driven by 33-year-old Nikki Knight of Doniphan attempted to cross Route B, and struck a motorcycle operated by 35-year-old Joseph Riley of Poplar Bluff.
Riley and a passenger, 37-year-old Kristi Riley, both suffered serious injuries and were both taken to Mercy Hospital in Cape Girardeau by helicopter. The driver and four passengers of the other vehicle were uninjured.
(West Plains) – A Thayer resident was injured Saturday evening after the motorcycle she was on ran off-road and overturned.
19-year-old Stephanie Todd was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains with moderate injuries, according to a Highway Patrol report.
The accident happened at 7 PM Saturday on Route CC, about 12 miles west of West Plains.
(West Plains) – The city of West Plains and the West Plains Police Department are reminding parents to help protect their kids next month during the annual Howell County KidsFest event.
City clerk Mallory Hawkins spoke with Ozark Radio News and said that an extremely helpful service that was offered last year will return for the 2015 event:
For more information you can call West Plains City Hall at 417-256-7176 or the West Plains Police Department at 417-256-2244.
(West Plains) – The Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce and the West Plains School District will hold a ribbon cutting at the new West Plains Schools Agriculture Science Facility.
The ribbon cutting, which will be held at 11 AM April 30, is the culmination of a fundraising initiative called “Raising the Barn”, which sought to raise $800,000 to build a new 10,500 square-foot agriculture science facility on Olden St. near the high school that will give hands-on experience to the more than 200 students who take agricultural science classes at the high school each year.
Special guests scheduled to be at the event include Missouri Department of Agriculture director Richard Fordyce.
Refreshments will be served at the event. For more information on the facility, visit www.zizzers.org.
(West Plains) – The Southwest Missouri Office on Aging and the West Plains Senior Center will offer a free “New to Medicare” class on Tuesday, April 21 from 12:30-2 PM at the West Plains Senior Center.
Organizers say the class will cover a number of topics, including Medicare Parts A and B, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans, and fraud and prevention tips.
For more information or to register, call 417-256-4055.
(Jefferson City) – This past Wednesday saw Missouri senators spend time debating several issues, including Senate Bill 321, a measure that would allow victims of sexual assault to receive protective orders and modify the definitions of sexual assault and stalking as they relate to orders of protection. Senator Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, sponsors the legislation:
The bill still needs another affirmative vote before it could move to the Missouri House of Representatives.
Senators also discussed several measures Thursday, including Senate Bill 339, which deals with property taxes. Senator Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, sponsors the measure and explains new changes added to the bill dealing with mining operations and telephone companies:
During debate, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, expresses concern about the potential loss of local tax dollars intended for public schools if the bill was to go into effect:
Senate Bill 339 was later set aside for further discussion.
The Senate also gave final approval to Senate Bill 328, legislation that would require school districts to adopt a policy on youth suicide and prevention. The measure is sponsored by Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur:
That bill moves to the House for similar consideration.