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(Cherokee Village) – The Spring River Branch of the National League of American Pen Women are excited to feature their October Member of the Month, C. J. Clark.

C. J. Clark lives in Hardy where she writes poetry, short stories and novels. Originally a Michigander, she also lived in Iowa and Wyoming before moving to this area. Her studies in architecture and interior design have always taken second place to her true love of writing. Her works have received many awards and recognition. Her most recent poetry received two 1st blue ribbons at the Sharp County Fair along with a 2nd and a 3rd. She won first place in the Jim Barton Poetry of Place Contest a couple of months ago. She has written three novels–Wyoming Dreamer, Marry Me Under the Mistletoe and Vestal Virgins.

She is currently concentrating on her poetry and will have poems published in two upcoming national anthologies. C. J.’s books are available through Createspace and Amazon.com.

The Spring River Branch of the National League of American Pen Women meets the first Wednesday of months September through May, 10:00 AM, at the Cherokee Village Lutheran Church. Writers, artists and musicians are cordially invited to join members and friends as they meet to share creative gifts and encourage one another.

by Rep. Jeff Pogue

Upon Voter Approval (Part 2 of 3)

On November 4th, our employers, the taxpaying citizens, will have the options to amend to the Missouri Constitution four proposals. I want to encourage the constituents of the 143rd to be intentional in their decisions. I hope to further your insight on these amendments so you can be an informed voter, just as you have helped me. Use this as a tool in your thought and prayer-filled deliberation.

Amendment 6: Early Voting

“Upon voter approval, this proposed constitutional amendment requires, beginning with the 2016 general election, the establishment of an early voting period prior to the general election.”–House Summary

This proposal passed The House by a vote of 94 ayes and 57 nays. I voted “no” and oppose this measure. Simply put, Early Voting is bad policy. Philosophically, I protest this issue. Election Day is a solemn time, and voting is an honored privilege. I’m convinced the taxpayers properly prioritize for this day. If one cannot be present, the state already allows for another option–Absentee voting. Early voting not only shows contempt to this sacred day, it will neglect fiscal responsibility by significantly demanding more tax dollars from the state and local treasuries. In my estimation, this plan will fail to increase voter turnout; however, it shall waste more tax dollars trying. Also, I believe it will increase voter fraud, negating any positive strides made to curb this threat. The Government is well-known for taking something that works well already, and modifying it until it is broken. Early Voting will be another example, if passed.

“This great source of free government, popular election, should be perfectly pure, and the most unbounded liberty allowed.”– Alexander Hamilton

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the proposed wording of a prospective ballot item that would let voters decide whether to legalize marijuana in the state.

McDaniel’s office on Friday rejected the proposal offered by Mary Berry because of ambiguities in the text of the measure and tells Berry to “redesign” both the proposal and the ballot title.

McDaniel has approved two other marijuana-related ballot proposals for the 2016 ballot. One would legalize medical marijuana and the second would allow voters to decide whether to approve making it legal to grow and possess marijuana and all products derived from the cannabis plant.

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(West Plains) – The 2014 West Plains Homecoming Parade was held on Thursday afternoon in and around Downtown West Plains.

The parade had a theme of “Humble the Hounds”, as was evident by the many floats in the parade.

The West Plains Zizzers will take on Rolla on Friday for their homecoming game.

To view the full photo gallery, click here.

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(Jefferson City) – Gov. Jay Nixon and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has announced that the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory in Jefferson City has been designated as an Ebola Virus Disease testing laboratory as part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Laboratory Response Network.

The Missouri State Public Health Laboratory, located in Jefferson City, will now be able to provide presumptive testing of Ebola samples prior to confirmation testing at the CDC in Atlanta.

Earlier this month, the Governor directed DHSS to seek the designation in order to enhance the state’s ability to quickly confirm or rule out potential cases of Ebola, should such a case occur in Missouri. Because of the designation as an Ebola testing laboratory, the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory may receive laboratory specimens as a part of the coordinated CDC and public health investigation and control of the disease. All specimens must have prior approval before being submitted to the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory.

The Missouri State Public Health Laboratory has been a designated CDC Laboratory Response Network (LRN) laboratory since the inception of the national program in 1999.

Nixon also announced that $3.3 million in funding has been made available for local public health agencies.

From left: Zizzer Homecoming Celebration Committee Member, Melody Hubbell; Community First President, Scott Corman; West Plains Education Foundation President, Ericka Atkins; Community First Banking Company Employees, Janet & Gabe Chambers; and Community First VP, Tom Smith. (Provided)

From left: Zizzer Homecoming Celebration Committee Member, Melody Hubbell; Community First President, Scott Corman; West Plains Education Foundation President, Ericka Atkins; Community First Banking Company Employees, Janet & Gabe Chambers; and Community First VP, Tom Smith. (Provided)

(West Plains) – The West Plains Education Foundation has announced that Community First Banking Company is a Zizzer Homecoming Celebration Event Sponsor.

This is the 2nd year for the Zizzer Homecoming Celebration and it will be held at the West Plains Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday, October 18 from 6:30-11 PM.

The event is open to all friends of education. Tickets are just $25 per person and includes beverages, dinner and entertainment by local singer, songwriter Art Bentley.

All proceeds benefit the West Plains Reads myOn Community Reading Project. (www.westplainsreads.com).

Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com or at the West Plains Civic Center.

 

 

(Gerald) (AP) – Police in an eastern Missouri town say they spotted a mountain lion earlier this week.

The Washington Missourian reports Gerald Police Chief Steve Goodwin followed a tip from a motorist before dawn Tuesday that a mountain lion had stopped briefly in front of his vehicle.

Goodwin and another officer went looking for the big cat and saw it in a creek bed just outside the Franklin County town.

The chief says he notified the Missouri Department of Conservation. He was told the latest reports of mountain lions in the area came from neighboring Gasconade County two to three years ago.

Conservation officials say there’s little danger of a mountain lion attacking someone.

Gerald is located in Franklin County, about 60 miles west of St. Louis.

(Birch Tree) – The city of Birch Tree has announced that a boil water order issued for the city earlier this week has been lifted.

For more information, call city hall at 573-292-3414.

From left, Dr. Eddie Dry, Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers board member and ASUMH faculty, Division of Life Sciences; Michael Hilton, ASUMH student; Jane Darr, President of Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers.  (Provided)

From left, Dr. Eddie Dry, Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers board member and ASUMH faculty, Division of Life Sciences; Michael Hilton, ASUMH student; Jane Darr, President of Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers. (Provided)

(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) announced recently that Michael Hilton of Horseshoe Bend, AR, is the first recipient of the Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers scholarship. The scholarship is designed to recognize and assist a full-time undergraduate student in the Department of Life Sciences, with preference to a student with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average who plans to obtain a four-year degree in biology, environmental science, fisheries management, wildlife biology, or related discipline and who participates in the ASUMH Stream Team program. The scholarship award is $500.

Hilton, who is a sophomore at ASUMH was chosen the Overall Academic Achiever at ASUMH for the 2013-2014 academic year. Michael received an Associate of Arts degree from ASUMH in 2013 and is now working on an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. Michael hopes to pursue a career as a Game and Fish wildlife officer.

Friends of the Rivers is a watershed protection organization focusing on the middle section of the White River below Bull Shoals and Norfork Dams, addressing water quality in five counties. Realizing that healthy rivers mean healthy communities, Friends of the Rivers is dedicated to the education of our young adults and others who will serve as citizens working in water policy and management of our natural resources in the near future.

Arkansas State University-Mountain Home encourages organizations, businesses and individuals to consider a scholarship in order to assist committed students and to highlight the work and purpose of their organizations as well. Jane Darr, President of Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers commented that the opportunity to offer scholarships allows individuals and organizations to participate in the work of ASUMH to “Create Opportunities and Change Lives.”

For more information about this or other scholarships at ASUMH, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by calling (870) 508-6195.

(West Plains) – The annual Haunting in the Hollows event is taking place this Saturday from 2-6 PM at Galloway Park in West Plains. Todd Shanks with the City of West Plains says that it’s free fun for the whole family with plenty of activities:

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The Dickerson Park Zoo from Springfield will also be in attendance:

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Shanks also talks about the location, and the importance of Galloway Park to the city of West Plains:

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The event is being put on by the group Friends of Galloway Park, and features of a number of volunteers, including the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area and MSU-West Plains.

Door prizes are also available for those who attend. For more information, you can call 417-372-0654.