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(West Plains) – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a local shelter that helps victims of domestic violence is reminding people that someone they know and love may be a victim of domestic violence.

Kelly Neil with the Christos House told Ozark Radio News about some of the help they offer, including an emergency shelter and counseling:

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Amber Brignole, prevention specialist with the Christos House, says that a number of fun events put on as fundraisers for the organization, including the annual Chocolate Festival, are held to not only raise money for the group, but to keep people aware of a very delicate subject:

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National statistics show that one in four women are victims of domestic violence. If you need help from the Christos House, you can call their 24/7 hotline at 1-800-611-5853. For more information on donating or volunteering, you can call the office number at 417-469-1190.

(West Plains) – A trivia night and silent auction in November will benefit the West Plains Christian Clinic.

Greg Whitsell spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us more about the trivia night, saying that the Probation and Parole office is helping put the event on:

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Clinic Executive Director Len Campo says that the proceeds from the event will benefit the clinic, which performs a much-needed service in the area:

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For more information on the event or the services offered by the clinic, you can call 417-256-6178.

(Mountain View) – The city of Mountain View has announced trick-or-treating times for Halloween on Friday.

Children are urged to trick-or-treat at participating businesses from 3:30-5 PM, and from 5-7 PM in residential areas.

City officials urge parents and children to be extremely careful this Halloween, as the city is expecting a higher than normal volume of vehicle traffic in town due to the Liberty Eagles football game that evening at 7 PM.

(West Plains)- The West Plains School Board of Education met on Tuesday, October 21, for a regular meeting.

During the meeting the school board received a Strategic Planning update and learned that the West Plains School District is currently reviewing and revising the district Comprehensive School Improvement Communication (CSIP) goal list to improve the district through increasing student scores, satisfaction rates, and communications within the district.

The board also learned that the district recently received claims data for the past year as it relates to district health insurance. For this year, the district has paid in $2.1 million in premiums and the insurance company has paid out $2.6 million in claims. The district is looking at a 34% increase in premiums by staying with Coventry. The board approved going to bid and exploring consortium options.

Superintendent Dr. John Mulford shared with the board that the district is in desperate need for additional classrooms at the elementary and middle school. Dr. Mulford recommended that the board consider running a ballot issue to fund the construction of additional classrooms and the hiring of additional staff to reduce class size. The board will revisit this recommendation in November.

The next board meeting is scheduled for November 18, at 5 PM in the West Plains Board of Education Office.

(Eminence) – The Shannon County Museum will present a free program on Shannon County Indians and archaeology at the museum in Eminence, on Main Street south of the court house, on Saturday, November 1, at 7 PM.

The program will be given by Alan Banks, who has studied local archaeology for over 50 years. Museum officials say he will give an overview which will cover the prehistory of the county for the past 12,000 years. There will be a display of artifacts found in the area plus slides of artifacts and Indian campsites. There will be books on the subject for sale and free Missouri Archaeology Month posters.

People are encouraged to bring artifacts for identification and discussion. No artifacts will be for sale.

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(Thayer) – A benefit spaghetti dinner and show will be held by Repertory Theater of the Ozarks (RTO) at the Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Center on Front Street and Chestnut Saturday, November 1.

Dinner starts at 5 PM and the show starts at 6:30 PM.

The show “Something Old /Something New” heralds the return of RTO star George R. Seaberry III of Mammoth Spring and a host of other RTO singers. The show is to benefit RTO star Mariann Hyslop of West Plains, who has been asked by “America’s Got Talent” to appear for auditions in Nashville on November 5.

Some of the songs on the play list include “Colors of the Wind” by Janie Crews of Alton, “You Are My Sunshine” by Phyllis Simpson of Mammoth Spring, and “Old Man River” by Dennis Hobbs of Thayer. A new Willie Nelson song, “Guitar in the Corner,” will be introduced by J.W. Brewer of Thayer, and “River of No Return” will be sung by Vera Martin of Thayer, Allison Carter of Thayer will MC and sing “Earl,” and Mariann Hyslop will sing “Black Velvet”.

The dinner will include a full spaghetti dinner, dessert and drink for $5 for adults and $3 for children. The price includes the show, and donations will be accepted.

Repertory Theater (RTO) is a non-profit theater organization chartered in 2003 and licensed in both Arkansas and Missouri.

For more information call Caroll Lucas at 870-937-4235 or Mariann Hyslop at 417-274-0758.

(Mountain Home)- Join the Issues & Viewpoints book discussion at the Donald W. Reynolds Library on Wednesday, November 5, at 1:30PM.

The discussion will be on “The Willpower Instinct” by Kelly McGonigal, about how willpower works, why it matters, and how to get more of it. Multiple copies are available for checkout.

For additional information, contact Kathe Altazan, at kathe.a@baxlib.org, or call 870-580-0987 ext. 2975 or visit www.baxlib.org.

In this April 21, 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Mark Christeson who is scheduled to die by injection for killing a south-central Missouri mother and her two children in February 1998. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)

In this April 21, 2014 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Mark Christeson who is scheduled to die by injection for killing a south-central Missouri mother and her two children in February 1998. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)

(St. Louis) (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday halted the execution of a Missouri man who killed a woman and her two children, citing concerns that his legal counsel was ineffective.

Mark Christeson, 35, was scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre before the late stay of execution was issued. Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O’Connell said it wasn’t clear what will happen next for Christeson.

“This is something that will be taken up in court,” O’Connell said.

Jennifer Merrigan, one of Christeson’s attorneys, declined comment.

The appeal to the Supreme Court raised several concerns about legal counsel Christeson has received over the years, including the failure of some of his attorneys to meet a 2005 deadline to file for an appeal hearing before a federal court. It is uncommon for someone to be executed without a federal court appeal hearing.

The high court denied a second appeal challenging the state’s planned use of a made-to-order execution drug produced by an unidentified compounding pharmacy.

Christeson would have been the ninth man executed in Missouri this year, matching an all-time high for the state set in 1999. Another execution is scheduled for Nov. 19 when Leon Taylor is set to die for killing an Independence, Missouri, gas station attendant in 1994.

In Maries County, the rural south-central Missouri county where the crime occurred, there is little argument with the death sentence, prosecutor Terry Daley Schwartze said.

“No matter how anybody feels about the death penalty, you can’t find a person around here who doesn’t feel it’s the right result for this case,” Schwartze said. “It’s so very awful.”

When he was 18, Christeson and his 17-year-old cousin, Jesse Carter, came up with a plan to run away from the home outside Vichy where they were living with a relative.

On Feb. 1, 1998, Christeson and Carter took shotguns and went to a home about a half-mile away where Susan Brouk, 36, lived with her 12-year-old daughter, Adrian, and 9-year-old son, Kyle. They planned to steal Brouk’s Ford Bronco, Schwartze said.

The cousins tied the hands of the children with shoelaces. Christeson forced Brouk into a bedroom and raped her. When they went back into the living room, Adrian recognized Carter and said his name.

“We’ve got to get rid of `em,” Christeson told Carter.

Court records show that Christeson and Carter forced Brouk and the children into her Bronco and took electronics and other items. They drove to a pond.

After kicking Brouk in the ribs, Christeson cut her throat, then cut Kyle’s throat and held him under the water until he drowned. Carter held Adrian while Christeson pressed on her throat until she suffocated. Carter pushed her body into the pond. With Brouk struggling to stay alive, the men tossed her into the pond, where she drowned.

Brouk’s sisters discovered a few days later that Brouk and the children were missing. A Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter spotted one of the bodies in the pond, leading to a search that found all three.

Meanwhile, Christeson and Carter drove to California, selling Brouk’s household items along the way. A detective in Riverside County, California, recognized Christeson and Carter from photos police had circulated, and the men were arrested eight days after the killings.

Carter was sentenced to life in prison without parole after agreeing to testify against Christeson.

With Grizz, aka Tyler Crabtree of Alton, are Florence James, left, and Kristi Bash, owners of The Kloz Klozet and Cottage Flowers and Interiors, respectively.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

With Grizz, aka Tyler Crabtree of Alton, are Florence James, left, and Kristi Bash, owners of The Kloz Klozet and Cottage Flowers and Interiors, respectively. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(West Plains) – Grizz invites everyone to “Celebrate in Style” this holiday season and help the Garnett Library by attending the November 7 fall fashion show fundraiser for the Friends of the Garnett Library which is being hosted by The Kloz Klozet and Cottage Flowers and Interiors.

The event will be held at the West Plains Country Club and will include the latest holiday fashions and accessories, as well as home decor and gifts, organizers said. Doors will open at 11:30 AM for those who wish to come early to shop and socialize. Attendees also will have the opportunity to shop immediately following the show from 1-1:30 PM.

Admission is $25, with proceeds going toward furnishings for a collaborative learning space in the library. Seating is limited, so those planning to attend should purchase tickets in advance at the Garnett Library, 304 W. Trish Knight St.; The Kloz Klozet, No. 16 Court Square; or Cottage Flowers and Interiors, 917 W. Broadway.

For more information, call 417-255-7940 or e-mail FriendsOfGarnettLibrary@MissouriState.edu.

(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church will be hosting a bread-making class on Sunday November 9 in the church fellowship room at 3 PM.

Organizers say the class is free, but registration is requested. To register, call at 417-469-2090.

The church is located at 314 N Walnut St in Willow Springs.