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(Joplin) (AP) – A southwest Missouri woman has pleaded guilty to abandoning a corpse after she and a man posed for photos with the body and posted them on Facebook.

The Joplin Globe reports 24-year-old Chelsie Berry of Carl Junction entered her plea Monday in Newton County Circuit Court.

She and 28-year-old Jared Prier were charged in August with disposing of the body of 30-year-old Dennis Meyer in the driveway of a rural Newton County home after Meyer died of a drug overdose.

Berry told investigators she and Prier were reluctant to call for an ambulance or take Meyer to a hospital because they were high on methamphetamine and Xanax and were afraid of getting into trouble.

Prosecutors later dropped the charge of abandonment of a corpse against Prier.

(Sony Pictures)

(Sony Pictures)

(West Plains) – A West Plains theater will be one of the few cinemas in the nation carrying what is now the most controversial movie of the year.

The Glass Sword Cinema off of Lanton Rd. in West Plains will be carrying the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy “The Interview”. Sony Pictures announced last week that “The Interview” would not be released, but rescinded their decision on Tuesday.

The movie and its plot, which involves the assassination of the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, became an international story after an alleged group of hackers broke into Sony computer serves and stole thousands of confidential emails, contacts, and other information. This past Friday, the FBI said it believed North Korea was behind the hack, however, some experts in cybersecurity are questioning the FBI’s findings.

Glass Sword owner Gary York spoke with Ozark Radio News and talked about his phone call with Sony when the movie was pulled:

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(Sony Pictures/Variety)

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York says that the theater was called again on Tuesday and told that it was ok for them to run the film at their discretion:

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York said that he was excited to show the film, adding that Sony Pictures told him they were running it at their own risk. York says that’s a risk he’s willing to take:

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The film will be shown at 4 PM and 7 PM Christmas Day.

(Ava) – A resident of Ava suffered serious injuries Tuesday afternoon after a two-vehicle accident near Ava.

The accident happened at 4:45 PM on Route 76, about 4 miles west of Ava, when the a westbound vehicle driven by 51-year-old Steve Maggard was rear-ended by another vehicle driven by 25-year-old Jonathon Blakey of Ava.

A passenger in Maggard’s vehicle, 45-year-old Denise Maggard, suffered serious injuries and was taken from the scene of the accident to Cox Hospital in Springfield.

(West Plains) – After some time out of service, West Plains City Clerk Mallory Hawkins says that the city’s street sweeper is up and running again:

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City offices in West Plains will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Christmas holiday.

(West Plains) – A special Christmas Eve service will be held this evening in West Plains. Jarryd Alsup with Township Line Church spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us more about the event:

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Township Line Church meets at the West Plains Civic Center at 10:30 AM on Sundays. For more information on the service, call 417-246-1115.

(Willow Springs) – Willow Springs City Administrator Pollard says that a discussion was held at this month’s council meeting concerning the Highway 63 bypass and the expansion of the city limits:

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City offices will be closed on Thursday for the Christmas holiday.

(Eminence) – Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will be holding a mobile office/”listening post” meeting on Tuesday, January 6 from 3:30-4:30 PM at the Shannon County Courthouse in Eminence.

Listening Posts are held to allow Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

Senator Blunt’s Jefferson City office also extends one-on-one service to all Missourians who have an issue with a federal agency or need additional assistance. To reach the Senator’s Office of Constituent Services, please call at 573-634-2488.

(Mountain Home) – The Friends of the Baxter County Library are pleased to announce the Friends of the Library Scholarship which will be awarded for the first time in May 2015 to a qualifying college freshman.

Each year, the minimum scholarship amount will be $1,000 provided by the Friends of the Library. The amount may be increased by individual donations. The 2015 scholarship amount will be $2,725. Applicants applying for the scholarship must be a Baxter County resident; be a public high school graduating senior; have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher; and be accepted by an accredited school of higher education.

To apply, high school seniors are required to submit a cover letter and an essay on a topic chosen by the Friends of the Library Board. The essay must be 1500-2000 words and require research.

The 2015 Essay Topic is “The Impact of Internet Information Access on our Libraries: How do Internet sources, such as Google, Wikipedia, and ebooks affect libraries and their patrons? How are libraries dealing with new technologies?”

The submission deadline is February 27, 2015 and all cover letters and essays can be submitted to Library Director; Donald W. Reynolds Library, 300 Library Hill; Mountain Home, AR 72653.

Throughout their 34 year history, the Friends of the Baxter County Library have been a consistent and significant source of financial support for Library programs, giving over $400,000, raised at quarterly used book sales and an annual auction, for Library programs. The Friends meet monthly at the Library September through May and present a variety of programs.

For information, visit www.baxlib.org.

Walsh and MSU-West Plains Chancellor Drew Bennett. (Provided)

Walsh and MSU-West Plains Chancellor Drew Bennett. (Provided)

(West Plains)- Many faculty and staff gathered December 3 at Kellett Hall to celebrate the retirement of Pat Walsh, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, following five years of service with Missouri State University-West Plains.

Walsh was hired on November 16, 2009, as assistant to the chancellor/coordinator of institutional research. On December 1, 2011, she was named assistant dean of academic affairs. Her last official day with the university will be January 1, 2015.

(Melbourne) – Ozarka College will receive $1,500 from the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show through its ‘Greening of Arkansas’ grant program.

The funds will support landscaping the Ozarka College plaza and courtyard, a central commons and green space near the new Student Services Center, located at the heart of the Melbourne campus.

With this grant award, Ozarka College will purchase five large trees to bring seasonal beauty to the commons area. The trees will serve as the final touch to the plaza and courtyard development project made possible by a $10,000 gift from Ozarka College Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Dennis Rittle and his family.

The plaza and courtyard will serve as a central gathering area for all who visit the campus. As construction of the new Student Services Center comes to a close, the plaza and courtyard area will emerge as a funnel for communal activity. The commons space will draw students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to the center of campus where amenities, services, classes, and community programs will be only steps away.

This space is expected to beautify the college with an arrangement of walkways that will border manicured lawnscaping in the courtyard and shaded picnic-style seating on the plaza. The commons area will naturally attract all patrons to the heart of campus.