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(West Plains) – A special concert held this weekend will help raise funds to promote and support Downtown West Plains.

West Plains Community Marketing Director Todd Shanks told Ozark Radio News more about the Sunset Concert Series:

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Shanks also talked about some of the talent performing on Saturday:

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He also added that people wishing to attend should bring a lawn chair for the concert. For more information on the event, call West Plains City Hall at 417-256-7176.

(West Plains) – Christmas can be a difficult time for some of our area citizens. Many families in West Plains struggle with limited resources, and it sometimes becomes difficult for parents to provide any kind of Christmas cheer for their families.

For the ninth year, the West Plains Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Alliance, along with representatives from West Plains R-7 Schools, West Plains Area Rural Schools, Ozark Action, Law Enforcement and The Community Interagency Council, have joined forces to form a Community-wide Christmas Assistance Program to help those in need.

West Plains’ families in need of assistance can pick up an application form at the Ozark Action office located at 710 East Main Street in West Plains. The Committee compiles a centralized database of those who have applied. This helps prevent the duplication of services and provides the ability to serve more of those in need. This year’s application deadline is November 14.

Once returned, the Committee reviews each application and then tries to match an appropriate agency or donor with the family/individual in need. While filling out an application does not guarantee assistance, the committee makes every effort to help each qualified applicant. Last year, with the help of the agencies involved plus donations from area businesses, individuals, organizations and churches, they were able to serve over 1200 individuals and families in need.

In order for this program to be successful, the committee is asking for community involvement. There are many different ways to lend assistance to this program. Conducting a toy drive, adopting a family or making a donation are just some of the ways to get involved. For planning purposes, donor forms are due December 1.

If you, your company, organization or church would like to help someone this holiday season, the Committee can match you with someone in need. To find out how you can make a difference, please call the Chamber office at 417-256-4433.

(West Plains)- The West Plains Tree Board will be planting shade trees along the Howell Creek walking trail on Bratten Ave. at 9:30AM on Saturday, October 25, to celebrate Arbor Day.

Volunteers are invited to help plant the trees, learn about proper tree planting and enjoy free snacks courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Mayor Jack Pahlmann signed the official Arbor Day proclamation last week, urging “all citizens to join us in the celebration of Arbor Day, and support efforts to protect and plant trees, for the well-being of this and future generations.”

The group will plant 25 trees including a variety of oaks and other Missouri native species. The trees were obtained at no cost through Project CommuniTree and Forest ReLeaf, a non-profit community-assisted nursery in the St. Louis area which raises seedlings and provides free and low-cost trees for planting in local communities.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Television ads opposing two ballot measures in Arkansas are getting drowned out by the blitz surrounding the U.S. Senate race and state-level matchups, according to a study that shows relatively little spending on spots promoting initiative campaigns.

A study released Thursday shows that groups opposing a measure to expand alcohol sales statewide and another that would ease term limits for legislators in exchange for new ethics rules have spent nearly $374,000 to run TV ads about 800 times on Arkansas airwaves.

The study by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity says that amounts to spending of 18 cents per eligible voter.

The spending is paltry compared to the millions that have gone toward ads running in the heated and nationally watched U.S. Senate race.

(Ava) – An Ava resident suffered minor injuries after a one-vehicle accident Wednesday morning in Douglas County.

The accident happened at 5:35 AM on Route 5, about 5 miles south of Ava, when the southbound vehicle driven by 34-year-old Brittany Huff of Ava struck a deer in the roadway.

Huff refused treatment at the scene, according to a report from the Highway Patrol.

(West Plains) – After a major rain delay, the Junction Hill Booster Club has officially rescheduled their Zombie Run 5K Run/Walk event this Saturday, October 25, starting at 6:30 PM at the Junction Hill School.

Miranda Brotherton with the Junction Hill Booster Club spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us more about the event:

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For more information or to get a registration form call the Junction Hill School at 417-256-4265 or visit www.junctionhill.k12.mo.us.

(Willow Springs) – Willow Springs Superintendent Dr. Derrick Hutsell told Ozark Radio News that after the parent-teacher conferences this past week, the district is moving forward into the next semester, adding that he’s thankful for all of the parents who came out:

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Hutsell also added that the district is working on finishing the preschool building project. The preschool is currently using space in the former MoDOT District 9 offices.

(West Plains) – AmVets Post 98 of West Plains will be holding a Halloween party at the end of this month. Jim Antoine with the Post says the party will feature a number of events:

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AmVets Post 98 is located on County Road 6070 in West Plains.

(West Plains) – The Hutton Valley Neighborhood Watch will have their annual Soup and Chili Supper on Tuesday, October 28 at the Hutton Valley Schoolhouse.

The event, which will feature soups, chilis and desserts, will be held from 5-7 PM.

The Hutton Valley Schoolhouse is located on County Road 2980 near Willow Springs off of U Highway.

For information you can contact Jackie Hinds at 417-469-2420 or 417-274-4747 or Chester Godsy at 417-469-2193 or 417-252-4512.

(Jefferson City) – Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Missouri at all state government buildings in Oregon County be flown at half-staff on Friday, October 24 in honor of Fire Chief Eddie J. Johnson Jr., of the Alton Fire Department.

The 45-year-old fire chief and Alton Police officer died on Oct. 20 while serving the citizens of the Alton Fire Department. He also was an Oregon County Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy.

Under Gov. Nixon’s order, U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in Oregon County will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on October 24 the day the funeral services for Fire Chief Johnson will take place.