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(Simmons) – A Mountain Home resident was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle accident in Texas County.

The accident happened at 8:45 AM on Highway 63 one mile south of Simmons, when the northbound vehicle driven by 42-year-old Patricia Zulfer of Mountain Home crossed the center line and struck the side of a southbound vehicle driven by 37-year-old Dane Long of Houston. A Highway Patrol report states that Zulfer’s vehicle skidded and traveled off-road, overturning several times, while Long’s vehicle also ran off-road and overturned.

A passenger in Zulfer’s vehicle, 46-year-old Edward Deen of Mountain Home, was pronounced dead at the scene by Texas County Coroner Tom Whitaker. The Highway Patrol report states that Deen was not wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.

Meanwhile, Zulfer and two passengers, 15-year-old Alex and Kaitlyn Zulfur, suffered moderate injuries. Patricia and Alex were taken to Cox Hospital in Springfield by Life Flight Helicopter, while Kaitlyn was taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.

Dane Long suffered minor injuries and was taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital by a private vehicle.

The death marks fatality number 10 for this year for Highway Patrol Troop G, compared to 15 at this time last year.

(Mountain View) – Nine Mountain View residents suffered minor injuries Saturday evening after a two-vehicle accident near their hometown.

A report from Troop G of the Highway Patrol states the accident happened at 8:20 PM at the intersection of County Road 3030 and County Road 3680, about four miles west of Mountain View, when the southbound SUV driven by 25-year-old Andrew Cross of Mountain View struck a westbound sedan driven by 42-year-old Jack Ripko of Mountain View, which was in the intersection.

Cross and five passengers all suffered minor injuries and were taken to Mercy Hospital in Mountain View, while Ripko and two passengers also suffered minor injuries. They were also taken to Mercy Hospital in Mountain View.

(Alton) – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Michelle Sims has joined the medical team at Ozarks Medical Center’s Alton Medical Clinic, located at 100 Medical Drive in Alton.

Sims joins clinic physician Harry Kelly, DO in providing quality care to the residents of Oregon County. Patients can be seen for family medicine, workman’s comp, mental health services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, lab and digital x-ray at the clinic.

The Alton Clinic has served the community for over 10 years in its present location. Nurse Practitioner Mary Anne Vaughn is retiring July 24, and Sims will be replacing her on that date.

Sims holds a Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialty in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from Graceland University in Independence. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and completed her Associate of Science in Nursing from Missouri State University-West Plains.

Sims previously served as a Registered Nurse for OMC’s health care system for several years. Before coming to the Alton Medical Clinic, Sims was an Advanced Practice Family Nurse Practitioner at the John J. Pershing VAMC in Poplar Bluff, where she was a Primary Care Provider and Home-Based Primary Care Provider, and provided Women’s Health Services at Howell County Health Department.

Sims is married to Assistant West Plains Fire Chief Roy Sims. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, camping, and is a certified scuba diver.

For more information, contact the clinic at 417-778-7227.

(West Plains) – A new seafood business in West Plains will be holding their grand opening on Wednesday.

Derek Dowell is the owner of Fat Shrimp Seafood Company in West Plains, and is a familiar face to seafood enthusiasts, having owned the Blue Coconut seafood business in West Plains prior to its closing in 2010.

Dowell spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us more about the grand opening:

He also talked about how he began making seafood:

Fat Shrimp is also an affiliate client of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator in West Plains. Dowell talked about how they helped him and his business get on their feet:

Heather Fisher is the executive director of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator. She told Ozark Radio News that the microloan program is available for businesses:

For more information on the microloan program, visit or call 417-256-9724. If you would like more information on Fat Shrimp Seafood Company, visit or like Fat Shrimp Seafood Company on Facebook.

(West Plains) – For the sixth consecutive year, people in Howell County will have an extra day to swim this summer, free of charge.

Wednesday, July 8, is West Plains Bank and Trust Company Free Pool Day at the West Plains Aquatics Center, from 12-7 PM, as well as at the Mountain View Municipal Pool, from 1-5 PM. All area residents are encouraged to take advantage of free admission during these times.

West Plains Bank and Trust Company President and Chief Operating Officer David M. Gohn says children and adults will be admitted free of charge, and he encourages residents to take advantage of the free swimming date.

(Springfield) – The University of Missouri Extension has a new 4-H Youth Development Specialist for Howell, Douglas and Ozark Counties.

MU Extension officials say Greg Carter is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating positive youth and volunteer development programs through 4-H clubs, schools, youth-serving agencies, community collaborations, camps and fairs in Howell, Douglas and Ozark counties. He will be based out of the Howell County MU Extension office in West Plains.

Carter worked in public education for the West Plains School District for eight years, including teaching in grades K-12. He taught theater in grades 6 -12; 5th Grade Science, Social Studies and Science; and was a K-4 Technology Integration Specialist.

He holds a Bachelors in Education from Missouri State University; a Masters in Educational Administration from William Woods University; and a Doctorate in Education from Saint Louis University.

(Houston) – The Houston Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a fireworks spectacular this coming Friday, July 3 at the Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds in Houston.

Chamber officials say parking for the event is free, however, donations will be accepted. Donations will go toward the purchase of the 2016 fireworks display.

Sponsors for this year’s display include the city of Houston, CHC Do-It Center of Houston, the Bank of Houston, Gamo Outdoor USA, Evans Funeral Home, Shelia Walker, and Chalkie and Alice Wells.

A rain date has been set for July 5.

(Mountain Home) – The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Salesville man after they say he traded drugs for stolen firearms.

46-year-old Michael McQueen was arrested last week and charged with theft by receiving and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office reports that McQueen, who was on active supervised probation with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections, was visited on Wednesday, June 24 for a probation visit. Police say McQueen admitted to authorities that he had received several firearms and knives from two men in exchange for drugs, with two of the firearms later traded to another man for more drugs, while a third was sold outright to yet another person.

At report time, McQueen was held on $15,000 bond. Police say the investigation into these incidents is continuing.

(West Plains) – The Small Business and Technology Center (SBTDC), hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains, will sponsor the workshop “First Steps to Starting a Small Business” from 5:30-8:30 PM Thursday, July 23, at the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St.

The cost for the workshop is $35, while university students and Ozarks Small Business Incubator and West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce members will be charged a reduced rate of $20. To register, visit

Organizers say participants will learn the fundamentals of starting a business, how to determine the feasibility of a business, the importance of business planning and how to understand financial and licensing requirements.

The SBTDC provides assistance to individuals who want to start or run their own small businesses. SBTDC staff work with Missouri entrepreneurs and small businesses that are for-profit (not a non-profit charitable or educational organization). The West Plains SBTDC serves entrepreneurs in seven counties across the region: Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas and Wright. Since it is funded in part through the Small Business Administration, virtually all of the services are free.

For more information about this workshop or any other programs or services offered by SBTDC, contact coordinator Bronwen Madden at 417-255-7966 or

(Melbourne) – Ozarka College recently announced that 84 students have been named to the President’s List and 69 students have been named to the President’s and Provost’s List for the Spring 2015 semester.

To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 college credit hours, excluding developmental courses, not be on any type of probation, and must have a minimum grade point average of 4.0. To be eligible for the Provost’s List, students must meet the same requirements as the President’s List; however, their minimum grade point average requirement is a 3.5 or higher.

The Ozarka College President’s List by city of residence is as follows:
From Ash Flat: Kailee A. Abney, Dakota R. Henslee, Kara D. Whited, Angela L. Wiles
Bakersfield, MO: Tammy S. Key
Batesville: Leslie L. Moody, Catina J. Tewksbury
Big Flat: Melissa L. Reny
Brockwell: Kayla Marie Cooper
Calico Rock: Sarah S. Catron
Cave City: Crystal R. Burns
Cherokee Village: Heather M. Chafin, Sharon D. Mamath
Clinton: Clarissa N. Rushing
Edgemont: Brandis S. Harness
Evening Shade: Chelsey D. Smart
Fairfield Bay: Cassie P. Latta
Fifty Six: Lindsay P. Mcgowan
Fox: Darla M. Richardson, Robert A. Watts
Gassville: Holly D. Troxell
Gepp: Adrianna N. Fletcher, Charlotte L. Galloway
Guion: Shonna M. Arnold
Hardy: Lana Bunting, Rodney C. Duncan, Tera Goodman, Amber L. Merriam
Harriet: Donald D. Buazard
Horseshoe Bend: Elizabeth R. Hall, April D. Weaver
Leslie: Amber K. Hacker
Mammoth Spring: Caitlin B. Proctor
Melbourne: Clay L. Jones, Easton D. Massey, Matthew Charles Pitts, Alexandria R. Rush, Amy L. Sartin, Kassandra M. Smith, Sherry M. Vest
Mount Pleasant: Brittnee R. Donaldson
Mountain Home: Lisha V. Hall
Mountain View: Kristle S. Banditt, Kari N. Brewer, Nathan D. Cobb, Monica B. Day, Dakota W. Dixon, Heather L. Goins, Madison B. Green, Tammy L. Knapp, Angela G. Maynard, Angela L. McCord, Robert J. Mccord, Susan M. Newman, Rachel A. Sutton
Onia: Amber D. Smith
Oxford: Rebecca R. Simmons
Pineville: Billie J. Wolford
Ravenden: Kristen E. Soraci
Rosie: Amber G. Young
Salem: Elizabeth M. Anderson, Tiffany J. Bowles, Samantha D. Clements
Shirley: Teresa L. Radke
Sidney: Shannon J. Dougherty, Morgan E. Winston
Smithville: Brittany L. Booker
Springfield, MO: Alyssa L. Orr
Sturkie: Amber N. Reynolds
Thayer, MO: Jennifer M. Baldridge, Marsha L. Earls, Brandi R. Miller
Timbo: Margo Del Real, Cody L. Delapaz, Nathan J. Wilson
Viola: Arianna N. Stewart
Violet Hill: Zachery M. Thielman, Dennis J. Tiernan
Wideman: Seth J. Stapleton
Williford: Jeremy L. Wess
Wiseman: Abram J. Mead, Maddlyn M. Meeker

The Ozarka College Provost’s List by city of residence is as follows:
Ash Flat: Joshua D. Holland, Mackenzie B. Mccord, Marvin Van Dyk, Kierra L. Witting
Batesville: Susan M. Hadley, Sarah G. Riojas
Calico Rock: Kaleb I. Wilson
Cave City: Rebecca D. Glenn, James L. Tackett
Cherokee Village: Steven A. Lewis, Jordin R. Machalicek, Ashley M. Mills
Edgemont: Kimber C. Murray
Fox: Bailey J. Stubbs
Franklin: Courtney L. Lock
Gepp: Shannon R. Cochran
Hardy: Chasity D. Chapps, Tamela L. Earls, Katherine E. Long, Vicki L. Mann, Maegan L. Mcclure, Savannah N. Phillips, Holly G. Stevens, Heather M. Weiand
Horseshoe Bend: Courtney T. Fleetwood
Mammoth Spring: Emma M. Bishop, Schuyler C. Madden, Hope M. Mccomas, Christi A. Reed
Melbourne: Jewelia F. Anglum, Samantha N. Beard, Dylan V. Biard, Candice M. Bruyette, Madison A. Deloach, Ginny M. Dudra, Daniel A. Fulcher, Makayla E. Gross, Rebecca C. Guthrie, Kendra Harralston, Shawnette N. Kimble, Kristin M. Montgomery, Kimberly D. Welch
Mountain Home: Tracy D. Flynn
Mountain View: Brenda S. Bolden, Brandie D. Chism, Amanda D. Coffell, Elizabeth M. Crymes, Martha M. Goins, Patricia L. Holt, Sarah E. Reynoso, Gabriel D. Sandefur, Markie C. Seay, Philip C. Shuler, Stephony M. Trantham, Amber N. White, Kimberly D. Yoder
Onia: Justine M. Villanueva
Oxford: Sherry A. Simpson
Pineville: Laura E. Miller
Salem: Melissa L. Bitting, Brittney N. Miller
Shirley: Kelly D. Blair
Sidney: Mandy S. Sollock
Smithville: Abigail C. Shackleford
Strawberry: Tony R. Sharp
Thayer, MO: Kaylynn D. Bullock, Paige M. Grimes, Ashley M. Smith
Timbo: Jessica L. Sutton