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Missouri Animal Control Association Board President Drew Hane, left, presenting the award to West Plains Animal Control Officer Brad Vannada. (Provided)

Missouri Animal Control Association Board President Drew Hane, left, presenting the award to West Plains Animal Control Officer Brad Vannada. (Provided)

(West Plains) – West Plains’ Animal Control Officer and department have been honored with the Missouri Outstanding Animal Welfare Agency Award.

Officer Brad Vannada and the West Plains Animal Control was selected by the Missouri Animal Control Association Board, and was presented the award during the recent conference last week in Lake of the Ozarks.

The criteria for the award is that the shelter improves the quality of life for companion animals; a shelter that exceeds industry standards—either by implementing new programs, increasing adoptions, establishing spay/neuter programs, or by establishing public outreach programs.

Vannada wanted to give thanks to the many people who support the shelters and rescues across the country that help save dogs from the West Plains area.

(West Plains) – City crews in West Plains have been busy in the Southern Hills area this past week and will be again this week, according to City Clerk Mallory Prewett:

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Street crews are busy widening a bridge on Monk Street. If you’re traveling on Monk Street, prepare to slow down and watch for crews.

(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs City Council met on Thursday, September 25, and City Administrator Bob Pollard says that a revision to the city’s sign ordinance was approved by the council:

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The city also received a special distinction from the Missouri Department of Conservation:

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The city’s budget, which goes into effect January 1, was also discussed.

(Roby) – A Success resident suffered minor injuries Monday afternoon after a one-vehicle accident in Texas County.

The accident happened at 5:48 PM on Route 17, about 3 miles north of Roby, when the southbound vehicle driven by 48-year-old Lori Gabel ran off-road and hit a tree.

Gabel was taken from the scene of the accident to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.

(Jefferson City) – Sen. Roy Blunt will be holding two listening post meetings on Wednesday, October 8.

The first one will be held from 1-2 PM at the Oregon County Courthouse in downtown Alton, and the second one will be held from 3:30-4:30 PM at Willow Springs City Hall.

Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff. Senator Blunt’s Columbia office also extends one-on-one service to all Missourians who have an issue with a federal agency or need additional assistance.

For more information, call the Senator’s Office of Constituent Services at 573-442-8151.

Roylance and Gill (Provided)

Alyssa Roylance and Caleb Gill (Provided)

(West Plains) – Two West Plains High School students have been named semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Caleb Gill and Alyssa Roylance have been named S. A Certificate of Achievement recipients from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program.

The two will be presented the certificate at the October Board of Education Meeting.

About 16,000 high school students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Caleb and Alyssa have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships to be offered in the spring.

(Houston) – Increased inpatient and outpatient volumes at Texas County Memorial Hospital (TCMH) combined to give the hospital its second positive bottom line for the year, TCMH board members heard at their monthly meeting on last Tuesday.

The TCMH August financial report showed a positive bottom line of $232,039.15, dropping the year to date deficit to $643,612.21. In the financial report, Linda Pamperien, chief financial officer at TCMH, explained that inpatient revenues were down $21,459.00 from budgeted expectations and outpatient volumes were up $332,656.00 from budgeted expectations.

Pamperien noted that TCMH is still down 168 inpatient admissions compared to 2013 and Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH, expressed hope that the uptick in volume was the “new norm”. Murray told board members that he was going to continue to challenge the department managers to add to their monthly department numbers.

According to Murray, hospital volumes are down across the nation, but TCMH has made efforts to grow volumes. In the past year, hospital departments have spent time educating area healthcare providers about the ancillary services offered in each department. Efforts have been made to encourage area residents to support their local hospital and healthcare providers by using local healthcare services.

Murray and Pamperien also attributed the change in numbers to the addition of new healthcare providers.

(Mountain Grove) – On Saturday, October 4, the Mountain Grove YMCA is hosting a Health, Wellness, and Safety Expo from 8AM-12PM in Mountain Grove.

The Health Expo goal is to improve the health and well being of our community by providing screening education and information about providers, services, and products related to Health and Safety in the area.

There will be lots of free and low cost health care screenings including flu shots, blood pressure, pulse oxygen, vision and hearing, early childhood education and safety. Organizations within the town of Mountain Grove promoting well being and community service will be in attendance.

The Mountain Grove Fire and Police Departments will be at the Expo where you can have a child ID card made on the spot for your child’s safety, along with information on healthy eating and the Parents as Teachers program.

For more information, contact the Mountain Grove Chamber of Commerce at 417-926-4135.

Kathryn Fisher holding her piece entitled “Lilies and Lemons en Plein Air”; Regina Willard holding “Texas Creek Bend”. (Provided)

Kathryn Fisher holding her piece entitled “Lilies and Lemons en Plein Air”; Regina Willard holding “Texas Creek Bend”. (Provided)

(West Plains) – West Plains Council on the Arts invites everyone to view a unique collection of artwork by local artists Regina Willard and Kathryn Fisher in their exhibition titled “A Brush With Life” at the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from October 6-26.

The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

Regina Willard says she is a primarily self-taught artist and painter who works with oils and acrylics.

After years as a successful textile artist, Kat Fisher shifted from painting with thickened dye on cotton cloth to painting with oil paint on cotton or linen canvas. Her work is impressionistic with a lean toward expressionism. She has studied with such artists as Joshua Been, Dreama Tolle Perry, Michael McClure, John Porter Lasater IV, Matt Smith, C.W. Mundy and Carolyn Anderson. Her work encompasses landscapes, animals, still life and figurative paintings.

WPCA will host a Meet-the-Artists Reception on Saturday, October 18, from 1-3 PM in the Gallery at the Center. All are invited to attend, view and discuss the artwork.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

(Mountain Home) – An agency that has helped businesses secure nearly $32 million in government contract work in one year is offering to help Mountain Home businesses learn to tap into that market.

The Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center, or APAC, provides free training and technical assistance to Arkansas companies seeking to sell goods or services to local, state and federal agencies. A program of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, APAC has been successful in helping Arkansas businesses successfully secure $31.8 million through 523 government contract awards in 2012-13. APAC has helped businesses obtain thousands of awards since it was established in 1988.

For more information about APAC, contact the Baxter County Cooperative Extension Service office at 870-425-2335 or visit www.uaex.edu/APAC. You may also contact Eddie Majeste, CEO/President, of the Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce at Emajeste@EnjoyMountainHome.com.