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 Pictured with the new range is, from left, Women with Heart committee member Florence James, OMC Nutrition Services employee Monica Orchard, and committee members Nancy Franz and Carol Silvey.  (Provided)

Pictured with the new range is, from left, Women with Heart committee member Florence James, OMC Nutrition Services employee Monica Orchard, and committee members Nancy Franz and Carol Silvey. (Provided)

(West Plains) – The Women with Heart Committee recently donated funds for the purchase of new equipment for Ozarks Medical Center Nutrition Services.

The new equipment included a Cooking Performance Group (CPG) Commercial Range and Avantco Commercial Fryer totaling $2,000. According to OMC Nutrition Services Manager Michael Kenny, the new items replace outdated equipment and will lead to better production, improving the patient and visitor experience at OMC.

The funds were raised at a Here’s to your Heart luncheon, which was held in February and attended by more than 80 people. The luncheon was hosted by Women with Heart, a giving circle of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. This was the fourth year for the luncheon, which has raised a total of $36,538 for OMC services.

In addition to the kitchen equipment, this year’s event also raised $10,000 for new equipment for the stroke rehabilitation program at OMC. The next committee event will be a Christmas concert and chocolate extravaganza hosted by Sally Vedal on December 6.

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(West Plains) – The Missouri State University-West Plains University/Community Programs Department is excited to be bringing Magician, Comedian, and Musician Brian Miller to the West Plains Civic Center on Thursday, October 2, at 7PM.

Ozark Radio News spoke with U/CP Director Emily Gibson who shared that Miller brings a variety of things to the stage:

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Gibson shares that her department is working hard to bring in things that people like and hopes that everyone will come out for the show:

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Once again admission to this event is $8 and students with a Bear Pass ID will get in for free. For questions about this upcoming U/CP event you can call 417-255-7966 or visit wp.missouristate.edu/ucp/theatre.

(Koshkonong) – The Koshkonong High School FCCLA is hosting a Jay Walk 5k Color Run on Saturday, October 11.

Packet pickup for the race begins at 8:15 AM and the race starts at 9 AM. The fees are $25 per runner/walker, $100 for families of 5 or above, and $20 runner/walkers 55 years or older.

Registration is requested by October 1. Late and day-of-race registration will be $25 with no guarantee of a t-shirt. Checks should be made payable to Koshkonong High School. Mail entries and payment can be made to Koshkonong FCCLA, C/o Sandra Roberts, 100 School St., Koshkonong, MO, 65692 or can be dropped off at the high school office.

All profit goes to the Koshkonong chapter of the student organization, Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

For more information you can call Sandra Roberts at 417-867-5601 or 417-293-8958, or email sroberts@koshk12.org.

(Mountain Home) – The sound of cannons will resound in Cooper Park in Mountain Home, and musket-bearing soldiers and ladies in print gowns and bonnets will bring the “streets” of Rapp’s Barren Village alive once more on History Day, Saturday, October 4, from 9AM-2PM. The annual event sponsored by The Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society and the City of Mountain Home Parks and Recreation Department is free and open to the public.

Along with the opportunity for the public to enter and explore the historic buildings in the Village, musicians will play old-time tunes and pioneer crafts and skills will be demonstrated. Those who attend will be able to see, and hold their ears, as the Wiggins Battery, 4th Arkansas Horse Civil War re-enactors fire their authentically reproduced cannon at 9:30AM, 12PM, and 1PM.

Three special programs will take place inside the Shady Grove School building. First, Gary Flippin, a third-generation railroad engineer who is still driving the rails will present “The White River Railroad:  An Engineer’s History.”  Gary’s presentation will be at 10AM. At 11AM, Kevin Bodenhamer and “troops” from the Battery will present “Battlefield Life,” recalling the trials of the Civil War soldier from a re-enactor’s perspective.  Then they will march outside the schoolhouse to demonstrate the artilleryman’s life as they fire the cannon for the second time. Shortly after 12PM will be the “Voices and Visions from the Past,” an audio-visual show created in 1985 by the Twin Lakes chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.  The presentation recalls the decades of one-room schools in the county and pioneer teachers who started it all, using photos of schools long gone and the recorded voices of teachers who led the way in Baxter County education.

Other attractions and exhibits include soap-making with Sara Dyuran; oil painting with Sandi Cameron; exhibits by the Master Gardener’s and North Arkansas Wood Carvers; a beekeeping exhibition with James Rhein, quilting with Zoeann Gruber and exhibits by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The old-time music will be presented by Johnny Hensley and Friends.

For more information on History Day call the Mountain Home Parks and Recreation Department at 870-424-7275 or the Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society at 870-425-2551.

(Melbourne)- The Stone County Community Resource Council (SCCRC) donated $10,000 to Ozarka College on March 14, bringing their total contributions to $100,000. Just under six months later, the SCCRC presented Ozarka College with another $10,000 check on August 25.

While selling $2 bags of donated items, the SCCRC have managed to raise and donate another $10,000 for Ozarka College scholarships. These 25-cent items, when purchased individually at the Dorcas House thrift store, have brought their total donations to Ozarka College to $110,000.

The SCCRC is a nonprofit corporation operated by volunteers, some who have been volunteering for more than 30 years. Since the SCCRC is a nonprofit organization, charitable donations are tax deductible. Donations can be dropped off at the Dorcas House, located on School Street in Mountain View, Arkansas.

The monetary contributions that the SCCRC has made to Ozarka College only begins to touch the surface of the lives they are changing. Of the $110,000 donated, $90,000 has been designated for scholarships and $20,000 for College improvements.

The $90,000 in scholarship donations from SCCRC has been awarded to students in $500 increments. By doing this, countless students have been, and will continue to be assisted by these extremely generous donations.

According to the 2014 Arkansas Research Center in Partnership with Hanover Research, the average wages earned by someone with less than a High School diploma was $9,246. Employees with a Technical Certificate or Associate Degree earned, on average, more than $26,000 yearly.

For more information about the Stone County Community Resource Council or Ozarka College, please contact Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, Director of Ozarka College in Mountain View, by calling 870-269-5600.

(Mountain Home) – The Donald W. Reynolds Library, at 300 Library Hill in Mountain Home, is hosting an informational program and Q & A session via Skype with a graduate student from The Body Farm on Tuesday.

The event will be held at 4 PM at the Library. The Body Farm is a well-known, anthropological research facility at the University of Tennessee which conducts research on the decomposition of the human body under varying conditions, results from which are used by the medical and legal community.

Everyone is welcome to the program, but it is not recommended for young children. The program is part of a line-up of special programs slated at the Library during the run of the Crime Lab Detective exhibit, which will be at the Library through November 2.

For information about all Library programs visit the Library’s website at www.baxlib.org.

(West Plains) – The West Plains Area Disc Golf Club is hosting several events this fall and winter.

October 2 and October 9, will be the West Plains Area Disc Golf Club’s Fall League. The cost is $3 for each Thursday played with a 5:30PM tee off.

If you are curious about disc golf you can learn more during league night. There are plenty of discs to borrow and people to teach new players the game! League is played at the Brett Stoddard Memorial located 12 miles south of West Plains, MO on Hwy 17. Meet at the Sisco residence, which is the next driveway after the course if you are coming from West Plains. Arrive up to 30 minutes early if possible.

The next tournament will be the West Plains Area Disc Golf Club’s Ace Race, which is set to be held on October 25, and according to chairman Sisco is the perfect tournament for beginners.

The cost is $25 and participants will receive over $60 worth of discs and merchandise. The deadline to register for the Ace Race is October 12.

The public is welcome to attend all events as participants or spectators.

You can register at www.discgolfscene.com or by contacting Mike Sisco at 417-293-0292 and making a payment in person or through the mail.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – As protests mounted following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, so too did the public frustration directed at Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon – seemingly, no matter what action he took.

Public records obtained by The Associated Press show that Nixon received thousands of phone calls and hundreds of emails, letters and faxes from people throughout Missouri and the world in the weeks after the Aug. 9 shooting. Most of the correspondence was critical of the governor – first for not intervening quickly enough as armored police fired tear gas on protesters, then later for appearing to call for the prosecution of the white officer who shot the black 18-year-old while the investigation is ongoing.

The documents display a diversity of public outrage. Some people blamed Nixon for a heavy-handed police response to protesters. Others chided him for not publicly doing enough to support police. Some comments were crude and profane. Others offered advice on how to restore peace in the streets from people emphasizing their expertise.

Nixon said he read none of it – though his staff did – because he was so focused on getting the difficult situation under control.

“There aren’t a lot of ways to deal with shootings of this nature, conduct of this nature, that don’t touch a lot of very emotional, value-laden positions that Missourians hold,” Nixon told the AP.

From a public perception standpoint, “it’s kind of a no-win situation” for Nixon, said Eric Morris, an assistant communications professor at Missouri State University.

“There were substantial numbers of people with strong feelings on both sides of it, which means there’s literally no action you can take in the middle that’s not going to get you probably criticized,” Morris said.

The night after Brown’s death, peaceful protests turned violent as crowds looted stores and clashed with police. Those protests continued for days. Copies of Nixon’s daily schedule previously provided to the AP show that at first, he split his attention between dealing with the unrest in Ferguson and performing routine duties such as public appearances at schools and the State Fair.

“Your leadership is needed in St. Louis in light of the Michael Brown shooting. People are angry and hurt. Please consider a visit soon,” Elizabeth Macheca, of the St. Louis suburb of Brentwood, pleaded in an Aug. 12 message to the governor.

Nixon visited the area that night, participating in a community forum at a church.

But he continued to get messages urging him to intervene to restore peace. One woman, who said her adult daughter was at a friend’s nearby apartment when Brown was shot, wrote that she held Nixon “personally responsible for the chaos that has occurred.”

“Governor, your state looks like a war zone. Think you should be present in Ferguson to help diffuse the situation,” Kathy Grab, of Philadelphia, wrote as police confronted protesters the night of Aug. 13.

Nixon traveled to Ferguson the next day and put the Highway Patrol in charge of security instead of the local police. He got a few compliments – “Bravo … This is the most common sense decision that has been made,” wrote Laura Seithel, of the St. Louis suburb of Ballwin.

As the clashes continued, Nixon declared a state of emergency, imposed a curfew, lifted it and called in the National Guard to help protect the police command center. On the evening of Aug. 19, Nixon released a videotaped statement vowing “to protect the people of Ferguson” and stating: “A vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.”

The public reaction received by Nixon’s office was overwhelmingly negative. The call for “vigorous prosecution” is “an outrageous rush to judgment” against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, wrote George Little, of the St. Louis suburb of St. Peters.

Law enforcement officers and their families took particular offense to Nixon’s comments – “They were rude, biased and unwise,” wrote Fresno County, California, Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Curtice.

Nixon’s office issued a clarification that his words weren’t intended to prejudge the officer but to refer to the full duties of the prosecutor.

Yet Nixon was questioned about the statement last week by a student at a Boonville High School assembly.

“What I was trying to say, whether the words were aptly chosen or not, was that let’s get this process moving,” Nixon responded.

Morris said the governor’s “vigorous prosecution” comments were indicative of the challenge he faced trying to communicate with members of the public who have polar-opposite perceptions of police as worthy of distrust or respect.

“I don’t see how you’re going to get those two sides to come to much agreement about what the situation in Ferguson is, or what it represents,” he said.

(Ferguson) (AP) – Eight more people have been arrested following another night of protests in Ferguson.

No violence was reported from the Sunday night protest that was at times boisterous in the St. Louis suburb where unrest has been common in the month-and-a-half since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer.

Protesters banged drums, pots and pans. Police said they would enforce a noise ordinance at 11 p.m., and police made a few arrests involving those who continued to make noise.

(West Plains) – The non-profit group Trillium Trust is holding a recruitment night this evening for a special upcoming program.

Kody Frasier, the Business Manager of Trillium Trust, told Ozark Radio News more about the venturing program:

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Frasier says that the program, which focuses on seven aspects of development, is vital for those with developmental disabilities to do better in life:

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If you would like more information about this evening’s meeting, you can call 417-204-5121 or email info@trilliumtrust.org.