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(Cave City) (AP) – Police in northeast Arkansas say a 75-year-old woman has been fatally mauled by her pet pit bull at her home.

KAIT-TV reports Cave City Police Sergeant Brian Barnett found Alice Payne dead in her living room Friday with bite marks on her face, neck and arms. Her daughter told police she witnessed the pet attack her mother.

The dog was put down by the officers and turned over to the Arkansas Department of Health for disease testing.

Payne’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

The Sharp County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the investigation.

(Kansas City) (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expressing concerns about the Islamic State group militants as he makes a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

Nixon is part of a delegation of four U.S. governors who traveled to Afghanistan over the weekend to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops. During a conference call Sunday with reporters, Nixon said the war on terror is becoming the “new normal.”

He says the situation in Afghanistan is improving, noting the country’s election of a new president and a soon-to-be-signed security agreement. But he says the expansion of terrorist groups into other areas is “sobering” and casting a shadow over the improvements. He said the situation pointed out continued responsibilities to “protect America and our way of life.”

The U.S. Department of Defense sponsored the trip.

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(West Plains) – The 2nd annual Color Me for CASA Color Run benefiting the 37th Judicial CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was held Saturday, September 27 in West Plains.

The team that had the most participants was Fairview School, with 44. Howell Valley was second, with 36, and West Plains Head Start was third with 22 participants.

The first place finisher was Logan Jeffery, second place went to Tim Bean, and third place went to Scott Ragsdale.

The total raised by the event is not known at this time.

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From left, third place finisher Scott Ragsdale, second place finisher Tim Bean, and Logan Jeffery, who finished first. (ORN Photo)

From left, third place finisher Scott Ragsdale, second place finisher Tim Bean, and Logan Jeffery, who finished first. (ORN Photo)

Fairview School won a trophy for having 44 participants, making them the largest group at the run. (ORN Photo)

Fairview School won a trophy for having 44 participants, making them the largest group at the run. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – The South Central Solid Waste Management District has scheduled two scrap tire collection events.

The first one will be held October 6-10 in West Plains at the West Plains Transfer Station located at 1851 Goodhard Drive. The station will be open from 8 AM to 12 PM, and from 1-4 PM daily. There is a limit of 10 tires per vehicle, and tire up to 24″ in diameter will be accepted.

The second collection event will be held November 17-20 in Raymondville at the Raymondville Fairgrounds, located on State Highway B. They will be collecting tires from 8 AM to 4 PM daily, and have the same number and size restrictions.

If you have any questions, contact Steven Reed at 417-256-4226.

(Jefferson City) – The Missouri Department of Transportation and the Highway Patrol are promoting railroad safety this week. Brett Stevens has more:

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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.