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(Ava) – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department will be hosting a 5k run/walk to raise money for the county Coats for Kids program.

The run will be held on September 26 at 9 AM at the sheriff’s department at 209 SE 2nd Street in Ava. The cost is $20 to race, with a $2.50 sign-up fee. The deadline to sign up is September 24.

Sheriff Chris Degase says the Coats for Kids was started in the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department in 2009 and has provided coats for over 500 children in the county since then. Coats that are purchased from a partnership with Walmart are then distributed discreetly by personnel from the county school districts.

For more information on the run, call Bridgett Loveless at 417-683-1020 or email You may also sign up online at

Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge

Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says it’s unclear whether courts would require county justices of the peace to officiate same-sex weddings, even though clerks are required to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

The Republican attorney general said in an advisory opinion issued Wednesday that JPs could use the state’s new religious objections law as a defense if they refused to preside over a gay wedding ceremony. But she said it’s unclear whether such a defense would prevail in court.

Rutledge noted that JPs are authorized to officiate over weddings, but it’s not a required part of their duties as elected officials.

Rutledge in June told county clerks they’re required to issue licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

(Houston) – A Licking resident suffered moderate injuries Wednesday afternoon after a two-vehicle accident near Houston.

The accident happened just after 12:30 PM on Route 17, about 3 miles north of Houston, when the southbound vehicle driven by 31-year-old April Wedge of Bucyrus hydroplaned on the wet roadway and crossed the center line, hitting the northbound vehicle driven by 22-year-old Rebecca Smith of Licking.

Smith was taken from the scene of the accident to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. A Highway Patrol report indicated that Wedge was uninjured in the accident.

(West Plains) – A West Plains teacher is in the running for $2500 in school supplies.

Erin Kimbrough from West Plains Elementary School has been nominated for the “Raise A Hand For Teachers” program for her hard work and the positive impact she’s making on children’s lives.

The contest is being held by online consignment store thredUP and the nonprofit group

Voting continues through August 23, and three winning teachers will receive $2,500 in classroom supplies along with $500 to shop on Anyone can nominate and vote for teachers at

(Caulfield) – Parents looking to get their children fingerprinted can do so this weekend at Cloud 9 Ranch.

Several chapters of Riders United 4 Children will be at Cloud 9 Ranch doing free fingerprinting for kids at the Kid’s Fest event at Cloud 9 Ranch from 10 AM to 12 PM.

Event organizers say that parents will receive the fingerprinting kit after their child completes the program, and a free shuttle bus will take people from the parking lot near the gatehouse to the Kid’s Fest and return them afterwards.

For more information visit, or

(West Plains) – Road crews in West Plains have been doing some painting work this week, according to city clerk Mallory Hawkins:

She also talked about the bridge on Jackie Street:

More information on city meetings, departments and more can be found at

(Jefferson City) – Most new laws in Missouri will take effect later this month.

Senator Scott Sifton, R-Affton, says his bill will exempt life insurance proceeds for the burial of a family member during bankruptcy proceedings:

The bill will also modify insurance foreign investment limits, change the requirements for the valuation of reserves for life insurance and modify provisions regarding qualified spousal trusts.

Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, asked a specific question:

Senate Bill 164 was signed into law July 10 and will go into effect August 28.

(West Plains) – The Ozarks Small Business Incubator in West Plains will be offering three workshops this month, according to executive director Heather Fisher:

To sign up or for more information on the QuickBooks, Excel, or “Starting your own business” event, visit

(West Plains) – The West Plains Farmers Market is holding its annual Salsa Wars Contest this Saturday, August 8.

Mark Jolliff with the farmers market says that all salsa makers are invited to compete. There is a $5 entry fee and a $50 dollar prize for the winner. If you don’t make salsa but enjoy eating it, you’re also invited to help judge the contest – all guests will have the opportunity to taste test the various salsas and vote on which one they think is the best.

Jolliff added that this Saturday will also be one a customer appreciation day, and the farmers market will be serving ice cream and have games for children to play. Carolyn Graves from The Ozark Fiber Artists Guild is also scheduled to hold a “crank sock” demonstration, and her husband will also be bringing some of his handcrafted knives for display.

The West Plains Farmers Market is located at 711 Washington Avenue in West Plains, and is open from 11 AM to 2 PM Wednesdays and Saturdays.

(West Plains) – The West Plains City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss and possibly approve an ordinance banning parking near school facilities.

One bill is on the Thursday agenda – Bill 4383 would prohibit parking on Allen Street from Highway 160 to Sesson Street, Olden Street from Allen Street to Howell Avenue, and Howell Avenue from Olden Street to Bratton Avenue, on both sides of the roads, from 7 AM to 4 PM on school days.

Also on the agenda are two invoices fro Quesco Turbomachinery Services for generator inspections and repairs.

The meeting, which will be held at 9:30 AM, is open to the public.