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Dog-on-dog attack prompts call for Cassville leash law

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 4:30pm

A woman from Cassville is trying to get the city to pass a leash law after her dog was bitten by a pit bull terrier.  The city councilwoman who owns the pit bull says the city can't afford to do that just because of one incident.

Tracy Youngblood took her Chihuahua, Molly, on a walk around her neighborhood on March 19.   City Councilwoman Cindy Carr let Elmo, her pit bull, out of her house just as Youngblood and Molly were walking by.  Elmo bit Molly.

A veterinarian did everything possible for Molly, including surgery, but Youngblood decided to put Molly out of her misery.  Elmo had to move out of the city to be put under quarantine for 10 days and to get a clean bill of health.

Youngblood appreciates that the Carrs took responsibility for the incident and paid for Molly's veterinary bill.  But she would also like to see residents of Cassville keep their dogs on leashes or inside fences.  She's asking the city to pass a leash law that the city has been considering since the 1990s.

Carr says the city can't afford it.  If a leash law is passed, Carr says an animal control officer position would have to be created to enforce it, and a city pound would have to be built.

"We can't spend millions of tax dollars just because of this one incident," said Carr.

"I'm afraid it will take a child dying to get the law changed.  I hope it doesn't come to that," said Youngblood.

As recently as 2003, the Cassville City Council considered a leash law and 80 percent of residents who responded to a survey were in favor of it.  The council decided to table the idea until further research could be done, however.

Coroner: Victim in burned business in Branson may have been 'older' man

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 3:27pm

Fire investigators believe someone intentionally set the fire that heavily damaged the Hillbilly Inn restaurant early Friday.  However, Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin says investigators don't believe whoever set it did so with criminal intent.  

Taney County Coroner Kevin Tweedy also said Friday afternoon that the body found in the rubble in the basement of the building could have belonged to an "older" man.  Investigators don't know who the victim was.  Results of an autopsy to determine when and how the person died likely will not be available for several weeks.

Investigators from the Branson Fire Department, Missouri Division of Fire Safety, and Branson Police Department are working together on the case.  Martin said "the fire has been determined to be incendiary."

The Hillbilly Inn restaurant and motel have been closed since they were damaged by a tornado on Feb. 29, 2012.  Co-owner C.L. Carr said Thursday that he and his son, another co-owner, were repairing the buildings and planning to reopen the business in the next year or so.  He said no one was supposed to be inside the buildings, but they'd had problems with people breaking into them.

The business is in the 1100 block of West Missouri 76; that's between U.S. 65 and Fall Creek Road.  The fire was reported about 5 a.m.  Thursday.  Firefighters found the building engulfed in flames when they arrived.  Investigators hadn't been able to find a cause by late Friday afternoon.

5 Key Steps To Stay Organized

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 2:31pm

When you’re overwhelmed with the clutter in your home, you probably wonder, where do I begin? The key to dealing with chaos is to introduce a few daily habits that you may be too simple on paper, but they do add up. Introducing these 5 things in your life will make the clutter easier to manage. 1.    Make a list and stick to it. We all have busy lives. Work, school, and family to take care of, the dreaded chores are the last thing you want to have on your mind. That’s where a list comes in. If you’ve never made a chore checklist before, then start small. Write down 3 most important things that you need to accomplish that day and try your best to stick to it. Work your way up to as many checklist items as you need to accomplish in a day. 2.    Use the last 10 minutes before bed to organize your home. Want to have a more successful tomorrow? Tidy up today and you will have a more positive and productive day ahead. Why 10 minutes you ask? Because 5 minutes is not enough, and 15 minutes will make it feel like you are actually doing chores. 10 minutes is the key number that will have you accomplish many things without dreading it every day. 3.    Never leave a room empty-handed. Ok, maybe the word NEVER is a little too strong for this rule, but if you use it 80% of the time, your home will “magically” become neater. It’s a lot easier to pick up toys, laundry, dirty dishes as you go. 4.    Make staying organized a family effort. Do you find yourself picking up after your kids or your husband often? It’s time to change that. You all live in your home together, which means the cleaning is also a community effort. Teach children early that picking up after themselves is not optional; you need to teach your husband the same rule as well. And remember, it’s not what you say, it’s what you do that counts. Your kids will be more receptive to organizing if you lead by example. 5.    Realistic expectations are key. With social media being such a big part in our lives today, it’s easy to think that you are not up to par. You see all of these “perfect” people with clean houses and obedient children, and think, why can’t I be that way? The answer is, you can’t be that way, because no one can. Even the people portraying that image aren’t that way. Cut yourself some slack. At the end of the day, a clean house is not more important than your relationships with friends and family. As long as you are following the keys of daily organizing, you can probably function without any major organizing efforts. Do you have any tips on how to stay organized? Leave a comment below.

Pictures: Preparations for Safe and Sound Saturday

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 2:20pm

Safe and Sound Saturday is the annual event organized by KY3 and KSPR that helps people keep themselves and their families safe.  It's on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the E*Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds on West Norton Road between Grant Avenue and Kansas Expressway.   <> It's a fun and interactive way for people to learn skills and resources to keep themselves safe.  News anchors and meteorologists from the two stations will also be on hand.  It's from 9:00 to 4:00. <> These photos by Community Relations director Jamie Presley show some of the booths and tables being set up for the event.

Arkansas unemployment rate falls to 4 percent

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 1:01pm

Arkansas' unemployment has fallen to 4 percent for the month of March.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Friday the jobless rate fell from 4.2 percent in February and the current rate remains below the national unemployment rate of 5 percent.

Officials say six major industry sectors posted gains, led by the professional and business services, which added 3,300 jobs and an increase of 1,200 jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector. Employment in the manufacturing sector fell by 1,400 jobs.

The state says that Arkansas' nonfarm jobs have increased by 28,900 since March 2015.

Pictures: College of the Ozarks hosts Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow for spring convocation, April 14, 2016

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:16pm

Tim Tebow, a superstar when it comes to sports and spirituality, made a stop in the Ozarks. On Thursday evening, he was the guest of honor at the College of the Ozarks special community convocation.

Thousands turned out to hear the national college football champion speak about his life and faith.  Those in the crowd said they were excited to hear Tebow's thoughts on how to live a meaningful life.  

Before his address, the college presented Tebow with its Great American Award, honoring him for his work with several children's charities around the world.   

(Courtesy: College of the Ozarks)

Preschool in Ava takes precautions because of high lead levels

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:10pm

High lead levels in the water at the Head Start preschool have staff and students using lots of bottled water.   They now believe they've gotten to the root of the problem.

Three-year-old Aubrey already loves books and learning, and attending preschool at Ava's Ozark Action, Inc. Head Start Center.

"Aubrey loves it; the teachers and staff here, all together, is really good staff," said Aubrey's mom, Mary Meyn.

While staff are busy educating young minds, they're also protecting them from dangerous lead levels in the tap water. 

"Have to have good brains to teach," said Sandra Porter, the center's cook and certified water operator.

The high lead levels were discovered a couple years ago in annual testing. At the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' instruction, Porter has been using bottled water in the kitchen ever since. 

"As far as washing fruit and stuff like that, cooking macaroni, potatoes," Porter said.

The kids' drinking water has always been bottled. 

"They have cups right there by it so, whenever they're thirsty, they can go get a drink," said Porter.

While the water in the kitchen tested fine over at least the last two samples, other spots in the building have tested far higher than the safe levels, the highest levels being in the staff restroom.  

"I take it very serious, the problem, because it is a serious thing, and you don't want to be getting anybody sick," Porter said. 

Staff have sent home letters informing parents about the lead.  Porter says DNR has just determined the well water is safe, and the problem lies in the pipes, which are only about five years old, the same age as the building.

"We're working on a plan as to what we're going to do about it, whether it's going to be filters or changing plumbing or what we're going to do," Porter said.

Parents like Meyn are just thankful for the efforts to nurture and protect their children. 

"For them to even be taking the time out to make sure that our kids are safe by using the bottled water makes me really comfortable sending Aubrey here," Meyn said.

According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, these  Missouri water systems exceeded safe lead levels in 2015:

2015 Lead Action Level Exceeders   MO6190564 HOLIDAY INN AT SIX FLAGS MO6048148 MACKENZIE RIDGE MO2010436 LABELLE MO5031416 RED OAK SUBDIVISON MO3172986 AVA HEAD START MO2010201 CURRYVILLE MO5036258 EASTBOUROUGH ESTATES MO3238027 PELICAN BAY CONDOMINIUMS   LEAD ACTION LEVEL EXCEEDERS ARE REQUIRED TO: •   Notify homeowners who collected samples of their specific results.   •   Deliver public education materials that include lead health effects, sources of lead, how to reduce exposure, increase sampling requirements, do system wide public notice, certify that they have done both customer notification and public education.   •   Water quality parameter testing, source water monitoring, public education (as noted above), corrosion control study, corrosion control treatment and lead service line replacement may be required.   It should be noted that the Action Level Exceeders above may be due to reasons that do not reflect system-wide water quality or may have been previously addressed.  Lead & copper sampling is different from most other drinking water samples in that sampling is typically performed by the residents of houses and buildings.  This is done because data is needed from the point-of-use, and many homeowners or building occupants do not want to provide access to water system personnel.  Therefore, it is not uncommon for samples to be collected improperly, despite instructions being provided to residents.  The most common reasons for unusually high lead results is due to a resident collecting a first-draw sample from a tap that is very seldom used or has an in-home water softener.  If a sample is collected in those scenarios, lead from internal plumbing can leach into the drinking water and give a result that is not representative of the system as a whole.     Each public water system’s results are available at the MO DNR Drinking Water Watch site here. 

Consumer Confidence Reports are available at

Police: Man stinks up Georgia bar using flatulence spray

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:02am

A Georgia man has been arrested after police say he unleashed a bottle of flatulence spray inside an Athens bar.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that a woman told officers 20-year-old Blake Leland Zengo sprayed her in the face with a product designed to smell like flatulence.

An Athens-Clarke County police report says several people left the bar Saturday, citing the foul smell inside.

Officers say Zengo slurred his words as he told police he never sprayed anything inside the bar.

Zengo was charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and underage consumption of alcohol. The woman declined to press charges.

It's unclear whether Zengo has an attorney.

Tim Tebow makes stop at College of the Ozarks

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:47am

Tim Tebow, a superstar when it comes to sports and spirituality, made a stop in the Ozarks. On Thursday evening, he was the guest of honor at the College of the Ozarks special community convocation.

Thousands turned out to hear the national college football champion speak about his life and faith.  Those in the crowd said they were excited to hear Tebow's thoughts on how to live a meaningful life.  

Before his address, the college presented Tebow with its Great American Award, honoring him for his work with several children's charities around the world.   

'Meet the Doc' event will connect needy folks to health care in Branson

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:40am

Jesus Was Homeless, a non-profit organization, will host its "Meet the Doc" event on Wednesday, April 20, from 10 - 2, at its building at the back of Vista Plaza Shopping Center, 2005 West Highway 76, Suite 106.  That's across Missouri 76 from the Walmart store.

"Meet the Doc" is a collaborative network of area service providers and other local non-profit organizations, including the Ozarks Wellness Network's (OWN it), Cox Branson, Jordan Valley Community Health Center, Faith Community Health Center, Free Clinic of the Ozarks, Branson Family Dentistry, Developmental Connections Burrell Behavioral Health and many other agencies.  These events provide information and opportunities for service to people who lack funds, transportation and/or education to seek health care for themselves and their families.

"Often times people have to make a choice between putting food on the table or providing medical care for themselves," said Bryan Stallings, executive director of Jesus Was Homeless. "Our goal is to connect them to these preventive care opportunities in hopes that it will impact their health and well-being for the better."

"Meet the Doc" is an integral part of the three-dimensional campus at Jesus Was Homeless, where people are served spiritually, relationally and physically.

Services provided at "Meet the Doc" include:

smoking cessation (quit smoking) classes provided through Cox Medical Center Branson; Jobs for Life classes to gain employment training from Jesus Was Homeless; educational financial assistance and enrollment instructions from Health Insurance Exchange; free dental screenings and tooth extractions from Branson Family Dentistry; optometry screenings from Jordan Valley; medication education and appointments through Faith Community Health Center, plus  many other much needed services, all at only $5.

These area resources are brought together for a one-day, one stop shop to assist in removing roadblocks for those in need. Jesus Was Homeless provides transportation to and from the event and for any follow-up medical or dental appointments.

To sign up for an appointment for "Meet the Doc" contact Ashley Lauer at (417) 337.8103 or for more information about Jesus Was Homeless, call (417) 335-9915 or visit

Ozarks congressman faces nation's longest list of primary challengers

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 9:58am

Every one of the 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives will be on the ballot this year. Each member must decide if they will run for re-election, or step away. A handful are retiring or choosing not to run again. Most, like Rep. Billy Long, a Republican from Missouri’s 7th District, are seeking another term.

On that front, Long stands alone among House Republicans and Democrats. He has attracted more challengers from within his own party this election season than any other member of the House. Long has seven Republican challengers on Missouri’s August primary ballot.

The closest Republican in the House has four primary challengers. Rep. Jason Smith, a Republican in the 8th District in Eastern Missouri, has three.

Among the Democrats, Rep. Alma Adams of North Carolina’s 12th District has six primary challengers. Her situation is unique. Her district is being redrawn for the 2016 election, and will cover a different area of the state.

Long is seeking a fourth term in Congress. His first two re-election campaigns were pretty easy on Primary Election Day. In 2012, he got 59 percent of the Republican vote against two primary challengers. He won re-election with 63 percent. In 2014, he received 62 percent of the vote against one challenger in the Republican primary. He was re-elected, again with 63 percent of the vote.

Topping a long list of candidates is nothing new to Billy Long. He first ran for Congress in 2010. He was one of eight candidates looking to replace Roy Blunt, who decided not to seek re-election so he could mount his ultimately successful run for the U.S. Senate. Long emerged from the crowded Republican Party field with 36 percent of the vote; seven percentage votes ahead the second-place finisher. He was elected with 63 percent of the vote.

The long list of challengers doesn’t concern the Congressman. Campaign chairman Royce Reding said Long questions the commitment of some of those who filed. “Congressman Long found it interesting no one joined him by filing on the first day. Serious candidates usually file on opening day. He found it unusual, too, that three people decided to jump in on the last day. Perhaps the low cost and ease of filing in Missouri contributed to the large field.”

Reding pointed out that Missouri only requires the candidate’s signature and a $100 filing fee. Other states require nominating petitions and much higher filing fees.

The list of challengers:

Matt Canovi, Springfield- a business owner, former Marine, with experience in law enforcement and military training. He hosts a weekly radio talk show that focuses on firearms.

Matthew Evans, Springfield – a self-described entrepreneur who works in the non-profit sector.

Lyndle Spencer, Ozark – Chief Deputy of the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.

James Nelson, Springfield – construction worker.

Nathan Clay Bradham, Rolla – property owner and manager.

Christopher Batsche , Cassville – owner of a general contracting business.

Mary Byrne, Springfield. No information on her background was available before publication.

We asked each of the six challengers we contacted three questions:

1. Why are you running for Congress?

Matthew Evans: “I look around and I can see the suffering and frustrations of my friends and neighbors. I believe very strongly, a government should be for the people, not against them. The principles of the Republican Party were initially oriented for the republic - the people of the republic, and over time this has shifted, and we as a party, and as a nation, have been drawn away from such notions. How can we as a district and a nation grow and prosper if we are submersed in an environment where we feel the constraints of over regulation, ill effects of mandated policies, and families unable or barely able to make ends meet due to a multitude of reasons?”

Christopher Batsche: “There are lots of reasons, but my son is the biggest! He is my driving force through all this! What I'm leaving him (and the rest of the children in our country) is unacceptable! We owe it to our children to leave them better off than we were. I decided I had to get involved to make a difference! The path we are on will only set future generations up for failure. “

Matt Canovi: “The United States of America faces more threats today from without and within than at any other time in the history of our Nation. We have a federal government in Washington, DC that continually threatens our 2nd Amendment rights and our ability to defend ourselves and our homeland. Our federal government is complicit in allowing our borders to be invaded by criminal and illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America. Our nation, the Western World and Christians worldwide are under threat daily from Islamic terrorism, yet Muslim immigration into our nation is at an all-time high, thanks to our Federal Government. The message from Washington DC is loud and clear to the American citizens: ”We will allow enemies in that seek to harm this Nation, while simultaneously taking away your ability to defend yourself.”

Lyndle Spencer: “I have spent my entire life working as a public servant. I come from a public service family. Teachers, preachers, healthcare providers, law enforcement, military, firefighters, farmers, small business owners and factory workers are just a few of the vocations I have been surrounded my entire life as members of my family have worked in all of these. I understand the everyday struggle of the average citizen, and that is who I want to fight for in Washington. I believe we live in the greatest country in the world, but that we have a government that hasn’t been acting accordingly. We deserve more from our Representatives than what we are getting.”

Nathan Bradham: “I am running for Congress because I believe the problems facing our nation and our world are far too serious to be left in the hands of political opportunists and extremism. Both of America’s major political parties have serious problems. However, I believe it is our responsibility to try to fix something before we try to throw it away. My campaign is about bringing decency, intelligence, compassion, and statesmanship back to the political process. It is about making decisions on healthcare, education, fiscal, and monetary policies that truly aim to restore the economic power and freedom of America’s middle class and our youth.”

James Nelson: “I am a loyalist to the cause, the good cause. The one everybody wants to watch.”

2. Why are you, as a Republican, challenging a Republican member of Congress?

Spencer: “I am running simply because the current Republican member of Congress is not doing his job! The citizens deserve better.”

Bradham:  "I am a different kind of politician and a different kind of Republican. I do not believe there is a rule that says that a Republican cannot fight for a truly balanced society. I do not believe there is a rule that says a Republican cannot fight for the civil liberties of ALL Americans, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any of the other labels that are so often used to divide us. My campaign is about defining what it means to be a Republican in the 21st Century. It is about challenging the politically toxic idea that, in our society, you must choose between being fiscally conservative and socially progressive. I am running a campaign that I sincerely believe will appeal to Republicans, Independents, and Democrats alike by bringing fresh ideas to a stale system.

Batsche: “I decided to run because our elected officials just aren't cutting it! We keep electing the same folks expecting different results. I, just like most other people, am tired of the needs of the 'R' and the 'D' behind the name being put before the needs of Americans!”

Nelson: I just want to represent the 7th district. Some of the laws need to be revised or deleted off the books. It takes a voice, a voice of freedom, and that’s what I am. I’m for welfare, and for all the people who are doing without.

Canovi: “The threats our Nation faces today are not going to be solved by sending someone to Congress who is merely interested in business as usual. It’s time to shake-up Congress and send a representative there who is qualified, prepared, and not intimidated to do the hard work to restore Liberty to the people, protect the homeland, and stop the criminal invasion on our southern border.”

Evans: “I feel there is so much that can and should be done. Real solutions for real people. A bridge that can be made to unite us all regardless of political affiliation. To go along with what I stated before, people should decide. A decision implies choice. How can people be sure of their path unless they have an opportunity to see other possible avenues? Everybody is different and each individual has the ability to bring diverse qualities and unique points of view to the table. It should not matter what your name is or "who" you are, a representative should matter because of what they can do for all of us: a true voice of the people.”

3. Has Congressman Long done something that inspired you to run against him?

Canovi: “Years ago there was a saying “You can’t have the Baker making shoes." We sent an auctioneer to Congress, and unfortunately his skill set is not what is needed to represent the issues we are facing as a Nation today. I simply believe Billy Long is in over his head therefore he is the wrong man in the wrong place. I want to represent the people of the 7th District because I believe I am the right man, at the right time, in the right place.”

Nelson: “I’m compatible with the congressman. I think being a challenger isn’t a wrong thing to be.”

Bradham: “The voice of the average American is being silenced in favor of the powerful special interests and wealthy campaign contributors that dominate the political culture in both major political parties. I believe that Congressman Long will continue the destructive tradition of extremism and opportunism that exists today in our nation’s capital.”

Batsche: Yes! Everything he has NOT done has inspired me to run. Billy Long said he was "fed up." But once he got there, instead of fighting Washington he became Washington and became part of the Establishment! To me, "fed up" is being tired of what's happening, the direction we are headed, and the lack of leadership. It seems Congressman Long's meaning was he saw all these folks profiting off the backs of Missourians and Americans and was "fed up" with not being part of it! We deserve better!

Evans: “I would have to say it is impossible to choose one definitive moment that has led me to my decision to run.”

Spencer: “I listen to people. And what they tell me is that he was a great small business owner and a good TALK radio host, but they just don’t feel he represents them. We need and deserve someone that is more than TALK. We need a proven leader. In reality, Billy is just not a fighter. He is not a public servant. I’m sure he has done his best, but at this level trying isn’t good enough. The stakes are too high. Our community and this country deserve results. His consistent inadequacy as our Representative is my inspiration to run against him. I have the experience and proven leadership to affect change and to show Washington what District 7 is about. It is time we respectfully thank Billy for his service and bring him home.”

One candidate, Bradham, is running for the 7th District seat although he doesn’t live in the 7th District. He lives in Rolla, which is in the 8th Congressional District. “Any individual running for US Congress can run for office in any congressional district in the state they live in. My team and I made the decision to run in District 7 for a number of reasons. First, I live in a “border county” – meaning that my house is located in District 8, but it’s just a short drive from District 7. I have very close family in both District 7 and District 8, so the decision mainly came down to political strategy. We are starting off as a small, grassroots campaign with limited funding but a powerful message. We believe that District 7 is a better match for a grassroots political campaign because the area has a history of political activity, organization, and awareness.”

The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office said Clay has the legal right to run for Congress outside his home district. Qualifications for the House are found in Article 1, Sect. 2 of the U.S. Constitution, which reads, "No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.”

When asked about the long list of challengers, Long’s campaign did not offer any thoughts on why he has drawn so much opposition from fellow Republicans. Campaign Chairman Royce Reding adds that he doesn’t expect to see Long directly engaging his challengers in a debate. “Billy has always preferred working with and for the people of the 7th District as opposed to traditional campaigning. I don't see that changing any time soon. There will be plenty of time to highlight Rep. Long's conservative voting record and his list of accomplishments for the district before Election Day.”

Three Democrats have also filed for the District 7 seat. Genevieve Williams of Neosho, Camille Lombardi-Olive of Galena and Steven Reed of Springfield will be on the August 2 Democratic Primary Ballot.  

Ease Your Aches, Pains and Tension During Pregnancy

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 8:39am

KY3's Paul Adler visits with Teresa Ollis of The Ollis Center and they talk about a Yoga position that can help pregnant women feel more comfortable.

You can set this up and have it ready when you return home. You'll need 4-5 items to set up this pregnancy care area. First, you'll need a folding chair. The chair will be placed upside down and against a wall.  You'll also need two bolsters. One will be placed under your knees. The other bolster goes behind your back. You could also use cushions from your chair or a couch. Teresa tells us the soles of your feet will be together while your knees are falling out. You'll be supported by both of the bolsters. Your arms will rest on Yoga blocks. You could substitute with shoes boxes or books. The point is to support your arms. You want the entire body supported. So, getting in this position will take the tension away from the base of the body. Once set up and relaxing, focus on slow deep breathing.

A few could see rain today

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 7:45am

Storms in the extended forecast

Tyson announces plans for new Green Forest facility

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 6:30am

Tyson Foods Inc. has announced a proposal to build a new processing facility near its existing poultry plant in Green Forest.

The Springdale-based company says the $136 million project is contingent in part on the approval of incentives from Carroll County and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. The company says the project would create about 85 jobs once it's fully operational. The existing Green Forest plant now makes partially cooked chicken products - such as chicken nuggets - and it employs more than 1,250 people. Tyson says the new facility would help the plant increase its capacity. Tyson proposes to build the new facility across the street from the existing plant. Construction could begin as early as the summer for the project, which would be completed by late 2017.

Panel OKs needed skills of University of Missouri chief

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 6:16am

A committee leading the search for a new president of the University of Missouri system nagged by racial unrest says candidates must have "a deft command" of communications and public relations. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the committee approved a list of qualifications for the successor to Tim Wolfe during a meeting Thursday in Rolla of the system's governing board of curators. Wolfe resigned in November along with the Columbia campus' chancellor amid protests spurred by what activists said was administrators' indifference to racial issues on campus. The 12-point list of qualifications approved Thursday also requires candidates for the system's presidency to have an acumen to handle political and business relationships, as well as the business judgment to run a large organization.

Motorcyclist killed in crash near Louisburg

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 4:35am

A man from Sedalia died in a crash on highway 65 south of Louisburg Thursday night.

The highway patrol says Devon Grose, 19, missed a curve, his motorcycle ran off the road, went airborne and then hit a utility pole.

The patrol says Grose died at the scene.

Sunrise Beach man arrested for child pornography, drugs

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 4:06am

A Sunrise Beach man is charged with promoting and possessing child pornography.

Richard Brown, 35,  was arrested this week after a long investigation by the highway patrol.

Investigators say a search of Brown's home turned up child pornography and methamphetamine.

Brown is in the Camden County Jail.

Preventing the spread of the Zika Virus

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 11:19pm

West Plains grocery store clerk Frank Swanson takes new job

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 11:15pm

There's a new team member at the Ramey's grocery store in West Plains, Frank Swanson.

"People greetin' today. Start cashiering tomorrow," Swanson said on Thursday.

He's achieved a local celebrity status after 31 years working at area grocery stores. Everyone in town just calls him Frank.

"My Frank. He's my Frank! He's everybody's Frank," said Mary Gressett.

Gressett got accustomed to seeing Frank when he worked as a cashier at the Walmart store in West Plains, but on Thursday she visited him at Ramey's.

Folks like Michelle Brotherton feel strongly about 'their' Frank.

"Frank is a doll! Frank is everybody's Frank. Does that make sense?" Brotherton said.

When you meet him, it's not hard to understand how this grocery clerk impacts people so deeply.

"He is the most honest, genuine, compassionate man I've met in a long time," said Cheri Koch.

Swanson has built a reputation for giving away free hugs, smiles, and flattering compliments.

"At first I was a little stand-offish because I just thought it was kind of hokey. But it seems to be so genuine from Frank, that you just kinda miss it when you go into other stores," said Koch.

"When he gives people hugs," Gressett said with tears welling up in her eyes. "Frank makes us women feel like we are somebody, somebody special."

"I have known him for probably going on 25 years or so. He worked at Consumers before Walmart," said Koch.

A few weeks ago, Swanson was fired from Walmart.

"Frank has always gave me a hug. And that day he looked at me and kinda put his head down and looked away. That's the first time had never gave me a hug. And then the next day I heard he got fired," said Gressett.

A statement from Walmart said Swanson was fired because there were several times that Swanson didn't make sure customers paid for merchandise.

Swanson says it was a misunderstanding involving coupons and giving a customer a price match.

"Oh, it was terrible.  I'd been there almost 20 years," said Swanson.

Swanson's customers say, frankly, they're on his side.

"I was shocked when they fired him and I swore up and down to all my girlfriends,who are saying the same thing, that, wherever he's hired, that's where we're going to shop," said Koch.

"You got your real people, and then you got your people that act real," Brotherton gestured towards Swanson as he helped load groceries in her car.  "REAL!"

Swanson's natural touch for customer service meant he wasn't out of work for long.

Ramey's recognized Swanson's talent, and actively recruited him.

Assistant store director Bobby Roberts says, when he heard Swanson needed a job, he immediately sought to get him for an interview.

"Frank is the real deal. He's just genuine and people love him. He is just a great asset to this company," said Roberts.

Roberts says that, as he took Swanson around the store to introduce him to his new co-workers, each one was already familiar with Swanson.

"The boss said, 'Here, take your time, talk to the customers, and get them where they like to return,' so that's what I'm going to do!" Swanson said.

On just his first day at the new job, Swanson is this store's star player. Someone even brought him flowers to congratulate him on the new job.

"They're my old customers coming in, and the cashier says there's a lot of new faces, so that's good!" he said.

Once again Swanson is winning hearts, and new customers.

"They won my business! Thank you Ramey's!" Gressett said.

Kennedy throws 7 strong innings, Royals beat Astros 6-2

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:29pm

HOUSTON (AP) — Ian Kennedy threw seven strong innings, Eric Hosmer hit a two-run double during a five-run sixth and the Kansas City Royals beat the Houston Astros 6-2 on Thursday night.

Kennedy (2-0) started with five hitless innings and retired 14 straight before Carlos Gomez's leadoff single to center in the sixth. Kennedy struck out seven and allowed a run on two hits and two walks.

Mike Moustakas hit a solo homer in the first and went 2 for 4 with a walk.

Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon and Omar Infante each had two hits and the Royals set a season high with 13 hits. The defending World Series champs are 7-2 after winning the final three games of the four-game set with the Astros.

Doug Fister (1-1) pitched well until the sixth. He allowed six runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Wade Davis got two outs for his fourth save.