Archives for March 2019

Annual Ozarks Food Harvest Check Out Hunger event surpasses fundraising goal

The 20th annual Ozarks Food Harvest Check Out Hunger fundraiser was a great success. Seventy two grocery stores across the Ozarks region participated in the campaign and raised over $50,000. The money raised will provide over 200,000 meals for people in need through Ozarks Food Harvest food bank for southwest Missouri, which serves hundreds of organizations across 28 counties.
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Former Pineville, Mo., youth pastor indicted on child pornography charges

OzarksFirst (News Release) — A former Pineville, Mo., youth pastor was indicted Thursday on child pornography charges. According to a news release, Ryan Daniel Crawford, is accused of producing child pornography between November 29 and December 18, 2017. The 32 year old was the associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Pineville, Ozarks First reports.
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Getting your car inspected could become thing of past for some Missouri drivers

You may not have to bother getting your car inspected under a proposed bill heading to the Missouri senate. Vehicle inspections are currently required every other year to renew your license plates, but under a bill recently passed by the Missouri House, nearly 1.2 million Missouri vehicles would no longer be required to have the inspections. The measure passed the House 102-45. It now goes to the Missouri Senate for consideration.
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MoDOT questions if median could’ve prevented Wednesday’s fatal crash on U.S. 65 north of Branson

MoDOT is trying to determine if median cables could’ve prevented Wednesday’s fatal crash on U.S. 65 north of Branson. Authorities are investigating the cross-over crash on a stretch of U.S. 65 that does not have median cables, like some divided four lane highways. James Roe, 67, of Reeds Spring died in Wednesday’s crash, which also injured the driver of a car and two other motorcyclists traveling behind Roe. MoDot says installing medians has proven to be more than 95 percent successful at preventing crossover crashes, according to online media reports.
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Bible bill overwhelmingly passes Republican led Missouri House

A proposed bible bill overwhelmingly passed the Republican led Missouri House of Representatives. The legislation would allow public schools to offer elective classes on the Bible. The bible bill now goes to the Missouri Senate. Ben Baker, the bill’s sponsor says the current law, which does allow the teaching about the Bible and religious texts, has been interpreted to mean that full courses on the Bible are not permitted. Baker wants to clarify that with legislation that says those courses are allowed.
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Missouri residents displaced by recent flooding are getting a helping hand

Missouri residents displaced by recent flooding are getting a helping hand. Residents are eligible to stay in any Missouri State Park campground for up to 30 days for free. Campsites are available on a first-come basis and campers will need to bring their own equipment and supplies. People requesting this fee waiver will need to provide documentation from a governmental or charitable organization certifying that they have been displaced by flooding in any county in Missouri, according to a news release.
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Branson Airport hosts “fun”-nd raiser for Shepherd of the Hills Humane Society

The Branson Airport is hosting a benefit event on March 29 to raise funds for the Shepherd of the Hills Humane Society. The fundraiser is aimed at helping the humane society following a slow sales period at it’s thrift stores this past fall and winter. The benefit will take place in the airport’s main terminal, with a four-course meal served and a variety of activities. Organizers said this event is just one part of the humane society’s ongoing Paws For A Cause Fundraising Campaign. Additional information on the event and the Shepherd of the Hills Humane Society can be found at bransonhumanesociety.com.
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Fatal chain reaction crash delays traffic for hours on US 65

Ozarks First – A fatal chain reaction crash delayed traffic for over two hours Wednesday aftrernoon on US 65. James Roe, 67, of Reeds Spring, died at the hospital after his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle, creating flying debris that caused a third motorcycle to also crash. Three other people were seriously injuried in the crash and were taken to area hospitals, as reported at OzarksFirst.
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Suspect in random Searcy County shooting is in police custody

KTLO – A Searcy County man is in police custody in connection to a shooting. According to online media reports, Searcy County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports that someone had opened fire at a passing motorist Tuesday evening along State Highway 14 west, and when officers arrived, they reportedly found Hal Davidson of Harriet, standing in the roadway holding a handgun. Davidson is expected to be charged with a felony count of aggravated assault, reports stated.
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Thanks to Tech-Grant Springfield-Greene County Library getting upgrades

Springfield-Greene County Library received a Technology Mini-Grant. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced the $15,004 and said the funding will ensure libraries have the resources they need to provide quality services and programs to the community. The library will use the grant to replace and upgrade four desktop computers at three branches.
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