Mountain Grove School Board Reviews and Sets Policies For Upcoming Year

Mountain Grove R-III School board met Wednesday night at the school district media center. Board members reviewed a number of board policies including one that dealt with human sexuality, where Superintendent Dickey and board member Missy Dugger discussed the issue…

The board approved a number of policies and heard a presentation about advanced placement math in the middle school. Shannon Heating and Air was approved as the low bidder at $49,780, for equipment and installation for the ventilation system for the welding lab. The school board also approved non-resident tuition at $5,000 a year tuition for out of district students. It was reported that no out of district students attended last school year. The board also discussed certified salary schedule…

The board also discussed support staff pay increases and review administrative reports before entering into closed session.

Mountain Grove Chamber of Commerce to Hold 19th Annual Golf Tournament

Golf fans will be teeing off for a good cause the first Saturday of June for the 19th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. Chamber Secretary-Treasurer Dusty Schober says it will be fun time for area golfers…

The tournament raises money to help the city and local businesses…

Schober says that there are lots of prizes anyone can win…

The 19th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is Saturday June 4th at Randall Hinkle Golf Course. Call the Mountain Grove Chamber of Commerce at 417-926-4135 for more information.

Mountain Grove City Council Discusses Rental Property Ordinance

The Mountain Grove City Council spent most of Tuesday night’s meeting discussing the proposed rental property registration and inspection ordinance. The meeting started with comments from two renter’s in Mountain Grove, Yvonne Morrison and Michael Brixey…

Alderman Mike Starnes asked Brixey why he was opposed to an ordinance that may benefit him…

City Administrator Rick Otersky made a few suggestions addressing the concerns from the renters and landlords that spoke earlier in the meeting…

City Council voted to amend the ordinance to eliminate language requiring an annual inspection in lieu of a inspections based on complaints and a pre-occupancy inspection. If passed the amended proposed ordinance would require also that landlords pay a flat fee of $25 a year, the fee would be the same no matter how many units or properties a landlord owned.

Highway Patrol Announces Safety Operations For Memorial Day Weekend

Captain Mark G. Inman, commanding officer Troop G, Willow Springs, announces that Troop G will be participating in enforcement operations throughout the Memorial Day weekend. The objective of these operations is to promote safety and reduce traffic crashes. Throughout the holiday weekend, troopers within Troop G and throughout the state will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). In addition to Operation C.A.R.E., Troop G will also participate in a special enforcement operation during the peak travel periods on Friday, May 27, and Monday, May 30. During this operation, Troop G troopers will be assigned to 20-mile stretches of U.S. Highway 60 to maximize visibility. Enforcement efforts on secondary roads within Troop G will be conducted during the same timeframe. Over the entire holiday weekend, troopers will be targeting all traffic violations and will be especially vigilant to excessive speed, careless and imprudent driving, and aggressive driving violations. Troopers will also be available to help motorists in need of assistance.

Hartville Water System Problems Addressed At City Council

HartvilleIckyWater2The Hartville City Council heard from a number of concerned citizens about the quality of the city’s water at Monday night’s city council meeting. Hartville resident Laron Arnall addressed council…

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The City Council said they would continue to discuss the issue and work to come up with a solution and look for ways to fund upgrades to the water system. In other business, Hartville City Council discussed funds that were given to the Grovespring-Hartville Community Development Association for managing the ballfields, the sidewalk replacement program and prices and funding for a replacement patrol vehicle for the police department along with updating the nuisance ordinance.

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MSU West Plains Presents Cinema Vivant

Cinema_Vivant_NO_WEB_BANNERTake a step back in time and experience the very first silent movies the way they were meant to be seen-on the big screen with live music accompaniment. Missouri State West Plains Theater Events Coordinator Jennifer Moore says it’s a one of a kind event…

The event will be at the West Plains Civic Center…

The movie is followed by a swinging After-Party complete with Prohibition-Era “mocktails” and snacks straight out of the pages of an antique cookbook. 1920s period dress is optional.

Nixon Vetos Education Funding Limits Bill

Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a proposal to rein in the amount of money lawmakers aim to provide to K-through-12 schools. Nixon vetoed the bill Wednesday, which would set limits on what lawmakers consider adequate school funding. Planned basic aid for K-through-12 schools next fiscal year falls more than 400-million dollars short of funding goals. Under the proposal, it would be about 54-million dollars short. Supporters say a cap will make it more feasible to meet target funding. House members supporting the measure suggest that an attempt will be made to override the governor’s veto.

Personhood Bill Passes From Missouri House

Supporters say the “personhood” bill which passed the Missouri House Tuesday will protect the unborn.  Opponents say it’s another path to a ban on abortions.  The measure needs one more supportive vote in the House, then it would move on to the Missouri Senate.  If passed before the end of the session May 13th, voters could eventually decide on the state constitutional provision at the ballot box.  Republican supporters deny a Democratic contention that it is worded in such a way it could make contraception illegal.

Thousands Of Turkeys Destroyed After Confirmed Avian Flu In Jasper County

State agricultural officials say 39-thousand turkeys at a southwest Missouri farm have been destroyed after avian flu was detected late last week. The Missouri Department of Agriculture isn’t identifying the quarantined Missouri farm, other than that it’s in Jasper County. Commercial flocks within a six-mile radius have tested negative. The Joplin Globe reports the H5-N1 strain of the virus is weaker than the H5-N2 virus that led to the deaths of 48 million birds last year in Missouri and more than a dozen other states.

First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Fort Leonard Wood

LeVar_Burton_Michelle_ObamaFirst Lady Michelle Obama, Second Lady Dr Jill Biden, astronaut Mark Kelly, and Levar Burton from Tv’s “Reading Rainbow” paid a special visit to Fort Leonard Wood’s Thayer Elementary School Tuesday. Burton and Mrs Obama read a book written by Burton called “The Rhino Who Swallowed The Storm”

Mrs Obama says the visit was to simply thank their heroes in person.

The four then had the opportunity to watch Fort Leonard Wood soldiers in action during training. The visit is part of the nationwide “Joining Forces” initiative.