Mountain Grove Chamber Health Expo This Weekend

The Mountain Grove Health Expo is less than a week away. Joe Golden says that all the area health providers will be there along with many others…

Contact the Mountain Grove Chamber for more information, the Health Expo is October 1st, 8 to noon.

Mountain Grove School Board Concerned With Bus Cross Arm Violations

At last weeks Mountain Grove School Board meeting, Board Member Greg Tesch addressed a problem with high school students not knowing what to do when approaching an oncoming school bus that had stopped to load or unload students…

Mountain Grove Schools do not offer driver’s education courses but have partnered with other area schools, so students can receive drivers education.

Unwanted Email To Greene County Officials Goes To Court

A Missouri citizen is suing after two Greene County officials told him to stop sending unwanted emails. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Christopher Cross alleges in his 32-page suit that the county’s presiding commissioner, Bob Cirtin, and Sheriff Jim Arnott conspired to infringe on his civil rights. Cirtin says he and other elected officials have received flurries of emails from Cross on a variety of topics, including general reflections on the national political atmosphere. Cirtin says Cross is “relentless.” Starting August 21st, through several exchanges, Cirtin told Cross to stop emailing him. Cirtin cited harassment and said the sheriff would be notified if Cross didn’t cease. Arnott also asked Cross to not include him on his email list.

More Missouri Schools Offering Breakfast

Two dozen Missouri school districts will begin serving breakfast to students, using money from the 2016 Fuel Up to Play nutrition grant program.  The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was notified about the 190-thousand dollars in federal funding last week.  Sixty-six schools in those districts will be adding programs like Breakfast After The Bell or new menu offerings.  Since 2009, the U-S Department of Agriculture has handed out 215-million dollars in school nutrition grants.

US-63 Crash Sunday Night Claims Life Of Cabool Man

A Cabool man was killed in a Texas County car crash Sunday night. At about 7:30PM, Sunday, on US-63 4-miles north of Cabool, 42-year-old Gerry Hough of Cabool was driving an ATV north on the Highway when he was struck from the rear by 70-year-old Billy Conley of Mountain Grove. The Highway Patrol and the Texas County Coroner report that Hough died at the scene. This is the 28th fatality in Troop G, compared to only 21 this time last year.

Licking Man Injured in Crash Sunday Night

A car crash Sunday evening sent a Licking man to the hospital with injuries. At about 10PM Sunday, 38-year-old James Hawkins of Licking was driving north on Highway-17, 5-miles north of Mountain View when he traveled off the roadway and overturned. The Highway Patrol reports that Hawkins was not wearing his seat belt. He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Mountain View with moderate injuries.

VFW Honors Service Men and Women Of Yesterday and Today

In the last week, the Mountain Grove VFW held a flag raising to honor the POWs and those that are still Missing in Action along with a 22-mile march with the Mountain Grove JROTC for the prevention of veteran suicide. One area veteran, Bill Jarrett says that while he’s not a VFW member as he served during peace-time, it’s important to remember the military and the commitment service men and women make…

The VFW Flag Raising was last Friday, September 16th, and the 22-mile march was yesterday, Thursday September 21st.

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Farmer’s Day in Norwood

The Norwood community is celebrating Farmer’s Day, longtime farmer, Iris Joe Kelley says that there are lots of activities for everyone…

Norwood Farmer’s Day is this Saturday in Norwood.

Willow Springs City Council Issues Proclamation for Domestic Violence Month and Raises Utility Deposits

20160922_170628The Willow Springs City Council met Thursday night at City Hall, with all alderman present. The city council held an executive session to discuss personnel, legal issues and real-estate. That was followed by a regular open session at 5PM. Last month’s minutes, bills for payment, financial and departmental reports were approved in the consent agenda. Mayor Kim Wehmer read a proclamation to the Christos House for Domestic Violence month…

City Council also heard a report from Myles Smith on the Ozarks Development Corporation Industrial Park just outside Pomona…

Council also discussed an ordinance to increase the Utility Deposit, City Administrator Beverly Hicks explained the problem…

Council approved both the first and second readings of the ordinance to increase the deposit for renters from $175 to $350, landowners deposits would decrease from $175 to $150. In other business, city council heard a report from Administrator Hicks on the city of Mountain View rejoining MMMPEP (EM-pep) for wholesale electricity purchasing, discussed the job pay and requirements for the City Marshal’s position and set a budget meeting date for early in October and the next regular session later in the month.

Mountain Grove School Board Met Wednesday Night

The Mountain Grove School Board met Wednesday night at the school district media center. The board approved the agenda after moving the discussion of the substitute teachers list to closed session, and approved the previous meeting’s minutes, the financial statement and paid bills. Superintendent Jim Dickey summarized some of the board policy changes and additions before they were approved…

The board also read reports on the assessment plan…

and dual enrollment, where board members discuss how students felt going into college at a high starting level…

Another thought that was brought up was that students also started college with some college level experience so were starting at a higher maturity then their peers…

The board heard administrative reports where drivers education, school bus arm violations and school safety were discussed before the board voted to go into closed session to discuss, legal and personnel issues.