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An Adrian resident was serious injured in a one vehicle accident Thursday morning in Bates County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just after 1:00 A.M. Thursday morning on County Road 15002, ¼ miles West of County Road NW 4001, involving a 1999 Ford driven by 23 year old Maxwell Tindle. The patrol says, Tindle was traveling Eastbound when he travelled off the left side of the roadway, went airborne, travelled over a bridge, overturned, before coming to rest in a creek. Tindle was listed with serious injuries and was taken to Bates County Memorial Hospital by Bates County EMS.

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect in connection to a theft in Rich Hill. According to Bates County Sheriff’s Officials, just before 10:00 A.M. Thursday morning, an unknown male subject broke into the pop machines outside of Food Fair Grocery Store in Rich Hill. The suspect is a white male, and was wearing a black shirt, with a jacket, blue jeans, and a ball cap. The suspect drove away in a black Toyota Tundra, with an unknown registration. If you have any information relating to the theft, please contact the Bates County Sheriff’s Office at 660-679-3232.

The Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce is continuing to accept entries for the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant. Entries are due by 12:00 P.M. on Monday, December 1st. Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce Director Jennifer Eaton, says there is still time to enter the pageant. Entry forms can be picked up at the Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce, 225 W. Austin, Suite 200 in Nevada. The 2014 Miss Merry Christmas Pageant is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 6th. The pageant is being held in conjunction with the Christmas Parade, which will start about 5:30 P.M. later on that night. For more information, call 667-5300.

Missouri Department of Transportation officials are expecting high traffic volumes over the weekend. As Missourians continue belated Thanksgiving get-togethers and the beginning of the holiday shopping season with Black Friday, the Missouri Department of Transportation is taking steps to help keep traffic moving during these busy travel times. MoDOT work zones across the state closed down at noon Wednesday and won’t reopen until mid-morning Monday, December 1st. Starting Friday, MoDOT Officials will be monitoring traffic signal timing at intersections on state roads adjacent to major shopping centers. This includes traffic signals in Kanas City, Springfield, and Joplin. MoDOT urges Missourians to check the Travel Information Map at The MoDOT Travel Information Map may also be downloaded to mobile phones.

As Missouri residents travel this weekend, they will see an increase in law enforcement officials statewide. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reminds residents that weekend gatherings and substance-impaired driving can be a lethal combination. Drivers who drive substance-impaired can have consequences that could result in fines, jail time, or even death. Law enforcement will be on the lookout for impaired drivers across the country. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety says it's not worth the risk, if you plan to drive, don't consume alcohol or drugs. To learn more, visit

Missouri residents are encouraged to participate in the Unclaimed Property charitable donation program. State of Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel is reminding Missouri residents that old and expired gift cards or certificates can still be donated to one of the 20 charitable organizations. Treasurer Zweifel says, gift cards or certificates that go unused or get lost, never lose their value. Instead, they are turned over to his office as Unclaimed Property until the original owner or an heir claim it. Missourians may search for Unclaimed Property taxes online at Individuals may also sign up to receive an email notification when new Unclaimed Property arrives and matches their information.

A Nevada resident was arrested Tuesday morning after an early morning pursuit across two counties. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says, a 1985 Chevy truck had been driving around in the median on I-49, near the Sheldon exit early Tuesday morning. When a Sheriff's Deputy approached, the truck took off heading the wrong way on I-49, and continued to flee the deputies around the Southeast part of Vernon County. A supervisor was notified, who monitored the conditions of the pursuit. The truck headed East on E Highway, before entering Cedar County, where it turned North on 96 Highway. The Missouri State Highway Patrol deployed spike strips, but the vehicle continued to try and outrun the deputy's, despite having several deflated tires. The pursuit ended on a dead end road in Cedar County, where the suspect was taken into custody by the Vernon County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol. The suspect's name has not been released, and is facing numerous traffic violations including DWI, driving in the wrong direction, failure to stop for an emergency vehicle, exceeding the posted speed limit, as well as other traffic voilations. The suspect is being held in the Vernon County Jail on an investigative hold pending the filing of formal charges.

The Vernon County Senior Center is looking for individuals who want to positively impact the community. Area residents looking for a way to give back are urged to contact the Vernon County Senior Center and ask about volunteer opportunities. These opportunities include staffing the reception desk and delivering meals. They are looking for 3 drivers to deliver meals to the homebound on weekdays, usually between 10:30 A.M. and 11:30 A.M. The Senior Center is also looking for substitute drivers as well. For more information, contact Vernon County Senior Center Coordinator Rudi Stevenson at 667-5847.

Bids are now being accepted to repair the El Dorado Springs Ambulance Barn. Cedar County Ambulance District Officials say, the district is now accepting bids for repairs to the El Dorado Springs Ambulance Barn that was damaged by a hail storm in August 2014. Requests can be made to District 1 Director, Sue Rice, by mail at 501 A Street in El Dorado Springs. Requests for Bid Specification Packets must be received by December 12th. Officials remind those submitting bids that Prevailing Wages Laws must be followed. All sealed bids must be received by January 16th, 2015.

Nominations are needed for Vernon County Extension Council members. Vernon County University of Missouri Extension Council Chairman Leslie Carroll-Bartlett says, nominations are now being accepting for the January election of Council members. Council members are elected to two-year terms, and must be at least 18 years of age, and reside in the district from which they are selected. Nominations may be made through the council chairman or the County Extension Center, located on the ground floor of the Vernon County Courthouse. For more information, you may call 448-2560. Nominations must be made prior to December 19th.

Area residents are encouraged to participate in the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heros program. The American Red Cross annual program sends holiday cards with messages, season's grettings, and holiday wishes to military members and veterans, who cannot be with their families this season. Area residents can sign a card and share their appreciation for the sacrifices made by members of the military and veteran community, before delivering it to the Red Cross Office. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations, or any other inserts with the cards, and from using glitter. Cards will be accepted until Friday, December 5th. For more information, you may call 417-832-9500 or visit

Cottey College announced the appointment of their new college president. The Cottey College Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee announced the appointment of Dr. Doris Tegart as the president-designate. Dr. Tegart will be the 12th Cottey College President, replacing Dr. Judy Rogers who is retiring after 10 years as President of Cottey. Dr. Tegart has been the Executive Vice President and Provost at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. During her 20 year tenure, Dr. Tegart's focus has been to implement entrepreneurial ventures and growth strategies to achieve the university's goals, resulting in increased enrollmenent and increased full-time facility. In addition to a liberal arts philosophy, Dr. Tegart's core belief is that a student-centered learning environment dedicated to providing academic and developmental growth is the key to a dynamic, holistic education for each student. Dr. Tegart will assume the presidency on June 1st, 2015.

The Nevada Regional Medical Center is set to start a new program for patients next month. The NRMC is implimenting a Hospitalist Program to make healthcare better for patients. The Hospitalist Program will support patients primary care physicians by allowing him or her to focus on seeing patients in their office. Nevada Regional Medical Center CEO Kevin Leeper, says the program will use 2 doctors, who's names are recognizable to area residents. These Hospitalists are specialized in the area of hospitalized patients and bridge the gap between hospital care and the referring physician. The Nevada Regional Medical Center is slated to impliment the new Hospitalist Program on December 1st.

The Vernon County Health Department participated in health emergency training last week. Members of the Vernon County Health Department, emergency management, and county commission, went through an exercise last week on how to respond if a medical emergency struck Vernon County. Region D Planner for the State Emergency Management Agency Dave Bagge, says his goal was to let the health department know what they can do better in preparing for a medical crisis. Attendees had the opportunity to think through issues that would arise in an emergency situation, and think of improvements for the plan aready in place, in order to avoid any mistakes. For more information on the training, you may contact the Vernon County Health Department at 667-7418.

Tickets are now on sale for the Christmas Choir Dinner in El Dorado Springs. Area residents may now purchase tickets for the annual Christmas Dinner and Show, presented by the El Dorado Springs High School and Middle School Choirs. The Christmas Dinner and Show will be held on Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th, with pre-show festivities to begin at 6:00 P.M., and dinner served at 6:30 P.M. The program, “A Christmas Portrait”, will include traditional and contemporary Christmas music, featuring the high school show choir, concert choir, and middle school choir, to showcase the talents of more than 60 students. This year, canned food items, toys, and gently used coats, hats, and mittens, are being collected to share with the local food pantry and local coat and toy drives. Attendees who wish to contribute an item will be entered in a drawing for a door prize. A silent auction is also slated to be held prior to the dinner and show. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children age 10 and under, and may be purchased at several El Dorado Springs businesses, as well as by calling 417-876-3112, ext. 274.

The United Way annual fundraising campaign is well underway in Vernon County. United Way of Vernon County Officials say they have received more than $35,000 in donations. This is about a fourth of the goal for the campaign of $112,000. The annual campaign helps support 18 local agencies. Officials also say, many of the agencies supported would not be able to survive without the generous support of the Vernon County community. A donation to the United Way is 100% tax deducible. Anyone with questions can contact the local United Way office at 667-5563.

This years Missouri Corn crop looks to set a 14 year high of bushels per acre. With more than 90% of the state's corn crop harvested, the University of Missouri Variety Testing Program reports yields far exceeding national averages. University of Missouri Extension specialist Bill Wiebold, says Missouri averaged more than 200 bushels per acre, which is the the best yield he has seen since he began working with the program in 2000. Wiebold also says when yields average over 200 bushels across the state, it's a indication of good weather, along with improvements made in hybrid yields by seed corn companies. 2013 yields were around 150 bushels per acre. For updated yield information, visit

Area residents will now have access to genealogy records at the library. The Nevada Public Library recently became the newest FamilySearch affiliate library. The new designation means library patrons will have greater, more convenient access to a wealth of genealogical resources. FamilySearch is the world's largest repository for free genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Patrons will have access to the online catalog through FamilySearch. For a nominal fee, patrons can also order a microfilm, which can be viewed by a microfilm reader at the library. This is just one way the library is expanding their Genealogy Research Center, which was relocated last fall into the East Wing of the main floor. For more information, call 448-2770.

Members of the Nevada Police Department hope to make the upcoming holiday season brighter for area children, by doing something positive. The Nevada Police Department is sponsoring the Shop with a Cop 2014 Program. The purpose of the Shop with a Cop program is to provide gifts to disadvantaged children and their families, as well as, allow them to interact with law enforcement officers in a positive setting. The only requirement for the participating child is that they buy at least one item for themselves. The program is funded solely upon donations from the community. Project Officer for the Nevada Police Department Patrick Deao says, they would like to be able to give each child $100 to purchase gifts. Children are recommended for participation in the program by Police Department members, school employees, social agencies, and family shelters. If you would like to donate your time or money to help make a child's Christmas special, you are asked to contact Nevada Police Officer Patrick Deao at 448-5100. Donations can be also be mailed to Shop with a Cop, in care of the Nevada Police Department, 120 S. Ash, Nevada.



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