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There will be a contested race in the November 4th General Election for Vernon County Prosecutor.  Brandi McInroy of Nevada has been tabbed to be on the Republican ticket in the race for Vernon County Prosecutor.  According to chairman Jerry Wadel, the Vernon County Republican Committee met in special session and made the selection.  McInroy will be replacing Dustin Dunfield on the ballot.  Dunfield's name was removed from the November ballot when Circuit Judge Tim Perigo ruled on September 4th that he would be disqualified as a candidate due to a 1996 Class "C" felony guilty plea to statutory rape. A petition was filed by current Prosecuting Attorney, Lynn Ewing III, to remove his name from the ballot.  Dunfield has maintained that he was never convicted, pleaded guilty or was found guilty of a felony.  He had a right to appeal the ruling to the Missouri Court of Appeals but opted not to.  The Vernon County Republican Committee had until October 1st to nominate a replacement for the November General Election.  McInroy will be opposing Ewing in the November 4th election.  McInroy currently heads the Juvenile Offic in Vernon County after working seven years in the Vernon County Public Defenders office focusing on criminal law.  She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas Cit Law School.

A Rich Hill businessman has been appointed as the new Bates County Southern District Commissioner.  Larry J. Hacker of Rich Hill was appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to the county position.  The Southern District Commissioner seat became vacant upon teh untimely death of Larry Berry when he was killed in a head on collision near Hume on July 3rd.  Hacker, who is a Democrat, a licensed Real Estate Agent who also owns and operates a Pizza Restaurant, Vehicle Sales Business and Auction Company in Rich Hill.  He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2010 after 23 years of service including postmaster.  Hacker is president of the Rich Hill Community Corporation and past president of the Rich Hill Chamber of Commerce.  In making the appointment, Governor Nixon cited Hacker's strong roots in Bates County as well as his involvement in business, civic organizations and the postal service.  Nixon also thanked the family of Larry Berry for his service to Bates County before his passing.

A Galena, Kansas man was injured at the result of a motorcycle mishap yesterday (Thursday, September 18th) afternoon in St. Clair County.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says 60 year old Carlos Montee of Galena was traveling westbound on his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 54 three miles west of Collins when he lost control and traveled off the roadway ejecting him from the motorcycle.  Montee's injuries were listed as serious and he was transported to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar.

The third weekend of September means it's time for Walker Fun Days and annual one day event kicks off Saturday, September 20th!  It all gets underway at 10:00 a.m. with the opening ceremonies along with the Volleyball and Horseshow Tournaments.  There is a 3-on-3 Basketball Tourney beginning at Noon with kid's games at 1:00 p.m.  The Walker Fun Days Parade will get underway at 3:00 p.m. with the Walker Rural Fire Department Hamburger Feed starting at 5:00 p.m.  The Band Stir Crazy will perform starting at 8:00 p.m.  All the activies will take place in Dowtown Walker in Eastern Vernon County.

The City of Liberal will be busy this weekend with the start of the two day Prairie Days Festival.  Activities begin tonight (Friday September 19th) at 6:00 p.m. with the Ice Cream Freeze Off and Horse Pull.  Saturday's events include a 5-K Run, crafts, exhibits, baby show, dog show and a car-truck-and tractor show.  Clowns Spangle and Daisy Mae are also scheduled to appear with the parade at 5:00 p.m.  Saturday night's events include music by Shanna Johnson and Con-Fuzion.  For more information visit

Organizers in Sheldon are hoping for a big turnout Saturday, September 20th as the 2nd Annual "GodFest" event is being staged.  It starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the Sheldon City Park.  Organziers say it's a free all day Christian Music Festival with guest speakers throughout the day with a number of different music genres being featured.  Among those scheduled to perform are Brian Leemasters, Kentucky road, Dustin Garrett, Cast Out Of Eden, Lumc Praise Team, Greater Than Fables, Among The Lost, SBC Praise Team, Terrell Watson and Light Up The Darkness.  Again the event is free and on site food vendors will be available with free activies for the kids.  In conjunction with the event, the 1st Annual 5K Walk will be held starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with registration starting at 6:30 a.m.  The cost of registration for that event it $10.00.

A Barton County resident was taken to the hospital after injuries sustained in a one vehicle accident near Milford.  The Missouri Highway Patrol report says 24 year old Natasha Ruth of Lamar was driving westbound on "C" Highway one mile east of Milford when she drove off the right side of the road, struck a utility pole and overturned.  Ruth was reported to have minor injuries and was taken to Barton County Memorial Hospital in Lamar for treatment.

Five members of a Humansville family were all transported to a Bolivar Hospital after a two vehicle accident last night (Wednesday, September 17th) in St. Clair County.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, a vehicle drive by 25 year old Alexander Gerry of Humansville was traveling north on Highway 13 four miles south of Collins when he slowed to make a left hand turn.  He was struck in the rear of the vehicle by another car operated by 57 year old Craig Gilbert of Lee's Summit sending Gerry off the road where it struck a highway sign and rolled over.  Five members of Gerry were all listed as suffering minor injuries including Alexander Gerry along with 24 year old Amira Gerry and three children.  They were all transported to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar for treatment.  Gilbert was apparently not injured.

The Fort Scott Fall Wide Citywide Garage Sale is to be held today and tomorrow.  Maps and listings of sale locations areas are available on the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce website at and at the Chamber Office at 231 East Wall Street in Fort Scott.  Maps are also available at Bids and Dibs, Country Cupboard, Main Street Gallery and Gifts, Pete's at 6th and National Streets and the Smoke Shop.  For more information, call 620-223-3566.

The Nevada Middle School announced their 7th and 8th Grade Science Expo wil run this year from this coming Tuesday, September 23rd through Monday, September 29th.  Students can choose to enter projects in either the Traditional Science Fair which includes testing a hypothesis and are judged or the science exhibit category which will display a demonstration or subject matter related to science and will not be judged.  Science Fair Judging will take place on Wednesday, September 24th and Thursday, September 25th, and viewing for all parents will be the evening of Thursday, September 25th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Awards will be handed out during an awards assembly on Monday, September 29th.  The Science Fair is sponsored by the Nevada Rotary Club and the Nevada Middle School Science Teachers Angie Landoll, Amanada Pollock and Rachel Fast are involved with the project.  We'll be hearing from Landoll and Pollock on Monday's "Update" Program just after the 1:00 p.m. ABC News on KNEM/KNMO and

The Nevada Police Department investigated a vehicle-pedestrian accident Wednesday morning.  According to information released by the department, the mishap occured at 7:25 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17th at the corner of Prewitt and Cherry in Nevada between a vehicle driven by Marcy Fischer of Nevada and a pedestrian identified as Everett Bass of Nevada with Bass reporting injuries.  No other information on the mishap was released.

The Vernon County Office of Emergency Management and Nevada Regional Medical Center will be hosting the annual emergency preparedness exercise.  This exercise is intended to test our emergency operations plan and to give the different entities the opportunity to work together to enhance their skills and knowledge.  The functional exercise, occuring on Tuesday, September 23rd, will simulate a rollover school bus incident with entrapment of students.  The even will take place around 1:00 p.m. and should be over in less than three hours.  There will be several emergency response vehicles participating. The exercise is designed to validate the following functions: communications, medical surge, operation coordination and on scene security and protection.  The exercise will take place in the Northeast part of Vernon County and as a precaution, they ask the public not to follow emergency vehicles to the scene.  For more information, contact the Vernon County Office of Emergency Management at 667-8236.

Registrations are being taken for the next Nevada Regional Medical Center P-S-A Screening.  The NRMC Foundation sponsors the free screening on Thursday, September 25th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Hospital's Mezzanine Conference Room.  Studies show that one in six men will get prostate cancer and this simple blood test idicates teh risk of prostate cancer.  If caught early enough, nearly 100 percent of those detected will survive.  To register for the free P-S-A screening on Thursday, September 25th, just call the Nevada Regional Medical Center Community Education Office at 417 448-3622.

Missouri's unemployment rate for August dropped by two-tenths of a percent since July according to seasonally adjusted data released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development.  The state agency says the August rate dropped to 6.3 percent, down from 6.5 percent in July.  Following July's revised 12,700 job increase, Missouri's non-farm payroll employment edged down by 32-hundred jobs in August with employment losses in durable goods manufacturing, healthcare and social assistance.  Missouri's non-farm payrolls have increased by just over 49,000 jobs over the past year.  The last figures available by the county showed Vernon County's Unemployment at 6.2 percent in July which was up from 5.9 percent.  The August number has not been made available as of yet by the department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Details have been announced for the 9th Annual Nevada Regional Medical Center Foundation Gala.  This years theme is "Ash Street Haunted Hospital: Mystery Masquerade" and will be held Saturday, October 18th at the Nevada Elks Lodge.  Last year's event drew around 200 attendees and raised $12,000 used towards the purchase of two anesthesia machines in partnership with the NRMC Auxiliary.  This year's goal has been set at $15,000.  The event will include a Social Hour at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. followed entertainment from Murder Mystery, Inc. sponsored by Wilkinson Pharmacy.  There will also be a variety of auctions and other activities.  For ticket or sponsorship opportunities contact the NRMC Foundation office at (417) 448-3609.





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