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February 11, 2019

A bi-monthly newsletter about things happening with your fellow members.

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Child Advocacy Center
Hirsch Feed & Farm Supply, Inc.

West Plains Schools

2020-2021 Preschool & Kindergarten Screening and Registration Information

West Plains Elementary
Kindergarten Screening- April 15 and 16 - Civic Center
Preschool Screening - Friday, April 17 - Civic Center
South Fork Elementary
Preschool & Kindergarten - Friday, March 27 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
*Birth Certificate
*Immunization Records
*Proof of Residency
Children entering preschool must be 4 before August 1, 2020.
Children entering kindergarten must be 5 before August 1, 2020.
To schedule an appointment call:
West Plains Elementary - 417-256-6158
South Fork Elementary - 417-256-2836


Habitat for Humanity ReStore
West Plains Council on the Arts
Missouri State University-WP

Homecoming activities include chili supper, banner contest, artistic fun 
There will be much to see and do - and eat - before the annual Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball homecoming game Saturday, Feb. 22, at the West Plains Civic Center.

In the week leading up to the big day, students will vote for homecoming king and queen and participate in a number of events hosted by the Student Government Association (SGA) designed to build momentum and school spirit for the game. All students are invited to join in, organizers said.
Student organizations will once again put their artistic talents to the test to create banners for the game. Banners will be judged, and the winning organization will be announced at halftime of the game.
Representatives from each organization also will show off their respective banners during the Parade of Banners at halftime prior to the crowning of the homecoming king and queen.
Grizzly fans young and old are invited to come to the civic center's Magnolia Room beginning at 4:30 p.m. and enjoy a hearty bowl of chili at the Friends of the Garnett Library's annual chili supper. Sponsored by Wendy's, the event raises funds for the Garnett Library on the Missouri State-West Plains campus.
Tickets for the supper are $7.50 per person for adults, and $5 for students and children ages five and above. Children age four and under can eat free. The meal includes all-you-can-eat chili with all of the fixings, as well as dessert and something to drink. Tickets may be purchased at the door that evening.
Complimentary game tickets also will be given to those attending the chili supper who do not already have passes for the game, organizers said.
Beginning at 6 p.m. on the civic center mezzanine, fans can show off their creative sides at the "Express Yourself Alumni Event." Organizers said there will be a variety of artistic activities for both adults and children, plus giveaways for alumni, including T-shirts, Bluetooth speakers and more.
  Also at 6 p.m., area residents can meet and greet candidates for this year's homecoming king and queen during a special reception in the Dogwood Rooms. Family, friends, students and area residents are all welcome to come and mingle with the candidates before the game, organizers said.
The Grizzlies will take the court against Region 16 rival Moberly Area Community College from Moberly. Tipoff is 7 p.m.
For more information about homecoming activities, call the Missouri State-West Plains student life and development office at 417-255-7233.
For more information about the chili supper, contact the Friends of the Garnett Library at 417-255-7940 or email


K Kountry 95

We are pleased  to announce the 31st Annual Andrew Eckman Shelter Insurance Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply,  K-Kountry Cares for kids St. Jude Radio thon, Wednesday February 12, 2020 on AM 1290-FM 103.7 The Gift, Anywhere, Anytime K-Kountry 95 and 100.9 The Train beginning at 6am.  Last year with the help of the area businesses, schools, surrounding community events and YOU we were able to raise over $222,000 for the kids at St. Jude. It's important to know that 100% of the radio thon dollars goes to the cause in supporting the research and operation of St. Jude Hospital in Memphis and the St. Jude wing in Springfield, Mo.  We're pushing the goal for 2020 to $250,000. Let's do this!

Because of YOUR generosity, E-Communications has once again been named the Number One Radio Station per capita in the United States for money raised in a single day for the great kids at St. Jude.   The research gained at St. Jude is shared freely with Children's hospitals all over the world. The spirit of you, our listeners, is why we earn this great recognition year after year and we COULD NOT do this without YOU!  Because of you, we have the faith to step out once again and set our goal high for the kids at St. Jude!  Sadly, our region has numerous patients that are being treated at St. Jude right now, so the effort continues as we work to find cures and save lives. 

If you or your business wants to be involved in one of the most emotional and uplifting days of our entire year we ask you to contact us by calling 417-264-7211. Or, you can email Check our web sites for more details and fund raising opportunities.  No act is too small for a child at St. Jude.
Howell Oregon Electric Cooperative

Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative
is seeking a highly organized and motivated individual with proven skills to work on a full-time basis to assist with engineering computer needs of the cooperative.
Primary responsibilities will include:
  • Learning and maintaining GIS mapping system (i.e. FUTURA, ESRI, GIS)
  •  Learning and maintaining cooperative devices used in the field (i.e. lineman and engineer tablets)
  •  Assisting cooperative construction and right-of-way departments with IT needs
  •  Assisting members with new service applications
  •  PC network setup, maintenance and additions
  •  Maintain cooperative security system
Primary Qualifications:
  • Excellent communication skills and commitment to assisting a diverse group of members
  •  Ability to research, evolve with and implement new technology
  •  Ability to train users in both new and existing IT systems
  •  Ability to collaborate with a team and continue to build efficiency between cooperative departments
  •  Information Technology education and/or experience required
  •  Ability to multi-task

Supplemental training will be provided to successful candidate.
Wage based on education, experience and training needs.
Applicants can contact the Missouri Job Center in West Plains Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Missouri Job Center
3417 Division Dr., Suite 1
West Plains, Mo. 65775
Phone: (417) 256-3158
An Equal Opportunity Employer

Ozark Action, Inc.
West Plains Council on the Arts

Vendors, Demonstrators, Volunteers Sought For
2020 Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival
The Old-Time Music, Ozarks Heritage Festival in downtown West Plains, Mo., will celebrate its 26th  year Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6. The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture.  Admission to all festival events is free.

Organizers said they welcome booths from vendors, non-profit groups, businesses, school fund-raising efforts, churches, civic groups, public officials and individuals; however, in the event of duplicate offerings, first consideration will be given to early registrants.  Final approval rests with festival committee members, organizers added.

Booth spaces measure minimum of 10 x 15 feet.  Space rental fees for the two-day period are $70 for for-profit vendors, $35 for non-profit groups, and $95 plus 10 percent net profit for food vendors.

Booth registration forms may be downloaded from the festival website, You may also contact the vendor coordinator, Sherry Harper at 417-274-8618.

Organizers plan to provide this year's attendees once again with a diagram/map of the festival grounds, which will be available at the festival information booths.  All on-time (prior to May 15) registrations will be listed on the diagram with the booth name and specific location on the grounds.
Additional demonstrators are currently being sought for this year's event, and practitioners of traditional arts are encouraged to apply. Applications are available on the Festival website at   Requested demonstrator hours would be 10 a.m. -8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

Many of the area's material arts and crafts originated for entirely utilitarian reasons and were essential for meeting the basic needs of Ozarks residents in past generations.  As a result of changes in the region's economy, especially the increased availability of manufactured goods since the mid-twentieth century, such arts and crafts are no longer practical necessities, but many talented artisans and craftspeople in the Ozarks continue to practice them both as outlets for their creativity and as means of celebrating the region's rich cultural heritage.

In many cases, these crafts and art forms have incorporated more aesthetic elements as they have evolved over time, and artistry now takes precedence over functionality in the work of many of their practitioners, though this is certainly not always the case.

Some of the artisans and craftspeople who participate in the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival practice their arts and crafts as living traditions, and their work reflects ongoing developments within those traditions, including, in some cases, their own innovations.  Other participants in the festival are more historically based, and they strive to practice their arts and crafts as they were practiced generations ago.  Some have products available for purchase; all of them encourage festival goers to observe their work and learn about it.

Organizers come from many different areas of the community, volunteering their time to assure a successful event, and the festival committee spends many hours over the year preparing for it.  Because of the festival's continued growth, more volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs, organizers said. Volunteers are needed for the information booths (2-hour shifts); helping with set-up on Friday morning; maintaining the entrance gate for artists on the north side of the Civic Center; as shuttle drivers around the grounds (4 hour shifts, must be 21 or older); and helping with simple surveys.

Those interested in helping in any way should contact volunteer coordinator Sabrina Lewis or phone 417-274-8060 or the West Plains Council on the Arts at

Volunteers from previous years are encouraged to call or e-mail to confirm they will be participating again this year, organizers said. Volunteer sign-up forms are also available on the festival website, and information is available at:

The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is the signature event for West Plains.  The two-day festival seeks to celebrate, preserve, pass on and nurture an appreciation of the old-time music and folk life traditions distinctive to the Ozark Highlands.

2020 Festival partners include the West Plains Council on the Arts, the City of West Plains, the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, West Plains Civic Center, and Missouri State University-West Plains.  Partial funding for this event was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information on the festival e-mail, visit the website at, or "like" the Facebook page at
MU Extension Office - Howell County
Missouri State University - WP

Agriculture programs topic of Feb. 14 Friends of the Garnett Library meeting
New initiatives in the agriculture department at Missouri State University-West Plains will be presented at the Feb. 14 meeting of the Friends of the Garnett Library.

Dr. Linda Wulff-Risner, associate professor of agriculture, and agriculture instructor Craig Jennings will discuss the horticulture program and the learning activities being offered at the university's greenhouse. Among these are a student's efforts to grow saffron commercially.

Members also will hear about efforts to offer the Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture degree to prisoners in the Missouri Department of Corrections, and they will tour the greenhouse.

The luncheon and meeting will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in rooms 104 and 105 of the Lybyer Technology Center. Parking is available in the lot on the north side of the building off Cass Avenue. 

Cost of the meal is $10, payable at the door. Those wishing to eat should make a reservation by calling 417-255-7940 or emailing by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.

For more information about Friends of the Garnett Library and how you can join, visit the organization's website,, or call 417-255-7940.
Ozarks Medical Center

Ozarks Medical Center Announces Events for the Community

In honor of American Heart Month in February, Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) is offering several free educational events and heart health screenings. West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann has signed a proclamation declaring February as Heart Month.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One in every four deaths in the United States is the result of heart disease.
Symptoms include chest discomfort, discomfort in other areas of the upper body including one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach, and shortness of breath. Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
"OMC is one of only nine hospitals in the state of Missouri with an accredited Chest Pain Center. If a person exhibits symptoms of chest pain, 911 should be called. Early intervention improves outcomes, which is why we have the saying 'time lost is muscle lost' when it comes to heart attack," said Dr. M. Faisal Khan, Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist at OMC.
"Listen to your heart.  It may be trying to tell you something. Receiving prompt medical attention is crucial if you are suffering from a heart attack.  If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, dial 911.  The longer you wait, the greater your chances are of having irreversible heart damage or potentially not surviving your heart attack.  When you use 911, you receive quick assessment and care as soon as emergency medical responders arrive. OMC is alerted so our specialized cardiac team is ready to continue your care as soon as you come through our doors," according to Devon Emerson, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services. OMC offers a full line of cardiology care including round-the-clock interventional cardiology for patients suffering from a heart attack.
In recognition of Heart Month, OMC will host a number of community events.
February 21
OMC and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Blood Drive
12-6 p.m., OMC Parkway Center, 1211 Parkway Center, West Plains.
Walk in, call 1-800-280-5337, or visit to make an appointment.
February 24-28
Free Heart Risk Screening at OMC Family Medicine Clinics
Individuals may receive a free heart health screening including a lipid panel, glucose, A1C, and blood pressure check from an OMC rural health clinic. Additional low cost labs also are available for a minimal fee. Contact one of the clinics listed below for an appointment. OMC rural health clinic locations include:

OMC Alton Clinic, 100 Medical Drive, Alton, 417-778-7227
OMC Gainesville Clinic, 37 Medical Drive, Gainesville, 417-679-4613
OMC Mountain Grove Medical Complex, 500 E. 19th St., Mountain Grove, 417-926-6563
OMC Mountain View Clinic, 220 N. Elm St., Mountain View: 417-934-2273
OMC Family Medicine, 181 N. Kentucky Ave., Suite 100, West Plains, 417-257-5911
OMC Family Medicine, 312 N. Kentucky Ave., West Plains, 417-505-7100
OMC Thayer/Mammoth Spring Clinic, 10675 Nettleton Ave., Thayer, 417-264-7136
OMC Willow Springs, 201 West High Street, Suite 2, Willow Springs, 417-252-6994
OMC Winona Clinic, 9104 State Hwy 19, Winona, 573-325-4237
"American Heart Month is an excellent time to make an important decision to do everything you can to reduce your risk factors for heart disease," said A.K. George, MD, OMC Board Certified Cardiologist. "Early detection of risk factors and lifestyle changes can reduce your risk and a free screening event is the place to get information to help you embark on a healthier lifestyle."
OMC Heart Care Services, located at 1115 Alaska Avenue, Suite 114, provides complete cardiac care to the community, including open heart surgery, a 24/7 Cardiac Catheterization Lab, diagnostic testing, and Cardiac Rehabilitation program. OMC's team of cardiology experts includes Interventional Cardiologists Kevin Crowe, MD, and M. Faisal Khan, MD; Cardiologists A.K. George, MD, and Archana Sinha, MD; and Cardiothoracic Surgeon William "Andy" McGee, MD.
West Plains Council on the Arts
Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel Lutheran Church members open our hearts to help our community.  For over two years we have been collecting items and filling bags to be given to the homeless of Howell County.  They are delivered to Samaritan Outreach to distribute to those in need.

Items that we collect for the bags include the following:
Men & women's deodorants, shampoo, shaving cream, razors, moisturizer, bar soap, aspirin or Tylenol, safety pins, Q-tips, combs, small brushes, wash clothes, hand towels, nail clippers, lip balm, Bibles, word find books, decks of cards, gun, socks, hats and gloves.

We also collect tote bags and used jeans and sturdy fabric to make tote bags.  We also collected gently used blankets and afghans and yarn to make afghans.  We also collect Wal-Mart type bags to crochet sleeping mats for the homeless.

Can you help?
Donate items for the bags
Donate fabric or jeans, even those with stains or holes, to make bags
Donate blankets or afghans
Donate Wal-Mart type bags
Crochet afghans
Crochet sleeping mast
Make a monetary donation so we can purchase items for the bags

Questions? Call Linda Thompson, home: 417-255-0806 or cell: 417-257-5356 or Sherry Krenz at 417-270-7279.
Howell County Health Department