July 30, 2019

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West Plains Chamber of Commerce

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Ozarks Medical Center

Wild, Wild West

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Foundation invites you to mark your calendar for a rootin', tootin' good time! Y'all come on down for this year's "Wild, Wild West" themed Signature Event to be held on Saturday, September 28, at the historic West Plains Opera House.

Early Bird Tickets are available until September 13 and will include Ernie Biggs Dueling Pianos and saloon-style entertainment by Anthony Garner and his guitar. If music is not your jam, try your hand at darts or a card game; or if you're down on your luck, meet with the fortune teller!

To take your evening to another level, simply pay a small additional fee for a cigar bar, mixology class, or whiskey tasting! You could also bid on exclusive items at the live auction and take home a late night or early morning treat from our silent auction.

Tickets include dinner, 2 adult beverages, and unlimited coffee or soda with the purchase of a ticket. Additional beverages will be available for a small charge at the cash bar.

Tickets may be purchased at the OMC Foundation at #12 Parkway Center, by calling 417-853-5200 or online at https://ozarksmedicalcenter.networkforgood.com/events/14556-ozarks-medical-center-foundation-signature-event-wild-wild-west.

Several levels of sponsorships, which include various name recognition benefits as well as reserved seating are available. For more information on tickets, sponsorships, or the auctions, contact a committee member or the OMC Foundation at 417-853-5200.

Drone/sUAS flight school courses available at GOCAT beginning in August 
            Missouri State University-West Plains will host three courses on small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) - commonly known as drones - this fall at the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT) in West Plains.

            Two of the courses are non-credit courses, while the third is an eight-week for-credit course.

            * sUAS Flight School (non-credit): A one-day, eight-hour, workshop set for Aug. 17 at GOCAT (395 Jackie D. Garrett Dr. in West Plains) that will cover the operation of UAS/drones. Also included will be an overview of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations for remote-piloted aircraft and operators, and information regarding the Part 107 exam, which is required to obtain Remote Pilot Certification. Students will be required to sign a safety waiver prior to flight.
            * sUAS Part 107 Test Prep (non-credit): A one-day, eight-hour workshop set for Oct. 12 at GOCAT that will cover the FAA 14 CFR, Part 107 exam requirements. Topics will include airspace, aeronautical charts, weather, METARS, aircraft loading, airport operations, judgment and decision-making, radio communications and more, all of which are included on the Remote Pilot Certification exam.

            * Introduction to Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (EGR 170; for credit): This eight-week, three-credit-hour class, which begins Aug. 19, will introduce students to drones. Topics will include FAA Part 107 regulations, selecting hardware and software, legal considerations, risk management, and how to start and manage a sUAS business. A hands-on flight lab is included. At the end of the course, students will have the information needed to take the Remote Pilot Knowledge Certification Exam. Students will meet from 5:30 to 8:20 p.m. on Mondays at GOCAT and from 5:30 to 7:20 p.m. Wednesdays online.

            All courses will be taught by Rick and Amy Casada, owners of Aerobotics LLC in Billings. Both are FAA 14 CFR Part 107 Certified UAS Remote Pilots.

            University officials pointed out that drones have many applications in agriculture, engineering, technology, law enforcement, fire and rescues, and real estate, among others.

            For more information about the non-credit courses, contact the GOCAT office at 417-255-7784.

            Those interested in the eight-week, for-credit class should call the Missouri State-West Plains admissions office at 417-255-7955 for admission, enrollment and cost information.
Boys and Girls Club/DRS Leonardo

West Plains School District
Weekly District Facility Improvements Update (7-23-19) 
The district is working on facility improvement projects at all buildings this summer. Certain areas of the campus, including parking lots, will be closed periodically. Please note the list below for a full update.
  • On July 29th, a large construction crane will be on campus near the high school gym.  The area inside and out of the building will be closed.
  • The circle drive at the high school is open.
  • The north side parking lot at the high school east wing will be open beginning Wednesday, July 24th.  Please park on the east side of doors E2 next to the choir and band rooms.  Avoid the west side of the parking lot.
  • The high school east wing, band room, and choir room are closed this week for floor sealing.
  • Over the next two weeks, the northwest entrance to the CC building behind the high school is under construction.   The project includes an accessible ramp and improved staircase and will quickly be a crowded and dangerous area during construction.
  • The maintenance crew has been cleaning areas of brush, weeds, invasive trees, and poison ivy around the district.
  • The lighting crew is returning to all buildings to replace some cracked diffusers.
  • The masons are finished with the brick project at the high school gym.
  • We are continuing to add sidewalk access to the new tennis court facility.
  • Window installation is going very slowly, but it will be a vast improvement to all buildings.  Currently, the crews are working at the high school triangle.
  • The West Plains School District Central Administration Office has moved into the Special Education Department located at 610 East Olden Street. The Special Education Department moved into the current Central Administration Office located at 305 Valley Drive. For complete information on this project, please visit www.zizzers.org.
  • The service road behind the high school gym up to middle school and the bus loading zone will be closed for the summer.
  • Students, staff, and visitors should park in student parking areas at the high school. Parking is located near the tennis courts and stadium. Please use the sidewalks.
Please stay tuned to our website and social media pages for regular weekly updates.
Missouri State University

NSF grant will bolster technology training programs at GOCAT
            Missouri State University-West Plains has received a $198,557 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to bolster its advanced manufacturing training programs at the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT).

            The funds were awarded through the NSF's Advanced Technological Education Mentor-Connect Program. They will be used to develop new advanced manufacturing curricula and upgrade training equipment to address the area's workforce shortage in middle-skill industrial maintenance technicians, university officials said.

            "With a focus on advanced industrial maintenance, manufacturing and alternative energy, the curriculum redesign will use stackable courses and a combination of project-based learning, hands-on computer simulations and real laboratory environments to model the industrial workplace," officials said in the grant proposal.

            Noting how manufacturing jobs have changed through the years with advancements in manufacturing processes, university officials pointed out educators must adapt current formats, degree contents and training programs to accommodate those changes.

            To that end, university officials are using the grant funds to develop three new courses and update four current courses which can be taken to fulfill the requirements of a new Advanced Industrial Maintenance option in the Associate of Applied Science in Technology degree or a certificate in Advanced Industrial Maintenance. 

            Students successfully completing either the degree option or certificate program will be prepared to take the Festo 4.0 Level 1 Fundamentals Certification exam, an industry-recognized credential in advanced manufacturing, according to Jim Hart, assistant professor of technology. Certified students will then be able to continue their education with stackable Level 2 and Level 3 courses and certifications, he added.

            Internships and registered apprenticeships with industry partners, which will build the students' workforce readiness, also will be a part of the Advanced Industrial Maintenance program, he added.

            "The equipment, software and training received through this grant will enable us to offer nationally accepted certifications to our students in order to prepare them for today's technician careers, as well as the future's," Hart said.

            For more information about the grant or the new Advanced Industrial Maintenance program, contact Hart at 417-255-7296 or JHart@MissouriState.edu.

            For more information about Missouri State-West Plains and its academic programs, visit wp.missouristate.edu or call 417-255-7955. 
West Plains Senior Center


Annual Grizzly Volleyball alumni game set for Aug. 17
            Area residents can get their first look at the 2019 Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team in action at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, during the annual Grizzly Alumni Volleyball Game at the West Plains Civic Center arena.

            The game will pit the 2019 Grizzlies against players from previous squads. The contest is being held in conjunction with the university's Move-In Weekend activities and will be free.

            "This is always a fun event for us and our fans," Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said. "It's a chance to see this year's team for the first time and some familiar faces from the past."

            Wiedemann said she hears from alumni who plan to attend, but pointed out there are always surprises. "You never know who will show up for the game. Something we have to contend with is the fact that so many of our former players are coaches themselves, and they are in the middle of their preseasons, as well," she explained.

            "Even so, we hope to have a good group here to play and, as always, it is great to reconnect with our alumni and have our current players meet those who built the culture of our program," Wiedemann added. "Our alumni created an atmosphere of excellence and it's important to not take it for granted."

            The alumni will take on a Grizzly team that returns four players from last year's squad:
            * Kelly Wiedemann, a 5-foot, 9-inch outside attacker from West Plains;
            * Julia Dunning, a 5-foot, 10-inch setter from Queensland, Australia;
            * Camilly Cristiny, a 5-foot, 9-inch outside attacker from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
            * Emily Moore, a 5-foot, 8-inch libero/defensive specialist from Aurora.
            They will be joined by nine incoming freshmen:
            * Julieta Campana, a 6-foot, 1-inch setter from Bahia Blanca, Argentina;
            * Maria Loureiro, a 5-foot, 9-inch opposite/outside attacker from Curitiba, Brazil;
            * Priscilla Crowell, a 5-foot, 4-inch libero/defensive specialist from Houston, Texas;
            * Najla Bray, a 5-foot, 11-inch middle from Beachwood, Ohio;
            * Allie Hall, a 5-foot, 6-inch libero/defensive specialist from Plato;
            * Nayla Watkins-Johnson, a 5-foot, 11-inch middle from Evanston, Illinois;
            * Allisann Nichols, a 5-foot, 4-inch libero/defensive specialist from Strafford;
            * Daniela Poles, a 5-foot, 10-inch opposite/outside attacker from Codogne, Italy;
            * Gaelle Wambo, a 5-foot, 9-inch middle/outside attacker from Foumban, Cameroon.

            "It's always great to see our alumni, and there are so many people who enjoy the event - the players, alumni, coaches, former host families, and campus and community fans who were involved with the alumni when they were at Missouri State-West Plains as student athletes," Wiedemann said. "We invite everyone to come out, watch this year's alumni match and meet the 2019 Grizzlies!"

            For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit its website at https://www.msuwpgrizzlies.com/sports/wvball/index.

St Paul Lutheran Church
Howell County Habitat

Exciting News happening at Habitat for Humanity.

A family has been chosen for a New Home Build!!
Stop by the ReStore or go online to 
HowellCountyHabitat.org  and fill out a Volunteer Application. 

Be part of helping to make this family's Dreams come true.

If you'd like to Volunteer and help towards their 300 Sweat Equity Hours please acknowledge!! Also Volunteeer to help towards building their Future Home!! 

Building to start in the Fall 2019!! Stay tuned for more updates!!! Meet the Young Family!!! Sharon, Ashely & Kylea!!
Missouri State University

STAR Orientation sessions still available for new students
          It's not too late for new students to sign up for Student Advising and Registration (STAR) Orientation sessions offered by Missouri State University-West Plains for the 2019 fall semester.

            Cindy Bridges, coordinator of student academic advisement at the Advisement and Academic Coaching Center for Empowering Student Success (AACCESS), said spaces are available for the following STAR sessions:

              * August 2, 9 and 16

Space is limited for each STAR session, so students are encouraged to register early for their preferred session, she stressed.

            STAR Orientations are designed to provide students with an introduction to the university and its services, policies and procedures, and to assist students in registering for their first semester.

            During STAR, students will:
            * meet with a faculty adviser
            * schedule fall classes
            * receive a photo ID
            * be assigned a BearPass login
            * receive a parking permit
            * have an opportunity to visit with a financial aid representative
            * purchase textbooks at Drago College Store
            * if desired, take a tour of the campus

            "In short, they will be totally prepared for the first day of classes on Aug. 19, 2019," Bridges said.

             She also pointed out a separate program is available for parents, spouses and friends of t he  students to attend.

            "They will hear from a number of university administrators and staff members who will present information about the campus, explain important topics such as academic degree programs, financial aid, etc., and provide insightful tips about how they can help their student achieve academic success," Bridges said.

            Before attending an orientation, students must be admitted to the university and complete required ACT or Accuplacer placement testing. Additional testing may be required for placement purposes depending upon ACT scores.

            For information about the admissions process, call the Missouri State-West Plains admissions office at 417-255-7955.

            For more information about required testing, contact the university's Testing Center at 417-255-7943.

            For more information about the STAR Orientation sessions and how to register for an orientation session, contact AACCESS at 417-255-7222.

            All university offices can be contacted toll free by calling 1-888-466-7897. 
Mega Motorsports

Toughest Monster Truck Tour

West Plains, you're next! The Toughest Monster Trucks are headed to the Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds on August 2nd and 3rd!

Some of the nation's top monster trucks will compete in tailgate smashing wheelies, side by side elimination racing and of course the all out freestyle finale!

You can meet the drivers, touch the trucks and take selfies during the pit party before each show!

All seats general admission.

Friday August 2nd 7:30PM
Saturday August 3rd 7:30PM
Pit Party 5:30-6:30PM Both Nights!

Trucks in competition:
3 of Missouri's home state heros!
BIGFOOT driven by Larry Swim
Tailgator driven by Doug Noelke
Twisted Addiction driven by Tim Jones!

Quad Chaos driven by Aaron Cain
Dirt Crew driven by Tim Missentzis
Plus see some of the midwest's fastest pro arena trucks in action!

And you can ride on a real monster truck! The Mighty Monster bus will be on hand giving rides before and after each show.

*Lineup subject to change without notice.
*No exchanges or refunds. Show is rain or shine.

Technology Showcase

Missouri State-West Plains to host Technology Showcase Aug. 1 at GOCAT  WEST PLAINS, Mo. - Area residents needing to increase their employability skills to meet the demands of today's manufacturing industries are encouraged to attend the "Technology Showcase @ GOCAT" between 4 and 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT), 395 Jackie D. Garrett Ave., in West Plains.
Health Heaven Botanical Gardens

To friends of the Garden:

We are applying for a USDA Natural Resource Conservation Grant that is due July 30th. We will receive up to 50% of the total funding amount based on matching funds. Money as well as in-kind contributions are acceptable. That means your volunteer time, your talents, equipment use, and donation of materials all count! You'd be surprised how fast the community contributions add up. 
Please help us grow the gardens. Below is a 'Pledge To Do Good' form. When completed, please send it back to healthhavenbotanicalgardens@gmail.com

Downtown Revitalization


Country At Heart will be hosting crafters, artists and vendors on our sidewalk!! 
Art walk ... stroll as you watch artists create!! 

Chalk Walk... create your own amazing artwork on our sidewalks and enter to win a $25 gift certificate!! Must create, sign and take selfie/photo with your art... then post to our fb page!! Winner will be drawn and contacted!! 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes!! 

Unlock The Ozarks.... find the Keys to Downtown scavenger hunt!! Go to unlocktheozarks.org for the map and locations of these iconic keys displayed in windows of historic buildings downtown!! I've mentioned them before!! The online program is no longer active but here's how we are gonna play.... 

Go to the site to pull up a map
Walk the square finding the keys
Take a photo or selfie with the key
Post all to the Downtown Stroll FB Page

Whoever finds the most wins $25 gift certificate... in the event of several finding them all we will draw for a winner!! You've got to read the history... the more you find , the more you will learn about our amazing Historic Downtown!!!

Don't forget to stroll by the Harlin Museum of West Plains.  They will remain open during the stroll. 
Their new "Ozark's Wilderness" Show will be open. It will depict early hunting, trapping, and fishing in the Ozark's. They will be featuring a fur collection on loan.

*** Opera House will be offering Rootbeer floats, popcorn and drawing for a backpack full of school supplies 

** Carl Colasonti will be drawing for a drone.

Vendors , crafts and live music.
Whetstone Boys Ranch


Smart Start: Developing a Successful Business 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
at OzSBI 
2 - 4 p.m.
This workshop will outline the first steps you need to take to create a successful and sustainable business, how to create a business plan and how to get a handle of business finances from the start.
 Register online by July 29 at  www.ozsbi.com, or call 417-256-9724.
West Plains  Game Developers Meetup 
Saturday, August 3, 2019
at the OzSBI Think Tank
6 - 10 p.m.
Monthly meetup for  game developers. Visit  www.ozsbi.com for more info. 
OzTech Meetup 
Thursday, August 8, 2019 
at Wages Brewing Company
5 - 7 p.m. 
Monthly meetup for techies wanting to improve the community. Visit  www.ozsbi.com for more info. 
Register online by August 16 at  www.ozsbi.com , or call 417-256-9724. 

West Plains Council on the Arts
West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host their first "Lunch with Art" event for current and prospective members on August 27, 2019, from noon till 1p.m. in the meeting room at The Hampton Inn, 1064 London Lane, West Plains.
Regina Willard will demonstrate her quick painting techniques, painting a bouquet on a 6x8 small canvas, and will have some pieces for sale as well.Willard's paintings are sparked by familiar surroundings, subjects she enjoys observing. She considers her style impressionistic with emphasis on brushwork and notes of color.  "When I paint, I want to give something of myself whether it be an emotion or feeling by way of a color or a mark made. I'm most intrigued by movement of paint and how a mark laid next to another in a different direction can give a subject life...... drawing the viewer to engage in my work."
After the brief program, WPCA board members will open discussion on current plans, programs available through Arts Alliance partners, and invite discussion regarding future arts endeavors for the area. Here's an opportunity to open conversation with current board members and contribute to the future of arts in West Plains.
Lunch will be catered by Dawn Dionne. Cost of the luncheon is $10 for WPCA members, $15 for non-members. Reservations should be made by August 20, and be made online through the August Lunch with Art event page, by calling Paula at 417-293-2325, or via email info@westplainsarts.org 
               Individual membership is $25/year. Other membership levels and benefits are described on the website westplainsarts.org, along with a membership application.
Howell County Extension

Now is the time to develop stockpile tall fescue for your winter cattle feeding program 

"Even though winter is five months away, it is time to think about and plan your winter cattle feeding strategy," says Patrick Davis MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist. One of the main forages in SW Missouri is fescue. Stockpiling tall fescue for winter feeding is an economical and useful tool for your winter cattle-feeding program," says Davis. A discussion of growing and managing stockpiled tall fescue in a winter feeding program to reduce input cost and improve the profitability of your cattle operation is in order. 

"Begin stockpiling tall fescue by clipping or grazing the fescue pasture to 3 to 4 inches and adding 40 to 80 pounds of nitrogen in early August," says Davis. Remove these pastures from the grazing rotation until winter to allow fall fescue growth to accumulate. By adding the nitrogen and removing pasture from rotation in early August, there is an increase in pounds of dry mater yield compared to later in the fall which results in more efficient utilization of the fertility and more pounds of forage to graze. 

"In addition to adequate forage accumulation, management of stockpiled tall fescue during grazing is important to maintain high forage quality and get the most efficient utilization out of that forage," says Davis. Maintenance of the waxy cuticle layer on the fescue helps to maintain its quality through the winter grazing season. Strip grazing the stockpile is an efficient way to utilize forage and limit disturbance of the waxy layer, which helps maintain stockpile quality as long as possible. When strip grazing, use an electric wire to allocate 2% to 3% of cattle body weight on forage dry matter basis for grazing. 

"Wait to graze fescue until later in the winter feeding season," says Davis. Concentration of ergovaline, which is toxic to cattle, declines in the stockpile later in the winter. University of Missouri reported that in mid-January through February concentrations of ergovaline are more likely to be below the cattle toxic threshold level of 200 ppb. By waiting until this time to graze the stockpile, cattle are less likely to exhibit fescue toxicosis symptoms and have improved health and performance. 

For more information related to producing and grazing stockpile tall fescue, contact your local MU Extension Agronomy or Livestock Field Specialist. You may also find more information at https://extension2.missouri.edu/programs/nrcs-mu-grasslands-project.

Missouri State University