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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Investigators are still working to identify the body of an adult man found Sunday by a couple hiking Crabtree Cove at Stockton Lake. Cedar County chief deputy sheriff Jason Johsnon says it appeared the body had been there two or three days. The FBU was asked for assistance because the body was found on land owned by the federal government. FBI spokewoman Bridgett Patton says the man ws approximately five-feet-11-inches tall, weighed about 170 pounds with reddish blonde and light brown hair and a possible goatee and he was wearing lace-up sneakers. Anyone with information about the death is requested to call the sheriff's office at Stockton, 417-276-5133.


Absentee balloting continues for Missouri's primary elections next Tuesday. Wednesday was the last day the staff of Vernon County clerk Tammi Beach could mail absentee ballots to voters and those already mailed must be voted and returned to her office by election day. The county clerk's Courthouse office will be open between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Saturday and In-person absentee balloting ends at 5:00 p.m. Monday. The county's 16 polling stations will be open between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. next Tuesday and they include the First Baptist Church, Home Economics Building, the United Methodist Church, the National Guard Armory and the Osage Prairie YMCA in Nevada, the Courthouse for Center-Outside precinct voters as well as the rural polling stations: Rinehart Christian Church, Harwood Town Hall, Walker Community Building, Schell City's City Hall, the Milo Fire Department, the Sheldon United Methodist Church, Bronaugh's City Hall, the Moundville Community Building, the Deerfield Baptist Church and the Virgil precinct, 17150 South HH, El Dorado Springs.

A Sheldon man was hurt Wednesday evening in a one-vehicle crash on route DD, two miles West of Bellamy. 42-year-old Timothy J. Igou was taken to Nevada Regional Medical Center for treatment of a minor injury. Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Art Torbeck says the wreck happened about 6:40 p.m. when a West-bound Ford pick-up truck, driven by Igou, ran off the road and overturned.

The Nevada Police Department and the Joplin Police Department's SWAT team will conduct their annual Active Shooter Training exercise between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. this Friday on the campus at Cottey College. Cottey student life vice-president Mari Anne Phillips says the college wants its neighbors to know about the training exercise so no one will be alarmed by the presence of officers on the campus at 1000 W. Austin. The exercise is scheduled in the Grantham Hall wing of the Rubie Burton Academic Center -- between Chestnut and College Streets and South of Austin Boulevard.

Work continues on the new Fire Station and Police Department in the City of Nevada. City manager J.D. Kehrman, on Wednesday's Double K Country City Beat program said he expects the new Fire Station punch list chores to be completed in December with the new facility at W. Cherry and Adams to be ready for use in January, 2015. He expects the punch list chores for the new Police Department -- adjacent to the West end of the current City Hall -- to be handled in January with a move-in planned in February, 2015. Kehrman also said the goal is to have the firefighters and police officers using their new facilities before the city starts planning the demolition of the current Public Safety building at 120 S. Ash. The city manager says the first step in that process involves re-locating the city council chambers mural and other usable interior facilities. R. E. Smith Construction, Joplin, is the general contractor on the fire station and police department project.

The Nevada R-5 board-of-education Wednesday accepted a $40,479.00 proposal from MOPERM for fleet insurance coverage on the district's buses during the 2014-2015 year. MOPERM's proposal was was the lowest of four received by the school board. The school board also voted to designate buses numbered 01-2 and 01-3 as surplus property to be sold on the web-site. After an executive session, the school board approved a contract for James Smith as a custodian and the transfer of cashier Tammy Phelps to custodian. Dr. Jeremy Fast, Chris Dryer, Joy Hawks, Mike McCaffree, Nora Quitno and Monty Smith attended the ten-minute special meeting that started at 7:30 a.m. at the district's central office building, 811 W. Hickory Street.

Nevada police officers report the arrest of a man they suspect of several crimes. Chief Graham Burnley says officers received some information about the suspect's location from a reliable source about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday and spotted him on foot near Ash and Maple. He ran from the officers and the foot chase led to the basement of a home in the 300 block of S. Main -- where Chief Burnley says the suspect entered the home unlawfully and forced the occupants to flee their house. The suspect was arrested and officers identified him as Shawn Foulk. He was booked at the Vernon County jail on a charge alleging first-degree burglary and Foulk's bond was set at $25.000.00 cash only.

A rural Nevada man has been sentenced to the Missouri Department of Corrections for statutory sodomy and child molestation. Judge James R. Bickel Tuesday held a sentencing hearing for 27-year-old Thomas F. Petty, sentencing him to five years on three counts of sodomy and four years on the child molestation count. Petty is to serve 120 days in the Institute Treatment Center and register for the sexual offender program. Those terms are to be served concurrently with four-year terms he received for four counts of fraudulent use of a crebit/dedit device. In addition to the 120 days in the ITC, he also is to pay almost $6.200.00 in restittution. Also Tuesday in Vernon County circuit court, Christopher Hoover, Nevada, was accompanied by Nevada attorney Nick Swischer, who represents him on felony charges alleging domestic assault, kidnapping, sodomy or attempted sodomy, rape or attempted rape, the unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. The charges were filed after a mid-February incident and Hoover's next court date is August 26. Ryan Woodall, Fort Scott, Kansas, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor property damage charge and was given a suspended sentence of six months in the county jail pending probation and the payment of $3,500.00 in restitution. Burglary and thefts charges against Woodall were dismissed. 27-year-old Stephanie Stafford, El Dorado Springs, pleaded guilty to a change alleging the possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to five years in prison, including 120 days in the ITC.

A Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce luncheon is scheduled at 12:00 p.m. Friday, August 8, at the Healthy Nevada Program offices on the second floor above the Nevada Library, 212 W. Walnut Street. Count On Us Catering will provide the meal -- either a Thai Ginger Sesame Wrap with Sun Chips and dessert bar or a Turkey Club Wrap with Sun Chips and dessert bar. Chamber luncheon reservations are due by 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, at the Chamber of Commerce office, 225 W. Austin Boulevard, 417-667-5300.

Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce members are invited to a Business After Hours get-together this evening. State Farm agent Wes Knell hosts the event between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. at his office, 1315 W. Austin Boulevard in Nevada. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments are to be provided and along with a brief guest appearance by local musician Doug Harper for the release of the Nevada Song 2014. Area residents also will be encouraged to attendi Music On The Square performance of Awakened Silence between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. today on the South lawn of the Vernon County Courthouse.

Try-outs for the Nevada Community on the Performing Arts production of Ellen Simon's Moonlight and Valentino are scheduled at seven o'clock next Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Fox Playhouse, 110 S. Main. Four woman and one man between the ages of 17 and 60 are needed for the cast and scripts will be available during the try-outs. The performance dates for the romantic comedy set in New York City are October 3-5 and October 10-12 and more information is available by calling 417-448-4495.
A third session of swim lessons at the Family Aquatic Center in Nevada's Izaak Walton Park begins next Tuesday. Nevada park and recreation director Dana Redburn says the swim lessons are planned Tuesday through Friday next Tuesday through August 15. More information is available at the Family Aquatics Center, 417-448-2762.



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