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Cottey College announced the appointment of their new college president Friday. 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 your referring physician. The Nevada Regional Medical Center is slated to impliment the new Hospitalist Program on December 1st.

The Nevada Regional Technical Center DECA Chapter hosted a Volleyball tournament Friday night. The DECA Chapter Black Light Volleyball Tournament was held at the Community Center Friday night, in conjunction with their food drive community service project to help the Community Outreach. Entry fee for the tournament included 1 nonperishable food item. The community wide food drive, will help replenish the emergency food supplies at the Community Outreach. From now until December 19th, DECA will be collecting donated food, with a goal of collecting 5,000 pounds of non-perishable food items. Collection boxes have been placed in the NRTC lobby, the Bowman Building lobby, Crowder College lobby, Century 6 Cinema, Country Inn & Suites, and Woods Supermarket. Items can also be dropped off at Community Outreach, 229 N. Cedar in Nevada. The theme for the campaign is “A City without Hunger is a City with a Heart. For more information, you may call 448-9732.

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.

The Nevada Elks Lodge will be hosting their hoop shoot event Saturday. Nevada Elks Lodge #564 will hold their annual Hoop Shoot Saturday, with the boys competition registration starting at 8:30 A.M., with the shoot at 9:00 A.M. That will be held at the Nevada Middle School, in conjunction with the Nevada Tigers Boys Youth Basketball camp. The Girls competition will be held at the Nevada High School, immediately following the youth camp. Registration will begin at 10:00 A.M. with the shoot immediately after. Winners in each age group will have the opportunity to continue to the district competition. All competitors will receive an Elks Say No To Drugs basketball. Anyone with questions can call Phil Thompson at 448-7201.

The musical version of a holiday classic will take the stage Saturday night in Nevada.The Nevada High School will present the musical “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Saturday night in the Ella Maxwell Center for the Performing Arts, 800 West Hickory in Nevada. The performance start at 7:00 P.M. The classic animated television special was adapted for the stage in 2013, comes to life as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and other Peanuts charactors find the true meaning of Christmas.

Cottey College will host a second night of music and dance Saturday evening. The Cottey College Departments of Music and Dance will present An Evening of Music and Dance, Saturday evening in the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts, on the Northeast corner of Austin and Tower streets in Nevada. The curtain is scheduled to open at 8:00 P.M. The event includes performances by Cottey ensembles and music students, followed by a dance concert by the Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company. The performance is free to the public and no ticket is required. For more information, contact the Cottey Ticket Office at 667-8181, ext. 2186.

A Lamar resident escaped serious injury in a one vehicle accident Thursday morning in Barton County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 7:00 A.M. Thursday morning on Highway DD, 6 miles Northwest of Lamar, involving a 2009 Dodge Nitro driven by 20 year old Joshua Carroll. The patrol says, Carroll was traveling Westbound when he struck a deer in the road, and ran off the right side of the road, overturned, and struck a fence. Carroll was listed with minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

The Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce is continuing a longtime Christmas tradition in Vernon County. Entries are currently being accepted for the 2014 Miss Merry Christmas Pageant, scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 6th. Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce Director Jennifer Eaton, says there is still time to enter. Entries are due by Monday, December 1st at 12:00 P.M. Eaton says there is a entry fee required for the pageant. The 2014 Miss Merry Christmas Pageant is being held in conjunction with the 2014 Christmas Parade, which will start about 5:30 P.M. later on that night. For more information, call 667-5300.

A wanted fugitive is behind bars after an undercover drug operation, conducted just outside of Nevada late Tuesday evening. According to Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, 44 year old Lavern Hill, of Milo, was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputy’s during a drug operation with the Sheriff’s Office and the CNET Drug Task Force. Hill was wanted on a felony warrant from Cedar County on a probation and parole violation for his arrest. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says his office had been conducting the investigation for a few weeks, and with some of these investigations, it comes down to tracking the people, getting them to be in the right place at the right time. Sheriff Mosher say methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia were recovered during the operation. Vernon County Sheriff’s Office officials say they also worked with investigators from the Nevada Police Department, early on in the investigation.

Missouri residents across the state prepared for severe winter weather with Winter Weather Awareness Day Wednesday. The National Weather Service, along with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the State Emergency Management Agency, and Missouri's emergency management directors, spent Wednesday educating Missouri residents over preperations that they can take to be prepared for all winter weather hazards. State Emergency Management Agency Director Ron Walker, says Missourians should always be mindful of the dangers associated with severe winter weather. Walker urges residents to be prepared for things like driving on snow and ice-covered roads, losing power and heat at home, as well as understanding frostbite and hypothermia. State Emergency Management Agency officials also encourage everyone to have a family emergency plan, along with an emergency kit. For more information,, click on the Severe Winter Weather link.

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

The Missouri Department of Economic Development says unemployment rate dropped last month, in a report released Tuesday. Missouri's unemployment rate dropped by four-tenths of a point to 5.9% in October. According to seasonally adjusted data, that's the lowest they've been since June 2008. Missouri Deparment of Economic Development officials says during the month, the state's nonfarm paryroll employment also grew by 2,400 jobs. Employment in financial activities was up by 1,500 jobs, while transportation, warehousing, and utilities added 1,200 jobs. Missouri's nonfarm payrolls have increased by 48,400 jobs over the past year. Companies interested in learning more about Missouri's resources for new and expanding businesses should 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.

The Nevada Regional Medical Center has been training staff on the procedures used in treating an Ebola case. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged hospitals to prepare for the unlikely event of having to treat a patient with the Ebola Virus Disease. NRMC officials say they are taking the recommendation by the CDC very seriously. Nevada Regional Medical Center CEO Kevin Leeper says the likelihood of Ebola in our community is very, very low, however the NRMC still has state mandated infection control and isolation procedures and supplies in place. The NRMC has been educating clinical teams, to ensure they are prepared to protect patients, employees, and the community. Leeper also says all NRMC hospital staff will be engaged in the review and training process to make sure the hospital can respond appropriately to any infection control situation.

November is National Adoption Month in Missouri. Missouri Department of Social Services, Children's Division, and the Missouri Heart Gallery, encourage families and local communities this month to raise awareness for the children waiting for adoption. This year's focus for National Adoption Month is “Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections” Department of Social Services Director Brian Kinkade, says, every child deserves to have the opportunity to grow and develop in a stable home and be surrounded by a family that loves, encourages, and supports them. Missouri has approximately 1,500 children in the state who are currently waiting and hoping to find forever homes with loving families. The Children's Division is always looking for nurturing, loving individuals who would be interested in becoming foster parents and opening their home to children in need. To find out more information about foster parenting, call 1-800-554-2222.

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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