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Fourth District U.S. Congresswoman, Vicky Hartzler, made a stop in Nevada Thursday to address the Nevada Rotary Club in their weekly meeting at the Nevada Country Club.  Hartzler spent her time at the podium discussing pressing issues the federal government is facing.  That included an update on this country’s involvement in the battle against ISIL.  Hartzler says ISIL is of real concern including to residents of the 4th District. Hartzler told those in attendance, the overall concern of ISIL is about the threat to the Middle East and our U.S. allies along with the brutality of ISIL as they march forward with their goal of taking over the entire region.  On another issue, the mid-term elections are coming up this Tuesday, November 4th, and Hartzler believes the results will be important in determining what progress will be made in Congress over the next two years.  She believes that if changes occur in the Senate there is a real chance to get bills that are in limbo passed and on to the President's desk for signature.  When work on Capital Hill resumes in mid-November, the second term Congresswoman says the priorities include passing this year’s National Defense Authorization Act and extending the funding of the federal government past the current date of December 11th

United States Senator for Missouri Roy Blunt, made 2 stops in the the area Thursday. Senator Blunt addressed a crowd in Butler, before stopping in Nevada to speak to around 30 individuals who gathered at the Metz Bank Lobby. Senator Blunt's visit was in connection with the Get out the Vote Campaign and expressed the importance of these elections. The Get out the Vote Campaign is aimed at increasing the number of cast votes.

Missouri Department of Transportation continue work on area roads Thursday. According to MoDOT officials, Route “18” over Elk Fork Creek, West of Ballard, Route “B” over the Marais des Cygnes River, East of Rich Hill, Route “F” over Knob Creek, West of Passaic, and Route “U” over Gillum Creek, West of Foster, all in Bates County, will all be down to one lane traffic. This is due to bridge work. Drivers should expect some slower than normal traffic. To view a complete list of road closings and work zones, visit www.modot.org. The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists to use caution, be alert for flashing arrows on trucks, and slow down.

Cottey College is hosting a comedian Thursday night on their Nevada campus. Comedian, Pete Lee, is scheduled to perform at 8:00 P.M. Thursday. Lee was a semi-finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing. He also shot his own Comedy Central half-hour special, which earned him a “cult” following at comedy clubs, and the opportunity to perform at over 500 colleges across the country. Tickets to see Pete Lee are $5 for adults and $4 for those under 18 years of age or older than 62. Tickets will be available at the door. The performance is being held in the Raney Dining Hall, in the lower level of Robertson Hall, on the Southeast corner of Austin and Tower streets in Nevada.

The Nevada High School continues their annual Halloween tradition Thursday night. The High School will have the Anti-Van Parents Performance Thursday night, scheduled for 7:00 P.M. at the Ella Maxwell Center for the Performing Arts, 800 W. Hickory in Nevada. The High School Show Choir will be hosting a chili supper before the performance. Contact any Show Choir member to purchase tickets. Friday evening, the NHS will have the student performance. Youth Enrichment Services Committee Member Gabby Gire, says Anti-Van encourages students to behave on Halloween. Gire also says there is a student dance slated to follow the performance. The Anti-Van student performance will be held Friday evening at 7:00 P.M. followed by the Anti-Van dance from 9:00 P.M. to 11:30 P.M.

The Nevada Elks Lodge is sponsorsing a safe Halloween event Friday afternoon. Nevada Elks Lodge #564 and the City of Nevada have partnered to host the Annual Treats Without Tricks. It's scheduled from 4:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Friday afternoon at the Franklin P. Norman Community Center, 200 N. Ash Street in Nevada. Elks Lodge Youth Activities Charman Phil Thompson, says the event has been a joint venture with the City of Nevada for 25 years. Thompson also says, the Elks Lodge looks to top last years turnout. The Treats Without Tricks will have fun games, a bounce house, candy, and prizes. The event is open to kids, 5th grade and younger. The first 200 children will receive a Frisbee to decorate and take home.

The Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce has been busy planning a fun and safe celebration for Halloween Friday. Area residents can come to the Nevada square between 2:30 P.M. and 4:30 P.M. Friday for the Safe Treats Parade. Participating businesses will be giving out treats to those children, 12 years of age and younger. Other area Halloween Activities include: Treats Without Tricks shceduled for 4:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at the Community Center. First Christian Church is sponsoring Trunk or Treat from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wal-Mart will have events planned all throughout the day at 2250 N. Lincoln Ave.

The new 2014 edition of the Vernon County Plat Book is now available. The 2014 Vernon County Plat Book, published by Mapping Solutions, includes traditional landownership maps by township and range, a land owner index for easy cross referencing, and other county information. New in this years edition, are aerial view maps opposing the landownership maps. The new edition may be purchased at the Vernon County Farm Bureau Office, 103 S. Oak in Nevada. The price is $30.00. For more information, call 667-5380.

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office is continuing the search for a missing man from rural Appleton City. St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler says, on Saturday evening, deputies responded to NW 400 Road in reference to a man wandering into the woods and not returning. The man was listed as 78 year old Dale Miller, of rural Appleton City. Miller is described as a white male, 5'10”, 158 lbs, with gray hair, blue eyes, and wears glasses. At the time, he had a hunter orange baseball cap on, along with a blue shirt, blue jeans, and boots. He reportedly walks hunched forward, shuffles his feet, is whispered and mumbled. Miller has missed doses of his medication and may have an altered mental status and motor skills. Miller was last seen with his black German sheperd dog, named Lady. Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office at 417-646-2565.

The Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce sponsored a candidate forum Tuesday night. The forum featured local, state, and congressional candidates seeking election this November. The event, which was an equal time Question and Answer with pre-formated questions, was hosted at Cottey College's Missouri Recital Hall, in front of a near capacity crowd. Candidates were given the opportunity to introduce themselves, as well as respond to questions, specific to the office in which they are campaigning. If you were unable to attend Tuesday nights Candidate forum, you may view the archived event broadcast on www.nevadamotv.com.

The Holiday season is fast approaching, and with that comes the beautiful holiday light displays around the community. In preparation for Nevada's annual Lights at the Lake, the Nevada Parks and Recreation Department has announced it will be closing the road leading to the lower level of Radio Springs Park to traffic. The closure takes effective Wednesday. The Lights at the Lake display will begin its season with the lighting of the Mayor's Tree, scheduled for Wednesday, November 26th at 6:00 P.M. The display will then open nightly from 5:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Area civic organizations are once again invited to man the donation booth and will receive half of donations collected on the night they work. Organizations may sign up by calling the Franklin P. Norman Community Center, at 448-2740, beginning November 3rd. All requested nights are on a first come, first served basis.

Three people have been arrested in Stotesbury, as the result of a drug operation conducted by the Vernon County Sheriff's Office and the CNET Drug Task Force. According to the Vernon County Sheriff's Office, 53 year old Daniel Mccullough, of Nevada, 35 year old Paul Bordelon, of Ft. Scott, KS, 55 year old David Shelton of Kansas, are being held in the Vernon County Jail. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, says his officers have been conducting surveillance at a residence in Stotesbury for drug activity and had received information from a confidential source that a wanted person was also at the residence. Mosher also said tips and information from the public played a large role in collecting the information they had been waiting on to make the bust. Mccullough was arrested on a probation and parole warrant, and being held on a no-bond warrant. Bordelon and Shelton were both arrested for possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute, with both being held on a $25,000 cash only bond. The Vernon County Sheriff's Office reminds area residence annonymous tips can be placed on the Sheriff's Office website at www.vernoncosheriff.org.

Missouri Govenor Jay Nixon appointed three new members to the Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners, including one appointee from Nevada. Owner and Director of the Academy of Cosmetology and Esthetics, Christie Rodriguez, has been appointed to served on the board. Rodriguez's term will last until May 2016. The Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners licenses and registers all persons engaged in the practice of hairdressing, cosmetology, and manicuring in the State of Missouri. The board also controls, supervises, and enforces the terms and provisions of the statute. The appointments will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.

Vernon County residents will have to find alternative traffic routes due to a bridge closure in the area. The Vernon County Bridge Department announced Monday, that Rebel Road, between 2000 and 2100 roads in Badger Township, Section 20/29 has been closed for bridge replacement. The closure began Monday at 3:00 P.M. The road will be closed until further notice. For more information, residents can call 448-2505.

The American Red Cross has named a new Executive Director for the area. Nigel Holderby has been named the new Executive Director for southern Missouri, as the American Red Cross realigns boundaries with in the state. The realignment is to help the state most efficiently meet its mission goals. Holderby says, “I am excited to remain as part of the team here in southern Missouri and look forward to continuing my service to the communities we serve.” The appointment is effective immediately. The Red Cross changes will result in increased assistance to people depending on the organization after a disaster. Some consolidation of regions and chapters is underway in an effort to achieve the Red Cross mission more robustly and consistently across a wider area. The Nevada Red Cross office will be transitioning to no paid staff as a result of the consolidation. The consolidation will be effective this Friday. For more information, visit www.redcross.org.

Missouri Secretary of State, Jason Kander, wants residents to take a proactive efforts following Retirement Week. Kander encourages Missourians to review investment plans and retirements. Kander says, “Now is a good time for Missouri families to sit down and review their investment portfolios. Knowing the right questions to ask can help you choose a retirement professional and lead to secure retirement. The Office of the Secretary of State is offering helpful questions and tips to help investors make sure they're on the right track to meeting savings goals online at www.MissouriSafeSavings.com. You may also call 1-800-721-7996 for more information.

The Farm Service Agency reminds producers that upcoimg crop reporting dates will be here quickly. Vernon County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Travis Claypool, reminds producers that all 2015 perennial and biennial forage crops must be reported by November 15th and fall-seeded small grains by December 15th. Claypool says perennial and biennial forage acres, such as pasture acreage intended for haying or grazing, must be reported by the deadline. All fall-seeded small grain acreage, such as winter wheat and barley, must be reported by the December deadline. All acreage must be reported for a farm, including crops on non-cropland, such as hayed or grazed grassland and other cover crops. Reporting acreage ensures producers are compliant with current and future FSA farm programs, including disaster assistance. To report your crop and forage acreage, stop by the Vernon County Farm Service Agency Office at 102 W. Allison in Nevada or call 667-8137.

The Missouri State Archives, a division of Secretary of State Jason Kander's office, will be honored by the National Association of Secretaries of States as the recipient of the national Medallion Award for preservation work. The Medallion Award recognizes outstanding service and dedication to furthering the mission of NASS within the states, which includes the preservation of state heritage and historical records. Kander says the award is a well-deserved honor that recognizes their dedication to historic records preservation fror the state. The Missouri State Archives is the offical repository for state records of permanent and historical value. Kander will accept the award at NASS's 2015 Winter Conference.


 

 

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