Friday, December 6, 2013
National Weather Service forecasters have issued a Winter Storm Advisory for Vernon, Cedar, St. Clair, Dade, Barton and Jasper Counties in Missouri as well as Bourbon, Crawford and Cherokee Counties in Kansas. Snow showers occurred this morning in Nevada and more light snow is possible late Saturday night and Sunday. Dangerously cold temperatures also are forecast this weekend with the single-digits likely Saturday morning. Saturday evening's Nevada/Vernon County Christmas Parade around the Nevada Square has been cancelled as has the Nevada Regional Medical Center Foundation's Tree of Shining Memories lighting ceremony on the lawn at the Vernon County Courthouse. The lighting had been scheduled at 5:00 p.m. Saturday with the parade to follow at 5:30 p.m. Nevada/Vernon County Chamber-of-Commerce director Jennifer Eaton regretfully announced the parade cancellations between two and two-thirty this afternoon with an email to KNEM/KNMO News. She encouraged area residents to stay safe and warm this Holiday Season. Classes today Missouri State Southern University in Joplin and at all of the Crowder College campuses were cancelled because of the Winter storm. The low temperature in Nevada this morning was seventeen after a high of 23 Thursday and National Weather Service forecasters do not expect temperatures to be above 32 again until next Wednesday.
A unique aspect of Nevada's $3.8-million Public Safety Department improvement project involves preservation of the mural in the city council chambers at the Public Safety building, 120 S. Ash. The Siegfried Reinhardt mural was installed nearly forty years ago during a remodeling project funded by the L.F. Richardson Foundation. City manager J.D. Kehrman -- on this week's City Beat program on Double K Country -- says he is familiar with other Reinhardt art works and the preservation of the Nevada treasure will begin after the police and fire departments are in their new facilities and the city addresses the issues involved in removing the existing Public Safety building at Ash and Austin. Siegfried Reinhardt was born in Germany in 1925 and passed away in October, 1984 at St. Louis. Nevada city field operations employees demolished two buldings in the 300 block of W. Cherry Street Wednesday to clear space for a new city fire station. The new police department is to be annexed to the West end of the current City Hall.
Four people -- three Bates County Sheriff's Department employees and the co-founder of the Sheriff's Posse -- graduated from the Missouri Sheriff's Association Training Academy at Clinton Wednesday. Bates County sheriff Chad Anderson says Brad Bearce, Jaylyn Rosier, Jared Denham and Brad Page started the process of becoming certified police officers last January. Bearce and Denham are to continue their regular duties -- Bearce as Bates County's 911 director and Denham as a corrections officer -- while Rosier has accepted a position with the Vernon County Sheriff's Office at Nevada. Sheriff Anderson says Page will continue his full-time employment with the Kansas City Power and Light Company and "fill-in" as a part-time deputy from time to time.
An open house is scheduled Tuesday at the Missouri Conservation Department's office, 1109 S. Main Street, El Dorado Springs. Area residents are invited to "drop in" between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. State Conservation Department calendars will be given away as well as copies of the books, Cooking Wild in Missouri and Missouri's Wild Mushroom. 100 free tree saplings also are to be available along with kids games and some wildlife and acquarium displays. The office is located just North of U.S. 54 in El Dorado Springs.
Nevada/Vernon County Chamber-of-Commerce executive director Jennifer Eaton says there are enough entries for Saturday's Vernon County Miss Merrie Christmas Pageant to allow for competition for Miss Candy Cane, Miss Snowflake and Miss Holly. The pageant is scheduled at ten o'clock Saturday morning in the new Ella Maxwell Performing Arts Center at Nevada High School and the pageant entries are encouraged to enter the Vernon County Christmas Parade at 5:30 p.m. Saturday around the Nevada Square. Parade entries were due Wednesday.
Nevada Community Outreach director Barbara Long and Vernon County Salvation Army unit representative Angie Nichols were the guests on KNEM and KNMO earlier this week, talking about the effort to help the Vernon County Ambulance District and Teen Angel volunteers make this Christmas a little brighter for Vernon County families. Ambulance district personnel are collecting new, unwrapped toys as well as new or gently-used coats for the Christmas basket distribution December 18. Community Outreach is coordinating the effort and Long says a recent change in the federal food stamps program has meant an increase in the number of people seeking help this Christmas. Teen Angel volunteers are looking for individuals and groups of residents to "adopt" a teen for Christmas and More information is available at Community Outreach, 229 N. Cedar Street, 417-667-4339.
Nevada businessman Corey Johnson says the Nevada Lions Club is looking for people and groups to "adopt a teen" for Christmas through the Teen Angel program. Nevada Area residents can learn more by visiting Johnson at CMJ Financial Center, 117 E. Cherry Street, 417-549-9832 for gift suggestions priced between $30.00 and $50.00 with the residents doing the shopping and bringing the gifts to CMJ Financial Center before December 16. Cash donations also are welcome. The Teen Angel gifts are to be distributed December 18 at the National Guard Armory, 1400 W. Cherry Street.
Nevada area residents are needed to help the Vernon County Salvation Army unit's Christmas Shopping Spree this weekend. The unit will helping about ninety local youngsters purchase gifts for their families at six o'clock Saturday morning at the Wal-Mart Super-Center, 2250 E. Lincoln Avenue, Nevada. Volunteers are needed to help wrap the gifts and more information about the Shopping Spree and the Salvation Army bell-ringing is available during regular business hours at Hoffman Financial Resources, 225 W. Austin Boulevard, Nevada, Mo., 417-667-4721.
The CCPA Community Choir's Christmas production is scheduled this weekend in the new Ellla Maxwell Performing Arts Center at Nevada High School. Curtis and Sons Realty, Nevada, sponsors the presentations at eight o'clock tonight and Saturday nights as well as two o'clock Sunday afternoon. Nevada High School vocal music instructor Wes Morton directs the CCPA's Community Choir.
The Nevada/Vernon County Chamber-of-Commerce is collecting new or gently-used coats of all sizes for this year's Community Outreach/Vernon County Ambulance District holiday drive. Area residents can drop off those coats at the Chamber-of-Commerce office -- on the lower level of the Carnegie Building, 225 W. Austin, between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each business day up to December 18. The Vernon County Ambulance District hosts a toy drive and coffee event between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. today at 515 E. Walnut Street, Nevada. Area residents are invited to bring an un-wrapped toy in exchange for coffee and other treats to help youngsters in Vernon County this Christmas.