Monday, September 1, 2014
Four Nevada teenagers suffered minor injuries early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash on a Vernon County road North of Nevada. Missouri Highway Patrol trooper Art Torbeck says it happened about 4:00 a.m. on Jayhawker Road, four miles North of Nevada, when an East-bound Chevy Blazer, driven by 22-year-old Noah Colophy, Nevada, ran off the left side of the road and overturned. Taken to Nevada Regional Medical Center were four passengers -- all minors -- two who are 14, one 15 and the other 17.
Rain and cooler temperatures greeted Nevada area residents today on Labor Day morning. 24-hour rainfall totals reported at 8:00 a.m. included 1.5-inches at both Nevada and Butler, 2.5-inches at Humboldt, Kansas, 1.97-inches at Erie, Kansas, about 1.2-inches at El Dorado Springs and Jerico Springs and just over eight-tenths-of-an-inch at Appleton City, Lockwood and Pittsburg. Morning lows in the sixties were common today after Sunday's highs in the nineties. National Weather Service forecasters expect the cold front that moved into Southern Missouri to stall over the region, prompting additional rains tonight and Tuesday. Highs in the upper eighties and lower nineties are forecast later in the week with rain chances going up next weekend as another cold front crosses the region.
The Nevada attorney who's the re-election bid of Vernon County prosecuting attorney Lynn M. Ewing III this Fall has been advised to register as a sex offender. Dustin Dunfield was unopposed for the republican nomination August 5 as Ewing was in the democrats' primary. Newton County judge Timothy W. Perigo Friday conducted a bench trial at Stockton on a civil petition filed by Dunfield against Ewing July 23. The judge's docket entry, available on-line, says Ewing was represented by special prosecutor Duane Cooper and Dunfield appeared pro se. His petition sought an exemption from the sexual offender section of Missouri law and judge Perigo denied the petition, noting that Dunfield is not on the registry because he has never registered. He did advise Dunfield to register within three business days with the chief law enforcement officer of Vernon County as the result of a plea agreement hearing December 18, 1996 in a Vernon County case. The Newton County judge also has been assigned by the Missouri Supreme Court to hear the petition filed by Ewing against Dunfield August 12, seeking to have Dunfield's name removed from the November general election ballot. A date for that hearing in Vernon County circuit court has been been set.
The Nevada Police Department is working with other individuals and organizations to sponsor a second Respect Day. Respect Day committee co-chair Amanda Fisher says the program is scheduled a week from this Wednesday and she says September 10 chosen because that is National Suicide Prevention Day. Various presentations are planned between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. September 10 and the agenda includes a panel discussion. Nevada police officer Patrick Deao is a member of the department's crisis intervention team and he says the program should provide useful information for everyone. The Respect Day program is free and reservations are not necessary.
A regular meeting of the Nevada city council is scheduled at seven o'clock Tuesday evening in the council chambers of the Public Safety building, 120 S. Ash. Mayor Seth Barrett is to issue a proclamation on behalf of the Elizabeth Carey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the council is to consider a $42,000.00 proposal from Blue Springs Winwater for the purchase of 129 water meters and fifteen stainless steel spools. Second, and final, readings are planned on ordinances accepting a drainage easement at 620 S. Olive Street, renewing a property tax billing and collection agreement with Vernon County and accepting a grinder pump easement from the new owner of the Tobacco Shack, 2505 E. Austin Boulevard. New business on the council's agenda includes the first reading of an ordinance amending the development agreement with Rodney Beard, allowing him to proceed immediately with the construction of the first home on Lot #1 in Atlantic Estates since the construction of the road cannot begin until next Spring. Tuesday night's council session start at seven o'clock.
On My Own, based at 428 E. Highland in Nevada, helps people with special needs remain in their own homes in Vernon, Cedar, Bates, St. Clair and Hickory Counties. On My Own's second annual Ride, Run and Roll event is scheduled at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 11, at the On My Own building with the proceeds to be used to buy air conditioners to be loaned to On My Own consumers next Summer. Area residents who would like to Ride, Run or Roll either the short course of about a mile or the longer course of three-and-a-half miles will receive "glow" shirts. The fees for non-consumers of $15.00 are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for youngsters up to the age of 12. and all of the proceeds will be dedicated to the air conditioner drive. Next Friday is the deadline for those entries. On My Own consumers can Run, Ride or Roll at no charge. Preceding the Ride, Run or Roll event is a Family Fun Night event for members of On My Own's Parent Support group that meets the second Thursday evening of each month. The parent support group helps parents of children with disabilities and the Family Fun Night begins at 5:30 p.m. with activities and treats for the youngsters who are welcome to ride a bicycle, run or walk or use a wheelchair in the Ride, Run and Roll evening at seven. The Ride, Run or Roll event is open to those of all ages and fitness levels and it's not a race but a chance for area residents be active. More information is available at On My Own's office and the telephone number is 417-667-7007.
Vernon County's annual 4H Chicken Barbecue is scheduled Saturday, October 4, at the Home Economics building at the Centennial Park Fairgrounds. 4H club members will begin selling advance tickets soon before turning in their ticket sales by September 12. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door -- at a slightly higher price -- October 4. This will be Vernon County's 51st 4H Chicken Barbecue and more information is available at the Missouri University Extension office at the Courthouse, 417-448-2560.
Vernon County Cancer Relief volunteers are planning this year's Chateaubriand dinner fund-raiser. Because of schedule conflicts, this year's event was moved from Ausust to November 8 and VCCR board members are soliciting sponsorships for the evening. Tickets for the dinner will be available in the near future. More information is available from VCCR board president Mike Turnbull or other members of the VCCR board.
Nevada's Community Council on the Performing Arts has launched a fund-raising campaign for its new season. CCPA president Julie Tietz says the group/s volunteers are looking to line up sponsors for this season's productions with advertising space also available in the program/book for each production of 2014-2015. This season's four productions start with Moonlight and Valentino, directed by Lynda Jones, October 3-5 and 10-12; Dashing Through The Snow, directed by Jane Ann Hancock December 5-7 and 12-14; Always A Bridesmaid, directed by Linda Davidson, April 3-5 and 10-12 and High School Musical Jr., directed by Joanna Beck, July 23, 24, 25 and 26, 2015. More information about the CCPA is available on CCPA's Facebook page,