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Missouri 126th District Representative, Randy Pike of Adrian, has reportedly passed away from an unexpected illness early Saturday morning.  According to a report in the Associated Press, campaign treasurer Barney Fisher stated that Pike died at the hospital after swallowing a drink into his lungs.  He had reportedly had experienced health issues after a bout with pneumonia and a vehicle accident earlier this year and had used a wheelchair during the Legislature's veto session earlier this month.  Pike served Vernon and Bates counties and was finishing his first term in the House of Representatives after being elected in 2012.  Prior to his service in the House, Pike was the Bates County Northern District Commissioner for twelve years.  Pike was running for re-election on the Republican ticket after easily winning the August Primary.  He was to face Democrat Sam Foursha and Constitution Party candidate, William Gilmore in the November 4th General Election.  Pike was 60 years of age.

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon in St. Clair County near Osceola.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 66 year old Donald Hardy of Osceola failed to yield at an intersection just south of Osceola on Missouri Highway 13 and pulled into the path of an SUV operated by 52 year old Scott Agena of Waverly, NE.  Injured wa an occupant in the Agena vehicle, 83 year old Evelyn Cave of Waverly, NE who was listed with moderate injuries and taken to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar.  Hardy's injuries were listed as serious and he was transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO.

There will be a contested race in the November 4th General Election for Vernon County Prosecutor.  Brandi McInroy of Nevada has been tabbed to be on the Republican ticket in the race for Vernon County Prosecutor.  According to chairman Jerry Wadel, the Vernon County Republican Committee met in special session and made the selection.  McInroy will be replacing Dustin Dunfield on the ballot.  Dunfield's name was removed from the November ballot when Circuit Judge Tim Perigo ruled on September 4th that he would be disqualified as a candidate due to a 1996 Class "C" felony guilty plea to statutory rape. A petition was filed by current Prosecuting Attorney, Lynn Ewing III, to remove his name from the ballot.  Dunfield has maintained that he was never convicted, pleaded guilty or was found guilty of a felony.  He had a right to appeal the ruling to the Missouri Court of Appeals but opted not to.  The Vernon County Republican Committee had until October 1st to nominate a replacement for the November General Election.  McInroy will be opposing Ewing in the November 4th election.  McInroy currently heads the Juvenile Offic in Vernon County after working seven years in the Vernon County Public Defenders office focusing on criminal law.  She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas Cit Law School.

A Rich Hill businessman has been appointed as the new Bates County Southern District Commissioner.  Larry J. Hacker of Rich Hill was appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to the county position.  The Southern District Commissioner seat became vacant upon teh untimely death of Larry Berry when he was killed in a head on collision near Hume on July 3rd.  Hacker, who is a Democrat, a licensed Real Estate Agent who also owns and operates a Pizza Restaurant, Vehicle Sales Business and Auction Company in Rich Hill.  He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2010 after 23 years of service including postmaster.  Hacker is president of the Rich Hill Community Corporation and past president of the Rich Hill Chamber of Commerce.  In making the appointment, Governor Nixon cited Hacker's strong roots in Bates County as well as his involvement in business, civic organizations and the postal service.  Nixon also thanked the family of Larry Berry for his service to Bates County before his passing.


The Nevada Middle School announced their 7th and 8th Grade Science Expo wil run this year from this coming Tuesday, September 23rd through Monday, September 29th.  Students can choose to enter projects in either the Traditional Science Fair which includes testing a hypothesis and are judged or the science exhibit category which will display a demonstration or subject matter related to science and will not be judged.  Science Fair Judging will take place on Wednesday, September 24th and Thursday, September 25th, and viewing for all parents will be the evening of Thursday, September 25th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Awards will be handed out during an awards assembly on Monday, September 29th.  The Science Fair is sponsored by the Nevada Rotary Club and the Nevada Middle School Science Teachers Angie Landoll, Amanada Pollock and Rachel Fast are involved with the project.  We'll be hearing from Landoll and Pollock on Monday's "Update" Program just after the 1:00 p.m. ABC News on KNEM/KNMO and

The Vernon County Office of Emergency Management and Nevada Regional Medical Center will be hosting the annual emergency preparedness exercise.  This exercise is intended to test our emergency operations plan and to give the different entities the opportunity to work together to enhance their skills and knowledge.  The functional exercise, occuring on Tuesday, September 23rd, will simulate a rollover school bus incident with entrapment of students.  The even will take place around 1:00 p.m. and should be over in less than three hours.  There will be several emergency response vehicles participating. The exercise is designed to validate the following functions: communications, medical surge, operation coordination and on scene security and protection.  The exercise will take place in the Northeast part of Vernon County and as a precaution, they ask the public not to follow emergency vehicles to the scene.  For more information, contact the Vernon County Office of Emergency Management at 667-8236.

Registrations are being taken for the next Nevada Regional Medical Center P-S-A Screening.  The NRMC Foundation sponsors the free screening on Thursday, September 25th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Hospital's Mezzanine Conference Room.  Studies show that one in six men will get prostate cancer and this simple blood test idicates teh risk of prostate cancer.  If caught early enough, nearly 100 percent of those detected will survive.  To register for the free P-S-A screening on Thursday, September 25th, just call the Nevada Regional Medical Center Community Education Office at 417 448-3622.

Details have been announced for the 9th Annual Nevada Regional Medical Center Foundation Gala.  This years theme is "Ash Street Haunted Hospital: Mystery Masquerade" and will be held Saturday, October 18th at the Nevada Elks Lodge.  Last year's event drew around 200 attendees and raised $12,000 used towards the purchase of two anesthesia machines in partnership with the NRMC Auxiliary.  This year's goal has been set at $15,000.  The event will include a Social Hour at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. followed entertainment from Murder Mystery, Inc. sponsored by Wilkinson Pharmacy.  There will also be a variety of auctions and other activities.  For ticket or sponsorship opportunities contact the NRMC Foundation office at (417) 448-3609.





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