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The Bronaugh R-7 School District is receiving a $10,000 grant from the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.  The grant will fund new scientific laboratory equipment for science classrooms within the Bronaugh district as part of its Science Inquiry and Discovery Project.  Bronaugh superintendent, Lyle Best, says the purpose of the project is to provide hands-on experiments that will lead to the successful application of the Next Generation Science Standards, Core Academic Standards, as well as high performance on Missouri State Assessments.  Best says they're using the grant to purchase equipment they need to reach those goals.  Local farmers nominated the district for a chance to apply for the grant and the Bronaugh R-7 School District was given the opportunity to apply.  Best says it's a good feeling to know the local community is supporting the district.  The Bronaugh district celebrated receiving the grant Tuesday night in the Bronaugh gymnasium with the nominating farmers, school representatives and local Monsanto representative, Jon White.

The driver of a vehicle that was involved in a one vehicle fatality accident late Saturday afternoon has been charged by the Missouri Highway Patrol with numerous charges including manslaughter. According to information released by the Highway Patrol, 33 year old Gary Drake of Nevada, along with manslaughter, has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated and as a chronic offender, felony leaving the scene of an accident, felony driving while revoked and careless and imprudent driving. Drake was the driver of a car that left the left side of the roadway on "E" Highway about five miles east of Milo at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The car hit a driveway and went airborne striking a utility pole and a tree. 26 year old, Whitney York of Nevada, was a passenger in the vehicle and was ejected during the collision and pronounced dead at the scene. Drake’s injuries were described as serious and he was transported to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.

In a related story, The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office issued a release Monday afternoon saying they took a male subject into custody Saturday following a lengthy foot pursuit. The release issued by Sheriff, Jason Mosher, said the subject fled on foot following a motor vehicle accident on "E" Highway and ran into a nearby wooded area. On duty and off-duty deputies were called in along with the K-9 unit to conduct the search and the man was found over a mile from the incident in a field. He was taken to the nearest road where medical personnel were waiting. The release indicated his office conducted the search and capture while the accident was being investigated by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

A Cedar County woman has been arrested on felony drug charges.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol,42 year old Latesia Offield of El Dorado Springs was arrested at 10:45 Monday evening in Bates County and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.  Offield was also picked up on misdemeanor warrants issued out of Harrisonville.  Offield was transported to the Bates County Jail in Butler.

A special ordinance setting the dates for the 2015 City of Nevada municipal elections and the filing dates was approved on first reading Tuesday morning by the Nevada City Coucil.  With three of the five council members on hand, the ordinance was approved on initial reading setting the general election for two of the five council seats on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015.  The date for the primary election would be set for Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015.  If there are no more than two candidates for each of the two council seats, then a primary election will not be required.  The ordinanance sets the filing dates with the Nevada City Clerk as starting on October 14th and ending on November 18th at 5:00 p.m.  The council seats currently held by Seth Barrett and Jayne Novak will be up for election.  The second and final reading of the special ordinance will be done during the Nevada City Council's next regular session on Tuesday, October 7th.




Two local law enforcement officers have recently completed Crises Intervention Team Training and have joined the local CIT Coordinating Council. According to Nevada Police Chief, Graham Burnley, Nevada Police Sergeant, Jeff Baker and Vernon County Sheriff’s Deputy, Greg Prough, recently returned from an extensive week of CIT training at the Lee’s Summit Police Department. They will join other officers who serve along with the CIT Coordinating Council which consists of several community partners working in the mental health career field, consumers and their families. The focus of the group is to serve the needs of the entire area in a more efficient manner, while offering guidance to local law enforcement. The Crises Intervention Team training includes an overview of mental illness, medication management and identification; de-escalation techniques, steps to prevent suicide; family and consumer panels; site visits and cultural diversity. Sergeant Baker and Deputy Prough have been awarded a certificate of completion and received a uniform insignia for their special training.

An internationally respected consultant to caregivers of those with dementia will be coming to Nevada on Thursday afternoon. Mary Sharp will be speaking Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Healthy Nevada Innovation Center at 212 W. Walnut in downtown Nevada. Sharp’s message will be especially helpful to those who have family members and friends with a form of dementia. Sharp’s presentation focuses solely on aspects of communication and making life less stressful. It draws upon her reflection of what she learned during the fifteen years she cared for her mother and the next ten years of working with family and professional caregivers around the world. Through sponsorship from Hospice Compassus, the presentation is being presented free of charge. It is asked that if you plan to attend, please call 417-682-3809 to be sure enough handouts will be on hand.

The Nevada Regional Medical Center and Long Term Care Board of Directors will be gathering Tuesday night for their regular monthly meeting. Both agendas contain a review of the fiscal year 2015 Operating and Capital Budgets. The NRMC Board will also have a couple of items to consider for approval including an upgrade to the AGFA PACS system for the Radiology Department at a cost of just over $241,000. According to Nevada Regional Medical Center C-E-O, Kevin Leeper, this system for processing images for radiology is an upgrade on their current system but at a savings of some $2,000 a month over the five year lease. Administrative and committee reports are also on tonight’s agenda for the 6:00 p.m. meeting in the Mezzanine Conference Room on the second floor of NRMC.

The Nevada High School Future Business Leaders of America organization has announced an upcoming event to help raise funds for cancer research.  The Nevada FBLA will be holding a "Tackle Cancer" event on Friday, October 10th in conjuction with the Nevada Tigers home football game against Warrensburg.  FBLA Vice-President, Mindy Hendren, says they decided to put together the event during a football contest to tie the event to men and prostate cancer.  A number of events will be held to help raise awareness and money with the proceeds being donated to Vernon County Cancer Relief.  FBLA President, Callie Jenkins, says a special shirt has been designed for the event and can be found at Nevada High School.  Another fundraiser for the cause will be held this Friday, October 3rd as the Nevada FBLA chapter will he hosting a "Parents Night Out".  Parents of children in the third through fifth grades are being invited to drop off their children at Truman Elementary School from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a supervised evening of pizza, games and a movie while the parents enjoy the evening out.  The cost is $7.00 per child.  For more information contact Business Technology Intructor and FBLA Advisor, Amber Jenkins, at the Nevada Regional Technical Center at 448-2090.

The Missouri Department of Transportation Southwest District office is letting area travelers know of a road closing in Dade County due to bridge repair. Mo-Dot says Route 245 at the bridge over the Sac River south of Dadeville will be closed Monday and well as Wednesday and Thursday this week. The bridge will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each of those days but will be open at night as well as Tuesday of this week. The bridge will be closed to allow Mo-Dot crews to make repairs to the driving surface. Drivers are urged to find an alternate route during the hours of the closing. Mo-Dot also is alerting drivers to a new construction zone just north of Nevada Monday. One southbound lane on I-49 over the Marmaton River north of Nevada will be closed for bridge work. Drivers are urged to slow down and use caution in the work zone area.

The United Way of Vernon County has set a goal of $112,00 for this year's Annual Campaign that gets underway in October.  The goal was announced during a kickoff breakfast this Wednesday morning at the Vernon County Senior Center with United Way Board Members, businesses and agencies on hand.  They're looking to surpass last year's total of $111,300 raised.  It was also announced that this year's theme is "Make The Winning Play, Give the United Way."  A total of 18 agencies will benefit from this year's United Way in Vernon County.  A big part of the campaign is the Oktoberfest Celebration coming up on Saturday, October 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the grassy lot next to Great Southern Bank in Nevada.  All of the agencies will be set up with games and booths plus there will be plenty of entertainment and the Annual Chili Cookoff.  For more information on any of the events or campaign itself, contact the United Way Office in Nevada at 667-5563.



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