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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nevada city council approved, on final reading, an ordinance approving the final plat and development agreement for Atlantic Estates as proposed by Rodney Beard during a brief special meeting this morning. Mayor Seth Barrett and city councilmen Brian Leonard, Blake Hertzberg and Lance Christie all voted "yes". The city council had approved the ordinance, on first reading, during its regular meeting last week and city manager J.D. Kehrman asked for the special session so Beard would not have to wait until the city council's next regular meeting, August 5.


Absentee balloting continues for Missouri primary elections scheduled August 5. Vernon County clerk Tammi Beach says applications for absentee ballots are available either in-person in her office or on-line at July 30 is the last day the clerk's staff can mail an absentee ballot to a voter and it must be voted and returned to her office by election day, August 5. In-person absentee balloting ends at 5:00 p.m. August 4 at her office. The county clerk reminds voters planning to vote for candidates August 5 that they need to choose their ballot, republican, democrat, libertarian or constitution party. Beach also says a link to the fair ballot language for the proposed amendments to the state constitution is available at

Each republican and democrat candidate in Vernon County's primary elections two weeks from today was invited to speak during a candidate forum Thursday evening on the Nevada Square. The forum's scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. on the South lawn of the Vernon County Courthouse and area residents are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and listen. There are four candidates looking to succeed veteran circuit clerk Vickie Erwin, who is not seeking re-election this year and three candidates looking to succeed county clerk Tammi Beach -- who also is not seeking re-electon this year. There also are two candidates for county prosecutor -- incumbent Lynn M. Ewing III, who is unopposed for the democrats nomination in two weeks and challenger Dustin Dunfield, who is unopposed for the republicans nomination August 5.

Vernon County treasurer/collector Phil Couch and his staff are preparing for the 2014 tax sale of real estate parcels with three years' delinquent taxes. Missouri law requires those sales to be held the fourth Monday of each August and, in Vernon County, it's scheduled at 10:00 a.m. August 25 at the Courthouse in Nevada. The veteran county treasurer-collector says there are more than 90 parcels on the last and several are due third readings this year -- including the former First Baptist Church at N. Main and Hunter Streets in Nevada. The list is to be published Friday by the Nevada Daily Mail with additional publications scheduled August 1 and August 8.

Vernon County officials say a rural road in the Northern part of the county is open to traffic after completion of work by the county road and bridge crew at a bridge site. 1900 road in sections 31/36 of Blue Mound Township -- North of Halley Road -- is open again for through traffic. County clerk Tammi Beach relayed the word from county commissioners Bonnie McCord, Neal Gerster and Everett Wolfe this morning.

Nevada Regional Medical Center officials have announced the appointment of Kevin Leeper as the new chief-executive-officer. He's coming to the Nevada City Hospital from Llano, Texas -- where he directed hospital and clinic operations at a facility similar in size to Nevada Regional Medical Center. He and his wife, Marla, have ties to Kansas City and Columbia, Mo. and he starts his duties at 800 S. Ash next Monday.

Former St. Clair Counthy sheriff Ronald Snodgrass has been indicted by a federal grand jury on allegations of stealing recovered property and the sale of a stolen firearm. The 46-year-old Snodgrass served three terms as the sheriff before losing a re-election bid two years ago. The U.S. Attorney for Western Missouri says Snodgrass is accused of two counts of theft concerning programs that receive federal funds and with the sale of a Remington 22-caliber rifle he knew to be stolen between August 7 and December 31, 2012.

An El Dorado Springs man has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison without parole for the sexual exploitation of a minor. Western Missouri U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson says 24-year-old Bryan Lee Courtney pleaded guilty February 7, 2014 to using a minor to produce child pornography, admitting that he used his cellular telephone to record himself having sex with a 15-year-old. Courtney was sentenced Tuesday and also ordered to pay nearly $1,500.00 in restitution to the victim for counseling.

Neosho-based Crowder College has received national recognition as a Great College Work-place. The Chronicle of Higher Education included Crowder as one of 21 community colleges across the country on its list of Great Colleges to Work For this year. The recognition was based on a detailed survey of college faculty, staff members and administrators that ranked Crowder very high in five areas: collaborative governance, compensation and benefits, teaching environment, confidence in senior leadership and job satisfaction. It's the second such honor for Crowder following similar rankings three years ago. New Crowder president Dr. Jennifer Methvin says the staff is honored to have been recognized for its positive workplace culture -- emphasizing a dedication to service and learning that defines Crowder. 
The staff of the Nevada-based Independent Living Center, On My Own, is observing the anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act this Friday with a Chamber of Commerce coffee and a Community Picnic. Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce members and their associates are encouraged to "drop in" at 428 E. Highland between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. Friday for the Chamber coffee. The free Community Picnic follows between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. also at 428 E. Highland.
Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce members are invited to a Business After Hours get-together next week. State Farm agent Wes Knell will host the event between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. at his office, 1315 W. Austin Boulevard in Nevada. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments are to be provided and along with a brief guest appearance by local musician Doug Harper for the release of the Nevada Song 2014. Knell adds area residents attending the Business After Hours event are encouraged to go to the Nevada Square for a Music On The Square performance featuring Awakened Silence between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 31.



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