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A Butler resident escaped serious injury after a one vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in Bates County.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, 31 year old Robyn Skinner of Butler, was traveling eastbound on Bates County Road Northeast 5004, seven-tenths of a mile east of County Road Northeast 1003.  Skinner was reportedly traveling in the center of the roadway over the crest of a hill and swerved to miss an oncoming vehicle.  Skinner traveled off the right side of the road, overcorrected, and went off the left side of the road.  The vehicle overturned and came to rest partially in the roadway.  Skinner was reported to have minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene.

In an effort to reduce overhead and to make the best use of donor dollars, the American Red Cross has announced it will be consolidating operations in the Greater Ozarks Chapter and that has had an effect on the local Nevada Red Cross office.  The Red Cross says their goal is to increase their services but without the addition of more paid staff.  They plan to add more volunteer leaders and involve them in more ways.  The Red Cross has announced that as a part of the consolidation, the Nevada office will be transitioning to no paid staff and rely solely on volunteers.  The Red Cross says they are developing plans to continue services in Vernon County through the volunteer base system.  The Nevada Red Cross office has one paid staff member, Peggy Tedlock, who has served in her capacity for over 30 years.  As a result of the transition, Tedlock’s last day in the local office will be Friday, October 31st.  The Nevada office, inside the Great Southern Bank building, will remain in place as a hub for volunteer response.  The American Red Cross says local volunteers, with support of resources from the Joplin and Springfield chapter offices, will continue to be there for disaster response as well as blood drives, health and safety courses and emergency communications for the military.

The Butler Police Department is asking for the public's help, regarding a hit and run. According to a report, the incident occurred on Sunday, October 19th at approxamately 10:00 A.M. at 802 West Ft. Scott Street in Butler, MO. An early 1990's model White Ford F-150 extended cab pickup went through the residents yard, hit a state road sign, knocking the sign and pole down, and doing damage to the yard. The vehicle headed west on Ft. Scott Street after the incident. The driver was described as a white male, early to middle 20's, and wearing a gray t-shirt and blue jeans. Damange to the vehicle will be on the front driver's side. Witnesses report the suspect may live in the rural Adrian area. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 660-200-2000 or the Butler Police Department at 660-679-6131.

The Missouri Department of Corrections announced earlier in the week that they will donate 155 healthy trees to help with the Joplin recovery effort. The city lost more than 15,000 trees in the EF-5 tornado that swept through the city in May 2011. In an effort to help with the recovery, volunteer offenders near St. Joseph, MO began tending a variety of trees in 2011 that were donated by the George White Nursery in Licking, MO. Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections George Lombardi said, “After the devastation of the May 2011 tornado, the governor called on all state agencies and Missourians to help in the effort of rebuilding Joplin.” A donation ceremony is scheduled for 10 A.M. Thursday at Cunningham Park in Joplin, MO. Corrections officials, as well as Joplin City officials, will be in attendance of the event and encourage the public to attend.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be doing road work in the area today that will impact traffic. According to the MoDOT officials, Route “A” between NE 80 Road and the Barton/Vernon county line, North of Lamar, will be closed to allow crews to replace drain pipes underneath the road. Drivers will have to find alternate routes around the closings. Drivers will be able to get to driveways and other entrances on either side of the closings. However, they will NOT be able to travel through the work zones. The closure will be from 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Thursday and Friday. Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists to use caution, be alert for flashing arrows on trucks, and slow down.

The Osage Prairie YMCA is completing preperations for their annual Ghost Gallup and Boo Bash. The 5K run is scheduled for Friday evening, starting at 5:30 P.M. at the YMCA Facilities, 500 W. Highland in Nevada. Osage Prairie YMCA Director Jeff Snyder, says the proceeds from the event go to the YMCA annual campaign for scholarships. Snyder also says the race has different ways to win. Pre-registration cost is $20. Race day registration will be available for $25. Check-in begins at 5:00 P.M. with the race at 5:30 P.M. Friday. Once the Ghost Gallup is finished, the Boo Bash will commence. Activities include hot dogs, cake walk, bounce house, carmel apples, and pumpkin decorating. For more information, you can contact the Osage Prairie YMCA at 667-9622.

A few Nevada residents were without power yesterday, due to a downed utility poll. According to KCP&L officials, a utility pole near the National Guard Armory, in the 1400 area of W. Cherry in Nevada, was damaged after a vehicle collided with the pole. KCP&L crews were dispatched to replace the pole and restore power to the area. Officials said the crews went out around 9 A.M. yesterday morning. KCP&L reminds area residents they can view the power outage map by visiting

The Nevada FFA Chapter spent part of this week in Springfield, MO for a class assignment. The Chapter members attended the Ozarks Fall Farmfest, an annual exhibition of livestock, equipment, and products held in Springfield. Members spent the day touring the various booths, visiting with the exhibitors, and getting more information about agricultural careers. Those attending also had the opportunity to talk with some of the leading agriculture producers, learn about the agricultural industry, and see new products. Each year, members of the Nevada FFA Chapter attend the Ozark Fall Farmfest.

A Nevada, MO man is currently being held in the Vernon County Jail on an Unlawful Use of a Weapon charge.  According to the Nevada Police Department, Bret Sadler is being held on a Class D Felony of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  In information released by the department, on October 20th, they ere called to a residence in Nevada to a report of a man brandishing a rifle at a neighbor.  Police were informed that the altercation began with a dispute involving neighborhood dogs.  The release says that Sadler returned to his home, exited the house with a large caliber rifle, and reported pointed the firearm at his neighbors.  Sadler had returned to his home, prior to police arrival, where he was contacted by phone and shortly thereafter surrendered to police without further incident.  Sadler is being held at the Vernon County Jail on a $5,000 cash only bond.

The Nevada City Council meet in regular scheduled session Tuesday night in the City Council Chambers. The Council approved the adoption of a resolution to allow the city to issue up to $50,070,000 in Chapter 100 industrial development revenue bonds to finance upgrades at the 3M plant in Nevada. The bonds are paid off through payments, revenues, and receipts derived from the lease of the project by the city to 3M. Neither the City of Nevada or the State will be liable for paying off the bonds. In other business, the council approved the first and second readings of an emergency ordinance approving a settlement agreement with CenturyLink, for the payment of back taxes, the first reading of a special ordinance approving the prepayment of the final payment on the certificates of participation that financed the improvements to the community center to save $8,625 in interest, and the second reading of an ordinance authorizing the city to apply for a Public Transportation Operating Assistance Grant to help partially fund the City's public transportation program. You can also hear more information about Tuesday night's Nevada City Council meeting as Nevada City Manager, JD Kehrman, will be the guest on the City Beat program, airing just after the 1:00 P.M. ABC News.

The Missouri State Archives, a division of Secretary of State Jason Kander's office, will be honored by the National Association of Secretaries of States as the recipient of the national Medallion Award for preservation work. The Medallion Award recognizes outstanding service and dedication to furthering the mission of NASS within the states, which includes the preservation of state heritage and historical records. Kander says the award is a well-deserved honor that recognizes their dedication to historic records preservation fror the state. The Missouri State Archives is the offical repository for state records of permanent and historical value. Kander will accept the award at NASS's 2015 Winter Conference.

Absentee ballots for the November 4th Primary Election are available at the County Clerk's office in the Vernon County Courthouse, 100 W. Cherry Street in Nevada. Qualified registered voters may request an application for an absentee mail out ballot by calling Vernon County Clerk, Tammy Beach, at 448-2500. The last date to request an application for an absentee ballot by mail is Wednesday, October 29th. The clerk's office will be open 10 A.M. until 2 P.M. on Saturday, November 1st, for absentee balloting. The last day to vote absentee is Monday, November 3rd until 5:00 P.M.

Missouri hunters and anglers now have the option to purchase permits with the Missouri Department of Conservation App. Hunters and anglers can use the app to purchase and view annual hunting, fishing, and trapping permits and associated details, as well as permits purchased during the previous years. Hunters can also telecheck their harvest directly from their deer or turkey permit with the application, and view all previously checked deer and turkey. The free moblie application is available on Google Play and iTunes. The Wildlife Code of Missouri still requires hunters, anglers, and trappers to carry a signed copy of the prescribed permit with them wile actively engaging in hunting, fishing, or trapping. It is still necessary to immediately notch the month and date of harvest on your permit.



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