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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nevada firemen spent time this afternoon battling flames at a home just West of the city on U.S. 54. The firefighters found smoke coming from the roof of the two-story home and fire in the attic when they answered the 1:30 p.m. alarm. The fire was reported during a telephone call to Western Missouri Dispatch from 54 Feed and Seed and company owner Staci Andersen alerted the occupant of the home -- who had been asleep -- to the danger. Firemen remained at the scene for more than 90-minutes and more information should be available from the Nevada Fire Department later.


The Nevada Police Department is asking for help from the public as officers investigate a reported hit-and-run Monday near the intersection of Allison and Spring Streets. Sgt. Steve Bastow says it happened after noon Monday when two juveniles were walking in the street and were passed by a white GMC truck with a red bug shield that stopped and backed up, hiting a 14-year-old, causing minor injuries before the driver left the scene. Sgt. Bastow says anyone who witnessed the hit-and-run or who has information about the truck and its driver is encouraged to call the city Police Department, 417-448-5100, or through Western Missouri 911, 417-448-2710.

Nevada police officers also investigated a motor vehicle mishap with minor injuries Monday on the parking lot at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter. Sgt. Bastow said today it happened shortly after 4:00 p.m. when a car, driven by Ashley Goolsby, Nevada, turned too soon, hitting a pole. The investigating officer's report says a passenger, Sylvia Grant, Nevada, reported minor injuries.

A study designed to encourage and enhance the compatibility between the mission of the Missouri National Guard at Camp Clark, Nevada, and the land surrounding the camp is beginning with a public meeting today in Nevada. The study's to be done by land-use experts hired by the Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission, based at Clinton, addressing the economic impacts of Camp Clark on the region and preserving both the mission and capabilities of the Missouri National Guard at the training center over the planning horizon, starting with a 5:30 p.m. public meeting today at the Franklin P. Norman City/County Community Center, Nevada The session was designed to begin gathering input from area residents, the owners of area businesses and others about local issues, opportunities and priorities. More information's available from Sydney Allen at the Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission office, 660-885-3393.

A Bronaugh man was hurt Monday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on highway 43 just North of Bronaugh. 40-year-old Lewis G. Carter was taken to Nevada Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Missouri Highway Patrol trooper B.P. O'Sullivan says the wreck happened about 3:40 p.m. when the South-bound Chevy Silverado -- driven by Carter -- ran off the right side of 43, hit a highway signpost and a a concrete culvert and continued through a fence before coming to rest in a field.

Vernon County road and bridge employees are replacing a rural bridge in the Southwestern corner of the county. The county commissioners say Zebulon road -- between roads 375 and 388 -- in Harrison Township was closed at 10:00 a.m. Monday and will remain closed until further notice. More information is available from the county commissioners -- who normally are in session Tuesdays and Wednesdays in suite six at the Courthouse, 417-448-2505.

Missouri Transportation Department employees are scheduled for pavement repairs and bridge work Wednesday in Barton, Bates and Cedar Counties. One-lane traffic is planned on highway 160 in Lamar for pavement repairs. One-lane traffic also is planned on highway 125 over Stockton Lake -- East of Umber View Heights -- in Cedar County for bridge work. Bridge work also is planned -- with one-lane closed -- at an I-49 railroad overpass North of Butler in Bates County. One-lane traffic also is planned on Bates County route N at Double Branch, East of Rich Hill, for bridge work.

The new Pro Shop at Nevada's Frank E. Peters Golf Course opened a week ago. City park and recreation director Dana Redburn says some "finish" work remains to be done, food should be available after a visit by the health inspector today and the old Pro Shop is to be removed this week. Redburn says a formal opening and ribbon-cutting is planned just before the Nevada Regional Medical Center Foundation's annual golf tournament Friday, May 9. Miller Construction, El Dorado Springs, built the new facility based on a design prepared by the Archetype company, Leawood, Kansas. Redburn was the guest on today's public affairs program, Update, just after the 1:00 p.m. ABC News, with more information about the new Pro Shop and other park and recreation department programs. Update aired Double K Country and is available, on-demand, on-line, at

Nevada Regional Technical Center marketing students are to be showcased during a Dollars For DECA radiothon Wednesday on Double K Country. The radiothon is part of an effort to raise funds to send eleven students to the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga. May 2-7. The NRTC/DECA delegates include Jessica Jacobs and Dalayna McCullough with a financial literacy promotion project; Ezra Solidum in the Principles of Hospitality; Shadol Blanchard, Gwendolyn Broughton and Charles Tesch in Creative Marketing; Carly Greer and Jennifer Mosbrucker with a Community Service project; and Johnathon Ireland, Bree Reppert and Matthew Sommer in hospitality and tourism operations research. NRTC marketing instructor and DECA advisor Martha Cubbage says Wednesday's radiothon will give the students a chance to see, first-hand, what they have been learning in the classroom and get a behind-the-scenes look at a radio station's operations and the role radio plays in the marketplace as well as a chance to network with others. The money raised through pledges called in by Double K Country listeners during the radiothon will help cover the students' expenses when they attend the upcoming international conference.

Cavener's Library & Office Supplies, Nevada, joins 2,300 bookstores and libraries across America this week in celebrating Word Book Night 2014. Co-owner/operator Dana Cavener says 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak, Alaska to Key West, Florida are to give away 500,000 books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America Wednesday, April 23, celebrating the 450th anniversary of  the birth of William Shakespeare in England. Cavener adds a reception is planned between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. Wednesday for the Nevada "givers" and area residents are encouraged to drop in at 108 N. Cedar -- the East side of the Nevada Square -- for a free World Book Night book as well as the other specials available Wednesday evening.

Antler Ridge Sporting Goods, Lamar, sponsors the annual fishing tournament next weekend with the proceeds going to help finance research into Cystic Fibrosis. The registration fee is $10.00 per person and the deadline is 9:00 a.m. Saturday either in person or by telephone, 417-682-6000 with a credit card. The competitors can fish anywhere they like and all fish must be weighed in by 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27. The prize for first place is $200.00, the prize for second is a guided trip to Stockton Lake and the prize for third place is a rod and reel combo set and lures with the prizes to be awarded by NHS student Gabby Gire. The fishing tournament was started Jim and Babe Rogers -- friends of Gabby's parents -- when they owned the business and continued by Gary and Joleen Barnes after they bought and renamed it. Cystic Fibrosis research also is to benefit from the annual three-mile CF walk starting and ending at the First Baptist Church in Lamar May 3. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. with the walking to begin an hour later. This year's goal is $22,000.00

Gatsby Gala: A Roading Good Time is the theme for this Springs junior-senior Prom at Nevada High School Saturday. It's to be held between 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. April 26 in the multi-purpose building at the high school. Junior class decorating committee members will be busy with decorations Thursday and Friday and an open house is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday. The traditional Promenade will line up on the parking lot at the Nevada Middle School with the Prom vehicles entering the Northwest drive at Truman Elementary School and circling the parking lot before the couples disembark at the East sidewalk between Truman and the tennis courts, starting at 5:30 p.m. A Photography by Wynn picture session is scheduled at 6:30 followed by the Prom, featuring Overland Park, Kansas dee-jay Rich Linden. The Prom royalty coronation is scheduled at 8:30 p.m. followed by the announcement of the Senior Superlatives by junior class officers Carly Greer, Mikayla Bartlett, Jennifer Mosbrucker Morgan McNeley.

Nevada police officers are preparing for the April "Take Back Drug Day". The department works with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to give area residents a chance to dispose un-used or expired medications safely. Officer Patrick Deao says it's scheduled between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the police department, 120 S. Ash and no questions will be asked. The officer also says response to previous Take Back Drug Days in Nevada has been good and more information is available by calling him at the police department, 417-448-5100.



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