Reading Carnival planned at library

Kids and teens ages 8-18 are invited to attend Ozark Regional Library’s Summer Reading Carnival event to be held on July 22, 2017 from 10 a.m.-noon.  

Circus Kaput is bringing a Caricaturist, Balloon Artist, and Face Painter to the event.  In addition, there will be games, crafts, and carnival snacks.

For more information about this event or the Summer Reading Program, please contact Kelsey Fitzgerald, Youth Librarian, at 573-546-2615 or email her at

This event is a part of Ozark Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program and is funded by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. 


William Woods graduates 840 students

Fulton - William Woods University celebrated its 147th commencement on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The university conferred 840 degrees, including 243 undergraduate and 597 graduate students. 

They earned degrees including: associate of applied arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of social work, master of business administration, master of education, education specialist in administration, and doctorate in educational leadership.

Award-winning country music star and New York Times best-selling author, Jimmy Wayne, spoke at the undergraduate ceremony in the morning, while Dr. Sherri Thomas, a William Woods alumna and principal of the Lewis and Clark Middle School in Jefferson City, spoke to the graduate students in the afternoon.

Local students who graduated include:

William Hartwig, of Ironton, received a Master of Education in Education Administration


Local students named to Dean’s List at Mineral Area College

Park Hills – The Mineral Area College Dean’s List has been announced for the Spring 2017 semester. 

Students at the Park Hills-based community college who are so honored must earn no grade below a “C” or any incomplete grades, be enrolled in at least 12 hours of two-year degree credit, and have a current grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

The following students maintained a 4.0 grade point average for the semester:



Firebaugh, Krista N;

Jackson, Garrett V;



Noel, Jasmine R;

Reichert, Madison M;



Haworth, Ethan R;



Sargent, Randi D;



Boes, Neil;

Colwell, John W;

Cuneio, Jordan B;

Melancon, Dana A;

Reed, Taylor M;




Local students among those named to CMU Dean’s List

Fayette - Out of Central Methodist University’s nearly 5,000 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and College of Graduate and Extended Studies (CGES) students, 964 were named to the spring semester Dean’s List.

These students study at CMU’s main campus in Fayette, at a CMU center, or through CMU’s online program.

This outstanding academic achievement is awarded only to students who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.50 or above for the semester, among other criteria, according to CMU Provost and Dean of the University Dr. Rita Gulstad.

The following CMU students from local areas were named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List:

Alexandria Watts from Ellington, a business major who is an online student

Willie Carter from Ironton, a computer science major who is an online student

Terence Anderson II from Middlebrook, a criminal justice major who is an online student


Strange graduates from UMKC School of Dentistry

Aaron Strange, a 2010 graduate of Arcadia Valley High School, graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry on Friday, May 12, 2017.  

Strange graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree.  Aaron graduated from UMKC with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2013, and went on to complete his DDS degree.  

During his time at the School of Dentistry, Aaron was one of five students to participate in the Senior Departmental Advanced Studies in Oral Surgery.  

He earned the Outstanding Grand Rounds Presentation Award with Dr. Isaac Dains.  Aaron was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a Dental Honor Society, representing the top 12 percent of the graduating dental class.  

Aaron earned the Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Community Health Scholarship Award in 2016.  He was also awarded UMKC Dental Alumni scholarships, the American College of Dentist Scholarship, and the Missouri Dental Association Scholarship.    


Summer Reading Program aims to ‘Build a Better World’

Readers of all ages will explore engineering, gardening, community service, and much more this summer as Ozark Regional Library presents “Build a Better World” during the summer library program. 

Activities may include building, gardening, volunteering, art projects, science and engineering experiments, and more.

The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, story times, a reading club, and more. Registration for “Build a Better World” begins on June 5, 2017.  

For more information, call the library at 573-546-2615 or visit the website,

All programs are free of charge.


Sage-Bristow to wed

Joshua Bristow and Christine Sage

Norman and Lisa Sage of Flowery Branch, GA announce the engagement of their daughter, Christine Elizabeth Sage to Mr. Joshua David Bristow, son of Bob and Anne Bristow of Walnut Grove.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Anna Townsend and the late Bert Townsend of Arcadia, the late Nancy and Jesse Middleton of Farmington, and the late Ira and Mary Jo Sage of Peoria, IL. 

She is the great-granddaughter of Adele Townsend of Cape Girardeau. 

Miss Sage is a 2008 graduate of West Hall High School, in Oakwood, GA and a 2012 graduate from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. 

She is a member of the AACN, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and is employed as a registered nurse in the cardiac care unit at Emory University Hospital in Decatur, GA 

The groom-elect is the grandson of the late Dr. Robert and Elizabeth Bristow of St. Joseph, and the late Professor Bill and Jean Stone of Springfield.


Books available this week at Ozark Regional Library

If you don’t see it at your local branch, ask your librarian to order it for you (or you can go to the online catalogue and place a hold on the item yourself).



•Cabot, Amanda. A Stolen Heart (Cimarron Creek)

•Clinton-Baddeley, V.C. Death’s Bright Dart

•Connolly, Sheila. Cruel Winter: A County Cork Mystery 

•Deaver, Jeffery. The Burial Hour: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

•Harris, C.S. Where the Dead Lie

•Hatcher, Robin Lee. You’ll Think of Me

•Heley, Veronica. False Fire

•Jance, J. A. Man Overboard

•Johansen, Iris. No Easy Target

•Malliet, G.M. Devil’s Breath: A Max Tudor Mystery

•McCall Smith, Alexander. My Italian Bulldozer

•Miller, Carolyn. The Elusive Miss Ellison

•Paretsky, Sara. Fallout


Rice selected for Agribusiness Academy

AV Career Tech FFA member Chelsie Rice receives a Missouri Agribusiness Academy certificate during the 89th Missouri FFA Convention, April 20-21, in Columbia, Missouri. Pictured with Rice is Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn. Rice will attend the academy, which is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, this summer.

AV Career Tech FFA member Chelsie Rice receives a Missouri Agribusiness Academy certificate during the 89th Missouri FFA Convention, April 20-21, in Columbia, Missouri. Pictured with Rice is Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn.

Rice will attend the academy, which is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, this summer.

The Missouri FFA has 26,057 members representing 342 chapters. The national organization has more than 649,000 members representing 7,589 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


Local essay contest winners represent BREC in Washington

BREC Director Bill Hovis presented awards to the Youth Tour Finalists. (left to right, front row) Rebecca Campbell, Lesterville R-IV; Danielle Trokey, Lesterville R-IV; Elizabeth Ratliff, Lesterville R-IV and Brook Horrell, Leopold. (left to right, back row) Bailey Stamp, Fredericktown R-I; Carson Stephens, Fredericktown R-I; Brice Jansen, Leopold R-III; Shelby Schreckenberg, Leopold R-III and Brianne Cooper, Arcadia Valley R-II. 

BREC’s Annual Youth Tour Essay Contest challenged high school juniors to learn more about their electric cooperative while competing for the “trip of a lifetime.” 

Students were asked to write an essay focusing on the importance of the Seven Cooperative Principles. 

Nine finalists were selected from entries across the BREC system. Those finalists presented their essays to family, friends and a panel of judges April 20 at BREC’s headquarters in Fredericktown. 

Students were competing to win one of three, all-expenses paid trips to the Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. 

BREC’s winners will join approximately 100 other winners selected by Missouri electric cooperatives and 1,600 delegates from across the nation for an unforgettable week of learning and fun.  


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