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**EDITORIAL** Waynesville isn’t Ferguson; we must not act that way WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 26, 2015) — Following a weekend of social media uproar, it’s likely most people who pay attention to Waynesville sports, and also many who live in Camdenton, know at least something about what happened Friday at the Waynesville-Camdenton football game. Many facts are in dispute. What’s not in dispute is that a young woman who is a member of the Waynesville High School band, and whose mother happens to be from an ethnic minority group, wrote a letter to the Camdenton High School principal objecting to the conduct of a number of Camdenton fans. The key sentence is this: “Many students (and adults) representing your school chose this time to scream rude comments, obscenities, and racial slurs.” A question needs to be asked to those who criticize Rachel Slabaugh: Whatever did or did not happen on Friday, comments on social media have made clear this kind of conduct has been happening for years. Her letter got something done. Has anything else worked that anyone else has tried? These problems are not new, and sometimes strong action is needed. What Ferguson showed America is that regardless of what did or did not happen with a specific incident, too many members of minority groups have silently put up with racial bigotry and abuse, not just for years but for decades, and get very angry when a new incident blows up — not so much because of the new incident but because of a long history of prior problems which they perceived didn’t get properly addressed. Thanks to social media, incidents which years ago would have been known only to dozens or hundreds of people are now known to thousands or tens of thousands, and once they go public, the new reports can and sometimes do unleash massive amounts of pent-up resentment over racial bigotry. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Sheriff Ron Long
Sheriff warns of libel litigation following online drunk driving claims PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 26, 2016) — Responding to online attacks which surfaced Saturday saying local media were failing to report the arrest of the sheriff for drunk driving, Sheriff Ron Long came to the Pulaski County Commission, presented a copy of his criminal history report to the county commissioners, and said there’s no truth to the claims. He also warned that he may take legal action against those circulating the claims. “I just went next door and had my criminal history ran, which shows any arrest I would have had and any convictions that I would have had,” Long said. While Long is not a member of the Vent it Out Facebook group, but some members of local law enforcement agencies are members and alerted Long to the thread in advance of the county commission meeting. Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk also denied the claims on the Vent it Out group and asked that the thread be removed. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Three injured, two seriously, in Sunday St. Robert rollover wreck SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Oct. 26, 2015) — An early Sunday morning rollover wreck injured three St. Robert residents and totaled their vehicle. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Tiffany A. Fleeger, 27, had been driving her 2002 Ford Explorer eastbound on Interstate 44 near Exit 161 in St. Robert at 2:20 a.m. when she ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned, causing moderate injuries to herself and serious injuries to her two passengers, Ashley Teel, 26, and Jeremiah R. Carrasco, 15, who were airlifted from the crash scene. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Camdenton, Waynesville school officials pledge investigation of racial slurs at Friday football game WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 24, 2015) — Waynesville R-VI School District officials have released an official statement in response to allegations that fans of the Camdenton High School football team used racial slurs at Friday's night's Camdenton-Waynesville football game. The incident came to public attention when Rachel Slabaugh, a Waynesville High School Tiger Pride Band member, sent a letter to the Camdenton principal, posted it on her Facebook page, and that letter was re-posted by recently elected Waynesville R-VI School Board member Paul Shultz. According to Slabaugh, "many students (and adults) representing your school chose this time to scream rude comments, obscenities, and racial slurs at our band." Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Man arrested after fleeing scene of Highway Y rollover wreck SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Oct. 24, 2015) — State troopers arrested a Waynesville man on charges including drunk driving and leaving the scene of a crash following an early Saturday morning rollover wreck on Highway Y north of St. Robert. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Brian D. Lambe, 29, was driving northbound in a 1999 Jeep Cherokee when he ran his vehicle off the left side of the roadway near Lemming Lane at 1:15 a.m., overturning and striking a mailbox. Lambe suffered only minor injuries but his vehicle was totaled. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Bomb threat prompts extra security for Waynesville parent-teacher conferences WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 23, 2015) — Responding to a Thursday night bomb threat at Waynesville Middle School, Waynesville R-VI School District officials have tightened security for today's parent-teacher conferences, which will continue as planned. Students had not been scheduled to be in school today, Friday Oct. 23. According to an announcement issued early this morning, school officials "were notified of the alleged threat Thursday evening." Waynesville Police Department officers and Pulaski County Sheriff's deputies "completed a thorough search of the building and found nothing suspicious." Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
A rollover wreck injured two drivers.
Three-vehicle Highway 28 wreck rolls one vehicle; two hurt PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 23, 2015) — A Friday afternoon three-vehicle wreck on Highway 28 about a mile north of Exit 163 of Interstate 44 totaled all three vehicles but only minor injuries to two drivers, with the third driver unhurt. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Alvin F. Moore, 65, of Waynesville, was driving northbound on Highway 28 about 12:43 p.m. when his 2009 GMC Sierra struck the rear of a northbound 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Ora K. Wiedenkofer, 78, of Dixon, and the side of a northbound 1999 Toyota Tacoma driven by Randy W. Shy, 57, also of Dixon, causing both Wiedenkofer and Shy to have their vehicles run off the right side of the road and causing Shy’s Tacoma to overturn. Weidenkofer was able to come to a controlled stop. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Commissioners deal with noisy neighbors, cemetery burial complaints PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 22, 2015) — County Commissioners dealt with multiple complaints by area residents at their Thursday morning meeting, including requests to help with a person buried in what a relative considers an improper place and a woman who said a group of neighbors need help with a man who they say is deliberately playing loud music and has erected an electric fence in a residential area. Elizabeth Goodspeed of Layla Road said her neighbor has been “pushing the envelope of unfriendliness” with regard to pit bulls. “He has been doing numerous things in the neighborhood to annoy, if you will,” Goodspeed said, presenting photographs of signs she said the man has placed on property saying people are not allowed to walk their dogs. According to Goodspeed, the man has also installed electrified fences and Goodspeed said she’s afraid kids riding their bicycles will hit the fence and be electrocuted. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
County inches closer to getting federal OK to fix August 2013 flood-damaged roads PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 22, 2015) — After more than two years of frustration and delays following the August 2013 flood which caused an estimated $20 million worth of damage in Pulaski County, county commissioners reported at their Thursday morning meeting that they may finally be getting approval to move ahead with some of the larger county road repair work. “This is going to be a bellwether telling us what they’re going to do going forward… this will tell us what the name of the game is,” said Western District Commissioner Ricky Zweerink. “I haven’t found anything that does work yet, but we’re going to try one more time.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Jaguar extensively damaged after hitting deer near Buckhorn BUCKHORN, Mo. (Oct. 21, 2015) — Deer encountering living jaguars aren’t likely to avoid getting eaten, but a Jaguar sports car won’t be moving under its own power anytime soon after hitting a deer early Wednesday morning east of the Buckhorn exit on Interstate 44. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Ezekiel A. Kaplan, 21, of Pittsburgh, was driving westbound on I-44 at 2:24 a.m. when his 1996 Jaguar XJ6 struck a deer at mile marker 152, was extensively damaged, and came to rest in the roadway. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Hunter finds volatile commercial-grade explosives in Mark Twain National Forest PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 20, 2015) — A hunter’s foray into the woods to find deer early Saturday morning found something quite different: a box of volatile explosives which Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long said were very dangerous and could have killed someone who found them and moved them without proper precautions. Col. John Groves, the chief deputy for the sheriff’s department, said the items, which were found in the larger containment area of the Mark Twain National Forest, weren’t the sort of ordinary explosives which sometimes turn up near an Army installation. They’re commercial-grade explosives comparable to what might be used by a state highway department for blasting operations. “This is not something you, I, or anyone else can just walk in and buy,” Groves said. ““We continue to work our own piece of it in conjunction with those other agencies … if they stole it, you’re talking back to federal level crimes. If the intent was to sell, give away, for ill-gotten means you are dealing with federal, not to mention the lower level of state crimes.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Two Dixon residents were hurt in this rollover wreck.
Two Dixon residents injured in Saturday wreck DIXON, Mo. (Oct. 17, 2015) — A two-vehicle Saturday afternoon wreck on Highway D off Highway 28 about five miles south of Dixon injured two Dixon residents and totaled their vehicles. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Teresa L. Stoke, 40, had been westbound and stopped at a mailbox when her 1996 Toyota Corolla was rear-ended by a 2013 Toyota Tacoma driven by Virgil D. Breitmeyer, 75, whose vehicle went off the right side of Highway D, overturned, and came to rest on its top. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Commissioners concerned about employee health insurance costs PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 15, 2015) — County Commissioners continue to be concerned over insurance plans and how the county can avoid facing federal fines for not providing adequate insurance. At a previous commission meeting, the commissioners learned that under the rules of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, employers the size of Pulaski County with between 50 and 100 employees will soon have to provide insurance to employees which is considered “affordable” to those employees. “They're just looking for a way to fine you,” said Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk.
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Waynesville debates who can remove city police chief if needed WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 15, 2015) — Police Chief Dan Cordova now has an indefinite appointment to head the Waynesville Police Department and won’t have to be reappointed for two-year terms, but questions on how he should be removed if needed caused concern for at least two councilmen at Thursday night’s Waynesville City Council meeting. Councilman Mike France asked why the new ordinance says the city administrator, rather than the full city council, has the authority to remove the police chief. While emphasizing that he “wouldn’t arbitrarily fire anyone for no legitimate reason,” City Administrator Bruce Harrill said supervision of city staff and department heads is part of his job. “If something happened you may not always have the occasion to pull a meeting together. There are provisions to appeal,” Harrill said. “If you wanted to overrule that decision, I wouldn’t do something unwise, I could even suspend him.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Dixon City Marshal Michael Plummer and Sheila Plummer
Dixon city marshal and wife arrested on multiple felonies DIXON, Mo. (Oct. 14, 2015) — In his Tuesday night report to the Dixon City Council, Marshal Michael Plummer, the elected head of the Dixon Police Department, drew laughs when telling aldermen that his department's recent problems include bats flying inside the local elementary school and setting off alarms. Plummer now has considerably more serious problems, He's being held in jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond facing a grand jury indictment on 15 separate charges, and his wife is jail in lieu of a $15,000 cash-only bond on a single Class C felony charge "related to the stealing of water and water services by not billing or changing and reducing the water meter readings to her parents’ home while she was the City Collector." County officials confirmed that both Plummers were arrested today and remain in jail. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Dixon approves water rate increase DIXON, Mo. (Oct. 13, 2015) — Members of the Dixon City Council agreed Tuesday night to increase water rates by two cents, raising the rate to 0.210 for in-town residents and 0.220 for out-of-town customers, but left the city sewer rates and base charges for water and sewer unchanged. That vote, which was unanimous except for Alderman Lynn Whitten, who was absent, followed a proposal presented by Mayor Shawn Wethington, who said leaving the base usage rate unchanged means the increase will primarily affect large-volume water users rather than ordinary water customers. That could include customers who fill their swimming pools. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Dixon street repair to be sent out for bids now that sewer work is done DIXON, Mo. (Oct. 13, 2015) — A year of torn-up streets in Dixon due to sewer work will soon come to an end, but City Engineer John Doyle cautioned aldermen at Tuesday night’s city council meeting that the amount of street work will depend on paving bids and the actual interest rate the city receives on an upcoming auction of $980,000 in municipal bonds. Doyle’s bid list has 20,907 feet of streets to be let out for bid with paving to begin in the spring. “I’m hopeful that the bids come in really good for the city,” Doyle said. “If these bids come in within budget, great. I don’t think they will.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
**EDITORIAL:** A conservative case against the Confederate flag PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 23, 2015) — It’s not my normal practice to comment on events in other states and other places. In general, local elected officials and local community leaders know their own local situations best. People from outside those areas ought to pay much more attention to what local people say rather than listening to what outside commentators say. I’m making an exception with the recent church shooting in Charleston and follow-up controversy over the Confederate flag. As conservatives, we need to make clear that we belong to the party of President Lincoln, not the party of General Lee. We fly the Stars and Stripes, not the Stars and Bars. And we certainly don’t support those who shoot people in church attending a prayer meeting. It is entirely American to say “America: Love it or Leave It” to people such as Dylann Roof. As conservatives, we need to fly our American flag proudly and remind him that we fought a war against people like him. Here’s some news, Mr. Roof: We won that war. Your side lost, along with its flag. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Darrell Todd Maurina
Kenny Dale Jennings (7/26/1978-10/21/2015), 37, of Crocker Kenny Dale Jennings, 37, of Crocker, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 in the Hancock Christian Church of Dixon with arrangements under the direction of Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville/St. Robert. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until time of service at the church. Survivors include his father, Roger and his wife Belinda Jennings of Richland; his mother, Kim Doyle of Crocker; his wife Cherie Jennings of Crocker; six children, Jordan Jennings of Branson, Brian “Gage” Kelley of Dixon, Trusten Jennings of Buckhorn, Destiny Jennings of Joplin, Davin Kane of Dixon, and Piper Jennings of Missouri City, Texas. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Matthew Chase Matthews (8/4/1984-10/20/2015), 31, of Rolla Matthew Chase Matthews, 31, of Rolla, a music teacher at Maranatha Baptist Academy, died on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in the Maranatha Baptist Church of St. Robert. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in the church. Survivors include his wife Jessica Matthews of the home; four children, Matthew C. Matthews, Jr., Breanne C. Matthews, Gideon J. Matthews and Lilah J. Matthews, all of the home; his parents, Trent and Laura Matthews of St. James Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Nancy Jo Roberts
Nancy Jo Roberts (2/17/1963-10/19/15), 52, of Stoutland, formerly of Richland Nancy Jo (Pollreisz) Roberts, 52, the daughter of John and Earlamond (Judy) Pollreisz, was born Feb. 17, 1963, in Deadwood, S.D., and died Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 in her home in Stoutland. Survivors include two daughters, Holly Pinkston and Hilary Roberts; and two brothers and seven sisters, Sandi Landry, William (Bill) Pollreisz, James (Jim) Pollreisz, Karen Winfrey, Ellen Henson, Elizabeth (Betty) Witt, Susan Jennings, Diane Caudle and Shelley Allee. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 in Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Leah Helen Gordon
Leah Helen Gordon (4/26/1944-10/14/2015), 71, of Waynesville Leah Helen Gordon, age 71, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 in the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital of Fort Leonard Wood. There are no services planned at this time and arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville/St. Robert. Survivors include her husband, Donald Gordon, of the home; two daughters, JoAnn Goethe (Kenneth) of Waynesville and Lisa Jensen (Rick) of Plymouth, Mass.; one son, Joseph Myatt, Jr., of Worcester, Mass.; and three sisters: Diane Ware of Brockton, Mass., and Sandra Belmont and Miggy Camron, both of Boston. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Sharlene M. Elliott (3/28/1942-10/16/2015), 73, of Dixon Sharlene Elliott, age 73, of Dixon, died Friday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2015, in the Dixon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, in the Sheppard Baptist Church of Dixon. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, in the Sheppard Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Little Flock Cemetery of Vienna. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dixon Chapel of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Homes. Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law: Sherry Lou and Garry Honse of Dixon; Tina Louise and Terry Alexander of Michigan City, Ind.; and Franky Lynn and David Cahill of Dixon Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Hartzler named to select investigative panel on organ trafficking WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct 23, 2015) — Today, Speaker of the House John Boehner appointed Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler to the Select Investigative Panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Ten videos were released since July showing high-level officials at organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Stem Express, and Advanced BioResources discussing actions that would potentially violate federal law. Moreover, their discussions imply that these criminal actions are widespread. This panel will be tasked with discovery as to the prevalence of these practices. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Hartzler votes to dismantle key Obamacare provisions WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct 23, 2015) — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler today voted to protect life and liberty with her vote in favor of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, a measure aimed at dismantling key provisions of Obamacare and stopping the flow of federal funds to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood. “We were sent here to fight for the American people,” Hartzler stated. “They do not want their healthcare dictated to them by Washington and they don’t want their tax dollars going to abortion providers.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
McCaskill on latest Republican attempt to repeal Affordable Care Act WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 23, 2015) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill today released the following statement on today’s latest vote by Congressional Republicans on the 2010 Affordable Care Act: “Congressional Republicans have apparently replaced this week’s ‘Back to the Future’ meme with ‘Groundhog Day’ — engaging in another of their pointless attempts to repeal a five-year-old law that’s been upheld repeatedly by a conservative Supreme Court, is coming in under-budget, and is insuring millions more Americans.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
McCaskill responds to latest indictments on Army National Guard recruiting case WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 23, 2015) — U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, today released the following statement after the Justice Department’s announcement that it has indicted an additional 25 current and former Guard officials on charges of conspiracy, fraud, and aggravated identity theft in the Guard’s Recruiting Assistance Program, previously found to be a vehicle for massive fraud and waste. “The massive fraud in this program was a deep betrayal of the public’s trust that dishonored the service of so many brave members of the National Guard. In one of the largest criminal investigations in its history, the Army and the Department of Justice continue working to bring to justice those who used the Guard uniform to defraud taxpayers. I’ll look forward to seeing these criminals punished for exploiting this system to the tune of millions of taxpayer dollars.” Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ... Press Office of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill