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by KY3 News and news@ky3.com | July 17, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man from Ash Grove surrendered with his bail bond agent at the Greene County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday morning.  William Smith then made his first court appearance on a first-degree assault charge and posted a $200,000 bond. Law enforcement officers say Smith intentionally hit Jeremy Strahle near Kansas Avenue at Atlantic Street on Saturday.  Strahle is in critical condition after being flipped into the air by Smith's car.  Smith fled after the collision.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | February 6, 2013
ASH GROVE, Mo. - These days, Cathy Owen is busy making pizzas, and the postal service is one of the furthest things from her mind. "The internet has become more a vital piece for us to use. So, we use that instead of the post office," stated Owen, owner of Whistlestop Pizza. Because she uses email and the internet, Owen isn't too disappointed to hear the mailman soon may no longer stop at her place, or any place- on Saturdays. "To be real honest, it's not really going to affect me," she admitted.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | February 24, 2013
ASH GROVE, Mo. -- Four people are in the hospital Sunday night following a domestic dispute that ended up spanning Dade and Greene Counties. It started in Dade County when authorities were called to a home in Everton around 5 p.m. for a domestic disturbance.   When officers arrived, they found a man with life threatening injures from a stabbing, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  The man was flown to a Springfield hospital....
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and sforhetz@ky3.com | July 16, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Law enforcement officers still were looking for William Smith of Ash Grove on Monday evening.  The 22-year-old man is charged for a hit-and-run crash last Saturday that critically injured another man in Springfield.  Smith's grandmother, Linda Eagleburger, says he plans to surrender to officers on Tuesday morning after he obtains a bail bond agent. The series of events started at Smith's home in Ash Grove.  Court documents say William Smith and his wife, Cheyenne, got into an argument and Cheyenne called police for help on Saturday.  An Ash Grove officer arrived and briefly detained William Smith, and Cheyenne left with her mother, who drove from Springfield to pick up her and the couple's son. "There was nothing we could have done differently here other than what we did," said Ash Grove Police Chief Russ Essary.  Essary says his officer checked out the situation and felt he had no need and no grounds to detain Smith longer than he did. "You'll know who the aggressor is if there's a physical fight and if there has been some physical actions taken.  Then the person who has been the primary aggressor usually will go to jail.  But, in this case right here, that was not the case.  It was strictly a verbal argument.  We had a witness who corroborated with that and said it was only a verbal argument back and forth," the chief said.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | November 1, 2012
ASH GROVE, Mo. - They're working up a storm at the Crackerjack Shack. The company in Ash Grove churns out custom clothing to meet the needs of local businesses. It's owner and employees are also meeting needs brought on by natural disasters. "I think when you have the capacity to do something really good...you can't just sit by and not do something," stated owner Sandy Higgins. The company helped produce the popular Hope For Joplin t-shirts, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the tornado recovery.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | July 16, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County prosecutors charged a man from Ash Grove with running down and critically injuring another man on Saturday in Springfield.  William Smith, 22, is charged with first-degree assault, and appears to be hiding from law enforcement officers.  Jeremy Strahle, whom Smith hit, is in critical condition with life threatening injuries. The incidents that led up to the assault started Saturday afternoon in Ash Grove as a fight between Smith and his wife at their home on Moonlight Valley Drive.  Investigators say Cheyenne Smith called her mother, Vicki Stevens, to come and take her to Springfield.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | September 21, 2010
WILLARD, Mo. -- Vandalism to a substation caused a power outage in the Willard, Ash Grove, and Bois D'arc area on Tuesday morning.  Power was restored to 1,700 Ozark Electric customers by 8:20 but 1,200 customers remained without power for another hour or so.  Ozark Electric says someone shot a transformer at a substation on Highway Z north of Willard.     The vandalism also impacted traffic. Traffic lights were out at the interchange of Interstate 44 at  West Bypass (U.S.
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by KY3 News | December 10, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greenwood High School officials announced the seedings for the 65th annual Blue and Gold 32-team boys basketball tournament.  That tournament will be at Hammons Student Center and JQH Arena at Missouri State University from Dec. 27-30. In the Blue Division, the seedings are (1) Nixa, (2) Parkview [Spfd.], (3) Rogersville, (4) Willow Springs, (5) Republic, (6) Ozark, (7) Stoutland, and (8) Camdenton.  In the Gold Division, the seedings are (1) Glendale [Spfd.
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KY3 News | March 26, 2013
ASH GROVE, Mo. -- State Auditor Tom Schweich announced today that his office has started an audit of the Ash Grove School District after a petition effort requesting one. Local citizens circulated a petition and turned in 406 valid signatures, six more than the 400 needed to obtain a petition audit. Schweich's staff met with the Ash Grove School Board on Monday night. Audit work will formally begin next week. The Ash Grove School District covers parts of Greene, Dade and Lawrence counties.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | December 17, 2010
ASH GROVE, Mo. -- One woman died and another was seriously injured after a crash on Friday morning on U.S. 160 between Ash Grove and Willard.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Leona Hankins, 62, of Everton crossed the center lane.  Denna Limpus, 49, of Everton swerved partially off the right side to try to avoid the oncoming vehicle but they crashed head-on.  Limpus died at the scene. Both women were alone in their cars at the time of the crash.  After the accident, Hankins was air lifted to a hospital in Springfield.
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interview by Paul Adler, KY3 News and padler@ky3.com | August 4, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- You have a chance to take a historic trip back in time this weekend at the Nathan Boone Homestead near Ash Grove.   On "Ozarks Today" on Thursday, David Roggensees gave a preview of the exhibit that explores slavery and freedom on the Boone Farm. Boone, a Missouri pioneer and explorer, was also a slaveholder.  His farm was one of the largest slaveholding operations in Greene County.  When Boone died in 1856, he owned 11 slaves.  Despite an auction that scattered the slaves, several returned to the Ash Grove area after emancipation.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | April 1, 2011
ASH GROVE, Mo. - City aldermen may soon vote whether to change what may be one of the strictest liquor licensing laws in the Ozarks. Right now, a city ordinance states that per 1,000 people, there can only be one package liquor license operating at a time.  A similar limit is set for the restaurant license allowing sales of alcoholic beverages by the drink. Ash Grove has about 1,400 people, and both licenses have been taken "There would have to be 2,000 people before there could be another package license," explained mayor Brenda Ellsworth.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | March 19, 2011
ASH GROVE, Mo. - Many Ozarks high schools are struggling to find funding for extra-curricular activities.  But some teens in Ash Grove have found a creative way to make sure their fellow students end their year on a high note. Sound of Silence is made of Ash Grove students, and a recent graduate.   The group of young aspiring musicians has been making music for about two years.  Both years they've made sure to give something back to their school. Last year the band held concerts to raise the money for the school's prom and for Project Graduation event.  Project Graduation is a supervised alternative celebration for graduates on the night of their commencement.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | January 19, 2011
ASH GROVE, Mo. –- Several school districts already have at least a couple of missed days to make up because of snow closings earlier this winter.  Now, winter weather could result in more snow days, and the resulting make-up days later in the year. Districts say the ideal situation is to have the ability to inform parents the day before the closing.  However, most of the time it's a wait-and-see situation that requires districts to make the call just hours before school is set to start.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | January 11, 2011
ASH GROVE, Mo. -- Firefighters faced bitterly cold temperatures, a limited water supply, slick roads and a frozen pump on a fire engine while battling a house fire between Willard and Ash Grove on Tuesday morning.  It started around 7:00 along U.S. 160.  Flames were shooting out of the garage when the first unit arrived on the scene. It was the home of Larry and Marilyn Smith, who are well known in the area.  Larry Smith taught agriculture classes at Aurora, Ash Grove and Willard high schools.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | December 17, 2010
ASH GROVE, Mo. -- One woman died and another was seriously injured after a crash on Friday morning on U.S. 160 between Ash Grove and Willard.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Leona Hankins, 62, of Everton crossed the center lane.  Denna Limpus, 49, of Everton swerved partially off the right side to try to avoid the oncoming vehicle but they crashed head-on.  Limpus died at the scene. Both women were alone in their cars at the time of the crash.  After the accident, Hankins was air lifted to a hospital in Springfield.
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by KY3 News | December 10, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greenwood High School officials announced the seedings for the 65th annual Blue and Gold 32-team boys basketball tournament.  That tournament will be at Hammons Student Center and JQH Arena at Missouri State University from Dec. 27-30. In the Blue Division, the seedings are (1) Nixa, (2) Parkview [Spfd.], (3) Rogersville, (4) Willow Springs, (5) Republic, (6) Ozark, (7) Stoutland, and (8) Camdenton.  In the Gold Division, the seedings are (1) Glendale [Spfd.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | October 31, 2010
Ash Grove, Mo. -- Over the decades, downtown Ash Grove has sounded the same, with trains blaring through town on the hour.   But what you 'see' has definitely changed.  The once-bustling Main Street is now quiet. Shops sit empty and boarded up.   "The abandonment of the buildings on Main Street began in the 1970s whenever it became more of a thing to move on a highway," explained Brenda Ellsworth, mayor of Ash Grove.   But Ellsworth hopes revitalization efforts will bring life back into the heart of her town.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | September 21, 2010
WILLARD, Mo. -- Vandalism to a substation caused a power outage in the Willard, Ash Grove, and Bois D'arc area on Tuesday morning.  Power was restored to 1,700 Ozark Electric customers by 8:20 but 1,200 customers remained without power for another hour or so.  Ozark Electric says someone shot a transformer at a substation on Highway Z north of Willard.     The vandalism also impacted traffic. Traffic lights were out at the interchange of Interstate 44 at  West Bypass (U.S.
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