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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | May 26, 2013
HICKORY COUNTY - The Hickory County coroner has officially released the names of the two people killed in a helicopter crash on Friday near Cross Timbers and just west of U.S. Highway 65. The pilot was William Higgenbotham, 32, from Arizona and the passenger was Catalina Richard, 21, from Bolivar. Richard was a Missouri State University student. The chopper belongs to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland. Autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday morning in Springfield.     There is still no word on what caused the chopper to go down in a heavily wooded area, but National Transportation Safety Board officials say they will likely have preliminary report in about a week.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | June 14, 2013
WHEATLAND, Mo. - A fire in a home killed an elderly woman on Tuesday evening in Hickory County.  She was Juanita Seyfer, 85. The fire was about 7 p.m. at Seyfer's home on County Road 240 south and west of Wheatland.  An investigator for the State Fire Marshal's Office couldn't determine the cause of the fire due to the extent of the damage.  The home was destroyed. Hickory County Coroner Connie Boller says the fire apparently originated in the kitchen area.  She says Seyfer shared the home with her sister-in-law.   Firefighters found Seyfer's body in her bed and Boller says she died of smoke inhalation.   Boller said other family members tried to locate Seyfer but were unable to get to her because of the flames and smoke.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | September 4, 2011
HICKORY COUNTY, Mo -- A 10-year-old girl was taken to a hospital around 6:30 Saturday night after being thrown overboard from a boat  on Pomme De Terre Lake. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Bobbie Brooker was tossed over the front of the boat when the driver was decelerating. After hitting the water, Brooker was run over by the propeller. She suffered serious injuries to her torso.
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edited news releases from governor's office | January 3, 2013
HERMITAGE, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday appointed Clint Baker, the assessor-elect of Hickory County, to serve the remainder of the term of Assessor Kay Chilton, who resigned from the position. Baker is a Republican who lives in Weaubleau.  He has been with the assessor's office since 1994.  He was elected as assessor in November, a position in Missouri where the terms of office begin the following September.  Because of the vacancy, the governor appointed Baker to serve until his full term begins.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | May 31, 2013
HERMITAGE, Mo. - The National Weather Service says a NOAA weather radio transmitter in Hermitage is down and technicians are troubleshooting the problem. People with weather radios that utilize the transmitter are advised to use a different frequency for the time being. For Dallas County, WXL-40 in Fordland at 162.400 and KJY-82 in Neosho at 162.450 are up; in Hickory County, KJY-82 works as does KZZ-30 in El Dorado Springs at 162.475. Polk County alternate frequencies are KZZ-30 and WXL-40 in Fordland, 162.400.
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | October 3, 2011
HERMITAGE, Mo. -- A man accused of trying to kidnap three children in Wheatland last week now faces another charge.  The Hickory County prosecuting attorney charged Richard Gibisas of Overland Park, Kan., with possession of child pornography. Gibisas, 55, was in his company van when he parked near a yard where several children were playing outside, two blocks off U.S. 54 in a residential area of Wheatland.  Three girls told police that he drove up to them and said, "I'm going to get you. "  They ran to their parents, who called law enforcement officers.
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edited news release | January 2, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon filled vacant judgeships in three counties in the Ozarks on Tuesday.  One appointment created a vacancy in a prosecuting attorney's office. ---- Nixon appointed Hickory County Prosecuting Attorney James Hackett to be Hickory County 's associate circuit judge.  The position became open after Associate Circuit Judge Michael Hendrickson, 49, was elected as circuit judge for Benton, Dallas, Hickory, Polk and Webster counties (Circuit 30)
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | August 5, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A flash flood warning has gone into effect for several southwestern Missouri counties until noon. The warning was issued at 6:46 a.m. for Hickory County, northern Dallas County, northern Polk County, northwestern Laclede County and southeastern St. Clair County. One to four inches of rain had fallen across the area, with more rain possible through the morning, forecasters said. The warning includes several towns and municipalities such as Bennett Springs, Hermitage, Humansville, Pomme De Terre State Park, Urbana and Wheatland.
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by Staff | June 11, 2013
HERMITAGE, Mo. - People in Hickory County will learn more about state transportation officials' plans to fix a bridge over the Pomme De Terre River in a meeting tonight. MoDOT wants to replace the driving surface on the Highway 254 bridge south of Hermitage. The agency planned to shut down the bridge for a month and a half next year for construction, but people protested at a meeting in April. They said closing the bridge would affect fire and rescue response times. Engineers will answer questions from the public tonight at 5:30 at the Hermitage school cafeteria.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and Follow Chris on Facebook and Twitter | July 19, 2012
DALLAS COUNTY, Mo. - Firefighters in two Ozarks counties had their hands full Wednesday as they fought fires spurred on by dry conditions and extreme heat. Investigators in Fair Grove say a blaze in Dallas County started when a trash fire got out of control on Olive Road just off U.S. Highway 65. The flames charred about 100 acres. Officials say the fire got close to eight homes, and no one was hurt. And in Hickory County, it could be a couple more days before a fire there is extinguished.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | April 30, 2013
HERMITAGE, Mo. -- Michael Brown is the new Hickory County prosecuting attorney.  Gov. Jay Nixon appointed him to the position on Tuesday, filling a vacancy created when former prosecuting attorney James Hackett became Hickory County's associate circuit judge. Brown lives in Hickory County.  He served as an associate circuit judge for Polk County for 24 years before retiring at the end of 2002.  After leaving the bench, he served first as a mediator and then as a private attorney in Bolivar.  Brown is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | April 24, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County prosecutors this month filed new criminal charges against a man connected with the death of a teenager from the Willard area.  Anthony Balbirnie previously was charged in Benton County with dumping the body of Khighla Parks, 15, in Truman Lake last September.  The new charges are for resisting arrest, burglary, robbery and armed criminal action.  Prosecutors filed the charges on April 11 but they weren't made...
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | March 7, 2013
PRESTON, Mo. -- Searchers in Hickory County found a 4-year-old girl about 3:40 p.m.   She disappeared near her home around 1 p.m. Thursday.  The girl followed four dogs away from her home.  She is safe and unharmed. The girl, whose name wasn't released, was last seen near her home along County Road 381 between Preston and Cross Timbers.  That road runs parallel to U.S. 65 about a half mile west of the highway.  The area is rugged and a handful of creeks cross it.  
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Posted by Kristy Larangeira and kschiebel@schurz.com | January 29, 2013
WARSAW, Mo. -- A new judge will hear the case of a Springfield man accused of dumping the body of a Willard teenager into Truman Lake. Associate Hickory County judge James Hackett was appointed to preside over the trial of  Anthony Balbirnie.  No reason for the change has been released. The weighted-down body of Khighla Parks, 15, was recovered last September. The case was ruled a homicide but the cause of her death has not been determined. She was last seen with Balbirnie at a home in Buffalo in September.
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edited news releases from governor's office | January 3, 2013
HERMITAGE, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday appointed Clint Baker, the assessor-elect of Hickory County, to serve the remainder of the term of Assessor Kay Chilton, who resigned from the position. Baker is a Republican who lives in Weaubleau.  He has been with the assessor's office since 1994.  He was elected as assessor in November, a position in Missouri where the terms of office begin the following September.  Because of the vacancy, the governor appointed Baker to serve until his full term begins.
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edited news release | January 2, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon filled vacant judgeships in three counties in the Ozarks on Tuesday.  One appointment created a vacancy in a prosecuting attorney's office. ---- Nixon appointed Hickory County Prosecuting Attorney James Hackett to be Hickory County 's associate circuit judge.  The position became open after Associate Circuit Judge Michael Hendrickson, 49, was elected as circuit judge for Benton, Dallas, Hickory, Polk and Webster counties (Circuit 30)
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | November 26, 2012
WHEATLAND, Mo. - A local food pantry is celebrating a milestone, and it just received a big donation to help. In Wheatland, the food pantry there has been growing over the past year. A local volunteer organization called Hickory County CARES took over the food pantry in December 2011. A year later they're serving 482 families regularly, up from about 200. They're getting some large donation from the community to help out which include $1,500 for new freezers -- and a building, which contains 3,300 square feet of space.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and Follow Chris on Facebook and Twitter | July 19, 2012
DALLAS COUNTY, Mo. - Firefighters in two Ozarks counties had their hands full Wednesday as they fought fires spurred on by dry conditions and extreme heat. Investigators in Fair Grove say a blaze in Dallas County started when a trash fire got out of control on Olive Road just off U.S. Highway 65. The flames charred about 100 acres. Officials say the fire got close to eight homes, and no one was hurt. And in Hickory County, it could be a couple more days before a fire there is extinguished.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | July 18, 2012
GALMEY, Mo. -- An investigator for the State Fire Marshal's Office said Wednesday afternoon that a vehicle in a farm field somehow sparked a fire in rural Hickory County on Wednesday morning.  The 20- to 30-acre fire was between Galmey and Hermitage.  It was under control by early Wednesday afternoon but may continue to burn for a couple of days. The Hickory County Sheriff's Department said five fire departments fought the fire on the northwest side of Pomme de Terre Lake.  It burned fields and forests but firefighters were able to keep it away from some nearby buildings.   The 24-foot moving truck at the center of the fire is destroyed.  It was pulling a flatbed trailer when it burned.
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