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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 Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | October 27, 2010
WHEATLAND, Mo. -- In this small community, racing is big business. Lucas Oil Speedway is well known for its dirt track events.  By a year from now, it'll be known for water sports as well. Drag boat racing is intense.  It's 250 miles per hour of pure adrenaline "They shoot rooster tails 100 feet long.  They're crazy to see," said Dan Robinson with Lucas Oil Speedway. In Missouri, there isn't really a true place to watch drag boat racing. Lucas Oil Speedway is fixing that problem.
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | January 19, 2012
WHEATLAND, Mo  -  A food pantry that serves Hickory County will survive after teetering on the edge of collapse. With the help of volunteers and generous donations, the food pantry in Wheatland is thriving.   A group of volunteers formed a non-profit called Hickory County CARES, and thanks to them, the pantry is still open and the people there are eating better too. "The people are lined up; they are very patient," says Dick Rose, president of Hickory County CARES of the line of at least 20 people outside the food pantry Wednesday morning.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and KY3 Reporter | November 25, 2010
BRIGHTON and WHEATLAND, Mo.-- It's a day of cleanup for two Ozarks families whose homes suffered serious damage from tornadoes last night, one near Brighton in Polk County, the other in Hickory County near Wheatland. Both families still have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  Near Brighton last night, Dean Revels and his wife were just watching TV.  "Watching Survivor and then became a survivor," says Revels. They were in the path of an EF-1 tornado.  "Didn't hear no wind, and then all of a sudden, it just sounded like a bomb went off in the house," says Revels.
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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 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 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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March 8, 2012
SCHOOL DISTRICTS FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS CITIES AND TOWNS SCHOOL BOARDS HERMITAGE R-IV (Elect 2) Garland D. Jenkins Trina T.J. Crawford Leisa Fugate Dale Munsey Richard Turner Cynthia R. Meyer CLIMAX SPRINGS R-IV SCHOOL DISTRICT (Elect 2) Mark Phillips Brett Davis Richard Smith FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS NORTHWEST FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT (Elect 2)
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by Sara Forhetz, Drew Douglas, Ashley Reynolds and Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | May 25, 2013
HICKORY COUNTY, Mo. --  Authorities confirm two people- a pilot and a passenger- were killed after their helicopter went down in a rural area near Cross Timbers, Missouri. Investigators have not released the names of the victims. They are still working to positively identify the bodies. The chopper belongs to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland. Family members tell us 21-year-old Catalina Richard died in the crash. Her sister, Kelly Richard, says the chopper took off around 5:30p.m.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News and pmorehouse@ky3.com | March 7, 2012
The news on Wednesday morning was a relief to residents of the area, as the fire was essentially stopped in its tracks after burning several cars and at least part of one home before crews were able to douse the flames.  Numerous people living in the Winchester Gap area were told to leave Tuesday because of the danger. "Everybody in the area, I heard they said to evacuate and when you get home your house may not be there," said Kenny Giboney, a Dallas County resident. Between 100 and 150 firefighters from 15 agencies were involved in the effort.
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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | September 8, 2011
In a poor economy, more people have to rely on help from non-profit groups.  The economy also takes its toll on those agencies that try to help.  Now, cuts in federal funding are compounding the problem. ---- WHEATLAND, Mo. -- "There's nowhere else for us to go.  There's nothing else for us to do. There's going to be people without electricity, without food, going to be homeless," said Syble McGinnis, who has been using the food pantry in Wheatland for seven years.  "It's actually the only hope we have around here -- the only hope.
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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | July 29, 2011
WHEATLAND, Mo. -- Thousands of people will invade Hickory County to see boats fly by at 260 miles per hour.  The Lucas Oil Speedway has been building a boat drag strip for almost a year; this weekend they are breaking it in. Signs are up in town advertising parking, camping, and food.  Tents are popping up at Lucas Oil Speedway as campers roll in and the madness begins.  Work began last October on a dream. "It's just under 4,000 feet long, 400 feet wide, about seven-and-a-half feet deep," said Dan Robinson of Lucas Oil Speedway, "We figure roughly 80 to 90 million gallons of water.
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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | October 27, 2010
WHEATLAND, Mo. -- In this small community, racing is big business. Lucas Oil Speedway is well known for its dirt track events.  By a year from now, it'll be known for water sports as well. Drag boat racing is intense.  It's 250 miles per hour of pure adrenaline "They shoot rooster tails 100 feet long.  They're crazy to see," said Dan Robinson with Lucas Oil Speedway. In Missouri, there isn't really a true place to watch drag boat racing. Lucas Oil Speedway is fixing that problem.
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