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“Scalies and Slimies” featured at Mammoth Spring State Park Saturday

Ben Wheeler

Ben Wheeler

Mammoth Spring, Ark — Snakes and lizards, turtles and salamanders will slither into the Mammoth Spring State Park at the pavilion here on April 23.

Missouri State University Professor Ben Wheeler presents two programs — one at 10 a.m. and one at 1 p.m. — on our reptilian friends.

The event is free of charge, and people are encouraged to bring their cameras and children to the programs.

For more information, call (870) 625-7364.
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MSU-WP Grizzly Sports Reception Friday night
Grizzly msu-wpWest Plains, Mo. — Awards and accolades will abound at the 23rd annual Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) Grizzly Sports Reception, set for 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Magnolia Room of the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St.
Individual and team awards will be presented for the Grizzly basketball and volleyball programs, and highlights of the basketball and volleyball teams during their past seasons will be recalled. Grizzly Cheer Team members also will be honored.
In addition, former Grizzly Volleyball standout Jekaterina “Kate” Stepanova  (2008-09) and Grizzly Basketball standout Quinton Pippen (2009-2011) will be inducted into the Grizzly Hall of Fame. Tickets are $5 for individuals or $10 for families.
For more information, contact Missouri State-West Plains development office at 417-255-7240 or E-mail WPDevelopment@MissouriState.edu.

Arkansas State University celebrates Earth Day Friday, April 22
ASU seal 1Jonesboro, Ark. — Arkansas State University’s community will join others from around the world in celebration of Earth Day, Friday, April 22. Activities and vendors will be stationed west of the Carl R. Reng Student Union near the fountain. In the event of rain, the event will move to the first floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library.
A-State’s 10th Earth Day program gets underway at 10 a.m. and runs through 1:30 p.m. KASU’s Johnathan Reaves will serve as emcee.
Complimentary hot dogs, chips and drinks, are available. Door prizes, donated by area businesses, will be presented throughout the event.
Featured speakers, beginning at 11 a.m., are Dr. John Pratte, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics and professor of physics; Tim Bowers of Nestlé; and David Dalton of Unilever. Reaves will conduct interviews with the speakers in addition to vendors and Johnson Controls.
Vendors will set up booths and display projects beginning at 9 a.m., showing a variety of informational items.
In addition, sessions for walking and biking are available to A-State faculty members, staff and students. The bicycle ride is from 12-12:30 p.m., while the walk is from 12:30-1 p.m. For more information, contact Spencer Bradley at (870) 972-3974 or through E-mail at sbradley@AState.edu.
A living memorial of Earth Day 2016 is a focal point of the event, with the tree planting on near the overpass of the Marion Berry Parkway.
For more information on the day’s events, contact Jennifer Bouldin, associate professor of environmental biology, (jbouldin@astate.edu) or call (870) 972-2570.

Miami police officer will become new Ferguson, Mo., police chief

Delrish Moss

Delrish Moss

Ferguson, Mo. — A 51-year-old media and community relations officer with the Miami Police Department has been named Chief of Police for the troubled Ferguson police department .
Delrish Moss will pick up the reigns of a mostly white police department that held sway in the town of Ferguson when the Michael Brown shooting occurred that kicked off major riots and demonstrations over the police fatal shooting of Brown, who was an unarmed black teenager.. The officer shooter was not indicted by a grand jury but resigned from the Ferguson force.
Since then, Ferguson has been targeted by demonstrators and protestors on the anniversary of Brown’s Aug. 11, 2014 death. Last year a State of Emergency was declared a day after the demonstrations started.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles welcomed the addition of Moss to the city police department. Moss, who will take over from interim Chief Andre Anderson, was one of four finalists from Indiana, Missouri and Florida.
Mayor Knowles said Moss who has spent 32 years with the Miami force “is the right choice”.

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