Vernon County Ambulance sues former director, office manager

Posted May 26, 2016 at 1:35 pm

The Vernon County Ambulance District this week filed a seven count civil suit against James McKenzie, the former director of the district, and Tena Werner, the district’s former office manager and a paramedic for in

In Count 1, the suit alleges that the defendants from June 1, 2015 until their discharge “intentionally, maliciously and fraudulently conceals from the Plaintiff their failures to bill approximately $250,000 due from insurance companies, Missouri HealthNet and Medicare for payments for services.

Count II alleges that the defendants fraudulently applied for a line of credit with “OnDeck” representing that Tina Werner was the “owner” of the Vernon County Ambulance District. The sum of $39,400 was borrowed, some of which was repaid using District funds.

Count III alleges that the defendants fraudulently prepared false time sheets. “Said time sheets overstated

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    Drue Hoagland named to President’s Honor List at UNG

    Drue Cawood Hoagland, Schell City, has been named to the President’s Honor List at the University of North Georgia (UNG) for achieving a 4.0 grade point average.

    Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs, president of UNG, recognized more than 1,200 students who reached this academic achievement during the spring 2016 semester. Students enrolled in 12 or more credit hours in bachelor’s degree programs who achieved a 4.0 grade point average were named to the President’s Honor Roll. Students enrolled in associate degree programs who met the same level of achievement were named to the

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    Lighthouse receives $20,000 grant

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, has awarded the Lighthouse Children’s Theatre of El Dorado Springs $20,000 through the Coover Regional Grantmaking Program.

    The LCT will use the grant funding to support the purchase of quality sound and lighting systems. This project, which provides community theatre opportunities for children ages 3 – 18 in El Dorado Springs, works to foster confidence, self-esteem and poise on and off the stage.

    The Lighthouse Children’s Theatre was one of 18 agencies selected to receive $250.000

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    Head-on wreck in Schell

    A motorcycle and a pickup met head-on on Hickory Street in Schell City at 2:55 a.m. Sunday, May 22.

    According to the report by Trooper Krehbiel, Allen M. McCurdy, 20, Schell City, was northbound in a 1994 Dodge pickup. Joel D. Baer, 19, Harwood, was southbound on a 1998 Yamaha motorcycle. The report said neither was wearing a safety device and neither had insurance. There was moderate damage to the pickup. The motorcycle was totaled.

    Baer was airlifted to Freeman West hospital, Joplin, with injuries reported as moderate.

    Summer School Bus Routes

    Summer school started at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, and will finish Friday, July 1

    Route 1-Driver: Natalie Roberts

    Will travel 32 Hwy. south to the (97 and 32 Hwy. old junction) to arrive around 6:40 a.m., then Hwy.. 32 to Filley. At Filley turn north on K Hwy. stopping at K and 800 Rd. around 6:50, then K Hwy. to U Hwy., North on U Hwy. making stops usual during school, then turning north on 501 Rd., following it to the airport, then turning east to 501

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    White Hall Mt. Hebron Cemetery report

    Bank balance – $1,993.78

    Total donations – $660

    Mowing and upkeep – $250

    Interest on $10,000 CD – $13.15

    Send donation to Rick Tompkins, 204 E Olive St., El Dorado Springs, MO 64744 or Nelda Coleman, 3295 S. 175 Rd. El Dorado Springs, MO 64744.

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    Cedar County Memorial Hospital physicians honored

    Each year, 417 Magazine, based in Springfield, assembles a list of the Top Doctors in the 417 area code. The list covers some of the larger cities in the 417 area code, including Springfield, Branson, Joplin, Lebanon, Bolivar and West Plains. Physicians are selected to this list by a vote of their peers.

    This year, Cedar County Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that seven members of its medical staff appeared on the list of Top Doctors in the 417 area code. These include:

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    Union Hall 4-H May Report

    by Gracie Mead, Club Reporter

    The May meeting of Union Hall 4-H Club was called to order at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, by President Glen Van Bummel. Pledges were lead by Gracie Mead and Clara Kate Farran. The minutes from last meeting were read by Avery Schiereck. Macy Stauffer gave the treasurers report.

    The May birthdays were celebrated and project reports were given. The fair board report was given by Rachel Stauffer.

    All Land-O-Lakes Youth Fair livestock entries must be turned in by

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    New Kids on the Block 4-H meet

    The New Kids on the Block 4-H meeting was May 12, 2016, at 6 p.m., at the LOL Fairgrounds. The meeting was called to order by Kolten Norman acting as president. The pledges were led by the Johnsons for the American and the Normans for the 4-H pledge.

    Kentley Rieder, acting as secretary, took roll call with the question “What are you looking forward to doing this summer?” Kentley Rieder then gave the secretary’s report. Kolten Norman gave the treasurer’s report.

    In old business, it was announced Achievement

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    MoDOT warns motorists to watch for summer work zones

    No work planned over Memorial Day weekend

    To help ensure summer travels are as carefree as possible, the Missouri Department of Transportation has developed a list of significant work zones to be on the lookout for this summer. Drivers will encounter delays in work zones on Interstate 70 and Interstate 44 for resurfacing and bridge repairs across the state. Lane restrictions are expected on several other interstates including I-35, I-435, I-55 and I-270 as well as the Route 54/63 bridge construction over the Missouri River in Jefferson City. The majority of the

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Community Archived


    Local letter carriers spent their Saturday, May 14, delivering the mail and collecting food for local food pantries.

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