West Central honored for being safe workplace

Posted September 3, 2015 at 10:57 am

West Central Missouri Community Action Agency (West Central) in Appleton City received an award from Missouri Employers Mutual (MeM) for being a safe workplace. West Central was one of only 15 recipients statewide, out of 14,000 MeM policy holders, to receive this award.

The award, which was presented by Kent Fischer of Missouri Employers Mutual, is a result of the initiatives and measures that West Central integrates into their daily safe workplace activities.

“Slips, trips and falls are the No. 1 cause of workplace injuries, averaging $47,696 per lost-time claim. Being proactive can minimize the direct costs of workplace injuries and the indirect costs,” said Fischer. When asked what additional requirements West Central enacted to receive this award, Fischer replied, “West Central has excelled in their safety efforts by identifying hazards and reducing the number of claims through

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    Community Springs Healthcare Facility received the 2014-2015 Excellence in Action award, which recognizes long-term care and senior living organizations that achieve high levels of excellence. The award is especially significant because the satisfaction database through My InnerView by NRC is the largest in the United States with more than 8,500 facilities that are surveyed annually.


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    Frank Lambrecht, president of the Opera House Arts Council, announced that the monthly faith based movie shown Monday, Aug. 31, was a huge success.

    He said, “What a night! Last night we had our first Faith Based Movie night and had a record crowd show up estimating between 200 and 250 people to watch ‘God’s Not Dead.’ Great time was had and we made over $500 in the concession stand. The community really supported their home town theater and I look for bigger and better things coming.”


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    The El Dorado Springs School Board, in a tax rate hearing last Thursday, Aug. 27, set the school tax rate for 2015-16.

    All board members were present: Walt Anderson, Benny Brower, Scott Cluck, Allen Hoover, Josh Floyd, Greg Beydler and Darrell Eason – presiding.

    The board set the total tax rate at $3.7241. This will be a decrease for Cedar County tax payers because last year they had to pay the recoupment tax because of the courthouse error that caused the tax rate to be too low in

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    “Forty-three states now have policies in place to govern what types of snacks school districts may offer. These policies vary state to state,” said Dr. Greg Carter, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    In2014-2015, recommendations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture were released to aid in driving schools

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    “Over 3,000 publications have now confirmed the efficacy of garlic for the prevention of a variety of diseases and promotion of health,” said Dr. Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    The health benefits of garlic are attributed to its abundance of phytochemicals.

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    Dorothy said to make a list of your grievances you cannot control such as the rude friend or family member. Perhaps a well meaning but unsupporting friend or family. After

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