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$874 million Unclaimed Property waiting to be returned. Statewide effort starts June 16

Starting June 16, Missouri families, businesses and local governments with Unclaimed Property will be able to find their information in their local newspapers. The names of more than 90,000 account owners will be printed in more than 100 newspapers across Missouri.

The announcement came from Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel. "I receive thousands of dollars in Unclaimed Property every day, and my team works diligently to return record amounts to Missourians each year," Treasurer Zweifel said. "The names published in these statutorily required advertisements represent a small portion of the nearly 5 million account owners I hold property for. One in 10 Missourians has some Unclaimed Property, and I encourage everyone to visit to claim theirs completely free of charge." (The site also contains a list of unclaimed military medals).

Missouri law requires these advertisements be published annually, listing the names of individuals whose Unclaimed Property valued at $50 or more has been turned over to the Treasurer in the past year. No General Revenue funds are used for this effort.

The average Unclaimed Property return is $300. Individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and local governments can search Unclaimed Property 24 hours a day at Anyone can sign up for email notifications when Unclaimed Property comes in matching your information, or send notifications to family and friends, letting them know about Unclaimed Property being held for them. 

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College of Ozarks Farmers Market Season Begins — Culinary Presentations Offered

20150605_100202Student managers at the C of O Keeter Center’s Dobyns Dining Room,  Maalek Getchell and Maggie Oliver, hold a culinary demonstration for shoppers at the Fri, June 5, Farmers Market.

      Maalek Getchell takes a break after a comprehensive culinary presentation on making homemade kimchi while Maggie Oliver demonstrates some hands-on techniques for the recipe. The presentation included information about the abundance of nutritional benefits contained in Swiss chard, kale and  kimchi along with details for preparing the vegetables and also making sauces.  The two student chefs also prepared stir fried rice with the veggies and spices, then passed out samples of both dishes to the audience.

Tips from the  C of O culinary students:  For better textured rice, rinse the uncooked rice several times in cold water before cooking — Getchell. When peeling those difficult twists of raw ginger, try using the edge of a spoon — Oliver.

     College of the Ozarks Farmers Market is held each Friday through the summer from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The market features campus grown produce, meats, student-made products, plants, garden and dairy tours. Culinary demonstration are at 8 a.m and 10 a.m. The market is held in the Sale Barn located  in the Agriculture Department area.  After entering the campus, take a right turn at the posted Farmers Market sign (just past Lake Honor also on your right).  Drive past the W. Alton Jones milking parlor to the Sale Barn.

Table Rock Dam Flood Gates Open

Recent persistent  rainfall contributed to high water in streams and lakes.  Flood gates at Table Rock Dam were open meaning very swift water along Lake Taneycomo.  Rainbow trout fishing appeared good, but extreme caution along waterways is advised.

Area water overflowed banks, Taneycomo running swift, caution advised. Mr. Heron (below) takes the phases of nature in stride.  (5/30-31/2015)


Attorney General Koster sues four sham cancer charities for defrauding donors of more than $187 million

Attorney General Chris Koster, joined by 49 other state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission, has filed a lawsuit against four so-called cancer charities and their operators, who Koster alleges have received more than $187 million by scamming consumers throughout the country – including cheating Missourians of at least $3 million.

 The states and the FTC allege the defendants represented themselves as legitimate charities that provide direct support to cancer patients, children with cancer, and breast cancer patients in the United States. In fact, the complaint alleges more than 90 percent of consumers’ contributions benefited only the operators, their families and friends, and professional fundraisers.

 The complaint targets:

 ·       Cancer Fund of America, Inc. and Cancer Support Services, Inc., and the corporations’ president, James Reynolds, Sr., and chief financial officer, Kyle Effler.

 ·       Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Inc., and its president and executive director, Rose Perkins.

 ·       Breast Cancer Society, Inc., and its executive director and former president, James Reynolds II.

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2014 Year in Review Edition

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Top Feature: Waitress Receives Incredible Gift of Kindness


By Earl Stresak

Uh oh! I must be in trouble,” thought Branson Cracker Barrel waitress Cindi Grady as she followed her boss toward the restaurant’s front door. She tried to think of what she could have possibly done wrong. Cindi began getting a little nervous. The events leading up to the moment started last summer when Gary and Roxann Tackett from Quitman, Ark., frequented the restaurant while visiting Branson. Cindi would wait on them. “They are the most friendly people in the world,” Cindi said. One day they asked Cindi if there was anything she really needed.

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