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The Local Records Preservation Grant Program has given out awards to area offices. The Branson city clerk received $19,224 for microfilm and a reader/printer. Greene County Archives received $4,550 for microfilm, while the Jasper County Archives received $7,927 for shelving. The Joplin Police Department was given $4,517 for personnel and shelving, and the McDonald County R-1 School was given $1,170 for personnel.

Books for Babies, a project of Cox Health Systems, has received a grant of $1,800 from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to present each baby admitted to the intensive care nursery with his or her own book, personalized with the baby's name, footprints and primary nurse's name. Money comes specifically from three unrestricted funds within the Community Foundation.

Ozark Public Television's First Book program has received a grant of $3,000 from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The grant will provide books for 60 children enrolled at Douglas Head Start and 120 children at Ritter Head Start.

The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano, Missouri Volunteer First Responder Units have received two defibrillators from the Mercy Regional Health Foundation. The equipment, valued at $7,436, is used to restart and stabilize the hearts of heart attack victims and others.

The American Lung Association of Western Missouri-Springfield Branch, has received a $1,500 grant from Commerce Bank to be used with its prevention program "High School Heroes." The program invites high-school-age volunteers to visit area elementary schools to talk to younger students about the risks of smoking.

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