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Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Look for the Poll results in the next edition of the paper.
Has the Ebola threat in Texas changed anything you or your family do on a daily basis?
 No, it is just the latest scare.. happens every year.
 Yes, we are not traveling
 Yes, we are using more hand sanitizer
 No, we are more worried about the new flu virus
 Other

Tonight
Lo: 46
Wed.
Hi: 68
Lo: 43
Thur.
Hi: 67
Lo: 47
Fri.
Hi: 75
Lo: 54
Sat.
Hi: 81
Lo: 55
Sun.
Hi: 81
Lo: 57
Health units waiting to receive flu vaccine (10/15/14)
After a bad flu season last year, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is anxious to keep the spread of flu in check through its yearly campaign to vaccinate students in schools and the general public at local health units. While school clinics are already underway, the department has put its mass flu clinics at health units on hold because of a problem. ...
Owens exits Salem mayor race (10/15/14)
The Salem Mayor's race to replace a legend is down to one active candidate. Democrat Daniel Busch and Independent Charles Owens have been on the local campaign trail, putting out yard signs, going door to door talking to voters and even using radio advertisements, but Owens has informed Fulton County Clerk Vickie Bishop that he is dropping out of the race...
Salem Chamber honors community leaders (10/15/14)
Mayor Gary Clayton received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Salem Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 7. It is likely just one of many accolades Clayton will receive, whether he likes it or not, as he winds down a 40 year career as the Mayor of Salem. ...
District 61 House candidates have different styles (10/15/14)
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to select a state representative to represent them at the statehouse in Little Rock, they will have two very different candidates to choose from. District 61 Representative Scott Baltz, a Democrat from Pocahontas, is laid back and likes to talk about things he has done to help law enforcement, towns and senior citizens in the rural area that makes up his district. ...
Thayer PD solves mystery leading to Arkansas man's arrest (10/15/14)
A little detective work by a Thayer Police officer has resulted in the arrest of a man for leaving the scene of a traffic accident the man did not remember happening. On Sunday, Oct. 12, at 2 a.m., officer Brady Grinnel was sent to investigate a one vehicle accident on Business 63 near the Tally Ho Motel. ...
Student presentations are encouraged at future Thayer School Board meetings (10/15/14)
Politics, bus routes and even head lice were on the agenda as the Thayer School Board met on Thursday, Oct. 9. After opening and public comments, students Jordan Burgett and Sydney Barton addressed the board about their recent FCCLA trip to Silver Dollar City. The students thanked board members for their continued support for the program. The addition of student presentations is a feature that Superintendent Tonya Woods hopes to make a regular occurrence at board meetings...
Thayer Fall Festival royalty (10/15/14)
Photos/Steven Looney Thayer Fall Festival Queens and their court were named on Saturday, Oct. 4. The crowning was sponsored by the Crescite Club. Left photo: Winners from grade school were Avery Pierce and Logan Doss from sixth grade. Runners up were Hattie Haynes and Landon Thompson from Kindergarten. ...
Area educators give Amendment 3 a "thumbs down" (10/15/14)
There are four constitutional amendments to be decided on the Nov. 4 general election ballot in Missouri, but none are as contentious and disputed as Amendment 3, a law concerning how teachers are evaluated and retained. Amendment 3 is opposed by almost every district in the state, including those in Oregon County...
Mammoth Spring water rates to increase (10/15/14)
The Mammoth Spring City Council voted to raise water rates during its Oct. 6 meeting, passing two ordinances, 2014-03 and 2014-04, which added three separate increases for Mammoth Spring water and sewer customers. While the issue was discussed at the September meeting, The South Missourian News incorrectly reported that the council passed the increase at that meeting...
An army of angels ... Mary-Katherine's Story (10/15/14)
After undergoing two cancer diagnoses, a double mastectomy, reconstructive surgery and a total hysterectomy, one woman's faith in God and an army of angels led her through recovery and to an eventual family. Mary-Katherine Hardin is definitely a survivor, but her story involves much more than that...
Local therapy dog brightens nursing home resident's days (10/15/14)
Nursing homes were one of the first settings to open their doors to the concept of pet therapy, which was developed over 30 years ago. Today, it continues to be a heartwarming experience to visit nursing homes and share dogs with seniors, their families and staff members. ...
SRPAS gets new ambulances (10/15/14)
The Spring River Paramedic and Ambulance Service has been operating out of some new-to-them ambulances for the past six months, thanks to donations made by the Highland VFW, but the public may not have realized it. The two used vehicles were badly in need of a paint job and, with the ambulances painted and lettered they now give the service a much more better community image...
Hardy City Council has busy agenda (10/15/14)
The Hardy City Council got an update on some local programs and projects during its Tuesday, Oct. 7, meeting. James Mack Street presented an update on operations at the WRMC Medical Complex, and Emergency Room. He provided an October newsletter and talked about the facility being the first satellite ER in Arkansas. ...
Chili for supper, a pie auction for dessert (10/15/14)
Pots of steaming chili hit the spot on a brisk fall day, as the Fulton County Heritage Foundation held a Chili Supper and Pie Auction at the Old Main School in Salem on Saturday, Oct. 4. The school auditorium quickly filled up with people looking for a good meal and the chance to benefit an important community project...
SALEM HOMECOMING QUEEN CHANGES FROM HEELS TO CLEATS (10/15/14)
Photo/Richard Irby That helmet Salem Senior Christina King was carrying on Friday, Oct. 3, wasn't a prop. The 2014 Homecoming Queen had to make a run for it soon after she was crowned to change into her uniform. King is a member of the football team, and one of the team captains. She was escorted during the ceremony by fellow players Dominick Feher and Marcus Jones...
Salem Police to go after pets running loose (10/15/14)
Salem Police Chief Shad Overman and his officers plan to get out their citation books to try to put a stop to an increase in complaints about dogs and cats running loose in the city limits. "The two biggest complaints I get are about dogs and people who won't clean up around their property, and there's been a big increase in complaints about dogs and cats. ...
Civic Center project back on track? (10/15/14)
It appears tensions between the city of Salem and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have eased, thanks to the intervention of Senator Mark Pryor's office, allowing work to replace the city's civic center to resume. Civic center status "I think we're finally in a position that we are finally going to start making some progress," Mayor Gary Clayton said at the Thursday, Sept. ...
Arkansas Ballot Issue 3- boon or boondoggle? (10/15/14)
"I got curious as to what this was all about," Salem resident Chuck Lovett said, looking up at a strange sight -- a ten foot tall, 2000 pound wooden horse on a trailer in the parking lot of Salem City Park. The horse carried a sign reading, "Vote Against Issue 3, www.saveartermlimits.org...
Health department funding cut again, while need increases (10/09/14)
The Oregon County Health Department and county health offices in the state are facing what is becoming an all to familiar problem, having their funding drastically reduced. The reductions come even though health departments constantly face new challenges, including worries of the Enterovirus 68 posing a threat to children or the even deadlier Ebola virus that was recently imported to Texas from West Africa. ...
Thayer Police Department Drug Take-Back (10/09/14)
Photo/Sam Chilcutt The Thayer Police Department, in coordination with the DEA, collected over 115 pounds of expired and excess medication during the bi-annual "Drug Take Back" collection. The drugs will be shipped off and disposed of at no cost to the city or the citizens. Pictured are Chief Daryl Childers and dispatcher Jason Romines...
NFL woes help raise awareness about Domestic Violence (10/09/14)
A solemn sign stands on the lawn of the Oregon County Courthouse -- two silhouettes alerting people that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Jan Shields of Christos House, a domestic violence prevention organization that serves eight counties in south central Missouri discussed the need for people to become more aware of domestic violence and what they can do to help those who are in need...
Arrest made in connection to stolen property (10/09/14)
A Cabool man has been arrested in connection with a number of thefts in the Koshkonong area. Michael Strong, 39, faces two charges of receiving stolen property, and an investigation is continuing. According to a probable cause statement submitted to Oregon County Circuit Court, Koshkonong Mayor Tom Lowe contacted the Oregon County Sheriff's Department about a possible theft of property in the city. ...
Arrest made in connection to stolen property (10/09/14)
A Cabool man has been arrested in connection with a number of thefts in the Koshkonong area. Michael Strong, 39, faces two charges of receiving stolen property, and an investigation is continuing. According to a probable cause statement submitted to Oregon County Circuit Court, Koshkonong Mayor Tom Lowe contacted the Oregon County Sheriff's Department about a possible theft of property in the city. ...
Oregon County history updated by history book revisions (10/09/14)
The Oregon County History Club has updated its "Oregon County History Book 1," which was orginally sold in a hardback edition. The expanded new edition is being sold as paperback, which is packed full of family histories, stories and general information about the people, places and happenings in Oregon County through the years...
Area fire departments busy during Fire Prevention Week (10/09/14)
Area fire departments have a number of events planned during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5 to 11. This year's theme is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month." Local firefighters will be visiting area schools and daycares during the week to speak with children, and give them exciting tours of their fire trucks. ...