[Nameplate] Fair ~ 64°F  
High: 79°F ~ Low: 51°F
Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
Look for the Poll results in the next edition of the paper.
Have the increasing gas prices made an impact on your summer vacation planning?
 Yes, we will be traveling in state
 Yes, we will not be making a summer trip
 No, we will still make our vacation trip
 undecided, we will wait and see if they go down

Tonight
Lo: 51
Thur.
Hi: 79
Lo: 52
Fri.
Hi: 79
Lo: 56
Sat.
Hi: 81
Lo: 64
Sun.
Hi: 82
Lo: 64
Mon.
Hi: 77
Lo: 58
SALEM CIVIC CENTER to host fundraisers (04/23/14)
Behind the scenes activity is picking up as Fulton County Fair Manager Carolyn Lewis leads efforts to organize a day of fundraising on April 28 to help the city as it works to build a new Salem Civic Center. Barbecue plates will be sold at the Miller-Hickinbotham Building at the fairgrounds during the noon hour on Monday, April 28. ...
Sturkie VFD wants Moko substation (04/23/14)
The Sturkie Volunteer Fire Department wants to reduce the time it takes to respond to fires by adding a substation in the Moko area. "We have been discussing a Moko substation for about six months, and I have a grant application ready to submit to the Arkansas Department of Rural Services," Sturkie firefighter Randy Tyler said, holding up a big notebook showing his work to prepare the application. ...
$70,000 + in grants to boost county projects (04/23/14)
The status of two damaged bridges and further discussion on a Sheriff's request for two patrol cars were among topics on the agenda as the Fulton County Quorum Court met on Monday, April 14. Judge Jim Bicker said it was a race to the finish, but work to replace a bridge slab was completed in time to avoid losing a state grant that was helping pay for the project. ...
The MANY faces of Autism: A TWO PART SERIES ON AUTISM AWARENESS (04/23/14)
Editors note: This is the second of a two part story aimed at educating the public on the causes and diagnosis of autism, and the behaviors that accompany it. April is Autism Awareness Month. Last week, a pharmacist, whose child has Autism, expressed her belief that mercury used as a preservative in vaccines is a likely cause in the large increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism in recent years. ...
Interim Chief Childers hopes to become permanent Thayer Police chief (04/23/14)
Police Officer Daryl Childers became Chief of Police Daryl Childers at the Wednesday, April 16 meeting of the Thayer City Council. It was announced at the meeting that Police Chief David Bailey had resigned after nearly five years on the job, and the council accepted his resignation. During the meeting, Childers was named interim chief of police, until the city hires someone to fill the position...
Man sought in theft of Oregon County deputy's vehicle (04/23/14)
A Nebraska man was being sought on Tuesday, April 22, in the theft of an Oregon County Deputy's vehicle, after he ran it into a river at Myrtle on April 20, around 9:30 p.m. At our press deadline on April 22, the Oregon County Sheriff's Department was still searching for Jeffrey Wegener, 26, of Platte Center, Neb...
New players in place at Thayer City Hall (04/23/14)
It was a night of change as the Thayer City Council met on Wednesday, April 16. A new mayor and two new aldermen were sworn in, and the council announced it had accepted the resignation of Police Chief David Bailey. After outgoing Mayor Merle Williams confirmed the certified results of the April 8 election, City Clerk Donna Martin swore in Junior Brewer who moved from alderman to mayor, reflecting the results of the election. ...
1st Choice Healthcare offers uninsured and underinsured patients healthcare options (04/23/14)
Individuals and families who do not have healthcare coverage has long been a problem in the area, and a new healthcare option to serve the uninsured has opened in Ash Flat. On Tuesday, April 15, 1st Choice Healthcare celebrated its grand opening with a Spring River Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting...
Cherokee Village City Council has busy agenda (04/23/14)
Council member Verna Mae Newman chaired the Cherokee Village City Council meeting on April 17, because Mayor Lloyd Hefley was ill. City Administrative Assistant Judy Bickle discussed trouble with the doors at the city hall. "It's a big safety issue. ...
Viscous Dog Ordinance discussed at Quorum Court (04/23/14)
At the April 14 meeting of Sharp County Quorum Court, much of the discussion centered around possible passage of an ordinance to deal with viscous dogs. Sheriff Mark Counts had been asked to investigate animal control ordinances in other counties. He gave a report on ordinances he found, and his opinion as to what type of ordinance is needed for Sharp County. ...
Williford Library welcomes new librarian (04/23/14)
After surviving losses in three devastating floods from 2008 to 2010. Williford Library has had more than its fair share of setbacks leading to opening a new building in 2011 near Ozark Acres. On April 17, the library welcomed a new librarian and hosted an open house to put the library and its services in the spotlight...
Hardy meeting sets out tourism plan (04/23/14)
After weeks of planning, Hardy Advertising and Promotions Commissioners were pleased with the turn out for the Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 14. More than 100 people filled the old Hardy gym Monday, April 14, for the first meeting of its kind for the area. Those in attendance heard a presentation by the A&P Commission and the Brooks Jeffrey marketing firm on the long term marketing strategy in place for Hardy...
Man sought in theft of Oregon County deputy vehicle (04/21/14)
The Oregon County Sheriff's Department is searching for Jeffrey Wegener, 26 from Platte Center Nebraska. Wegener is wanted in the theft of an Oregon County Deputy's vehicle on April 20 around 9:30 p.m. Wegener allegedly took the vehicle from a Myrtle, Missouri gas station and ran it into the river, completely submerging the 2014 truck the department had recently purchased...
Horns drop Bears in eight (04/16/14)
When rain soaked the field, the scheduled game between the visiting Viola Longhorns and the Mammoth Spring Bears was postponed a day - from April 7 to April 8, and the two 1A-2 North rivals locked up in a good battle. The game was tight the whole way, requiring an extra inning to decide the outcome at Mammoth Spring State Park...
Dishneau Murder trial declared mistrial (04/16/14)
Two years after a Caulfield woman was stabbed to death, a jury in Rolla deadlocked as it deliberated on the guilt or innocence of Dennis Woodward, who was charged with first degree murder and other crimes in connection with the murder. Joy Dishneau, 63, was found dead at her Howell County home on Jan. 2, 2012. Dishneau operated a business, Naturally Enchanted, out of her home, and investigators found personal belongings and items related to the business were missing...
Thayer voters vote out three incumbents; tie vote in Kosh (04/16/14)
Richard Irby Editor Thayer will have a new mayor and two new aldermen, after Thayer voters swept out three incumbents in the Tuesday, April 8, city election. Mayor Merle Williams, who was appointed after Mayor Ron Paulson resigned in November of 2013, was denied his bid to stay on the job. ...
Salem area ATV accident injures two (04/16/14)
Two men were hurt in a late night ATV accident on Highway 395 north of Salem on Saturday, April 12. According to an Arkansas State Police report, 43-year old Timothy Lee Miller of Salem was air flighted to a Missouri hospital for treatment, while a passenger, Alex Ray Sanders, 27, was taken by ambulance to the Fulton County Hospital...
Chocolate Escape yields $1,700 for Fulton County Relay For Life (04/16/14)
With daughter Daleana holding her baby Allison, Christine Bailey had the job of filling a styrofoam container with the variety of desserts that surrounded her in North Arkansas Electric's Orange Room. "This is fun. There is so much to choose from," Bailey said, as she displayed a nearly full container. It appeared she and her family were getting their money's worth for the $10 donation they made to Relay for Life...
Agnos man charged with attempted murder (04/16/14)
"Scott said...her husband shot at her several times, broke out the passenger windows and climbed into the bed of the truck." Arrest warrant affidavit.
Rogers legislator seeks Lt. Governor post (04/16/14)
On Feb. 1, Arkansas Lt. Governor Mark Darr, a Republican, resigned under fire after an ethics investigation found he had improperly collected state funds and campaign donations for his personal use. Since his resignation, some state lawmakers have questioned whether the office of Lt. ...
Strawberry River Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution install officers (04/16/14)
Strawberry River Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution recently installed officers for 2014. DAR is a women's service organization founded in 1890. It is nonprofit and nonpolitical. Members are dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through better education...
New Beginnings.. Helping Pregnant women for 13 years (04/16/14)
Pregnant, now what? The New Beginnings Pregnancy Help Center located on Main Street in Ash Flat has been working for the past 13 years to provide the answer to that question for the Sharp County community. The group was founded in 1999 by Jane Rabon in an effort to minister to pregnant women in need of assistance. For over a decade, with love and support from the community, the 501c3 nonprofit organization has helped over 13,000 women throughout their pregnancies...
Sharp County Democrats host political candidates (04/16/14)
Democratic candidates seeking office or re-election were invited to speak at a Saturday, April 12 meeting of Sharp County Democrats. District 62 State Rep. Tommy Wren was first to take the podium, one of four representatives who serve Sharp County. Wren, an Izard County native, is in his second term serving part of Sharp County and parts of Izard, Stone and Independence Counties. ...
Cave City search warrant yields drugs and firearms (04/16/14)
On April 7, 2014 the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, Cave City Police Department and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission executed a search warrant at 317 Lile Street in Cave City. During a search of the residence, officers discovered several bags of a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana, several items of drug paraphernalia, firearms and a large sum of cash. ...
Evening Shade to welcome new Dollar General (04/16/14)
After years without a grocery store, Evening Shade residents are excited about the construction taking place off of Highway 167. Dirt work and other preparations are underway for the construction of a new Dollar General for the town. According to Evening Shade Mayor Richard Huff, construction is expected to begin soon with an expected completion date in July. ...