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Bear visits Thayer resident
Friday, June 7 was a quiet summer day in Thayer's Barton Hill neighborhood, with children playing and an elderly gentlemen sitting outside enjoying the nice weather. Then, a visitor added a little excitement to the day. A black bear cub made his way up a tree to relax on a branch...
Mayor attempts to shut down A and P Commission, after being removed from it
Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton again challenged changes on the city's Advertising and Promotions Commission at the June 3 Hardy City Council meeting. Thornton and two other commission members have been removed by the new city council, and Thornton continued to challenge the legality of the council's actions. The A and P decides how special tax money should be used for events and advertisements to attract tourists to the city...
Thayer student competes in international science fair
For the second year in a row, Thayer High School sent students to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. This year 2013 graduate Samantha Huckabee, won the grand prize at the Ozarks Science and Engineering Fair held in Springfield, qualifying her for the international event held in Phoenix, Ariz...
Salem Senior Center kitchen may close
The White River Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA) promised big changes for the better when it took over the operation of Fulton County's three senior citizens centers last August. But as it begins its second year of serving local seniors, some changes, which may be in the offing, are alarming seniors who depend on local programs...
Salem Fishing Derby Winners
The prize winners from May's Salem Fishing Derby are, from left to right: Cooper Hancock, 9, winner of the swimming pool; Anna Neal, 11, winner of a $125 Walmart gift card; and Melanie Huffmaster, 6, winner of a kid-sized four-wheeler.
Co-op annual meeting still a "can't miss" event
A team of North Central Arkansas Electric employees and interns arrived early to prepare for the co-ops' annual meeting on Thursday, June 6 -- and people determined to get a prime spot to take it all in did too. While it is required to hold an annual meeting for its members, NAEC sticks to its long tradition of turning the meeting into a huge, free picnic with lots of entertainment...
Jury still out on Relay changes
The cause was the same -- activities to raise money for the fight against cancer -- but it was a very different setting for the 2013 Fulton County Relay For Life, as Relay teams set up around the Salem town square, after years of holding the event at the Salem high school football stadium or baseball field...
Hospital board hopes employee insurance change will save thousands
The Fulton County Hospital Board of Governors is hoping to save more than $200,000 a year by changing the way it provides healthcare coverage to its employees. But employees may face an increase in what they pay for coverage. "The current plan we have is just too expensive," board chairman John Ed Welch said at a May 29 special meeting. "This is a concern we have had for a while. The hospital's out of pocket cost, which the hospital paid last year, was $580,000."...
Locals encouraged to purchase Rock This House tickets early
After five years of steady growth, Women of Faith Ministries is expecting a larger than ever crowd for this year's Rock This House event, July 26 and 27, at the Ash Flat Church of Christ Family Life Center. Organizers are urging people to purchase their tickets early ,as they are already going quickly...
Mongolian Grill's prices and atmosphere please diners
County is making quite an impression for great food and a unique dining experience that has not been available in the area. The Ha Hoo Mongolian Grill in Hardy opened in early May, in the building which formerly housed the Cozumel Mexican Restaurant...
Working in the garden...
High School student Emily Wilson assists with the harvest of sugar snap peas at the Highland Middle School garden. Sugar Snaps are flat pea pods that grow during the cool season. They are crisp and sweet - often eaten fresh, steamed or in a stir fry. Nutritionally, they are a great source of vitamins K, B6 and C. They pack a lot of iron as well...
Ivey's Automotive celebrates 30 years in business
Three decades of repairing a community's vehicles is something to be proud of. To celebrate that milestone in his business, Charles Ivey expressed his gratitude on Friday, June 7, with a cook out at his Highland shop. With a grill supplied by Ozark Tire, the smell of burgers and hot dogs filled the air as employees prepared lunch for over 400 people. ...
Jason Smith elected to congress in special election
By winning the June 4 Special Election for Missouri's Eighth Congressional district seat, Jason Smith became one of the youngest serving members of Congress. Smith, a 32 year old Republican from Salem, won the election with 67 percent of the vote over Democrat Steve Hodges of East Prairie, and Libertarian candidate Doug Enyart. Smith's south east Missouri seat includes Oregon and Howell Counties...
Ozarks Native Plant Society scheduled to meet June 18
Plant identification will be the theme of the June 18 Ozarks Native Plant Society meeting. All are invited to bring a plant or two to be identified - bring leaves, stem and roots if practical. The meeting will be held at the Ozarks Regional Office of the Conservation Office in West Plains at 551 Joe Jones Blvd. (Highway 160 East). It will begin at 6:30 P.M. For more information, call Susan Farrington at 417-255-9561, ext 307, or Betty Queen at 417-257-7544...
Dream Team makes the Big Time
The Thayer Dream Team Little League team, got a sense of what it feels like to make it to the "Big's" when it traveled to Springfield over Memorial weekend. LeAnn Belongy made arrangements for the team of 9-10 year olds to be announced, and run out on the field at Hammond Park, home of the Springfield Cardinals. ...
Local radio stations honored
Two locally owned radio stations, KAMS and K-Kountry, recently received two awards from the Missouri Broadcaster's Association. "We (KAMS) received the first place award for Broadcasting Excellence for our sticker promotion for 2012. We (K-Kountry) also received a runner up award for our station sponsored event, the Hunger Hero Campaign, which took place from Thanksgiving to Christmas of 2012. ...
Information sought on vandals that damaged Falling Spring Mill
When visitors made a recent trip to enjoy the beauty of historical Falling Spring Mill, they were surprised at what they found. Eleven Point River District Ranger Tim Bond said the visitors reported vandalism they found the weekend of May 18. "Vandals ripped boards off the mill and threw them into the pond," Bond said. ...
ABC Drawing Selects first candidates for Sharp County liquor licenses
The last few months have been a buzz with local conversations about liquor stores and who would get what and when. Today, that question was nearly answered.. nearly. With 43 applications submitted and accepted, the Alcohol Beverage Control Board met with all applicants or their respective representatives and conducted a double blind drawing to determine the four applicants who will be first in line to open liquor stores within the county if they meet all ABC's qualifications...
Doniphan resident wins $1 Million Lottery Prize
The Show-Me State might not have boasted the largest Powerball winner in history, but two Missourians took home life-changing prizes from the $590.5 million record-setting jackpot on May 18. Mary Jane Hart, 57, of Doniphan was one of the lucky winners who matched all five white-ball numbers, earning her a second-tier prize of $1 million. Hart made a Quick Pick to select the winning combination: 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52...
Main Street Hardy acquires headquarters
Main Street of Hardy, the non-profit group which works to preserve and promote historic Main Street, has acquired the Biggers building on the northeast corner of Spring and Main Streets. The building is listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings...
Fulton County Tax Collector offers pay by phone option
The Fulton County Tax Collector's office has taken in $100,000 more in tax payments this year than compared to this time last year. Michalle Watkins, who became Collector in January, credits the increase to two changes in office operations...
Fulton County Relay shakes things up for June 8 event
The 13th annual Fulton County Relay for Life begins at noon on Saturday, June 8. The new time -- noon to midnight -- and its new location -- the Salem town square -- are designed to make the American Cancer Society fundraiser more visible to area residents, and more convenient for them to stop by and get involved...
OMC Hospital Management to end in June
The Fulton County Board of Governors met in special session on Wednesday, May 29, to discuss changing employee health insurance coverage, but wound up finalizing plans to terminate the agreement which puts the Ozarks Medical Center in charge of day to day hospital operations...
Lightning turns out the lights
Most of Fulton County woke up with no power on Friday, May 31, when a lightning strike at 6:25 a.m. damaged the Salem Substation. In this photo, North Arkansas Electric crews were removing a damaged breaker so a replacement could be installed. Full power was restored about 8:30 a.m. after damage to a transformer and breakers was repaired. The outage affected parts of Salem and communities from Agnos to Union to near Viola to Sturkie...
Salem School District to get $1.6 million in grants
The Salem School District has been approved for up to $1.6 million in state assistance for three major campus improvement projects. At the May 20 meeting of the Salem School Board, Superintendent Ken Rich announced that, after applying several times over the years, the Arkansas Academic Facilities Partnership Program has approved replacing the heating and cooling systems at the elementary school and high school, and building an addition to the high school band classroom, which has long needed to be expanded.Under the partnership program, the state will pay 60 percent of the cost of the three projects.. ...