Look for the Poll results in the next edition of the paper.
Alton SR Center seeks volunteers
On Friday, June 26, the Alton Senior Citizens Center had their monthly birthday celebration for individuals that had a birthday for the month of June. During this event, Roxanne Wurst, Administrator from Three Rivers Hospice was there to visit with attendees to provide information on hospice as she does every month...
Real estate taxes increase in Oregon County for some residents
Residents of Oregon County may have received a notice in their mailbox recently. This notice is to inform residents of the recent increase in real estate taxes. The Missouri State Tax Commission performs ratio studies every other year, in each county, to compare values that have been appraised. The county has to be within five percent of the state commissions appraised value. If not, the county is considered out of compliance with state statute...
Couch School receives $100,000 donation
While students are enjoying summer activities, Couch School has been working on updating and improving the campus for students to enjoy and learn more than ever. The school has worked on improvements over the summer to further expand the education experience for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. ...
2015 Izard County Farm Family - Jared and Samantha Johnson
Jared and Samantha Johnson along with their beautiful daughters, Quinn, Reese and Karsyn, were named the Izard County Farm Family of the year for 2015. Meeting in college at Arkansas State University, the two have been married for ten years and have three beautiful girls under the age of 10, who keep things interesting. ...
FCH Medical Applications of Science program helps area students
The Fulton County Hospital offered a Medical Applications of Science for Health (MASH) camp from June 8 through June 19. Six senior high school students from Fulton and Izard County were in attendance. Aurora Anthony, Mary Estes and Zachary Foster from Salem High School, Danielle Sparks from Izard County Consolidated High School and Camron Holowell from Melbourne High School, spent two weeks working with the hospital. They received a glimpse of what the health profession is really like...
Chamber hosts Baxter as guest speaker and hosting fireworks events
The Chamber of Commerce met in regular session June 24 in the Orange Room at NAEC. This month's guest speaker was Tracy Baxter from White River Area Agency on Aging. The mission of WRAAA is to be an advocate for and develop a coordinated system of programs and services that improves the quality of life for older and at risk adults. Also, to help enable older adults to live independently and with dignity in the least restrictive environment...
Strong willed family determined to share their dreams
Lance and Mandy Humphries, of Ash Flat, have been named the 2015 Sharp County Farm Family of the Year. The couple, along with their three children -- Taci, Graci and Harris -- were proud, humbled and shocked to receive the honor. The Humphries haven't had an easy road, but they pushed through every obstacle that was put in front of them to lead to their success...
Hardy City Council hires assistance for recorder/treasurer
The Hardy City Council met June 16 to discuss monthly business and receive reports from city departments. Council members voiced concerns over not having information given to them and not hearing updates on business that has been previously brought before the council. Council also voted to hire Judy Brown, who is the airport commission's accountant to assist recorder/treasurer Carolyn Groves...
Kelly Minter to be keynote speaker for 2105 Rock This House
It is that time of year, the Ash Flat Church of Christ's Women of Faith Rock This House is right around the corner. Slated for July 24-25, this annual event has became a favorite of women all over the region. This is the lucky seven as the group celebrates its seventh year, promising to be bigger and better than ever as women gather for a God filled weekend with keynote speaker Kelly Minter...
Three seriously injured in drunk driving wreck
A Marmaduke man who was seriously injured in a May 26 accident in which he was the driver may face more than his initial charges if either of the two passengers who were seriously injured in the accident dies from their injuries. According to a report from the Cherokee Village Police Department, officer Chris Spurlock, was dispatched to an accident scene on Cherokee Road to find a 99 Chevy Suburban with three people entrapped. ...
Area fireworks display schedules announced
It is that time of year again, backyard barbecues, fireworks and family fun. This year several area fireworks displays will set the sky alight and help celebrate America's Independence. No matter what town you live in, be sure to check out one or more of the shows...
In this week's edition of The News in an article about the former Dr. Donald Lamoureaux changing his plea on charges from a child sex sting, it was incorrectly reported that Lamoureaux formerly practiced at Horseshoe Health and Medicine. The article should have read "Horseshoe Clinic", as Horseshoe Health and Medicine is a pharmacy. ...
Salem School Board discusses changes for 2015-2016 year
The Salem School Board met June 15 at 7 p.m. in the Superintendent's Office. After establishing a quorum, the minutes were approved from both May 18 and May 21 board meetings. The board considered the 2016-2017 proposed budget. The board is required, by law, to publish a school district budget one year prior to the fall election of board members. ...
Quorum Court and sheriff discuss search program to help collect fines
The Fulton County Quorum Court met in regular session June 8. The court appropriated $11.35 to the Fulton County Fair and $5.12 to NADC from County General from unclaimed money. "These are unclaimed properties that went to the state through the Great Treasure Hunt. ...
VA officer helping Fulton County veterans
Tom Lemon, Salem's veteran service officer is a Salem resident who was born August 25, 1944. He is a retired member of the United States Navy and is no stranger to the life of a soldier. He enlisted in the Navy in 1962, during the time of Vietnam. He said he had heard about Vietnam but he didn't really know about it. ...
Former local doctor changes plea, foregoes jury trial
According to electronic court records, an Ash Flat doctor who was arrested in February during a child sex sting at a West Plains hotel has since changed his plea. A jury trial has been canceled and a change of plea hearing has been set for June 30. The hearing will be held in Federal Court in Fort Smith...
Bootlegger holds grand opening
Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for new Ash Flat store, Bootlegger, on Friday, June 19. Members of SRACC along with employees of the store and owners, Dan and Angela Monroe and Lacey and Matt (not pictured) Williams attended the store's grand opening event, which lasted all day...
Highland City Council accepts bids for storm sirens
Highland City Council met Tuesday, June 9 to review bids for the storm siren installation, discuss actions that will be taken on delinquent sewer accounts and discuss gun use in city limits. Two bids were received for the purchase and installation of a storm siren for the city. ...
Ash Flat Senior Center bring local seniors together for friendships
Oftentimes, seniors in the area are left as widows or don't want to cook for just one, but others like to get out and mix with others. Senior Centers from across the region operated through the North Arkansas Development Council's aging program's goals are to bring these seniors not only healthy warm meals at lunch, but also to help them foster new friendships and a social life, aiding in the health and welfare of seniors. ...
Oregon County Historical Society seeks more members and stories from residents
The Oregon County Historical Society held its monthly meeting Friday, June 12 at the Country Cottage Café in Thayer, Mo. The members of the society approved old business and addressed new business. The society members have decided to offer a scholarship to students. ...
Thayer Police Officers receive promotions
Thayer City Council met in regular session, Tuesday, June 9. The council met to discuss and approve May Financial Report and bills paid and to be paid. Concerning old business, council adopted Ordinance #1068, Council Bill #1067, and the amending of Ordinance #975 concerning peddlers and hawkers. The amending of the bill was to change the Peddlers Licenses fee to $25 per day, $150 per year and includes license fee...
Eleven Point Anglers sponsor fishing days
For more than 20 years, the Eleven Point Anglers Association has been active in promoting fishing opportunities for children. The organization joins with the Missouri Department of Conservation to provide a place and equipment for children to fish. The Missouri Department of Conservation stocks the selected ponds prior to the fishing event and the Eleven Point Anglers Association provides the tackle for the children to use during the events...
Former sheriff Donnie Joe Yancey fondly remembered
Donnie Joe Yancey, former Izard County Sheriff, wore many hats and according to his friends and family and anyone who knew him, he wore those hats well. Yancey was a beloved husband and father, a loyal friend, a fair boss, what some would say a comedian and a believer in Jesus Christ...
Hutson's named 2015 Special Olympics Family of the Year
Jamie and Charlotte Hutson, Fulton County residents, thought that this year's Special Olympics festivities would be just like any other year. Charlotte received an email to attend the opening ceremonies where she thought her family would be there to meet people involved with the event. ...
Phase four of Fulton County Water finally complete
The taste and sound of water running, there is nothing like it, especially for those who have not had rural water. Recently Fulton County water completed Phase 4 of their system, bringing the entire system up to 1002 customers with three towers with approximately 400,000 gallons of storage capacity...