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2016 Izard County Farm Family of the Year
Dentist by day...cattle farmer 24/7. The 2016 Izard County Farm Family is the Wheelis family of Melbourne. Lowell and Janice Wheelis and Brad and Tina Wheelis operate Wheelis Farms together. Brad Wheelis is known in the Melbourne area for his dentistry business, but is being recognized alongside his family for their achievements in farming...
2016 Fulton County Farm Family of the Year
The David and Susan Carr Family
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Sanders promoted to Areawide Media General Manager
Rustmedia has announced the promotion of Patti Sanders, of Viola as Areawide Media's General Manager. Patti has worked around the newspaper business for over 40 years from composing to sales. Sanders said, "I am excited about this opportunity. I look forward to the continued work of our local newspapers and our communities. The communities that we serve and work is the core of our success. I encourage everyone to reach out to me to improve not only the newspapers but our communities."...
Gould's father seeks community help in finding daughter's killer
Baxter County resident Dr. Larry Gould can still remember the last time he saw his daughter Rebekah who was brutally murdered in Izard County nearly 12 years ago. A death that shook a community to its core remains unsolved and leaves Rebekah's family wanting closure and to finally be able to lay their beloved to rest...
"Doc" Freeman embarks on half century on NAEC Board of Directors
To have lived in the same area all of an 84 year lifetime is quite amazing, but to serve on a board for 48 of those years, is even more of an accomplishment. For Jasper Clinton "Doc" Freeman, Jr. of Nelsonville, this has been his life and was a 1951 graduate of Poughkeepsie High School...
Water safety of primary concern after area sees recent drownings
Before the first official day of summer, water related accidents and deaths are on the rise. Incidents on local rivers and lakes cause concern for in-experienced swimmers and with the plentiful amounts of rain received earlier this season, even experienced swimmers are at risk due to higher levels, which make currents faster...
Woman arrested after multiple false calls for emergency service
Hardy Police Department recently reported the arrest of Carol Campbell, 58, of Hardy, after she made several calls to 911 dispatch resulting in numerous emergency responses to her residence, which were all false alarms. The well being of Campbell had been questioned by law enforcement officers who have responded to her calls for a while, but the first steps in order for her to receive assistance will hopefully come as a result of her arrest...
Cave City man arrested on theft charges in Izard County
The second male allegedly involved in the breaking/entering and theft of property at a residence on Zion Road has been arrested. Christopher Lane Eiler, age 34 of Cave City was arrested and charged June 13 and remains in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond. ...
OCSD pleased with state audit
Missouri State Auditor, Nicole Galloway, CPA, recently released a "Citizens Summary" of findings in the audit of Oregon County for 2015. In response to the audit and to answer any questions citizens might have, Oregon County Sheriff's Department reached out to The South Missourian News to clarify the findings from the department and to commend the hard work of OCSD Chief Deputy Eric King during Sheriff George Underwood's absence in 2015...
OCSD seizes 40 marijuana plants
On June 14, while attempting to serve an arrest warrant, an officer from the Oregon County Sheriff's Office located and seized approximately 40 marijuana plants and a substance believed to be methamphetamine. The plants were located at a residence east of Alton. ...
Thayer City Council holds monthly meeting
The Thayer City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, June 14 to discuss new and old business including adopting an ordinance that will allow the Ozarks Medical Center to move forward with construction. The council discussed scheduling a special called meeting for the proposed budget for 2016-17 fiscal year. There will be a workshop concerning the topic on July 21 at 2:30 p.m. and a meeting will be held at 7 p.m...
Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative holds annual media day
Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative held their annual media day on Tuesday, June 14. Information was presented to local media about what the cooperative is doing to reduce the carbon footprint in addition to using coal as a main resource of energy, along with what they have accomplished in the past year and plan to accomplish in the upcoming year...
20 years past due...Oregon County Fair held this past weekend
This past weekend many showed up to participate in and enjoy the first county fair to be held in Oregon County in 20 years. The events started on Friday evening with a rodeo held at the Thayer/Mammoth Saddle Club continued on Saturday throughout the day...
Youth Council looking for volunteers
To further their community project of renovating the roller rink, the Oregon County Co-Op Youth Council is looking for volunteers to help clean up the roller rink building in Alton. The youth council will have a community clean-up day to be held on Saturday, June 25 beginning at 10 a.m. The project will last until the clean-up is finished...
Couch R-I School holds second public forum
The Couch R-I School District recently held their second public forum on Thursday, June 9 to discuss the addition of a FEMA building to the campus as well as making other needed improvements such as fixing the bathrooms in the high school and renovation and remodeling of the high school gymnasium lobby, building a bus barn and replacing the gymnasium roof...
Oregon County Fair to be held this weekend
This weekend Oregon County will once again host a fair after not having one for approximately 20 years. Many members of the community have joined together for the efforts to recreate this lost tradition in the county. For many years, the community participated in fairs that were held every year to celebrate and promote local farmers and crafters, however, it was discontinued because the interest in the fair lessened through the years which resulted in lack of volunteers that were available to help create the fun filled event.. ...
Recent rescues a reminder of importance of river safety
Recently the Oregon County Sheriff's Department responded to calls to aid people on the Eleven Point River due to flooding from excessive rainfall and another call involving a man that was injured while canoeing. On May 24, the Eleven Point River flooded due to excessive rain fall the region received. ...
MDC searches for vehicle in elk poaching case
Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) agents would like to speak to the driver of a 2007-12 dark gray four-door GM pickup, reported by an anonymous tip to have been at Log Yard Access along the Current River between 8:30 and 9 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2015. ...
2016 Sharp County Farm Family ...Bart and Brandi Schulz
"In winter's chill or summer's heat, a farmer works so the world can eat." And nothing could be more true for fifth generation farmer Bart Schulz and family, who were named the 2016 Sharp County Farm Family. Bart and Brandi Schulz and sons Briley and Jonah Finster of Sidney, who run a 484 acre cattle and poultry operation, were honored by the distinction and for a relative newcomer to the farm, wife Brandi, that is something to be proud of...
Hardy mayor faced with EEOC charge and investigation sought into missing city records
Hardy City Council learned of an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) charge that is under investigation involving Mayor Nina Thornton and Alderman Jason Jackson at its meeting Tuesday, June 8. In addition to the charge, council members voted to have missing city documents investigated by Hardy Police Chief Scott Rose. An ordinance was also passed for existing residences on Main Street to be legal living quarters. A plan was also put in place to sell the city van...
Man sentenced to death in Sharp County's first death penalty case may get new sentence
The Arkansas Supreme Court overturned the death penalty sentence for Steven Victor Wertz June 9 on a technicality regarding jury forms. Wertz was finally convicted in Sharp County's first death penalty case in 2007 for the 1986 shotgun and throat slash slayings of Terry and Kathy Watts of Ash Flat as they slept. Terry's 11 month old son Joshua was unharmed as he slept between his father's legs...
Favorite events returning to Music Festival
Favorite events returning to The Old-Time Music, Ozarks Heritage Festival in downtown West Plains, Mo., will include the 9th Annual Mule Jump Competition, and a full afternoon Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop. The Festival will celebrate its 22nd year Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18. The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture. Admission to all festival events is free...
FCH Health Fair educates community about strokes
The Fulton County Hospital sponsored their First Inaugural Health Fair at the Salem Elementary School Gymnasium June 9. Local health representatives from Fulton County Hospital, AR Saves, Ozarka College Nursing Program from the Mammoth branch, Tri County Medical, North Arkansas Home Care, White River Area Agency on Ageing, Spring River Home Health, Fulton County Health Department, Legacy Hospice and the Southfork River Therapy, were on hand to provide information and demonstrations...