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Winter storms cause holiday events to be cancelled
Because of the winter storm which began moving through the area on Thursday morning, Dec. 5, many area holiday events planned for this weekend have already been changed. The first wave of rain and sleet is to be followed with the possibility of more sleet, ice or snow through Sunday, so it might be a good idea to check before heading out to any weekend event, including basketball tournaments and games...
NAEC prepares for winter weather
Editor's Note - The following is a press release from NAEC: With the potential for severe winter weather in the forecast for all of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative's (NAEC) six-county service area, NAEC has pulled together all of its employees and has implemented a plan of action to coordinate our response to the winter weather...
Emergency Room or Hospital?
Sharp County to open first satelite emergency room in the state, voters to decide on hospital
Local chimney fire emphasizes importance of chimney maintenance
Your chimney -- and the flue that lines it -- adds architectural interest to your home, but its real function is to carry dangerous flue gases from your fireplace, wood stove or furnace safely out of your home. A chimney helps your household air stay breathable...just as your windows and your bathroom, attic and kitchen vents do. Unlike those other exhaust points in your home, however, fireplace and wood stove chimneys need a special kind of care...
Alton man dies in house fire
Johnny Sisco, of rural Alton, died in a fire in his home on Saturday, Nov. 23. Emergency services responded to the fire at Sisco's residence at around 7:30 p.m. According to the Alton Fire Department report, the fire apparently started when Sisco fell asleep while smoking in bed...
Garment workers meet for annual reunion
If you didn't attend the former Thayer garment factoy employees reunion, you missed a great time. The reunion was held on Nov. 9 at the Country Cottage in Thayer. We went back in time abut 40 years, remembering the beginning of the factory and the end...
New Thayer Electrical building nearing completion -- finally
A much-needed new building to house the City of Thayer Electric Department is in use and nearly complete after almost a year of construction. In August of 2012, the city began discussing building a new electric department building. Because of the deteriorating condition of the old office on Front Street, it really didn't have much choice. ...
Mammoth Spring Cares holds 4th annual Thanksgiving meal
The Mammoth Spring High School cafeteria was bursting with people of every age on Thanksgiving Day when Mammoth Spring Cares held it's fourth annual community meal. The event got its start four years ago when Brad Pierce and his wife, Sonya, went before members of the Mammoth Spring First Baptist Church with the idea of holding a Thanksgiving gathering. "We wanted to see people come together as a family to serve others and show love," said Pierce...
Kankey arrested AGAIN
Rodney Kankey of Viola made a brief court appearance on Monday, Nov. 25, to be charged with Contempt of Court. Kankey was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 20, just four days after Circuit Judge Tim Weaver warned him that his bond would be revoked and he would be jailed until his May 2014 trial if further citizen complaints were lodged against him...
Fulton County Hospital board hears encouraging financial news
Because the Fulton County Hospital Board did not meet in October, it had two financial reports to go through at its Monday, Nov. 25 meeting. The trend of more patients being admitted to the hospital continued both months, helping to produce encouraging financial numbers...
ITS BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
Choosing best floats was tough decision for Salem parade officials
Salem schools fare well in Annual Yearly Progress Reports
Salem students continue to produce top scores in state testing but, for the second year in a row, one of the schools is listed as "Needs Improvement" on the Department of Education's Annual Yearly Progress Report. Superintendent Ken Rich told the Salem School Board at its Nov. ...
Christmas in the Village slated for weekend
Cherokee Village will present "Christmas in the Village," on Dec. 6 and 7. The fun filled weekend festival will feature a Christmas "golf cart" parade, entertainment from the Highland Band and Choir, pictures with Santa, a pancake breakfast with Santa, crafts for sale, caroling by Cherokee Village Community Choir, a game room with prizes for kids and much more...
Rabies detected in skunk in Sharp County
Sharp County veterinarian Donna Shaw has reported that a dead skunk found in a dog pen of a Sharp County home on Nov. 16 has tested positive for rabies. Shaw sent the skunk's head to the state lab for testing. According to Shaw, homeowner has nine dogs, none of which were current on their vaccinations. ...
Area prepares to bring out the holiday spirit
The holiday season always brings out the spirit of giving and, this year, several events are scheduled that bring the community together, while also helping those in need. The recent Harvestfest in Cherokee Village was very successful, and produced a lot of community spirit as businesses participated in a friendly competition to build and display scarecrows in the days leading up to a daylong festival. In early December, Cherokee Village will return with Christmas in the Village...
Wewers Welcome Wagon
Aaron Wewerss, the Highland police officer who has been hospitalized in Little Rock since Oct. 12 following an ATV accident, was welcomed home on Thursday, Nov. 21 in grand style. A big crowd gathered in the driveway of the Wewers's Ash Flat home and put up a banner. Since Wewers is an Entergy employee as well as a police officer, power trucks and police cars lined the drive way as people waited anxiously for him to arrive...
Salem Lions to hold first meeting
The newly forming Salem Lions club has scheduled an organizational and informational meeting for Tuesday, Dec. 3, at noon at the Salem United Methodist church. Those who have signed up as club members will discuss plans for the club's regular meeting schedule, the location, day of the month and time for the meetings and ideas for possible community service projects and club fundraisers...
Fulton County government unveils new website to inform citizens
Fulton County government made history on Nov. 21 when it officially opened the county's first-ever website to allow people to get information about county offices and provide links to other area government bodies and organizations. The address of the website is: fultoncounty.arkansas.gov...
Angel Tree collections underway
Christmas trees are already up at the Fulton County Courthouse and Ash Flat Walmart but, this time, it is hard to complain about Christmas sales starting too early. The trees are Angel Trees, placed by the Department for Human Services office in Salem to collect gifts for needy children...
New jail takes in its first guests
The Fulton County Sheriff's Department beat a state imposed Dec. 1 deadline to open the county's new detention center. Five inmates of the old jail were transported to the new facility on Monday evening, Nov. 18. Chief Deputy Al Roork said the jail's first guests are giving it good reviews, even though television sets have yet to be installed in cell blocks. ...
Brownies think of others at Thanksgiving
Two families with limited resources had a good Thanksgiving thanks to Salem Brownie Troop 5196. At their Monday, Nov. 18 meeting, the troop's 13 members brought food donations from family and friends and put together two Thanksgiving baskets, which were topped off with turkeys donated by Town and Country Supermarket. ...
Thayer Schools welcome Resource Officer
On Nov. 12, the Thayer City Council and the Thayer School Board voted in separate meetings to approve Steve Biffle as the Student Resource Officer for the Thayer School System. An increase in school shootings and violence, has school districts all over the country adding Resource Officers to ensure the safety of their students. ...
Fire destroys Accents of Christmas in Mammoth Spring
Fire broke out at the Accents of Christmas store, located at the intersection of Highways 9 and 63 in downtown Mammoth Spring, on Monday morning, Nov. 25. The first call came in at 4 a.m. and, by 8 a.m., the building was a complete loss. Owners Wanda and Dorsey Williams also own the Ozark Heritage Mall, located on Main Street in Mammoth Spring...
Mammoth Spring Senior Life Center is the place to be
The Mammoth Spring Senior Life Center is not a place where the majority of people arrive about lunchtime, eat and move on. It has evolved into a place where many seniors come early and stay late to visit, play games, dine and participate in many group projects...
Williams sworn in as Thayer's new Mayor
The Thayer City Council called a special meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21 to choose one of their number to serve as Mayor, following the resignation of Mayor Ron Paulson, on Tuesday, Nov. 12. A smaller, more subdued crowd was in attendance for the special meeting, compared to the full house that attended the earlier meeting where the board was to discuss proceeding with an impeachment proposal filed by Alderman Merle Williams...