Familiar face; new title
As of Tuesday, Jan.3, Kim Break has been named Areawide Media's Editor. Break has worked for Areawide Media for approximately five years; first as a reporter for The South Missourian News and Villager Journal and was then promoted to Associate Editor...
Local LEO agencies search for stolen property
The Sharp County Sheriff's Department and Hardy Police Department are searching for a vehicle and trailer which were reported stolen Dec. 26. The Sharp County Sheriff's Department received call from Larry Swetnam, owner of the Trading Post Gifts & Warehouse who reported that a dark grey 2008 Ford F250 4-door pickup truck and a white 24 foot long enclosed v-neck car hauler trailer were stolen from the property...
City of Hardy battles more controversy; Sharp County Library Board concerns
The handicap lift at the Hardy Library was the main topic of discussion during the Sharp County Library Board Meeting Jan. 4. The lift, which was acquired and installed in the Hardy Branch of the Sharp County Libraries in 2011, serves library patrons with mobility issues who struggle using the libraries staircase in the main entrance...
City of Hardy battles more controversy; mayor fires police chief
In a whirlwind of events, the City of Hardy is once again on the forefront of everyone's mind. In the past year, Hardy has seen the resignation of a mayor, recorder/treasurer and three council members. Now, the city is making headlines by terminating Department of Public Safety Director Scott Rose...
Sharp County Quorum Court's final meeting for 2016
The Sharp County Quorum Court reconvened their November meeting session Dec. 29 at the Ash Flat Courthouse in Ash Flat to finish out 2016. This was also the final meeting for three Justices of the Peace and Sharp County Judge Larry Brown. The first order of business for the court was to pass ordinance 2016-7 to levy the taxes. ...
Names released and charges filed on explosive case
Peter Mathis, 50, and Steven Mathis, 24, the father and son who were arrested Dec. 28 following a traffic stop in Hardy which yielded explosive devices and materials, have been charged with possessing explosive devices, a class B felony. The charges follow an arrest made during a traffic stop for a faulty tail light after Hardy Police Officers Tamara Taylor and Scott Hart discovered the vehicle had fictitious tags and there were multiple warrants for the driver, Peter...
Judge Larry Brown retires after a decade
Larry Brown who has served as the Sharp County Judge for the past 10 years, turned the reigns over to Gene Moore Jan. 2. Brown said when he first took office in 2007, he had high hopes to bring natural gas to the county, but when he saw it wasn't likely to happen, turned his efforts to more achievable goals which would serve all of the residents in Sharp County...
HMS partners with Highland Assembly of God
The Highland Middle School and Highland First Assembly of God have partnered to give students a leg up on life through a new mentoring project known as IMPACT. According to Superintendent Don Sharp, discussion for the project took place during the fall semester after Pastor Chris Clem approached him about the possibility of a collaboration between the school and church for an after school tutoring program...
Missouri man faces felony charges in Sharp County
A Thayer, Mo. man has received felony charges after it was discovered he had stolen property in multiple counties. According to an affidavit from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department (SCSD), the charges stem from an incident dating back to Dec. 17, 2016...
Positions open up for area school boards
The three-year term is up on some of the positions for school boards at area schools. Currently, there are five candidates signed up for three positions open at Alton R-IV District School. They are Krystal Smith, Bonnie Hughes, Ryan Miller, Bart Kernodle and Rodney Barrott...
Local student killed in one-vehicle accident
A local student was killed in a one-vehicle accident the morning of Monday, Jan. 9. Zachary L. Brittain, 17, of Doniphan, was traveling westbound on Highway 142 when the 2006 Toyota Corolla struck a tree when it ran off the right side of the highway. Brittain was pronounced dead by Ripley County Coroner Mike Jackson at the scene. Brittain was wearing a safety device...
Thayer council holds special meeting
Thayer City Council held a special called meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5 to discuss the cost of insurance for the council as well as needed maintenance for city property. First on the agenda was discussing insurance for the aldermen. In November, Anthem Blue Cross cancelled insurance for the aldermen. ...
Oregon County designated Agri-Ready
Oregon County has been designated as a Agri-Ready County by Missouri Farmers Care. This program began approximately one year ago and was created to encourage agricultural growth in the state of Missouri. According to 2016 Economic Contributions of Agriculture and Forestry in Oregon County, of the total land area of the county, which is 505,469 acres, there are 752 farms that take up 253,838 acres of the land with the average size of a farm being 338 acres...
Fulton County Quorum Court holds first meeting of 2017
Fulton County Quorum Court met in regular session Jan. 9 in the Fulton County Courthouse. The meeting began with public comment. White River Regional Health System (WRRHS) has taken over operations of the local senior centers in Fulton County. James Mack Street with WRRHS was present to discuss the senior centers. ...
Fulton and Izard County residents are warned about scams
We are living in a time where every time you turn around, there is a new scam. From winning a free cruise to winning a million dollars, we have seen everything under the sun. It's no surprise that the scamming operations have gone to the next level...
Driver charged with assault after hitting child with vehicle
A 7-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle on Jan. 5 while he was attempting to get on his school bus on U.S. Highway 69, just south of Mount Pleasant. "It appears a northbound bus had stopped for a child to board from the opposite side of the road and an oncoming vehicle driven by 28-year-old Tyler Heath Little struck the child," Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said...
Mother faces felony charges after baby is born addicted to methamphetamines
Ash Flat resident, Lindsey D. Gilbreath, 33, has been charged with introducing a controlled substance into the body of another person, a class "y" felony. Her newborn baby tested positive for methamphetamine and other controlled substances. The baby suffered withdrawal symptoms shortly after birth. Gilbreath is scheduled for circuit court on Jan. 17 and remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $10,000 bond...
City of Hardy speaks out about fired police chief Scott Rose
The City of Hardy has officially responded to the termination of Scott Rose by issuing the following press release. "The City of Hardy, Ark. announces the termination of Department of Public Safety Director Scott Rose effective Jan. 5, 2017. The termination is a result of insubordination, fraudulent behavior and abuse of position of authority...
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that the Association of Arkansas Counties has advised that there have been e-mails sent out to various individuals and businesses in the form of ransomware. The email looks as if it's from United States Postal Service, letting you know they have tried to deliver a package to you and need more information to make the delivery...
Shop with a Cop for Fulton in 2017
Fulton County has been inspired by neighboring Sharp County to begin a Shop with a Cop event for 2017. Recently, Sharp County held the second annual Shop With A Cop event. During 2016, Sharp County raised $12,000 to be used during the event, and 105 children were able to be a part of the special day. A need for a Shop with a Cop event was felt by many in the community, which is how the program started...
2016: Year in Review, part one (The News)
With 2016 coming to a close, we are taking a moment to reflect on breaking news, important issues and even some not so outstanding stories from the first part (Jan.-June) of 2016. JANUARY: The supporters of the Special Olympics Arkansas prepared to be 'Freezin' for a Reason' on Jan. ...
2016: Year in Review, part one
2016 has been a busy year for local organizations, cities and community members of the Sharp County area. Take a look back at some of the biggest stories from 2016 in this week's part one (January to June) of our year end review. The Wiles Rescue Animal Shelter held an open house for its newest addition to the facility Jan. 4, with the unveiling of its indoor shelter...
Road construction to begin in Hardy/Ozark Acres area
Residents traveling between Hardy and Ozark Acres may soon need to leave for their destinations a little earlier than planned, as new road construction is slated to begin in the coming months. According to Bruce Street, District Engineer with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, the Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for the replacement of the three bridges located on Highway 63 between the Hardy bypass and Bowman Hill near Ozark Acres...
Arrest made for a wanted Sharp County resident
A wanted Sharp County woman, Dianna Collins, 20 of Hardy was arrested Dec. 15 after Highland Reserve Officer Chris Clem noticed a vehicle exhibiting suspicious behavior while he was on duty. According to a report from the Highland Police Department, Clem took notice of the vehicle after it turned abruptly into a driveway on FM 101 Road and killed its headlights. ...
Accident in Ash Flat sends two to the ER
A two vehicle accident in Ash Flat landed two women in the emergency room Dec. 19. According to a report from the Ash Flat Police Department, the accident occurred just before 12:30 p.m. in front of Johnson's Hardware in Ash Flat. Wilene Ihnen and her passenger, Heather Beasley, were traveling through the stoplight in Ash Flat headed toward Cave City in Ihnen's red 1996 Chevy S-10 pickup when they were side-swiped by a 2005 champagne Chrysler Pacifica driven by Bobby Ragsdale of Glencoe...