Look for the Poll results in the next edition of the paper.
Man who shot stranger in Sharp County still at large
For the second time in two days, a manhunt is underway in Sharp County.A man who shot a person who appears to have been a complete stranger after pulling into his driveway in Williford Tuesday night led law enforcement in Sharp and Lawrence County in a vehicle pursuit that eventually led to the man crashing his vehicle and escaping on foot...
Mammoth Spring City Council discusses city business
The Mammoth Spring City Council met in regular session on Monday, May 2 to discuss old business and to address new city business. After the recorder/treasurer Peggy Smith read the minutes from the month of April, Mayor Jean Pace addressed that a leak had been fixed at the Senior Center. It was caused by a RPZ that was not installed properly and stated that it was not caused by anything the city employees did. A licensed plumber was called in to fix the problem...
Couch School to hold public forum
Couch School will be holding a public forum meeting on Saturday, May 7 at 6 p.m. in the school gymnasium to discuss a FEMA building grant the school has been approved, for as well as other improvements that the campus is in need of. The meeting is being held to inform the community of plans that have been made so far to this addition to the school campus as well as the information that the administration has gathered...
Alton Scholar Bowl Team going to state
The Alton High School Scholar Bowl Team have won first place in sectionals, which means the team will be the first in Alton School history to advance to compete in the state scholar bowl competition. Team members competed on Wednesday, April 27 in Fordland, in which they competed with Fordland school in the sectionals and won the first two rounds of the match. ...
Thayer Police Department grows and creates website
The Thayer Police Department has a few changes taking place in order to better serve the community. Thatch Construction Company is in the process of building onto the existing station to make the department's facilities more functional for police business and for the public. A website for the department has also been under development and is now ready for the public to view...
Fulton County Homecoming plans ongoing
Plans are underway for the 67th Annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival which will be held May 27-28. The public is encouraged to attend the weekend events that will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on May 27 at the Salem Senior Center for a fish fry and at 6 p.m. ...
Glowing Blue for Autism 5K raises $10,000
One advantage of living in a smaller community is the people's ability to pull together and support a family in need. Time and time again, people in Sharp County and surrounding areas have donated their time, talent and money for the greater good. On April 16 the community pulled together once again to put on a 5K at the Ash Flat Ball Park. ...
Woman arrested for possession of drugs in Mammoth Spring State Park
A woman identified as Melissa Smotherman was charged with possession of a controlled substance-oxycodone a schedule II narcotic on April 13 when MSPD Officer Jamie Turnbough received information regarding a possible drug deal taking place at the Mammoth Spring State Park...
Highland recognizes students and received $45,000 for growth...six more resign
The Highland School District met in regular session April 26 with some special student recognitions, school recognitions and to approve six more resignations and hires. Joni Gaskins presented first grade student Emilee Duhme with a certificate and trophy for achieving 200 points for AR, a program where she reads and tests, must achieve 80 percent for comprehension. ...
Cave City Class of 2016 tallies $1,196,000 in scholarships
It was a bittersweet day for teachers, staff, parents and students April 27 at Cave City Academic Signing Day. It was only two days before the class of 2016 would complete their last day of high school and ready themselves for their adult lives. Representatives from colleges across the nation were in attendance to present $1,196,000 in scholarships to the class...
Locked up for a good cause
People gathered in the auxiliary courtroom at the Sharp County Courthouse on Thursday, April 21 could hear people saying, "I've been locked up...could you spare any change to help me get out of here?" What you couldn't hear were the responses of people on the other end of the phone, no doubt surprised to be getting these phone calls from pastors, local law enforcement officers and city/county officials, who were attempting to raise money for Sharp County's American Red Cross...
Local woman takes motherhood to new level
Local business woman Jessica Ford said growing up she always imagined herself having a house full of children and the longing to be a mother has been something she has never got to fulfill until recently, when her and her husband Ross hosted 19-year-old foreign exchange student Anahi Carrillo from Ecuador...
Tracking dogs locate wanted man under abandoned house
Doors were locked and residents of Ash Flat were on high alert May 2, during a manhunt that led to the arrest of a Gassville man with ties to Sharp County on several charges including a felony. After being tracked by dogs from the Calico Rock Unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections, the small community could rest peacefully as the subject was apprehended...
FC Courthouse employees participate in training
The Fulton County Courthouse employees participate in training session on the Courthouse Emergency Response Plan April 21. Fulton County Judge Darrell Zimmer said that the emergency plan has to be updated every year, but this year he thought it would be best to hold training for the county workers...
FC Fair Association to build new show barn
The Fulton County Fair Association is in the process of constructing a new livestock barn at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The fair does not have funds available to build the barn, but it is necessary because of damage caused from age and water on the present structure. ...
Izard County parolee arrested on drug and other felonies
Danny Sturgis, 60 of Izard County is in custody and another man remains at large following a vehicle pursuit and manhunt. The Baxter County Sheriff's Office became involved after being notified by the Izard County Sheriff's Office that they had deputies in pursuit of a vehicle on State Highway 5 heading toward Baxter County...
Viola man arrested with $43,000 in meth
34 year old Viola resident Jeremiah Turman was arrested for trafficking a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and a probation hold for another county on April 19. On the evening of Tuesday, April 19, deputies from the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office came in contact with a vehicle on US Highway 65, south of Choctaw, driving erratically. ...
Book signing draws an emotional supporter
What former Areawide Media employee George Jared thought would be a normal book signing at the Hardy Library on April 23, turned out to be an emotional reunion with someone from the chapter in his life that started it all. Jared, who started his journalism career at Areawide Media, recently wrote the book Witches in West Memphis, a book based on several murder investigations he has covered as a journalist, including the West Memphis Three murder trials. ...
Death Notices for week of April 25-29
William Robert Hill, 75, of Salem died Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Ark. Arrangements by Barker Funeral Home of Salem. Debra Ann Magness, 61, of Batesville died April 18 at her home. Arrangements by Quall's Funeral Home of Cave City...
Cave City Watermelon Festival committee announces all star lineup for 2016
The Cave City Watermelon Festival committee has revealed its 2016 entertainment headliners. This year's lineup includes three nationally recognized headlining artists, with one performing each night of the festivities. Thursday, August 11 will be headlined by The JJ Weeks Band, whose music has been featured on the official soundtracks for high-profile films God's Not Dead and Four Blood Moons. ...
Cave City ranked as top five high schools in the state and receives A on ADE report card
Cave City Schools have been racking up the accolades this year, from receiving a charter, to having numerous athletes sign to play college sports. They have two more to add to their merit after Cave City High School scored in the top 10 percent of 1,100 high schools in the state on the 2014-2015 PARCC scores. ...
Book signing draws an emotional supporter
Former Areawide Media employee George Jared received a surprise visitor at his book signing for his new book Witches in West Memphis at the Hardy Library on April 23. Dr. Larry Gould came to show his support to Jared who wrote a chapter in his book about his daughter, Rebekah Gould who disappeared Sept. ...
One seriously injured in football field auto accident
A serious vehicle accident at Highland on April 25 left a Williford woman with serious injuries, after the vehicle she was driving broke through two fences and crashed into the concrete bleachers at the Highland High School Memorial Field. According to Highland Police Chief Shane Russell and eyewitness accounts of the accident, Brandy Centano, 29, of Williford was seen stopped in the middle of two lanes in front of the Dollar General Store in Highland. ...
The great "My van' debacle
It is no surprise emotions ran high at the most recent Hardy City Council meeting. On Tuesday, April 19, council members and guests were holding nothing back as the council overturned the mayor's veto, heated arguments took place and Alderwoman Liane Maddox resigned from her position. ...
Teenagers honored for acts of bravery
Two Doniphan teenagers received honorary trooper certificates for their acts of bravery on Jan. 9, 2016. While traveling west on Hwy. 142, Trevor Broyles, 19, and Troy Broyles, 18, witnessed a vehicle run off the highway after it had topped a hill and swerved to avoid a collision because it was on the wrong side of the highway. The vehicle then smashed into a tree. The brothers returned to the crash scene and discovered that the vehicle was on fire...