Look for the Poll results in the next edition of the paper.
Special Olympians enjoy day of bowling
On Nov.19 Highland, Salem, ICC and Mammoth Spring School Districts Special Olympic students participated in a day of bowling at the Ash Flat Indian Hills Bowling Alley. 60 students bowled competitively for their chance to win a gold, silver or bronze medal. ...
Local doctor sentenced to 15 years
According to a press release, a doctor who practiced family medicine in Arkansas and Missouri has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually enticing a child online. Federal prosecutors announced the sentence Thursday, Nov. 19 for 69-year-old Donald Wayne Lamoureaux...
Cave City approved to become charter school
Positive changes are on the horizon for the Cave City School District as they received some exciting news this week. The district learned they have completed the biggest step to receiving the charter they applied for earlier in the year. Counselor Vickie Green and Charter Director Cheryl Bell are more than excited by news as they were instrumental in presenting the request to become a charter school. ...
All I want for Christmas is ...
Christmas came a little early for four people this week when four local residents learned they were getting more than their two front teeth for Christmas, in fact they were getting a whole new smile. As part of a community outreach project in which the staff at All About Smiles Family Dentistry in Ash Flat strives to participate in, by giving back to the communities in which they serve. ...
Timely Club challenges community to assist with Backpack Program
Have you ever awakened hungry or wondered where you are getting your next meal? Beginning in January of 2009, Highland School faculty at the Cherokee Elementary School campus saw the need for emergency food supplies to be furnished to children in our area and initiated the "Backpack" program. ...
Salem Veterans honored at ceremony
Nov. 11 was a day dedicated to the cause of world peace and was once known as Armistice Day. This was a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the nation's history. ...
Sheriff's Department issues warnings after attempted abduction of Viola child
The Fulton County Sheriff's Department is investigating an attempted abduction of a seven year old female in Viola. The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. on Nov. 10. A seven year old girl got off the bus in front of her home on Hwy. 223 South in Viola. ...
Fulton County candidates announce filing for upcoming election
The Fulton County filing period ended on Nov 9. at noon. Many canidates are running unopposed.Democrat Brad Shaufler is running unopposed for Assessor, Democrat Michalle Watkins for Collector, Democrat Vickie Bishop for County and Circuit Clerk. Democrat Clayton Everett is running unopposed for Fulton County Constable Township number one. ...
Salem's Civic Center project leaves more questions unanswered than answered
The Salem City Council met on Nov. 12, not following their regular monthly meeting schedule due to the holiday season. The main item on the agenda was the Civic Center. "I received an invoice for the current amount the city owes Bartlett Architecture Inc. for the work that has been completed so far. For the printing of the plans, that bill was $789.85. The total cost in architectural fees for the project is $14, 000," Busch said...
Buildings for Babies Foundation pursuing sale of land to DNR
There has been much concern about the possibility of the Department of Natural Resources purchasing land in Oregon County. There are many concerns that the Oregon County Commissioners have over the DNR purchasing more land in the county such as it would further hinder the economics of the county with one-fifth of the county already being owned by the state. ...
Judge Harvey Allen recognized for contributions to law
The Missouri Supreme Court has recently recognized Judge Harvey S. Allen for contributions he has made to the administration of justice in the state of Missouri. During the annual meeting of the Judicial Conference of Missouri, Missouri Chief Justice Patricia Breckinridge acknowledged Allen for his involvement in the judicial transfer and partnership programs...
Soldier Silhouette unveiled to commemorate Veterans Day
Veterans Day is a day to respect, honor and remember those that have served our country and those who continue to do so. Two members of the community decided to create an addition as a remembrance of the sacrifice that so many have made and continue to make by serving in the military...
Veterans honored at A.L. Hutson Center
Old Glory waved beautifully at half mast above the American Veteran's Memorial at the Veterans Day service at Ash Flat, as if to express pride and sorrow for veterans who serve and have served America in all branches of the military as well as those who may still be in foreign countries as prisoners of war and those whose bodies were never recovered and recorded as missing in action. ...
Candidates file for Sharp County races
While many are focusing on the biggest election of all, the Presidential Election of 2016, the filing deadlines for local officials ended on Tuesday, Nov. 9. With a few contested races, the primary election will be held March 1, 2016 and the general election will be Nov. 8, 2016...
Local woman helps bring joy to homeless women with Handbags for Homeless Women
Homelessness is something that is often far removed from the minds of many living in the Ozarks as they see the issue as something mostly confined to large inner city areas. The fact is Arkansas is fourth in the number of homeless persons in the nation, according to 2013 figures by the U.S. ...
Speed zone reduction and crosswalk a no-go for Highland
Highland City Council met for a quick, but regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10. With the most important topic - the 2016 budget - discussed in a working meeting, all that was left was to update the council members on a few issues including word from the Arkansas Department of Highway on the request to lower the speed limit in front of the school...
Updated release from OCSD on body found in vehicle on Halloween night
On Nov. 5, the Oregon County Sheriff's Department released an updated press release concerning the body found in a burnt vehicle outside of Thayer on Saturday, Oct. 31. There has been a tentative identification of the body but it is not being released due to pending positive identification and notification of family. Foul play is not suspected at this time after reviewing the preliminary autopsy results, however, the investigation is still on-going...
OC Extension holds financial workshop for farmers
The University of Missouri Extension held a workshop Nov. 5 at the Oregon County Courthouse. Topics that were covered were loans available for agriculture, understanding financial terminology, pros and cons of popular farm record keeping tools and financial management of your farm business...
Mammoth Spring prepares budget for 2016
Mammoth Spring City Council met in regular session Monday, Nov. 2. The council met to read and approve minutes from the previous month as well as discuss new business. There was one correction made to the minutes for the October meeting. It was a correction in a motion and second that had been made. The minutes were approved as corrected. Next on the agenda was to approve financial reports...
Family seeks answers in 20 year old homicide case
In an ongoing series began by Areawide Media featuring stories in our papers about cold case crimes, we are bringing you another cold case from our coverage area. The purpose of these stories is to shed light once again in hopes that new evidence may be presented and perhaps, one day solve the crimes, and bring a final peace that will settle in the hearts of the victim's families...
Ozark Action Inc. celebrates 50 years local open houses in Oregon County
Ozark Action Inc. celebrated their 50th Anniversary this past week with open houses held at different locations. Members of Ozark Action and of the community gathered to celebrate this momentous occasion with fellowship and food. During the open house ceremony, Thursday, Nov. ...
A closer look inside Thayer Food Pantry
With holiday decorations quickly going up, we are in no need of a reminder that Thanksgiving and Christmas are quickly approaching. For many in Oregon County, this is also a time when the need for extra food seems to increase for some of the families in the area. The Thayer Food Pantry is making efforts to help lessen the need for these people...
Children's Division first fundraiser exceeds expectations and sets the bar for the future
The 37th Circuit Children's Division held their first Tour of Tables Lunch and Silent Auction Fundraiser this past weekend on Saturday, Nov. 7. This fundraiser was not just intended to raise money to help raise money to help support the children that are in the home care program but to help increase awareness for the foster children of Missouri...
Burge arrested on two felony sex charges
Donald Burge, of Mammoth Spring, was arrested on Oct. 28 for sexual assault in the second degree, a class B felony and sexual indecency with a child, a class D felony. According to the affidavit, Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children interviewed a 12 year old boy who stated that a few weeks ago, before school started, he stayed the night with the potential defendant, Burge. ...