Local officials attend informative medical marijuana presentation
The council room at the Ash Flat City Hall building was packed March 14 as local mayors, police officers and other government officials gathered for an informational seminar regarding medical marijuana. President of Atest Consultants and Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator Jeff Simms, conducted the hour long presentation which predominately focused on the pros and cons of the newly passed initiative...
Quad Cities Rotary Club gears up for annual Bingo Madness
The Quad Cities Rotary Club will host their Fifth Annual Bingo Madness event April 3 at 6 p.m. at the Highland Elks Lodge in Cherokee Village. Entry to the event is $15 per person and will include all of the Bingo cards and other items needed in order to participate in the event. Additional cards will be sold inside along with concessions. Participants must be 18-years-old or older in order to attend...
HHS students expand Itty Bitty Book Box project
Three Highland High School [HHS] students have resurrected a project started by their upperclassmen in 2016 known as the Itty Bitty Book Box [IBBB]. According to seniors Alissa Hester and Megan LaPlaunt, they have been working to build and place these free standing miniature libraries in the quad cities as their project for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)...
CV accepts bid for future storm sirens
The Cherokee Village City Council voted to approve a bid for the city's future storm sirens March 16 during their regular meeting. The council was presented with two bids; the first from Storm Sirens Inc. and the second from ASC. The council briefly discussed the options and unanimously decided to accept the bid from ASC in the amount of $15,644.60...
Highland City Council has busy agenda
From fire department issue to future election issues, the Highland City Council had no shortage of things to discuss during their regular meeting March 14. The meeting began with Highland Fire Chief Kal Dienst, who gave a positive report concerning the part time firefighters the city approved to hire earlier this year...
SC Quorum Court credits Shop Local initiative for tax revenue increase
Two Sharp County residents were re-appointed to the Cherokee Village Waterworks Facilities Board during the Sharp County Quorum Court meeting March 13. After re-appointing Darrell Kehrli and Anna Verkler, audience member Peter Martin offered a question to the court as to why only Sharp County appointed board members. Martin asked if only Sharp County did the appointing since Cherokee Village was located in both Fulton and Sharp County...
Highland FFA and junior class partner to present donkey basketball
The Highland Future Farmers of America (FFA) have partnered with the Highland High School junior class to host a donkey basketball game slated for March 27 at the high school gym at 6 p.m. According to FFA member Brooklyn Moffitt, this year's event will be a little different from games past...
MDC forecasts good spring turkey season for hunters
Missouri turkey hunters can expect a good spring season overall according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The spring turkey hunting season starts with a youth-only weekend April 8-9. The regular spring season runs April 17 through May 7...
Thayer Council monthly meeting
Thayer City Council met on Thursday, March 9 for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting was moved to this date for the month due to City Clerk Donna Martin having to attend training. The meeting began with reviewing and approving the consent agenda, February financial report and bills paid and to be paid...
Celebrate Recovery...helping those with addictions
If one is suffering from an addiction, and not sure of where to turn for help, there was previously not anywhere to go for guidance in Oregon County. However, this is what Celebrate Recovery has set out to do for people looking for a way to overcome an addiction...
Extension holds bovine reproduction workshop
A workshop series, that was held Tuesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 16, by the University of Missouri Extension informed attendees of bovine reproduction and artificial insemination. The intention of the workshop was to help teach beef and dairy producers about the anatomy and physiology of cow reproduction. Other topics that were covered were using estrus synchronization and time breeding, sire selection and understanding the use of EPDs...
Donations sought for wildfire victims
University of Missouri Extension, Oregon County Soil and Water Conservation District and the NRCS Oregon County Field Office, have partnered together to set up a collection point for donations to help farmers and ranchers affected by the wildfires that occurred in early March in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. ...
Color the Town for Austin a success
This past weekend residents enjoyed beautiful spring time weather to take part in Color the Town for Austin. Saturday, March 18, 164 participants helped raise money for the family of Austin Deckard. Austin is the 11-year-old son of Alton natives, Cassie and Todd Deckard. ...
Fulton County to become Purple Heart County
Fulton County Quorum Court was in session Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the courtroom of the Fulton County Courthouse. Fulton County Judge Darrell Zimmer called the meeting to order, and brought forth the minutes and treasurer's report for review by the justices. There were no questions or comments on either reports...
Firefighters and volunteers assist Red Cross
On Saturday, March 11, more than 60 volunteers and firefighters launched from the Melbourne Fire Station, and knocked on doors across Izard County with the goal of installing more than 100 free smoke alarms that day. The Northeast Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross with the help of its sponsors, AState Redwolves, Families, Inc. Counseling Services, St. Bernards, E.C. Barton & Company, Nucor-Yamato Steel and KAIT8 provided the high quality 10 year smoke alarms at no cost to residents...
Izard County Master Gardeners host workshop
On Tuesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. at Ozarka College, Izard County Master Gardeners held a garden workshop for local 4-H participants in the Farm Bureau Garden Contest. Izard County Master Gardeners served pizza and snacks to the 4-H students and their parents. FNBC donated bottled water to complete the meal...
Melbourne City Council discusses water improvements
Melbourne City Council's monthly meeting was held on Thursday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m. Mayor Rhonda Halbrook was presiding, and all council members were in attendance with the exception of Trey Lamb and Ronnie Treat. The minutes and financial report were reviewed and approved...
Hardy City Council shows optimism for the future
The City of Hardy had a rough start to the new year, but the small town is getting back on track and is optimistic for the upcoming year. Dealing with accusations from local media outlets and clean up from back to back storms, city officials are still finding the time to make sure the budget stays on track and even look for other ways to save money...
Two arrested following botched robbery
A Sharp County man and woman were arrested March 6, after they were discovered inside a home that did not belong to them. According to an affidavit from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, when Billy Orman arrived at his home in Ozark Acres, he could hear people speaking. After ordering the intruders to come out he attempted to unlock the door but found it chained from the inside...
Inmate labor program benefits Sharp County
Following the recent storms and wide spread damage across Sharp County, many residents experienced property damage, however the damage was not limited to only private property. Among the aftermath was notable damage to the ballpark in Ash Flat, where one of the dugouts which didn't possess a vent, was essentially broken in half and the roof sheared off by the strong winds...
HMS competes for National History Day
Just under 40 eighth grade students with the Highland Middle School participated in a local National History Day competition March 2 at the A.L. Hutson Gym. According to Patty Marshall, American History and Arkansas History teacher for the middle school, the students spent months preparing for the competition...
Local residents warn others about scam
The Arkansas Attorney General [AG] has issued has a warning about a phone scam effecting Arkansans. One Sharp County resident, owner of the Turkey Pen Shooting Range Michael Orosz, shared his experience to help warn his friends through a Facebook post...