[Nameplate] Overcast ~ 78°F  
High: 94°F ~ Low: 76°F
Monday, July 25, 2016
Grants awarded to 156 fire departments (07/20/16)
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces grant awards totaling $338,490 to 156 rural fire departments in Missouri as part of the Department's annual Volunteer Fire Assistance Matching Grant Program. The grants help these small-town, mostly volunteer fire departments buy personal protective gear and firefighting equipment...
Fellowship meeting to be held at Greentown Lighthouse Bible Way Assembly (07/20/16)
Rev. Leslie and Margaret Buckner Evangelistic Ministries will be holding a fellowship meeting at Greentown Lighthouse Bible Way Assembly located at 7th and Gilbert Streets in Thayer with Pastors Rev. Lonnie and Yvonne Cagle. Rev. Eugene Abrams will be ministering Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m...
Thomasville Library to hold back to school book sale (07/20/16)
The Thomasville Library will have a back-to-school book sale Aug. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will be selling several old titles for baby thru teen. Some of these books list for up to $75 on book finder.com. These books will be sold separately from our regular 15-cent paperback and 25-cent hardback books. ...
Enrollment period for 2016 USDA safety net coverage ending soon (07/20/16)
Producers who chose coverage from the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can visit FSA county offices through Aug. 1, to sign contracts to enroll in coverage for 2016...
NARFE to meet (07/20/16)
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 695 of West Plains will meet on Tuesday, July 26 at 12 noon at Chen's Garden Chinese Restaurant, 1705 Gibson Ave, across from Sonic. Joan Agee will speak on the subject of "Safe House." All active and retired federal employees and spouses are invited to attend...
OMC's Blue Jean Ball scheduled (07/20/16)
Dust off your boots and mark your calendar for the Eighth Annual Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Blue Jean Ball. This year's event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Risner's Stables in West Plains. A bull riding theme is planned with entertainment by the Little Buckers of Koshkonong and the Vikki McGee Band. You also can try your spurs at the mechanical bull and your luck with Bobwhite Bingo...
Couch School District to hold third public meeting (07/20/16)
Everyone is invited to attend a public meeting at Couch School on Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m. in the Old Gym to learn about the USDA Kitchen Equipment Grant, see architectural plans for campus improvements which include the construction of a FEMA Building and to hear plans for the upcoming bond. Residents of the Couch School District are welcome to bring tax papers so representatives from L. J. Hart can help determine what the new bond issue would cost individual families...
Couch School Board releases meeting minutes (07/20/16)
The Couch R-I Board of Education met in Regular Session in the school counseling office on July 11, 2016 at 7 p.m. The following members were present: Robert Cicigoi, Dianna Fraley, Joe Garrison, Will Hicks, and Thomas Smith. Robert Cicigoi, president of the board, called the meeting to order. The board voted to approve the minutes of the last regularly scheduled meeting, to set the agenda and to approve payment of bills and needed transfers...
Thayer-Mammoth Spring Saddle Club gears up for another busy month (07/20/16)
Once again the Thayer-Mammoth Spring Saddle Club has a busy month scheduled, but first let's step back to the weekend of June 24 and 25. On Friday, June 24, the club held a fun show. The fun show started at 8 p.m. The club wants to thank everybody who came out and had fun and supported us. ...
Courthouse to close for training (07/20/16)
In light of all the tragic "active shooter" incidents happening around the country, the Oregon County Commissioners and the Oregon County Sheriff's Office felt the need to train county personnel to be prepared in case of an active shooter/violent intruder situation in the courthouse. ...
ALERRT instructors train for active shooter events (07/20/16)
During the first and second weeks of July, approximately 50 law enforcement officers from 14 different agencies converged on Alton to brave the insects, rain and heat of Oregon County to attend training on exterior response to active shooter events (ERASE)...
IRS scam warning issued (07/20/16)
A high percentage of citizens in Horseshoe Bend have received these type of calls. Let everyone know to report the call and DO NOT GIVE their information to anyone that they have not initiated the call with. The Internal Revenue Service warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants throughout the country...
Simmons Prepared Foods issues recall (07/20/16)
Arkansas-based Simmons Prepared Foods says it's recalling 5,850 pounds of frozen chicken products that may have been breaded with flour contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Simmons says the frozen, uncooked chicken tenderloins were produced on Jan. 25 and sold in bags labeled "Simmons Uncooked Chicken Tenderloin Fritters" and "Uncooked Chicken Breast Tenderloin Fritters." The products were distributed in Arkansas for institutional use...
Thayer Walmart shows police officer appreciation (07/20/16)
Thayer Walmart recently showed their appreciation for law enforcement by bringing the Thayer Police Department two big bags of snacks and Gatorade. Pictured are Walmart manager Jason Greer and Thayer Police Chief Daryl Childers.
Modern Woodmen fundraiser raises money for BB Road Fire Department (07/20/16)
Modern Woodmen held a matching fundraiser for the BB Road Fire Department, just east of Alton. Pictured left to right are: Trena Spears, Mary Williams and Marlene Wilson. This fundraiser was done as part of their annual fish fry. Money raised goes toward money for operations of the department, equipment and supplies. Contact Trena Spears at 870-371-0848 to inquire about raising funds for your organization...
Barton presents check for assistance with Boy and Girl's Club branch in Oregon County (07/20/16)
Loren Barton of the Curt, Cliff & Opal Young Ranch Inc. presented the steering committee members, who are working to get a Boys & Girls club branch in Oregon county, a check for $225,000. A challenge was also presented to the community to raise $25,000 to assure enough interest was shown for this program to be able to exist in Oregon County. ...
Sign up set for Emergency Conservation Program (07/20/16)
Signup for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) has been set for July 15 thru August 15, 2016. ECP provides emergency funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by the straight line winds and possible tornado. ...
Whiteside reunion set (07/20/16)
The Whiteside family reunion will be held again this year on July 23 at the Mammoth Spring VFW building. Turn left off of Hwy. 9 onto Sycamore Creek Circle Rd then right at the second road. There are signs directing you to the VFW. We will be serving potluck dinner at noon and invite all family to make an extra effort to come out this year. We never know who may not be there next year. Take advantage of this time of good fellowship and good food. We hope to see you there...
Jeffery Historical Society Annual meeting (07/20/16)
2016 Annual Meeting of the Jeffery Historical Society will take place in Mt. Olive, Arkansas the weekend of July 22-24. The Jeffery's will be arriving on Friday. The get-together will be headquartered at Ruby's Landing Cabin in Mt. Olive, near the old Jehoiada Homestead...
Lion's Club awards scholarships (07/20/16)
The Cherokee Village Lions Club awarded two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Highland and Cave City High Schools and one $500 scholarship to a last year graduate on a follow up scholarship. Pictured from left to right are: Kaylee French from Highland High School, Hayden Woods from Cave City High School and Hope Isaacs from Highland...
Covington studies dance (07/20/16)
NADT dancer, Joy Covington, of Cherokee Village, with one of her instructors, Rebecca Colenda, from Ballet Magnificat's Summer Dance Intensive held in Jackson, Miss. This is her second year to study there. Joy trains at the the NADT Dance Academy in Batesville and Izard County and has been a member of the North Arkansas Dance Theatre Performing Troupe for five years. ...
County receives donation (07/20/16)
The Cherokee Village Lions Club awarded two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Highland and Cave City High Schools and one $500 scholarship to a last year graduate on a follow up scholarship. Pictured from left to right are: Kaylee French from Highland High School, Hayden Woods from Cave City High School and Hope Isaacs from Highland...
Baker excels in Navy (07/20/16)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Monica Baker, from Hardy, informs the crew of upcoming training exercises while standing boatswain's mate of the watch in the pilot house onboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island is conducting integrated training with Amphibious Squadron Five and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Corwin M. Colbert/ Released)...
Newsome retires from Ozarka College (07/13/16)
Miriam "Mimi" Newsome has retired from Ozarka College after twenty-four years of service. Newsome was honored at a retirement celebration on Thursday, June 30, where family, friends and colleagues shared their sincere appreciation for the joy that Mimi has brought to their lives. Congratulatory speeches were made and everyone wished her a long and joyous retirement...
Local businesses hold ribbon cutting ceremonies (07/07/16)
Top left photo: A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Dragon's Gate Comics in Mammoth Spring located at 375 Main Street. Pictured are Chamber of Commerce member Steve Russell, Mayor Jean Pace, business owner Chris Roll and Chamber of Commerce member Rose Pierce...
The Physician Assistant Is Ready to See You Now (07/06/16)
In the Physician Assistant (PA) profession, the word assistant often draws a common misconception, one with which board certified Orthopaedic PA, Clay Kiihnl (Ky-Nail) is all too familiar. "The terminology used to describe PAs sometimes gives patients the impression that they aren't receiving quality care," said Kiihnl, who practices at the MPOC Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic, an affiliate of White River Health System in Batesville. ...
Wirth VFD receives Walmart grant (07/06/16)
Wirth Volunteer Fire Department wishes to express appreciation for a grant of $500 from Wal-Mart. Mike Alexander, manager of the local Wal-Mart, was instrumental in getting the fire department this grant. The funds from this grant will be used to replace personal protective equipment that has exceeded its useful life. ...
Ruff Riders 4-H steal the show (07/06/16)
The Ruff Riders 4-H Club traveled to Searcy, Ark. to exhibit in the North Central Ozark District 4-H Horse Show on June 21. The club would like to recognize the hard work Shaina and Austin Manning have put into representing Sharp County. Shaina showed her two mares, Lucky and Abby. She placed third in halter mares, first in senior showmanship, first in senior trail, first in gaited pleasure, first in senior barrels, seventh in senior poles, first in senior flags and third in senior stake race...
Registration open for Bad Boy Kids Splash and Dash, Adult Super Sprint Triathlon (07/06/16)
Registration is open for the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project's fifth annual kids multi-sport event, the Bad Boy Splash and Dash. On Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m., kids ages 5 to 18 will swim and run at Lyon College to benefit the Literacy Project. Younger children are welcome to wear floaties during the swim portion of the race. ...
Arkansas Tech University announces area graduates (07/06/16)
The Arkansas Tech University Registrar's Office has released a certified list of 1,905 degrees conferred upon students on the Russellville campus during the 2015-16 academic year. Graduates are listed alphabetically by the town of their address on file with the Arkansas Tech Registrar's Office. This list includes graduates from the campus in Russellville with associate, baccalaureate, master and educational specialist degrees...
Hatman named ICC Elementary Principal (07/06/16)
Eve Hatman has been selected to be the new elementary principal at Izard County Elementary School at Violet Hill for the 2016-17 school year. Hatman has worked for the district for the past 13 years as an elementary and middle school teacher, a curriculum specialist and as a middle school assistant principal...
Civil War Marker dedication slated at Evening Shade (07/06/16)
A dedication ceremony of a Civl War Marker will be held in Evening Shade on Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m. The ceremony is sponsored by the Sharp County Historical Society and Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker program. The ceremony will take place at the Evening Shade Pavilion, located at the corner of Spring and Court Streets. Brooks Blevins, local historian and history professor at Missouri State University will be the guest speaker...
Car audio and car show slated at FC Fairgrounds (07/06/16)
The Inaugural Car Audio Competition and Car show will be held July 10 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The car show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Top 10 and best in show will be awarded. The car audio competition will be from noon to 3 p.m. First, second and third place will be awarded to seven classes and port wars. There will also be competition for demo king and hair trick king...
Creative Writing Course set at Ozarka College -- Ash Flat (07/06/16)
Ozarka College in Ash Flat will host a creative writing continuing education course July 25-27 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Ozarka College English faculty, Tena Rosse, will instruct the course. Rosse has written, presented and participated in many writing symposiums and workshops. ...
Sharp County Fair pre-registration now open at SC extension office (07/06/16)
Pre-registration for the exhibition building at the Sharp County Fair is now open at the Extension office. Start gathering all of your art, crafts, woodwork, canned foods, photos and sewing projects from the past year to enter in the exhibit building during the Sharp County Fair. We would love to fill the exhibit building to the max this year...
Carter honored with 60 year EHC plaque (07/06/16)
Dorris Carter received a 60 year plaque for her service to the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council. Dorris began her association with the extension service when she joined the Hardy Extension Club in the 1950s and is currently a member of the Hardy Country Ladies Extension Club. ...
Lindsey honored with retirement reception (07/06/16)
Deloris Lindsey is pictured above sitting on the bench she was gifted from First Community Bank on Friday, June 24 at her retirement reception. Deloris had a 33-year career in banking, spending the last 9 years as a branch manager at First Community Bank. Deloris' commitment to customer service and community focus were evident as more than 500 people attended the event to honor her...