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Stories from Thursday, May 8, 2003

Fires destroy home, damage community store (05/08/03)
A father escaped with his two children from a burning single-wide mobile home May 4 in Morriston. Johnny Thomas woke up at 4 a.m. after a smoke detector alerted him of a fire in the home. Thomas discovered the fire was coming from the bathroom/laundry room so he kicked the door in, said Morriston Fire Chief Scott Holloway. As soon as the door was opened smoke started rolling out so he grabbed his children, Katie, 5, and Shawn, 2, and fled the premises...
Viola author writes of cowboys, romance (05/08/03)
Salem resident Connie Vigil Platt, a fourth generation cattle rancher who grew up in the high desert area of southern Colorado, an area rich in legends of outlaws and the Wild West, realized a long- awaited dream with the recent publication of her first novel, Pair A Dice...
Spring River claims man's life (05/08/03)
The body of a Mammoth Spring man was recovered from the Spring River May 3. Kenny Cotham found his father, Ralph Cotham, 67, at approximately 11:14 p.m. in the Spring River adjacent to Spring Lake Trail, which is located south of Mammoth Spring just off Highway 63, said Sgt. Mark Hollingsworth of the Arkansas State Police...
Simmons to undergo mental evaluation (05/08/03)
Circuit Judge John Dan Kemp ordered accused rapist Chuck Simmons to undergo a forensic mental evaluation May 6 after he failed to appear for the court-ordered mental evaluation April 15. A competency hearing has been set May 19 to determine if Simmons will be able to proceed with court hearings, said Rhonda Halbrook, Izard County Circuit Court clerk...
Fires destroy home, damage community store (05/08/03)
A father escaped with his two children from a burning single-wide mobile home May 4 in Morriston. Johnny Thomas woke up at 4 a.m. after a smoke detector alerted him of a fire in the home. Thomas discovered the fire was coming from the bathroom/laundry room so he kicked the door in, said Morriston Fire Chief Scott Holloway. As soon as the door was opened smoke started rolling out so he grabbed his children, Katie, 5, and Shawn, 2, and fled the premises...
Viola author writes of cowboys, romance (05/08/03)
Salem resident Connie Vigil Platt, a fourth generation cattle rancher who grew up in the high desert area of southern Colorado, an area rich in legends of outlaws and the Wild West, realized a long- awaited dream with the recent publication of her first novel, Pair A Dice...
Spring River claims man's life (05/08/03)
The body of a Mammoth Spring man was recovered from the Spring River May 3. Kenny Cotham found his father, Ralph Cotham, 67, at approximately 11:14 p.m. in the Spring River adjacent to Spring Lake Trail, which is located south of Mammoth Spring just off Highway 63, said Sgt. Mark Hollingsworth of the Arkansas State Police...
Simmons to undergo mental evaluation (05/08/03)
Circuit Judge John Dan Kemp ordered accused rapist Chuck Simmons to undergo a forensic mental evaluation May 6 after he failed to appear for the court-ordered mental evaluation April 15. A competency hearing has been set May 19 to determine if Simmons will be able to proceed with court hearings, said Rhonda Halbrook, Izard County Circuit Court clerk...
Robert Smith (05/08/03)
Dr. Robert B. Smith, 89, of Grandville, Mich., formerly of Cherokee Village, died April 9, 2003. Born Oct. 16, 1913, in Andong, Korea, He was the son of medical missionaries, Roy K. and Lura M. Smith. While living in Cherokee Village he was was active in Spring River Gem and Mineral Club and volunteered his services at the hospital in Cherokee Village...
Nettie Reynolds (05/08/03)
Nettie N. Reynolds, 90, of Sandtown, died April 28, 2003, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Born Jan. 23, 1913, at Batesville, she was the daughter of David and Catherine Danner Dunegan. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. Survivors include four sons -- Boyd Reynolds and Jurle Reynolds, both of Sandtown, Gene Reynolds of Texarkana, Texas (Korea), and Henry J. ...
Mary Vaughn (05/08/03)
Mary Elizabeth Vaughn, 83, of Hardy died April 28, 2003, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Born Oct. 16, 1919, in Carthage, Tenn., she was the daughter of Herman and Kittie Baker Agee. She married Victor Vaughn Dec. 24, 1946, in Carthage...
George Helms (05/08/03)
George Warren Helms, 74, of Pasadena, Calif., died April 23, 2003. Born May 29, 1928, at Bono, he was the son of Warren Joseph Helms and Nobie Elsie Gossage Helms. He attended Arkansas School for the Blind in Little Rock and graduated from Missouri School for the Blind in St. Louis. He received a bachelor's degree in 1951 from Arkansas State College in Jonesboro, and received his master's degree in the state of California...
Billy Hammond (05/08/03)
Billy Wayne Hammond, 58, of Salem died April 28, 2003, at St. Louis. Born May 14, 1944, at Sturkie, he was the son of Emma Mae Carmack Davis and Lester D. Hammond. He married Shirley Marie Spencer Jan. 1, 1995, at Sturkie. He spent his working years as a husband, father, grandfather, and a wood cutter. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and in the United States Army National Guard during Desert Storm. He was of the Church of Christ faith...
Blanche Eason (05/08/03)
Blanche Westmoreland Eason, 92, of Sidney died April 28, 2003, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Born May 9, 1910, at Sidney, she was the daughter of Elmer and Fannie Arnn Westmoreland. She was a homemaker, a teacher, having taught at Peabody School House, west of Sidney, worked for Western Union in Kansas City, Mo., and was a member of Sidney Baptist Church...