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Stories from Thursday, February 19, 2009

Youth Ranch Closes (02/19/09)
It was hard to find a dry eye in the Ash Flat Church of Christ the night of Feb. 12, as the community gathered to say goodbye to the boys of the Hardy Youth Ranch and their house parents. Paul and Kathy Swymn have been counselors and house parents at the Hardy ranch for 12 years. "It's like tearing a family apart," Kathy said as she wiped tears from her cheeks. "It's been hard."...
Fireman honored (02/19/09)
THAYER -- Michael King of Thayer has been selected as Thayer's Firefighter of the Year. The selection is made every year by the members of the Thayer Volunteer Fire Department. King, 29, first started volunteering with the fire department his senior year in high school in 1998...
Tax would help PD (02/19/09)
Jan Thompson Staff Writer THAYER -- A one-half cent sales tax will be on the April 7 Municipal Election ballot in the city of Thayer. The tax will go only for law enforcement. This means for every $100 spent in the city, 50 cents will be added to that $100...
Five injured in accident (02/19/09)
OREGON COUNTY -- Five local people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Feb. 14 at 11:35 p.m., five miles north of Thayer on Highway 63. According to Trooper Mike Hargus with Troop G of the Missouri Highway Patrol, a 1979 Ford Ranger driven by James L. Pickett, 41, of Thayer crossed the center of the highway striking a 2004 Toyota Camry, driven by Joshua Alexander, 29, of Mammoth Spring head on...
FEMA will not reimburse (02/19/09)
OREGON COUNTY/MAMMOTH SPRING -- A rumor that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) is hiring contractors to remove ice storm debris from private citizens or business property in Missouri and northern Arkansas is false. According to Michael Wade with FEMA, neither FEMA or the state will reimburse private citizens for expenses incurred in removing debris from private property...
Ice closes access areas (02/19/09)
OREGON COUNTY -- The Mark Twain National Forest's Eleven Point Ranger District has temporarily closed 15 river accesses and campgrounds in Oregon County due to ice damage from the late January winter storm. Currently forest service roads, trails, river accesses and campgrounds are inaccessible due to downed trees, power lines and road conditions...
A promise to the kids (02/19/09)
OREGON COUNTY -- The 20th annual Country Cares for Kids Radio-Thon was another big success. It was held Feb. 11 on K-Kountry 95 and AM 1290 the Gift from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. According to Program Director Mike Crase, the radio-thon raised just over $104,000 for the kids at St. Judes...
A family of unconditional love (02/19/09)
Jan Thompson Staff Writer There is an amazing woman with an amazing story living among our midst. Donna Henry was at her home in Thayer one snowy day in March 1994. She had been working at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. Henry is a certified respiratory therapist and a registered nurse. She suffered an injury while working at the hospital and was forced to go on disability. She was finally recovering and was feeling better...
Bridge named to national register (02/19/09)
An historic bridge in Fulton County has been granted the distinction of being put on the National Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas State Highway 289 Bridge over English Creek that is between Mammoth Spring and Saddle is now on the country's official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) Director Frances McSwain announced Feb. 4...
Oregon County man charged with assault (02/19/09)
A rural Oregon County man has been charged with assault after what appears to be a domestic dispute at a residence on AA Highway. Oregon County Sheriff George Underwood said he received a call at 5 a.m., Feb. 11 from a male subject claiming a man had shocked him with some type of shocking device...
Cherokee Flooding (02/19/09)
Despite flood barriers being across the bridge at Town Center, many took the chance in crossing as the flood waters slowly receded Feb. 11. Photo/Tammy Curtis
Fire station gets green light (02/19/09)
It's a go. The Highland City Council agreed to accept a bid for the new fire station and go ahead with construction. During the council meeting Feb. 17, Highland Mayor Jerome Norwood told the council that the lowest bid given to the city for the construction was $410,500. The bid was submitted by Province Construction, who Norwood and other council members agreed had a good reputation...
Cave City songwriter's identity stolen (02/19/09)
Amanda Powers Staff Writer Singer/Songwriter, David Lynn Jones, of Cave City, was the victim of an on going, elaborate identity theft scheme. The two people who are responsible have been caught and are being held at the Baxter County Detention Center...
Clean-up continues (02/19/09)
Amanda Powers Staff Writer "This is going to be a slow process," Sharp County Judge Larry Brown told everyone at the Quorum Court meeting Feb. 9. "It is going to take a long time to clean up all of this debris." Brown commented during the meeting on how well he thought all of the county and city workers did during the ice storm. ...
Bridge named to national register (02/19/09)
Emily McIntosh Staff Writer An historic bridge in Fulton County has been granted the distinction of being put on the National Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas State Highway 289 Bridge over English Creek that is between Mammoth Spring and Saddle is now on the country's official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) Director Frances McSwain announced Feb. 4...
Ice damage closes campgrounds (02/19/09)
Jan Thompson Staff Writer OREGON COUNTY -- The Mark Twain National Forest's Eleven Point Ranger District has temporarily closed 15 river accesses and campgrounds in Oregon County due to ice damage from the late January winter storm. Currently forest service roads, trails, river accesses and campgrounds are inaccessible due to downed trees, power lines and road conditions...
Burn Ban Means No Burning in Salem (02/19/09)
A brush fire got out of control in a field across the road from Hill's Auto Sales on Highway 62/412 in Salem Feb. 16. Someone was burning debris from the ice storm during a burn ban within city limits and it became unmanageable for one person. "This is what happens when people don't listen," Salem Fire Chief Heath Everett said. Until further notice, the citywide burn ban is still active. Photo by Emily McIntosh...
Street cleanup (02/19/09)
Emily McIntosh Staff Writer The Salem City Council held a special meeting Feb. 9 to discuss how to go about cleaning city roads and streets after the recent ice storm. According to Salem Mayor Gary Clayton, Fulton County has qualified for state and federal reimbursement for storm damage. ...
Local firefighters deemed heroes (02/19/09)
Emily McIntosh Staff Writer Many would agree that not enough can be said about area fire departments and the ones who served them and other emergency personnel during the recent ice storm. Volunteer firefighters helped at emergency shelters and did welfare checks on the elderly and those who live in remote areas of the county. Many firefighters had to form chain saw crews to clear a path to get to people's houses...
Moving forward (02/19/09)
Steven W. Looney Staff Writer A devastating fire Jan. 21 left the Horseshoe Bend fire department crippled but not out of commission. Resurrecting a decommissioned fire truck from it's storage location under city hall, the department is still ready to answer the call...
The power's back on (02/19/09)
All power is back on. According to the North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, power has been restored to all of its 35,000 members who were without electricity since the ice storm hit Jan. 26. When the peak of the outages occurred, only 1,000 members were not affected and still had power...
Youth Ranch closes (02/19/09)
It was hard to find a dry eye in the Ash Flat Church of Christ the night of Feb. 12, as the community gathered to say goodbye to the boys of the Hardy Youth Ranch and their house parents. Paul and Kathy Swymn have been counselors and house parents at the Hardy ranch for 12 years. "It's like tearing a family apart," Kathy said as she wiped tears from her cheeks. "It's been hard."...
Oregon County man charged with assault (02/19/09)
A rural Oregon County man has been charged with assault after what appears to be a domestic dispute at a residence on AA Highway. Oregon County Sheriff George Underwood said he received a call at 5 a.m., Feb. 11 from a male subject claiming a man had shocked him with some type of shocking device...
Cave City songwriter's identity stolen (02/19/09)
Singer/Songwriter, David Lynn Jones, of Cave City, was the victim of an on going, elaborate identity theft scheme. The two people who are responsible have been caught and are being held at the Baxter County Detention Center. According to a press release from the Baxter County Sheriff's office, 51-year-old Janis Wallace, (also known as Janis Jones or Janis French), and 51-year-old, Danny J. Sullivan of Mountain Home, have been under investigation for 14 months...
Grisso Cemetery: Where history runs deep (02/19/09)
Black History Month is upon us and although the tri-county area has a very low black population, the election of President Barack Obama has made black history mean more to everyone in the United States. Here in Fulton County there was once a time before the Civil War when slaves were owned by some of the wealthy families in the area. These slaves would never have thought that one day blacks would be free and equal citizens, much less that a black president would be elected...
Horseshoe Bend Garden Club cleans up ice storm debris (02/19/09)
Bridge named to national register (02/19/09)
An historic bridge in Fulton County has been granted the distinction of being put on the National Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas State Highway 289 Bridge over English Creek that is between Mammoth Spring and Saddle is now on the country's official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) Director Frances McSwain announced Feb. 4...
Ice damage closes campgrounds (02/19/09)
Jan Thompson Staff Writer OREGON COUNTY -- The Mark Twain National Forest's Eleven Point Ranger District has temporarily closed 15 river accesses and campgrounds in Oregon County due to ice damage from the late January winter storm. Currently forest service roads, trails, river accesses and campgrounds are inaccessible due to downed trees, power lines and road conditions...
Bears co-champs (02/19/09)
The Mammoth Spring Bears won their 20th game of the season and finished as co-champs in 1A-2 North play with a 58-32 rout of Hillcrest at Lynn Feb. 13. The Bears (20-8, 8-2) tied with Norfork for top honors in the conference. Trevor Vincent scored 23 points to lead Mammoth Spring, while Seth Davis followed close with 21 points and five assists...
Bobcats win two, stay perfect in SCA (02/19/09)
After the crowning of the 2009 courtwarming queen, Sara Riley, the Thayer Bobcats locked up with the Ava Bears in a what turned out to be a challenging South Central Association battle Feb. 13. And when the dust settled, the Cats improved to 16-3 and 5-0 in SCA play with a 66-60 victory over the always-tough Bears...
A perfect ending (02/19/09)
It made perfect sense. In their quest for a perfect season, the Mammoth Spring junior Bears found the perfect opponent standing in their way. The Izard County junior Cougars. Mammoth Spring had won the previous four meetings with Izard County this year in perfectly heart-stopping fashion...
Lady Indians drop first game of season to Class 4 West Plains (02/19/09)
The Couch Lady Indians suffered their first setback of the year Feb. 14 with a tight 46-40 loss at the hands of the Class 4 West Plains Lady Zizzers. Couch, the number two ranked team in Class 2, falls to 19-1 on the year. West Plains, currently ranked 10th in Class 4, improved to 15-6 with the home victory over the Lady Indians...
Orahood inks with Lyon College (02/19/09)
When Lyon College goes looking for a perspective student-athlete to recruit, the student part is every bit as important as the athlete part to the Batesville, Ark., school. In other words, if you're not well-rounded on and off the playing field, you need not worry about trying to capture the attention of any of the coaches at Lyon College...
Indians no pushovers in Big Spring finals (02/19/09)
Coming off a hard-fought loss to South Iron the night before, it looked like the Eminence Redwings, the state's third-ranked Class 1 team, might suffer back-to-back losses for the first time this season. But although they hit just one field goal in the last 12-and-a-half-minutes of the game, the Redwings still managed to fend off a scrappy bunch of Couch Indians for a 58-51 victory in the boys' varsity division of the annual Big Spring Conference Tournament Feb. 11 at Couch High School...
Lady Cats work overtime against Eminence (02/19/09)
The Thayer Lady Bobcats rallied from a halftime deficit to knock off the Eminence Lady Redwings 56-50 in overtime Feb. 12 in Thayer. Thayer led by a single point after the first period, thanks to a late 3-pointer, but the Lady Redwings climbed on top by two points at the half...
Alton edges Bluejays for JV title (02/19/09)
The Alton junior varsity Comets outscored the Koshkonong junior varsity Bluejays 7-0 the last minute of the game to overcome a late deficit and take home first place in the Big Spring Conference Tournament's JV division Feb. 11 at Couch High School...
Lady Rebs outright conference champs (02/19/09)
Nagging injuries slowed the Highland Lady Rebels down, but not enough to keep them from picking up three wins, including two conference victories, to secure the 3-4A conference championship without having to share it. Alison Price's knee and Kristen Ellis' foot and knee are a concern for the district tournament, but with the automatic bye into the regional tournament Lady Rebel Head Coach Harlan Davis can rest key members of his team...
Hard work pays off for Rebels (02/19/09)
"How 'bout them Rebels?" It took until the last game of the regular season for Highland Head Coach Chad Arnhart to say that to his team, but the smile on his face explained how important this game was to the Rebels. Highland didn't hold a lead at any time during regulation play, but took the lead halfway through overtime to beat Izard County 42-40 at the Cougars' Den on Friday, Feb. 13...
Katz 2-2A kings (02/19/09)
The Melbourne Bearkatz put the finishing touches on their 12-0 run through the 2-2A Conference's regular season with a 54-46 win at Cotter Feb. 9. The Katz (29-4) led 14-7 after the first period but Cotter rallied to pull within five, 25-20 at the half. Melbourne then went on a 12-4 burst to open the third and put the game out of reach for the Warriors...
Bears co-champs (02/19/09)
The Mammoth Spring Bears won their 20th game of the season and finished as co-champs in 1A-2 North play with a 58-32 rout of Hillcrest at Lynn Feb. 13. The Bears (20-8, 8-2) tied with Norfork for top honors in the conference. Trevor Vincent scored 23 points to lead Mammoth Spring, while Seth Davis followed close with 21 points and five assists...
A perfect ending (02/19/09)
It made perfect sense. In their quest for a perfect season, the Mammoth Spring junior Bears found the perfect opponent standing in their way. The Izard County junior Cougars. Mammoth Spring had won the previous four meetings with Izard County this year in perfectly heart-stopping fashion...
McCurley shoots lights out (02/19/09)
There are a number of different ways to measure heat. There's smoking-hot, white-hot, scorching-hot and just plain old red-hot. But after the show she put on in the championship game of the junior girls' 1A-2 North District Junior High Tournament, a new way to measure heat has been found...
Meet Greyhound baseball players (02/19/09)
The parents of Salem High School's baseball players are hosting a meet and greet for the 2009 Greyhound baseball team. The event is scheduled, weather permitting, for Feb. 21 at the Salem High School baseball field from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come and meet the team and coaches. Free sodas and hot dogs will be provided. For more information, contact Dena Barnett at 895-4470 or 895-4300...
Junior Lady Katz run to tournament title (02/19/09)
After settling for a split of the regular season title with the Midland junior Lady Mustangs, you can bet that the Melbourne junior Lady Bearkatz were looking for a chance to separate themselves from Midland when post-season play rolled around. Turns out Melbourne got exactly the chance that it wanted and the two squads met in the championship game of the 2-2A Junior High District Tournament Feb. 14 in Imboden...
Izard County drops pair to Highland (02/19/09)
It took until the last game of the regular season, but the Highland Rebels finally found the win column. Highland didn't hold a lead at any time during regulation play, but took the lead halfway through overtime to beat Izard County 42-40 at the Cougars' Den on Friday, Feb. 13...
Lady Horns topple Melbourne (02/19/09)
The first 16 minutes of action in the Viola Lady Longhorns' matchup with Melbourne Feb. 10 at the Longhorn Corral was a good, old-fashioned long range shootout. Viola's Leslie Barker was red-hot from behind the 3-point arc and knocked down four triples in the first half of play...
State Elks Hoop Shoot (02/19/09)
GOOD SHOOTING: By competing and winning in the State Elks Hoop Shoot in Hot Springs on Feb. 7, Samantha King of Horseshoe Bend, a student at Izard County Consolidated, has advanced to the Elks Regional Hoop Shoot in Paris, Tenn., March 13-15. Samantha is represented by the Highland Elks Lodge 2539, in Cherokee Village. ...
GreenTrees program a winner (02/19/09)
Recently, the Arkansas GreenTrees program was one of 13 southern recipients for the 2009 Innovators Award from the Southern Growth Policies Board. The award is given annually for outstanding initiative that encourages economic opportunities relating to bio-products, alternative energy and energy efficiency...
Loafer's Glory WMA a hidden assset (02/19/09)
Loafer's Glory Wildlife Management Area runs neck-to-neck with Seven Devils WMA in the race for Arkansas's management area with the most interesting name. Tucked away in the scenic Buffalo River country, Loafer's Glory has the community of Morning Star on one side and Evening Star on the other...
Thelma Dale (02/19/09)
Thelma Mae Arnold Dale, daughter of the late George Houston Arnold and Nancy Branscum Arnold, was born Dec. 4, 1921 in Zion, Ark. She died Feb. 7, 2009, in Melbourne, Ark., at the age of 87. She was married to Emmit Dale on April 1, 1944, and to this union, two children were born...
Audrey Ehrhardt (02/19/09)
Audrey Lou Mary Ehrhardt was born March 15, 1920, at Ravenden, Ark., the daughter of the late Arthur Thomas Ehr-hardt and Vernie Lou Mary James Ehrhardt. She died Feb. 10, 2009, in West Plains, Mo., at the age of 88. She was married Feb. 22, 1936, at Alton, Mo., to Bonnie Ehrhardt, who preceded her in death April 26, 1993...
James William Rackley (02/19/09)
James William Rackley, 83, of Alton, Mo., died Feb. 8, 2009, and was born May 26, 1925, at Alton, Mo., to James Riley Rackley and Lena Mae Mitchell. On Oct. 31, 1953, he was united in marriage to Jo Ella Dodson in Hernando, Miss., and to this union five children were born...
Donnie Cunningham (02/19/09)
Donnie Paul Cunningham, of Salem, Ark., son of the late John Ernest Cunningham and Sherry Aldean Ellis Cunningham, was born July 25, 1968, in Salem, Ark. He died Feb. 6, 2009, in Salem, Ark., at the age of 40. He was a construction worker for many years and was employed by Cowart Construction in Salem...
Mary W. Cahill Ford (02/19/09)
Mary W. Cahill Ford, 95, of Cave City, Ark., died Feb. 8, 2009, at Cave City, Ark. She was born Sept. 4, 1913, at Willard, Mo., the daughter of the late John and Berenice Shoemaker Cahill. She was a homemaker and attended Drury College in Springfield, Mo. She was a member of the Gideon's International, United Methodist Women, American Legion Auxiliary and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cave City...
Crystal Geneva Baker (02/19/09)
Crystal Geneva Baker was born Feb. 14, 1914, at Calm, Mo., the daughter of the late Curtis Johnson and Clara Miller Johnson. She died Feb. 2, 2009, at her home in Calm, Mo., at the age of 94. She was united in marriage to Loyd Baker at Salem, Ark., on Aug. 3, 1938, who preceded her in death Oct. 27, 1984...
Lola Jones Milligan (02/19/09)
Lola Jones Milligan, 86, of Sulphur Rock, Ark., formerly of Poughkeepsie, Ark., died Feb. 7, 2009, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville. She was born Sept. 30, 1922, at Nelsonville, Ark., the daughter of Henry and Lillie Willett Jones. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of Christ...
Minnie M. Strauser (02/19/09)
Minnie M. Strauser, 57, of Raymond, Ill., formerly of Camp, Ark., died Feb. 2, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. Minnie was born May 1, 1951 in Carville, Mo., the daughter of Edgar Monroe and Alice (Goings) Henson. She married Donnie Strauser July 4, 1988...
Jerry Wayne Jones (02/19/09)
Jerry Wayne Jones of Melbourne, Ark., son of the late Billy Jack Jones and Dorothy Hellums Jones of Melbourne, was born June 28, 1957, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He died Feb. 6, 2009, in Melbourne, at the age of 51. He served in the United States Army during the Korean war. During his working years, Jerry was employed as an store inspector for Radio Shack. He also worked as a mechanic. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the South Side Baptist Church in Altus, Okla...
Evelyn Lee Ramsey (02/19/09)
Evelyn Lee Ramsey was born Dec. 23, 1929, at Wichita, Kan., the daughter of Edwin West and Clarssey Armina Garringer West. She died Feb. 7, 2009, in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 79. She was united in marriage to Herman Gray. She was united in marriage March 17, 1990, at Fall River, Kan., to Donald Ramsey, who preceded her in death Sept. 18, 2004...
Edward E. Boettger (02/19/09)
Edward E. Boettger, 68, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Feb. 9, 2009. He was born in Chicago, Ill., July 22, 1940, the son of Elsie Keefe of Cherokee Village and the late William Boettger. Ed served in the U.S. Army in the early 1960s as a radar repair specialist. ...
Maud Hamlett (02/19/09)
Maud Maxine Montgomery Hamlett, 90, of Ada, Okla., formerly of McHue, Ark., died Feb. 7, 2009. She was born March 5, 1918, at Sandtown, Ark., the daughter of William Ellsworth and Elizabeth Tugwell Montgomery. She married Homer Hamlett on May 4, 1936. She was a retired school teacher from the Cave City School, having taught for 45 years. She was a member of the Jamestown Methodist Church...
Robert Eugene Hinders (02/19/09)
Robert Eugene Hinders, 85, of Lakeland, Tenn., formerly of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Jan. 23, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Teresa (nee Swanson); daughters, Linda (Patrick) Johnson of Woodbridge, Va., Patricia (Timothy) Morris of Rowlett, Texas; Sheila (Larry) Dick of Elizabeth, Colo.; and a son, Eugene (Eileen) Hinders of Arlington, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren...
Matthew B. Martin (02/19/09)
Matthew B. Martin, 46, of Cave City, Ark., died Feb. 11, 2009, at the Cave City Nursing Home in Cave City, Ark. He was born Oct. 1, 1962, in Jerseyville, Ill., the son of Lawrence James Martin and Patricia Ann Davis. He is survived by: his mother, Patricia Ann Davis; one brother, Michael...
Bill Baldridge (02/19/09)
Bill Baldridge, 75, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., was born Sept. 6, 1933, in Hardy, Ark., and died Feb. 8, 2009, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville, Ark. He is survived by: his wife, Maxcine, of the home; two daughters, Sheila Harvey and husband Todd of Omaha, Neb., and Sandy Cypret of Thayer, Mo.; five sons, Robert Baldridge and wife Kitten of West Plains, Mo., Bruce Baldridge and wife Brenda of Hardy, Ark., Phillip Baldridge and wife Debbie of Mammoth Spring, Jimmy Baldridge and wife Tommie of Mammoth Spring, and Gary Baldridge and wife Angela of West Plains; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lenard Baldridge, Elvern Baldridge, and Omer Baldridge, all of Mammoth Spring; several nieces and nephews; and numerous other relatives and friends.. ...
Leroy Hensley (02/19/09)
Leroy Hensley was born Oct. 4, 1920, the son of Rosie Etna Pierce and Iley Fennimore Hensley. He died Feb. 11, 2009. He was the youngest of four boys, a half-brother, Orville Layman, brothers Rufus Paul Hensley and Archie Hensley. His parents and brothers have all preceded him in death, along with one son-in-law, Gerry Jump...
Alma B. Thompson (02/19/09)
Alma B. Thompson was born Oct. 24, 1938, the daughter of the late Sheldon Brawley and Zona Johnson Brawley in Alton, Mo. She died Feb. 10, 2009, in Provena St. Joseph Medical Center at Joliet, Ill., at the age of 70. She was united in marriage to Robert B. Thompson Sr. on Oct. 29, 1955, in Greer, Mo., by Rev. Clarence Dodson, uncle of the groom, officiating...
Leonard Duane Staley (02/19/09)
Funeral services for Leonard Duane Staley, 83, of Koshkonong, Mo., were held Feb. 17, 2009, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in West Plains, Mo., with Rev. Don Tabor officiating. He was born April 17, 1925, in Koshkonong, Mo., the son of the late Roy Ernest Staley Sr. and Etta Ruth Linn Staley. He died Feb. 13, 2009, in Springfield, Mo...
Joe Dan Bates (02/19/09)
Joe Dan Bates, 47, of Alton, Mo., was born April 3, 1961, in Alton, and died Feb. 8, 2009, at this home. He is survived by: his father, Boyd Bates, of Alton; one daughter, Savanah Bates of Fayetteville, Ark.; three sisters, Patsy Redburn, Melinda Bates and Rhonda Sanders; four brothers, Carson Bates, Jimmy Bates, Kevin Bates and Phillip Bates; 15 foster siblings; numerous uncles; aunts; nieces; and nephews; and a host of other friends and relatives...
Herbert Orville Draper (02/19/09)
Herbert Orville Draper, 89, of Ash Flat, Ark., died Feb. 12, 2009, at his home. He was born in Wayne City, Ill., on Aug. 25, 1919, the son of Curtis O. and Carolyn Ruth (Powell) Draper. He was married Nov. 16, 1962, to Vernita June Fenton in Mt. Vernon, Ill. He was a retired sawmill owner/operator...
Ford Wesley Jewell (02/19/09)
Ford Wesley Jewell, 71, of Thayer, Mo. was born Jan. 3, 1938, in Oregon County, Mo., and died Feb. 6, 2009, at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer. He is survived by: several cousins and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Charlie Jewell and Marie Wilson Jewell...
Tristin Fisher-Morrow (02/19/09)
Tristin Scott Fisher-Morrow, 21, of Ash Flat, Ark., died Feb. 4, 2009, at his residence. He was born June 9, 1987, in LaPorte, Ind., the son of David and Michelle Morrow. He moved with his family to Sharp County in 2000. He graduated from the Highland High School in 2008. Tristin attended the  Highland Assembly of God Church...
Edward E. Boettger (02/19/09)
Edward E. Boettger, 68, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Feb. 9, 2009. He was born in Chicago, Ill., July 22, 1940, the son of Elsie Keefe of Cherokee Village and the late William Boettger. Ed served in the U.S. Army in the early 1960s as a radar repair specialist. ...
Matthew B. Martin (02/19/09)
Matthew B. Martin, 46, of Cave City, Ark., died Feb. 11, 2009, at the Cave City Nursing Home in Cave City, Ark. He was born Oct. 1, 1962, in Jerseyville, Ill., the son of Lawrence James Martin and Patricia Ann Davis. He is survived by: his mother, Patricia Ann Davis; one brother, Michael A. Martin of Cave City; one sister, Kathy Armstrong and husband Jeff of Poughkeepsie, Ark.; three nephews; and many other relatives and friends...
Donnie Cunningham (02/19/09)
Donnie Paul Cunningham, of Salem, Ark., son of the late John Ernest Cunningham and Sherry Aldean Ellis Cunningham, was born July 25, 1968, in Salem, Ark. He died Feb. 6, 2009, in Salem, Ark., at the age of 40. He was a construction worker for many years and was employed by Cowart Construction in Salem...
Mary W. Cahill Ford (02/19/09)
Mary W. Cahill Ford, 95, of Cave City, Ark., died Feb. 8, 2009, at Cave City, Ark. She was born Sept. 4, 1913, at Willard, Mo., the daughter of the late John and Berenice Shoemaker Cahill. She was a homemaker and attended Drury College in Springfield, Mo. She was a member of the Gideon's International, United Methodist Women, American Legion Auxiliary and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cave City...
Lola Jones Milligan (02/19/09)
Lola Jones Milligan, 86, of Sulphur Rock, Ark., formerly of Poughkeepsie, Ark., died Feb. 7, 2009, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville. She was born Sept. 30, 1922, at Nelsonville, Ark., the daughter of Henry and Lillie Willett Jones. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of Christ...
Herbert Orville Draper (02/19/09)
Herbert Orville Draper, 89, of Ash Flat, Ark., died Feb. 12, 2009, at his home. He was born in Wayne City, Ill., on Aug. 25, 1919, the son of Curtis O. and Carolyn Ruth (Powell) Draper. He was married Nov. 16, 1962, to Vernita June Fenton in Mt. Vernon, Ill. He was a retired sawmill owner/operator...
Bobby McGuire Sr. (02/19/09)
Bobby Wayne McGuire Sr., 60, of Brookland, Ark., died Feb. 5, 2009, at his residence. He was born April 1, 1948, in Dyess, Ark., the son of Everett McGuire and Clara (Blansett) McGuire. He has spent the last 15 years with his family residing in Brookland. He was of the Pentecost faith and attended the Lighthouse Pentecost Church...
Maud Hamlett (02/19/09)
Maud Maxine Montgomery Hamlett, 90, of Ada, Okla., formerly of McHue, Ark., died Feb. 7, 2009. She was born March 5, 1918, at Sandtown, Ark., the daughter of William Ellsworth and Elizabeth Tugwell Montgomery. She married Homer Hamlett on May 4, 1936. She was a retired school teacher from the Cave City School, having taught for 45 years. She was a member of the Jamestown Methodist Church...
Robert Eugene Hinders (02/19/09)
Robert Eugene Hinders, 85, of Lakeland, Tenn., formerly of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Jan. 23, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Teresa (nee Swanson); daughters, Linda (Patrick) Johnson of Woodbridge, Va., Patricia (Timothy) Morris of Rowlett, Texas; Sheila (Larry) Dick of Elizabeth, Colo.; and a son, Eugene (Eileen) Hinders of Arlington, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren...
Bruce Stanley Mullins (02/19/09)
Bruce Stanley Mullins, 57, of Hardy, Ark., was born March 28, 1951, in Newport, Ark., and died Feb. 12, 2009, at the Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. He is survived by: his wife, Geraldine Hatfield Mullins of the home; six children, Brenda Lee Camp, Tywana Martin, Robert Gatewood, Javier Lopez, Vanessa Perez, Stanley Perez; four brothers, Michael Mullins, Kalvin Mullins, Doug Mullins, Randy Mullins; three sisters, Shirlene Westberry, Donna Cartwright, Colette Vandolah; 17 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.. ...
June M. Hellner (02/19/09)
June M. Hellner, 88, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Feb. 1, 2009, at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Ark. She was born Feb. 8, 1920, in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Robert Meldrum and Helen (Schindler) Meldrum. June moved to Cherokee Village with her husband, James, 23 years ago. She was a volunteer at the local hospital for over 15 years before it closed down. She was a member of the St. Michael's Catholic Church...
Ford Wesley Jewell (02/19/09)
Ford Wesley Jewell, 71, of Thayer, Mo. was born Jan. 3, 1938, in Oregon County, Mo., and died Feb. 6, 2009, at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer. He is survived by: several cousins and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Charlie Jewell and Marie Wilson Jewell...
Herbert Orville Draper (02/19/09)
Herbert Orville Draper, 89, of Ash Flat, Ark., died Feb. 12, 2009, at his home. He was born in Wayne City, Ill., on Aug. 25, 1919, the son of Curtis O. and Carolyn Ruth (Powell) Draper. He was married Nov. 16, 1962, to Vernita June Fenton in Mt. Vernon, Ill. He was a retired sawmill owner/operator...
Alma B. Thompson (02/19/09)
Alma B. Thompson was born Oct. 24, 1938, the daughter of the late Sheldon Brawley and Zona Johnson Brawley in Alton, Mo. She died Feb. 10, 2009, in Provena St. Joseph Medical Center at Joliet, Ill., at the age of 70. She was united in marriage to Robert B. Thompson Sr. on Oct. 29, 1955, in Greer, Mo., by Rev. Clarence Dodson, uncle of the groom, officiating...
Joe Dan Bates (02/19/09)
Joe Dan Bates, 47, of Alton, Mo., was born April 3, 1961, in Alton, and died Feb. 8, 2009, at this home. He is survived by: his father, Boyd Bates, of Alton; one daughter, Savanah Bates of Fayetteville, Ark.; three sisters, Patsy Redburn, Melinda Bates and Rhonda Sanders; four brothers, Carson Bates, Jimmy Bates, Kevin Bates and Phillip Bates; 15 foster siblings; numerous uncles; aunts; nieces; and nephews; and a host of other friends and relatives...
Leroy Hensley (02/19/09)
Leroy Hensley was born Oct. 4, 1920, the son of Rosie Etna Pierce and Iley Fennimore Hensley. He died Feb. 11, 2009. He was the youngest of four boys, a half-brother, Orville Layman, brothers Rufus Paul Hensley and Archie Hensley. His parents and brothers have all preceded him in death, along with one son-in-law, Gerry Jump...
Leonard Duane Staley (02/19/09)
Funeral services for Leonard Duane Staley, 83, of Koshkonong, Mo., were held Feb. 17, 2009, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in West Plains, Mo., with Rev. Don Tabor officiating. He was born April 17, 1925, in Koshkonong, Mo., the son of the late Roy Ernest Staley Sr. and Etta Ruth Linn Staley. He died Feb. 13, 2009, in Springfield, Mo...
Bill Baldridge (02/19/09)
Bill Baldridge, 75, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., was born Sept. 6, 1933, in Hardy, Ark., and died Feb. 8, 2009, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville, Ark. He is survived by: his wife, Maxcine, of the home; two daughters, Sheila Harvey and husband Todd of Omaha, Neb., and Sandy Cypret of Thayer, Mo.; five sons, Robert Baldridge and wife Kitten of West Plains, Mo., Bruce Baldridge and wife Brenda of Hardy, Ark., Phillip Baldridge and wife Debbie of Mammoth Spring, Jimmy Baldridge and wife Tommie of Mammoth Spring, and Gary Baldridge and wife Angela of West Plains; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lenard Baldridge, Elvern Baldridge, and Omer Baldridge, all of Mammoth Spring; several nieces and nephews; and numerous other relatives and friends.. ...
Matthew B. Martin (02/19/09)
Matthew B. Martin, 46, of Cave City, Ark., died Feb. 11, 2009, at the Cave City Nursing Home in Cave City, Ark. He was born Oct. 1, 1962, in Jerseyville, Ill., the son of Lawrence James Martin and Patricia Ann Davis. He is survived by: his mother, Patricia Ann Davis; one brother, Michael...
Robert Eugene Hinders (02/19/09)
Robert Eugene Hinders, 85, of Lakeland, Tenn., formerly of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Jan. 23, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He is survived by: his wife of 60 years, Teresa (nee Swanson); daughters, Linda (Patrick) Johnson of Woodbridge, Va., Patricia (Timothy) Morris of Rowlett, Texas; Sheila (Larry) Dick of Elizabeth, Colo.; and a son, Eugene (Eileen) Hinders of Arlington, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren...
Edward E. Boettger (02/19/09)
Edward E. Boettger, 68, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Feb. 9, 2009. He was born in Chicago, Ill., July 22, 1940, the son of Elsie Keefe of Cherokee Village and the late William Boettger. Ed served in the U.S. Army in the early 1960s as a radar repair specialist. ...
Evelyn Lee Ramsey (02/19/09)
Evelyn Lee Ramsey was born Dec. 23, 1929, at Wichita, Kan., the daughter of Edwin West and Clarssey Armina Garringer West. She died Feb. 7, 2009, in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 79. She was united in marriage to Herman Gray. She was united in marriage March 17, 1990, at Fall River, Kan., to Donald Ramsey, who preceded her in death Sept. 18, 2004...
Jerry Wayne Jones (02/19/09)
Jerry Wayne Jones of Melbourne, Ark., son of the late Billy Jack Jones and Dorothy Hellums Jones of Melbourne, was born June 28, 1957, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He died Feb. 6, 2009, in Melbourne, at the age of 51. He served in the United States Army during the Korean war. During his working years, Jerry was employed as an store inspector for Radio Shack. He also worked as a mechanic. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the South Side Baptist Church in Altus, Okla...
Crystal Geneva Baker (02/19/09)
Crystal Geneva Baker was born Feb. 14, 1914, at Calm, Mo., the daughter of the late Curtis Johnson and Clara Miller Johnson. She died Feb. 2, 2009, at her home in Calm, Mo., at the age of 94. She was united in marriage to Loyd Baker at Salem, Ark., on Aug. 3, 1938, who preceded her in death Oct. 27, 1984...
Mary W. Cahill Ford (02/19/09)
Mary W. Cahill Ford, 95, of Cave City, Ark., died Feb. 8, 2009, at Cave City, Ark. She was born Sept. 4, 1913, at Willard, Mo., the daughter of the late John and Berenice Shoemaker Cahill. She was a homemaker and attended Drury College in Springfield, Mo. She was a member of the Gideon's International, United Methodist Women, American Legion Auxiliary and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cave City...
Lola Jones Milligan (02/19/09)
Lola Jones Milligan, 86, of Sulphur Rock, Ark., formerly of Poughkeepsie, Ark., died Feb. 7, 2009, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville. She was born Sept. 30, 1922, at Nelsonville, Ark., the daughter of Henry and Lillie Willett Jones. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of Christ...
Minnie M. Strauser (02/19/09)
Minnie M. Strauser, 57, of Raymond, Ill., formerly of Camp, Ark., died Feb. 2, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. Minnie was born May 1, 1951 in Carville, Mo., the daughter of Edgar Monroe and Alice (Goings) Henson. She married Donnie Strauser July 4, 1988...
Maud Hamlett (02/19/09)
Maud Maxine Montgomery Hamlett, 90, of Ada, Okla., formerly of McHue, Ark., died Feb. 7, 2009. She was born March 5, 1918, at Sandtown, Ark., the daughter of William Ellsworth and Elizabeth Tugwell Montgomery. She married Homer Hamlett on May 4, 1936. She was a retired school teacher from the Cave City School, having taught for 45 years. She was a member of the Jamestown Methodist Church...
Donnie Cunningham (02/19/09)
Donnie Paul Cunningham, of Salem, Ark., son of the late John Ernest Cunningham and Sherry Aldean Ellis Cunningham, was born July 25, 1968, in Salem, Ark. He died Feb. 6, 2009, in Salem, Ark., at the age of 40. He was a construction worker for many years and was employed by Cowart Construction in Salem...