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Stories from Thursday, May 21, 2009

City now 'firewise' (05/21/09)
Mammoth Spring has added Firewise USA city along with its distinction as a fourth-year Tree City USA. "Forestry came to see me (about Firewise), and I said, 'Oh, that sounds great,'" Mayor Pace said. According to Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace, the program is an effort to try to set up a defensible perimeter around the city limits to protect city trees and residents' homes against wildfires...
Howell-Oregon Electric raises rates (05/21/09)
Howell-Oregon Electric Coop, Inc. announces a rate increase. In a press release dated May 13, Manager of Member Services Myles Smith, Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative of West Plains, announced a rate increase to go into effect on cooperative members July 2009 electric bill...
Students now sheltered from the storms (05/21/09)
The first tornado drill Alton R-IV School District students went through with the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) storm shelter was actually a real, live situation on May 8 during storms which produced, in some areas, 80 mph straight line winds...
School to receive recovery act funds (05/21/09)
The Mammoth Spring School District will receive a total of $609,434 from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009. The school board met May 11 and discussed various ways the money could be spent. Superintendent Ronald Taylor had several suggestions including summer library reading programs, teacher salaries -- to avoid having to lay off faculty, class size reduction funds, a new metal roof for the elementary and high school and elementary summer school programs...
Preaching the Word of God for 100 years (05/21/09)
It's been a long time since those old tent revivals. Men and women dressed in their Sunday best, and children twitched in their seats as a minister preached the Word of God out among God's creation under a large circus-like tent full of pious Christians and those who were ready to be saved...
Our High School Years Are Finished! (05/21/09)
Members of the Salem High School graduating class of 2009, express their joy at finishing up their high school years. These students, above, have all earned academic honors and plan to attend college. Photo by Steven Looney
Court to hear from hospital board member (05/21/09)
Vicki Fowlkes, retiring board member of the Fulton County Hospital, told the Fulton County Quorum Court that the hospital is in good shape, despite the struggling economy. "I think the hospital is in better shape than it's been in years. We've been through some ups and downs, we've got some problems, but you've got a board that cares," Fowlkes said during the regular meeting of the court May 11...
Heavy rain creates even more problems for Fulton County roads (05/21/09)
Area rain last week kept Fulton County Road Crews busy throughout the weekend repairing washed-out bridges and roads. With the spring rain creating such damage as seen at right, Governor Mike Beebe has declared Fulton, Arkansas, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Clark, Cleveland, Conway, Dallas, Drew, Garland, Grant, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Lafayette, Lee, Lincoln, Little River, Lonoke, Jefferson, Miller, Monroe, Perry, Phillips, Pope, Poinsett, Prairie, Saline, Searcy, Stone, St. ...
NAEC annual meeting slated (05/21/09)
The sixty ninth annual meeting of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative has been set for Thursday, June 4 at the Salem Civic Center just off Highway 62 West in Salem. Preliminary plans for the meeting will follow previous years, with the exception of the first annual Energy Efficiency Expo in the Miller-Hickinbotham Building. ...
Ozarka College hires Dawe as president (05/21/09)
Ozarka College officials announced this week the appointment of Dr. Richard Dawe as President of Ozarka College in Melbourne. Dawe, a native of the north-Arkansas-southern-Missouri region, will assume the Presidency on July 1. For the past year, Dawe has served as vice chancellor of planning and organizational development at Ventura County Community College District, a three college district of 36,000 students in the state of California. ...
School to receive recovery act funds (05/21/09)
The Mammoth Spring School District will receive a total of $609,434 from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009. The school board met May 11 and discussed various ways the money could be spent. Superintendent Ronald Taylor had several suggestions including summer library reading programs, teacher salaries -- to avoid having to lay off faculty, class size reduction funds, a new metal roof for the elementary and high school and elementary summer school programs...
City council meets (05/21/09)
The Mammoth Spring City Council held their monthly meeting May 4 and discussed a bid for street work. Kings was awarded the bid to repave 2nd Street. Mayor Jean Pace said it has been about 20 years since the much traveled street has been redone. The mayor informed the council she has been working on several grants. ...
Mammoth Spring now 'firewise' (05/21/09)
Mammoth Spring has added Firewise USA city along with its distinction as a fourth-year Tree City USA. "Forestry came to see me (about Firewise), and I said, 'Oh, that sounds great,'" Mayor Pace said. According to Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace, the program is an effort to try to set up a defensible perimeter around the city limits to protect city trees and residents' homes against wildfires...
Preparing for 5K (05/21/09)
The Bank of Salem Mark Thomas Apple Pie Memorial 5K race will be held this Saturday at 8 a.m. The race will begin on the Salem Square and the course travels down several streets throughout town. The Bank of Salem asks that anyone that needs to travel that morning through Salem choose an alternate route or make arrangements so that any delays can be avoided from 8-9 a.m., when the race is over...
Area airports received federal grant money (05/21/09)
U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representative Marion Berry (AR-01) have announced that several local airports will receive $4,822,491 in federal grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for various projects across Arkansas ranging from construction to rehabilitating runways...
Oregon County Sheriff's Report (05/21/09)
Adam James Kerwin, 23, of Thayer, was transported to the Department of Corrections in Conne Terre this week for felony burglary and felony stealing. Ryan Joseph Palmer, 27, of Thayer, was also transported to a Department of Corrections this week for a probation violation...
Thayer Police Report (05/21/09)
Kimberly A. Million-Gipson, 41, of Piedmont, was charged with speeding May 17. Adam Systo, 22, of Thayer, was charged with domestic assault and disorderly conduct May 16. No bond has been set. Samantha Martin, 18, of Thayer, was arrested May 16 for domestic assault. Her bond was set at $524...
Attorney general warns of fakes (05/21/09)
There are at least 900 laboratory confirmed cases in the United States of the H1N1 Influenza or "swine flu." 2,600 people around the world have been hospitalized due to this new strain of the flu virus. While most cases of H1N1 flu are mild, scammers are trying to cash in on the public's fear of a potential global pandemic by pushing bogus cures and preventative products. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this alert to warn consumers about these fraudulent product pitches...
Electric Cooperatives hold makeover contest (05/21/09)
As the emphasis on energy efficiency continues to increase, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas announce the second annual energy efficiency home makeover contest for electric cooperative members. The winner's home will be transformed into an energy-efficient home. Entrants must reside in Arkansas, be a member of a participating Arkansas electric cooperative and own and occupy an all-electric home...
The voice at WP Motor Speedway (05/21/09)
If you're a fan of local racing, Tom Harris' voice is very familiar to you as the race announcer at the West Plains Motor Speedway. Harris, who lives at Glencoe, has been announcing stockcar races for many years. At the age of 19, Harris got his first opportunity to be a race announcer at the MO-ARK Speedway and Drag Strip on north Highway 63 in West Plains which was owned by Lafe Kennedy...
Lt. Governor visits Cherokee Village (05/21/09)
The Sharp County Democrats hosted a welcome dinner May 12 for Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter at the North Golf Course in Cherokee Village. The dinner was catered by Eddie and Alisa Black. County officials, mayors and judges from Sharp, Lawrence and Independence counties were present. Arkansas Representatives Curren Everett, David Cook and Monte Davenport were also in attendance as well as retired Sharp County Sheriff T.J. "Sonny" Powell and former Sharp County Judge Frank Arnold...
Ready To Take On The World (05/21/09)
Highland High School seniors flex their muscles to show they are ready for the world. Graduation was held May 15 at Rebel Memorial Field. From left, are graduating seniors: Kyle Jurczyk, Courtney Sharp, Matt Schneider, Jessica Sellers, Ben Reed, Karisa Hendrix and Eric Roberts. Photo by Tammy Curtis...
Wilburn Brothers tribute slated (05/21/09)
This weekend, Hardy will celebrate the lives of the Wilburn Brothers, country music singers from the Hardy area who were members of the world famous Grand Ole Opry. The celebration will be held Saturday, May 23 at Loberg Park in Hardy with fun, food and entertainment...
Honoring those who have sacrificed (05/21/09)
The cloud covered grey sky set the gloomy atmosphere for a remembrance ceremony held May 14 to honor not only policemen during National Police Officer's week, but also Jeff Richardson, a Sharp County policeman who was killed in 1993 in the line of duty...
Ozarka College hires Dawe as president (05/21/09)
Ozarka College officials announced this week the appointment of Dr. Richard Dawe as President of Ozarka College in Melbourne. Dawe, a native of the north-Arkansas-southern-Missouri region, will assume the Presidency on July 1. For the past year, Dawe has served as vice chancellor of planning and organizational development at Ventura County Community College District, a three college district of 36,000 students in the state of California. ...
Carrie Shell ... 'Rockin' the classroom (05/21/09)
Highland Middle School's gym was rocking May 15 as Brandon Baxter and Booger from Jonesboro's 101.9 KISS FM brought the Rockin' Apple Award party to Highland. Carrie Shell, seventh grade science teacher, won the award in what Baxter said was "the largest number of votes in the history of this contest." He went on to say how far their listening area covered and the number of much larger schools in the area, making the award even more special...
New Cherokee Village Police Chief eager to serve residents (05/21/09)
Sergeant Rickey Crook has replaced Cherokee Village Police Chief Jason French as chief following French's resignation last week. French will be taking a job with Arkansas State Attorney General Dustin McDaniels' office. Crook is a Sharp County native and a graduate of Highland High School. After serving in the United States Air Force, Crook began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a jailer and dispatcher for the Sharp County Sheriff's Department...
Cave City students compete (05/21/09)
Three Cave City High School programs Caveman Radio, Caveman TV and EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technologies), entered 56 students in several different competitions at the SkillsUSA state championships recently. SkillsUSA is a vocational education club for high school and college students that exposes students to workforce skills and helps prepare them with leadership skills enabling them to successfully transition from their place of education into the workforce...
NAEC annual meeting slated (05/21/09)
The sixty ninth annual meeting of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative has been set for Thursday, June 4 at the Salem Civic Center just off Highway 62 West in Salem. Preliminary plans for the meeting will follow previous years, with the exception of the first annual Energy Efficiency Expo in the Miller-Hickinbotham Building. ...
School library in need of new book shelves (05/21/09)
Highland High School librarian Emily Akins and foster grandparent Dorthy Vaughn are on a mission to give the library a facelift and provide much needed book storage for the expanding library Akins said until the aging shelves are replaced, the school cannot build the collection to meet the needs of the students. ...
Fishing Rodeo funds Elk's scholarship (05/21/09)
The Highland Elks Lodge, 2539, hosted a Fishing Rodeo May 9 at Lake Thunderbird. The event was held to raise money for the Elk's Scholarship fund. Jack Lowe, chairman of the Elk's Foundation said there were prizes awarded and hot dogs and drinks for all participants. Mid-Lake Marine donated the bait for the event. Area businesses donated prizes of rods and reels, a tackle box, dip net and life vests that were given away at the rodeo. A rod and reel was raffled and others were used as prizes...
Attorney general warns of fakes (05/21/09)
There are at least 900 laboratory confirmed cases in the United States of the H1N1 Influenza or "swine flu." 2,600 people around the world have been hospitalized due to this new strain of the flu virus. While most cases of H1N1 flu are mild, scammers are trying to cash in on the public's fear of a potential global pandemic by pushing bogus cures and preventative products. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this alert to warn consumers about these fraudulent product pitches...
Govar Hospital: Hardy's first hospital (05/21/09)
It is no secret that a lot of history is housed in Hardy, Ark. This is evident by the large number of homes on the National Historic Register. Many do not know that the first hospital in the area was housed in Hardy. The Hardy Hospital was opened in 1937 and named after the doctor who operated it, Dr. Govar, and locally called Govar Hospital...
Dynamic duo to hit Grin Iron Classic (05/21/09)
They teamed up for one of the most memorable plays in the history of Thayer High School football. And now Jacob Eckman and Lance Schneider will have one more opportunity to take to the football field. The All-State standouts from Thayer will be members of the East All-Stars in the eighth annual Sertoma Grin Iron Classic, scheduled for June 5 at Plaster Sports Complex on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield...
Lady Hounds wrap up great season in Rogers (05/21/09)
The Salem Lady Greyhound softball team had another successful season this year. They were the 2A Co-Conference champs and were also runners-up in the 2A District Tournament held at Salem. The Lady Hounds went on to take runner-up honors in the 2A Regional Tournament that was held in Melbourne...
Highland Booster Club meeting slated (05/21/09)
A meeting to organize the Highland Rebel Booster Club is scheduled for May 26 at the Highland High School cafeteria. Start time for the meeting is 6 p.m. All Highland alumni, former athletes and all Rebel fans are urged to attend.
Show-Me 100 ready to hit track at WPMS (05/21/09)
The 17th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Show-Me 100 will be held at West Plains Motor Speedway beginning May 21 and wrapping up May 23. A large field of Super Late Model drivers from across the country will be on hand to battle for over $132,000 in prize money, including a $40,000 top prize...
Missouri hunters check 41,830 turkeys (05/21/09)
Hunters checked 8,738 turkeys May 4 through 10, bringing the total harvest for Missouri's 21-day regular spring turkey season to 41,830, or 3.7 percent fewer than in 2008. Top harvest counties for the three-week season were Franklin with 915, Texas with 839 and St. Clair with 678. Regional harvest totals were: Central, 6,311; Southwest, 6,129; Northwest, 5,820; Ozarks, 5,671; Northeast, 5,472; Kansas City, 4,801; Southeast, 4,197; and St. Louis, 3,430...
Show-Me 100 ready to hit track at WPMS (05/21/09)
The 17th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Show-Me 100 will be held at West Plains Motor Speedway beginning May 21 and wrapping up May 23. A large field of Super Late Model drivers from across the country will be on hand to battle for over $132,000 in prize money, including a $40,000 top prize...
State yellow perch record falls ... again (05/21/09)
Some things are made to last, and then there is Brian Clapp's fishing record. Clapp, of Butler, captured the Missouri state record for yellow perch March 18 when he caught a 1-pound, 7-ounce fish measuring 13 inches. His fame was short-lived, however, because on May 3, Vince G. Elfrink, of Walnut Shade, landed a 1-pound, 11-ounce yellow perch measuring just a shade over 14 inches...
Tommy Bolt Memorial tourney announced (05/21/09)
Fountain Place recently announced that the family of Tommy Bolt has authorized use of the Tommy Bolt name, helping make possible the first annual Tommy Bolt Memorial golf tournament. As a result, the previously announced "Fountain Place Celebration Classic" has now become the Tommy Bolt Memorial...
Circle runner-up in ASGA match play at Big Creek (05/21/09)
Nathan Circle of Hardy was the runner-up in this year's Arkansas State Golf Association Match Play, held at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home. The cold rain started on the first day of play and continued steadily throughout the four-day tournament...
Tommy Bolt Memorial tourney announced (05/21/09)
Fountain Place recently announced that the family of Tommy Bolt has authorized use of the Tommy Bolt name, helping make possible the first annual Tommy Bolt Memorial golf tournament. As a result, the previously announced "Fountain Place Celebration Classic" has now become the Tommy Bolt Memorial...
Tommy Bolt Memorial tourney announced (05/21/09)
Fountain Place recently announced that the family of Tommy Bolt has authorized use of the Tommy Bolt name, helping make possible the first annual Tommy Bolt Memorial golf tournament. As a result, the previously announced "Fountain Place Celebration Classic" has now become the Tommy Bolt Memorial...
Circle runner-up in ASGA match play at Big Creek (05/21/09)
Nathan Circle of Hardy was the runner-up in this year's Arkansas State Golf Association Match Play, held at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home. The cold rain started on the first day of play and continued steadily throughout the four-day tournament...
Death Notices published week of May 21, 2009 (05/21/09)
Grace Irene Lanman, age 85, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died May 8, 2009, at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Ark. Tri-County Funeral Home, Highland, Ark. Margarete Fern Smith, 93, of Camp, Ark., died May 12, 2009, at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Ark. Barker Funeral Home in Salem...
Death Notices published week of May 21, 2009 (05/21/09)
Grace Irene Lanman, age 85, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died May 8, 2009, at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Ark. Tri-County Funeral Home, Highland, Ark. Margarete Fern Smith, 93, of Camp, Ark., died May 12, 2009, at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Ark. Barker Funeral Home in Salem...
Death Notices published week of May 20, 2009 (05/21/09)
Grace Irene Lanman, 85, of Cherokee Village, Ark. died May 8, 2009, at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Ark. Tri-County Funeral Home, Highland, Ark. Faerene Bower, 85, of Cherokee Village, Ark., formerly of Anaheim, Calif., died May 11, 2009, at her home. Tri-County Funeral Home, Highland, Ark...
Rogers -- Harber (05/21/09)
Adrian Dawn Rogers and William Luther Harber announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-elect is the daughter of Robert Rogers and Angela and Thomas Fields all of Mountain Home. She is 2005 graduate of Mountain Home. Adrian is currently employed as a lead teacher at Mountain Home Montessoi School and a Sunday School teacher at Mountain Home Baptist Curch...
Shrable -- Wagner (05/21/09)
Coy and Debbie Shrable of Gepp, announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Maegan Lynn Shrable to James Alan Wagner, son of Alan and Missy Wagner of Salem. Maegan has a bachelor's of science in nursing degree from the University of Arkansas. She is employed as a registered nurse in the cardiac surgical intensive care unit at Baxter Regional Medical Center...
Rogers -- Harber (05/21/09)
Adrian Dawn Rogers and William Luther Harber announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-elect is the daughter of Robert Rogers and Angela and Thomas Fields all of Mountain Home. She is 2005 graduate of Mountain Home. Adrian is currently employed as a lead teacher at Mountain Home Montessoi School and a Sunday School teacher at Mountain Home Baptist Curch...
Shrable -- Wagner (05/21/09)
Coy and Debbie Shrable of Gepp, announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Maegan Lynn Shrable to James Alan Wagner, son of Alan and Missy Wagner of Salem. Maegan has a bachelor's of science in nursing degree from the University of Arkansas. She is employed as a registered nurse in the cardiac surgical intensive care unit at Baxter Regional Medical Center...
Cochrans to celebrate 50 years together (05/21/09)
Sweethearts for the last 50 years, Mr. and Mrs. Wes Cochran of Salem, Ark., will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary May 23, 2009. Cochran is the former Lillian Joan King. The couple were married in 1959 by preacher Otho Norris at the King residence in downtown Salem...
Blackburns to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary (05/21/09)
The daughters of Luther and Norma Blackburn of Heart, would like to invite everyone to a 50th wedding anniversary celebration on Friday, May 29. The reception will be held in the Orange Room of the North Arkansas Electric Cooperative building in Salem from 5 p.m. -7 p.m...
Cochrans to celebrate 50 years together (05/21/09)
Sweethearts for the last 50 years, Mr. and Mrs. Wes Cochran of Salem, Ark., will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary May 23, 2009. Cochran is the former Lillian Joan King. The couple were married in 1959 by preacher Otho Norris at the King residence in downtown Salem...
Blackburns to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary (05/21/09)
The daughters of Luther and Norma Blackburn of Heart, would like to invite everyone to a 50th wedding anniversary celebration on Friday, May 29. The reception will be held in the Orange Room of the North Arkansas Electric Cooperative building in Salem from 5 p.m. -7 p.m...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (05/21/09)
Otis Litchford, 46, of Moorehouse, Mo., was arrested May 15 for public intoxication. Litchford was released on OR bond May 16 after spending the night in the Fulton County Jail. Clayton Freeman, 21, of Salem, was arrested May 16 for DWI. Freeman was released on $915 bond May 16 after spending the night in the Fulton County Jail...
Izard County Sheriff's Report (05/21/09)
Report issued Monday, May 28 The Izard County Sheriff's Department has made two arrests in connection with the burglary of the White River Café in Calico Rock. The business was entered sometime after closing the night of May 9 and opening time the following day. The owner of the café said a cash register, safe and computer hard drive were taken and that the safe contained an undisclosed amount of money. The items minus the money were recovered early in the week...
Two die in accident (05/21/09)
A motorcycle accident around 12:35 p.m., May 17, 10.5 miles south of Mammoth Spring, claimed the lives of two Popular Bluff, Mo., residents and injured two others. According to a report from the Arkansas State Police, Joshua Ray, 17, of Cherokee Village was travelling northbound and made a left turn into a parking lot in the path of two motorcycles...
Sharp County Sheriff's Report (05/21/09)
Dustin Trivitt, 32, of Ash Flat was arrested May 8 on a warrant from White County. Randy Foster, 27, of Williford was arrested May 10 for assault in the 3rd degree. Deanne Bruns, 53, of Williford was arrested May 10 for assault in the 3rd degree. John Rodriques, 27, of Cherokee Village was arrested May 10 for failure to appear, no seat belt and driving too close...
Cherokee Village Police Report (05/21/09)
Rochelle Ratliff, 18, of Ash Flat was cited on May 10 for careless and inattentive driving. Taylor Slayton, 19, of Hardy was cited on May 10 for careless and inattentive driving. Brad Bustad, 51, of Cherokee Village was cited May 11 for improper display of a license plate...
Two die in accident (05/21/09)
A motorcycle accident around 12:35 p.m., May 17, 10.5 miles south of Mammoth Spring, claimed the lives of two Popular Bluff, Mo., residents and injured two others. According to a report from the Arkansas State Police, Joshua Ray, 17, of Cherokee Village was travelling northbound and made a left turn into a parking lot in the path of two motorcycles...
Teens charged in keying (05/21/09)
Highland Police Chief Bea Sharp announces the arrest of two Highland High School juveniles following an incident that occurred on April 23 in the Highland High School parking lot. A staff member reported to the Highland Police Department that six vehicles parked in a row on the east side of the building had been keyed. The incident was recorded on two of the school's security cameras and the staff identified the students...