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Stories from Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Fourth of July Celebration (07/09/09)
Hot dogs, watermelon, fireworks and good old fashion fun highlighted the 4th in Thayer. See pages 4-5A for more photos and go online at www.southmissouriannews.com for our color edition. Photos by Steven Looney
Citizen of the year named (07/09/09)
Nellie Blackburn, a faithful volunteer at Fun and Friends Senior Center, was awarded the honor of Thayer's Citizen of the Year at the Thayer Chamber of Commerce banquet June 29 at Los Patrillos Mexican Restaurant. Chamber members and guests ordered from the menu at this year's banquet and were entertained by the gospel and blue grass music of the Mammoth Spring Strings...
New cooler made available (07/09/09)
The Mammoth Spring School District was awarded an Equipment Assistance Competitive Grant for Child Nutrition Programs grant in the amount of $9,767.15 to pay for the cost of a new walk-in cooler in the kitchen of the school's cafeteria. This grant was made available through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009. The money from the grant must be obligated, that is an agreement for the money made between a contractor or seller and the school, before Aug. 12, 2009...
ARRA funds discussed (07/09/09)
A board made up of Oregon County representatives from local charitable organizations met July 1 in the conference room in the Oregon County Courthouse basement to discuss how to divide $8,475 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)...
One more step in his long journey (07/09/09)
Walking across America might not seem like the best way to spend the Fourth of July for some people. But, to others, it's the best way to see the natural beauty of the United States on the day it celebrates it's independence. One man, Ray Goodman, is on just such a mission to see the beauty the country has to offer while spreading awareness of the human impact on the environment...
Buckle up or pay up (07/09/09)
Beginning June 30, a new law in Arkansas changes the seat belt law, allowing traffic stops based solely on the violation of a driver or front seat passenger not wearing a seat belt. Arkansas is the 27th state to enact primary seat belt legislation...
Dustin Kirkpatrick ... Dispatching words of wisdom (07/09/09)
Getting an education is important, as many people know. But there are still those who have doubts as to how important graduating from high school is when pursuing a fulfilling career. Dustin Kirkpatrick, a dispatcher/jailer/reserve deputy at the Oregon County Sheriff's Department, learned the significance of having a high school diploma the hard way...
Veterans and families to receive more benefits (07/09/09)
As a longtime advocate for veterans and their families, Congressman Marion Berry hosted a press conference call recently with reporters to discuss upcoming legislation in Congress that could benefit troops and their families. The press conference took place days before the fourth of July holiday and focused on the importance of making certain that troops and their families receive the benefits they have earned through their service and sacrifices...
Daily Quill publisher to be inducted into Hall of Fame (07/09/09)
Five people will be inducted in October into the Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame, one of whom has close ties to Salem. This will be the 19th class to be inducted, and it includes descendants of earlier inductees. This year's honorees are the late W. ...
Making a real difference in a child's life (07/09/09)
The Court Appointed Special Advocates for the 3rd and 16th Judicial Court are looking for a few good volunteers to help make a difference in a child's life. The CASA program offers a volunteer opportunity like no other. As officers of the court, CASA volunteers, also known in some areas as volunteer guardians ad litem (GALs), are empowered to make a lifelong difference in the lives of abused and neglected children...
It was a GREAT 4th! (07/09/09)
Hot dogs, watermelon, fireworks and good old fashion fun highlighted the 4th in Salem. See pages 6-7A for more photos and go online at http://www.areawidenews.com/gallery/09ju... for our color edition. Photos by Cheryl Bryant
Viola High School construction (07/09/09)
Workers prepare to pour concrete at the Viola High School worksite. This area will be an interior hallway and has been designed as a storm shelter, with reinforced concrete to be placed on the sides and eventually over the top of it. Photo by Niki de Soto...
Veterans benefits may increase (07/09/09)
As a longtime advocate for veterans and their families, Congressman Marion Berry hosted a press conference call recently with reporters to discuss upcoming legislation in Congress that could benefit troops and their families. The press conference took place days before the fourth of July holiday and focused on the importance of making certain that troops and their families receive the benefits they have earned through their service and sacrifices...
Quill publisher named to newspaper hall of fame (07/09/09)
Five people will be inducted in October into the Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame, one of whom has close ties to Salem. This will be the 19th class to be inducted, and it includes descendants of earlier inductees. This year's honorees are the late W. ...
Making a real difference in a child's life (07/09/09)
The Court Appointed Special Advocates for the 3rd and 16th Judicial Court are looking for a few good volunteers to help make a difference in a child's life. The CASA program offers a volunteer opportunity like no other. As officers of the court, CASA volunteers, also known in some areas as volunteer guardians ad litem (GALs), are empowered to make a lifelong difference in the lives of abused and neglected children...
Buckle up or pay up (07/09/09)
Beginning June 30, a new law in Arkansas changes the seat belt law, allowing traffic stops based solely on the violation of a driver or front seat passenger not wearing a seat belt. Arkansas is the 27th state to enact primary seat belt legislation...
Local Business Spotlight ... Cox-Blevins Funeral Home (07/09/09)
Cox-Blevins Funeral Home
Walmart foundation donates to county 4-H groups (07/09/09)
The Fulton County 4-H is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. Walmart Foundation representative Laurie Smalling along with 4-H Foundation President Sue Hutson and State Representative Curren Everett were on hand for the presentation...
What a great fourth! (07/09/09)
The 4th of July was celebrated in style in Cherokee Village with good food, great fireworks and fun on the lakes with family and friends. Photo by Dana Hepler
Pill bust sends two to hospital (07/09/09)
The ever escalating prescription drug problem in Sharp County was once again evident June 30. Highland Police Department recovered 155 different pills and some vases reported stolen from a home in Highland. The burglary sent two accused thieves to separate hospitals for drug overdoses and yielded three arrests for residential burglary and other charges. Additional drug charges may also be filed pending the identification of the pills that were not in labeled bottles...
Emergency command on wheels (07/09/09)
The Emergency Command Center located at the Cave City Fire Department is unlike any other center of this type in the area and is something the city, county and state can be proud of. The unit, operated by the Cave City Emergency Response Group (CCERG), a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers and members of the Cave City Fire Department, is a mobile state-of-the-art emergency response and command center which may be mobilized at a moments notice. ...
Collins-Smith seeks District 80 State Rep position (07/09/09)
Longtime Pocahontas resident Linda Collins-Smith resigned her position on the Arkansas Ethics Commission on June 30, a post to which she was appointed in 2008 by former Senate President Pro Tem Jack Critcher, to run for State Representative in District 80...
Annexation issues to be addressed in public meeting (07/09/09)
Mass confusion seemed to be the general consensus of both audience members and aldermen at the Cherokee Village working meeting held July 1 regarding the much discussed potential annexation of white areas in Cherokee Village. White areas are surrounded, much like islands, by parts of the city that were initially incorporated when Cherokee Village became a city in 1998...
Making a real difference in a child's life (07/09/09)
The Court Appointed Special Advocates for the 3rd and 16th Judicial Court are looking for a few good volunteers to help make a difference in a child's life. The CASA program offers a volunteer opportunity like no other. As officers of the court, CASA volunteers, also known in some areas as volunteer guardians ad litem (GALs), are empowered to make a lifelong difference in the lives of abused and neglected children...
Building right on schedule (07/09/09)
Not even the blistering heat can stop the progress of the new Highland Fire Station. Highland Mayor Jerome Norwood says he is pleased that the building is ahead of schedule. Norwood says the original scheduled completion date was in mid-October, but he said if all goes well, he anticipates the building being complete as early as August...
Testing to insure safety (07/09/09)
Maintaining equipment and practicing proper safety to ensure they can serve the area if needed is the primary concern of the Cherokee Village Fire Department. Firemen Kelly Ford, Curt Wiggins, Donnie Sellars and Jason Griffin with the Cherokee Village Fire Department were at Lake Cherokee June 17 conducting pump tests on one of their trucks...
The Shultz Family ... 2009 Sharp County Farm Family (07/09/09)
Continuing the farm family tradition
Spring River splits pair (07/09/09)
The temperature was hot on June 25 when the Spring River Senior Softballers played the Gene Mitchell gang in Jonesboro. This was a good game to watch, as the teams exchanged the lead in almost every inning. In the seventh inning, Jonesboro, behind one run, was stopped by "Chain Saw" Charlie Morgan's two put-outs to end the game, giving Spring River a 17-16 win...
Wildlife code changes now in effect in state (07/09/09)
Changes to Missouri's Wildlife Code that went into effect July 1 will affect the availability and cost of youth and nonresident permits. Other changes will affect areas where the antler-point restriction is in effect, urban deer hunting zones, the timing of the antlerless and muzzleloader portions of firearms deer season and the portion of southeast Missouri where antlerless deer permits may be used...
Fishing Derby hosts over 600 young fishermen (07/09/09)
The Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery hosted its 23rd annual Kids Fishing Derby June 13. Over 600 kids participated in the derby and many reported this was their first fishing trip. Youth anglers from over 10 states participated and almost no one went home empty handed. Rod-and-reel combos donated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Family and Community Fishing Program provided the tagged-fish prizes...
New law affects teen boaters operating personal watercraft (07/09/09)
A portion of Act 693, known as "Rachel's Law," took effect July 10, raising the minimum age to 16 years old for individuals to legally operate a personal watercraft alone. Previously, the minimum age had been 14 years old to operate a personal watercraft, which includes Jet Skis, Sea-Doos and WaveRunners...
Fishing Derby hosts over 600 young fishermen (07/09/09)
The Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery hosted its 23rd annual Kids Fishing Derby June 13. Over 600 kids participated in the derby and many reported this was their first fishing trip. Youth anglers from over 10 states participated and almost no one went home empty handed. Rod-and-reel combos donated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Family and Community Fishing Program provided the tagged-fish prizes...
Reyno Levee reopens on Black River WMA (07/09/09)
The Reyno Levee within Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area has reopened for public access. The levee will remain open through Oct. 31 -- as long as weather-related conditions allow vehicular travel without causing damage to the levee top surface...
New law affects teen boaters operating personal watercraft (07/09/09)
A portion of Act 693, known as "Rachel's Law," took effect July 10, raising the minimum age to 16 years old for individuals to legally operate a personal watercraft alone. Previously, the minimum age had been 14 years old to operate a personal watercraft, which includes Jet Skis, Sea-Doos and WaveRunners...
Fishing Derby hosts over 600 young fishermen (07/09/09)
The Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery hosted its 23rd annual Kids Fishing Derby June 13. Over 600 kids participated in the derby and many reported this was their first fishing trip. Youth anglers from over 10 states participated and almost no one went home empty handed. Rod-and-reel combos donated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Family and Community Fishing Program provided the tagged-fish prizes...
Hot in summer, cold in winter (07/09/09)
Growing up in the Ozarks, before air conditioners were commonplace, gave us an appreciation for the weather. Not only was it necessary to get fuel (wood, coal or oil) for the winter, but raising and lowering windows was a necessary chore in the summer when it rained...
Death Notices published week of July 8, 2009 (07/09/09)
Regina Sheppard Hutson, 84, of Hardy, Ark., died Sunday, June 28, 2009. Arrangements under the direction of Tri-County Funeral Homes of Highland. Thomas Ralph LeBlanc, 80, of Cave City, Ark., died Sunday, June 29, 2009. Arrangements under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City, Ark...
Death Notices published week of July 8, 2009 (07/09/09)
Regina Sheppard Hutson, 84, of Hardy, Ark., died Sunday, June 28, 2009. Arrangements under the direction of Tri-County Funeral Homes of Highland. Thomas Ralph LeBlanc, 80, of Cave City, Ark., died Sunday, June 29, 2009. Arrangements under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City, Ark...
Death Notices published week of July 7, 2009 (07/09/09)
Regina Sheppard Hutson, 84, of Hardy, Ark., died Sunday, June 28, 2009. Arrangements under the direction of Tri-County Funeral Homes of Highland. Thomas Ralph LeBlanc, 80, of Cave City, Ark., died Sunday, June 29, 2009. Arrangements under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City, Ark...
Chloe Rae Lewis (07/09/09)
Cullen, 10, and Cade Lewis, 7, of Viola announce the birth of their little sister, Chloe Rae Lewis, born June 10, 2009, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20-1/2 inches long. Chloe's parents are Jeremy and Ashley Lewis. Grandparents are Larry and Dianna Lewis of Ash Flat, Jamie Lewis of Jonesboro and Bob and Debbie Kluge of Marmaduke...
Kylie Bell Harber (07/09/09)
Suzonne and Chance Harber announce the birth of a baby sister. Kylie Bell Harber was born June 21, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Kylie weighed 7 pounds, 4.6 ounces and was 19 inches long. Parents are Doug and Kim Harber of Wiseman...
Chloe Rae Lewis (07/09/09)
Cullen, 10, and Cade Lewis, 7, of Viola announce the birth of their little sister, Chloe Rae Lewis, born June 10, 2009, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20-1/2 inches long. Chloe's parents are Jeremy and Ashley Lewis. Grandparents are Larry and Dianna Lewis of Ash Flat, Jamie Lewis of Jonesboro and Bob and Debbie Kluge of Marmaduke...
Kylie Bell Harber (07/09/09)
Suzonne and Chance Harber announce the birth of a baby sister. Kylie Bell Harber was born June 21, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Kylie weighed 7 pounds, 4.6 ounces and was 19 inches long. Parents are Doug and Kim Harber of Wiseman...
Underwood -- Pitts (07/09/09)
Jim and Shelley Underwood and Curt and Carol Pitts all of Thayer are pleased to announced the marriage of their children, Megan Rae Underwood and Marc Blakley Pitts. The ceremony took place at the West Plains Opera House on April 10, performed by Erman Croney and witnessed by their closest family and friends...
Underwood -- Pitts (07/09/09)
Jim and Shelley Underwood and Curt and Carol Pitts all of Thayer are pleased to announced the marriage of their children, Megan Rae Underwood and Marc Blakley Pitts. The ceremony took place at the West Plains Opera House on April 10, performed by Erman Croney and witnessed by their closest family and friends...
James -- Smith (07/09/09)
Charles James and Debra Baker announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Valerie James, to Nathan Smith, son of Dennis and Trina Smith. The bride-elect is attending Marsha Kay Beauty College at Mountain Home. The groom-elect is a 2004 graduate of Viola High School and is attending Arkansas State University...
James -- Smith (07/09/09)
Charles James and Debra Baker announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Valerie James, to Nathan Smith, son of Dennis and Trina Smith. The bride-elect is attending Marsha Kay Beauty College at Mountain Home. The groom-elect is a 2004 graduate of Viola High School and is attending Arkansas State University...
Roberts to celebrate 70th wedding anniversary (07/09/09)
Paul and Inis Roberts of Thayer, Mo., will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on July 14. They are the parents of Dennis Roberts of Tucson, Ariz., and Janice Henderson of Thayer, Mo. They have seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren...
Roberts to celebrate 70th wedding anniversary (07/09/09)
Paul and Inis Roberts of Thayer, Mo., will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on July 14. They are the parents of Dennis Roberts of Tucson, Ariz., and Janice Henderson of Thayer, Mo. They have seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren...
Oregon County Sheriff's Report (07/09/09)
Junior Lee Caughron, 48, of Alton, was charged July 4 with a Class C felony of domestic assault in the second degree. Bond was originally set at $25,000 but was reduced to $3,000. Caughron bonded out and was given a court date of July 15. Three people, all from Horn Lake, Miss., on the Eleven Point River were given a summons to appear in court Aug. ...
Thayer Police Report (07/09/09)
Leon Ray Robinson, 43, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., was charged July 2 with speeding and not having vehicle insurance. Mozell B. Sterling, 32, of Omaha, Neb., was charged with speeding July 2. Lemuel B. Lewis, 34, of Thayer, was arrested July 3 for failure to register, no insurance and possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance. Bond was set at $4,900...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (07/09/09)
In custody prior to the week of report with no change in status are Zach Walters, 20, of Cherokee Village; Jessie English, 31, of Salem; Russ (Neil) McMurtrey, 33, of Mammoth Spring; and Matt Thompson, 26, of Salem. Lee Sisco, 23, of Ash Flat was arrested on warrants on an April 1, charge for possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine). ...
Horseshoe Bend Police Department (07/09/09)
Chasity Fader, 32, of Horseshoe Bend was arrested June 22 and charged with possession of an instrument of crime. Patrolman Ben Kittrell and Lt. Carl Boles were the arresting officers. David Smith, 20, of Horseshoe Bend was arrested June 23 and charged with possession of an instrument of crime and possession of a controlled substance. Patrolman Ben Kittrell was the arresting officer...
Sharp County Sheriff's Report (07/09/09)
Jessie Brewer, 20, was arrested June 29 for failure to comply. Jimmie Lamb, 41, of Cherokee Village was arrested June 29 on a warrant. Casey Coyner, 29, of Ozark Acres, was arrested June 30 for possession of a controlled substance, marijuana and illegal window tint...
Cherokee Village Police Report (07/09/09)
Joseph Corwin, 26, of Cherokee Village was cited on June 26 for no liability insurance. Troy Esparza, 24, of Cherokee Village was cited June 26 for operating with faulty equipment. Lacey Statler, 18, of Salem was cited June 27 for driving on a suspended driver's license...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (07/09/09)
In custody prior to the week of report with no change in status are Zach Walters, 20, of Cherokee Village; Jessie English, 31, of Salem; Russ (Neil) McMurtrey, 33, of Mammoth Spring; and Matt Thompson, 26, of Salem. Lee Sisco, 23, of Ash Flat was arrested on warrants on an April 1, charge for possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine). ...
Horseshoe Bend Police Department (07/09/09)
Chasity Fader, 32, of Horseshoe Bend was arrested June 22 and charged with possession of an instrument of crime. Patrolman Ben Kittrell and Lt. Carl Boles were the arresting officers. David Smith, 20, of Horseshoe Bend was arrested June 23 and charged with possession of an instrument of crime and possession of a controlled substance. Patrolman Ben Kittrell was the arresting officer...
Sharp County Sheriff's Report (07/09/09)
Jessie Brewer, 20, was arrested June 29 for failure to comply. Jimmie Lamb, 41, of Cherokee Village was arrested June 29 on a warrant. Casey Coyner, 29, of Ozark Acres, was arrested June 30 for possession of a controlled substance, marijuana and illegal window tint...
Cherokee Village Police Report (07/09/09)
Sexual assault at the Fulton County Jail (07/09/09)
A 19-year-old inmate at the Fulton County Jail was sexually assaulted the weekend of June 27-28 by three other inmates in the Fulton County Jail. According to Sheriff Walter Dillinger, the inmate was held down by fellow inmates Lee Sisco, Chris Sanders and Eric Rodgers while in custody and assaulted...
Sharp County Sheriff's Report (07/09/09)
Jessie Brewer, 20, was arrested June 29 for failure to comply. Jimmie Lamb, 41, of Cherokee Village was arrested June 29 on a warrant. Casey Coyner, 29, of Ozark Acres, was arrested June 30 for possession of a controlled substance, marijuana and illegal window tint...
Cherokee Village Police Report (07/09/09)
Joseph Corwin, 26, of Cherokee Village was cited on June 26 for no liability insurance. Troy Esparza, 24, of Cherokee Village was cited June 26 for operating with faulty equipment. Lacey Statler, 18, of Salem was cited June 27 for driving on a suspended driver's license...
Sharp County Circuit Court (07/09/09)
Sherry L. Brown Anderson, 44, was found guilty of theft of property, drinking in public and second degree criminal impersonation. She was sentenced to 48 months probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine, $150 court cost, $250 public defender fee and $760 in restitution to Mary Jo Clark...