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Stories from Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Gate dispute ends with murder (09/09/09)
A locked gate and control over a trail is believed to have spurred on a dispute between land owners that ignited last week and ended with the murder of Joseph Clifton, 32, of Viola. Rick Gordon, 61, of Viola has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Izard County Jail on a $1 million bond...
Council discusses vicious dog ordinance (09/09/09)
Salem City Council met on Sept. 3 to discuss a new city ordinance banning vicious dogs. The mayor presented the council members with examples of several vicious dog ordinances from surrounding areas, and also passed out a copy of a lawsuit that had been filed to challenge a vicious dog ordinance in Missouri. It was pointed out that the city of Maumelle's ordinance has been challenged twice in court and prevailed...
Cochran mauled by pit bull (09/09/09)
An extensive pit bull attack in August on a Salem woman led city adminstration to take a harder look at a developing aggressive dog problem within city limits. Sheila Cochran, 49, walked the same route in Salem for nine years. During the summertime she walked later in the day to avoid the heat, she said...
Bomb found near Byron home (09/09/09)
An item resembling a bomb was found in a field behind a home in Byron on Sept. 2. Fulton County Deputy Lance Gray received a call at about noon on Sept. 2 of a reported bomb located within the city limits of Byron in Fulton County. By the time Gray arrived, the item, "about the size of a flashlight," had been moved to the front yard of the Byron residence that had called it in, Gray said...
Hospital Board meets potential physician (09/09/09)
The Fulton County Hospital Board of Governors met on Monday, Aug. 24 and discussed the potential hiring of a new physician for the hospital. The unnamed physician is a woman from northwest Arkansas who is looking to start up her own practice in Salem. ...
Hutchison to seek House of Representatives seat (09/09/09)
Robert Hutchison, Democrat, has announced he is seeking election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in District 82. The seat is currently held by Curren Everett, who is restricted by term limits from running for re-election to the House seat and is seeking the District 10 position for the Senate. District 82 includes all of Fulton County and portions of Baxter and Sharp Counties...
Local Business Spotlight - Salem Drug Company (09/09/09)
The Salem Drug Company on Highway 62/412, just west of the light in Salem, is a lot more than just a drug store. Opened in 1998 by owner and registered pharmacist Darla York, the store offers a wide variety of gifts and the only old-fashioned soda fountain in town complete with a full menu of lunch items and a daily special...
Semi knocks out signal (09/09/09)
Photo by Clover Birdsell A semi-truck hit the light pole on the southeast corner of the main intersection in Salem at about 1:15 p.m., on Sept. 3. Salem Police Chief Al Roork (far right) investigates the fallen pole before proceeding to work the accident. ...
Salem cheerleaders begin Operation Spirit Week (09/09/09)
Honoring the U.S. heroes at home and away, the Salem High School Cheerleaders began "Operation School Spirit" Week on Monday. The spirit week was created in an effort to recognize the service each day of U.S. soldiers across the world, the sacrifices that have been made by U.S. veterans and the daily courage of everyday heroes who perform jobs that service the community...
License offices go up for bid (09/09/09)
Interested bidders will compete for the management contracts of six local motor vehicle license offices through a new process implemented by Gov. Jay Nixon. This process replaces the former system of political patronage that awarded offices to people based on their political connections. These license offices include Alton and Thayer license offices...
Heritage Day events set at Koshkonong (09/09/09)
B.Y.O.L.C. Bring your own lawn chairs to Koshkonong's city park for the annual Koshkonong Heritage Day event Saturday, Sept. 12. Events will start at 10 a.m. with the Veterans' Salute followed by a welcoming by Mayor Bud Adams at 10:30 a.m. At 10:45 a.m., there will be a speech by Rep. Mike Dethrow followed by a Pet Parade...
Solemn Old Judge Days (09/09/09)
Rain couldn't put a damper on spirits
Fight the Flu campaign to begin this month (09/09/09)
Kids are back in school and flu season is fast approaching. This year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is concerned that a new strain of the flu, H1N1, or swine flu, will be a part of this year's flu season. The Oregon County Health Department is setting up preparations for this year's flu season with various campaigns...
House fire in Alton (09/09/09)
Photo by Emily McIntosh The Alton Fire Department and Missouri Department of Conservation responded to a house fire Sept. 4 around 2 p.m. on County Road 317 off of Highway 19 north of Junction A on the Huntsman farm. The two-story house was a total loss. As of press time Tuesday, the cause of the fire was not known...
Reunion Planned (09/09/09)
Several members of the Mammoth Spring graduating class of 1964 met recently for a planning session for the class's 45th reunion. The reunion/meeting included members attending from the class of 1965, 1963, 1964 and 1966. The Mammoth Spring Class of 1964 will hold its 45th class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 11 a.m., at the Riverbend Restaurant in Mammoth Spring...
Fall Festival plans underway (09/09/09)
The Thayer Chamber of Commerce met Sept. 2 at the Country Cottage. Among the issues discussed was the Thayer Fall Festival. There are two confirmed booths for the festival according to Caboose manager, Caroline Sutherland. The Bobcat Booster Club will be purchasing space for 12 booths. ...
Fulton County murder under investigation (09/09/09)
A locked gate and control over a trail is believed to have spurred on a dispute between land owners that ignited last week and ended with the murder of Joseph Clifton, 32, of Viola. Rick Gordon, 61, of Viola has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Izard County Jail on a $1 million bond...
Missouri's WIC program encouraging healthier habits for healthier babies (09/09/09)
Missouri's WIC program is changing to encourage more women to breastfeed their babies and help fight obesity, one of the nation's fastest growing health concerns. Each month, more than 148,000 women, infants and children in Missouri participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, commonly known as WIC. The program provides food and nutrition information at no cost to qualifying low-income women and their children...
Former firefighter charged with child pornography (09/09/09)
Former Ash Flat Fireman John Paul Richeson was sentenced to 108 months in prison by Judge J. Leon Holmes on Sept. 2, for receipt of child pornography. The conviction stems from a Sept. 25, 2007, incident in which an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent downloaded 15 files from Richeson's computer. Thirteen of the files contained child pornography. At the time the offense occurred, Richeson was a fireman for the Ash Flat Fire Department...
Pedestrian welfare check leads authorities to burglary items (09/09/09)
A suspicious person walking in Highland led Sharp County authorities to a home in Highland where numerous items were recovered from an area burglary. Aug. 31, Officer Monte Lane with the Cherokee Village Police Department said he stopped a person who was walking in front of Clyde's Chuckwagon Restaurant around 6 a.m. ...
Lloyd elected fire coordinator (09/09/09)
Sharp County Quorum Court met in their regular monthly session Aug. 10 at the Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat. In the absence of Sharp County Judge Larry Brown, who was attending a meeting out of town, Alderman Greg Prenger conducted the meeting...
Committee established to create a better Cherokee Village (09/09/09)
Avocado colored appliances and tangerine shag carpet dates a house in much the same way as buildings and structures in ill repair. For this reason the A Better Cherokee Village Committee has been established. The group will be responsible for creating a long term plan for Cherokee Village...
Hardy City Council discusses Pow Wow (09/09/09)
Hardy City Council met in their regular bi-monthly meeting at the Hardy City Hall Sept 1. The Go-Green Committee read their report and the group also submitted a reminder to the newspaper to remind area residents that only natural debris such as tree and lawn waste should be burned in the city, not building materials such as shingles, tires or other items...
One person hospitalized in Highland wreck (09/09/09)
A wreck that occurred near the ice house in Highland sent one person by ambulance to Urgent Care. A 2003 Ford Ranger driven by Michele J. Russel was traveling eastbound in the turning lane, attempting to make a left turn, when she failed to notice the 1999 Chrysler approaching in the west bound outside lane of traffic and collided with the Russel vehicle on the front passenger side, spinning it around in the road both west bound lanes to be blocked. ...
Street closing brings special meeting (09/09/09)
Members of Hardy City Council met at a special meeting 25 to discuss closing down the street behind Dr. Thompson Park in Hardy for the period of one year. Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton said the reason for shutting down the street was to accommodate the new stage that has been purchased by the Advertising and Promotions Committee. She said the building, purchased from Bald Eagle Barns will give the public a place to watch various artists, musicians and other talent...
Atlas Asphalt awarded street bid (09/09/09)
Ash Flat City Council met in a special session Aug. 1 at Ash Flat City Hall to open bids submitted for the chip and sealing of Tuff, Sharp/Martin, Arnhart and Court Streets as well as Estes Lane, Martin Circle, and Johnson Road. Atlas Asphalt of Batesville was the winning bidder for the project. The total price for the paving of all streets according to specifications set forth by the city of Ash Flat is $29,507.40...
Mettler, Harmon co-medalists (09/09/09)
Sharing medalist honors with a 37 apiece, Izard County High School's Kiley Mettler and Rachel Harmon led the Lady Cougars to a win over Pocahontas Sept. 1 at Rolling Hills Country Club in Pocahontas. Kristen Doty added a 51 for the Lady Cougs, giving Izard County a team total of 125, 46 strokes better than the Lady Redskins...
No rain on Hounds' parade (09/09/09)
Berry torches Warriors with big run; defense comes up big
Bearkatz edged by St. Joseph (09/09/09)
The Melbourne Bearkatz were edged out by one shot in a golf match with Conway St. Joseph Aug. 31 at Centennial Course. Sam Cooper carded a five-over 41 to earn medalist honors for Melbourne. Brad Lamb ended the match with a 45. Adam Cooper logged a 48 for the Bearkatz...
Hounds second to Southside (09/09/09)
The Salem Greyhounds finished second to Southside in boys' golf action Sept. 2 at The Course on Turkey Mountain. Southside ended the day with a 127, while Salem was 10 strokes back. Izard County came in third with a 145 and Calico Rock shot a 191. Preston Harmon's 41 was a shot behind Southside medalist Clayton House's 40...
Lightning wrap up great season (09/09/09)
The Arkansas Lightning, a USSSA baseball team formed of players from Viola, Salem, Cave City, Highland and Mayflower, traveled all across the state this summer. The Lightning were Griffin and Pippin NIT Champions, Black River Shootout Champions and the Summer Sizzler NIT Champions. The squad was also runners-up at Outlaws Spring Break Classic NIT and at the Stars & Stripes NIT...
Tables turned on Cats (09/09/09)
Williams has big night for Mountain Grove; Panthers get payback
Today's Cats bigger, better (09/09/09)
Some of us old Bobcodgers are ready to concede. Logic says the modern day versions of the Bobcats are superior in comparison to the teams in the late 1940s and early 50s. Rarely did we have a 200-pound player back years ago, but now there are several players on Thayer's roster who exceed that, so the size issue is not even in question...
Eagan medalist twice in week (09/09/09)
Tommy Eagan carded a 36 in nine holes of play, winning medalist honors for the Highland Rebels in a golf match with Mountain Home Aug. 31 at the North Course in Cherokee Village. Seth Sullivan paced the Bombers with a 37, one stroke off Eagan's total...
Junior Rebs fall to Hoxie (09/09/09)
Freshman running back Sterling Stowers rushed for 63 yards on 15 carries and quarterback Quinton Maag threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Brennon Severn, but the Highland junior Rebels couldn't hold off the Hoxie junior Mustang running game, losing the season opener 22-6 at Rebel Memorial Field on Sept. 3...
Lightning wrap up great season (09/09/09)
Team climbs all the way to seventh in nation
Hog Calls (09/09/09)
FAYETTEVILLE -- Last year Bobby Petrino wouldn't have dared said he prepared for Arkansas' season-opener practicing beyond it. As the Razorbacks' first-year coach last year, Petrino had two supposed non-conference cupcakes before the first SEC game...
Blevins has 'fantastic outing' for Grizzly golfers (09/09/09)
The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly men's club golf team finished the John A. Logan College Fall Invitational Aug. 31, in eighth place, thanks in large part to the spectacular showing of freshman J.W. Blevins from Salem. Blevins finished fourth overall at the two-day event in Marion, Ill...
Blevins has 'fantastic outing' for Grizzly golfers (09/09/09)
The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly men's club golf team finished the John A. Logan College Fall Invitational Aug. 31, in eighth place, thanks in large part to the spectacular showing of freshman J.W. Blevins from Salem. Blevins finished fourth overall at the two-day event in Marion, Ill...
Mules' fast start sends miners to opening-night loss (09/09/09)
Missouri S&T's football team struggled to slow down Central Missouri during the first half and the 19th-ranked Mules handed the Miners a 50-13 Sept. 3 night in S&T's season opener. The Mules, who entered the game with a victory already under its belt, scored on all five of their first half possessions to build a 33-6 lead...
Booy tops sweeper field (09/09/09)
Mountain Home's Ron Booy topped a field of 19 bowlers to win a scratch sweeper Aug. 30 at Indian Hills Bowl in Ash Flat. Booy defeated Jared Studnar, also from Mountain Home, 237-176 to win the top prize of $600. With a prize fund of $1,377 on tap, after five games, the field was cut to the top five bowlers...
Booy tops sweeper field (09/09/09)
Mountain Home's Ron Booy topped a field of 19 bowlers to win a scratch sweeper Aug. 30 at Indian Hills Bowl in Ash Flat. Booy defeated Jared Studnar, also from Mountain Home, 237-176 to win the top prize of $600. With a prize fund of $1,377 on tap, after five games, the field was cut to the top five bowlers...
Dove season open; don't forget to get HIP (09/09/09)
One of the first things hunters need to do for dove season is to make sure they're HIP registered. Harvest Information Program is the formal name, but everyone from hunters to license clerks just says HIP. This is a mandatory federal program in effect in all states except for Hawaii. It's free, but hunters should remember they have to register for HIP each year in each state they hunt...
Archers should find more mature bucks this year (09/09/09)
Missouri's top deer biologist says hunters can expect to find more mature bucks when archery deer season opens Sept. 15. Archers enjoy a long season, Sept. 15 through Nov. 13 and Nov. 25 through Jan. 15. Furthermore, resident hunters can buy and fill as many archery antlerless deer permits ($7 each) as they want in all but 13 southeast Missouri counties...
Death Notices published week of September 10, 2009 (09/09/09)
Patricia Lynn Steinberg, 66, of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., died Aug. 31, 2009. Arrangements by Horseshoe Bend Memorial Chapel, Horseshoe Bend, Ark. Norine Lavon (Bonnie) McWilliams, 69, died Aug. 25, 2009, at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Ark. Arrangements by Barker Funeral Home, Salem, Ark...
Death Notices published week of September 10, 2009 (09/09/09)
Patricia Lynn Steinberg, 66, of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., died Aug. 31, 2009. Arrangements by Horseshoe Bend Memorial Chapel, Horseshoe Bend, Ark. Norine Lavon (Bonnie) McWilliams, 69, died Aug. 25, 2009, at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Ark. Arrangements by Barker Funeral Home, Salem, Ark...
Death Notices published week of September 10, 2009 (09/09/09)
Patricia Lynn Steinberg, 66, of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., died Aug. 31, 2009. Arrangements by Horseshoe Bend Memorial Chapel, Horseshoe Bend, Ark. Vernon Foster, 88, of Bakersfield, Mo., died Aug. 31, 2009, at his home. Arrangements by Robertson-Drago Funeral Home...
Makenzie Carol Renee Kinder (09/09/09)
Daniel and Erika Kinder of West Plains are parents of a baby girl, Makenzie Carol Renee. She was born at 1:18 p.m., August 28, 2009, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. She weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19-1/2 inches long. Her siblings are AJ, 4 and Kayleigh, 1. Grandparents are Robert and Jennifer Olsen and Dennis and Debra Kinder, all of Viola, Ark...
Makenzie Carol Renee Kinder (09/09/09)
Daniel and Erika Kinder of West Plains are parents of a baby girl, Makenzie Carol Renee. She was born at 1:18 p.m., August 28, 2009, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. She weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19-1/2 inches long. Her siblings are AJ, 4 and Kayleigh, 1. Grandparents are Robert and Jennifer Olsen and Dennis and Debra Kinder, all of Viola, Ark...
Hailey Elizabeth Justus and Ashlyn Rose Justus (09/09/09)
Josh and Rebecca Justus of Tulsa, Okla., have announced the birth of twin daughters on Aug 14, 2009. Hailey Elizabeth Justus weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces, and Ashlyn Rose Justus weighted 1 pound, 4 ounces. Grandparents of the twins are Chris and Marie Justus of Locust Grove and Alan and Judy Breckenridge of Cave City...
Jacob Paul Johnson (09/09/09)
Landon and Asa Johnson of Hardy, Ark., announce the birth of a son, Jacob Paul Johnson on Aug. 27, 2009, at St. Bernard's Hospital Birthcare Center, Jonesboro, Ark. He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 22 inches long. His siblings are Dustin Bynum 16, and Pattie BeBe...
Morgan - Hall (09/09/09)
Michelle Morgan and her grandparents are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of her Momma, Crystal Morgan to Jessie Hall. Crystal is the daughter of Tommy and Sheila Morgan of Poughkeepsie, Ark. Jessie is the son of Mark and Sabra Hall of Poplar Bluff, Mo...
Morgan - Hall (09/09/09)
Michelle Morgan and her grandparents are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of her Momma, Crystal Morgan to Jessie Hall. Crystal is the daughter of Tommy and Sheila Morgan of Poughkeepsie, Ark. Jessie is the son of Mark and Sabra Hall of Poplar Bluff, Mo...
Morgan - Hall (09/09/09)
Michelle Morgan and her grandparents are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of her Momma, Crystal Morgan to Jessie Hall. Crystal is the daughter of Tommy and Sheila Morgan of Poughkeepsie, Ark. Jessie is the son of Mark and Sabra Hall of Poplar Bluff, Mo...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (09/09/09)
Matt Thompson, 27, of Viola was arrested on Aug. 29 for public intoxication and violation of conditions of bond. Thompson was released from Fulton County Jail on Aug. 31. Alan Thiemer, 47, of Salem was arrested for DWI and other pending charges on July 19. Thiemer was released from Fulton County Jail on Sept. 2 on $10,000 bond...
Izard County Sheriff's Report (09/09/09)
Report issued Monday, Sept. 7 Shortly after midnight Saturday while parked at a Melbourne convenience store, Deputy Phil Story heard a voice yelling out obscenities and observed a white female walking nearby. Deputy Story said that he approached the staggering woman and observed her throwing a plastic cup to the ground. ...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (09/09/09)
Matt Thompson, 27, of Viola was arrested on Aug. 29 for public intoxication and violation of conditions of bond. Thompson was released from Fulton County Jail on Aug. 31. Alan Thiemer, 47, of Salem was arrested for DWI and other pending charges on July 19. Thiemer was released from Fulton County Jail on Sept. 2 on $10,000 bond...
Izard County Sheriff's Report (09/09/09)
Report issued Monday, Sept. 7 Shortly after midnight Saturday while parked at a Melbourne convenience store, Deputy Phil Story heard a voice yelling out obscenities and observed a white female walking nearby. Deputy Story said that he approached the staggering woman and observed her throwing a plastic cup to the ground. ...
Thayer Police Report (09/09/09)
John W. Johnson, 37, of Thayer, was charged Sept. 1 for tampering with electrical and water systems. Samantha L. Systo, 19, of Thayer, was arrested Sept. 1 for harassment. Bond was set at $275. Catherine Skeins, 57, of Springfield, was charged with speeding Sept. 2...
Oregon County Sheriff's Report (09/09/09)
Kevin Patrick Schierhold, 48, of Alton, was arrested Sept. 7 on a warrent and fined for having an open container. He posted bond in the amount of $500 and was given a court date of Sept. 23.
Cherokee Village Police Report (09/09/09)
Gary Rodgers, 39, of Cherokee Village was cited Aug. 8 for domestic battery. Lynda Rodgers, 36, of Cherokee Village was cited Aug. 8 for domestic battery. Moranda Trivitt, 18, of Hardy was cited Aug. 9 for speeding. Caleb Oroz, 20, of Cherokee Village was cited Aug. 9 for no vehicle license...
Sharp County Sheriff's Report (09/09/09)
Carolyn Bent, 34, from the Arkansas Department of Corrections was present for court Aug. 27. Wilford Louvier, 59, of Williford was arrested Aug. 28 for domestic battery. Stacy Trawick, 32, of Cherokee Village was in jail for a weekend sentence Aug. 28...
Fly our flag -- show your patriotism (09/09/09)
To the Editor: Americanism is an unfailing love of country; Loyalty to its institutions and ideals; eagerness to defend it against all enemies, undivided allegiance to the flag; and a desire to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and posterity...