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Stories from Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Longhorn excitement builds as high school nears completion (03/10/10)
The new high school at Viola is taking shape and will soon be filled with students. A lot of inside work remains to be done, but one can now see a vision of what the end result should look like. Completion date is set for the middle of April and if all goes well, some classrooms in the new building will be in use before the end of this school year...
Unique group to perform at Salem (03/10/10)
Residents will be able to witness a rare event in this area on Tuesday, March 16 when the First Assembly of God will host the children's choir, Watoto. Watoto, which means "the children," are a lively group of young singers and dancers who will bring a live concert of hope for Africa's needy children...
It's Census time (03/10/10)
By now, most residents have received a letter stating they will soon be receiving the 2010 Census and encouraging everyone to mail them back. So, what is the Census, what does it ask and why is it important? The following from the 2010census.gov Web site answers those questions...
Mammoth Spring ready to accept students from Twin Rivers (03/10/10)
There seems to be no doubt that the Twin Rivers School District will end and about 330 students will be attending a new school district next year. One of the districts bordering the Twin Rivers District that will extend its border to accommodate some of those students is the Mammoth Spring School District...
AFC responds to 27 fires over weekend (03/10/10)
Arkansas Forestry Commission personnel in the area responded to 27 fires that burned 777 acres and single engine air tankers made 13 water drops in Fulton, Izard and Sharp counties Saturday and Sunday. "Our crews were at their limits," said Marc Phillips, District 8 Forester. AFC District eight covers Fulton, Independence, Izard, Lawrence, Randolph and Sharp counties...
Teen dies in crash (03/10/10)
A 16-year-old girl died and three other teenagers are in serious condition as the result of a vehicle crash which occurred March 5. Meghan L. Honeycutt of Thayer, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Oregon County Coroner Robert Clary...
Teen dies in crash (03/10/10)
A 16-year-old girl died and three other teenagers are in serious condition as the result of a vehicle crash which occurred March 5. Meghan L. Honeycutt of Thayer, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Oregon County Coroner Robert Clary...
District champs! ... (03/10/10)
THAYER LADY BOBCATS: With a 62-53 overtime victory over Hartville March 6, the Lady Cats claimed the Class 2 District 2 Tournament title. The victory over the Lady Eagles also gave Thayer a berth in the state playoffs, where the Lady Bobcats were pitted against Neelyville in the sectional round March 10 in Poplar Bluff. See next week's South Missourian News for coverage of Thayer's clash with Neelyville. Photo/Mullins...
Mammoth Spring receives Five Year Award (03/10/10)
Mammoth Spring, Ark., was recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. It is the fifth year Mammoth Spring has earned this national recognition. Mammoth Spring also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program in the following activity areas: education and public relations; tree-care workshop; partnerships; wildland fire prevention coordination; tree planting and maintenance; recycling; hazard tree program.. ...
Mammoth Spring ready to accept students from Twin Rivers (03/10/10)
There seems to be no doubt that the Twin Rivers School District will end and about 330 students will be attending a new school district next year. One of the districts bordering the Twin Rivers District that will extend its border to accommodate some of those students is the Mammoth Spring School District...
Hospital hires new physician (03/10/10)
Dr. Ahmad Saab to join the FCH team of doctors.
It's Census time (03/10/10)
By now, most residents have received a letter stating they will soon be receiving the 2010 Census and encouraging everyone to mail them back. So, what is the Census, what does it ask and why is it important? The following from the 2010census.gov Web site answers those questions...
AFC responds to 27 fires over weekend (03/10/10)
Arkansas Forestry Commission personnel in the area responded to 27 fires that burned 777 acres and single engine air tankers made 13 water drops in Fulton, Izard and Sharp counties Saturday and Sunday. "Our crews were at their limits," said Marc Phillips, District 8 Forester. AFC District eight covers Fulton, Independence, Izard, Lawrence, Randolph and Sharp counties...
Headed to Hot Springs ... (03/10/10)
BREAKTHROUGH: Lindsey Wooldridge gets a big hug from teammate Megan Graddy after Cave City's win over Parkers Chapel in the state semi-finals. After seeing their season end in the state semi-finals the past three years, the Cave City Cavewomen took things a step further and will be playing for the Class 3A state championship against the Valley Springs Lady Tigers March 12 at 5:15 p.m. ...
Mayor Hefley presents State of the City Report (03/10/10)
The City of Cherokee Village held their regular monthly city council meeting Feb. 25 at Cherokee Village City Hall. There was a larger than usual group in attendance as members of the council and Mayor Lloyd Hefley began the meeting. Following roll call, a few changes to the agenda and approval of both the Jan. ...
Highland hosts 4-A State Tournament (03/10/10)
If the number of vehicles and buses parked at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center March 3-6 for the 4-A State Basketball Tournament is any indicator of the impact the tournament had on the local economy, sales tax figures for the month should reflect well...
Ash Flat city council passes ordinances (03/10/10)
The Ash Flat City Council had a full agenda on their Feb. 16 regular monthly meeting. Other than passing several resolutions and an ordinance by an emergency clause, Mayor Danny Traw had on display for the public a perspective drawing for the new library to be housed in the Ash Flat Fire Department if grants are obtained for financing...
Hospital hires new physician (03/10/10)
Dr. Ahmad Saab to join the FCH team of doctors.
Williford volunteer firemen deemed heroes (03/10/10)
All too often, newspapers are guilty of bringing bad news, from drug arrests to auto accidents and crimes anywhere in between, the dirty laundry tends to be the reputation of the media, although that is never the intention, those things must also be reported with the tales of good citizens and popular historic features. ...
Martin to seek re-election (03/10/10)
Ray Martin of Ash Flat has announced his candidacy for re-election to the quorum court representing District 5 in Sharp County. District 5 consists of the Richwood Township. Martin said, "I want to thank the voters of the Richwood Township for the opportunity to serve as their JP on the quorum court these past years. ...
Mammoth Spring State Park to offer three workshops (03/10/10)
Mammoth Spring State Park will offer three workshops in March -- bluebird house building, basket weavingand Dutch oven cooking. Each workshop is limited in space and reservations are required. Bluebird Day will be Saturday, March 13. Materials for the bluebird boxes are supplied by the Spring River Sportsman Club and members of the club will be on hand to help build the boxes. ...
Jazz of Your Life coming to town (03/10/10)
Spring River Performing Arts will present a "Jazz of Your Life" concert with the Ozark Jazz Orchestra at the Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, Ark., on Sunday afternoon March 14 at 2:30 p.m. This group features trumpeter Gary Gazaway, vocalist Lisa Ahia, pianist Joy Sanford, violinist Tim Crouch, bassist Tom Mason, and percussionist Darren Novotny...
Ozark Foothills Film Fest schedule on Web site (03/10/10)
The Ozark Foothills Film Fest has posted the 2010 festival schedule on its Web site, www.ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org. The 9th annual festival takes place March 24 - 28 at a number of venues in Batesville. The Web site includes dates and times for all events; ticket prices; Foothills Film Society membership information; film descriptions; biographies and photos of guest filmmakers; links to trailers, film, and filmmaker websites; and local lodging and dining information...
Heartbreaker in Hillcrest (03/10/10)
Bears fall to red-hot host team in state quarters
Nipped by Norphlet (03/10/10)
An outstanding season came to a close March 4 for the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz with a tough 44-43 loss to the Norphlet Lady Leopards in the quarter-final round of the Class 2A State Tournament at Carlisle. The teams traded scores in the late-going and it was a basket in the lane by Norphlet's Kyia Williams with 6.1 seconds to go that sealed the verdict...
Rematch of title game comes in first round, goes to Conway St. Joseph (03/10/10)
They were hoping for another meeting in the Spa City. In the state finals. Instead, the Melbourne Bearkatz and Conway St. Joseph had to settle for a date in Carlisle. In the opening round of the Class 2A State Tournament. But the one thing that didn't change from the team's previous meeting -- unfortunate for Katz' fans -- in last year's Class 2A state title game was the outcome...
Poyen turns tables on Lady Horns (03/10/10)
Late push by Viola comes up just short in first round
Kingston rallies past Calico Rock (03/10/10)
The Kingston Lady Yellowjackets are well-versed in the art of winning close games in the state tournament the past couple of years. After all, the Lady Yellowjackets played themselves all the way to the state championship game last season, that performance coming on the heels of Kingston walking away with a state title the year before...
Headed back to state! (03/10/10)
Lady Cats shake off sluggish third, outlast Hartville in overtime
Cats' title run comes up short (03/10/10)
Thayer stuns top seed, plays way to district title contest
Comets, Jays, Indians fall in district play (03/10/10)
ALTON COMETS The Alton Comets ran into a buzz-saw in the first round of the Class 3 District 10 Tournament in Cabool March 1. The top-seeded Ava Bears ended the Comets' season with a 72-31 Ava victory. Zac Roberts paced Alton with 11 points. Mark Smith followed with nine points, while A.J. Hodge had five. Randy Ray and Skylar Chronister finished with three points apiece...
Heartbreaker in Hillcrest (03/10/10)
Bears fall to red-hot host team in state quarters
Spa City showdown! (03/10/10)
City Cave headed to Class 3A title game, meeting number five with Valley Springs
Season ends for Grizzlies (03/10/10)
The 2009-2010 basketball season came to an end March 2 for the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzlies. The Grizzlies fell to the Mineral Area College Cardinals of Park Hills, 69-58 in the quarterfinals of the Region 16 Post-Season Championship Tournament at the West Plains Civic Center arena...
Death Notices published week of March 11, 2010 (03/10/10)
Virginia Bates Woods, 90, of Thayer, Mo., died Feb. 28, 2010, at her home. Arrangements by the Clary Funeral Home of Alton, Mo. Ralph Lee Darnall, 79, of Viola, Ark., died March 5, 2010, in Springfield, Mo. Arrangements by the Barker Funeral Home of Salem, Ark...
Death Notices published week of March 11, 2010 (03/10/10)
Virginia Bates Woods, 90, of Thayer, Mo., died Feb. 28, 2010, at her home. Arrangements by the Clary Funeral Home of Alton, Mo. Ralph Lee Darnall, 79, of Viola, Ark., died March 5, 2010, in Springfield, Mo. Arrangements by the Barker Funeral Home of Salem, Ark...
Dominic John Huber (03/10/10)
Brandon and Jacqui Huber, Thayer, are the parents of a baby boy, Dominic John, born at 7:35 a.m., March 2, 2010, at the Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 inches long. His siblings are Jaden, 4, and Alexis, 2...
Dominic John Huber (03/10/10)
Brandon and Jacqui Huber, Thayer, are the parents of a baby boy, Dominic John, born at 7:35 a.m., March 2, 2010, at the Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 inches long. His siblings are Jaden, 4, and Alexis, 2...
Harlows to celebrate 40th wedding anniversary (03/10/10)
Long-time residents, Jr. and Nancy Harlow of Salem, wish to invite all their friends and neighbors to help them celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. They will be renewing their vows March 14 at 2 p.m. at Salem First Baptist Church. Reception following the service in the fellowship hall. No gifts...
60th anniversary celebration slated for Barker couple (03/10/10)
A 60th wedding anniversary celebration will be held at the Salem Senior Citizens Center in Salem, Ark., in honor of Roy and Anna Lee Barker on Sunday, March 14, at 2 p.m. Roy and Anna Lee were married on March 14, 1950, at Salem, Ark. Your attendance at their celebration would be an honor to them. The event will be hosted by their children and grandchildren...
Baldridges celebrate 50th wedding anniversary (03/10/10)
Pap and Patsy Baldridge will be celebrating 50 years of marriage on March 14, 2010, at their home in Wirth, Ark. A drop-in reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. There is no need to bring a gift, but they will have a card basket if anyone would like to bring a card or note with a memory for them to share. ...
Ola Risner to celebrate birthday Sunday afternoon (03/10/10)
Life-long resident of the area, Ola Risner, says she isn't sure whether this is 103 or 104, but she invites all of her relatives and friends to come help her celebrate. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 14, at the West Vue Nursing facility in West Plains...
Harlows to celebrate 40th wedding anniversary (03/10/10)
Long-time residents, Jr. and Nancy Harlow of Salem, wish to invite all their friends and neighbors to help them celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. They will be renewing their vows March 14 at 2 p.m. at Salem First Baptist Church. Reception following the service in the fellowship hall. No gifts...
60th anniversary celebration slated for Barker couple (03/10/10)
A 60th wedding anniversary celebration will be held at the Salem Senior Citizens Center in Salem, Ark., in honor of Roy and Anna Lee Barker on Sunday, March 14, at 2 p.m. Roy and Anna Lee were married on March 14, 1950, at Salem, Ark. Your attendance at their celebration would be an honor to them. The event will be hosted by their children and grandchildren...
Baldridges celebrate 50th wedding anniversary (03/10/10)
Pap and Patsy Baldridge will be celebrating 50 years of marriage on March 14, 2010, at their home in Wirth, Ark. A drop-in reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. There is no need to bring a gift, but they will have a card basket if anyone would like to bring a card or note with a memory for them to share. ...
Ola Risner to celebrate birthday Sunday afternoon (03/10/10)
Life-long resident of the area, Ola Risner, says she isn't sure whether this is 103 or 104, but she invites all of her relatives and friends to come help her celebrate. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 14, at the West Vue Nursing facility in West Plains...
Baldridges celebrate 50th wedding anniversary (03/10/10)
Pap and Patsy Baldridge will be celebrating 50 years of marriage on March 14, 2010, at their home in Wirth, Ark. A drop-in reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. There is no need to bring a gift, but they will have a card basket if anyone would like to bring a card or note with a memory for them to share. ...
Smiths celebrate 50th wedding anniversary (03/10/10)
Juney and Bobbie Smith of Evening Shade will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, March 6. Juney Smith and Bobbie Croft were married March 6, 1960, in Evening Shade and are the parents of two children, Judy Smith of Evening Shade and Randy Smith of Sidney. They have three grandchildren, Lori Wolfe of Evening Shade, Ashley Smith and Logan Smith both of Sidney. The couple has one great-grandchild, Brayden Smith of Sidney...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (03/10/10)
Richard Ezell, 46, of Thayer, Mo., was arrested on March 2, for DWI, No Proof of Insurance, Failure to Maintain Control and No Seat Belt. Ezell was released from Fulton County Jail on March 3, on a $1,350 bond. John Schmitz, 46, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., was arrested on March 3, for DWI (Drugs) and Defective Equipment. Schmitz was released from Fulton County Jail on March 4, on $50,975 bond...
Salem Police Department (03/10/10)
On March 4, Darrell L. Burch of Salem was arrested for DWI, Driving on a Suspended Driver's License, and No Seat Belt. Posted Bond. On March 4, Charles R. White of Ash Flat was arrested for Drinking in Public. Posted Bond. On March 4, John Leo Sokolowski of Horseshoe Bend was arrested for Third Degree Assault. Posted Bond...
Horseshoe Bend Police Department (03/10/10)
A 16-year-old Horseshoe Bend juvenile was cited for Criminal Trespass on Tuesday, March 2. The charge was filed after a resident on Garden Circle complained of someone being in a shed that was on her property. The juvenile is scheduled to appear in court March 30...
Cherokee Village Police Report (03/10/10)
Richard Bach, 61, of Cherokee Village was arrestred Feb. 27 for DWI, refusing breathalyzer and drove left of center. Coady Sanders, 44, of Ash Flat was arrested Feb. 27 for public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance. Bobby Fisher, 34, of Cherokee Village was arrested Feb. 27 for disorderly conduct, second degree assault on a family or household member, second degree terroristic threatening and resisting arrest...
Sharp County Sheriff's Report (03/10/10)
Daniel David Willis, 46, of Batesville, was arrested Feb. 26 for careless/prohibited driving, no vehicle license, no proof of insurance and fleeing by vehicle. Heather Lynn Scott, 37, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested Feb. 26 on a warrant for failure to pay time payments and failure to appear...
Sharp County Sheriff's Report (03/10/10)
Daniel David Willis, 46, of Batesville, was arrested Feb. 26 for careless/prohibited driving, no vehicle license, no proof of insurance and fleeing by vehicle. Heather Lynn Scott, 37, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested Feb. 26 on a warrant for failure to pay time payments and failure to appear...
Cherokee Village Police Report (03/10/10)
Richard Bach, 61, of Cherokee Village was arrested Feb. 27 for DWI, refusing breathalyzer and driving left of center. Coady Sanders, 44, of Ash Flat was arrested Feb. 27 for public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance. Bobby Fisher, 34, of Cherokee Village was arrested Feb. 27 for disorderly conduct, second degree assault on a family or household member, second degree terroristic threatening and resisting arrest...