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Stories from Thursday, April 8, 2010

Accident takes life of local racer (04/08/10)
Austin Smith, a well known face at the West Plains Motor Speedway and local logger was killed last Wednesday when a car he was working on fell off its stands, crushing him below. According to Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger, Smith, age 43, was working on one of his race cars when the accident occurred...
Political Rally draws a crowd (04/08/10)
Over 100 people filed into the Higginbotham - Miller exhibit hall at the Fulton County Fairgrounds on Thursday, April 1, to hear from 17 candidates who are running for various offices in the May 8 elections. Candidates signed up to speak as they arrived, and were each given 10 minutes to address the audience...
CDC issues alert about infant Rotavirus vaccine (04/08/10)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has learned that DNA from porcine circovirus type 1 (PCV1), a virus not known to cause disease in humans, is present in the Rotarix vaccine. Rotavirus vaccines are given by mouth to young infants to prevent rotavirus disease, which can cause severe diarrhea and dehydration...
Weather conditions just right for wildfires (04/08/10)
High winds and dry conditions have prompted fire weather watches for 45 counties in Arkansas and foresters are urging Arkansans to be careful. The National Weather Service issued fire weather watches for Arkansas, Baxter, Boone, Bradley, Calhoun, Clark, Cleburne, Cleveland, Conway, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Fulton, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lincoln, Logan, Lonoke, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Pike, Polk, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, Scott, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, White, Woodruff and Yell.. ...
Horseshoe Bend City Court (04/08/10)
Jerry Alberson, Driver's License Suspended, No Proof of Insurance, Officer Spangler, $460, Dismissed/Deceased. Kelly Andrews, Failure to Stop, Officer Davis, $85, Bond Forfeiture. John Arrington, two counts of No Pet License, two counts No Proof of Rabies Vaccine, Officer Ross, $200, Dismissed...
Low cost spay and neuter clinic set for April (04/08/10)
Cover Lumber in Thayer, in association with Dr. Greg Langley at the Langley Animal Clinic, is again offering a reduced price for spaying and neutering of dogs and cats for pet owners in Oregon and Howell counties. The low cost prices will be in effect from April 15 to May 7. The charge for cats will be $25, for small dogs it will be $30 and for large dogs it will be $40...
Number one killer of teens is distracted driving (04/08/10)
One of the most dreadful occasions for a parent is that dreaded phone call or middle of the night visit from a police officer saying that a child has died in a car wreck. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of American teenagers ages 15 through 19...
Death Notices published week of April 8, 2010 (04/08/10)
Judy Gayle Bee, 59, of Evening Shade, Ark., died March 31, 2010, at the Evening Shade, Ark. Arrangements by the Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City, Ark. Grace Carver, 91, of Ash Flat, Ark., died March 29, 2010, at the Eaglecrest Nursing Center in Ash Flat, Ark. Arrangements by the Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Ark...
Area school districts use stimulus funds to update classroom tech (04/08/10)
In today's computer-based world, technology advances by leaps and bounds practically every day. Two area schools have invested in their students' futures by using available stimulus funds to upgrade classroom technologies to help give them a scholastic edge...
Accident takes life of local racer (04/08/10)
Austin Smith, a well known face at the West Plains Motor Speedway and local logger was killed last Wednesday when a car he was working on fell off its stands, crushing him below. According to Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger, Smith, age 43, was working on one of his race cars when the accident occurred...
Wildfires present hazard in the area (04/08/10)
High winds and dry conditions have prompted fire weather watches for 45 counties in Arkansas and foresters are urging Arkansans to be careful. The National Weather Service issued fire weather watches for Arkansas, Baxter, Boone, Bradley, Calhoun, Clark, Cleburne, Cleveland, Conway, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Fulton, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lincoln, Logan, Lonoke, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Pike, Polk, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, Scott, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, White, Woodruff and Yell.. ...
Alton wins Battle of the Belt (04/08/10)
The South Central Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety (MCRS) recently traveled to Alton High School to present a $250 check in prize money the school earned by participating in the Battle of the Belt safety belt education program and achieving the most improved safety belt usage among participating schools in the South Central region...
Spay and Neuter clinic set for April (04/08/10)
Cover Lumber in Thayer, in association with Dr. Greg Langley at the Langley Animal Clinic, is again offering a reduced price for spaying and neutering of dogs and cats for pet owners in Oregon and Howell counties. The low cost prices will be in effect from April 15 to May 7. The charge for cats will be $25, for small dogs it will be $30 and for large dogs it will be $40...
Political Rally draws a crowd (04/08/10)
Over 100 people filed into the Higginbotham - Miller exhibit hall at the Fulton County Fairgrounds on Thursday, April 1, to hear from 17 candidates who are running for various offices in the May 8 elections. Candidates signed up to speak as they arrived, and were each given 10 minutes to address the audience...
Number one killer of teens is distracted driving (04/08/10)
One of the most dreadful occasions for a parent is that dreaded phone call or middle of the night visit from a police officer saying that a child has died in a car wreck. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of American teenagers ages 15 through 19...
Cats rally by Winona (04/08/10)
The Thayer Bobcats opened their 2010 home baseball season with a 7-6 win over Winona March 28 on a comfortably-warm spring afternoon. Tony Ary started on the mound for Thayer and went four innings. After that, Ryan Tate was sent in to finish the game...
Let the races begin! (04/08/10)
The Sharp County Clerk's office announces the county's candidates who are seeking election in the upcoming May 18 Democratic Primary. County Judge: Larry Brown. Sheriff: Mark Counts and Dennis Burton. Clerk: Tommy Estes. Assessor: Kathy Nix. Tax Collector: Charlotte Ratliff...
Highland schools host art show (04/08/10)
Talented young artists from Sharp County presented their art for the public's viewing pleasure March 23 at the Highland High School Library. The 12th annual student art show was sponsored by the Timely Club, GFWCA. Highland High School art teacher, Missy Fuller, middle school art instructor, Keri Gabric and Cherokee Village Elementary School teacher Stacey Rhoades students created their masterpieces in charcoal, clay, markers, acrylic paintings, foil relief, mixed media, oil pastels, pastels, pencil, printmaking, tempera and watercolor.. ...
Wildfires present hazard in the area (04/08/10)
As Spring slowly lifts her head and enters the area, so too does the ever increasing danger of wildfires. It seems to be human nature to go out into the yard and burn winter debris at the first sign of 60 degree weather; that is a given. Unfortunately so are the winds often associated with March weather. ...
Cave City couple arrested for narcotics violation (04/08/10)
After recognizing the driver of a car in Cave City known to have warrants, Sharp County Deputy Gary Mitchell pulled over the car resulting in charges of possession of a controlled substance and intent to deliver. According to a report from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, Mitchell pulled over Thomas B. King, 42, of Cave City...
Woman gives valium to infant son for colic (04/08/10)
A March 26 search regarding an obsconder at a Hardy area motel by probation officer Dennis Burton and Sharp County Deputy Eric Pickle, led to the arrest of Shannon Marie Asher for introduction of a controlled substance into another person, a Class C felony, and endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class D felony...
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission adds battle database to Web site (04/08/10)
The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has added a comprehensive database on Civil War battles in the state to its Web site, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today. "Arkansas was the scene of more than 770 offensive operations during the war, ranging from raids and skirmishes to full-fledged battles," Dupree said. "This database will help show people where and when fighting took place in their area."...
Hinojosa hits pair of slams (04/08/10)
Miguel Hinojosa had one busy and productive afternoon March 29. The Izard County standout jacked back-to-back grand slams in the third and fourth innings and then pitched the fourth and fifth innings in relief, striking out the side in the fifth, to help the Cougars to a big 23-9 win over Melbourne...
Yancey tops in sweeper (04/08/10)
Luther Yancey from Horseshoe Bend won the 9-pin, no-tap handicap sweeper at Indian Hills Bowl March 28, after he defeated Alan Armesteadt of Jonesboro in the final game (263-251with handicap). A total of 60 bowlers competed for the prize fund of $2,190...
Viola second at Rumble (04/08/10)
The Viola Lady Longhorns started their day off at the fifth annual Rebel Rumble at Ash Flat Ball Park April 3 with an early morning victory over Class 4A Jonesboro Westside. However, Westside had its revenge late that evening by topping the Lady Longhorns twice, the last time in the championship game, to take home first place in the tournament...
Izard County edged by Gosnell (04/08/10)
The Izard County Lady Cougars plated two runs late in the game, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Gosnell Lady Pirates from posting a 6-3 victory in the opening-round of the fifth annual Rebel Rumble April 3 at Ash Flat Ball Park. The Lady Cougs scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning, but Gosnell moved ahead to stay with two runs with two outs in the home-half of the frame...
Horns finish strong in Batesville (04/08/10)
The Viola Longhorns committed nine errors, but still managed to slip past Mountain View 10-9 in the consolation bracket of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic March 30 in Batesville. The winning run for Viola came via a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh inning...
Lady Hounds drop Highland (04/08/10)
Starting the game off with three runs in the visitor's half of the first inning, the Salem Lady Greyhounds topped the homestanding Highland Lady Rebels 9-1 in the lead-off game of the fifth annual Rebel Rumble April 3 at Ash Flat Ball Park. Bethany Pate scored Salem's first run, reaching base on a shot that bounced past short and she later stole third and then home...
Yancey tops in sweeper (04/08/10)
Luther Yancey from Horseshoe Bend won the 9-pin, no-tap handicap sweeper at Indian Hills Bowl March 28, after he defeating Alan Armesteadt of Jonesboro in the final game (263-251with handicap). A total of 60 bowlers competed for the prize fund of $2,190...
Lady Rebs stopped at Rumble (04/08/10)
Starting the game off with three runs in the visitor's half of the first inning, the Salem Lady Greyhounds topped the homestanding Highland Lady Rebels 9-1 in the lead-off game of the fifth annual Rebel Rumble April 3 at Ash Flat Ball Park. Bethany Pate scored Salem's first run, reaching base on a shot that bounced past short and she later stole third and then home...
17th annual Grizzly Sports Banquet set (04/08/10)
Awards and accolades will abound at the 17th annual Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Sports Banquet, set for 6 p.m. April 13 in the Magnolia Room at the West Plains Civic Center. Individual and team awards will be presented for the Grizzly basketball and volleyball programs, and highlights of the basketball and volleyball teams during their past seasons will be recalled...
NWTF Banquet set for Omaha Center (04/08/10)
The Spring River Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will hold its 12th annual Hunting Heritage Banquet April 9 at the Omaha Center in Cherokee Village. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. A live auction will follow dinner...
NWTF Banquet set for Omaha Center (04/08/10)
The Spring River Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will hold its 12th annual Hunting Heritage Banquet April 9 at the Omaha Center in Cherokee Village. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. A live auction will follow dinner...
Nature Conservancy buys large tract on Kings River (04/08/10)
A major land purchase by The Nature Conservancy puts more of the scenic and popular Kings River into protected status. The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas purchased 4,557 acres at the Kings River, southeast of Eureka Springs and southwest of Berryville in Carroll County...
Record numbers turn out for Hunter Education class (04/08/10)
Spring turkey season is scheduled to open in Arkansas April 10, and if the record attendance at a recent Hunter Education class in Highland is any indication of interest, the gobblers in Sharp and surrounding counties may be in big trouble. A record number of 89 children and adults turned out at Highland High School on March 27 for the day-long Hunter Education class sponsored by the North Central Arkansas Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association. ...
Turkey season creates jobs, supports economy (04/08/10)
Looking for a bright spot in Missouri's economic picture? Look outdoors. The upcoming spring turkey season will pump tens of millions of dollars into the state economy, just as it does every year. Last year, Missourians spent more than $1.5 million on spring turkey hunting permits...
NWTF Banquet set for Omaha Center (04/08/10)
The Spring River Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will hold its 12th annual Hunting Heritage Banquet April 9 at the Omaha Center in Cherokee Village. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. A live auction will follow dinner...
MDC CWD testing shows no cases in free-ranging deer (04/08/10)
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently completed testing for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) on a sample of free-ranging white-tailed deer from areas of Linn, Macon and Chariton Counties. Test results showed no cases of CWD. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that can be transmitted among cervids, such as deer, elk and moose...
Nature Conservancy buys large tract on Kings River (04/08/10)
A major land purchase by The Nature Conservancy puts more of the scenic and popular Kings River into protected status. The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas purchased 4,557 acres at the Kings River, southeast of Eureka Springs and southwest of Berryville in Carroll County...
Record numbers turn out for Hunter Education class (04/08/10)
Spring turkey season is scheduled to open in Arkansas April 10 and if the record attendance at a recent Hunter Education class in Highland is any indication of interest, the gobblers in Sharp and surrounding counties may be in big trouble. A record number of 89 children and adults turned out at Highland High School on March 27 for the day-long Hunter Education class sponsored by the North Central Arkansas Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association. ...
Death Notices published week of April 8, 2010 (04/08/10)
Judy Gayle Bee, 59, of Evening Shade, Ark., died March 31, 2010, at the Evening Shade, Ark. Arrangements by the Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City, Ark. Grace Carver, 91, of Ash Flat, Ark., died March 29, 2010, at the Eaglecrest Nursing Center in Ash Flat, Ark. Arrangements by the Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Ark...
Death Notices published week of April 8, 2010 (04/08/10)
Wilma Pauline Stroud, 80, of Glencoe, Ark., died March 28, 2010 at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Ark. Arrangements by the Cox-Blevins Funeral Home of Salem, Ark. Grace Carver, 91, of Ash Flat, Ark., died March 29, 2010, at the Eaglecrest Nursing Center in Ash Flat, Ark. Arrangements by the Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Ark...
Makenzie Shyann Mullins (04/08/10)
James and Vicky Mullins, Alton, Mo., are the parents of a baby girl, Makenzie Shyann born at 11:40 a.m., March 23, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Center in West  Plains, Mo. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19-1/2 inches long. Her siblings are Autumn, 17, and Brittany, 11...
Presley Eyren Vonn (04/08/10)
Kelly and Brandi Alterman, West Plains, are the parents of a baby girl, Presley Eyren Vonn, born at 3:26 p.m., March 24, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. She weighed 7 pounds, 4-1/2 ounces and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Craig Bentzel, West Plains; Kethy Bentzel, Alton; Leroy and Linda Ellett, Peace Valley; and the late Jon Alterman...
Malaiki Matthew Jewell (04/08/10)
Scotte Jewell and Kathlene Hartson, Thayer, Mo., are the parents of a baby girl, Malaiki Matthew Jewell, born at 9:48 a.m., March 28, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and was 18-1/2 inches long. Her siblings are Daymeon, 4; Zaylea, 3; and Lyra,1...
Makenzie Shyann Mullins (04/08/10)
James and Vicky Mullins, Alton, Mo., are the parents of a baby girl, Makenzie Shyann born at 11:40 a.m., March 23, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Center in West  Plains, Mo. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19-1/2 inches long. Her siblings are Autumn, 17, and Brittany, 11...
Presley Eyren Vonn (04/08/10)
Kelly and Brandi Alterman, West Plains, are the parents of a baby girl, Presley Eyren Vonn, born at 3:26 p.m., March 24, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. She weighed 7 pounds, 4-1/2 ounces and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Craig Bentzel, West Plains; Kethy Bentzel, Alton; Leroy and Linda Ellett, Peace Valley; and the late Jon Alterman...
Malaiki Matthew Jewell (04/08/10)
Scotte Jewell and Kathlene Hartson, Thayer, Mo., are the parents of a baby girl, Malaiki Matthew Jewell, born at 9:48 a.m., March 28, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and was 18-1/2 inches long. Her siblings are Daymeon, 4; Zaylea, 3; and Lyra,1...
Chapin -- Walters (04/08/10)
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Chapin and Mr. and Mrs. David Walters, all of West  Plains, Mo., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Catherine Chapin and Darin J. Walters. The bride is employed by Ozark Radio Network and is pursuing her master's degree from Missouri State University-Springfield...
Chapin -- Walters (04/08/10)
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Chapin and Mr. and Mrs. David Walters, all of West  Plains, Mo., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Catherine Chapin and Darin J. Walters. The bride is employed by Ozark Radio Network and is pursuing her master's degree from Missouri State University-Springfield...
Smiths to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary (04/08/10)
Calvin "Buster" and Sue Smith of Salem are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on April 10. Calvin "Buster" Smith and Sue Smith (maiden name Bell) were married on April 10, 1960. They have four children and eight grandchildren.
Smiths to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary (04/08/10)
Calvin "Buster" and Sue Smith of Salem are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on April 10. Calvin "Buster" Smith and Sue Smith (maiden name Bell) were married on April 10, 1960. They have four children and eight grandchildren.
Thayer Police Report (04/08/10)
William Hood, 78, of Boliver, Mo., was cited March 21 for speeding. Gregory Larson, 47, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., was arrested April 2 for driving while revoked, no insurance and outstanding warrants in Thayer. He was released on a $3,300 bond. Katelyn Jaroch, 18, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., was arrested April 1 for stealing. She was released after posting a $500 bond...
Oregon County Sheriff's Report (04/08/10)
Gary Lee Simmons, 24, of West Plains, Mo., was arrested April 2 by the Oregon County Sheriff's Department and the West Plains Police Department on a parole violation. He is being held in the Oregon County Jail with no bond.
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (04/08/10)
Devin Vaughn, 19, was arrested on March 29 for terroristic threatening. Vaughn was released from Fulton County Jail on March 29 on a $435 bond. Allen Wideman, 46, of Thayer, Mo., was arrested on March 30 on a warrant for failure to appear for criminal mischief. Wideman is being held in the Fulton County Jail in lieu of $475 bond...
Arkansas State Police (04/08/10)
James McDonald, 41, of Calico Rock was injured Friday, April 2 when he failed to negotiate a curve while riding his motorcycle on Highway 5. McDonald lost control of his 2007 Yamaha about one mile south of the Calico Rock city limits, traveling over 45 feet across the northbound lane before coming to rest on the shoulder of the highway...
Izard County Sheriff's Report (04/08/10)
A Melbourne man was recently arrested on drug related charges. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Ronnie Ray Hollowell, 41, was arrested March 29 during a parole/probation visit on charges of possessing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia. Hollowell posted bond the following day and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility with a court date...
Oregon County Sheriff's Report (04/08/10)
Gary Lee Simmons, 24, of West Plains, Mo., was arrested April 2 by the Oregon County Sheriff's Department and the West Plains Police Department on a parole violation. He is being held in the Oregon County Jail with no bond.
Thayer Police Report (04/08/10)
William Hood, 78, of Boliver, Mo., was cited March 21 for speeding. Gregory Larson, 47, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., was arrested April 2 for driving while revoked, no insurance and outstanding warrants in Thayer. He was released on a $3,300 bond. Katelyn Jaroch, 18, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., was arrested April 1 for stealing. She was released after posting a $500 bond...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (04/08/10)
Devin Vaughn, 19, was arrested on March 29 for terroristic threatening. Vaughn was released from Fulton County Jail on March 29 on a $435 bond. Allen Wideman, 46, of Thayer, Mo., was arrested on March 30 on a warrant for failure to appear for criminal mischief. Wideman is being held in the Fulton County Jail in lieu of $475 bond...
Arkansas State Police (04/08/10)
James McDonald, 41, of Calico Rock was injured Friday, April 2 when he failed to negotiate a curve while riding his motorcycle on Highway 5. McDonald lost control of his 2007 Yamaha about one mile south of the Calico Rock city limits, traveling over 45 feet across the northbound lane before coming to rest on the shoulder of the highway...
Izard County Sheriff's Report (04/08/10)
A Melbourne man was recently arrested on drug related charges. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Ronnie Ray Hollowell, 41, was arrested March 29 during a parole/probation visit on charges of possessing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia. Hollowell posted bond the following day and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility with a court date...
Horseshoe Bend Court Docket (04/08/10)
Jerry Alberson, Driver's License Suspended, No Proof of Insurance, Officer Spangler, $460, Dismissed/Deceased. Kelly Andrews, Failure to Stop, Officer Davis, $85, Bond Forfeiture. John Arrington, two counts of No Pet License, two counts No Proof of Rabies Vaccine, Officer Ross, $200, Dismissed...
Cherokee Village Police Report (04/08/10)
Jeremy Smith, 29, of Cherokee Village was cited March 20 for failure to obtain a pet license, rabies tag violation and animal cruelty. Tamara Westmoreland, 45, of Cherokee Village was arrested March 27 for DWI and driving left of center. Anthony Lowder, 51, of Hardy was arrested March 27 for public intoxication and disorderly conduct...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (04/08/10)
John Carson, 53, of Salem, was arrested on Feb. 22, 2010, for theft of property. Carson was transferred from Fulton County Jail on March 15, to the Department of Corrections. Steven Russell, 45, of Mammoth Spring, was arrested on Feb. 25, on drug charges. Russell was released from Fulton County Jail on March 15, 2on a $35,000 bond...