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Stories from Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Citizens speak out at Quorum Court (04/14/10)
At Monday night's Quorum Court, citizens voiced concerns over the grant the Fulton County Hospital is applying for to use for new insulated windows at the hospital. Quorum Court members pointed out that the court only appoints members to the Board of Governors at the hospital and has no control over how the hospital's Board of Governors chooses to spend hospital funds. Read the entire story in the April 22 edition of The News...
Gift shop opens at FCH (04/14/10)
Ready for a brand new shopping experience in Fulton County? Then make time to come to the new Fulton County Hospital gift shop to find the perfect presents for friends and family. The new gift shop was a labor of love for Director of Volunteer Services, Pam Johnson and her crew of volunteers. ...
Kindergarten registration time is near (04/14/10)
Salem Elementary School will have kindergarten pre-registration on Friday, April 30, in the kindergarten classrooms from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Children must be five years old on or before Aug. 15, 2010. The state requires the following information before a student may enter school:...
Another learning tool for Salem students (04/14/10)
Excitement continues to build as the new Salem Elementary Physical Education & Fine Arts building begins to take shape. The nearly 12,000 square foot gym will house an art room, music room and gymnasium.
Viola EAST Lab prepares kits for Haiti (04/14/10)
Viola High Schoolers participating in the EAST Initiative, an educational program that helps schools, facilitators and students better engage technology education, service learning and individualized educational goals, definitely are a motivated group of individuals...
North Central Unit celebrates 20 years (04/14/10)
Despite a tumultuous beginning, the Arkansas Department of Corrections North Central Unit in Calico Rock has become an important part of this community over the past 20 years. "It was not overly embraced to begin with," said Dina Tyler, assistant to the director of the Arkansas Department of Corrections. "There was a lot of concern on the part of the public."...
ICC students take part in CARE summit (04/14/10)
Izard County Consolidated School was the scene for excitement and learning on Thursday, April 1, when students gathered for the school's annual CARE Summit. The CARE Summit is held each year to provide 5th and 6th graders with information to make healthy lifestyle choices. Throughout the day, students heard a series of presenters with information about the dangers of underage drinking, tobacco and drug use, self-esteem, and technology gadgets...
Izard County Sheriff hosts intern (04/14/10)
The Izard County Sheriff's Department is currently hosting an Arkansas State University-Mountain Home student as an intern. Shawna Yancey is a sophomore criminal justice major and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doug Yancey of the J Bar J Community in Izard County...
Grady announces bid for prosecuting attorney (04/14/10)
Attorney Jerrie Lee Grady wants to be the 16th Judicial District's next prosecuting attorney. The 16th Judicial District is comprised of Independence, Cleburne, Izard, Stone and Fulton counties. "This district deserves a prosecutor that will work hard and take cases to trial," Grady said...
Thayer City Clerk fired in Closed Session at City Council Meeting - No reason given (04/14/10)
In a 3 to 1 vote, according to Mayor Earl "Buddy" Rogers, Thayer City Clerk Jane Yancey was fired by the council during a closed session last night. No reason or cause for the firing was given by the Mayor or any of the Aldermen. How might this action affect the new wastewater treatment plant - find out in the April 22 edition of The South Missourian News...
Faces & Places: Nadra Hice - An Ozark Original (04/14/10)
Nestled in a two story, bright blue house in Koshkonong, Mo., sits 91 year old Nadra (Jewell) Hice, surrounded by her beautiful handmade quilts and three generations of her family: daughter Etta, granddaughter Natalie, and great-grandson, Wyatt, along with her son-in-law, Dale Harrison...
Election Winners Announced (04/14/10)
Several cities and school districts in Oregon County were involved in the April 6 General Municipal Elections. The city of Alton elected Richard Haigwood as their mayor by a margin of 57 percent to 46.5 percent over challenger William T. Young. For their Alderman at Large seats, Tom Young (42.5 percent) and Steven Crigler (30 percent) were elected into office over challenger Dinah Slaughter (27 percent)...
Mammoth Spring man charged with operating a meth lab (04/14/10)
On Thursday, February 25, officers with the Arkansas State Police, the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force and the Fulton County Sheriff's department executed a search warrant at the residence of Steven Glenn Russell in Mammoth Spring and found the instruments used to manufacture methamphetamine...
New tool gives Missourias more information to make healthier choices (04/14/10)
A new online tool is available to assist Missourians in reducing their risk of heart disease and other conditions associated with high blood pressure. The High Blood Pressure Health Risk Calculator uses height, weight, blood pressure and other factors to determine the user's risk from uncontrolled high blood pressure. ...
Gift shop opens at FCH (04/14/10)
Ready for a brand new shopping experience in Fulton County? Then make time to come to the new Fulton County Hospital gift shop to find the perfect presents for friends and family. The new gift shop was a labor of love for Director of Volunteer Services, Pam Johnson and her crew of volunteers. ...
Searching for "Century" Farms (04/14/10)
If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1910, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines: The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years; The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption; The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.. ...
Fulton County Circuit Court (04/14/10)
Joseph Allen Benedict pled nolo contendere to second degree battery and was sentenced to 60 months of probation, with a credit of seven days for time served. He was fined $2,500 plus court costs of $150, DNA sample fee of $100, PD User fee of $100, Attorney fees of $250 and booking and administration fees of $20. A judgement of restitution was also made in the amount of $1,395.96, payable to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office and Sheila Cochran...
Grady announces bid for prosecuting attorney (04/14/10)
Attorney Jerrie Lee Grady wants to be the 16th Judicial District's next prosecuting attorney. The 16th Judicial District is comprised of Independence, Cleburne, Izard, Stone and Fulton counties. "This district deserves a prosecutor that will work hard and take cases to trial," Grady said...
Tax preparer and wife indicted on federal charges (04/14/10)
According to a press release provided by the United States Attorney's office of the Eastern District, Ash Flat tax preparer James Morris and his wife were both indicted on Federal charges April 7 in regard to income tax and theft of government funds charges...
Freedom Ford and local community raise $4,000 (04/14/10)
At a recent fundraiser for the Highland Rebel Booster Club held at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center on March 20, Ford Motor Company and Freedom Ford partnered to help raise money in support of Highland High School as part of Ford's Drive One 4 UR School program. ...
Hardy to apply for grant for library expansion (04/14/10)
The Sharp County Library Board conducted their regular meeting April 7 at First National Banking Company in Hardy. A special guest for the meeting was Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton. President Jan Abel called the meeting to order and welcomed guests. A special guest for the meeting was former Williford librarian Crystal Coble...
Milligan receives achievement award (04/14/10)
Service to the community and representation of the core values of a firefighter are among the reasons for Cave City Fire Chief Ronny Milligan being selected by the Three River's Fire Fighter's Association for the Joe Coker Achievement Award. The late Joe Coker was an officer on the Arkansas State Fire Chief's Association, and later served as president. ...
Man robs 'stage coach' in Hardy (04/14/10)
Many locals are familiar with the historic buggy owned by Donald Qualls of Hardy. Qualls offers rides in his horse drawn buggy for a donation in the city, allowing many to experience the beauty of the area from a unique perspective; one not feasible from a motor vehicle...
District judge receives admonishment letter (04/14/10)
According to a press release provided by the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, Sharp County District Court Judge Mark Johnson was given a letter of admonishment on March 19 regarding a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct. The letter states, "While serving as the District Court Judge in Sharp County, you are responsible for a docket that includes criminal and traffic offenses. ...
Spring cleanup slated at Highland (04/14/10)
Officials with the City of Highland would like to announce their Spring cleanup April 19-23. The clean up is for residents only, not businesses. Those living in all wards of the city are asked to have their items out by Sunday, April 18, for pickup...
Smith announces candidacy for JP District 4 in Sharp County (04/14/10)
Roger Smith has announced he is a Democratic candidate for Justice of the Peace District 4, Sharp County, subject to the May 18 election. "To serve as your Justice of the Peace is my way of giving back to the community where I have lived for 56 years."...
Wortham is candidate for Sharp County coroner (04/14/10)
With 22 years of experience in death care, Doug Wortham thinks he is the best choice for Sharp County coroner. "I believe that the first job of the coroner is to protect and investigate to the fullest the death of the person," he said. "It is my job to assist law enforcement in the investigation. I feel that I am qualified to be your next coroner from the experience I have as an embalmer, EMT, firefighter and police officer."...
Cougars stop Pirates (04/14/10)
Preston Harmon was sharp on the mound, helping the Izard County Cougars to an 8-6 victory over the Calico Rock Pirates April 5. Jed Yarnell racked up four hits and three RBIs for the winners, while Miguel Hinojosa hit safely twice in the game for Izard County...
Cooper no-hits Sloan (04/14/10)
The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz made short work of Sloan-Hendrix April 6, sweeping a 2-2A Conference double-header from the home team in Imboden. Melbourne won game one 13-0 before taking the nightcap 10-1. In game one, Maggie Jo Cooper earned the win by tossing a no-hitter...
Greyhounds pass by Cotter (04/14/10)
John Turney picked up a big 2-2A Conference win for the visiting Salem Greyhounds April 5, helping his team top the homestanding Cotter Warriors 6-2. Turney gave up six hits while fanning five to earn the complete-game victory. Shane Travelstead, Colin Smith, Jesse James and Justus Sparks notched two hits apiece for the Salem Greyhounds...
Lady Cougs have big sixth (04/14/10)
Striking for six runs in the sixth inning, the Izard County Lady Cougars overcame an error-filled afternoon to top the Calico Rock Lady Pirates 11-8. Kaydie Campbell picked up the win in the circle for Izard County, striking out five while walking one and giving up two hits after coming in to pitch in the third inning...
Longhorns rack up pair of wins (04/14/10)
Plating nine runs over the course of the first two innings, the Viola Longhorns pushed past Calico Rock 12-2 April 6 at Viola City Park. Jordan Cotter earned the win for Viola, striking out seven Pirates while allowing no walks. Cotter and Jacob Payne logged two hits apiece for the Horns, while Jacob Luther drove in three and Matt Prinner batted in two runs for the home team...
Bears topple Hillcrest (04/14/10)
The Mammoth Spring Bears outlasted the homestanding Hillcrest Screamin' Eagles for a 14-10 win April 6 at Hillcrest. Wes Coffey was credited with the win on the hill for the Bears. He struck out four, while working seven innings for a complete-game victory...
Rag ball tournament fundraiser set for Viola (04/14/10)
The Viola lock-in committee is sponsoring a rag ball tournament slated for April 24. The cost per team to enter is $75. Teams need to enter by April 20 for the brackets to be drawn. To enter, contact Kelly Newton at 870-267-2391 or Lisa Shrable at 417-372-2436...
Bears topple Hillcrest (04/14/10)
The Mammoth Spring Bears outlasted the homestanding Hillcrest Screamin' Eagles for a 14-10 win April 6 at Hillcrest. Wes Coffey was credited with the win on the hill for the Bears. He struck out four, while working seven innings for a complete-game victory...
Trumann doubles-up Highland (04/14/10)
Highland had a rough afternoon at Trumann April 6, with both the Rebels and Lady Rebels falling to the home team on the diamond. In softball action, the Lady Wildcats picked up a 15-0 3-4A Conference victory over the Highland, lady Rebs, with Trumann's Lacy Staten tossing a no-hitter...
Cavemen sweep Flippin (04/14/10)
The Cave City Cavemen swept a double-header from Flippin April 6, starting with a 10-9 win in game one. The Cavemen followed that one-run victory with a 17-5 drubbing of the Bobcats in game two. Tyler Booth earned the win in game one in relief of starter Dalton Carpenter...
Cavewomen top Yellville in 3A-1 East softball play (04/14/10)
Cheyenne Childers jacked a three-run homer, while Rachel Roebuck allowed just three hits, helping the Cave City Cavewomen to a 6-0 shutout of Yellville-Summit in 3A-1 East softball action April 6. Roebuck was sharp, walking just one and striking out five to earn the win for Cave City...
Rebs win Ozark Classic (04/14/10)
It looked more like a football score, but Highland's 19-14 victory over Elkins came on the baseball diamond April 10 in Harrison in the championship game of the Ozark Baseball Classic. Scott Gatewood picked up the win on the hill for the Rebs against Elkins...
Fun Run raises $500 for Ronald McDonald House (04/14/10)
The first annual Fun Run on April 3 in Summersville was a great success. All of the Beta Club and FFA students demonstrated a great deal of hard work and determination throughout this event, helping things to run smoothly. The weather was perfect and the students and athletes behaved in an exemplary manner...
Turkey hunters never too old for education (04/14/10)
As a rule, people develop better judgment as they mature. Education can speed up this process, however. In fact, 2009 turkey-hunting incident statistics provide strong evidence that education has helped young hunters surpass their elders' judgment. The low point for turkey-hunting safety in Missouri was 1986, two years before hunter education became mandatory. That year, 31 people suffered gunshot wounds in spring turkey hunting incidents. Two of them died...
Death Notices published week of April 15, 2010 (04/14/10)
Thelma Melton, 68, formerly of Hardy, Ark., died Monday, April 5, 2010 in Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark. Arrangements by the Carter Funeral Home Inc., of Thayer, Mo. Harriet P. Mullen, 90, of Springdale, Ark., formerly of Strawberry, Ark., died April 6, 2010. Arrangements by the Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City, Ark...
Death Notices published week of April 15, 2010 (04/14/10)
Thelma Melton, 68, formerly of Hardy, Ark., died Monday, April 5, 2010 in Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark. Arrangements by the Carter Funeral Home Inc., of Thayer, Mo. Harriet P. Mullen, 90, of Springdale, Ark., formerly of Strawberry, Ark., died April 6, 2010. Arrangements by the Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City, Ark...
Death Notices published the week of April 15 (04/14/10)
Maudine Wilson Lucas, 82, of Sidney, Ark., died April 11, 2010. Arrangements by the Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City, Ark. Daniel Wayne Poteete, 34, of Ash Flat, Ark., died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Ark. Arrangements by the Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Ark...
Matthew Joe Carson (04/14/10)
Matthew and Jessica Carson of Couch are the parents of a baby boy, Matthew Joe, born at 6:23 a.m. March 29, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. He weighed 7 pounds, 9-1/2 ounces and was 21-1/2 inches long. His sibling is Xavier, 3. Grandparents are Thomas and Kim Helms, Ste. Genavive; Shorty and Tammy Helms, Festus; and Steve and Linda Carson, Couch...
Waylon Hazzard Tune (04/14/10)
Justin and Kristina Tune, Thayer, are the parents of a baby boy, Waylon Hazzard, born at 9:20 p.m. April 6, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. He weighed 7 pounds, 13-1/2 ounces and was 21 inches long. His siblings are Payton, 6; Jaidon, 4; and Easton, 2...
Patience Nora Baines Irwin (04/14/10)
Bion and Catrina Irwin, Koshkonong are the parents of a baby girl,Patience Nora Baines, born at 8:34 p.m. April 2, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Cener in West Plains, Mo. She weighed 9 pounds, 5-1/2 ounces and was 21-3/4 inches long. Her siblings are Reagan, 12; Kennedy, 10; and Ransom, 1...
Connor Andrew Gregson (04/14/10)
Aaron and Candice Gregson of Ash Flat, Ark., announce the birth of a baby son, on March 30, 2010. He has been named Connor Andrew Gregson, weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was born at St. Bernard's Hospital Birth-Care Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Grandparents are Dennis and Teresa Glidewell of Jonesboro, Ark. and Keith and Cynde Gregson of Ash Flat...
Matthew Joe Carson (04/14/10)
Matthew and Jessica Carson of Couch are the parents of a baby boy, Matthew Joe, born at 6:23 a.m. March 29, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. He weighed 7 pounds, 9-1/2 ounces and was 21-1/2 inches long. His sibling is Xavier, 3. Grandparents are Thomas and Kim Helms, Ste. Genavive; Shorty and Tammy Helms, Festus; and Steve and Linda Carson, Couch...
Waylon Hazzard Tune (04/14/10)
Justin and Kristina Tune, Thayer, are the parents of a baby boy, Waylon Hazzard, born at 9:20 p.m. April 6, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. He weighed 7 pounds, 13-1/2 ounces and was 21 inches long. His siblings are Payton, 6; Jaidon, 4; and Easton, 2...
Patience Nora Baines Irwin (04/14/10)
Bion and Catrina Irwin, Koshkonong are the parents of a baby girl,Patience Nora Baines, born at 8:34 p.m. April 2, 2010, at Ozarks Medical Cener in West Plains, Mo. She weighed 9 pounds, 5-1/2 ounces and was 21-3/4 inches long. Her siblings are Reagan, 12; Kennedy, 10; and Ransom, 1...
Connor Andrew Gregson (04/14/10)
Aaron and Candice Gregson of Ash Flat, Ark., announce the birth of a baby son, on March 30, 2010. He has been named Connor Andrew Gregson, weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was born at St. Bernard's Hospital Birth-Care Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Grandparents are Dennis and Teresa Glidewell of Jonesboro, Ark. and Keith and Cynde Gregson of Ash Flat...
Connor Andrew Gregson (04/14/10)
Aaron and Candice Gregson of Ash Flat, Ark., announce the birth of a baby son, on March 30, 2010. He has been named Connor Andrew Gregson, weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was born at St. Bernard's Hospital Birthcare Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Grandparents are Dennis and Teresa Glidewell of Jonesboro, Ark., and Keith and Cynde Gregson of Ash Flat...
Arkansas State Police (04/14/10)
Jordan Griffin, 15, of Oxford was involved in a two vehicle accident on April 9 in Melbourne. Griffin was traveling south on Highway 69 at the intersection with Arnold Spring Road in his 2001 Dodge 1500 around 9:30 p.m., when he struck the left side of a 2010 Chevy EQX driven by Kasey Lawrence, 26, of Melbourne...
Salem Police Department (04/14/10)
Michael Bilby, 35, of Salem was arrested April 5 for third degree domestic assault and resisting arrest. Bilby was released from the Fulton County Jail on April 9 after posting a $1,020 bond. Roy Wilkey, 43, of Salem was arrested for public intoxication, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and third degree assault. Wilkey is being held in the Fulton County Jail in lieu of a $2,005 bond...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (04/14/10)
Allen Wideman, 46, of Thayer, Mo., was arrested on March 30 on a warrant for failure to appear for criminal mischief. Wideman was released from Fulton County Jail on April 6, on a $475 bond. Ricky Sanders, 18, of Walnut Ridge, Ark., was arrested on April 8 on warrants out of Pocahontas. Sanders was transferred to the Pocahontas Police Department on April 8...
Izard County Sheriff's Report (04/14/10)
An early Saturday morning house fire reported to Izard County Dispatch appears to be the result of arson. A paper carrier called in a house fire around 4 a.m. on Deerfield Street in Melbourne. The Melbourne Fire Department responded, extinguished the inside blaze and reported to the Izard County Sheriff's Department that the fire appeared to be the result of arson. ...
Oregon County Sheriff's Report (04/14/10)
Sherry E. Simmons, 26, of Alton, Mo., was arrested April 7 on a misdemeanor bad check charge and on a felony probation charge for an original forgery charge. She is being held in the Thayer City Jail without bond. Paul D. Wheat, 46, of Thayer, was arrested April 7 on a misdemenaor probation violation stemming from an original charge of first degree tresspassing. He is being held in the Oregon County Jail on a $500 cash only bond...
Thayer Police Report (04/14/10)
Justin Fulbright, 17, of Thayer, was cited April 5 for careless and reckless driving. Rodney E. Reed II, 29, of Mammoth Spring, was cited April 6 for speeding. Robert Wilson, 64, of Koshkonong, was arrested April 7 for driving while revoked. Bond was set at $325...
Cherokee Village Police Report (04/14/10)
Cody Seward, 21, of Hardy was cited March 28 for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Chase Hussung, 18, of Hardy was cited March 28 for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and driving on a restricted license...