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Stories from Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mammoth Spring youth wins county spelling bee (01/26/11)
Richard Irby Staff Writer Mammoth Spring seventh grader, Alec Johnson, won a Jan. 18 battle with Salem eighth grader, Lane Hall, to become the Fulton County Spelling Bee Champion. Johnson joined Hall and four other students in the competition's final match at Salem Elementary School...
Tax filing delay causes confusion (01/26/11)
Richard Irby Staff Writer "Are you kidding me?" "What do you mean I can't file my taxes right away?" Those are the type of comments tax preparers are hearing from citizens who want to file their taxes, but are learning they are going to have to wait until mid to late February...
Many newcomers on crowded Oregon County ballots (01/26/11)
Broad pay range revealed for area officials
Fire Department financing main topic of city council meeting (01/26/11)
Tammy Curtis Staff Writer Discussion regarding financing options for the Ash Flat Fire Department's new building was the main topic of discussion at the city's first regular meeting of the new year on Jan. 18. The urgency for the department to begin construction is being hastened by the impending library, which will be housed in the department's current location. ...
Alton man charged (01/26/11)
Linda Greer Staff Writer An Alton man out on bond for felony drug charges is now back in jail after allegedly driving his car into an Oregon County Sheriffs Department patrol car Friday, Jan. 21, after an attempted traffic stop. Micaiah Joel Leannais, 22, was taken to the Thayer jail with bail set at $20,000 following the chase through Alton. He was charged with Class B felony assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest, a Class D felony...
School superintendent gets good review (01/26/11)
Richard Irby Staff Writer School Superintendent Ken Rich received a vote of confidence at the Jan. 17 Salem School Board meeting. The meeting ended with an hour-long closed session to give Rich his annual evaluation. When the public meeting resumed, the board voted unanimously to extend Rich's contract by one year...
Suspect sought in prank fire call (01/26/11)
Tammy Curtis Staff Writer Public servants work long tireless hours, many of which are volunteered to protect the public, whether it be ambulance crews, police or fire fighters. One person must not realize the danger these people face, as a prank call regarding a structure fire was called into the Ash Flat Fire Department in the late night hours of Jan. 20...
Roundball Recap (01/26/11)
Jan. 17 Girls Izard County 51 Rural Special 39 Trisha Arnold 14 points Boys Calico Rock 46 Cave City 43 Taylor Milligan 21 points Jan. 18 Girls Cave City 33 Southside 31 Lindsey Wooldridge 11 points Mammoth Spring 57 Dora 33 Jessy Jo Vest 17 points Salem 48...
Snow changes Izard County Tourney finals (01/26/11)
Due to the snowy weather that swept through the area last week, the championship games of the annual Izard County Tournament at Harold Ray Jeffery Gymnaisum in Calico Rock were pushed back a week. Here's the revised championship slate of games, scheduled to take place Jan. 29:...
Cavewomen make finals in Calico Rock (01/26/11)
Meeting for the second time in a tournament field this season, the end result was the same as the Cave City Cavewomen topped the Salem Lady Greyhounds 47-28 in the semi-final round of the Izard County Tournament, Jan. 22, at Harold Ray Jeffery Gymnasium in Calico Rock...
Inside game key for Cabool (01/26/11)
The Reaves girls were right on the mark for the Cabool Lady Bulldogs, Jan. 22, helping their squad to a 57-39 win over the Alton Lady Comets in the third-place game of the 37th annual Thayer Winter Classic. Controlling the paint underneath the bucket, Julia Reaves paced all scorers with a game-high 18 points, while Jamie Reaves, the Lady Bulldogs' other interior force, followed close with 16 points for Cabool...
Another one to remember (01/26/11)
Recent years have seen some memorable battles between the Couch Lady Indians and the Thayer Lady Bobcats for the right to hoist the championship trophy in the annual Thayer Winter Classic. And the latest installment of this rivalry could easily move to the top of the list...
Hoop Shoot winners announced (01/26/11)
The Highland Elks Lodge's 39th annual Elks Hoop Shoot contest was held Jan. 8, at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center. There were seven school districts and 1,116 participants, ages 8 through 13, in our area competing for this event. The school competitions, chose the 36 winners that participated in the Lodge competition...
Blazers rough hosts to Rebels (01/26/11)
In a mega night of basketball at Valley View on Jan. 18, all of the Highland teams -- boys and girls, juniors and seniors -- took it on the chin. The four game night resulted from the Razorbacks playing in the Sugar Bowl, which no one wanted to miss. That meant taking the Jan. 4 games and combining them with the Jan. 18 contests...
Death Notices for the week of January 27, 2011 (01/26/11)
Freda England, 92, died Jan. 15, 2011, at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Mo. Arrangements under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home, Thayer, Mo. Willa Dean (Stevens) Grinkavitch, 75, died Jan. 15, 2011, at the Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. Arrangements under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home, Thayer, Mo...