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Stories from Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Storms claim life of Grange woman (05/04/11)
What many believe was a tornado, claimed the life of 48-year old Jo Ann Bradley of Grange on April 26, when the family home was completely demolished and blown off its foundation by a massive storm. The home's remains, just off Shelbyville Road in Southern Sharp County, sit as stark testament to Mother Nature's fury...
Widespread flooding causes bridge damage (05/04/11)
The massive rainfall and flooding in the area over the last week has caused widespread damage to many areas in Sharp County. The Spring River reached 20.71 feet on April 26, which is 10.71 feet above flood stage. The river caused extensive damage to the approach to the Wilburn Brother's Bridge, Buford Park and Loberg Park...
Area schools look to save thousands with shorter year (05/04/11)
Faced with decreased funding by the state over the past few years, area school districts are making budget cuts of their own -- many by shortening their calendars. In April, the Couch and Alton school districts joined a majority of others in southern Missouri that opted to shave days from the 2011-12 school year to save money...
Heavy rains cause track collapse (05/04/11)
Two engines and two rail cars derailed in Izard County on Wednesday, April 25. It appears the bank, along the White River at Twin Creek, gave way after being saturated by days of rainfall. The Izard County Department of Emergency Management surveyed the scene and booms were installed to contain diesel fuel which spilled into the White River. Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad crews later arrived to begin the clean up, but repairing the broken line is expected be a difficult process...
High repair costs ahead as Fulton and Izard Counties tackle flood damage (05/04/11)
After days of driving flood damaged roads, Fulton County Judge Charles Willett sees more than a week of rainfall in financial terms. "If we don't get some reimbursement, our road budget is shot," Willett said. "At one time, we had twelve roads closed and some are still barely passable," added Emergency Management Director Darrell Zimmer...
Floods interrupt water service in City of Oxford (05/04/11)
Flooding was blamed on a problem which left many Oxford residents without water for more than 36 hours, and resulted in a "boil water" advisory for all customers. According to Mayor Mike Warden, water customers on the west side of town lost water service on Tuesday night, April 26...
Alton Junior to attend U.S. Naval Academy Seminar (05/04/11)
Alton High School junior Zane Hatten is one of 2,250 teens from across the country chosen to attend a special seminar at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., this summer. During the six-day session, Hatten will live in the dormitory with the midshipmen, eat in the dining hall and participate in academic and leadership workshops. He also will participate in daily physical training, involving group runs and conditioning exercises...
Friends, fans remember musician Gene Cooper (05/04/11)
Because of health problems, it has been years since entertainer Gene Cooper has performed in public. But on April 29, Cooper, who died on March 31 at the age of 73, showed he could still draw a crowd. Cooper's friend, Ozarka College administrator Ron Helm, decided to organize a benefit concert at the Fulton County Fairgrounds...
Local tax preparer, wife convicted (05/04/11)
An Ash Flat tax preparer and his wife were found guilty on 44 of 60 counts related to tax evasion and theft of Social Security funds in U.S. District Court in Little Rock April 26. According to a press release from the United States Attorney's office for the Eastern District, James Bruce Morris, age 65, and his wife, Karen Sue Morris, age 48, the operators of B. Morris Ltd., tax preparation services in Ash Flat, Ark., were found guilty on all 44 counts of the superseding indictment...
Flood Waters Inundate the County (05/04/11)
Heavy rains and storms caused local rivers and creeks to rise, turning low water crossings into spillways. Many highways and roads were closed in the area due to the water and debris.
Salem company building countywide Internet service (05/04/11)
Richard Irby Staff Writer "We commend them. We need more like them," said Sam Walls III of Connect Arkansas, when told of a Salem company which is building a high speed Internet service to serve all of Fulton County. Connect Arkansas is a non-profit agency created in 2007 to work for the development of modern Internet service statewide...
Prison inmates make progress at athletic complex (05/04/11)
In March, County Judge Charles Willett was hoping ball fields at the Fulton County Athletic Complex would finally be ready for limited use this summer. But finding a way to turn grass fields into infields and finish other details looked like a tall order...
Alternative school closing in Glencoe, moving to Salem Schools' campus (05/04/11)
For about 15 years, Salem and neighboring school districts have worked together to operate an alternative school. The consortium originally began with five or six schools and Salem, Viola and Highland have all participated in recent years. "After all these years, we have dissolved the alternative school. ...
Oregon County roads suffer during heavy deluge (05/04/11)
More than a foot of rain has fallen with more predicted later in the week
Thayer Schools given $10,700 for lighting project (05/04/11)
Thayer R-2 School District recently received a rebate of $10,700 from Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (HOEC), for its project to replace old light fixtures throughout it's school buildings. Thayer Schools Superintendent Dan Chappell said the lighting project already was costing the district nothing out of pocket...
Local food growers discuss forming area co-op market (05/04/11)
People who have lived for generations off the land through hard times in the Ozarks are "ahead of the game," in being self-sufficient, Rachel Luster said at a community meeting Saturday, April 23. Luster organized the meeting to discuss forming a local food producers and artisan co-op market, a school garden project and a Missouri Arkansas chapter of Slow Food USA. More than 20 people attended the rainy afternoon meeting at Juggbutt's coffee house in Alton...
Spring River passes flood stage, causes widespread flooding (05/04/11)
Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton and city workers worked hard to vacate city hall as the Spring River overflowed its banks on April 25. With impending bad weather and as much as 7-12 inches of rain predicted over the next two days, Thornton said she was being proactive in moving everything out of the building into the Hardy Gym. ...
Hardy public meeting addresses sewer surcharge (05/04/11)
The Hardy City Council hosted a public meeting on April 12 at City Hall to discuss the possibility of implementing a pump maintenance fee, and an ordinance for deliberate destruction of sewage pumps, along with wholesale water charges and restroom maintenance fees...
Tornado sirens set up in Ash Flat (05/04/11)
The beauty of the eerie grey skies, providing a backdrop for the lush green vegetation in the area, is parallelled only by the dangerous flooding, storms and tornados Mother Nature so quickly produces in the spring. The weather of the past few weeks has undoubtedly left many affected by the 2008 tornado in Sharp County a bit nervous, as the county was again under a tornado warning this past weekend...
Cherokee passes franchise fee (05/04/11)
Ordinance establishes 4.5 percent franchise fee on water bills.
Breton celebrates 60th birthday (05/04/11)
Ronald Breton, formerly of Waterville, Maine celebrated his 60th birthday on May 15. Ron currently resides in Memphis, Tenn., with a weekend vacation cottage in Cherokee Village, Arkansas. Ron works for Aramark and his wife, Althea, works for FedEx Express...
Izard County sweeps visiting Zebras from Black Rock in 1A-2 East (05/04/11)
The Izard County Cougars capped 1A-2 East play by sweeping a double-header from Black Rock April 28 at Brockwell. Izard County won game one 5-3, jumping out to a 5-zip lead and holding off the Zebras late. Uriah Mead, Cody Faulkner and Preston Harmon each hit safely for the Cougars...
Viola tops Calico Rock in championship game (05/04/11)
With an 8-6 win over Calico Rock in the championship game of the 1A-2 West District Tournament at Viola City Park April 28, the Viola Lady Longhorns added the district tourney title to their perfect run through the conference ranks this spring. The Lady Horns scored twice in the third and twice in the fourth to stake claim to a 4-0 lead...
Horns mow down district foes (05/04/11)
Viola outscores tourney opponents 27-4; takes district title
Cat golfers second at district (05/04/11)
The Thayer Bobcat golf team finished in second place during last week's district tournament, placing five golfers on the All-District team in the process. Zach Steed came in second place overall with an 85. Steed, Dustin Howell, Aaron Bowers, Nick Martin and Gus Brazeal all made the All-District team...
Harmon named Freshman of the Year (05/04/11)
Former Izard County standout Rachel Harmon is the first-ever Henderson State golfer to be named as the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year. Harmon shot a low round of 75 and recorded an 82.6 scoring average this season. The Franklin native was one of the top freshman scorers at last week's Gulf South Conference Tournament, finishing in a tie for eighth place...
Highland stopped by Trumann in district tourney (05/04/11)
They slipped past Trumann 7-6 the day before, but in the opening-round of the 3-4A District Tournament April 30 at Valley View, the Lady Wildcats had a bit of payback for the Highland. They topped the Lady Rebels 7-2, ending Highland's softball season in the process...
Rebel rally cut short (05/04/11)
They made things interesting late, but the Highland Rebels saw their season draw to a close with a 7-5 loss to Brookland in opening-round action at the 3-4A District Tournament at Cooper Field in Westside April 30. The Rebels trailed 7-4 heading into the final frame of play, when Highland stitched together a late rally...
Late rallies give Horns pair of last-inning wins (05/04/11)
With three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Viola Longhorns rallied past the Salem Greyhounds 7-6 April 22 at Viola City Park. The Horns were in a 6-4 hole when Jordan Cotter drove in Austin Gardner to edge Viola closer. Then, with the bases loaded, Dolan Johnston hit a ball to center that plated the tying and game-winning runs for the Longhorns...
Greyhounds sweep conference foes (05/04/11)
The Salem Greyhounds traveled to Quitman for 2-2A Conference play April 14. Starting the game with aggressive offense, the Hounds scored early. Strong pitching and stout defense from Salem kept Quitman in check. The Greyhounds pounded out three home runs and three ground-rule doubles, along with a variety of other hits, to rack up 15 runs in the contest...
Caddyshack Classic set to tee (05/04/11)
Plans are in place for the annual West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce Caddyshack Classic Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 6 at the West Plains Country Club. The three-person scramble begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Chamber members, prospective members and guests will meet to enjoy an afternoon of golf, camaraderie and fun...
Potato shoot on tap (05/04/11)
Calling all potato shooters. Get your potato guns out and come to Horseshoe Bend and join us for lots of fun on May 14, at 10 a.m., during the Dogwood Days Festival. Judging will be for distance and target combined. There will be a $10 entry fee and cash prizes will be awarded...
Marmaduke's Carroll wins Spring Fever (05/04/11)
Thirty-three bowlers entered the $40, four-game handicap, 10-pin tournament on April 17 at Indian Hills Bowl in Ash Flat. Marmaduke's Darrell Carroll rolled a 206, 248, 208 and 224 for a total of 1,006 with handicap, to take top honors. Second place went to local bowler Phil Haagenson with 176, 257, 263 and 194 for a handicapped-total of 970...
Fishing rodeo scheduled (05/04/11)
The Elks Youth Fishing Rodeo will be May 7, starting at 9 a.m. and going until noon, at Lake Thunderbird Marina in Cherokee Village. Entry fee is $5 for ages 12-years and under. Rod and reel prizes will be given for boys and girls in the 'most fish caught' category...
Elk arrival delayed due to testing protocol (05/04/11)
Arrival of elk at Peck Ranch has been delayed because all necessary health protocol testing is not complete, according to Ron Dent, elk restoration program coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Dent said MDC will select a new arrival date for the elk once health protocol testing is complete...
Cystic Fibrosis Tourney on tap (05/04/11)
One hundred and twenty boats have already signed up to fish in the 26th annual Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Buddy Bass Fishing Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for May 14 on Norfork Lake, with the launch slated out of Lake Norfork Marina, east of Mountain Home on Highway 62 East...
First group of restored elk ready to arrive (05/04/11)
The first group of elk that are part of the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) elk restoration project are scheduled to arrive in the state on April 30. The 34 elk will complete their 90-day quarantine and final health testing in Kentucky before being transported by a semi-driven livestock trailer to Missouri. The elk will be released from Kentucky pending approval by the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA)...
Death Notices for the week of May 5, 2011 (05/04/11)
Jo Ann Bradley, 48, of Grange, Ark., died April 26, 2011, at her home. Arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City, Ark. Nora Ann Peeler, 80, of Agnos, Ark., died on April 26, 2011 at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Ark. Arrangement by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Ark...
Death Notices for the week of April 28, 2011 (05/04/11)
Faye N. (Sandridge) Mills, 90, of Thayer, Mo., died April 19, 2011, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Thayer. Verda Marie Presley Helton, 83, of Alton, Mo., died April 21, 2011, at the Riverways Manor Nursing Center, Van Buren, Mo. Arrangements by Clary Funeral Home of Alton...
Ella Snow  Sacra (05/04/11)
Joseph and Hilary Sacra of Thayer, are the parents of a baby girl, Ella Snow, born at 1:04 p.m., April 16, 2011, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. She weighed 6 pounds, 11-1/2 ounces and was 19 inches long. Her siblings are Halie, 8, and Abigail, 5. Grandparents are Geneva Purcell, Susan Butterfield, Linda Sacra and Russell Sacra, all of Thayer...
Parker Quinn Helton (05/04/11)
Stephen and Kayla Helton of West Plains, are the parents of a baby girl, Parker Quinn, born at 8:03 a.m., April 14, 2011, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. She weighed 7 pounds, 1-1/2 ounces and was 19-1/2 inches long. Her sibling is Braydon, 2. Grandparents are Bobby and Sandra Pankey of West Plains; Kathryn Criswell of West Plains; and Steve Helton of Viola, Ark...
Mayce Rae Wilson (05/04/11)
Jeremy and Melinda Wilson of Thayer, are the parents of a baby girl, Mayce Rae, born at 7:34 p.m., April 13, 2011, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her siblings are Ely and Levi. Grandparents are Jim and Polly Ward, of Thayer and Billy and Jeanie Wilson of Caulfield...
Taylor Nathan Shanks (05/04/11)
Ryan and April Shanks of Willow Springs, are the parents of a baby boy, Taylor Nathan, born at 7:50 p.m., April 10, 2011, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21-3/4 inches long. His siblings are Allisha, 18; Allen, 14; Robert, 12; and Tyler, 3. Grandparents are Angi Pate of Salem, Ark.; David Keck of Salem, Ark.; and Bob Shanks, of Willow Springs...
Bermio -- Freestone (05/04/11)
Barbara and Gary Freestone of Cherokee Village, Ark., are proud to announce the marriage of their son, SSGT Thomas Freestone to Ro-Anne Bermio. The bride-elect is the daughter of Orlando and Cora Bermio. The wedding took place April 2 in San Diego, Calif., where the couple will reside during the groom's enlistment in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton...
Jones -- Boles (05/04/11)
Victory and Pam Jones of Calico Rock, Ark., are proud to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Linsey Kay Jones, to Hunter Benter Boles, son of Rebecca Koelling and Carl Boles of Horseshoe Bend, Ark. The wedding will be held, Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 2 p.m., at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Calico Rock...
Crain celebrates 90th birthday (05/04/11)
Lawrence Crain, 90, of Ozark Acres celebrated his birthday with family and friends this past Easter weekend. "I met Lawrence through some friends, when he worked at General Motors," said his wife, Alice. "Everyone called him 'Slim.' We got along and on June 20, 1967, we were sitting at the table at his house and he looked around, then looked over at me and said, "If you would want to marry me, you would have to find us a big enough house."...
Baker's to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary (05/04/11)
Rex and Mary Jo Baker of Viola, Ark., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this month. Their children and grandchildren would like to invite you to help them celebrate the marriage of their parents and grandparents. A reception will be held May 14 from 2-5 p.m., at the Viola School Cafeteria. No gifts please...
Sawyers to celebrate 25th wedding anniversary (05/04/11)
Jim and Marlene Sawyer will celebrate a belated 25th wedding anniversary on May 1, 2011, at the Hardy United Methodist Church from 2-4 p.m. All friends and relatives are invited to help the couple celebrate this special occasion. The couple requests no gifts, please...
Sawyers to celebrate 25th wedding anniversary (05/04/11)
Jim and Marlene Sawyer will celebrate a belated 25th wedding anniversary on May 1, 2011, at the Hardy United Methodist Church from 2-4 p.m. All friends and relatives are invited to help the couple celebrate this special occasion. The couple requests no gifts, please...
Cherokee Village Police Report (05/04/11)
Laura Scrivner, 32, of Cherokee Village was cited April 4 for animal cruelty. Taylor Sanders, 18, of Cherokee Village was cited April 6 for operating with faulty equipment and obstruction to driver's view. Jared Middleton, 25, of Oxford was cited April 8 for driving left of center...
Sharp County Sheriff's Report (05/04/11)
Teresa Renee Neal, 32, of Batesville was arrested April 8 for probation revocation on four counts of forgery John Benjamin Curtis, 40, of Hardy was arrested April 8 for criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance, marijuana...