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Stories from Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Amick murder trial underway in Alton (06/29/11)
On Tuesday, June 28, two-and-a-half years after the charred remains of a rural Myrtle woman were found inside her daughter's home with six bullet holes in her head, Oregon County jurors began hearing the case against defendant Michael Amick, 34, of rural Myrtle...
Tick Fever cases on the rise in Arkansas (06/29/11)
"I thought I was getting a cold," said Jeff Van Buhler. "Then I was achy and hot-cold, hot-cold and I knew what I had." What Buhler had, two weeks ago, was a form of tick fever. He knew it because he experienced his first case two years ago. "The first time was actually much worse, but I was surprised I got it so soon this time, because it is so early in the season," Van Buhler added...
Former Deputy in court on burglary, theft charges (06/29/11)
A 15-year veteran deputy of the Oregon County Sheriff's Department, charged in January with eight felony counts of burglary and theft, will appear in Oregon County District Court Aug. 1. Judge Sandra West of Shannon County will hear the case against former deputy Dophes "Gene" Barton, 47, of rural Alton. Barton was arrested minutes after allegedly selling stolen property for $5,000 to an undercover officer, according to court records...
Hardy woman tries out for American Idol (06/29/11)
Lauren Gray, 22, of Hardy auditioned for American Idol on Tuesday, June 28. Gray, the daughter of Debbie and Mike Gray, who own Petals and Lace and Creekside Lofts in Hardy, auditioned with the Adele song, "One and Only." In 2005, Gray and her family were on their way to Memphis to audition for the show when Hurricane Katrina caused the auditions to be cancelled...
Fundraiser pays off for foster children (06/29/11)
More than 100 area children are going to benefit from a partnership between their foster parents and the Salem Modern Woodmen of America, financial services company. On June 20, Donnie and Karen Lance, of the Salem office, presented a check for $4,329 to the Foster Parent Association of Fulton, Izard and Sharp Counties...
Koshkonong students try new moves, healthy diet (06/29/11)
Koshkonong summer school students were treated to new experiences this June, as the district participated in a Midwest Dairy Council grant program to encourage healthy eating and exercise. On Wednesday, June 22, a hip-hop-style song reverberated from a television monitor in the elementary cafeteria as the 90 children enrolled in summer school did "The Bone Dance."...
MoDOT social media address changes (06/29/11)
Under the Missouri Department of Transportation's (MoDOT) Bolder Five-Year Direction, the former South Central District has been split into the Central and Southeast Regions. Effective Friday, July 1, the South Central Facebook and Twitter accounts will no longer be updated. Customers who are interested in receiving their transportation information through Twitter or Facebook should switch to the appropriate account...
Proposed Highway 142 widening scaled back (06/29/11)
A proposed Highway 142 widening project, to add shoulders from the Thayer High School to Couch Schools, was slashed before being sent to the state Highway Commission for approval. Former Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) District 9 Engineer Tom Stehn, who now serves as assistant district engineer for the Southeast District, made the announcement at the South Central Ozark Transportation Advisory Committee quarterly meeting June 21 in Willow Springs...
Citizens meeting in Thayer July 1 (06/29/11)
A Thayer resident has organized a town hall meeting he hopes will enlighten citizens as to what their government is doing. Missouri Sen. Chuck Purguson, Rep. Steve Cookson, Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Patrick Ledgerwood, former State Treasurer Wendell Bailey and Doreen Hannes of the Ozarks Property Rights Congress are slated to attend the 7 p.m. July 1 meeting in Thayer...
Big improvements in place at Greyhounds Stadium (06/29/11)
When it is time for a Salem High School football game, the team and a loud home crowd are fired up and ready to go. But the playing surface at Greyhounds Football Stadium has not always been at its best. That will change in September, when a new and much improved playing surface will be in place...
2011 Fulton County Relay For Life raises over $30,000 (06/29/11)
Niki de Soto Managing Editor The 2011 Fulton County Relay For Life, held on June 10 at the Salem Greyhounds Ballfield, was a resounding success, with more than $33,600 raised by the 13 participating teams. Special thanks go out to all of the sponsors and in-kind donations received from the community, including major sponsors North Arkansas Electric, Salem 1st Care, Short Title Company, Allsteel, Beta Sigma Phi Omicron, Centurylink, Fred's Fish House and Southfork River Therapy and Living Center...
Way cleared for vote to move ahead on jail project (06/29/11)
A state lawsuit which was holding up progress on building a new Fulton County Jail has been resolved. On Thursday, June 23, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that Constitutional Amendment 89, which was passed by voters last year, was legally written and approved...
Kankey loses bid to supress key evidence in animal cruelty cases (06/29/11)
Circuit Court Judge Tim Weaver has ruled a December 2010 search warrant used to seize more than 100 horses from the Rodney Kankey farm was valid. As a result, Animal Cruelty charges against Kankey were set for trial December 3, 2011. Kankey's Attorney John Russo argued in a June 23 hearing that evidence gathered against Kankey should be suppressed, because the search warrant was "defective all the way through and rules of criminal procedure were violated."...
Hotel altercation leads to drug and firearm arrest (06/29/11)
A canoe trip in Spring River country landed two people in jail on drug and weapons charges last weekend. According to a probable cause affidavit issued by Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce, on June 17 Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose was called to investigate a disturbance at a room at the Hardy Best Western Motel...
Domestic violence call leads to firearms charge (06/29/11)
Officers responding to a report of domestic violence near Evening Shade discovered the perpetrator to be a convicted felon in possession of firearms. According to an affidavit for warrant document prepared by the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, officers were called to 36 Old Highway 11 in Evening Shade on June 20 in reference to a domestic violence call...
Trespassing incident lands man in hospital (06/29/11)
A Cave City man was hospitalized with serious injuries as a result of a beating he took for trying to make trespassers leave his property. According to an affidavit for arrest obtained from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, Samuel Luke Malloy, 20, of Mount Pleasant, was arrested on a charge of second degree battery, a Class D felony...
Fountain place hires new director (06/29/11)
Nestled atop the highest location in Cherokee Village sits Fountain Place, an independent living facility for persons of retirement age. For eight and a half years, Sandy Hooker has been the director of the facility, and soon will be retiring, passing the reins onto Pam Guidry...
Hardy City Council addresses pump fees, cruise show issues (06/29/11)
Tammy Curtis Staff Writer The Hardy City Council had a light agenda as they met for June and discussed two upcoming ordinances including FEMA mitigation and problems encountered during the recent Car Cruise event in the city. Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton discussed with council a "Flood Damage Prevention Code" ordinance, that the city is required to pass. ...
MDC taking applications for agent trainees (06/29/11)
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting applications for the next class of conservation agent trainees. MDC's Protection Division will select a handful of candidates from hundreds of applicants. These select candidates will then undergo 26 weeks of intense training in all facets of law enforcement and resource management...
Top shotgunners take honors in Olympic Qualifier (06/29/11)
The best of Arkansas's young trapshooters took gold, silver and bronze medals in the recent 2011 Arkansas Junior Olympic State Qualifier at the Delta Conference Center near Tillar in southeastern Arkansas. The competition was on the center's True International Bunker Trap fields, the type facilities shooters face in national, international and Olympic events...
Bullfrogs and green frogs now up for grabs (06/29/11)
Bullfrogs and green frogs are up for grabs beginning at sunset on June 30 as Missouri enters its annual frogging season. A favorite outdoor pastime of many Missourians, frogging spans the gap between hunting and fishing. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) allows harvest of frogs by hand net, gig, trotline, throw line, limb line, bank line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing or pole and line with a fishing permit...
Two anglers score hits on open fishing records (06/29/11)
Two Missourians succeeded in quests for state fishing records. One says he aspires to a higher calling. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently certified a gizzard shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) gigged by Hayden Crouch, Bradleyville, as the first state record for that species...
Recreational mowing may prove costly (06/29/11)
Spring and summer brings a bounty of vegetation valuable to wildlife to Arkansas. Native grasses, wild flowers, green briar, blackberries and a host of other plants that help wildlife may be found in old pastures, odd areas, ditch banks, pond edges, field borders or abandoned fields on private property across the state...
Working woodlands for wildlife: Open it up (06/29/11)
A scenic forest of large, old and stately oak trees may catch an admiring eye, but it's far from what wildlife needs. When trees grow large and close together, they keep sunlight from reaching the ground under them. This creates a highly negative effect on the many and assorted foods that wildlife requires, according to Dwayne Rambo, a leader of the extensive multi-agency Bearcat Hollow habitat project in northern Arkansas...
Delight, Arkansas' native son (06/29/11)
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, my dad worked second and sometimes third shift. This meant that most nights throughout the work week, my mom and me had the television set to ourselves. We both had our favorite "can't miss" shows. Hers included Hollywood Squares, The Big Valley and The Phyllis Diller Show...
Bringing Up Babies (06/29/11)
One of my favorite films growing up was a screwball-style comedy starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn called "Bringing Up Baby." The "baby" in question was a leopard, and the fun ensues as socialite Katherine Hepburn tries to convince paleontologist Cary Grant to help her handle the big cat...
Death Notices for the week of June 30, 2011 (06/29/11)
Edgar Dean Mynalt, 79, of Sidney, Ark., died June 23, 2011, at Batesville, Ark. Arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City. Willie O. Brooks, 88, of Batesville, Ark., died June 21, 2011, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville, Ark. Arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City...
Romans -- Jordan (06/29/11)
Lajune Romans of Mammoth Spring, Ark., announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Lanette, to Benjamin Jordan of Picayune, Miss. The bride is the granddaughter of Alberta England of Mammoth Spring. The prospective groom is the son of Barbara Jordan of Picayune and the grandson of Patrick and Mrs. ...
Bryant -- Brashear (06/29/11)
Gaylia Perry and Randy Bryant of Springfield, Mo., announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, April Renee' Bryant, to Brian Reid Brashear, son of Jerry Brashear of Koshkonong, Mo., and Missy Holman Snyder of Seymour, Mo. The wedding will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Norman Church in Alton, Mo., with a reception to follow at 100 Chestnut St. in Thayer, Mo. All friends and relatives are invited to attend...
Ritzer -- Anston (06/29/11)
James and Mary Ritzer of Eagle River, Wisc., announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Jamie Marie Ritzer, to Anthony Eugene Anston, son of Eugene and Hazel Anston of Poughkeepsie, Ark. The bride-to-be's grandparents are the late Gene and Evelyn Ritzer and Wallace and Helen Seyfert...
Etheridge's celebrate 50th wedding anniversary (06/29/11)
J. B. and Arlene Etheridge went to a resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on June 3, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Joining them were their children, Teresa Majors, John Etheridge and Frank Etheridge, along with their spouses. They spent a full week in South Carolina and had a great time...
Fulton County District Court (06/29/11)
John Marx Price, 57, pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of a controlled substance. Under a plea agreement, Judge Tim Weaver sentenced Price to 24 months in a Regional Punishment Facility. Price was fined $1,500. He will pay $420 in court costs and fees...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (06/29/11)
Richard Burrow, 39, of Oxford was arrested on June 7 for two warrants for Failure to Appear in court. Burrow was transferred to the Department of Correction on June 20. Carri Sisk, 22, of Mountain Home was arrested on June 20 on charges pending. Sisk was released from the Izard County Detention Center on Own Recognizance Bond...
Izard County Sheriff's Report (06/29/11)
An altercation at a Calico Rock restaurant Sunday afternoon resulted in the arrest of Joshua Matthew Kagebein, 31, of Calico Rock on charges of public intoxication, battery third degree, and terroristic threatening second degree. According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, everyone involved in the altercation were employees of the restaurant and had been on a float trip earlier in the day and had been drinking. ...