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Stories from Friday, November 11, 2011

Social Security hike doesn't add up to much (11/11/11)
The recent government announcement of a 3.6-percent increase in Social Security benefits, the first in two years, has many Oregon County seniors saying "so what," as the boost will be offset by higher Medicare premiums. "It will probably only amount to $1 a month," Thayer resident Debbie Stark said Monday, Nov. 7, from Fun and Friends Senior Center in Thayer...
Fatal fire claims life of Don Quixote Chef (11/11/11)
The future of a Calico Rock institution - Don Quixote's Restaurant - is uncertain, following the death of Tommy Tomlinson, its co-owner and chef. Tomlinson, 43, died in an early morning fire on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at his home on Boyle Road in Pineville...
Former officer's appeal denied (11/11/11)
In a 50-minute noontime meeting Oct. 26, Thayer aldermen unanimously denied former Assistant Police Chief Michael Bunting's request to be reinstated to his position. The board fired Bunting in closed session Oct. 18. No reason was cited in the board minutes, although Police Chief David Bailey said Bunting was not terminated for legal reasons...
Missouri sex offender charged in Fulton County sexual assault (11/11/11)
A Missouri man who is a registered sex offender has been charged in Fulton Circuit Court with sexually assaulting a 14-year old girl. Carey John Leisenring of Thayer was charged on Nov. 2 with Sexual Assault in the Fourth Degree. According to an affidavit filed by Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis, a 14-year old girl filed a police report alleging that Leisenring pressured her into having sexual intercourse with him on or around Oct. 8, 2010...
Rover store open for business (11/11/11)
Ever since she began planning her retirement, Jo Fisher has pictured herself opening an antique store. Now that she is semi-retired from running a dog kennel and day care, she has time to pursue her lifelong dream. "I love auctions and always wanted to work with antiques," Fisher said Friday, Nov. 4, from her newly opened store in downtown Rover. "I just decided to do it."...
SACS preparing new shelter (11/11/11)
Spring River Adult and Child Services (SACS) recently purchased a home in Highland that will be used to house domestic violence victims and their children. Mary Ann Jagow, SACS volunteer director, said the home is currently being remodeled, and has undergone a lot of changes in preparation for its opening...
Antarctic scientists begin blogging their journey (11/11/11)
Local residents can follow Thayer native Craig Herbold's quest to Antarctica on his science team's blog. Herbold, valedictorian of his 1995 Thayer High School class, and two other Waikato (New Zealand) University scientists left for the summit of Mount Erubus in Antarctica last week to uncover traces of ancient life...
Quorum Court cuts Grant in Aid programs to meet budget (11/11/11)
Fulton County Quorum Court made progress at an Oct. 26 meeting, as it worked to cut $100,000 from next year's proposed budget. But the cost cutting will hit two important community agencies especially hard. "Grants in Aid, that is one spot where we need to start," suggested Justice of the Peace Jimmy Mahler, during the discussion of how to reduce spending further...
Carolyn and Noble Lewis honored for fair contributions (11/11/11)
In 1963, a new county extension office employee was encouraged by her boss to help out at the Fulton County Fair. Carolyn Lewis enjoyed getting involved, met her future husband, Noble, at the fair and, 48 years later, the fair and the fairgrounds remain a big part of their lives...
Affected programs react to cuts (11/11/11)
"If that is true, it is unfortunate," said a shocked Connie Godwin. A week after Quorum Court made the decision, Godwin, Director of Fulton County Senior Citizen Centers, had just been told by a reporter that government funding for her organization had been cut in half...
Singletary named to state electric co-op group (11/11/11)
Dan Singletary, CEO/General Manager of Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc., West Plains, was recently appointed to the Executive Committee and Internal Operations Committee for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC), Jefferson City...
Former Alton police chief new Oregon County deputy sheriff (11/11/11)
When Rusty Warren left the Alton Police Department in 2010 to pursue another dream, he suspected he would eventually be back. "It gets in your blood," Oregon County Sheriff George Underwood said of Warren's return to law enforcement. Warren, 38, began his duties Nov. 9 as a deputy sheriff for Oregon County, replacing former deputy Darrin Sorrell, who was charged last month with felony theft...
Law enforcement cracking down on speeding in school zones (11/11/11)
Leaving the house late or getting delayed by slow traffic are two of the many excuses given for speeding. But for one area school zone, the speeding is getting extra attention from local law enforcement. Highland School zones are plainly marked with flashing lights which indicate not only the 25 mile per hour speed limit, but also serve as a visual reminder that children are present. ...
Air Evac visits CV Elementary (11/11/11)
The crew of a West Plains-- based Air Evac unit landed near Cherokee Village Elementary on Nov. 1, to let children experience the aircraft and ask questions of the pilot, medic and flight nurse. Children were in awe as the helicopter landed, as many had never seen one...
Ash Flat Fire Station to be bid again (11/11/11)
A new plan for a new fire headquarters was approved at a Nov. 1 special meeting of the Ash Flat City Council, perhaps putting the long delayed project back on track. The original plan was to build a new station on Highway 63/412, near the Sonic Restaurant. It was put on hold when bids obtained in August were too high...
Bears Clip Concord (11/11/11)
It took a lot of hard work and sweat, along with a big game from Wayne Coffey and some clutch free throw shooting from Houstron Cooper, but the Mammoth Spring Bears topped Concord 47-46 in non-conference hoops action at the Bears' Den on Nov. 4. Earlier in the evening, the Lady Bears used a balanced scoring attack to blow away Concord 50-30...
Junior Bearkatz cap perfect 10-0 season with rout of Brookland (11/11/11)
In just their second year of playing varsity football, the Melbourne junior Bearkatz put together a season that will be remembered for a long time. With a 42-12 rout of the visiting Brookland junior Bearcats Nov. 3, Melbourne finished the 2011 football season with a perfect 10-0 record...
Third place finish (11/11/11)
Hounds lock down third spot in 3-2A, set to host first round playoff game
Cats in command of Cleveland (11/11/11)
Thayer sends Commanders back to St. Louis with 42-6 loss in first round of playoffs
Cats refuse to rebuild, instead make state sectionals once again (11/11/11)
Defending state champs end Thayer's season at 9-3
Highland Rebels are ... Conference Champions!! (11/11/11)
Rebels throttle Trumann, head into playoffs on a roll
Death Notices for the week of Nov. 10, 2011 (11/11/11)
Dorothy Rumble, 79, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Oct. 30, 2011 at St. Bernard's Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark. Arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland. Allan Albert Shaver, 84, of Batesville, Ark., died Oct. 30, 2011 in Batesville. Arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City...
New Arrivals the Week of Nov. 10, 2011 (11/11/11)
Gabriel William Stowers John and Lisa Stowers, Thayer, are the parents of baby boy, Gabriel William, born at 7:20 a.m. on October 22 at OMC. He weighed 6 pounds, 9 1/2 ounces and was 19 inches long. His sibling is Jazmyn. Grandparents are Johnny and Connie Stowers, Maynard, Arkansas; Bobby Hancock, Hoxie, Arkansas; and Joetta Poteet, Thayer...
Wooldridge -- King (11/11/11)
Mr. and Mrs. Chad Wooldridge announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsey Diann Wooldridge, to Kolby Carver King, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin King. The Bride is the granddaughter of Arbra and Margaret Perkey, Karen and Richard Hilborn, and the late Danny and Diann Wooldridge...
Horseshoe Bend Police Report (11/11/11)
Charles Earle, 59, of Horseshoe Bend was arrested on Oct. 25 after controlled substances and drug paraphernalia were found in his vehicle after a traffic stop. The 16th Judicial Drug Task Force will file charges in this case. Deborah McCollum, 33, of glencoe, a passenger in Earle's car, was also arrested on Oct. 25 because of an outstanding Izard County warrant...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (11/11/11)
Carey Liesenring, 26, of Thayer, Mo., was arrested on Nov. 4 for Fourth Degree Sexual Assault. Leisenring is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond. Kasey West, 26, of Camp was arrested on Nov. 3 on a Larceny warrant from Alabama. West was released from the Fulton County Jail on Nov. 4 on Own Recognizance bond...
Oregon County Sheriff's Report (11/11/11)
Gary Wayne Collins, 48, of Cabool was transported to Oregon County on Oct. 31. Collins is charged with failing to obey Judge's orders in Oregon County, and also faces an outstanding warrant in Randolph County, Ark. Carey John Leisenring, 26, of Thayer was arrested Nov. 2 on a Fulton County, Ark. bench warrant. Leisenring is charged with Felony Sexual Assault in the Fourth Degree...
Alton Police Department (11/11/11)
Christopher W. Brown, 39, of Alton was arrested on Sept. 29 for possession of a controlled substance, assault and disorderly conduct. Brown posted bond in the amount of $2,000 and is due in court on Nov. 16. David A. White, 37, of Mammoth Spring was arrested Oct. 2 and charged with a violation of the Missouri Bad Check law. He posted bond in the amount of $1,000 and is due in court on Nov. 16...
Thayer City Police Report (11/11/11)
Lisa Renee Harrell, 28, of Thayer was arrested on a felony Howell County warrant for failing to return leased or rented property. Bond was set at $3,500.
Missouri Highway Patrol (11/11/11)
Bradley L. Hopper, 19, of Gatewood was seriously injured when he was ejected from a 2011 Polaris Sportsman ATV he was a passenger on at 11:02 p.m. Nov. 5 on Route J, one mile west of Pine in Ripley County, when the ATV overturned. Driver Kristina L. Huber was uninjured. Neither were wearing helmets. Hopper was flown to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau...
Sharp County Sheriff's Report (11/11/11)
Robert Eugene Pollard, 35, of Cave City was arrested Oct. 14 for fictious tags, driving on a suspended license and theft of property. Mark Edward Folsom, 28, of Ash Flat was arrested Oct. 16 for failure to appear. Donald Edward Boyd, Jr, 49, of Ravenden was arrested Oct. 16 for disorderly conduct...
Cherokee Village Police Report (11/11/11)
Scott Smith, 45, of Cherokee Village was cited Oct.6 for no vehicle license, no proof of insurance and failure to transfer registration. Jeremy Smith, 31, of Cherokee Village was cited Oct. 7 for speeding, driver's license suspended, no proof of insurance and expired vehicle license...
The Importance of Being Prepared (11/11/11)
The old adage of "Always Be prepared" has been weighing heavily on my mind of late. Between friends dying unexpectedly to a rash of earthquakes in the region to the threat of severe storms this week - I keep hearing those three words in my head, and I'm wondering if we're prepared enough - as a family, as a community, as a country - for whatever lies ahead...