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Stories from Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Two Birch Tree teens face manslaughter charges (12/28/11)
Two Birch Tree teens accused of causing the death of a Thayer teen in March 2010 by playing "criss cross chicken" before a head-on crash on Highway 160 were arraigned Dec. 28 in Oregon County Circuit Court. The defendants, Eli Dakota Dotson and William C. ...
OMC proposes changes to deal with FCH financial problems (12/28/11)
After two months of managing the Fulton County Hospital, the Ozarks Medical Center has developed a list of proposed changes to cut spending and bring in additional revenue to address the hospital's serious financial problems. At the Dec. 20 meeting of the Hospital Board of Governors, interim administrator Kim Thompson said adding new sources of revenue, like reopening the hospital's operating room, cannot be done immediately, but changes in hospital operations can help the bottom line...
All Thayer police cars equipped with radar (12/28/11)
With the recent gift of a new radar gun from the Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety, all six Thayer Police Department vehicles now have radar units in them. The unit, valued at $2,700, is a major asset to the department, Thayer Police Department Lt. Josh McDaniel said Thursday, Dec. 22...
Alton inmate escapes from Howell County Jail (12/28/11)
Authorities are searching for an Alton inmate who walked away from the Howell County Jail last week. Jail trustee Lloyd A. Miller, 33, of Alton apparently walked away from the jail at 7 a.m. on Dec. 21, when he took some boxes out to the trash, according to Lt. Mike Coldiron...
9 Mile Ridge Road bridge project moving forward (12/28/11)
More than two years after it was first proposed -- and with two years to go before it will be completed -- the 9 Mile Ridge Road bridge project is finally ready to move forward. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Fulton County Judge Charles Willett, affected land owners and representatives from the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, met at the existing one-lane bridge on 9 Mile Ridge Road to review the final plans and get a look at where the new bridge will cross the Spring River...
Cougars blow past Amorel (12/28/11)
The Izard County Cougars had little trouble en route to a 68-46 victory over Armorel in the first round of the 65th annual Northeast Arkansas Tournament Dec. 23 at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Trenton Hatman paced third-seeded Izard County with 23 points...
Fourth period a good one for Lady Hounds (12/28/11)
Late push helps Salem topple Westside in NEA Tourney
Thayer cruises by Cabool (12/28/11)
It didn't take long for the Cabool Lady Bulldogs to realize they were out-matched at Thayer High School Dec. 19 in South Central Association action. The very young Lady Bulldogs (one senior plus a bunch of sophomores and freshmen) could only give chase as the outstanding defense and rebounding of the Thayer Lady Bobcats turned into easy trips to the hoop on the offensive end of the floor...
Bobcats topple Comets (12/28/11)
The Alton Comets had their stroke going from beyond the 3-point arc, knocking down eight treys on the night, but it was the Thayer Bobcats that took a 73-52 victory back home with them Dec. 20 in a battle of Oregon County neighbors. The Cats (6-2) got off to such a quick start in this one, jumping in front 11-0, that Alton (6-3) was forced to play from behind all evening...
Highland stopped in NEA openers (12/28/11)
Christmas break means it's time for the Northeast Arkansas Tournament at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. A change in the format put all games -- including the early round girls' games -- on the main floor. That meant the Lady Rebels had to get to the Convocation Center early on Dec. 21, for a 10:30 a.m. start...
Application for WMA turkey hunt ends Jan. 15 (12/28/11)
Arkansas turkey hunters may now apply for limited permits on several Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas for the 2012 turkey season. Hunters may apply online by either clicking on the turkey banner at the top of the AGFC Web site, or in the lower right hand corner, hunters can click on Permits: Apply/Check Status...
Death Notices for the week of December 29, 2011 (12/28/11)
Mary Cecilia DeVaul, 59, of Thayer, Mo., died Dec. 20, 2011 at the home of her son in Thayer. Services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. of Thayer, Mo. Mark Warren Whitaker, 38, of Franklin, Ark., formerly of Cave City, died Dec. 19, 2011 in Thorndale, Texas. Arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City...
New Arrivals for the week of Dec. 29, 2011 (12/28/11)
Oliver Whit Dunavant Tim and Kasey Dunavant, Jonesboro, Ark., are the parents of baby boy, Oliver Whit, born on Dec. 15 at St. Bernard's Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Frank and Vicki Frans of Marked Tree; Mark and Denise McGuire of Salem; and Jeff and Janis Dunavant of Cordova, Tenn. Great-grandparents are Rudolph and Elsie Lane of Marked Tree and Doug and Lola Frans of Cord...
Curtises celebrate 50th anniversary (12/28/11)
William and Carian Curtis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 17 with friends and family at the Ash Flat Community Center. The large crowd attended the reception hosted by the couple's daughters-in-law to show their support of the Curtises and enjoy refreshments...
Places to celebrate 60th anniversary (12/28/11)
December 29th is the 60th anniversary for Barbara and Gene Place. They were married in Chicago, and spent most of their married life in Arlington Heights. Ill. They have lived in Cherokee Village for 18 years. The Places have five children. They are now looking forward to their 61st anniversary next December...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (12/28/11)
Marcus Blalock, 24, of Mammoth Spring was arrested on Dec. 21 on two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Blalock was released from the Fulton County Jail on Dec. 21 on $820 bond. Nicholas Box, 26, of Jonesboro was arrested on Dec. 23 for DWI, Refusal to Submit to Testing, Failure to Maintain Control of Vehicle and No Insurance. Box was released on Dec. 23 on $2,900 bond...
Missouri Highway Patrol (12/28/11)
Thomas A. Sheldon, 39, of West Plains died in a head-on crash at 8:55 a.m. Dec. 21 when the 2005 Dodge pickup he was driving westbound on Highway 160 seven miles west of West Plains crossed the centerline and hit a 1998 tractor trailer driven by Billie J. Barnes, 67, of Birch Tree. Barnes was wearing a seat belt and sustained moderate injuries. He was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. Sheldon was not buckled, the patrol said...
Alton City Police (12/28/11)
Heather Joy Hodges, 22, of Elizabeth, Ark., was arrested at 10:54 p.m. Dec. 19 for misdemeanor stealing on a West Plains warrant. Bond was set at $2,000. Court was set for Jan. 26, 2012. Doyle R. Hicks, 53, of West Plains was arrested at 11:03 p.m. Dec. 19 on a Howell County warrant for parole violation. No bond was set...
Thayer Police Report (12/28/11)
Willard K. Crawley, 34, of Walls, Miss., was arrested Dec. 21 on a Harrison County warrant for failure to appear. Bond was set at $350 cash. Russell Blake Greene, 19, of Mammoth Spring, was cited Dec. 21 for speeding.
Oregon County Sheriff's Report (12/28/11)
Crystal Joy Simmons, 33, of Thayer was arrested at 9:21 p.m. Dec. 20 for misdemeanor domestic assault. Court was set for Jan. 25, 2012. Brian D. Tune, 37, of Thayer was arrested at 9:21 p.m. Dec. 20 for misdemeanor domestic assault. Court was set for Jan. 25, 2012...
The Dreaded New Year's Resolution (12/28/11)
I don't know why we do this to ourselves every year. Each January, we look at a fresh new year as a new start -- for diets, exercising, quitting smoking, starting a book club -- you name it. Last year, I resolved to lose weight, and, miracles of miracles, I actually have. And without crazy diets or fasting, but by following my doctor's advice, exercising more at home by taking long walks in the woods with my dogs, and being aware of just how much food I pile on my plate...