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Stories from Thursday, February 9, 2012

Farmers fight to keep FSA offices open (02/09/12)
Farmers and community leaders gathered in Fulton and Izard Counties on Friday, Feb. 3 armed with facts and figures to support their position, but most left two public hearings discouraged about keeping their Farm Service Agency offices open. Under a drive to cut $150 million dollars in spending, the USDA has proposed closing 260 offices nationwide, and 10 Farm Service Agencies in Arkansas - including the offices in Fulton and Izard Counties...
Cops search old well for clues in 1985 cold case (02/09/12)
Linda Greer Staff Writer On May 9, 1985, Brenda Louise Johnson Dunham, a 26-year-old rural Thomasville wife and mother of an infant and toddler left her job at the now defunct International Shoe Factory in West Plains and was never seen again. At Dunham's family's request, on Jan. 21, a team of cold-case experts and local law enforcement authorities searched an old cistern on an Oregon County farm for clues about Dunham's disappearance almost 27 years ago...
Space heater likely culprit in Cherokee Village weekend house fire (02/09/12)
An early morning fire on Sunday, Feb. 5, destroyed a home at #22 Powhatan Drive in Cherokee Village. Upon arriving, the firefighters found the structure was fully involved, with the roof already collapsed. A neighboring structure was in danger from radiant heat...
Local tax preparer, wife sentenced to federal prison (02/09/12)
Nearly a year after being convicted of federal fraud charges, an Ash Flat accountant and his wife were sentenced Jan. 27 by United States District Judge Susan Webber-Wright. Bruce Morris, 66, and his wife Karen Sue Morris, 49, were both given sentences for their part in a long running scheme to defraud various government entities of nearly $600,000...
Lauren Gray gets golden ticket on American Idol (02/09/12)
Sharp County's own Lauren Gray was featured last Thursday night on American Idol, auditioning in St. Louis, Mo. Lauren sang, "One and Only" by Adele and earned high praise from the judges, with judge Jennifer Lopez remarking that the 22-year old had "one of the best female voices we've heard." Locally, "Team Gray" held watch parties to show their support. ...
Ash Flat Fire Department plans on hold yet again (02/09/12)
In January, the city of Ash Flat advertised again for bids for a new fire department headquarters building. But construction is on hold again, after a real estate deal with a local auto dealership fell through. In a letter dated Feb. 2, sent to the city council and Ash Flat Mayor Danny Traw, Terry Dillard -- owner of Dillard and Dillard Motor Company, which was the proposed fire department building site, told the council members that he was "out of the deal."...
An Anniversary We All Should Remember (02/09/12)
On Tuesday of this week, Feb. 7, at 10:15 a.m., more than 2.2 million people across nine states participated in the 2012 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, practicing the "Drop, Cover and Hold-On" technique advocated by authorities. Why did they pick Feb. ...
A good lesson learned (02/09/12)
The blessings of friendship is one of the greatest things in life. After conquering the "first anniversary of my 39th" birthday a few years ago, and going through the normal anxiety about getting older -- wrinkles, inevitable changes and perception of middle age -- the passing years have since flown by. I have maintained a smile and a somewhat good attitude about life but, in all fairness, I can not take the whole cake for that one...
Leon Sharp (02/09/12)
Leon Sharp, 83, of Weiner and Cherokee Village, Ark., died Friday, February 3, 2012. He had lived in Jonesboro until 1974. He was of the Baptist belief and loved to fish. He was a member of the Jonesboro Retired Firefighters Pension Board, having retired from the Jonesboro Fire Department after 21 years and the Cherokee Village Fire Department after 25 years. ...
Norma Shirley Hendricks (02/09/12)
Norma Shirley Hendricks, of Salem, daughter of the late Edward A. Kowalski and Bertha Shaffer Kowalski, was born March 27, 1929 in Benton Harber, MI. She died January 25, 2012 at Hospice House of the Ozarks in Mountain Home, Arkansas, at the age of 82 years 9 months and 29 days...
Virgie Mae Smith (02/09/12)
Virgie Mae Smith, age 86, of Gamaliel, Ark., passed away Sunday, February 5, 2012, in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Mrs. Smith was born February 6, 1925, in Mountain Home, Ark., to Lindsey E. and Margaret "Kate" Kasinger Lance. She married Joe Bill Smith on May 31, 1947 at Mountain Home. She was a lifelong resident of Baxter County, and was a member of the Gamaliel Church of Christ for many years. A homemaker, Mrs. Smith enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening and cooking...
Death Notices for Week of Feb. 8, 2012 (02/09/12)
Bethany Roebuck Etheridge, 20, of Jonesboro, Ark., formerly of Cave City, Ark., died Jan. 30, 2012 in Jonesboro. Arrangements by Roller-Crouch McGee Funeral Home in Cave City, Ark. Norma Shirley Hendricks, 94, of Salem, Ark., died January 25, 2012 at Hospice House of the Ozarks in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Arrangements by Cox-Blevins Funeral Home of Salem...
Cody Louis Young (02/09/12)
Callie Jo Young of Mammoth Spring, Ark., would like to announce the birth of her brother, Cody Louis Young. Cody was born to Clint and Candace Young on Dec. 19, 2011 at White River Medical Center. He weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce and was 17 3/4 inches long...
Andalyn Jane Justus (02/09/12)
Shawn and Becky Justus of Thayer would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Andalyn Jane Justus. Adalyn arrived at 6:22 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. She weighed 8 pounds, 5.5 ounces and measured 21 inches long...
Fulton County Sheriff's Department (02/09/12)
Nathan Michaels, 26, of Mammoth Spring was arrested on Feb. 2 for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Manufacture Methamphetamine. Michaels was released from the Fulton County Jail on Feb. 2 on $5,000 bond. Nathan Roberts, 28 of Viola was arrested on Jan. 14 for Failure to Appear for Commercial Burglary and Theft of Property. Roberts was released on Feb. 2 on $10,000 bond...
Missouri Highway Patrol (02/09/12)
Oregon County sheriff's deputies and agents with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrested Jonathan D. McEntire, 32, of Alton on a federal warrant on Feb. 6. Joshua Allen, 28, of Alton was arrested Feb. 6 on a Howell County warrant for receiving stolen property and passing bad checks...
Oregon County Sheriff's Department (02/09/12)
Oregon County sheriff's deputies and agents with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrested Jonathan D. McEntire, 32, of Alton on a federal warrant on Feb. 6. Joshua Allen, 28, of Alton was arrested Feb. 6 on a Howell County warrant for receiving stolen property and passing bad checks...
Mountain View teen dies in weekend crash (02/09/12)
A Mountain View teen was killed Feb. 3 in a crash near Mountain View. A report from Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened at 7:15 p.m. on Howell County Road 3890 south of County Road 3160, when the northbound 1997 Ford pickup driven by Christina McBride, 16, of Mountain View lost control, traveled off the west side of the road, overturned and hit a fence...