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Stories from Thursday, March 1, 2012

Alton man accused of dismembering neighbor (03/01/12)
An Alton man is in custody after allegedly confessing to Oregon County sheriff's deputies that he killed his neighbor with a rock and then cut her body into pieces. Authorities were notified of the murder or "pending murder" by an unidentified man who said Guy Varnell, 47, told him he killed his neighbor, "the Cat Woman," later identified as Narda E. Pranke, 51, of rural Alton...
Federal grant money to pay for big city project (03/01/12)
A grant the city of Salem applied for in 2010 because of a storm which occurred in 2008 has finally paid off in 2012. At the Feb. 23 Salem City Council meeting, Mayor Gary Clayton announced that approval has come through for a $500,000 grant to pay the full cost of a major sewer system improvement...
14 hour Sharp County standoff ends peacefully (03/01/12)
A 14-hour standoff between a barricaded man and Sharp County law enforcement authorities ended on Feb. 17 with felony charges being filed. According to reports obtained from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, Eddie Elliot was arrested after his neighbor placed a call to Central Dispatch Feb. 17 indicating Elliot was drunk and threatening to shoot her dog. As Sharp County deputies responded, the neighbor made a second 911 call telling the operator Elliot was shooting at the dog...
Alton police chief fired (03/01/12)
Less than three months after the Alton Board of Aldermen commended Police Chief Kevin Jotz for his dedication to duty, the board fired him when he refused to resign. Jotz said he was fired in closed session Feb. 13 for "not getting along with the Oregon County Sheriff's Department" and for having a "bad temper."...
Bizzare finish leaves Cougars short of trip to Magnolia (03/01/12)
Confusion, Hillcrest come out on top in third-place regional game
Viola pushes past Hillcrest for date at state (03/01/12)
There may not have been a whole lot of style points to go around, especially in the first half of play, but in the end, that mattered little to the Viola Lady Longhorns. Taking control of the game when it mattered the most, the Lady Horns knocked off the Hillcrest Screamin' Lady Eagles 40-22 in the third-place game of the 1A Region 2 Tournament Feb. 25 at the Cougars' Den in Brockwell...
Hounds beat at buzzer (03/01/12)
The Salem Greyhounds were just a second away from earning a trip to the Class 2A State Basketball Tournament. But a lot can happen in a second, both good and bad. And for the Hounds, this one second couldn't have been much worse. Leading Riverside 45-44 in the waning seconds of the 2A North Regional at Monette Feb. 23, Salem could only watch as the Rebels' Logan Muerer hit a 15-foot jumper as the horn sounded, giving his team the victory...
Lady Pirates blitz regional field (03/01/12)
It sure didn't take long for the defending state champions to get back on track after a loss in the district tournament finals. Just over a week after Calico Rock saw its impressive stretch of home victories come to an end with a setback to Viola in the 1A-2 North District Tournament, the Lady Pirates blasted their way through the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament, capped by a 70-40 throttling of the Weiner Lady Cardinals in the championship game Feb. 24 in Brockwell...
BIC stops Salem (03/01/12)
The first time they met this season, it was a lop-sided victory for the Buffalo Island Central Lady Mustangs. And while BIC was still victorious in their second battle of the year with the Salem Lady Greyhounds, this one was much closer. Using a six-of-six showing at the free throw line in the last 24 seconds of play, the Lady Mustangs slipped past Salem 46-39 in the first round of the Class 2A North Regional Tournament Feb. 22 in Monette...
Regional tourney a success in Cave City (03/01/12)
Cave City was filled with basketball fans from all over the northeast part of the state, who came to see if their teams could get through the 4A-East Regional Tournament and earn a coveted spot in the 4A State Tournament, to be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Feb 29-Mar 3...
Hosts fall to Seminoles (03/01/12)
Like so many high school basketball games, it came down to one bad quarter. The four-seed Cave City Cavemen had three strong quarters against the slightly taller and much quicker Osceola team, but a bad second quarter kept the host team from moving on in the 4A-East Regional Tournament...
Southside plays bombs away (03/01/12)
Lady Southerners dialed in from distance; knocks Highland out of regional
Bobcats shoot down Eagles (03/01/12)
Thayer's 2012 Court Warming featured two outstanding and physical games between the homestanding Bobcats and the visiting Liberty Eagles. In the evening opener, Liberty's JV squad outshot the JV Bobcats for a 49-46 win for the JV Eagles. Candidates and escorts took center court for the crowning of Megan Hedden as the 2012 Court Warming queen, just before tip-off of the varsity game...
Lady Indians win on emotional night (03/01/12)
For the final home game of the 2012 season, the Couch Lady Indians hosted the Lady Eagles from Liberty Feb. 20. To say it was a bittersweet evening would be an understatement. But despite the emotions, the Lady Indians sent Liberty back home with a 46-29 loss...
This time, it's Bears' time (03/01/12)
Regional MVP goes for 25 points; Mammoth Spring bests Bay for title
Death Notices for the week of Feb. 29, 2012 (03/01/12)
Mary Kathryn Cordial, 87, of Cherokee Village died on Feb. 23 at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Arrangement by the Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland. Betty J. Davis, 75, of Ash Flat died on Feb. 23, 2012 at the Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ash Flat. Arrangements by the Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland...
Newberry -- Garrison (03/01/12)
Leon and Claudine Newberry of Salem wish to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Crystal Ann Newberry, to James Patrick Garrison, son of Steve and Rochelle Garrison of Sturkie. The bride is the granddaughter of the late John Allen and Elizabeth Stroud and the late Charles and Georgie Newberry...
Izard County Sheriff's Report (03/01/12)
Randell Eugene Wisham, 53, and his wife, Mildred Ethel Wisham, 59, of Violet Hill were charged with theft of property and criminal trespass for a Feb. 19 shed break-in. Wisham, who was out on bond after being previously charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility on a no-bond status. Wisham also faces absconder warrants from another county and the Department of Correction...
Horseshoe Bend Police Report (03/01/12)
Rebecca Mehrer, 30, of Horseshoe Bend was arrested on Feb. 17 for DWI, Fleeing in Auto, Driving on Suspended License and Failure to Stop. Mehrer allegedly fled from police officers who arrived on Summer Lane to investigate a report of a fight. Peggy Boyd, 36, of Horseshoe Bend was arrested on Feb. ...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (03/01/12)
Adam Waller, 30, of Mammoth Spring, who was arrested on Feb. 18 for Disorderly Conduct, Terroristic Threatening, Harassment and Resisting Arrest, was released from the Fulton County Jail on Feb. 22 on Judge's order. Joseph Combs, 27, of Mammoth Spring, who was arrested on Feb. 19, on a warrant for Failure to Appear, was released on Feb. 22 on $325 bond...
An American Abroad (03/01/12)
For two weeks this month, I got to experience what it's like to be the typical "American Abroad," as I spent time with my uncle on business in Hungary. First off, let me say this -- Hungary is a beautiful place, even when covered in feet of snow, with temperatures well below zero. But the people, and the culture, are in many ways completely opposite what we have here at home...