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Stories from Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Former Oregon County deputy pleads guilty to 8 felonies (03/14/12)
Attorney General Chris Koster said March 12 that former Oregon County Deputy Sheriff Dolphes "Gene" Barton of Alton pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary and four counts of stealing for crimes he committed while serving as a deputy with the Oregon County Sheriff's Department. His guilty plea was entered in Butler County March 6 after a change of venue from Oregon County...
Viola wildfire destroys trailer and other property (03/14/12)
Area firefighters spent hours on Tuesday, March 6, trying to reign in a fast moving wildfire which burned hundreds of acres of land in the Viola area. Viola Fire Chief Boyd Dailey said his department was dispatched around noon to a reported grass fire at a barn on Highway 62. It appears someone was burning the outside coating off electrical wire, when the operation sparked a small grass fire...
Hearing set for Alton dismemberment case (03/14/12)
Linda Greer Staff Writer Guy Varnell, 47, of rural Alton, who is charged with killing his neighbor by hitting her in the head with a rock last month, is set for a preliminary hearing April 25 in Oregon County Circuit Court. Varnell, dressed in a striped inmate jump suit, made his first court appearance March 8 as Judge Harvey Allen explained that the first-degree murder charge Varnell faces could result in life in prison or the death penalty if convicted...
Ash Flat Fire Department hosts extrication class (03/14/12)
Dillard and Dillard Motors in Ash Flat looked like a huge accident scene on Saturday, March 10. But all the firemen, trucks and wrecked vehicles scattered over the field behind the building were part of an auto-extrication training class. Nearly 30 firefighters from Ash Flat, Highland, Evening Shade, Salem, Bethesda and Ruddell Hill turned out for the class, hosted by the Ash Flat Fire Department...
Triple the heartbreak (03/14/12)
Hayti edges Thayer in marathon three-OT affair
This group of Bears homegrown on, off court (03/14/12)
This group of senior starters wasn't there the last time the Mammoth Spring Bears played on a stage this big. Heck, this group wasn't even born when the Bears squared off with Wabbaseka for the Class B state championship back in 1993, a game that Mammoth Spring narrowly lost, 47-46 in overtime...
Houston, we have an MVP! (03/14/12)
A lot of different thoughts can flash through a person's head in a couple of ticks of the clock. But for Houston Cooper, Mammoth Spring's quicker-than-lightning point guard, that thought process is probably ratcheted up a couple of notches. So, with the Bears clutching a one-point lead and after finding himself all alone with the basketball as time ran down in the Class 1A State Tournament's championship game, one of those thoughts coursing through Cooper's cranium must have been -- 'We're state champions!'. ...
Bears are state champions! (03/14/12)
Mammoth Spring clutch in game's last seconds; earns school's first BB title
President's Cup Tourney winners (03/14/12)
HOTSHOTS: The Hotshots, an area traveling seventh- and eighth-grade basketball team, recently won the President's Cup Tournament in Searcy. The team swept through the eighth-grade tournament with a 4-0 record .The team is comprised of Andrew Walker, Coby Jones, Clay Mosley, Julio Martinez, Scott Sac, Dallas Farmer and Raymond Hunter, all from Izard County, along with Gerrard Dietrich and Chase Riley from West Plains, and Travis Lewis from Norfork. The coach of the team is Philip Farmer...
Peewee Tournament Champs! (03/14/12)
The sixth-grade Highland Rebels captured the Izard County Peewee Tournament championship last week with wins over Izard County, Mammoth Spring, Mountain Home and Mount Pleasant.
Get hands-on education and prized fish during spring break (03/14/12)
The Family and Community Fisheries Program is presenting some unique angling opportunities at each of the four Arkansas Game and Fish Commission nature centers around the state. Hundreds of rainbow trout and channel catfish are being stocked to provide some exciting opportunities for families during spring break...
Commission approves trail grant for Cherokee Village (03/14/12)
Last month, Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved up to $1 million for the Wildlife Observation Trails Pilot Program. The trails program grants were recommended by a committee of local and state agencies, along with several local and state officials...
State largemouth bass record is un-Dunn (03/14/12)
Less than two weeks after an Arkansas largemouth bass record apparently was set, an investigation by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has revealed that the fish was caught illegally. Paul Crowder of Forrest City claimed to have set the record Feb. 28 on Lake Dunn near Wynne...
Death Notices for Week of March 15, 2012 (03/14/12)
Johnny Sexton died Feb. 27, 2012, at his home in Salem. Cox-Blevins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Bobby Bradley, 81, of Hardy, Ark., died Monday, March 5, 2012, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Ark. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home, Inc. of Thayer, Mo...
Risner to celebrate 105th Birthday (03/14/12)
Family of former Thayer resident Ola Risner will have a 105th birthday celebration for Risner at West Vue Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Plains from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, March 17. The family requests no gifts, although cards are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Risner was born March 15, 1907, and lived most of her life in Oregon County. Risner is pictured with her son, Norman Risner, in 2011...
Bennetts to celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary (03/14/12)
On Saturday, March 31, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., a 50th wedding anniversary party will be held for David and Joan Bennett. Mike and Donnita Bennett, along with Pam and Kevin Wagner, invite all family and friends of David and Joan to come and help the couple celebrate 50 years of marriage...
Hanggee to celebrate 100th birthday (03/14/12)
Helen Hanggee, a 36-year resident of Cherokee Village, will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday, March 17 at the Cherokee Village Lutheran Church from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Her family invites all of her friends to come and join the fun and help her celebrate...
Fulton County Circuit Court (03/14/12)
Zachary T. Myrick, 19, of Thayer was charged in a March 7 court filing with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver -- Marijuana. According to a police affidavit, Myrick was arrested following a traffic stop when 136 grams of suspected marijuana were discovered in his truck...
Izard County Sheriff's Report (03/14/12)
Phillip Thomas Costanzo, 48, of Calico Rock was arrested on March 6 for domestic battering second degree, a class "c" felony. According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Costanzo was babysitting a one year old boy. When the mother returned, she found bruising on the boy's face. Costanzo denied knowing anything about the injuries but, when questioned by sheriff's investigators, he confessed to striking the child. Costanzo remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $20,000 bond...
Alton Police Department (03/14/12)
Cody H. Gann, 21, of Alton was arrested at 11:59 a.m. March 6 on two felony warrants for stealing. Bond was set at $1,000 cash. At 3:45 p.m. March 7, Gann was served a felony burglary warrant with bond set at $4,900. Jacob Shane Burmingham, 26, of Alton was arrested at 7:01 p.m. March 10 for felony driving while revoked. He posted $4,900 bond and has a court date of March 21...
Thayer Police Department (03/14/12)
Sandra L. Key, 42, of Thayer was cited March 10 for driving while intoxicated and no proof of insurance. Bond was set at $524. Vance L. Smith, 38, of Mammoth Spring was cited March 6 for speeding (52/35). Robert E. Huff, 26, of Thayer was cited March 6 for speeding (72/55)...
Oregon County Sheriff's Department (03/14/12)
Kristine Sue Williams, 28, of Couch was arrested March 12 for misdemeanor resisting arrest and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She is in the Thayer Jail on $2,000 bond. Joey L. Owens, 48, of Alton was arrested at 7:47 p.m. March 6 on a felony warrant for receiving stolen property. Bond was set at $4,900...
Planning a wedding -- A man's point of view (03/14/12)
The joy of planning a wedding is something girls dream of as soon as they are big enough to make toilet paper veils. Thanks to fairy tales like Cinderella, there are actually girls who believe a handsome prince will rescue them on a white horse and they will, in fact, live in a castle happily ever after. ...