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Stories from Thursday, May 10, 2012

Candidates speak up as primary election nears (05/10/12)
Early voting for the May 22 Arkansas Primary Election began on May 7 -- so it's now or never for candidates in six contested races in Fulton County, and candidates for the legislature. On Thursday, May 3, the Fulton County Hospital Foundation invited all local candidates to speak at a political rally, about why they are running for office and what they hope to accomplish if elected...
Civil War Re-Enactment at Lunenburg (05/10/12)
Union and Confederate combatants were eyeball to eyeball as they fought in the Lunenburg community of Izard County in January of 1864. Reenactors demonstrated the harsh realities of the Civil War by recreating the Lunenburg Skirmish on May 5, as part of Pioneer Day activities in Izard County. See more pictures from Pioneer Day on Page 12A of this week's edition of The News...
The News - News Briefs - Week of May 9, 2012 (05/10/12)
Salem Farmer's Market to open May 12 Saturday, May 12 is the date for the first Salem Farmer's Market on the Salem square. Vendors plan to be open from 7 a.m. to one p.m. Pickren Street, at the west edge of the square, will be closed to vehicle traffic during those hours...
Homecoming Committee resolves controversy (05/10/12)
Fulton County's Homecoming Day parade is ready to roll on Saturday, May 26, after the Homecoming Committee removed a roadblock -- resolving differences over who the Parade Grand Marshal would be. On Friday, May 4, a proposal was made by Jerry Estes suggesting that State Representative Lori Benedict and State Senator Missy Irvin lead the parade for "the dollars" they have brought to the community since being elected in 2010...
Salem Conservationist wins Regional award (05/10/12)
Kelly Shrable, district conservationist in the Salem Field Service Center, has been named the winner of a multi-state USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) award. Shrable received the 2012 NRCS Earth Team Central Region Employee Award from Mike Sullivan, Arkansas NRCS state conservationist, and Erica Westbrook, Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations, during a ceremony at an NRCS northwest area meeting in Russellville on April 25...
Yard Sale to benefit Fulton County Relay for Life (05/10/12)
A yard sale benefiting Fulton County Relay For Life will be held Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, at the Byron Community Building. Hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Items being offered include interior lights, corner shelf, large mirror, interior decor, bedding, kitchenware, Fiesta glassware, exercise bike, Tony Little Gazelle, small bikes, kids clothes, women's clothes sizes 18-20, shoes, purses, jewelry and more...
Cemetery Work Days - Week of May 9 (05/10/12)
Norman Cemetery There will be a working day at Norman Cemetery on Saturday, May 19, beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch at noon. Bring your tools and help us to clean up the cemetery. Hebron Cemetery The clean-up day is on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Hebron Cemetery located south of Viola. The cleanup will begin at 8:00 a.m. All interested volunteers are encouraged donate some time and effort to this worthy project...
Parasite slows True Armyworm invasion (05/10/12)
Natural parasites are beginning to have an impact on true armyworm populations, according to University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Sarah Kenyon. "This is good news for individuals who have been battling this pest," Kenyon said in a prepared statement May 7...
Musicians Boren and Clark to play concert in Thayer (05/10/12)
Wellknown musicians Gene Boren and Stephen Wayne Clark will team up to present a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Oregon County Country Music Theater in Thayer. Boren founded the Oregon County Country Music Theater in the early 1990s, offering live family-friendly entertainment on a weekly basis for more than 15 years. Boren is a long-time resident of Oregon County, with a regular radio show on KALM The Gift AM 1290. He is known across the Ozarks for a fine singing voice...
Elks send two Alton youth to summer programs (05/10/12)
The University of Missouri-Oregon County Extension announced recently that due to the generosity and civic devotion of the West Plains Elk's Lodge, the Extension was able to send two Alton youths to 4-H events on full scholarships. Miranda Moore received a scholarship to attend Camp Clover Point (June 18-21) at Lake of the Ozarks while Tony Cupp received a scholarship to attend the 4-H State Congress (May 30- June1) in Columbia...
County candidate speaks at town hall meeting (05/10/12)
Oregon County Southern District Commissioner candidate Alonzo "Lonnie" Bradwell kicked off campaign season with a dinner, auction and political speeches May 4 at Mo-Ark Coon Club in Myrtle. About 40 people attended the three-hour event including fellow Republican candidate Kevin Jotz, running for Oregon County sheriff...
Batesville agency to take over Fulton County senior citizen programs (05/10/12)
Some Fulton County senior citizens are worried about rumors their senior citizen centers may close. Employees at the centers in Salem, Viola and Mammoth Spring are worried about losing their jobs. The concern is coming from word the Fulton County Council on Aging is losing the right to operate local senior centers and programs...
Local law enforcement talk to students about meth (05/10/12)
Oregon County Sheriff George Underwood and Chief Deputy Eric King teamed with several Thayer-Mammoth Spring Rotarians recently as they spoke to area fifth-graders about the dangers of methamphetamine. The teams, including Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Ray Rees and Rotary members Catherine McPherson, Bob Eckman, Trena Spears and Joe Garrison, spoke to children in Alton, Thayer, Couch, Koshkonong and Mammoth Spring over several days this month...
Extension Office Open House (05/10/12)
It was grilling time for Extension Board members David Crews and Junior Roberts on the Alton City Square as the Missouri Extension Office held an open house for the community on Monday, May 7.
Villager Journal News Briefs - Week of May 9-15, 2012 (05/10/12)
UAW Retirees to meet in Paragould May 10 The United Auto Workers Retirees will meet at the Grecian Steak House, located at 210 Airport Road in Paragould, Ark., on Thursday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m. George D. Hay to feature Vicky Lynn, band Lawless The George D. ...
The South Missourian News Briefs - Week of May 9-15, 2012 (05/10/12)
Alton Senior Center Fish Fry June 2 Oregon County Sheriff George Underwood will fry fish for an Alton Senior Center fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. June 2 at the Alton Senior Center as a fundraiser. During the Thayer Go Green Festival on April 21-22, Underwood raised more than $1,700 by frying fish for Thayer Fun and Friends senior center, Fish fry tickets are available at the center for $6 for dinner, or at the door for $7...
Two area teens in court on felony charges (05/10/12)
Two area teens waived their rights May 7 to formal arraignment on unrelated felony charges in Oregon County Circuit Court. Christopher Alan Laponsie, 18, of rural Thayer is charged with Class D felony assault on Couch School property, in a Dec. 2, 2011, incident...
Murder suspect Varnell granted venue change (05/10/12)
During his second court appearance in Oregon County Circuit Court in the past two weeks, Alton murder suspect Guy Varnell waived his right to arraignment and was granted a change of venue. Varnell pleaded not guilty to murder and a second felony for allegedly stealing a gun after killing his neighbor. Varnell's case will transfer to Howell County...
K-9 Unit assists with drug arrests (05/10/12)
Sharp County Deputy Trint Milligan made drug arrests on April 28 and 29 with the help of a trained drug dog. On April 28, Milligan made a routine traffic stop, when he noticed a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle acting suspiciously. The driver was identified as John Dobson, and the passenger was John Dobson III. After asking the younger Dobson to step out of the vehicle, the officer noticed a prescription bottle laying on the floor where Dobson was sitting...
Police chase men attempting to fill fake prescription (05/10/12)
Two Jonesboro area men were arrested on felony charges after attempting to fill a fraudulent prescription. Police were alerted by pharmacy staff that James R. Bourassa, 35, of Jonesboro and Billy W. Jones, 22, of Bono would be attempting to fill a questionable pain pill prescription at Davis Drug Store in Highland, after the prescription was called in...
Highland hosts 13-school District Science Fair (05/10/12)
Students from 13 schools over a five county area converged on the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland May 1 for the District Science Fair. Grades fourth through seventh competed using their science skills to seek a coveted ribbon, medal or trophy. This is the second year the Highland School District has hosted the District Science Fair...
Crown Point Resort and Papa Dick's ready for the busy summer season (05/10/12)
Richard Irby Staff Writer A large crowd is expected on Saturday, May 12 as Horseshoe Bend holds its annual Dogwood Days Festival -- offering a variety of events for young and old. But May 11 is also an important day for Horseshoe Bend. It is the official start of the Crown Point Resort's summer season. ...
May begins with two fatal car accidents (05/10/12)
Two motorists were killed and two others seriously injured in two separate accidents within a mile of one another along the four lane in Highland. On Wednesday, May 2, William A Volner, 82, of Cherokee Village was killed when the vehicle he was driving collided with another near the intersection of Arkansas Traveler Road and Highway 62/412...
Pregnant mother arrested, child taken into protective custody (05/10/12)
A Highland couple was arrested on drug charges April 30, and a young child was removed from the home after a search warrant by the Highland Police Department yielded methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a shotgun. According to the affidavit for a warrant, Janet D. ...
Highway 412/62 exit/entry ramps to Highway 167 finally completed (05/10/12)
Tammy Curtis Staff Writer Entry and exit ramps at the intersection of Highways 167 and 62/412 near Ash Flat are finally completed, allowing motorists faster and safer access to the well-travelled highways. For months, motorists have been forced to sit through as many as three stop lights before making a turn onto 62/412 toward Fulton County...
Pack of Hounds to play college sports (05/10/12)
Three seniors at Salem High School recently signed letters of intent to play athletics while attending college next fall. MaKollie Koelling signed with Williams Baptist College to be a cheerleader next fall. Cory Arnold signed with Arkansas Tech to play football and Wes Griggs signed a letter to play football for Louisiana College starting next fall...
Lamb wins in Little Rock (05/10/12)
Melbourne junior golfer Bradley Lamb won the Greater Little Rock Junior Championship at War Memorial Golf Course April 28-29. Lamb carded a 62, winning the Arkansas State Golf Association Junior event by four strokes over Jerrod Sparks of Little Rock (66)...
Greyhounds compete at state meet (05/10/12)
The Salem Greyhounds took part in the Class 2A State Track and Field Meet on May 3 in Mineral Springs. In the 1,600-meter run, Whitney Rose finished 16th with a time of 6:57.07. In the boys' high jump, Dakota Lowe came in 11th place with a showing of 5-08.00...
Salem Greyhounds Baseball (05/10/12)
SALEM GREYHOUNDS: After going undefeated and capturing the 2A Conference title, the Salem Boy's Baseball team won its district tournament, before moving on to regional play.
Lady Katz' 3,200-meter team best in state (05/10/12)
The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz finished atop the standings in the 3,200-meter relay at the Class 3A State Track and Field Meet in Prescott May 3. Their time of 10:32.96 was just four seconds off the Class 3A state record turned in by Mansfield in 2008...
Cougars clip Eagles (05/10/12)
Preston Harmon came out on top of a pitcher's duel with Hillcrest's Hunter Nunnally, and the Izard County Cougars came out on top of the scoreboard with a tight 2-0 win over the Screamin' Eagles in the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament's consolation game May 7 in Brockwell...
Salem Lady Greyhounds (05/10/12)
The Lady Hounds finished the 2012 softabll season as 2-2A District Tournament runners-up, falling to Quitman 1-0 in the finals. Salem knocked off Bradford (9-0) and Cedar Ridge (3-2) to earn a trip to the championship game. In the 2A North Region Tournament in Newark, the Lady Greyhounds (16-12) were stopped by the Rector Lady Cougars, 5-3...
Lady Cougars set school record for wins (05/10/12)
The Izard County Lady Cougars continued their impressive roll of the past few years with a 6-0 win over Mammoth Spring in the finals of the 1A-2 East District Tournament April 30 at the Cougar Sports Complex in Brockwell. Over the course of the past seven years, the Lady Cougars have either won the conference and district, or finished as runners-up...
Melbourne drops Flippin (05/10/12)
The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz won the 3A-1 East District Tournament championship May 1, knocking off the Flippin Lady Bobcats 6-3 in the finals in Harrison. In the semis, Melbourne (17-6) blanked Yellville-Summit 5-0. Michelle Arnold was the winning pitcher in both games for Melbourne...
Late rally lifts Lady Horns (05/10/12)
Viola scores twice in 7th to earn another regional tourney crown
Hounds fall to EPC (05/10/12)
The Salem Greyhounds, top seed out of the 2-2A, ran into a buzz-saw in the opening round of the 2A North Region Baseball Tournament May 4 in Marked Tree. Falling behind in the first inning, the Hounds saw their season draw to a close with a 16-1 loss to the East Poinsett County Warriors, the number-four seed from the 3-2A...
Thayer tops Bears (05/10/12)
In between winning their district tourney and preparing to compete in regional tournament games, the Mammoth Spring Bears' baseball team had a regularly-scheduled game vs. their across-the-border rivals, the Thayer Bobcats, last week. Seth Brown scored from second base on a Mammoth Spring base hit for a 1-0 first inning lead...
Lady Cougars handle Mammoth Spring (05/10/12)
Despite the loss, Lady Bears still headed to state tourney for first time ever
Viola fifth too much for Bears (05/10/12)
The Viola Longhorns rode a seven-run fifth inning to come from behind and knock off Mammoth Spring 10-2 in the championship game of the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament May 7 at the Cougar Sports Complex in Brockwell. Both teams advanced to the Class 1A State Tournament in Taylor...
MVP headed to CRC (05/10/12)
Houston Cooper is the prototypical point guard. You know the kind -- the kind that always seems to find his teammates at the exact perfect moment that they need the basketball. The kind that can control things on offense without scoring a point, while also influencing things on the defensive end of the floor by taking his opponent's best player out of the game...
Lady Bears have strong showing in Prescott (05/10/12)
The Mammoth Spring Lady Bears put on quite a show at the Class 1A State Track and Field Meet in Prescott May 3, finishing seventh in the team standings with 34 points. Powerhouse Acorn once again took top team honors with 144 points. The 4X400-meter relay team of Sydney Peck, Cecily Mask, Leslie Churchwell and Kayla Hale ran to a ninth-place finish with a time of 4:48.21...
Bears district champs (05/10/12)
With a run in the top of the seventh inning, the Mammoth Spring Bears topped Hillcrest 4-3 April 30, winning the 1A-2 East District Tournament in Brockwell. The third-seeded Bears scored two runs in the third to take a 2-1 lead over the top-seeded Screamin' Eagles...
Rebels run at state track meet (05/10/12)
Highland had four athletes compete in the Class 4A State Track and Field Meet May 4 in Nashville. Tyler Delargy took part in the shot put, while Sydney Shackelford ran in the 400-meter race and Katelyn Goodwin ran in the 200-meter. Delargy came in 10th in the shot, with a distance of 40-03.00...
Mettler finishes as runner-up (05/10/12)
Former Izard County Lady Cougar Golfer, Kiley Mettler, now playing for Seminole State College in Florida, tied for runner-up in the NJCAA Region 8 Championship played at Sugar Mill Golf Course in New Smyrna, Florida. Mettler, a sophomore, earned her career best collegiate finish posting rounds of 75 and 79 to finish at +10. Seminole State is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association...
Lady Eagles heading to Gulf Shores (05/10/12)
The Williams Baptist College softball squad won the American Midwest Conference Tournament championship May 4. WBC swept the Pirates from Park University in the best-of-three series. They won game one 5-0 and game two 3-2 in 10 innings. The Lady Eagles will now head to the national tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala...
Salem Elementary Track and Field Day (05/10/12)
Hannah Dailey hands the baton to Kaitlynn Cawvey, during a relay race at Salem Elementary's Track and Field Day on Thursday, May 3. The students learned that physical fitness is fun and necessary for good health -- and were offered nutritious snacks to refuel between events...
Kiwanis champions crowned (05/10/12)
The Cherokee Village Kiwanis' sixth annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament was held at the Hutson Center on April 28. There were 19 teams in the tournament, with participation from Mountain Home, Batesville and Jonesboro, along with locally-sponsored teams...
Applications open for coveted elk permits (05/10/12)
It is time to apply for the most desired ticket in the Arkansas outdoors -- an elk hunting permit. The application period is the month of May, and both the applications and the 28 elk permits are free. There is a new requirement this year. Applicants who are 16 or older must have a current Arkansas hunting license. They also must be at least 6 years old to hunt big game in the state -- elk, deer, bear and turkey...
Death Notices for Week of May 9, 2012 (05/10/12)
Elaine Elium Jolliff, 79, of West Plains, Mo., died Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Ozarks Medical Center. Arrangements by the Robertson-Drago Funeral Home of West Plains, Mo. Shirley "Elaine" Eades Ellison, 65, of Cave City, Ark., died Saturday, May 5, 2012 in Jonesboro, Ark. Arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City...
Brickey and Taylor (05/10/12)
Mr. and Mrs. Billy Taylor of Viola, Ark., wish to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Chelsea Rae, to Garrett Dean Brickey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brickey of Salem, Ark. The couple will be united in marriage at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the home of the Bride's parents...
Salem Police Department (05/10/12)
Jerry Hall, 63, of Salem was arrested on April 25 for Public Intoxication. Hall was released from the Fulton County Jail on $310 bond.
Thayer Police Department (05/10/12)
Kara Allen, 27, Joshua R. Allen, 28, and James R. Pearson, 29, all of West Plains, were arrested May 5 for felony stealing. They remain in jail on $4,900 bond each.
Oregon County Sheriff's Department (05/10/12)
Shana Hollis was cited at 1:45 a.m. May 5 for driving while revoked. She has a court date of June 6. Ashley B. Linderman, 22, of Alton was arrested for posting a bad check. She posted $1,000 bond and has a court date of June 3. Marty Joe Bates, 49, of Alton was arrested on a Dunklin County body attachment warrant. He posted $300 bond and had a May 7 court date in Dunklin County...
Fulton County Circuit Court (05/10/12)
During the April 23 Circuit Court session, John R. Green, 77, pleaded guilty to Sexual Assault in the Second Degree. Green was sentenced to 168 months in the Arkansas Department of Correction. He was also fined $1,500 and will pay court costs and fees...
Fulton County Sheriff's Department (05/10/12)
John Green, 76, of Moody, Mo., who was arrested on Nov. 29, 2011 for Sexual Assault, Second Degree, was transferred to the Department of Correction on April 24. Roger Hendricks, 31, of Gepp was arrested on March 30 on a warrant for Failure to Appear for Forgery. Hendricks was released from the Fulton County Jail on April 24 on $10,000 bond...
Cherokee Village Police Report (05/10/12)
Erica McEntire, 26, of Cherokee Village was cited April 13 for operating with faulty equipment. Charles Gallup, 38, of Cherokee Village was arrested April 18 and charged with 13 counts of damaging wires and other fixtures of telephone, cable and electic power companies., a Class D Felony and 13 counts of theft of property, a Class A misdemeanor...
Week of May 9-15, 2012 (05/10/12)
Dear Editor, Village Pride of Cherokee Village would like to thank all the volunteers who came out on April 28th to help with the Spring Roadside Pick-up. Through the efforts of more than 50 citizens, over 300 miles of Cherokee Village was picked up, resulting in a cleaner, more beautiful city. Village Pride appreciates the effort and hard work of everyone that came out to help. Special thanks to Kiwanis, House of Luke Ministries, Keep Arkansas Beautiful and our sponsor King-Rhodes Realty...
Changes (05/10/12)
Nearly two years ago (I can't believe how fast that's gone by), I was hired by Areawide Media as a Community Reporter. Areawide was one of five papers in the state to win grants to help them keep emphasizing local reporting in an age where financial realities make it harder and harder to employ a full reporting staff...