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Stories from Thursday, May 31, 2012

Relay for life to paint the town purple for 2012 Relay for Life (05/31/12)
The Fulton County Relay For Life 2012 is coming up on Friday, June 8, and the Relay Committee is working hard to gain recognition for the cause with plans to "Paint the Town Purple" during that week. They ask that everyone in Fulton County, and especially the City of Salem, display anything they can find that is PURPLE -- signs, ribbons, or balloons in your yard or business locations...
City approves funding to open AF library (05/31/12)
As the Ash Flat Library inches closer to completion, Norwin Green, who serves on the library commitee, spoke to the Ash Flat City council on May 21 about needs of the library and its governance. Green explained the board has encountered disagreements with the Sharp County Library Board, and discussed the advantages to becoming a city library, as opposed to a county one...
A hobby turns into a growing business for Oregon County man (05/31/12)
Ray Ward is the proud owner of Ray Ray's Smokehouse BBQ. Ray Ray's is a family owned and operated business located at the northern end of Oregon County in the Birch Tree -- Thomasville area. Ward entered the Fin to Fur smoke-off earlier this month, and won first place. ...
County Sports Complex welcomes fundraisers (05/31/12)
Niki de Soto Managing Editor After years of development, the four ball fields at the Fulton County Recreation Complex are in use. Fulton County Judge Charles Willett hopes more community involvement will help add missing amenities. "What people need to realize, is this is a grant project," said Willett. "We do the work as we get grants to do so."...
Celebrating Memorial Day (05/31/12)
Old Glory waved strong and proud as the National Anthem was sung at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Salem VFW Post on Monday, May 28. During the observance, members of the Salem United Methodist Church youth group donated $750 to the Wounded Warrior Project, which assists wounded soldiers and their families...
The News - News Briefs - Week of May 30 - June 5, 2012 (05/31/12)
Miss Summer Sunshine Pageant A and K Salon and Boutique on the Salem square is sponsoring the First Annual Miss Summer Sunshine Pageant on June 9. The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The pageant is open to infants through 18-year olds. The entry fee is $15 with optional categories available for an additional $10 each...
Salem School Board meets (05/31/12)
Salem School District students and teachers have headed off to summer vacation, but administrators and the school board still have details to attend to. At the May 21 meeting of the Salem School Board, breakfast and lunch prices were set for the next school year...
MASH Camp offered to students with interest in health care (05/31/12)
Area students interested in a career in the medical field can have a hand-on learning experience at M*A*S*H Camp, June 25 and 26 at the Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Parkway Education Center. The two-day M*A*S*H Camp, which stands for Missouri AHEC Science and Health Camp, is a collaborative effort between OMC, the Southeastern Missouri Area Health Education Center (AHEC), and A.T. ...
Arkansas Primary election determines fall races (05/31/12)
The May 22 Primary Election set the ballot for the fall election in Fulton County -- except for the name of the Democrat who will challenge First District Congressman Rick Crawford, a Republican. While prosecutor Scott Ellington won a three man race for the Democratic nomination, he failed to get 50 percent plus one vote. That means a June 12 runoff election will be held in the First District, which includes Fulton and Izard Counties...
Community effort results in more funds for Fulton County rescue boat (05/31/12)
Last weekend's, Fulton County Homecoming Festival came off like clockwork because a group of committee members worked for weeks to organize the events. But one new event, which was put together on short notice, raised more than $3,000 for an important community project...
Celebrating Memorial Day (05/31/12)
Thayer American Legion members set out flags for the taking at the Thayer Cemetery encouraging people to put them on the graves of veterans.
South Missourian News - News Briefs - Week of May 30 - June 5, 2012 (05/31/12)
AG&F Fishing Derby The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a "Kids Fishing Derby" for youngsters 12 years old and younger at the Commission's Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery on Saturday June 9, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ...
Myrtle Fish Fry Raises Money for Fire Department (05/31/12)
Myrtle's annual Memorial Day weekend fish fry on Saturday, May 26 at the Myrtle Community Center brought in a large crowd. The fish fry is held to benefit the Myrtle Volunteer Fire Department, so the price paid for a plate of fish, or chicken, goes towards gas for the fire trucks, and insurance. ...
Thayer Garden benefits community (05/31/12)
Despite the dry weather, the Thayer Community Garden is off to a good start this summer. The Community Garden was started three years ago, and the community and Thayer Rotary Club, which sponsors it, has put in a lot of hard to keep it going. Rotary member Bob Cicigoi describes the garden as "a service to the community, and gives people something to do that they really love." On behalf of the Rotary Cicigoi says, "We like to serve the local community and this is a fantastic program."...
Low voter turnout recorded in Sharp County (05/31/12)
Wortham re-elected as coroner
National Kids Park Day (05/31/12)
Children enjoyed National Kids to Park Day May 12 at Loberg Park in Hardy. The event allowed families to enjoy outdoor fun and were awarded prizes. The event was sponsored by mayors from Hardy and Cherokee Village and Pam Rowland, Chairwoman of the Cherokee Village Health solutions and hot dogs were provided by Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton. Cherokee Village Mayor Lloyd Hefley donated to assist with funds. Cherokee Village Alderman Jerry Adams provided fruit for the children...
Villager Journal News Briefs - Week of May 30 - June 5, 2012 (05/31/12)
Burn Ban issued Sharp County Judge Larry Brown announced May 25 that Sharp County would be under a burn ban until further notice. With dry conditions, the liklihood of fires increase. Residents are asked to not burn outdoors until the ban has been lifted...
Local youth to compete in National Jr. High Finals Rodeo (05/31/12)
An Ash Flat area youth will head to New Mexico on June 24 to compete at the world's largest junior high rodeo. The National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) will be held in Gallup, New Mexico. Blair Ables, 14, of Ash Flat who has been an avid rodeo competitor since the age of three, was crowned Reserve Bull Riding Champion at the State Finals rodeo in Benton May 20...
Wayne Watkins jailed after family surrenders 100k bond (05/31/12)
Wayne Watkins, 63, the fugitive real estate developer whose name has become synonymous with the Spring River Beach Club land scandal, was surrendered to jail by his family who initially posted his $106,910 cash bond. After being a fugitive for nearly four years, the wanted man was extradited back to Sharp County by Chief Deputy David Huffmaster in February of last year. Watkins was arrested on a bench warrant for theft of property by receiving, a Class B felony...
Ash Flat Library to receive $5.4 million in books (05/31/12)
As the new state of the art Ash Flat Library becomes a reality, members of the library committee received great news from a Pine Bluff doctor who will be donating 200,000 books to the library. Norvin and Jean Green and Ina Gill, who have worked tirelessly in promoting and setting up the library, met May 22 with a man they referred to as "Dr. Anderson". He is a lifelong educator, who made a trip to Sharp County after Green submitted an application for the library to receive free books...
Sharp County to enforce Show Cause orders (05/31/12)
Anyone oweing fines or court costs to Sharp County can expect a visit from a deputy out to collect over $2.1 million owed the county. The Sharp County Sheriff's Department has appointed an officer to sever Show Cause orders to collect money owed from as far back as 1999...
Liberty Bank donates to area causes (05/31/12)
Liberty Bank prides itself on helping organizations and individuals in the communities it serves. In addition to hosting a Customer Appreciation Day, May 22, the staff of Liberty Bank also presented donations to local civic organizations. A large crowd was present as bank president Bob Evins and Vice President of Lending Joey Cooper donned their aprons and cooked hot dogs...
Remember pets in hot weather (05/31/12)
When temperatures and heat indices soar, pet owners are advised to take special precautions to keep pets safe. High temperatures can be deadly for pets left without a cool, shady place to rest and plenty of water. To report an animal in heat-related jeopardy, call the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Abuse Hotline at 314-647-4400...
State Police Memorial Hall dedicated by Governor Beebe (05/31/12)
As part of the 49th annual National Peace Officers Memorial Day, the nation paused in Mayt to remember law-enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Ceremonies were held across our country, including one that I participated in on the South Lawn at the State Capitol. ...
HSB seeks donations for "Fireworks Over The Bend" (05/31/12)
The Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce has announced it will again sponsor Fireworks Over the Bend in 2012. Due to the high cost involved it is a tough decision for any small town to make, but the board voted YES! We are asking for sponsors, and are hoping that everyone will pull together so the cost to the chamber will be shared...
Melbourne School rated top performer (05/31/12)
At a recent conference sponsored by the University of Arkansas Office of Education Policy, Melbourne School District Superintendent Gerald Cooper was informed that Mount Pleasant Elementary would receive two OEP awards. After analyzing 2011 Arkansas Benchmark data for math and literacy, the Office of Education Policy found Mount Pleasant Elementary to be the top school in the state for Grade 3 Combined Math and Literacy exam performance, and Grade 4 Combined Math and Literacy performance. ...
Miss Summer Sunshine Pageant slated (05/31/12)
A and K Salon and Boutique on the Salem square is sponsoring the First Annual Miss Summer Sunshine Pageant on June 9. The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The pageant is open to infants through 18-year olds. The entry fee is $15 with optional categories available for an additional $10 each...
Lineup announced for 2012 Johnny Cash Music Festival (05/31/12)
John Carter Cash announced the lineup for this year's Johnny Cash Music Festival, at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro on Oct. 5. Proceeds from the event will fund the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home inDyess, Arkansas. In addition to Rosanne Cash, the 2012 concert lineup includes living legend Willie Nelson, country music star Dierks Bentley, and Grammy Award-winning duo the Civil Wars...
Ozark Heritage Festival June 15-16 (05/31/12)
Some of the most beautiful and practical items of Ozark life will once again be on display during the 18th annual Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival June 15 and 16 in downtown West Plains, Mo. The Southern Belle Grandmothers Club of West Plains will host their 8th annual quilt show in conjunction with the festival, and organizers encourage area residents and quilt enthusiasts to bring their favorite quilts to display. ...
Thayer Boys chosen to attend Boys State (05/31/12)
Doyle Fink, Adjutant of Thayer American Legion Post 344 announced that Thayer High School Juniors Nicklaus Martin and Oren Redus have been selected to attend the 72nd session of the American Legion Missouri Boys State. The program will be held June 11-18 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg...
Thayer School Board (05/31/12)
The Thayer Board of Education met Thursday, May 10, 2012. Board members present were Mr. Randy Ward, Mr. Alan Pender, Mrs. Karen Cotham, Mr. Jed Underwood, Mr. Mike Morris, Mr. Bill Honeycutt, and Ms. Wendy Carhart. Under old business, the board approved the design for the high school gym floor. Work will begin on that project this month...
Couch School Board (05/31/12)
The Couch R-1 Board of Education met in regular session in the school library on May 14, 2012. The board discussed the recent sale of the damaged bus advertised on Craig's List. The board voted to accept the Library Media Center Evaluation Report, the Special Education Program Evaluation Report, and the Technology Plan Evaluation Report. ...
Salem shooters to head to state finals (05/31/12)
On Wednesday May 23, the Salem High School Shooting Sports teams loaded up for a trip to a range in Batesville. It is one of several practices scheduled as a junior and senior team prepare to shoot in the state finals on June 1 and 2. "We sent two junior and two senior teams to the regionals," Coach Wendell Smith explained. "One junior team placed fourth and one senior team finished second, allowing them to compete in the state finals."...
Junior Rebels win Junior League Championship (05/31/12)
The 2012 Highland Rebels came away with the championship trophy at the first-ever Junior High League Finals held at Cave City. The Junior Rebels defeated Cave City by a score of 7-6. Brody Ninemire, the winning pitcher, turned in three no-hit innings...
Rebels suit up for spring game (05/31/12)
The spring football game is not about winning or losing. It's about taking what you've learned over the past two weeks and applying it at game speed. The grey team won the spring game, 20-18, because they managed to convert one two-point conversion. However, it should be noted that five two-point plays were not converted. A deserving pat on the back for both the grey and red defenses...
Two Rebel athletes attend FCA Football Combine (05/31/12)
Fulfilling the dream of playing college football takes more than just performing on Friday nights in the fall. For most athletes, you also have to attend camps and combines to get noticed by the college recruiters. Ethan Hoppe and Sterling Stowers, who will be seniors next school year, were invited to the 2012 FCA High School Football Combine at North Little Rock High School on May 19 and given a chance to show their skills in various drills...
Former lady Cougar golfer competes nationally (05/31/12)
Former Izard County High School Golfer Kiley Mettler finished in the Top 20 overall at the National Junior College Athletic Association Women's Golf National Championship. The tournament was played May 15-18 at the LPGA Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla...
Clardy signs with WBC (05/31/12)
Williams Baptist College received a signed commitment from Alexus Clardy to play basketball for the 2012-2013 season. The Conway, Ark., native graduated from Conway High School West this month. Clardy was successful on the court, as well as off the court. She is the recipient of the 2012 National Scholar Athlete Award. She finished her high school career with a 3.93 GPA and graduated with honors...
Historic season comes to end for Lady Eagles (05/31/12)
The most successful season in Williams Baptist College softball history came to an end on Saturday evening with a loss in the NAIA National Tournament. The 14th ranked Lady Eagles fell to the 3rd ranked Stars from Oklahoma City University, 5-0. Williams finishes their NAIA National Tournament with a 2-1 record and second place finish in Pool C...
Fast and Furious place second in tournament (05/31/12)
Fast and Furious, a girl's softball traveling team, placed second in a May 19 tournament at Paragould. The age 14 and under team is comprised of girl's from Salem, Viola and Highland. They have a busy summer of play lined up. Team members in the back row are: Coach Travis Barnett, Laney Boyer, Candice Sommers, Libbie Watkins, Destiny Crawford, Hailey Godfrey, Kaci Barnett, and Coach Calvin Crawford. Front row: Beth Thornton, Kendra Rich, Bailey York, Brooke York, and Kelsey Abney...
17th Annual Grizzly Golf Classic June 8th (05/31/12)
THERE MAY NOT BE eight maids milking, five golden rings or a partridge in a pear tree, but the 17th annual Grizzly Golf Classic June 8 at the West Plains Country Club WILL have these nine Nike VRS drivers, which will be awarded as flight prizes during the day-long event. ...
Summer tournament season gets underway (05/31/12)
Coke Youth Baseball Tournament Signs Ups Needed The 19th Annual Youth Baseball tournament, known as the "COKE TOURNAMENT is scheduled for Friday, June 29, Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. The long-time tournament has been reorganized to make the event better than ever...
Squirrels and small mouth bass are now in season in Missouri (05/31/12)
Anglers generally are as disinterested in the opening dates for hunting seasons as hunters are in fishing-season dates, but the fourth Saturday in May is a red-letter day for both groups. That is opening day for squirrel hunting season and catch-and-keep fishing for black bass in Ozark streams...
DNA shows Mountain Lions came from different states (05/31/12)
Big cats came from South Dakota, Montana and Colorado
Landowners play key role in elk restoration (05/31/12)
Ron and Sandy Morton probably don't think of themselves as being lynchpins in Missouri's elk-restoration program. Nevertheless, their efforts to create habitat that benefits elk -- and a wide range of other wildlife -- could make the difference between success and failure of Missouri's latest conservation saga...
Death Notices - Week of May 30 - June 5, 2012 (05/31/12)
Billy Bob Snyder, 27, of Mountain Home, Ark., died Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Arrangements by Barker Funeral Home in Salem, Ark. Christine Grissom, 77, of Saddle, Ark., died Thursday, May 24, 2012. Arrangements by Barker Funeral Home in Salem, Ark. Margaret Ann Stuck Frier, 89, of Little Rock, Ark., formerly of Jonesboro, Ark., died Sunday, May 20, 2012 at the Presbyterian Village Nursing Home in Little Rock. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home of Little Rock, Ark...
New Arrivals - Week of May 30 - June 5, 2012 (05/31/12)
Dana Lee Roy Tony Dale and Belinda Sue Roy, Alton, are the parents of a baby girl, Dana Lee Roy, born at 9:17 a.m. on May 17 at Ozarks Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her siblings are Dylan, 7; Kimberly, 5 and Mackenzie, 3. Grandparents are Raymond and Lela Dunkin, Alton, and Glen and Betty Roy, Alton...
George and Stanley (05/31/12)
Mike and Peggy Stanley of Highland, are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Rachel Lee, to Jesse Arthur George, son of Jeff and Sandra George of CherokeeVillage. The wedding ceremony will take place at Friendship Baptist Church in Highland at 10 a.m. on June 9. A reception will follow in the church's fellowship hall...
Basshams to celebrate golden anniversary (05/31/12)
Nelson and Kay Bassham were united in marriage on June 2, 1962. God has blessed and kept them together for 50 years. The family invites friends and family to celebrate with them and their family -- Penny, Shermon and Cory Bassham -- at the NAEC Orange Room in Salem on Sunday, June 3 from 2 to 4 p.m...
Izard County Sheriff's Report (05/31/12)
Robert Simmons, 61, of Calico Rock was arrested on May 12 for burglary and vandalism, after a call about an intruder at a Calico Rock apartment complex. Simmons is confined to the Izard County Detention Center, after being treated for injuries at a hospital...
Salem Police Report (05/31/12)
Jeffrey Crider, 29, of Salem was arrested on May 13 for Criminal Trespass. Crider was released from the Fulton County Jail on May 14 on $410 bond. Robin Keller, 38, of Salem was arrested on May 18 for Disorderly Conduct. Keller is being held in the Izard County Jail in lieu of $260 bond...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (05/31/12)
Brandon Bingham, 28, of Thayer, Mo. who was arrested on April 26 for Theft of Property and Robbery, was released from the Fulton County Jail on May 14 on $50,000 bond. Joshi Bates, 45, of Ash Flat was arrested on May 15 for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia...
Oregon County Sheriff's Report (05/31/12)
Brain C. Gaslow, 38, of Olathe, Ks. was issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernelia and possession of marijuana. Matthew P. Shea, 38, of St. Louis, Mo. was issued a summons for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernelia. Tanya L. Lessenden, 40, of Alton was issued a summons for driving while revoked and not having insurance...
Making memories on Memorial Day (05/31/12)
With the increasingly warm temperatures, most think of the Memorial Holiday as the beginning of the summer fun, but fail to take time to remember the intended prupose of the holiday. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. ...
Letters to the Editor for the week of May 30-June 5, 2012 (05/31/12)
Dear Editor, I am writing in reference to the Fulton County Senior Centers and the change in management. I have worked closely with the centers, as an accountant, for the past 30-years that Connie Godwin has been in charge of them. She has always managed money in a responsible and honest manner. I have never seen anything inappropriate or dishonest. She has managed to keep the same services for our seniors in spite of drastic cuts in funding, even when costs were rising...