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Stories from Friday, June 29, 2012

WRAAA opens centers for heat relief (06/29/12)
The White River Area Agency on Aging has opened their community rooms at the housing complexes they manage, Monday through Friday, for heat relief during the day, while temperatures are over 100 degrees. In our area, the North Hills Terrace housing complex in Hardy will be available for those seeking respite from the heat...
Long-delayed Red Bud bridge project underway (06/29/12)
While most of us are talking about the drought and what it is doing to our lawns, gardens and pastures, Judge Charles Willett still has water -- the April 2011 flood -- on his mind. "I can't even tell you how many repairs we had to do because of the flooding, but we're finally down to our last FEMA project," Judge Willett told The News...
NAEC making line upgrades (06/29/12)
North Arkansas Electric Cooperative is starting an overhaul of electric utility lines serving Salem and Ash Flat. "We are replacing between seven and eight miles of line. Part of this is copper line replacement that we hope FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) will reimburse us for due to damage from the ice storm," said Director of Member Services Jerry Estes. ...
Calico Rock City Council lifts video recording ban (06/29/12)
The White River Current has reached a compromise with the Calico Rock City Council, and the newspaper resumed video recording of council meetings on Monday, June 11. In a May vote, the council lifted its ban on video recording, and allowed recording to resume after passing revised meeting procedures that impose restrictions on how recording can be done...
Reception to be held at Salem Senior Center (06/29/12)
The community is invited to attend a reception honoring Connie Godwin and Betty Teague at the Salem Senior Center on Friday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Connie and Betty will no longer be working at the Senior Center, so come and show your appreciation for their many years of service to the Senior Citizens of Fulton County, and enjoy some cake and punch...
Extension Service's Grazing School educates local farmers and ranchers on rotational grazing techniques (06/29/12)
As farmers worry about their pastures while hot, dry weather burns them up, those who have a system to rotate pastures are probably better off than most. On June 18-20, the Alton Grazing School, was held to educate more area farmers about the benefits of rotational grazing...
Washing hands can reduce emergency room visits (06/29/12)
As the July 4th holiday approaches, families, class reunion committees and other excited groups are making plans for big celebrations that will involve outdoor cooking and the handling of massive amounts of foods. However, there is one set of tasks that should not be left out of the planning: safe handling of meat and produce...
Fulton County Hospital begins Trauma Outreach program (06/29/12)
Members of the Balance 30 health club in Salem who came by for a work out on Monday, June 18, were greeted by Fulton County Hospital employees offering health advice and assistance. "The health fair is one way we can help our members stay healthy. Promoting good health is part of our mission," said Balance 30 owner Amanda Hall...
Local singer to compete in Texaco Country Showdown (06/29/12)
Jamie Perryman, from Viola, Ark., and a graduate of Couch High School, has been chosen as one of ten local semi-finalists for the Texaco Country Showdown, a national singing competition. Perryman will be performing at Skyfire on Tuesday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Plains Regional Airport...
Alton VFW holds 2nd annual fundraiser (06/29/12)
A special event last year to respond to an emergency in Alton has turned into an annual event to help the community -- as the Alton VFW Post #1014 held its second annual Benefit Fair and Fundraiser on Saturday, June 16. Chris Johnston, Post 1014 Commander, said the event started last year to raise money for damages that had occurred during a fire at the VFW building...
Work begins on Hwy. 142 turning lane (06/29/12)
Work has begun on the Highway 142 widening project, which will add a turn lane from the High School to the traffic light at the intersection with Highway 63. MoDOT says the project should be completed by late summer.
Renovated Thomasville facility re-opens to public (06/29/12)
Representatives of USDA's Rural Development office came to the Thomasville Community Center on Wednesday, June 20, to view the renovated facility located in an historic school building. The community center's board of directors received a USDA grant of $10, 870, along with local matching funds of $3,630 to finance a major renovation of the building, including new heating and air conditioning systems...
Fromer Oregon County deputy sentenced to seven years (06/29/12)
Kim Bray Staff Writer Former Oregon County Sheriff's Deputy, Dophes "Gene" Barton has received a sentence of seven years behind bars after pleading guilty in March to four counts each of burglary and stealing. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster reported that the crimes were all committed during Barton's tenure as a Deputy...
Ash Flat Library to apply for Art grant for children's program (06/29/12)
A group of area artists met June 20 at the Ash Flat Library, to provide input on establishing a Kids Art Group at the library. Ina Gill, with the Sharp County Library  Committee, invited the three area artists to help her come up with ideas. She explained that she has been in contact with the Thea Foundation, about obtaining a grant for the Ash Flat Library's Kid's Art Club. ...
Ash Flat Library receives sculpted eagle for main entrance (06/29/12)
Friends of the Ash Flat Public Library, Martha Null and Family, have graciously donated a beautifully crafted eagle to be the main feature in the library's landscaping. One might say, "The Eagle Has Come Home to Roost!" The eagle was the Ash Flat Public School emblem before consolidation created the Highland Public Schools system...
It's peach-canning time in the Ozarks (06/29/12)
The queen of all fruit has made her entrance early this year -- about two weeks early in fact. A tree-ripened Ozarks peach is definitely fit for a king! This regal delicacy was appreciated by Chinese emperors, where the tree is native, and was cited in Chinese writings as far back as the 10th Century B.C...
WRAAA announces new director for Fulton County Senior programs (06/29/12)
Janice Crider (right) has been hired by the White River Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA) to coordinate Fulton County senior citizen programs, when the organization takes over management on July 1. Crider has worked at senior centers in Izard and Sharp Counties for the past seven years. ...
Highland brush truck gets updated equipment (06/29/12)
With a burn ban in effect and no rain in sight, dry conditions can lead to fires very easily. The Highland Fire Department has recently better prepared their department for these type of incidents with an upgrade on one of their brush trucks. Highland Fire Chief Kal Dienst explained that, through the help of his department and the generous support of area businesses, the department has removed the pickup bed and installed and painted a used utility bed on the truck...
Ash Flat Fire Department moving forward with new building (06/29/12)
After over two years, the Ash Flat Fire Department can finally look forward to moving out of their cramped room in what is left of their previous location, into a new firehouse in the near future. City council approved a bond issue at a special meeting May 21, and Clint Wiles with First National Banking Company addressed the council at the June 18 meeting, explaining details of the bond...
17 year-old watermelon farmer one of first to have melons (06/29/12)
The watermelon roots run deep in Cave City. As one of the city's claim to fame items, melon growers take pride in their crops and this year, a fourth generation grower is making his debut on the infamous watermelon stand circuit. The thing that sets first-year grower Carson Day apart from other growers in the city isn't the fact that his great-grandfather Mobley, grandfather Danny Wooldridge and uncle Chad Wooldridge also grew melons, but that he is the youngest of 11 registered growers, at just 17.. ...
Proposed early migratory bird seasons presented to AGFC (06/29/12)
Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission met on Thursday, June 21, and discussed dove season, and the unofficial opening of Arkansas's fall hunting season, at its monthly meeting in Stuttgart. Early-season migratory game-bird season selections must be reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by Aug. 1. Approval for the early seasons will take place during the Commission's July meeting. Changes from last season are minor...
News Briefs - The News - Week of June 27, 2012 (06/29/12)
Reception at Salem Senior Center for Godwin, Teague The community is invited to attend a reception honoring Connie Godwin and Betty Teague at the Salem Senior Center on Friday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Connie and Betty will no longer be working at the Senior Center, so come and show your appreciation for their many years of service to the Senior Citizens of Fulton County, and enjoy some cake and punch...
News Briefs - The South Missourian News - June 27, 2012 (06/29/12)
Thayer First Assembly of God Fundraiser The Thayer First Assembly of God Firework Fundraiser is in full swing. Come visit the big tent next to the K-Kountry 95 radio station, north of Thayer on Hwy 63. A huge selection of fireworks is on sale for 50% off the marked price. The tent is open Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 p.m. - 11 p.m. Call 417-280-5285 for more information...
-- Reunions -- (06/29/12)
Salem Class of 1992 - 20 Year Reunion The Salem High School Class of 1992 will have its 20 year class reunion on Saturday, July 14, at 2 p.m. in the Salem High School cafeteria. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please bring one finger food item and drinks per family...
News Briefs - The Villager Journal - Week of June 27 - July 4, 2012 (06/29/12)
Salem Class of 1992 20-year reunion The Salem High School Class of 1992 will have their 20 year class reunion on Saturday, July 14, at 2 p.m. in the Salem High School cafeteria. Families are welcome and encouraged. Please bring one finger food item and drinks per family. It will be a wonderful time and we hope to have high participation...
Five Generations of Dotsons (06/29/12)
Five generations of the Dotson family, ranging in ages from 92 down to 9 months, gathered for the first time over the Mother's Day weekend. And the lineage is as follows: Bess Dotson, 92, the matriarch of the Dotson family, of Poughkeepsie, Ark.; her son, Dr. ...
Salem Cheerleading standout set to cheer on the WBC Eagles (06/29/12)
What is the most physically demanding sport? According to MaKollie Koelling, 18, the answer is cheerleading. "Competitive cheerleading is the toughest sport. Its not just pretty girls in short skirts anymore. In the summer, even some football players cheer to stay in shape...
Thayer hosts area lineman camp (06/29/12)
Players from Thayer, Mountain Grove, Liberty and West Plains took part
Former Rebel Coach named Outstanding Coach of the Year (06/29/12)
The 2011-12 high school athletic year in the Arkansas River Valley has truly been a memorable one. Four Russellville teams earned Class 6A state championships and a multitude of teams reached the state championship game in their respective sports and classifications. Even more found themselves competing in the state playoffs...
Tri-City All Stars win Cal Ripken Tournament (06/29/12)
The Tri-County All-Stars won the Cal Ripken District Machine Pitch Tournament held at Batesville on June 6 and 7. The team is composed of players from the local Ozark Tri-County League. The Tri-County team went 2-1 during pool play on Saturday defeating Mountain Home and the Batesville 7-year-olds...
Salem 10 finish season undefeated (06/29/12)
The Salem Keen Surveying 10 and under boys team finished the regular season with 12 wins and 0 losses. They won the regular season league play and will begin tournament play on June 26. Front Row from left: Garrett Romine, Luke Keen, Bryson Love, Drake Saunders, Trent Morris, Cord McCullough, Middle Row from left: Allen Staton, Gavin Guiltner, Mark Hancock, Gabe Miller, Carter Bagwell, and Tyler Guffey. Coaches from left: Jason Miller, Wayne Guiltner, Bryan Keen, and Phillip Bagwell...
Abney Logging are undefeated champs (06/29/12)
The Lady Loggers from Abney Logging finished the regular season with a record of 12-0 making them the 12 and under Ozark Tri-County League Champs. Over the course of the season, the team scored a total of 162 runs, while their opponents scored a total of 11. ...
Fast and Furious place fourth (06/29/12)
Fast and Furious, a traveling softball team made up of players from Salem, Viola and Highland, show off their trophies following a two day tournament in Jonesboro. The team placed fourth in the Mtn. Dew Softball Classic.
29 Teams compete in Tommy Bolt Scramble (06/29/12)
29 teams participated in Saturday, June 23, Tommy Bolt Memorial four-person scramble held at Cherokee Village South. The following teams placed within their flight: 1st Flight - Scores 55 - 63 1st - 55 - Rusty Campbell - Travis Lawrence - Preston King & Justin Thornton...
Frog-days of Summer begin on June 30 (06/29/12)
Missourians can celebrate summer with a favorite outdoor pastime, as frogging season begins at sunset June 30. Frogging can be practiced with either a fishing permit or a hunting permit. The Wildlife Code of Missouri allows those with a fishing permit to take frogs by hand net, gig, trotline, throw line, limb line, bank line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing or pole and line...
Managed deer hunt applications open July 1 (06/29/12)
Missouri deer hunters can apply online for managed deer hunts beginning July 1. More than 6,000 hunters will have a chance to participate in 99 managed hunts from mid-September through January. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) holds an electronic drawing to determine who gets to participate in special managed deer hunts at conservation areas, state parks, national wildlife refuges and urban parks...
Cast your vote in the MDC Photo contest (06/29/12)
As part of the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) 75th Anniversary of serving nature and you, the Department is hosting a public photo contest. The contest encouraged people to submit their best images that celebrate the natural wonders of Missouri and the 75-year legacy of MDC. More than 1,880 people submitted almost 13,000 photos in seven categories during the submission period of Feb. 1 through May 15...
Death Notices - Week of June 27, 2012 (06/29/12)
Eva Gaines, 75, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home, Inc. of Thayer, Mo. A memorial service for Gene A. Helland, 77, of Hardy, Ark., will be held at the Cherokee Village Lutheran Church on Tuesday, July 3, at 1 p.m. Pastor Joan Ewaldsen will officiate...
Death Notices - Week of June 27, 2012 (06/29/12)
Eva Gaines, 75, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Mo. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home, Inc. of Thayer, Mo. A memorial service for Gene A. Helland, 77, of Hardy, Ark., will be held at the Cherokee Village Lutheran Church on Tuesday, July 3, at 1 p.m. Pastor Joan Ewaldsen will officiate...
Death Notices - Week of June 20, 2012 (06/29/12)
Robert Good Jr., 68, of Camp, Ark., died Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at his home. Arrangements under the direction of Twin Lakes Cremation Society and Funeral Home. M. Keith Helland, 80, of Cherokee Village, Ark., died Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in Batesville, Ark. Arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Homes of Highland, Ark...
New Arrivals - Week of June 27 - July 3, 2012 (06/29/12)
Colt Allen Welker Jesse Welker and Mary Scheuerman, Alton, are the parents of baby boy Colt Allen Welker, born at 12:37 a.m. on June 21 at OMC. He weighed 6 pounds, 1/2 ounces and was 19 inches long. Baby Sisco Adam and Amanda Sisco, Alton, are the parents of a baby boy, no name given, born at 1:06 p.m. ...
Hill ~ Smith (06/29/12)
Brett Hill, the son of Brach Hill and Alesha Smith, along with his cousins -- Layton and Blake Smith -- would like to announce the upcoming wedding of his parents at the Boy Scout Camp in Viola, Ark., on June 30 at 6:30 p.m. Justice of the Peace Jim Bicker will be officiating, and a reception will follow the ceremony...
Wray - Mundy (06/29/12)
Kelvin and Patty Wray would like to announce the marrige of their daughter. Kimberley Lee Wray and Matthew Robert Mundy were united in marriage on May 14, 2012, at Eden Gardens Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Kimberley is the daughter of Kelvin and Patty Wray of Elizabeth, Ark. She is the granddaughter of the late Robert Wray and Dorthey Wray of Viola, Ark., and the late Herbert Kasinger and late Jaunita Kasinger of Cotter, Ark...
Smith - Dyer (06/29/12)
Alvin and Judy Dyer are happy to announce the upcoming wedding of their son, Robert Dyer, to Angela Smith. The wedding will take place on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Grand Gulf State Park at 4 p.m. All friends and family are invited to attend.
Whatever happened to personal responsibility? (06/29/12)
When did the virtue of Personal Responsibility become a piece of garbage easily tossed away into the nearest trash receptacle? Are parents no longer teaching their children the importance of owning up to their actions, and the consequences they bring?...