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Stories from Wednesday, July 18, 2012

White River Medical Center opens new wing (07/18/12)
The White River Medical Center's three year plan to up grade and modernize its Batesville facility is ready to take a big step forward. Patients and visitors from the five counties it serves -- Independence, Sharp, Izard, Fulton and Stone Counties -- will soon see a very different WRMC...
Big bear drops by for a snack in Sturkie (07/18/12)
When Bruce Wayne Price entered his computer room and looked out a back window on Thursday, July 12, he called out, "Hon, we have a bear out there." There wasn't any panic in his voice, or in the reaction by his wife, Donna. Their dogs, on the front porch, never let out a bark...
New hospital CEO brings experience (07/18/12)
Tony Thompson wraps up a meeting with his assistant, Jennifer Perryman, and runs down the hallway to get a bottle of water before his next appointment. It is Tuesday, July 10 and, in his second day as Fulton County Hospital's Chief Executive Officer, Thompson is busy learning the ropes, while being pulled in several different directions...
Quorum Court pays jail architect, discusses current budget shortfall (07/18/12)
When we left the Fulton County Quorum Court in June, it had recessed after a four hour meeting. The meeting ended with a special meeting being tentatively scheduled for later in the month, after the court failed to identify budget cuts to deal with a large shortfall in the county general fund...
Fire-related fatal accident still under investigation (07/18/12)
A funeral service was held on Friday, July 13 for Shane Thornton, 17, of Salem, who died on July 8 as the result of injuries suffered in a two vehicle accident in Missouri. Thornton and Albert Eakin, 20, of Salem were airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield on June 28, with serious injuries after the crash. The driver of their vehicle, Evan Cochran, 20, of Glencoe was transported to the Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains with moderate injuries...
Large crowd turns out for first Town Hall meeting (07/18/12)
Oregon County political candidates shared a little about themselves, and their reasons for seeking office during a political forum on Monday, July 9 at the Oregon County Music Theatre in Thayer. Dr. Erwin Burke, of Burke Chiropractic in Alton, sponsored the event. ...
Thayer City Council discusses hiring new officer (07/18/12)
The Thayer City Council went into special session at its Tuesday, July 18 meeting to discuss hiring a new police officer. Afterward, the council voted to hire Luke Martin. Martin is a recent graduate of the Sheriff's Academy in West Plains. He is currently employed as a dispatcher for the Thayer Police Department. He will continue to dispatch, and work as an officer while he is in training...
Traffic light at intersection of Highways 9 and 63 part of AHTD's widening plan (07/18/12)
In a public hearing on July 12, residents of the Mammoth Spring area gave their reaction and suggestions, after looking at the latest plans for a major highway improvement project in the area of the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 63. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department held the open forum at the Mammoth Spring Multi-Purpose building...
Arkansas receives drought declaration, waits for programs (07/18/12)
A day after Governor Mike Beebe requested a drought related federal disaster declaration for all Arkansas counties, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved assistance for 69 of the state's 75 counties. The declaration issued on Wednesday, July 11 will initially make Arkansas farmers and ranchers eligible for low interest emergency loans...
Thief steals Jeep, faces drug charges (07/18/12)
A Hardy man was arrested in Izard County on July 6 for felony theft of property charges after stealing a Jeep, hiding it, painting it a different color and attempting to sell it. If this wasn't enough, Allan Wade Bowers, 28, also was charged in Izard County on drug charges after authorities located methamphatamine and drug paraphernalia in the stolen vehicle...
DTF arrests four for sale and use of methamphetamine (07/18/12)
The Third Judicial Drug Task Force arrested four people after serving a search warrant on a Cherokee Village home on July 2. Acting on a tip from a confidential informant who gave evidence to a DTF investigator about potential sale and use of drugs, the investigator served a search warrant at the home of Blake Martin, 25, and Angelita Moran...
Crawford trying to save hatchery funding (07/18/12)
First District Congressman Rick Crawford introduced a bill in June to insure that Norfork and Greers Ferry fish hatcheries are automatically funded each year. Crawford proposes using funds from power generation for operating and management costs of the hatcheries -- ending the uncertainty of funding in the Federal budget...
US Marshals corral cattle thief in Mexico (07/18/12)
Ron Shepard, the man allegedly responsible for bilking the Ash Flat Livestock Auction and the Nix family out of $1.35 million in cattle, was caught by U.S. Marshals in a modern day wild west roundup. Not unlike the cattle rustlers featured in many western gun slinger movies, Shepard was a wanted man-- for the Nix crime and many like it in several states...
Third time may be the charm for a wet/dry ballot issue (07/18/12)
After a five year battle to get a Wet/Dry initiative on the ballot, Sharp County residents may finally get to vote on the issue. Members of Save Energy Reap Taxes (SERT) turned in nearly 5,000 petitions on July 13 in the latest attempt to have the initiative on the November ballot. The amount of petitions is well in excess of the number required to have the wet/dry issue placed on the ballot...
State Champion Cheerleaders get billboard in their honor (07/18/12)
Supporters of the State Champion Thayer High School Cheerleaders don't want the team's accomplishment to be forgotten. They recently received a billboard in their honor. As you drive past the Great Southern Bank, located next to Wal-Mart in Thayer, you will see the large sign that people from the community obtained to honor the 2011-2012 THS Cheerleading Squad...
Alton holds fireworks display to celebrate July 4th (07/18/12)
Even though many Independence Day celebrations were postponed due to hot and dry weather, the city of Alton didn't let the weather ruin its plans -- on Tuesday, July 3 the city held its annual Independence Day festivities and firework display at the Alton City Park...
Choices.tlc receives grant funding (07/18/12)
Arkansas State Representative, Lori Benedict has decided to use some of her general improvement funds to assist veterans. On Tuesday, July 3 at the Mammoth Spring VFW, Benedict presented a $1,050 grant to Frankie Smith, founder of Choices.tlc, a Mammoth Spring organization which tries to assist veterans in receiving benefits due them under the law...
Work well underway on Highway 142 turn lane (07/18/12)
As you are driving through Thayer, on Highway 142 in front of the Thayer Schools, you may notice some changes being made to address concerns about traffic backups at the busy Highway 142 and Highway 63 intersection.. The construction project will add a turning lane from Highway 63 to the east entrance of Thayer High School. ...
School Choice lawsuit raises questions, concerns (07/18/12)
18 out-of-district students who applied to attend Salem schools this fall have been accepted -- despite a federal judge's decision tossing out the 1989 Arkansas School Choice law. "Since the judge issued a stay of his ruling, we will operate under the current law, at least until appeals are decided," Salem Superintendent Ken Rich told The News...
Hospital board hopes billing problems are solved (07/18/12)
Tony Thompson, the new administrator at the Fulton County Hospital, officially began his job on Monday, July 9. Thompson worked for years as the Associate Administrator of the White River Medical Center in Batesville. Interim administrator Kim Thompson will remain at the hospital through July 13 to help Thompson get started...
Woman steals wallet at Town and Country (07/18/12)
Salem Police Chief Al Roork is asking the public's help in identifying the female customer seen in this Town and Country Supermarket surveilance video. On Thursday, July 5, the woman was captured on video taking a wallet a previous customer had left on the check writing stand. The wallet, belonging to Dale Jackson of Salem, contained $450 in cash and a debit card. The tall, large woman with glasses is described as an occasional Town and Country customer...
Arkansas and Missouri counties named disasters due to drought (07/18/12)
Governor Mike Beebe has asked that Fulton, Izard and Baxter Counties receive federal disaster designations because extreme drought is affecting livestock and crops. With pastures burnt up by the heat wave and a hay shortage driving up prices, many area cattle operations are already selling off stock. ...
Salem off road champ is back in the national spotlight (07/18/12)
There is nothing Alex Sanders likes better than driving through a mud hole until he's stuck real good, and can work his way out. So, the Salem native loved his second appearance at Four Wheeler Magazine's Top Truck Challenge in Hollister Hills, Calif, last month...
Renovated Calico Rock home ready for a buyer (07/18/12)
After eight months of work, an experiment to improve a Calico Rock neighborhood is almost completed. Last October, CORE, the Calico Rock Organization for Revitalization Efforts, bought a 1930s house on West First Street, and set out to save the house from ruin and help the neighborhood where it is located...
Melbourne Mayor urges residents to cut their water usage (07/18/12)
Melbourne Mayor Shannon Womack has issued an alert urging residents in his city to conserve water. "Due to the extremely dry and hot weather, we have been experiencing a water supply shortage," Womack said in a statement sent to all Melbourne Water Company customers. "Continued high usage of water will result in all water customers facing the loss of their water supply."...
Congressman visits area to speak with seniors (07/18/12)
First District Congressman Rick Crawford spent the morning of July 3 in Cherokee Village, speaking to his 65+ Senior Advisory Council about the recent Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. Crawford's visit with his constituents was an attempt to hear, first hand, their concerns about the decision, and how it affects them...
Air for Fair project a success (07/18/12)
The Sharp County Fair will offer a cool place to escape the heat later this month. Thanks to a group of local residents who have worked tirelessly to raise funds, the fair's education building, which has been compared to an oven, has a new air conditioning system up and running...
Area youth minister charged with felony sexual assault (07/18/12)
The youth minister of the Cherokee Village First Baptist Church turned himself in, and was served with an arrest warrant on July 2 charging him with second degree sexual assault, following an incident that occurred at the church with a 14-year old juvenile...
News Briefs - The News - July 18, 2012 (07/18/12)
Low cost spay and neuter clinic July 31-Aug. 2 The Cherokee Village Animal Control Shelter will host a Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic for dogs and cats on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 31, and Aug. 1 and 2. The clinic will be held at the Cherokee Village Animal Control Facility, located at 1531 Hwy 289 North, in Cherokee Village, across from the IESI Landfill entrance...
Ash Flat Marine works to improve communication (07/18/12)
Sgt. Julie Nicholson, of Ash Flat, Ark., grew up on a farm and had never left her home state of Arkansas but, when she heard that her friend's family would not be able to make it to his Marine Corps recruit training graduation, she knew she had to be there for him...
Miss Summer Sunshine 2012 (07/18/12)
Mary Katherine Estes, daughter of Jason and Monica Estes of Salem, Ark., won the first annual Miss Summer Sunshine beauty pageant held in Salem on June 9. The pageant was sponsored by A and K Salon with the proceeds benefitting the Salem FCCLA club.
News Briefs - The South Missourian News - July 18, 2012 (07/18/12)
WP NARFE Chapter to meet July 24 The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 695 of West Plains will meet on Tuesday, July 24, at noon at Ryan's Family Steak House, 1321 Preacher Roe Blvd. The speakers will be Mike and Deb Slack of Thayer. Their topic is "Coping during power outages."...
Former Pastor of Sacred Heart celebrates 70th jubilee of his ordination (07/18/12)
Father Syl Bauer, 96, the founding pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Thayer, recently celebrated his "70th Jubilee of Ordination" to the Catholic preisthood. Some 40 priests joined Fr. Bauer, and Bishop John Gaydos to help him give thanks of God for 70 years of priestly ministry...
News Briefs - Villager Journal - July 18, 2012 (07/18/12)
True Country to play George D. Hay "True Country" will appear at the George D. Hay Music Foundation Theater at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Come on down and enjoy some toe-tapping, down-home country music, and support the live music tradition of the Ozarks...
News Briefs - The South Missourian News - July 11, 2012 (07/18/12)
Ministerial Alliance to sponsor Back to School Fair The Thayer/Mammoth Spring Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring this year's Back to School Fair, to be held Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the Thayer Elementary Gym. Any families needing help getting back to school items for their children are welcome to participate, but they must pre-register the week of July 16-20, at the Fellowship Hall of the First Assembly of God Church in Thayer, between the hours of 9 a.m. ...
News Briefs - The News - July 11, 2012 (07/18/12)
Golf Tournament to benefit Salem Athletics The 21st annual Greyhound Classic Golf Tournament will be held on August 4, 2012 at The Golf Course on Turkey Mountain. Entry fee for the two-person scramble is $70 per team. To enter the tournament, call Wendall Smith (895-2220) or Tim Eckman ( 417-280-0242). All proceeds benefit the Salem High School Athletic Department...
NAEC announces scholarship winners (07/18/12)
North Arkansas Electric Cooperative is proud to announce that it has awarded $20,000 in educational scholarships to students. All of which, were made possible through contributions from members of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative to its Operation RoundUp program...
News Briefs - Villager Journal - July 11, 2012 (07/18/12)
Smith/Sparkman Family Reunion The Smith / Sparkman family reunion will be held on Sunday, July 15, at the Ash Flat Community Building. A potluck lunch is planned at noon. All family and friends are invited to attend. Elks Breakfast Bonanza July 21 The ladies of the Highland Elks invite all members and guests to their annual Breakfast Bonanza, to be held Saturday, July 21, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m...
Alton Lady Comets honored by Conference (07/18/12)
Four Alton Lady Comets were selected to receive Big Springs All Conference basketball honors. Pictured are Cierra Cawvey and Alex Mills, 1st Team recipients, Chandra Hollis and Molly Steele, honorable mention. Mills was also selected for the Big Springs Conference All Tournament team. Three Alton Lady Comets were selected to receive Big Springs All Conference softball honors. Pictured are Alex Mills and Jessie Morrison, 1st Team recipients, and Molly Steele, honorable mention...
Highland 7-on-7 teams excel in state tourneys (07/18/12)
Travelling to the far reaches of Northwest Arkansas, the Highland Rebels 7-on-7 team placed second in the 4 State Sports 7-on-7 Championship held at Gravette High School on July 14. The Junior Rebels took the bus in the opposite direction and earned first place the First Annual NEA 7-on-7 Throwdown at Brookland High School...
Alton senior chosen to play on 2012 World Series Team (07/18/12)
Wesley Carswell, a rising senior at Alton High School, was chosen to play first base in the 2012 Under Armor/Baseball Factory National World Series in Bradenton, Fla., at Pirate City. As an All-District and All-Conference standout on his high school baseball team, his coach Jarvis Reed saw the immense potential in this young player...
Lady Comets capture third in Big Springs Tourney (07/18/12)
The Alton Lady Comets softball team captured third place in the Big Springs Conference Tournament on June 17, with a 3-2 win over the Eminence Lady Redwings. The torunament was held in Summersville this year. Pictured are: Front row -- (standing) Managers Breanna Foes and Celsie Benson; (seated) Hope Carswell, Kianna Friesz, Jena Woodside, Caty Chilcutt, Hannah Brewer; (standing) Coach Scott Tooley. ...
Razorbacks with 10 on pre-season All SEC Team (07/18/12)
The University of Arkansas football team has 10 student-athletes voted to the 2012 SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team. The Razorbacks had four representatives on the first team, three on the second team and three on the third team. The 10 selections rank as the third-highest total in the conference, trailing only the 11 members of the teams from Alabama and LSU...
Adams advances in Best Play ESPY bracket (07/18/12)
Former Arkansas wide receiver Joe Adams' exciting 60-yard punt return touchdown vs. Tennessee from last season has advanced to the Round of Eight in the voting for the ESPY Award for Best Play. Fans can continue to vote online at ESPN.com/ESPYS/BestPlayVote as voting has reset for the second round...
Hotshots win Foxx Hollow Tourney (07/18/12)
The Hotshots, an area traveling seventh and eighth basketball team, recently won the Foxx Hollow Summer Invitational in Nixa, Missouri. The team swept through the junior high tournament with a 3-0 record. The team is comprised of Michael Gleghorn, Andrew Walker, Coby Jones, Clay Mosley, Julio Martinez, Dallas Farmer, and Raymond Hunter all from ICC, and Gerard Dietrich from West Plains. ...
ICC Babe Ruth team captures tourney championship (07/18/12)
The ICC Babe Ruth Team captured the Ozark Tri-County League Tournament Championship on July 13 with a 7-6 victory in eight innings over Melbourne. Playing at Salem, ICC rallied from a seventh inning deficit with three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth for the victory. ...
Fulton County Hospital Foundation to hold annual golf tournament (07/18/12)
The Fulton County Hospital Foundation will hold its third annual Three Man Scramble Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 11, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at the Turkey Mountain Golf Course in Horseshoe Bend, Ark. Cost per team is $120. Lunch will be available, door prizes will be given away and hole prizes will be awarded for closest to the pin, longest drive and longest putt...
Cherokee Village mixed martial artist is current flyweight champion (07/18/12)
They say dynamite comes in small packages, and mixed martial artist Ray Allard, 20, is a good example of that. The 5'2" fighter is the current ShoFIGHT flyweight champion, with a 9 win - 2 loss record in amateur sanctioned fights, and 17 and 4 overall. Allard has successfully defended his championship belt four times, winning each defense in the first two minutes of the first round...
Viola 9 and 10 year old girls are Conference and District Champs (07/18/12)
The Viola 9 and 10 year old girls fast pitch softball team finished the season with a 14-1 record, and the titles of Tri County League Conference Champions and Tri County League District Tournament Champions. The girls are coached by Melissa McCandlis and Deion Sanders, and sponsored by Luther Farms. ...
Tri County All Stars (07/18/12)
The Tri County All Stars traveled to Jonesboro on June 16 and 17 to play in the 12-year-old open base Cal Ripken Invitational Tournament. The team placed second overall. Pictured are: coaches -- Darick Brown, Matt Edwards, and Phillip Edwards; players -- Wendell Edwards, Braden Love, Gabe Henderson, Ben Henderson, Roy Bridges, Hunter Brokaw, Landon Edwards, Dalton Roork, and Dalton Brown. ...
Thayer graduate bags a bear (07/18/12)
Saren Thompson, a 2004 graduate of Thayer High School, has become the first woman in the Providence of New Brunswick, Canada to kill a black bear with a crossbow. Thompson brought down the 245 pound bear on May 28, while hunting with guide Carl Stewart of Stewart's Old Pine Lodge. Thompson is the daughter of Mike and Janey Thompson of Mammoth Spring, Ark...
AGFC officers to issue ice cream tickets to youngsters to encourage wearing life jackets (07/18/12)
In an effort to promote kids wearing life jackets, the Enforcement Division of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be issuing special citations on the state's waterways this summer. The citations will reward youths for being "caught" wearing their life jackets...
Death Notices for the week of July 18, 2012 (07/18/12)
Shane Thornton, 17, of Salem, Ark., died Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Mercy St. John's Medical Center in Springfield, Mo. Arrangements by Cox-Blevins Funeral Home of Salem, Ark. Melinda Jean Seward, 45, of Hardy, Ark., died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Hardy. Arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Ark...
Death Notices for the week of July 11, 2012 (07/18/12)
Virginia Sue "Frosty" (Goodwin) Springfield, 75, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Thayer, Mo., died Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Arrangements by the Clary Funeral Home of Thayer, Mo. Armada Lucille "Mickey" Broyles, 87, of Salem, Ark., died on Thursday, July 5, 2012, at Southfork River Therapy and Living Center in Salem. Barker Funeral Home of Salem in charge of arrangements...
New Arrivals - Week of July 11, 2012 (07/18/12)
Temperance Darlene Stevens Holly and Jeremy Stevens, Highland, Ark., are the parents of baby girl, Temperance Darlene, born at 4:01p.m. on July 3, 2012 at White River Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 8.8 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. His sibling is Dacey Jones. Grandparents are Sandra and Ernie Jones and Carla Stevens...
Temperance Darlene Stevens (07/18/12)
Holly and Jeremy Stevens, Highland, Ark., are the parents of baby girl, Temperance Darlene, born at 4:01 p.m. on July 3, 2012 at White River Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 8.8 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Her sibling is Dacey Jones. Grandparents are Sandra and Ernie Jones and Carla Stevens...
Pike ~ Wise (07/18/12)
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Wise and Mr. and Mrs. John Pike announce the wedding of their children, Tara Wise and Timothy Pike. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Friendship Baptist Church, located on Liberty Hill Road. Family and friends are welcome to attend...
Travis ~ Zimmer (07/18/12)
John Travis and Amanda Zimmer would like to announce their upcoming marriage on July 28, 2012 at the Viola First Baptist Church. The ceremony will be performed by Brother Mike Book. A reception will follow at Camp Cedar Valley. The couple will reside in Jonesboro with their three children, Michael, Matthew, and Lindsey. after a short honeymoon...
Combs ~ Rodiger (07/18/12)
Jeffrey Adam Combs and Amy Dawn Rodiger will begin their life together on Saturday, July 28, 2012. The ceremony will be at the Parkview Christian Church in Springfield, Mo., at 4 p.m. A reception will follow at Touch. The bride to be is a graduate of Kickapoo High School in Springfield. She is currently a student at St. John's College of Nursing, where she will graduate in December with her degree as a Registered Nurse. She is employed by St. John's Hospital and Applebees...
York ~ Schlup (07/18/12)
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Schlup of California, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lyndsay, to Dustin York, son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry York of Salem, Ark. An August 4 wedding is planned at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Jefferson City, Mo.
Couch's celebrate 50th anniversary (07/18/12)
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Couch of Portia will mark their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception on July 14 at the old Portia School from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The couple's children -- Sheila Hillhouse, Lisa Thompson and Mike Couch, all of Portia -- will host the event...
Oregon County Sheriff's Report (07/18/12)
Douglas A. Tucker, 24, of Alton, was arrested on charges of felony assault and posted $4,900 bond. Julie M. Nickles, 35, of Thayer, had bond revolked due to another warrant for felony possession of a controlled substance and rebonded for $4,900. James A. Chitwood, 39, of Willow Springs, was transferred from Shannon County Jail for two warrants, felony possession of a controlled substance, and failure to register a vehicle...
Izard County Sheriff's Report (07/18/12)
Jeffery Chase Moser, 23, of Melbourne was arrested June 26 on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moser was also charged with probation violation. While incarcerated, Moser allegedly conspired with Brandon Joe Gillaspie, 23, of Melbourne to give Moser a Bible with hydromorphone pills hidden in the lining. ...
Fulton County Sheriff's Report (07/18/12)
John Shaffer, 28, of Hardy was arrested on June 18 for Criminal Mischief, Possession of Instrument of Crime, Third Degree Battery and Disorderly Conduct. Shaffer was free on bond when arrested and his bond was revoked. Shaffer was released from the Fulton County Jail on June 27 on a Judges Order...
Sharp County looking to collect delinquent fines (07/18/12)
Each week, space permitting, the Villager Journal will be running a list of delinquent fines owed to the Sharp County Circuit Court. The names of those responsible will be posted along with the amount due. Judy Qualls, Administrative Deputy with the Sharp County Sheriff's Department said those who owe these fines may pay them at the Sheriff's office only, not the Circuit Clerk's office...
Sharp County Sheriff's Report (07/18/12)
Cody Ty McCann, 22, of Thayer, Mo., was arrested June 15 for probation revocation. Susan Angela Wallerstedt, 42, of Hardy was arrested June 15 for probation revocation. John Benjamin Curtis, 41, of Hardy was arrested June 15 for probation revocation...
Letters to the Editor - Week of July 18, 2012 (07/18/12)
Dear Editor, Mack Jr. and Kim Keedy from Cash, Ark., traveled to Cherokee Village to watch the Thunder on Thunderbird fireworks on July 4, and became the lucky winners of a cash raffle. The raffle was held by the Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service (SRPAS) Foundation, in support of SRPAS...
Frustration, a sad note and a bright spot (07/18/12)
Since most of the farmers in our area work on a smaller scale, and have outside jobs, it does not appear the emergency loans that the USDA approved for Arkansas farmers because of the drought will be of much help. But the Fulton and Izard County Farm Service Agency offices pride themselves in persuading a large number of farmers of the importance of signing up for crop insurance, to help cover losses when hay fields burn up. ...
July 4th -- A dud for some, a blast for others (07/18/12)
It was a strange Independence Day, to say the least, with fireworks -- the most important element of the holiday to many -- missing. When Fulton and Sharp County leaders banned the use of individual fireworks, I expected it to be widely ignored. After all, fireworks stands were open and, with so many feeling it's just not July Fourth without some explosions, I figured lots of people would not be able to resist lighting the sky, dry conditions or not...