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Stories from Friday, July 27, 2012

Swingle's celebrates second year on the square (07/27/12)
When a new restaurant opened in the oldest building on the Salem square in July of 2010, many skeptics predicted it would not be around long. "Their prices are too high," some said. "Restaurants never make it in that building," others said. But two years to the day they opened, the owners of Swingle's Family Diner threw a party to thank their customers for 24 months of success...
Salem schools get summer improvements (07/27/12)
Salem students may be enjoying their summer vacations, but there has been little rest for the school maintenance staff. "It's been a busy summer, but we've been able to get quite a few things done," Superintendent Ken Rich told the Salem School Board at its Monday, July 16 meeting...
Salem Police wages subject of Federal lawsuit (07/27/12)
A December trial date has been set in Federal Court to decide the complaint of a former Salem Police officer, who alleges that the department has violated federal wage and hour laws for years. Doug Niendick, who is a Fulton County resident, was fired by Salem Police Chief Al Roork in April of 2011...
Getting ready for the Texaco Country Showdown (07/27/12)
Jamie Perryman of Viola, Ark. will compete in the Texaco Country Showdown Saturday, July 28 at the West Plains Regional Airport in Pomona at 6:30 p.m. Jamie is the daughter of Eddie and Tammy Combs of Myrtle and is a 2003 Couch graduate. She is pictured with her husband, Jason...
Teen volunteers making a difference at Fulton County Hospital (07/27/12)
The Fulton County Hospital believes the best employees are homegrown -- local residents who intend to stay here. Three Fulton County youth who signed on as hospital volunteers for the summer are getting a close look at what careers are available at the facility...
Missouri wild fires setting record pace (07/27/12)
Summer 2012 is setting a record pace for Missouri wildfires, and the forecast is for more through fall. Mark Twain National Forest wild land firefighters responded to more than 50 wildfires in June and July, that burned more than 4,000 acres of public and private lands...
Heart Gallery helps unite kids with 'forever' families (07/27/12)
The Oregon County Division of Family and Social Services showcased children in need of families during the statewide Heart Gallery campaign. Professionally taken photos of children, in need of forever families, were put on display at the Glass Sword Cinema and Alton Florist...
New Aquatic Center gives special preview (07/27/12)
Mammoth Spring's Aquatic Conservation and Education facility, which will soon open to the public, gave a tour on Friday, July 20 to the Friends of the Aquatic Center organization, to ignite excitement about the new addition to the Mammoth Spring State Park...
Governor Nixon declares state of emergency over drought conditions (07/27/12)
Kim Bray Staff Writer On July 17, 97 counties in Missouri were designated by the USDA as primary disaster areas, due to damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat. Counties which now qualify for low interest emergency loans include Oregon, Howell and Shannon counties...
Sprucing up the Square (07/27/12)
Sam Rosito and James Watkins are working early mornings to beat the heat, as they give the Groovy Little Flower Shop's awning a new look. They also recently painted the two end buildings (far right), and have other improvements planned for the east side of the Salem square. This spring, they were involved in exterior improvements on the north side of the square, which continues to attract new businesses and shoppers...
Phillips' chosen as one of Arkansas' Parents of the Year (07/27/12)
Salem residents Gary and Rebecca Phillips received a surprise when they arrived for a cookout at Mammoth Spring State Park on Saturday, July 14. The large gathering of friends and family was really present for State Rep. Lori Benedict's announcement that the Phillips had been chosen as one of Arkansas' Parents of the Year. ...
News Briefs - The News - Week of July 26, 2012 (07/27/12)
Salem Mighty Mites Camp Aug. 3 Salem Mighty Mite football camp and registration will be held on Friday, Aug. 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Salem Greyhound Stadium at the Salem Schools. This registration is for youth entering 2nd through 6th grades. Players need to wear shorts, shirts and cleats for the camp. There is no cost for camp, but registration fees for the season are $50 per player. For information, contact Matt or Jamie at 870-895-4457...
ASUMH Fall registration underway (07/27/12)
The first day of classes (including the first seven-week classes) for Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) students is August 20. It's not too late to register for the fall 2012 semester. Pre-registration is open now for all currently enrolled students. Advising and registration for other students will be held August 14-16...
Tax delinquent land sale in Sharp County (07/27/12)
A public auction for the sale of tax delinquent land in Sharp County will be held at the Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at 10 a.m., according to John Thurston, Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m...
2012 Izard County Fair set for Aug. 7-11 (07/27/12)
Excitement is building as the Izard County Fair draws near. We want to let everybody know some of the approaching entry deadlines, and a rundown of the schedule of events so everyone can come out and enjoy it! The fair will kick off Tuesday, Aug. 7 and run through Saturday, Aug. 11. All entries for the creative arts and livestock are due Wednesday, July 25...
Hair Hut offering free back-to-school haircuts (07/27/12)
Burdetta Pendergrass, owner of the Hair Hut on Highway 62 in Salem, is offering free back to school haircuts on Saturday, Aug. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. The offer is open to any area student, Kindergarten to 12th Grade. According to Pendergrass, the Department of Human Services has asked the business community to assist students to help them get off to a good start this school year...
Pink for Peitz Rodeo set for Aug. 10-11 (07/27/12)
The weekend of Aug. 10-11, Baxter County will be home to a "Pink Rodeo," "Pink Jail," and even a "Pink Sheriff" -- all in an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer and support services offered at the Peitz Cancer Support House (PCSH) of Baxter Regional Medical Center...
Master's Voice to present concert in Calico Rock (07/27/12)
Pastor Wade Moser of New Hope Christian Fellowship welcomes the public to come see and hear Master's Voice on Thursday, July 26 at the church. The church is located two miles south of Calico Rock in Stone County, on Highway 5 at the Culp Road turnoff...
Area students attend OMC MASH Camp (07/27/12)
Learning to take vital signs, perform CPR and cast a wound were all part of the health care experience for local high school students at M*A*S*H CAMP, held June 25 and 26 at Ozarks Medical Center. The two-day, free M*A*S*H Camp gave area high school students interested in health care careers a chance to receive hands-on training...
News Briefs - The South Missourian News - July 26, 2012 (07/27/12)
VFW to host State Rep candidates The two candidates for the District 61 State Representative seat have been invited to the Aug. 6 meeting of the Fulton County VFW. The new District 61 seat will represent citizens in Fulton, Izard, Sharp and Randolph Counties...
Funds raised for American Legion Post (07/27/12)
Oregon County residents enjoyed a free pancake and sausage breakfast Saturday, July 21 at the Fun and Friends Senior Center in Thayer, complements of friends and family of Alonzo Bradwell, Southern County Commissioner Candidate. While the breakfast was free, donations were accepted to benefit the Thayer American Legion to assist veterans with medical needs...
Summerfest raises over $1,000 for Ministerial Alliance (07/27/12)
SummerFest, held at the First Church of God in Thayer, pulled in $1,020 in funds for the Thayer Mammoth Spring Ministerial Alliance on Saturday, July 21. Summerfest attracted large crowds through an auction, a raffle of items donated by local merchants, a spaghetti dinner, and a popular auction of baked goods, after judges handed out first, second and third place awards for pies, cakes, cookies and other items...
Mammoth Chamber offering bus ride to Crystal Bridges (07/27/12)
The Chamber of Commerce of Mammoth Spring is sponsoring a trip to see Arkansas' newest tourist attraction -- Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, in Bentonville, Ark., on Saturday, Nov. 3. The cost of the trip is $35 per person. The bus will leave from Mammoth Spring in the early morning and return that same evening...
119th Annual Old Soldiers Reunion Aug. 6-11 (07/27/12)
The 119th Annual Old Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Air Force Reunion will be held at the Mammoth Spring State Park on Aug. 6 through Aug. 11. This year's chairperson is Frankie Smith, and the Mammoth Spring VFW #7831 Post and the Ladies of the Auxiliary sponsor this event...
Salvation Army benefit concert set for Aug. 11 (07/27/12)
The Salvation Army is always there for people in need, but now the Salvation Army needs help from the citizens of Oregon and Fulton Counties to raise funds to continue helping. To help meet that goal, Go Green Ozarks is sponsoring a benefit concert to raise funds for the Salvation Army on Saturday, August 11, starting at 7 p.m. at the Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Center...
Area Reunions (07/27/12)
The Viola Senior Class of 1956 will hold its class reunion on Friday, Aug. 17 at the Gepp Fire Station, in the afternoon. This date was chosen to coincide with the visit of Jim and Betty Foster from Washington State. For more information, call 458-2945...
New campaign encourages non-traditional students to pursue college degrees (07/27/12)
Nearly 10,000 visitors have viewed the new "Come Back 2 Go Forward" website from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) since it was launched July 2. ADHE began the four-week marketing campaign to inspire adults who have not completed college to enroll this fall and finish their degrees...
First Church of God holds Back to School Blast August 4 (07/27/12)
The First Church of God in Thayer, located one mile north of Thayer on Hwy. 63 next to K-Kountry 95, will be hosting a Back to School Blast on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. This is a community-wide event to try and help low income families in the area get their kids ready to go back to school...
Lunch prices up at Thayer Schools (07/27/12)
Thayer School Board members have approved the federally mandated five-cent increase to lunch prices. The increase is a result of the interim rule titled "National School Lunch Program: School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010."...
Blister beetles and grasshoppers add to drought woes (07/27/12)
Caattle aren't the only hungry mouths in drought-parched Arkansas: so are grasshoppers and blister beetles. Exceptional drought covers 10.81 percent of the state, compared with 3.25 percent in the previous week's U.S. Drought Monitor map. The most intense drought covers all of Conway and Perry counties, most of Pope County and parts of Faulkner and a few other counties...
Missouri Parks offer volunteer programs (07/27/12)
Groups and youth now have new ways to volunteer in Missouri state parks. The Adopt-a-Park and Youth Volunteer Patch programs have recently been added to the ways people can volunteer to improve Missouri state parks and historic sites. The Missouri State Parks Adopt-a-Park Program gives families, organizations, youth groups, school groups and businesses the opportunity to support a Missouri state park or historic site. ...
Green June Beetles are a threat to produce (07/27/12)
I know some people have fond childhood memories of tying a thread to the leg of a green June beetle and letting them fly in a circle above their heads. Unfortunately at the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station, we aren't fond of Cotinus nitida one little bit...
Couch School announces registration dates and Open House (07/27/12)
Classes at Couch School will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Elementary classes will start at 7:59 a.m. and end at 3:16 p.m. High school classes will start at 8:04 a.m. and end at 3:16 p.m. Meal prices for elementary and high school students are $1 for breakfast, $1.30 for elementary lunch, and $1.40 for high school lunch...
Ozarks Small Business benefits Restoring  Hope, LLC. (07/27/12)
Restoring Hope, LLC found a new home this year at the Ozarks Small Business Incubator. The agency started in 2008 to provide residential services to children and young adults with developmental disabilities. The agency first started in Springfield, Mo. serving seven individuals, and, since then, has grown to serve the West Plains and the Kirksville region...
Welcome rains bring unwelcome visitor: Fall armyworms (07/27/12)
Where rain has returned in sufficient amount to make pastures green again, so have fall armyworms, an annual scourge ready to mow those luscious new blades of grass, Kelly Loftin, extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, reported...
Department of Health announces first heat death for 2012 (07/27/12)
The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has recorded the first reported death for an Arkansas resident from heat-related causes. No information about the individual, including age, place of death or gender, can be released due to medical privacy law...
Fulton County Fair to feature three horse events (07/27/12)
The Fulton County Fair will feature three events for horse lovers this year. The annual Fair Horse Show will be held Tuesday night, Aug. 7 in the Everett Show Barn. Events will get underway at 6:00 p.m. The horse show will feature halter classes, showmanship at halter, western pleasure, lead-line class for youth age 5 and under, and trail classes...
Drowning ranks as the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States (07/27/12)
As temperatures continue to stay high this summer, more people head to beaches, pools, lakes and out on boats. The nation's emergency physicians want everyone to get all the facts regarding unintentional drowning before you end up in the emergency department, or worse...
Quilt appraiser to speak at Redeemer Lutheran Church Aug. 10 (07/27/12)
Ann M. Hazelwood, AQS certified quilt appraiser, author, quilt collector and historian, will be guest speaker at the Hill 'N Hollow Quilters Guild meeting on Aug. 10 at the Family Life Center, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Mountain Home at 9:30 a.m. Her lecture, "100 Years of Quilt Making," will feature a live quilt show of her own quilts, along with members' quilts from the past and the present...
Shepherd of the Hills VBS students sing for seniors (07/27/12)
The staff and children who attended Vacation Bible School at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Horseshoe Bend are pictured above, singing to the residents of Crown Point Health and Rehab Center on Friday, July 13. Echoing an Olympic theme, this year's VBS was "Team Jesus," based on 1 Corinthians 9:24-25: "Run in such a way as to get a prize...Do it to get a crown that will last forever."...
Cave City Schools gearing up for start of school year (07/27/12)
The Cave City Schools have announced the dates to register and pick up schedules for the 2012-13 school year. Students may go to their respective campus office any time from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: All K-12 new student registration will be Aug. 13...
Sharp County Church News (07/27/12)
First United Methodist Church -- Cave City Matt Mosler, co-anchor of KARK 4 Today in Little Rock and director of Beautiful Feet, Inc. Ministries, will be the guest speaker during a revival at First United Methodist Church in Cave City on July 27 and at Bear Creek United Methodist Church, Evening Shade, on July 28...
Lauren Gray to perform at benefit for Master Gardeners (07/27/12)
The Sharp County Master Gardeners will present a fundraising concert featuring Lauren Gray, "The voice of the Ozarks," and her father, Mike Gray in concert on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Creekside Loft in Hardy, Ark. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and there will be lots of door prizes. Tickets are only $10 each, and can be purchased at Tri-County Farm and Ranch Supply, the Sharp County Cooperative Extension Office, from any Sharp County Master Gardener, or by calling 870-994-7575...
Viola's own Don Webb enters Arkansas Coaches Hall of Fame (07/27/12)
Many Viola residents were excited to hear that long-time Mountain Home baseball and basketball coach, Don Webb, was recently inducted into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Webb is a Viola native, who graduated from Viola High school in 1962...
Republicans host softball tournament (07/27/12)
A Coed Softball Tournament, sponsored by the Oregon County GOP, will be held on Aug. 4, starting 7:30 a.m. at the Koshkonong Baseball Field. There is no cost to attend, according to organizer Bian Irwin. The fee for teams is $150, and the deadline for entry is Aug. 1...
Thayer Rodeo growing in popularity (07/27/12)
It may be hot and hotter outside, but the weather has not cooled the passion of rodeo fans for their sport. On July 22, the 3-D Rodeo Company attracted a record crowd of about 250 people to its monthly rodeo at the Saddle Club Arena in Thayer. The 3-D Rodeo Company is run by Jamie and Amanda DeJournett of Maynard, Ark. Jamie said the shows in Thayer have grown ten-fold since the company started coming to Saddle Club Arena...
Mammoth forming mens and womens softball leagues (07/27/12)
Chris Phillips Sports Reporter Mammoth Spring has begun the formation of its mens and womens softball leagues, and will continue the tradition of using the leagues to help fund the town's Little League program. Little League president Danny White said, each of the last four years, mens and womens softball teams have given $200 per team to the Mammoth Spring Little League, for the right to compete in a league of their own...
Missouri waterfowl season set to be record-breaking (07/27/12)
The results of this year's North American Duck Breeding Population Survey are in, and the news is excellent, beginning with news that Missouri will have a 16-day early teal season. The U.S. and Canadian fish and wildlife services have conducted aerial surveys to estimate breeding-duck numbers since 1955. ...
AGFC proposes late migratory season (07/27/12)
It doesn't feel much like waterfowl season these days, but Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission discussed duck hunting at its July meeting. The Commission also approved the early season migratory bird dates. AGFC Wildlife Management Chief David Goad presented the Commission with the late migratory season proposals...
Longbeards hosting Heritage Banquet Aug. 4 (07/27/12)
The Spring River Longbeards will host an NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Omaha Center, located off Hwy. 175 in Cherokee Village, Ark. Great food, fellowship and games will be offered for the whole family, and many guns will be given away...
Crawford ~ Seaman (07/27/12)
Kenny and Lora Crawford of Camp, Ark., are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Laurel, to James Darren Seaman, Jr., son of Anita and the late James Seaman, Sr. of Gassville, Ark. The couple will be wed in a private ceremony on July 30 in Mountain Home, Ark...
Busch's celebrate 25th anniversary (07/27/12)
Raynea (Collins) Busch and Jeffery Busch, of Mammoth Spring, Ark., celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Monday, July 9, 2012 at their home. Their three children -- Madison Sims and husband, Zach, and grandson, Ganin, Gage and his wife, Sara, and Garett and his girlfriend, Jessica -- along with Raynea's mother, Donna Collins, and some special friends all had a very good time...
Thayer Police Report (07/27/12)
Clarence A. Keller, 48 of Newbury, Mo., was charged with DWI, failure to stop at signal light, failure to drive on right half of roadway, not having a valid license, and careless and reckless driving. Kristen R. Martin, 26 of Thayer, was charged with failure to register a motor vehicle...
Oregon County Sheriff's Report (07/27/12)
Kendal A. Ford, 18 of West Plains was charged with resisting arrest. Bradley R. Griffin, 24 of Alton was arrested on three warrants, no insurance, no valid driver's license, and failure to register an out of state vehicle. Timothy C. Graham, 44 of Alton, was charged with burglary in the second degree and theft/stealing...