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Stories from Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fulton County Storm Damage (08/09/12)
State highway workers removed fallen limbs from the Church Street right of way on Thursday, Aug. 2. The night before, city, county and state crews were busy removing trees and limbs which were blocking streets and roads, after an early evening thunder storm blew through Fulton County. ...
Miserable heat is good for business at the Salem Pool (08/09/12)
It's 11 a.m. on a Thursday morning, and the temperature is already 93 degrees. But "drill sargent" Amanda Hall is ordering her charges to run from one side of the Salem City Pool to the other, holding a "noodle" floatation device down in the water to make it more difficult...
Project approved to relieve Melbourne water issues (08/09/12)
During a summer of record heat and drought, Melbourne residents have been urged to cut back on water usage, as the city has struggled to keep its two water towers filled to meet demand. "Due to the extremely dry weather, we have been experiencing a water supply problem," Mayor Shannon Womack said last month, in asking for customers to conserve water. "We have two water storage tanks, and people are using water faster than we can pump it into the tanks."...
Salem sewer project revised, ready to proceed (08/09/12)
Before Salem begins a $486,000 project to replace a section of old sewer lines, the engineering company overseeing the project decided to take a closer look. The project will upgrade a sewer line which runs along the Town Branch, from the Highway 62/412 and Main Street intersection, to the sewage treatment plant near the hospital...
Oregon, Howell opt out of tax holiday (08/09/12)
Some went to Arkansas. Some to Springfield or Kansas City. But Oregon and Howell County merchants did not profit as much from this year's back to school sales tax holiday. Under Missouri law, cities and counties can choose not to participate in the holiday. That means that, while no sales tax is charged for school supplies and clothing, local taxes are still collected in cities and counties who choose not to extent the holiday tax break...
State officials urge citizens: If you see something, do something (08/09/12)
Missouri and Arkansas state agencies are teaming up to urge citizens to intervene if they should see children who may be at risk because they have been left in a car during hot weather. "It only takes a few minutes for a child to be in serious danger in this heat," said Captain Ron Stayton, Commander of the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division. "We're asking folks who see something, to do something by calling for help."...
Local ranchers forced to sell cattle due to drought (08/09/12)
The drought in Oregon County and surrounding areas has increased business at the Ozark Regional Stockyard in West Plains, as farmers in the area have been forced to sell cattle because of the dry conditions. The Regional Stockyard, has seen record amounts of cattle being sold this summer. The scorching temperatures, dry land, lack of feed and the high prices of feed have left many farmers with no choice but to sell their cattle...
New Couch superintendent ready to start (08/09/12)
The Couch School District's new superintendent sees providing quality education, at a time financial assistance is declining, as his biggest challenge. While Allen Moss is beginning his first year in the district, he isn't new to the county. Before accepting the superintendent's position at Couch, Moss was the K-12 principal at the Oregon-Howell R-3 school district in Koshkonong. ...
Former county deputy accepts plea bargain (08/09/12)
Former Oregon County Deputy Sheriff, Darrin Sorrell, 32, of Thayer was sentenced on Monday, July 30 in Butler County. Sorrell was charged Oct. 12, 2011 in Oregon County Circuit Court with felony stealing by coercion. Sorrell had originally pleaded not guilty to the Class C felony of stealing. ...
Former Highland student doing mission work in Destin (08/09/12)
For one former Highland High School student, the dream of spending the summer in beautiful Destin, Fla., while also working to serve God and help others has become reality. Kore Colwell, a 2010 Highland High School graduate who currently attends the University of Central Arkanas in Conway, and is involved with the Kaleo program...
Brick sales to help Fulton County Recreation Complex (08/09/12)
The Fulton County Athletic Complex Committee has been selling commemorative bricks as part of efforts to raise money for bleachers, restrooms and other needed amenities at the complex. It is planning to place an order for the first set of bricks to be made, and area sports fans are invited to use this order form to support the project. Bricks cost $50. For more information, call Annette Henley at 895-2850...
Sharp County receives large turnback fund check (08/09/12)
Sharp County elected officials received a special visitor bearing a rather large gift on Aug. 2. John Thurston, Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands, took time out before a scheduled land auction to present officials with a check for $383,410.56, the amount of combined turnback funds for 2011...
Addition of solar water heaters wraps up two years of improvements at Fulton County Hospital (08/09/12)
Spending $400,000 is not as easy as you might think. Two years after the Fulton County Hospital received a $428,989 grant, the last of a series of projects to make the facility more energy efficient is finally completed. "A solar water heating system has been installed in the hospital. The work was finished on July 30, and it should cut the amount we have been spending to operate electric water heaters," FCH Plant Operations Director Jackie Orr said...
Backpack extravaganza serves huge crowd (08/09/12)
For the third year, the Backpack Extravaganza at the Highland Assembly of God brought out a number of organizations to help area students with their back to school needs. Police and fire department personnel and civic organizations took part in what has become the largest back to school event in the area -- which assisted 750 families with everything from school supplies to shoes...
First Responders injured while assisting at accident scene (08/09/12)
Four Sharp County emergency workers were injured on July 31, three seriously, while assisting with a motor vehicle accident on Highway 175 near Hardy. According to Arkansas State Police Trooper Dustin Rogers, who worked the accident, Sharp County Deputy Shane Russell responded to a one vehicle accident near Baker Cemetery Road and Highway 175 around 8:30 a.m...
Sharp County wet/dry issue to be on November ballot (08/09/12)
For the first time in years, Sharp County voters will get the chance to decide whether alcohol sales should be allowed -- something that hasn't been a reality in nearly 70 years. On Aug. 2, the Sharp County Clerk's office reported there had been no opposition filed to the Wet/Dry Initiative that was submitted July 13, with 4,989 signatures of Sharp County voters expressing support for a Nov. 6 wet-dry vote. The number was in excess of the 4,100 required to get the issue on the ballot...
News Briefs - The News - Aug. 8, 2012 (08/09/12)
Salvation Army benefit set for Aug. 11 "The Salvation Army is always there for people in need, and now the Salvation Army needs help from the citizens of Oregon and Fulton Counties to raise funds to continue helping. To meet that goal Go Green Ozarks is sponsoring a benefit concert to raise funds for the Salvation Army August 11, 7 p.m. at the Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Center," according to Go Green president Mike Slack of rural Thayer...
Bike ride to benefit literacy set for Aug. 25 (08/09/12)
Centro Christiano of Batesville is celebrating its 8th anniversary this month. As part of the Hispanic church's anniversary celebrations, church members are organizing the "El Pionero" Pioneer Bike Ride. The event is not a race. Centro Christiano's goals are to promote both good health and literacy; all proceeds will benefit the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project...
Early Horizons recertified as Better Beginnings center (08/09/12)
Early Horizons Child Development Center of Salem, Ark., has earned it's certification as a Better Beginnings child care center for the third straight year. Better Beginnings is the voluntary quality rating system for all licensed child care providers in Arkansas...
Izard County Senior Health Fair set for Sept. 20 (08/09/12)
White River Area Agency on Aging, in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care, is hosting an Izard County Senior Health Fair on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Izard County Senior Citizen Center in Brockwell from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free health screenings, information, and activities. Seniors can get detailed viewings of their inner ear, blood pressure readings, cholesterol levels, Mobile Mammography, and more...
Quilters announce tote bag class Sept. 6 (08/09/12)
Hill 'N Hollow Quilters Guild announces a special tote bag class taught by member, Sue Schaufler. "Sue's Tote Bag" is a 16" X 19" X 5" lined tote and the class to make one is scheduled for 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 511 Coley Drive, Mountain Home...
Salvation Army Benefit planned for Aug. 11 (08/09/12)
"The Salvation Army is always there for people in need, and now the Salvation Army needs help from the citizens of Oregon and Fulton Counties to raise funds to continue helping. To meet that goal, Go Green Ozarks is sponsoring a benefit concert to raise funds for the Salvation Army August 11, 7pm at the Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Center, " according to Go Green president Mike Slack of rural Thayer...
News Briefs - The South Missourian News - Aug. 8, 2012 (08/09/12)
Ozarka Foundation to present The Martins in concert The Ozarka College Foundation will host multi-Dove Award winning recording artists, The Martins, in Mountain View on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at The Ozark Folk Center, 1032 Park Avenue. The group Pamela G and Jackie B of Mountain View will perform an opening act...
Missouri Department of Conservation celebrates 75 years at State Fair (08/09/12)
This will be a year of anniversaries at the 2012 Missouri State Fair. As the Missouri State Fair commemorates 110 years of celebrating the state's outdoors and rural lifestyles, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will be celebrating its own 75-year anniversary of serving nature and citizens. The Missouri State Fair, with the theme of "Celebrate Then & WOW," will run from Aug. 9-19 in Sedalia...
Farm Service Agency announces Cost-Share to meet emergency water needs (08/09/12)
Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director Dennis Johnson announced that the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) has been approved for Howell, Oregon, Shannon and Reynolds County. ECP provides cost-share assistance for livestock water in areas impacted by severe drought...
Improvements planned at Eleven Point River Whitten Access (08/09/12)
Mark Twain National Forest will conduct an improvement project at the Eleven Point River Whitten Access beginning mid-August 2012. The access site will be temporarily closed to the public during the construction for public safety. The project is expected to take approximately 60 days to complete...
Couch FFA members spread "Viral Leadership" at Camp Rising Sun (08/09/12)
Each summer, over 1200 Missouri FFA members from across the state gather at Camp Rising Sun, located on the banks of Lake of the Ozarks, to work on their leadership skills, meet new people, and have some fun in the sun. The Missouri State FFA Camp is sponsored by the Missouri FFA Association and is hosted and run by current and former Missouri State FFA Officers. ...
Ozarks Property Rights Congress holds annual conference (08/09/12)
The annual Ozarks Property Rights Congress Convention was held recently in Mountain Grove, with solid attendance from Oregon and Fulton counties. Speakers included Ray Cunio discussing Agenda 21 developments; Doreen Hannes on Lemonade as a Controlled Substance: the progressing control of our food choices; Dirk Shea on how a Constitutional Sheriff protects a country's citizens; and Bob Parker on how big government is destroying the economy...
STAR adds orientations to schedule (08/09/12)
Two more dates have been added to the schedule of STudent Advising and Registration (STAR) Orientations for new students planning to begin taking classes at Missouri State University-West Plains this fall. The new dates are Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Thursday, Aug. 16. Both sessions will begin at 1 p.m...
Heavenly Highway Yard Sale coming Sept. 7 and 8 (08/09/12)
Can you believe it's time already to begin planning for the annual Heavenly Highways yard sale? Fall is on the way, bringing -- hopefully -- some cooler temperatures. Now is the time to clean out closets, wash the outgrown clothes and drag out the old furniture for the sale, to be held Sept. 7 and 8...
Lifeline screenings to be held in Thayer on Sept. 26 (08/09/12)
Residents living in and around Thayer, Mo., can be screened on Wednesday, Sept. 26 as the First Baptist Church of Thayer hosts Life Line Screening. Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythms, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women...
Monthly Gospel singing scheduled for Aug. 12 (08/09/12)
The Izard County monthly singing will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, in the Auditorium at the Brockwell Gospel Music School. Everyone is encouraged to come and enjoy an afternoon-singing with us. We sing your favorite old hymns and new ones, too...
Fulton County First Responders receive training (08/09/12)
A select team of Fulton County Fire Fighters and First Responders from six Fulton County Fire Departments attended an advanced Auto Extrication training session hosted by Fire Chief Mike Harlow of the Camp Fire Department. Fire Academy Instructor Shaun Buttry from Baxter County started the training session In the classroom, then proceeded to move on scene, where firefighters were put to the test under hot and humid conditions. ...
Fun and Friends to hold Fish Fry benefit (08/09/12)
The Fun and Friends Senior Center in Thayer is having a Fish Fry and Raffle Fundraiser on Sept. 8 starting at 4 p.m. at the center. Fish and all the fixings are being provided by our County Sheriff, George Underwood, and the Fun and Friends staff. Entertainment will be provided by The brothers Quartet (Holman and Howell) and our very own Joy Collins...
Free classes offered by OSLU (08/09/12)
"OSLU classes for August are on the topic of freezing and dehydrating in order to preserve the harvest from your garden, and we'll also discuss planning a fall garden," said Deb Slack, heritage studies teacher. "Ozark Self Reliant Living University provides free classes every month on topics we used to learn at home from our grandmothers. Life skills that everyone can use, in this case how to have a great garden, raising nutritious, great tasting food for less money."...
Parks selected as runner-up for President of the Year (08/09/12)
Dorothy Parks, President of VFW Auxiliary #7831 in Mammoth Spring, recently attended the state convention and received several awards for outstanding achievements in membership and service for the Auxiliary. In addition, Dorothy was selected a runner-up for State Auxiliary President of the Year for her dedication to her duties and service to the Auxiliary...
Pendergrass awarded 2012 Bank of Salem scholarship (08/09/12)
The 2012 Bank of Salem Scholarship has been awarded to Kelsey Pendergrass. Kelsey is a 2012 graduate of Salem High School. She is the daughter of Kevin and Burdetta Pendergrass of Glencoe. Kelsey will be attending the University of Central Arkansas. The scholarship judges were impressed with Kelsey's academic achievements as well as her involvement in the community and having her own cleaning business...
Prince awarded Scholarship (08/09/12)
Ashley Prince of Thayer, Mo., has been awarded the Freshman Board of Governors Scholarship from Missouri State University-West Plains. Prince, a 2012 graduate of Thayer High School, plans to pursue a degree in bio-engineering. She is the daughter of Tony and Carol Prince of Thayer, Mo...
News Briefs - Villager Journal - Aug. 8, 2012 (08/09/12)
Rebel Mighty-Mite sign-ups Aug. 3-17 Highland Rebel Mighty-Mite Football Registration will be held Aug. 3 through Aug. 17 at Jamaica Me Tan in Highland. Mighty-Mite is for anyone entering grades three through six. There will be a late fee for sign-ups after Aug 17, with NO sign ups taken after Aug 24. Fee for one child is $55, and for two or more children in the same family the cost is $75. For more information, call 856-4786...
Northeast Arkansas Caledonian Pipes and Drums members have busy summer (08/09/12)
July has been a busy month for pipers and drummers of the Northeast Arkansas Caledonian Pipes and Drums. Members have attended week long "band camp" at either Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., or Valle Crucis, NC. Saturday, July 14, piper David Corbett competed at what may be the secondlargest Highland games, clan gathering and solo competition in the U.S. placing third in the Grade 4 Sr Piobarieachd (classical music for the Highland pipes) event...
Abundant Life Church youth to present musical Aug. 17 (08/09/12)
On Friday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m., Abundant Life Church will present the musical, Joseph, from the Pit to the Palace. The children have been working all summer on this delightful show and would like to extend and invitation to all in the community to come and enjoy the songs, dance and drama...
Ozarka Orientation dates set (08/09/12)
Ozarka College has scheduled dates for new student orientation prior to the start of the fall semester. All degree seeking new or transfer students taking six or more credit hours are required to attend one day of New Student Orientation. Failure to attend will result in the student being dropped from his or her courses. Students enrolled concurrently with their high school and Ozarka College are exempt from orientation until they enroll the semester after they graduate from high school...
UACCB recognizes 33 Practical Nursing students at ceremony (08/09/12)
Thirty-three practical nursing students were recognized during the pinning ceremony held July 27, 2012 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Graduates included: Tonya Aspuru of Floral, Adrianne E. Bailey of Batesville, Jennifer Batterton of Batesville, Cassie Boles of Cave City, Ginger Dianna Bratcher of Smithville, Brian Brown of Pleasant Plains, Gary Dauzat of Batesville, Susan Day of Smithville, Rebecca Dunn of Bald Knob, Kimberly Michele Gann of Cave City, Stephanie Garner of Magness, Patricia Goff of Batesville, April Hernandez of Batesville, Lauren Hubbard of Batesville, Kendra Isreal of Ravenden, Shalina Ives of Cave City, Jenny Jones of Batesville, Megan K. ...
Fulton County Fair up and running (08/09/12)
Thursday, Aug. 9, is Bank of Salem Day at the Fulton County Fair and it, along with White River Area Agency on Aging, invite Fulton County seniors to attend Senior Day at the Fair. Senior Day features free health screenings, bingo, golf cart tours of livestock exhibits, door prizes and a free lunch. It will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the air-conditioned Hickinbotham-Miller Building...
Local writers win again (08/09/12)
Cheri Quattrochi and C.J. Clarke charged forward with their banners unfurled, demonstrating superior writing skills in both poetry and prose at the Sharp County fair this year. Both are members of the Cherokee Village Writers Guild. Quattrochi was named Grand Champion for her poem, "Gazing, Blazing, Praising," which was in iambic pentameter. ...
Navy Brass band to perform at Highland Elks function (08/09/12)
The U.S. Navy Brass Band will perform at the Highland Elks Lodge on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to members and guests. A steak dinner will follow the concert at 5 p.m. for $12 per person, and it will feature a ribeye steak, baked potato, roll and salad bar...
Peace Lutheran Preschool to hold open house Aug. 20 (08/09/12)
Peace Lutheran Preschool, located at the south entrance to Cherokee Village, is currently accepting new students for the new school year, which starts Aug. 20. The Preschool has recently been certified as an Arkansas Better Beginnings program, which will increase the level of quality of the student's learning experience...
AARP class set for Aug. 20 (08/09/12)
Horseshoe Bend AARP will hold its next Driver Safety class on Monday, Aug. 20. The class is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. and will be held at the Horseshoe Bend Public Library at #9 Club Road, in Horseshoe Bend. If you have not taken the class since August 2009, you should sign up for this class in order to continue to qualify for the insurance discount available to drivers age 55 and over in the state of Arkansas. ...
Local students receive scholarships to MSU-WP (08/09/12)
April Cue, Hardy, Ark., and Nathan Bales, Sturkie, Ark., have been awarded the Arkansas Tuition Scholarship from Missouri State University-West Plains. Cue, a 2012 graduate of Highland High School in Hardy, Ark., is a freshman at MSU-WP. She is the wife of Tony Cue of Thayer, Mo., and the daughter of Charles Sancillo of Hardy, Ark., and LeeAnna Mills of Thayer, Mo...
Local students awarded scholarships to UACCB (08/09/12)
Seven students have been awarded the Academic Distinction Scholarship to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Taylor Clem of Hardy graduated from Highland High School. She is the daughter of Christopher and Tricia Clem. She plans to obtain her associate of arts degree, and transfer to pursue a degree in music. Along with being close to home, Taylor says, "I enjoy the close knit environment of a smaller school and I have heard nothing but good things about UACCB."...
Fischer named AP Scholar (08/09/12)
Highland High School is proud to announce that Ms. Amber Fischer has earned the distinction of being named an AP Scholar in recognition of her exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams...
Don Webb inducted into Coaches Hall of Fame (08/09/12)
The "real" Don Webb. Don "Donnie" Webb (right), a Viola native and long-time softball coach at Mountain Home High School, was inducted into the Arkansas Coaches Association Hall of Fame on July 13 in Little Rock. In a recent story about Webb's accomplishment, we inadvertently ran a photo with the story that was not Webb. So, Mr. Webb was kind enough to share this photo taken as he received his award. Congratulations Mr. Webb!...
Thayer standout Kreig to play for Missouri Valley (08/09/12)
Thayer High School graduate Derek Krieg has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Missouri Valley College beginning in the 2013 season. At Thayer, Derek was a second team all-conference baseball player, an honorable mention all-state selection at the tight end position, and played on the basketball team...
Rebel Booster Club 3rd annual Tailgate Party set for Aug. 16 (08/09/12)
The Highland Rebel Booster Club is sponsoring the third annual Tailgate Party at Rebel Memorial Field on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be free hot dogs, soft drinks and water for attendees. Highland's fall sports athletes involved in football, volleyball, tennis and golf will be introduced, and the Rebel Senior and Junior football teams will hold a brief scrimmage...
Thayer team takes 1st place (08/09/12)
The Thayer 6-8 year-old boys pitch team, sponsored by Survey Services, LLC., won first place in the West Plains Park and Recreation League, beating out the other 15 teams for the top spot and finishing undefeated in league play for the season. Pictured, front row, left to right: Braxton Cox, Shafer Mullins, Dalton Poulette, Kaden Komm, Isaac Simer, Eric Simer, Colton Wade, Dawson Fiorino and Jarvis Bowers. ...
Turkey Mountain hosts tournaments, league play (08/09/12)
If you're not fishing or boating, this is the time of the year that golf is the go-to sport for those who want to stay active. The golf course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend is among area golf courses that are busy with daily hours and special tournaments. Turkey Mountain attracts all sorts of crowds from many different places. On July 26, the course played host to the weekly men's league game, but also had visitors from Pocahontas and Alabama...
3rd annual Medic Scramble set for Sept. 8 (08/09/12)
The Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Foundation is hosting the 3rd annual Medic Scramble Golf Tournament at the South Golf Course in Cherokee Village. Golfers are asked to mark Saturday, Sept. 8 on their calendars for this fun event to benefit the Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service...
More than 20,000 expected to take part in Little Rock Marathon (08/09/12)
Little Rock Marathon race officials today announced that registration is underway for its 11th annual race to be held March 2 -- 3, 2013. The Little Rock Marathon is presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and benefits Little Rock Parks and Recreation...
Death Notices for the week of Aug. 8, 2012 (08/09/12)
Andrew J. Van Camp II, 68, of Sullivan, Mo., died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 at his home. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home, Inc. of Thayer, Mo. Debbie Presser, 60, of Sandtown, Ark., died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 in Batesville, Ark. Arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City, Ark...
Oregon County Sheriff's Report (08/09/12)
John R. Boyer, 57 of Hardy, charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer was transported to Department of Corrections. Gary L. Simmons, 28 of Alton, charged with a parole violation of being charged with misdemeanor stealing, not completing anger management and substance abuse treatment, and unlawful use of a weapon...
Cherokee Village Police Report (08/09/12)
Casey Clouse, 30, of Cherokee Village was arrested July 27 for public intoxication, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, carrying a weapon, third degree domestic battery, first degree assault and failure to submit to arrest...
It's raining fairs and storming on the Browns (08/09/12)
People often complain there is nothing to do around here -- but, this week (Aug. 6 to 11), the problem is, there is so much going on at once, it is hard to decide what to do. The Fulton County Fair began its run on Aug 6, while the Izard County Fair opened Aug. 7. If that isn't enough, the 119th Old Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Air Force Reunion also began a six day run on Aug. 6 in Mammoth Spring...