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Stories from Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Early Voting Off to a Strong Start (10/31/12)
Early voting for the Nov. 6 election began on Monday, Oct. 22 and, through Saturday, Oct. 26, 771 people had taken advantage of early voting in Fulton County, and there had been 659 early voters in Izard County. "I would say we are seeing more early voting than we have had in past presidential elections," Fulton County Clerk Vickie Bishop said. ...
Man Arrested After Standoff with Fulton County Police (10/31/12)
Richard Irby Editor An armed Jonesboro man was arrested by the Fulton County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, Oct. 23, following a two hour standoff. Kevin Matheny, 41, displayed a rifle and made threatening comments to Sheriff Buck Foley, four deputies and Wildlife Officer Derek Winters, as they arrived at his home on Reynolds Island Cove, which is near Lake Norfork in Fulton County...
Health Department Flu Shots Still Available (10/31/12)
Photo by Richard Irby "It will be okay, mommie." Four-year-old Shayden Waltrip, who had just received a flu shot, assured her mother, Beth, that her shot wouldn't hurt during a clinic at Viola Elementary School. The Arkansas Department of Health visited all Fulton County schools on Monday, Oct. 22 to offer the flu vaccine. Flu shots for children and adults are still available at county health unit offices...
Audit Stirs Optimism at Fulton County Hospital (10/31/12)
What a difference a year makes. Last year, after Fulton County Hospital's accounting firm did its annual audit, the team concluded, because of huge debt and no borrowing power, the hospital's chances of surviving the year were not good. "The going concern opinion will simply say that we're not sure that this hospital can be sustained in business for the next 12 months," Dixon Hughes' Tommy Barnhart told the board last fall...
Six Arrested in Izard County Drug Sting (10/31/12)
The Izard County Sheriff's Department, working with the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, recently made six arrests of alleged drug dealers, and warns more arrests are possible. "Like any law enforcement agency, our effectiveness depends on information given to us by the public," Sheriff Tate Lawrence said, explaining how the investigations got started. "We got some information about drug activity, and began working with the Drug Task Force...
Salem High Holds First College Fair (10/31/12)
UACCB in Batesville has a new student center -- a place to hang out and relax between classes. One of the most popular majors at UCA in Conway is occupational therapy. The Arkansas National Guard pays students to go to school, through the G-I bill. Salem and Viola High School students and parents learned a lot about higher education options on Tuesday, Oct. 23, when 23 colleges and universities, and four branches of the military came to them for a College Fair Night...
Black Walnuts Are Another Victim of the Drought (10/31/12)
The drought of 2012 had a huge impact on the black walnut crop, as well as on cattle farms and produce growers. Black walnuts provide fine wood used for furniture, veneer and gunstocks, as well as delicious nuts. Walnut wood and nuts are in high demand, and they are an important part of Missouri's economy...
Oregon County Extension offers "Farm Focus" (10/31/12)
Kim Bray Staff Writer The Oregon County Extension Office held its first "Farm Focus," on Monday, Oct. 22, to help local farmers learn about methods of recovering from the drought and what to expect in the coming months. Agronomy Specialist, Sarah Kenyon said, "We invited everyone here tonight to learn about how the drought will impact Missouri Agriculture." Scott Brown, Research Assistant Professor for the Agriculture and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri, talked to Oregon County farmers about farm life after the drought.. ...
Early voting underway in Oregon County (10/31/12)
Early voting is underway, and the Tuesday, Nov. 6 General Election is just days away. Residents will be given the option to vote for national, state and county leaders, along with some important statewide referendums. On the Oregon County ballot, voters will find four "referendums and ballot measures." County races include; Associate Commissioner District 2- Brad Vest or Edward Casey, Associate Commissioner District 1 -- John "Big John" Wrenfrow or Jason Kemper, Sheriff -- George Underwood, David Bailey or Michael Bunting, Assessor -- Charles Alford or Russell Grooms and Public Administrator -- Mike Harber or Mike Crawford.. ...
Ellavie Ione White (10/31/12)
Ellavie Ione White, of Viola, daughter of the late Steve Black and Ida Banks Black, was born April 4, 1910 in Elk City, Okla. She died Sunday, Oct.28, 2012 at her home at the age of 102 years, 6 months and 24 days. She was united in marriage to Milton Lester White Sr. on Feb. 19, 1930 in Ft. Summner, N.M. One son was born to this union. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Clovis Parkland Baptist Church for many, many years...
Calvin Elliott Vandergriff (10/31/12)
Calvin Elliott Vandergriff, 41, of Salem, Ark., son of Betty (Thomason) Statler and the late Benton Vandergriff, was born on Dec. 30, 1970, in Osceola, Ark. He died on Oct. 24, 2012, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark. He was of the Baptist faith, and worked as a freight hauler for Ronnie Dowdy Trucking Company...
Troy Michael Brink (10/31/12)
Troy Michael Brink, 44, of Hardy, Ark., died on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Reform, Ala. Born on Wednesday, June 5, 1968, in Omaha, Neb., he was the son of James Brink and Elaine Miller Brink. He is survived by his son, Jacob Brink; daughters, Micha Brink and Cheyenne Brink; mother, Elain Brink; and a sister, Lisa Brink...