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2005 in review

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Jan Sisk Lawrence Staff Writer

JANUARY: January 2005 saw a changing of the guard at the Fulton County Courthouse. Charles Willett took over as Fulton County judge from Curren Everett and Walter Dillinger took the role of Fulton County sheriff.

After 20 days in the hospital, a Highland Middle School student, Jessica Chapman, returned home from the hospital. She was injured when she fell from a horse during the Ash Flat Christmas Parade.

An Evening Shade soldier was killed in the line of duty Jan. 4. Spc. Joshua S. Marcum served with Detachment 1, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment of Camden.

A forensic pathologist said Jan. 11 that bones recovered from a well near Viola were not human.

An Ash Flat man, James Titus, 50, was injured and treated in a burn center in Georgia after his tractor-trailer wrecked and crashed.

Newly elected Arkansas State Rep. Curren Everett from Salem was appointed to the House Education Committee

On Jan. 15 a Highland High School senior, Cynthia Whitter, 17, was killed when the truck she was driving crossed the center line of the highway and struck another vehicle head on.

A Batesville man, Gabriel Ayala, was killed in a farming accident near Dolph Jan. 17.

In mid-January Eastern Ozarks Regional Health System owner Robert Becht rejected an offer from the Sharp Medical Foundation to buy the hospital which had closed Dec.1, 2004.

On Jan. 28 Fulton County Judge Charles Willett announced the county had received a grant from the Arkansas Department of Transportation to replace two bridges near Viola.

FEBRUARY:Two reserve officers, Heath Everett and David Keck, were hired to replace Salem Police officer Denny Bost. He took a position as a police trainer and consultant for Iraqi police recruits in Iraq.

Newly elected Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence and Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley reported in February they had had a smooth transition into their new positions.

Four Salem Elementary School students and their bus driver, Nancy Grass, were injured Feb. 11 after a tractor-trailer rear-ended the bus Grass was driving on Highway 9 north of Salem. None of the injuries were serious.

Legacy Hospice opened in Salem on the court square Feb. 10.

The Mammoth Spring Bank was robbed Feb. 18 by a man with a gun. Law enforcement officers said $2,650 was taken. No one has been arrested in the robbery.

The Calico Rock City Council voted unanimously Feb. 14 to issue a bond as partial payment for the Wideman Water Project.

A Brockwell man was apprehended Feb. 23 and charged with aggravated assault and felon in possession of a firearm. Jimmy Collins, 49, was accused of shooting Michael Miller, 27, in the leg and forearm.

MARCH: Warden Brooks Parks resigned from the North Central Prison Unit in Calico Rock after 20 years of working with the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Parks was involved in an accident on Highway 5 near the facility Jan. 17.

The Salem City Council hired former Izard County Deputy Mark Long to replace officer Denny Bost March 3.

The Sharp County Quorum Court held a special meeting March 7 to authorize County Judge Harold Crawford to appoint a board to explore reopening the hospital in Cherokee Village.

A Viola man, John Cantrell, 36, was charged with terroristic threatening March 11 after allegedly killing his neighbor's dog, hanging it in a tree and threatening the dogs owners.

The body of an Izard County child, 18-month-old Bradley Hawkins, was sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for an autopsy after his death March 19. The autopsy of 18-month old Bradley Hawkins of Izard County revealed he died of natural causes March 31.

A drug raid near Viola landed James Patterson, 37, in the Fulton County jail on drug charges.

A Mammoth Spring couple Howard and Beryl Green died in a house fire March 28.

An elderly Myron couple died after their vehicle was swept off a low-water bridge in rural Evening Shade March 23. Found dead were Wilborn and Mary Ray.

Sharp County Judge Harold Crawford died March 30 after being treated for a collapsed lung. Crawford was 66.

APRIL: Sharp County Chief Deputy Joe Stidman was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the death of Sharp County Judge Harold Crawford April 4.

On April 6, Gov. Mike Huckabee appointed Gary Phillips to fill the position of Fulton County justice of the peace for District 4 that was left vacant when Doug Cunningham moved out of the district.

A Salem man, Joey Blackwell, 25, was rescued from high water near Evening Shade April 13 after his vehicle was swept off a low water bridge. He was not injured.

Fulton County deputy Ryan Birmingham resigned April 15 after coming under fire for asking officials at the Fulton County Hospital not to release the blood-related test of a Viola man, Richard Hutchinson.

A Dolph man, Wade Sanders, 44, was shot after an argument with a neighbor April 21. Sanders survived the wound. He was charged with terroristic threatening in th first degree and has not yet been tried.

A Salem man, Henry Hemmill, 85, was injured after a propane heater at his home exploded April 23.

MAY: A Sidney man was injured in a four-wheeler accident near Salem May 2. James Justice, 24, received serious injuries when he lost control of the vehicle and it overturned several times.

Sen. Mark Pryor pinned a Purple Heart on Ruby Wayne Williams, 84, after more than 60 years. The honor was presented May 5 at the Sharp Co. Courthouse.

A Viola woman, Bonnie Hodges, 55, was charged May 9 with assault after she allegedly fired a shot at Carol Nichols in a property dispute.

Chad Delargy, 30, of Salem was sentenced to seven years in prison May 13 for felony battery after breaking his girlfriend Cristy Crott's leg in two places in February.

The Izard County Sheriff's Office opened a substation at Crestview Terrace in Calico Rock May 20 to help with calls in that area of the county.

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