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2007 Taking a look back

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Reporter's note: This is part two of a series highlighting events and activities in the area.

JULY:

Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger's vehicle was swarmed by members of the Howell County Sheriff's Department while in West Plains. Dillinger's car was mistaken for the car of the rapist who was posing as a police officer and who was responsible for assaulting two women in the West Plains area. "It was pretty funny," Dillinger said.

Kathy Felts graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a doctorate degree of pharmacy. She earned a 3.8 GPA which awarded her magna cum laude honors.

The News and the Villager Journal earned 18 awards at the Arkansas Press Association's annual convention held in Fort Smith, Ark.

Jeffrey Zimmer, a 2007 graduate of Mammoth Spring High School, left for Marine boot camp in San Diego, Calif.

The automotive service technology program at Ozarka College received certification by NATEF and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

The American Bald Eagle was removed from the endangered species list. The number of eagles is up from 416 breeding pairs in 1963 to nearly 10,000 breeding pairs in 2007.

The Newman Family of Byron was named the 2007 Fulton County Farm Family. James and Rita Newman and their children and daughter-in-law Tracy, Brandon and Sarah were honored for their achievement.

History was made in Sharp County when Steven Victor Wertz was sentenced to death by lethal injection by a jury for the 1986 murder of Terry and Kathy Watts of Ash Flat.

AUGUST:

Mark R. Johnson, attorney at law in Hardy, received the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney Award for his volunteer work for the elderly and children in abused situations.

Air Force Airman 1st Class James R. Cowart Jr. graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base at San Antonio, Texas.

Commissioner of State Lands Mark Wilcox conducted the tax delinquent property auction in Fulton County and sold 48 parcels of land and generated $27,280.91 in tax revenue.

Izard County Deputy Aaron Johnson resigned after allegations of wrong doing by Walter and Larry Hagan. According to Hagan, Johnson shot him with a taser gun while he was trying to call other police.

Former ICC teacher Stacy Lynn Tucker, 39, was indicted for knowingly trying to trade pornographic pictures with a 14-year-old girl via the internet.

SEPTEMBER:

Local author Christine Lynxwiler penned her 10th book and held an exclusive signing at Words bookstore in Hardy.

Sharon Carbery was arrested after she was found by Fulton County Deputy Rhonda Long, driving a riding lawn mower north in the south bound lane on Highway 9. Carbery, 52, was charged with driving under the influence, implied consent, driving left of center, and disorderly conduct.

Arkansas Paranormal investigators (API) visited the Old Hardy Hotel in downtown Hardy to investigate strange occurrences that could have ghostly origins.

Kayla Elizabeth Cowart was awarded the A.D. Stuckey Memorial Scholarship at Central Baptist College for the 2007 and 2008 school year.

Jessie Johnson of Mammoth Spring died at age 17, while in the Oregon County Jail, from smoke inhalation. The fire started in a third floor jail cell. Three other inmates were injured.

Salem school teacher Mylett Trotter received the American Star of Teaching Award. There is only one winner per state and there were over 4,000 nominations.

OCTOBER:

The Arkansas State Medical Board suspended Dr. David Kauffman's medical license. Kauffman, who has an office at Salem, was ordered to participate in an in-house rehabilitation program before the board would consider reinstating his medical license.

Teresa Pelliccio of Fayetteville walked 300 miles of northern Arkansas roads cleaning up litter to bring light to Arkansas' litter problem.

The Arkansas 4-H Club celebrated it's 100th birthday.

Liz Neal was named the Homemaker of the Year for the 2006-2007 EHC year at the Fulton County Extension Homemakers Fall Council meeting.

Izard County held it's first dog show at the Izard County Fair. Twenty dogs were shown at the show and the Best of Show Award was received by Shonna Arnold and her dog Megan.

The Viola Fire Department received a Rural Fire Protection Program grant of $2,788 to install pressurized fire hydrants.

Matthew Lowery was selected as the winner of an essay contest sponsored by the English department of Ozarka College.

Salem High School Senior Charolete Williams was crowned as the school's 2007 Homecoming Queen during the pre-game ceremonies.

Hurshel Bentley, 57, of Gamaliel, Ark., was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle two miles west of Sturkie Road, causing a 4-vehicle collision that injured another man in the process.

NOVEMBER:

Johnny Moody and Gary Phillips with the Fulton County Election Commission signed papers to revise the county's 12 different townships into one -- Fulton County Township One. This will decrease cost to the county by having one county-wide constable.

Doctor Julea Garner of Hardy was installed as the 60th president of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of only two women to hold the position.

A 36-year-old Williford woman broke into the Hardy Police Department in hopes of seeing her boyfriend who had been put in jail. The break-in resulted in $1,100 in damages to the police station.

Viola High School principal Frederick Robinson was arrested for driving with a blood alcohol content of .29, over three times the legal limit.

Ozarka College announced the expansion of it's Ash Flat campus. The new facility will be used primarily for the nursing program and will include a nursing lab, a nursing classroom and a student center.



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