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2005 in review

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Salem, Melbourne academic awards highlight the second half of the year

JULY: A Salem man, Brian Rouse, 31, was charged with battery after he allegedly beat Scott Shempert with an aluminum ball bat. He is still waiting trial on the charges.

Doug Rush was fired as Ozarka College president. He had served as president of the college since 1972. The board of directors at the college said Rush had violated state law because the school had taken bids on a new workout gym at the college before placing an ad for the bids in a state newspaper.

A Swifton woman, Lavada Brown, 39, died from alcohol poisoning at the Many Islands Campground.

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative was issued a citation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in connection with the Aug. 31, 2004, blast that killed employees Desi Jones, Ivey Hodges and Jesse Zimmer.

The Ozarka College Board of Trustees appointed Gayle Cooper as interim president.

A Mammoth Spring man, Michael Casey, 24, was killed in a one-vehicle wreck on Highway 63 two miles north of Hardy.

A Viola man, Michael Newton, 32, was charged with four counts of theft of property after he allegedly received money for construction projects he did not complete. He awaits trial on the charges.

The 113th Old Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Air Force Reunion began Aug. 1 at Mammoth Spring State Park and continued through the week offering rides, games and entertainment.

A case of rabies was found in Fulton County. Three skunks tested positive for rabies.

Counterfeit money, $5, $10 and $20 bills circulated in Fulton County.

AUGUST: Randy Price and Rhealene Price were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. They are awaiting trial.

A Melbourne man, Peter Sutterfield, 29, was charged with DWI, reckless driving, fleeing, speeding and driving with a suspended license after leading Izard County officers on a high speed chase.

A former Melbourne High school teacher, Steven Mitchell, 30, who was charged with multiple felonies in 2004 after he coerced male students into committing sex acts, was sentenced to five years probation in Izard County Circuit Court after a plea agreement.

Fulton County Circuit Court Judge Tim Weaver said the case of Stephen Smith, the 17-tear-old teen-ager who was charged with killing 14-year-old Samuel Mullins, will not be moved to juvenile court. Smith will be tried as an adult.

The Salem City Council voted to give the Salem City Park Committee $2,600 to buy playground equipment for the park.

David Mayhan, 54, was sentenced to a year in state prison after receiving his fourth DWI.

SEPTEMBER: A Fulton County reserve deputy, Kenneth Eldried, who was fired earlier in the year by Sheriff Walter Dillinger, asked the Fulton County Quorum Court to reinstate him. They refused to do so.

A Mammoth Spring man, Michael Siebert, 35, was charged with 20 counts of rape involving an underage female. He is awaiting trial.

State Sen. Paul Miller gave the city of Horseshoe Bend a check for $35,000 out of the state's General Revenue Fund for their new library.

A Fulton County man, Michael Cooper, 52, was sentenced to one year in jail after a jury in Fulton County Circuit Court found him guilty of third degree assault.

OCTOBER: A Melbourne businessman, William Beene, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on multiple drug charges.

Fulton County Judge Charles Willitt said when chief deputy Paul Martin retires at the end of the year he will not be replaced.

A Salem man, Eric Miller, 23, was charged with two felony drug counts. He is awaiting trial on the charges.

Afton Fletcher, an investigator with the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, was named task force administrator after the resignation of Danny Ramsey.

For the second consecutive year, the Salem and Melbourne Schools were selected to compete for the annual Golden Ruler Award which is given by Channel 11 in Little Rock and the Arkansas Department of Education. The honor placed both schools among the state's top 10.

An early morning blaze destroyed Leon's Automotive and four cars inside the business. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is unknown.

Areawide Media Publisher Janie Flynn presented a plaque to Fulton County Farm Family of the Year Michael and Ruth Ann Barnett.

Delma Lee Sanders, 83, of Elizabeth was killed when his truck slipped out of gear and crushed him. Sanders was working on his vehicle near his home when the accident happened.

NOVEMBER: Tornadoes ripped through Fulton County, causing damage and injuring a Camp man, Joie York.

Doug Rush, former Ozarka College president who was fired July 7, filed a lawsuit against the college, board members and vice president of finance for his firing.

A Horseshoe Bend woman, Mary Matin, was charged with careless driving after driving her car into the Dollar General Store in Horseshoe Bend. No one was injured.

For the second time in less than a month tornados tore through Fulton County, causing damage to structures but no injuries.

Ozarka College hired Dr. Dusty Johnson as the college's new president.

DECEMBER: Two Mammoth Spring School teachers, Lana Steed and Paula Baldridge, achieved national board certification.

The 2005 Toys for Tots drive held annually by the Mammoth Spring VFW kicked off and continued through just before Christmas.

Two Salem men, T.J. Pleasant and James Davis were found dead at two different houses. The deaths are still under investigation.

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