The tri county area was busy as ever this year with the "Will they -- won't they" drama concerning the Fulton County Hospital, an new enhanced 9-1-1 system and all the area awards received by students and residents alike. Here is the year in brief.
The Melbourne Industrial Development Commission received a $400,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Economic Development to be used for improvements to the former Boeing Plant. The grant was used for items such as new air conditioning systems, replacing the ceiling with fiberglass insulation and resurfacing the parking lot.
Shane Stauffer's body was recovered from Piney Creek. The University of Central Arkansas student was home visiting friends and family when his 2000 Chevrolet Blazer was swept off the Piney Creek low water bridge. Sheriff Dale Weaver said a similar incident happened just over a year before when a couple drowned after their truck was swept away.
State Rep. Eddie Cooper started working on a new piece of legislation in response to the attack of an 81-year-old Calico Rock woman who was seriously injured after she was attacked by a neighbor's dogs. Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said as many as four dogs inflicted multiple bites to Sue Kizzia's legs and backside as she was on her way to her mailbox Dec. 20.
A Viola woman attacked a Salem officer who arrested her for DWI Dec. 22, according to authorities. Officer Mark Long said Martha Grootonk, 50, attempted to choke him as he was transporting her to the Izard County Detention Center.
Salem held it's first annual Mardi Gras parade Feb. 3. The Moose Lodge received first prize in the business float category and a New Orleans-based group Krewe Lejuene was named first in the personal float category.
Three different trucks were stolen from three different businesses in Fulton County early Feb. 16. A 2001 Ford F-250 was stolen from Hill's Auto Sales and used to drive through the gate of Cowart and Sons Used Cars and Equipment. The 2001 Ford was left at Cowarts with the engine running while the thief proceeded to steal a 1992 Ford mechanics vehicle, which was then drove to Leon's Cabinet Shop. "They were real nice -- they parked it under the shed before they took mine," owner Leon Graves said. The thief took a 2001 flat bed Ford which was later found in Ash Flat.
ConAgra Foods announced a recall of all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butters with 2111 printed on the lids. An outbreak of salmonella has effected 300 people across the country and the Center for Disease Control linked it to the popular legume puree.
The First National Banking Company of Mammoth Spring was robbed by Michael William Brill, 46, of Cherokee Village Feb. 5. Brill stole $12,809 in cash. Less then an hour later he was picked up in Hardy with the money in a black trash bag and two nickel plated semi-automatic pistols.
Five 4-H members competed in the Arkansas 4-H Horse Conference in Ferndale. Members in attendance were Chad Shelby, Rylie Bevill, Kaitlyn Fry, Shawna Yancey and Stephanie Shrable. All five won in their competitions.
Hall of fame coach William Thednal Hill died at age 82, March 26. Hill's coaching record was 1,023 wins and only 162 losses over the span of his 35 year coaching career. He is the winningest girls basketball coach in Arkansas history and third nationally.
Charli Elizabeth Steed, a 2007 Thayer High School graduate, was accepted to Lyon College and was awarded a Trustees and an Athletic Scholarship
The Fulton County Relay for Life raised $808 during the Chocolate Extravaganza at the Salem Senior Center.
The new enhanced 9-1-1 system was installed for Fulton County. The system now allows dispatchers to pin point wireless calls to within 100 feet of the callers location. The old system relied on callers description of their location and each call had to be manually documented.
John Ivey of Hardy returned from Missouri where he completed an auctioneering and auction sales management course.
The Viola EAST Lab program took members to the National EAST Lab Conference in Hot Springs Ark. The program received an ranking of excellent.
Mandy Trivitt completed a 60 hour training course with Kelton Real Estate School.
Construction for the renovation and expansion of the Fulton County Hospital began at the facilities ground breaking ceremony April 2. The beginning of the construction has been two years in the making.
Heather Hoyt received a master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark.
Ashley Smith of Salem, was inducted into Alpha Chi, the National College Honor Society, at Williams Baptist College's Academic Awards Banquet.
Tiffany Redwine was chosen to receive a $500 scholarship from the Arkansas Future Farmers of America Foundation.
The Salem High School class of 1947 held its 60th class reunion May 26 at the South Fork Restaurant in Salem.
Adam French, a 14-year-old Highland student died May 25 at a Memphis hospital after striking a UPS truck while riding a motorcycle in Hardy May 24.
Wanted fugitive, Shane Shipp, a Fulton County man, was taken into custody in Dyersburg, Tenn., May 7 at the home of his girlfriend Sheila Graves. He was able to evade police on Fire Tower Road and stayed on the lamb for more then a year.
Fulton County's first female deputy Rhonda Long was accepted into the officer ranks after successfully completing the basic police training course at Black River?Technical College. Before becoming a dispatcher in 2003 she was a nurse for the Department of Correction.
Well known author, Alexandria LaFaye visited the Salem Elementary School. LaFaye talked about the importance of reading and read from her two latest books.
Molly Rogers received a superior ranking at Fine Arts in Little Rock. She scored 33 points -- only three points from the national competition.
The Fulton Country Hospital Association was formed to advance health and well being services for the residents of the tri county area.
Seven-year-old Jayson Wells was returned to his father after being listed on every missing child registry in the country for over a year. The boy's mother Barbara Wells fled with the child to Salem, Ark., where he was home schooled and made to change his name. Authorities recovered Jayson June 4 after Mark Miller, who searches for lost children, spotted the boy.
Cpl. Jason Clairday of Salem was awarded the Navy Cross, the second highest honor for valor in combat. Clairday already severely wounded, fought his way to another wounded Marine atop a three story building. After continued intense fighting and a refusal to give up he lost his life trying to save his fellow soldiers. His valor was highly praised by Marine Col. Larry D. Nicholson at the award ceremony. The medal was presented to his family.
Arkansas approved a hunting season on alligators. There were 40 permits available, and given out by random draw to applicants. The bag limit was one alligator at least 4-feet long.
Jenny Lynn Robbins, 18, of Cherokee Village was selected as a state finalist in the National American Miss Arkansas Pageant.
Viola teen Zachary Kunz died June 2 after wrecking his 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle. Kunz swerved to miss an animal and veered into a friend also riding a motorcycle. Both were transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center where Kunz was pronounced dead.
The Moser Family, of Violet Hill, was named 2007 Izard County Farm Family. The family farm is operated by Tony Moser, wife Kelly Moser and daughter Chelsey.