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2006 in review

Thursday, January 4, 2007

July: Approximately 25 acres of a wooded area near Squirrel Hill Road in Glencoe was damaged in a fire July 2. Firefighters suspected fireworks were the cause of the incident.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Department received complaints about a property owner at Saddler Falls on the Spring River who organized sexually explicit shows performed on a stage during the 4th of July weekend. No arrests were made.

The Salem School Board chose high school Principal Wayne Guiltner to serve as the head football coach for the 2006-2007 season after Ed Kelley left the position for personal reasons.

Fulton County Deputy Jason Martin drove off the road and wrecked his 2002 Ford Crown Victoria on the way to a vehicle accident in Viola July 10. Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said heavy rain was to blame in the accident.

The Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act, which banned smoking inside public facilities, went into effect July 12.

August: Stephen Smith, 18, of Mammoth Spring was sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction after pleading guilty to one count of manslaughter in the death of 14-year-old Joshua Mullins. Smith killed Mullins with a .20-gauge shotgun May 25, 2005, at his residence. Smith claimed Mullins' death was an accident that happened while they wrestled with the gun between them.

A tanker truck carrying 7,200 gallons of diesel fuel overturned two miles north of Hardy Aug. 7. Highway 63 was closed for over an hour while HAZMAT teams dealt with the spill.

Kevin Jones, 30, of Calico Rock was arrested Aug. 9 after he drove from Calico Rock to Benton to meet a 13-year-old girl he believed to be home alone. The girl was actually a detective with the Saline County Sheriff's Office working to combat Internet predators.

Aug. 18 the Arkansas Ethics Commission held a probable cause hearing after Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger's opponent in the 2006 primary sheriff's race, Terry Dailey, and his write-in opponent for the primary election, Chuck Dabbs filed multiple complaints against Dillinger for campaign ethics violations. Dillinger signed a written acknowledgement that he had violated three codes of conduct. He was issued a public letter of warning and fined $100.

A $2 million facility opened for Izard County Consolidated students in grades five through eight.

September: Country vocal group Little Big Town performed in the John E. Miller Auditorium at Ozarka College Sept. 7 to a sold-out crowd. The performance was an effort to help raise money for scholarship funds. One of Little Big Town's members, Phillip Sweet, is a Cherokee Village native.

Stephen Vaughn, 20, of Mammoth Spring drowned near the Bayou Access of the Spring River Sept. 13.

The Fulton County Hospital was approved for a $3.4 million USDA loan that is to be used for the facility's expansion and renovation.

Stephen Rainbolt, 35, of Gepp was arrested Sept. 21 and charged with numerous offenses, including arson and first degree terroristic threatening, after he set fire to his own residence and threatened his family, according to authorities.

October: Tiffany Greenstreet, a 17-year-old Izard County Consolidated senior, was crowned 2007 Miss Arkansas Teen USA Oct. 28.

Herbert "Chuck" Howell, 39, and his mother, Ramona Howell, 58, both of Viola, were charged with theft of property Oct. 27 for allegedly taking thousands of dollars in cash and collectible coins from the Stephen Rainbolt residence on Sept. 21.

November: Chuck Howell was arrested and charged with first degree terroristic threatening after leading Fulton County and state authorities on an all-day manhunt in Viola Oct. 28

The day after Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger was re-elected, jailer John Davis and Deputy Kevin Burns left their positions after Dillinger asked for their resignations.

Michael Seibert, 36, of Mammoth Spring was sentenced to serve 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction after being convicted of three counts of rape involving a minor female. In September 2005 Seibert admitted to assaulting the victim over 20 times throughout her summer vacation.

Fulton County Judge Charles Willett announced at the Nov. 13 Quorum Court meeting that Sentex Worldwide Inc. would begin working in the building that formerly housed the Tri-County Shirt Factory.

Roy L. Glisson, 49, of Oxford was arrested Nov. 25 and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance after Izard County authorities found items in his residence associated with the hydroponic growth of marijuana.

December: The Salem and Melbourne School Districts were awarded THV's Golden Apple Award, both for the third consecutive year, Dec. 5. The award is given to the top 10 Arkansas school districts based on their cumulative scores in grades K-12 on the Benchmark and End of Course Exams. The Melbourne School District was ranked ninth, and Salem placed sixth.

The Salem Greyhound senior high cheerleaders were named the state champions for a small varsity, non-building squad at the Arkansas Cheerleading Championship Dec. 2.

After serving his term in Iraq, SFC David Ward returned home to Salem Dec. 10.

Fulton County Judge Charles Willett announced that the county would receive a free, enhanced 9-1-1 system and had been approved for a $100,000 grant from the Department of Parks and Tourism to build a sports complex.

The Friends of the Library officially gave the Horseshoe Bend Public Library to the city at the Dec. 18 Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting.

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