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Archive for June, 2014

(Mountain Grove) – The Mountain Grove City Council will meet at 7 PM Tuesday, July 1.

In old business, the council will discuss the downtown marketplace. In new business, the council will discuss trash and tall grass at 419 Brentwood.

The council will also vote to pay bills before adjourning.


Sara Jo Bostick


David Smart


Charlene Syscue


Justin Wallace






(Melbourne) – The Izard County Sheriff’s Office reports that four people were arrested Friday afternoon at a Horseshoe Bend residence.

A press release from the Sheriff’s Office states a county deputy was patrolling the 1000 block of Pleasant Point Rd. when he reportedly observed a pickup truck that was stolen from Lawrence County parked in front of the home of David Smart. The deputy and a state patrolman approached the home, cleared the house and reportedly found drug paraphernalia in the home, including glass pipes, a plastic baggy containing methamphetamine residue, a spoon, and a marijuana smoking device.

33-year-old Justin Wallace of Alma, was arrested and is being accused of having possession of stolen truck. Wallace was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and is facing additional charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a defaced firearm. Wallace is also being held on a parole/probation hold without bond.

Three other occupants of the residence were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia:

47-year-old David Smart of Horseshoe Bend, 50-year-old Sara Jo Bostick of Horseshoe Bend 39-year-old Charlene Syscue of Melbourne. The three posted bond early the following morning in the amount of $1,105, released from the Izard County Detention Facility and given a court date.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that the charges and arrest are result of the cooperative efforts of the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, the Arkansas State Police, and the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

(Jonesboro) – Students named to the Chancellor’s and Deans’ lists for spring 2014 at Arkansas State University have been announced. Combined, the group has 2,083 students. The two lists recognize students who achieved the highest grade point averages while enrolled in 12 or more credit hours of study.

The Chancellor’s List (designated as CL) includes students who earned a grade point average of 3.80 to 4.0 for spring classes. The Deans’ List (DL) includes students with a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.79.

Local honorees are recorded alphabetically by state, county, hometown and name of student.


Baxter, Calico Rock, JoAnna Jarosz, CL

Baxter, Calico Rock, Sloan Lively, DL

Baxter, Calico Rock, Leisha McCoy, CL

Baxter, Calico Rock, Brayden McCurley, CL

Baxter, Calico Rock, Brooke McCurley, CL

Baxter, Calico Rock, Ashley Moody, CL

Baxter, Calico Rock, Julie Moody, CL

Baxter, Cotter, Dylan Gamble, CL

Baxter, Cotter, Kaleigh Hammack, DL

Baxter, Gassville, Adam Tapang, CL

Baxter, Henderson, Ryan Oliver, CL

Baxter, Lakeview, Cheyanne Spoo, CL

Baxter, Midway, Stephanie Clonts, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Haley Baran, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Brock Barnhill, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Stephonie Bennett, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Stephen Berry, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Christine Davis, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Miranda Dickerson, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Kendl Fischer, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Michele Flynn, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Gabriela Ford, DL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Donna Forrester, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Shanon Gardner, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Hunter Green, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Kelsie Harris, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Kailey Hughes, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Stephanie Hughes, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Madison Ingle, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Samantha Ingle, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Paul Jaques, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Natalie Johnson, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Amber Kemp, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Kerri Marlowe, DL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Kayla Pelt, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Tamara Pickett, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Samantha Pollard, DL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Sarah Shelley, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Charity Strong, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Cassandra Stupar, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Hannah Todd, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Sandra VanMatre, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Rebecca Villiger, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Natalie White, CL

Baxter, Mountain Home, Briana Willett, CL

Baxter, Norfork, Christy Boozer, CL

Fulton, Ash Flat, Elizabeth Benton, CL

Fulton, Ash Flat, Brittany Cheek, CL

Fulton, Ash Flat, Jacy Long, CL

Fulton, Camp, Korey Speaight, DL

Fulton, Glencoe, Kelsey Langston, CL

Fulton, Glencoe, Kelsey Pendergrass, CL

Fulton, Mammoth Spring, Whitney Rose, CL

Fulton, Salem, Candice Broyles, CL

Fulton, Salem, Demetri Bruner, CL

Fulton, Salem, Heather Curtis, CL

Fulton, Salem, Christina Dawson, CL

Fulton, Salem, Jonathan Goodson, CL

Fulton, Salem, Andrea Houghtaling, DL

Fulton, Salem, Chelsea Maguffee, DL

Fulton, Salem, Rachael Palumbo, CL

Fulton, Salem, Ashley Scaggs, CL

Fulton, Salem, Christopher Smith, CL

Fulton, Salem, Summer Smith, CL

Izard, Brockwell, Ryan Walker, CL

Izard, Brockwell, Scott Walker, CL

Izard, Horseshoe Bend, Jody Boles, CL

Izard, Horseshoe Bend, Alex Kurtzweil, DL

Izard, Horseshoe Bend, Kendra Rains, CL

Izard, Horseshoe Bend, Bethany Smart, CL

Izard, Melbourne, Tanner Hoskinds, DL

Izard, Melbourne, Jed Schales, CL

Izard, Melbourne, Haley Sharp, CL

Izard, Melbourne, Amanda Treat, CL

Izard, Pineville, Carson Sanders, CL

Izard, Violet Hill, Sherry Bailey, DL

Izard, Violet Hill, Lindsey Powell, CL

Marion, Flippin, Amy Curtis, CL

Marion, Flippin, Shane Hemme, CL

Marion, Flippin, Tina Sheley, CL

Marion, Flippin, Kylee Stoner, CL

Marion, Flippin, Heather Tyler, CL

Marion, Yellville, Courtney Baker, DL

Marion, Yellville, Jarod Jefferson, CL

Marion, Yellville, Maggie McCormack, CL

Marion, Yellville, Lacey Standridge, CL

Marion, Yellville, Hailey Stephenson, CL

Sharp, Cave City, Carson Day, CL

Sharp, Cave City, Amber Freeman, DL

Sharp, Cave City, Sarah Panhorst, CL

Sharp, Cave City, Suzanne Parsley, DL

Sharp, Cave City, Aimee Rowlett, DL

Sharp, Cave City, Garrett Smith, DL

Sharp, Evening Shade, Jessica Qualls, CL

Sharp, Hardy, Kaitlin Sellers, CL

Sharp, Hardy, Jacob Van Aalsburg, CL

Sharp, Hardy, Shawn Wright, CL

Sharp, Highland, Katie Blalack, DL

Sharp, Highland, Cannon Davis, CL

Sharp, Highland, Whitney Davis, CL

Sharp, Williford, Keith Bagwell, CL

Sharp, Williford, Deborah Dail, CL

Sharp, Williford, Maryellen Wollschlager, DL

Stone, Fifty Six, Kaidee Cruce, CL

Stone, Fox, Megan Geisser, CL

Stone, Mountain View, Jessie Hill, CL

Stone, Mountain View, Richard Ivy, CL

Stone, Mountain View, Madison Stewart, DL

Stone, Mountain View, Jordan Wilcox, CL

Stone, Mountain View, Austin Wilkie, DL

Stone, Timbo, Valerie Johnston, CL

Stone, Timbo, Grant Wilson, CL


Bakersfield, Jessica Bean, CL

Bakersfield, Jody Bond, CL

Birch Tree, Casey Miller, CL

Doniphan, Geoffrey Payne, CL

Doniphan, Jessica Smith, DL

Doniphan, Micheal Sullivan, CL

Thayer, Leslie Caldwell, CL

Thayer, Erica Whitaker, DL

West Plains, Joseph Meyer, CL

West Plains, Logan Miller, CL

Don't feed wildlife. Keeping birdfeeders full in summer can make nuisances of bears -- such as this one raiding a backyard feeder -- along with raccoons, squirrels, deer, and other wildlife looking for easy pickings. Get help from MDC with nuisance wildlife and learn how to prevent problems at (Photo provided by the MDC)

Don’t feed wildlife. Keeping birdfeeders full in summer can make nuisances of bears — such as this one raiding a backyard feeder — along with raccoons, squirrels, deer, and other wildlife looking for easy pickings. Get help from MDC with nuisance wildlife and learn how to prevent problems at (Photo provided by the MDC)

By Bonnie Chasteen, Missouri Department of Conservation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Most Missourians love wildlife — unless it gets a little too close to home. Need help keeping bats from roosting in the attic, deer from decimating the garden, Canada geese from greasing the lawn, raccoons from raiding trash cans, and other critter control? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers online, call-in, and — when necessary — in-person help with controlling unwanted wildlife.

MDC Wildlife Damage Biologists Jim Braithwait and Daryl Damron emphasize that prevention is the best cure.

“The best way to deal with problem wildlife is to keep it from becoming a nuisance in the first place,” Braithwait says. “They’re like us. They need food, water, and shelter. Don’t provide these three things, and they will find someplace else to live.”

Don’t feed wildlife.

“Feeding wildlife, even unintentionally, often ends with a problem situation that could have been avoided,” Braithwait says. “If you leave out pet food or greasy grills, you should expect raccoons, opossums, and even bears (if there’s a population nearby) to come to dinner. Don’t put out stinky garbage before collection time, and don’t feed birds during summer months. They have plenty of natural forage this time of year. Keeping birdfeeders full in summer can make nuisances of raccoons, squirrels, deer, bears, and other wildlife looking for easy pickings.”

Protect small pets.

“Both urban and rural citizens should practice good pet stewardship by keeping small pets inside, or on a leash or within reach while outside,” Damron says. “Because we build so much green space into our communities, even cities host populations of predators such as coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and birds of prey, which may attack small pets left unattended. Keeping small pets inside most of the time also prevents them from attacking and killing small, sometimes declining, wildlife such as reptiles and songbirds.”

Don’t invite wildlife to set up house.

“If you have brush, junk, or rock piles around your house, or if your roof has an opening, you will have mice, rats, skunks, groundhogs, bats, squirrels, raccoons, snakes, lizards, and other critters making themselves at home,” Damron says. “Keep rock gardens and walls well maintained, and inspect your roof and eaves yearly. If people have woodpeckers hammering their siding, they’re probably looking for insects. Call a pest-control contractor to eliminate the issue and the woodpeckers will find other places to forage.”

Give wildlife time to move on.

“Some wildlife will go away on their own if you give them a chance,” Braithwait says. “We get lots of complaints about foxes, especially in spring and summer. Just give them a month or two and they’ll be gone because fox families disperse in the fall. Meanwhile, if you’ve got a problem with squirrels, you can count on foxes to set their numbers back a bit.”

Get professional help if the problem is too big to handle.

“If you have a threatening situation, such as a coyote or a bear threatening livestock, pets, or family, call your local MDC office,” Braithwait says. “Our wildlife-damage biologists can investigate and help you deal with the offending animal in a way that’s legal, safe, and humane.”

Consider hunting and trapping.

“If you’ve changed your habits, cleaned up your property, fixed the holes in your eaves — and you’ve still got problems — consider hunting or trapping or inviting hunters or trappers onto your land during specific hunting and trapping seasons,” Damron says. “Even if you live in town, supporting or participating in urban deer hunting during the fall season can help reduce the number of deer nipping the buds off your roses every spring.”

For more information on dealing with problem wildlife, visit the MDC website Nuisance Native Wildlife section at Wildlife Control Guidelines provide an overview of regulations, permitted methods, and how to dispose of wildlife carcasses safely. Wildlife Control Sheets for various species show what works and what doesn’t for wildlife most likely to become nuisances in Missouri.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri utility regulators have scheduled eight public hearings on a proposed high-voltage power line across northern Missouri.

The Grain Belt Express project would carry power generated from wind turbines in Kansas eastward across Missouri and Illinois to a substation in Indiana. The 750-mile project is estimated to cost $2.2 billion.

The Missouri Public Service Commission is considering whether to grant a certificate for the transmission lines to be built and operated. Public hearings are scheduled in all eight counties that the power lines would cross.

The first hearings are set for Aug. 5 in Cameron and St. Joseph. Additional hearings will be held Aug. 12 in Monroe City and Hannibal; Aug. 13 in Marceline and Moberly; and Sept. 4 in Hamilton and Carrolton.

(Little Rock) (AP) – A legislative panel has advanced legislation aimed at easing an influx of state inmates at local jails by opening up money in the budget for more prison beds.

The Joint Budget Committee on Monday endorsed identical proposals to transfer $6.2 million in the budget to open 600 more prison beds. The proposals are expected to go before the House and Senate on Tuesday afternoon.

The prisons measure is one of three topics lawmakers are set to address during the special session that convened Monday. Law enforcement officials from around the state have asked for the additional funding to ease prison overcrowding as a result of stricter probation policies.

The panel rejected a separate bill addressing potential holiday pay for workers within the Department of Correction.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers have advanced proposals to shore up health insurance for public school employees.

House and Senate Insurance and Commerce committees endorsed identical proposals during the first day of the Legislature’s special session on Monday.

The chambers are expected to vote on the measures Tuesday afternoon.

Thousands of teachers and public school employees are set to face a 35 percent insurance premium increase this fall.

During the Senate meeting, Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott, of Little Rock, expressed concern about costs and eligibility requirements. She was the one dissenting vote on one of the bills.

The measures would make numerous part-time employees ineligible for the coverage.

(Kansas City) (AP) – Authorities say some people had to be rescued from their vehicles after flash flooding hit southeast Missouri, while possible tornadoes left wind damage in the northwest corner of the state.

The National Weather Service says 3 inches of rain fell in an hour Sunday afternoon around Fremont in Carter County, catching some people in their vehicles on U.S. 60. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a few people also had to be evacuated from their homes in the region. No serious injuries were reported.

The highway was closed for about three hours and some county roads are underwater.

The weather service says it received reports of possible tornadoes Sunday evening in Nodaway, Buchanan and Mercer counties. The storms left trees and power lines down, with damage to some outbuildings.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas highway officials say 48 miles of major state roads will be under construction and have lane closures during the Fourth of July weekend.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department warns that delays may be possible along Interstates 30, 40, 55 and 530 and also along U.S. 67.

The longest lane closures, at 8 miles each, are along I-40 near Russellville, I-40 near Forrest City and along I-55 near Osceola.

Seven-mile lane closures are set on I-30 near Hope and I-530 near Hensley, south of Little Rock.

Closures covering five miles are set for I-40 at West Memphis and U.S. 67 near Bald Knob.

The website has details on traffic flow.

(West Plains) – A West Plains man who was charged with murder has died after being found hanging in his jail cell Friday.

33-year-old Daniel Norton of West Plains was found hanging inside his cell in the Howell County Jail Friday night. After Sheriff’s Department crews worked to save his life, Norton was rushed to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains and later taken to Cox South in Springfield, where he died Sunday.

Norton was charged with second degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action in the February 12 death of Michael Tyler of West Plains, who was allegedly stabbed in the neck by Norton. Tyler was taken to Ozarks Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead after arrival.