Category Archives: Local News

Local company acquires Ozark County LP Gas

         MFA Oil Company has acquired Ozark County LP Gas Company, Inc., a propane retailer with offices in Gainesville and Mountain Home. The company has primarily served the propane needs of residential customers in south-central Missouri and

Sex offender accused of failing to register

     A local sex offender is accused of failing to comply with registration requirements. According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, 25-year-old Alton Bruce Cooke was arrested Friday by the Gassville Police Department and the Arkansas Department of

Friends of BXCO Library to meet Wednesday

     The Friends of the Baxter County Library will meet Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 at the Donald W. Reynolds Library serving Baxter County.      Retired nurse Eileen Jenkins is the guest presenter speaking about the History of Infectious Diseases,

BXCO jurors do not report Wednesday

     Baxter County Circuit Court jurors do not need to report for duty Wednesday, according to Baxter County Clerk Canda Reese, who says the scheduled trials have been resolved. The next time jurors need to report is Monday

NOTHWEHR FELONY ARREST

     A Mountain Home man has been released from the Baxter County jail following his arrest on felony charges after two separate incidents Saturday night.   Baxter County Sheriff John Mongtomgery says 39 year old Stephen Wayne Nothwehr is charged

Bridge Bash photo gallery

         Big Spring Park in downtown Cotter was the site for the sixth annual Bridge Bash benefiting the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. Saturday's fundraising event provided over 500,000 meals to the Food Bank and its

Gunn's request for lower bond denied

    A request to have the $15,000 bond of Steven Gunn of Springfield lowered was denied by Judge John Putman during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.     Gunn’s original $50,000 bond had already been lowered to

Week in Review 9-18 to 9-24

Davenport wins big in Yellville-Summit School Board election      The Yellville-Summit School District was the only school district in Baxter and Marion County in which there was a contested school board election.      Incumbent Elanor Davenport defeated challenger Kutter

Toomer gets probation on drug charges

    Daniel Toomer of rural Mountain Home was given six-years probation after pleading guilty in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.     The drugs were discovered during a traffic stop in April.     The vehicle Toomer

Ozark Byways Buy Days underway

         North Central Arkansas rural communities are joining forces for the 5th Annual Ozark Byways Buy Days Saturday. This is a region-wide yard sale with communities of Alpena, Jasper, Mount Judea, Valley Springs, Western Grove, St. Joe,

MH Rural Fire Protection District to meet

     The Mountain Home Rural Fire Protection District’s semi-annual meeting is scheduled for this evening at 5. The meeting will be held at the Fire Department located at 720 South Hickory Street in Mountain Home.      For more information

Rural Gassville man charged with arson

     A Baxter County man was arrested following an investigation into a residential structure fire reported earlier this month on Wildcat Shoals Road. According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, 25-year-old Scott Willett of rural Gassville is charged

Airline serving Harrison airport ceases operations

     HARRISON, Ark. (AP) A regional airline that provided flights for three small airports in Arkansas, including the Boone County Regional Airport in Harrison, is ceasing operations as it faces bankruptcy liquidation.      Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines Inc. announced

BRMC receives USDA grant

     Baxter Regional Medical Center has been awarded a $320,538 grant from the U. S. Department of Agriculture to provide a comprehensive telehealth care management program which will include remote patient monitoring and a free, 24 hour nurse

Phone service disruption in Lakeview

     A damaged fiber optic cable has caused a disruption in telephone service Monday afternoon in Lakeview, according to a Centurylink spokesperson. Crews are on the scene working to restore service. The spokesperson anticipates service will be restored

Outdated records to be destroyed

    The Mountain Home School District will be destroying all outdated special education records prior to June 2011. These records are maintained for five years after a student has graduated, dropped, or moved from the district.     According to

Week in Review 9-11 to 9-17

2-vehicle crash in Midway leads to fatalities      A two-vehicle accident in Midway has led to the fatalities of two Baxter County men. According to the Arkansas State Police, 62-year-old Charles Martin was killed Saturday afternoon when his

Marion County Sheriff seeks Jailers/Dispatchers

     The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is looking to fill some employment positions. According to Sheriff Joan Vickers, her office is accepting applications for part-time Jailers/Dispatchers. Anyone interested can pick up an employment application at marioncountysheriffar.com.     WebReadyTM

ASUMH announces recent scholarship winners

    Cassandra Denise Aquiar, Salem – Bank of Salem Scholarship Heather Beyen, Mountain Home – Wilma Greeley Memorial Scholarship Brandi Bentley, Gassville – Roller Funeral Home Mildred Ware Memorial Scholarship Stephanie Chandler, Gassville – Wilma Greeley Memorial

Baxter County Fair Friday schedule

     Friday is school day at the Baxter County Fair in Mountain Home where school groups are admitted free from 10 a.m., when the gates open, until 2 in the afternoon.      The commercial booths, education building and Bacchus

Cotter school board to meet

           The Cotter School Board will meet in regular session Thursday evening in the Administration Building. Items on the meeting’s agenda include a presentation on the Career Coach Program by Paulette Hill, financial and administration reports, the

Midway man sentenced to prison term

         Logan Wade Walters of Midway pled guilty recently to a number of charges, including residential burglary, theft by receiving, being a felon in possession of a firearm, breaking or entering and theft of property, and was

Baxter County Fair Wednesday schedule

         The Baxter County Fair continues Wednesday.      The horticulture room and the education building will be closed Wednesday from 8 to 5 for judging in horticulture, home economics, art and photography.      A petting zoo will be featured

MHHS to host annual college fair Friday

         Mountain Home High School is hosting it’s annual college fair Friday morning from 9-11.      Juniors, seniors and their parents from Mountain Home High School Christian Academy and Norfork will be attending/are invited.      Local home school juniors

Baxter County Fair Tuesday schedule

         The Baxter County Fair gets underway Tuesday and several locations are offering discount fair tickets.      Monday and Tuesday, discount fair tickets can be purchased from schools in Baxter County, Flippin and Calico Rock for $1.00. Tickets

Baxter County Fair Wednesday schedule

         The Baxter County Fair continues Wednesday.      The horticulture room and the education building will be closed Wednesday from 8 to 5 for judging in horticulture, home economics, art and photography.      A petting zoo will be featured

Simmons Bank acquires eastern Tennessee bank

     An Arkansas-based banking corporation with local branches is looking to expand further. Simmons First National Corporation announced the completion of its acquisition of Citizens National Bank headquartered in Athens, Tennessee.      According to Simmons, the definitive agreement was

Thief sentenced to 11 years in prison

        Brian Calvert of Mountain Home was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to a number of charges during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.     The 21-year-old Calvert’s criminal cases involve multiple

Yellville city council to meet

    The Yellville City Council will meet in regular session Monday evening at 6. Items on the meeting’s agenda include a trash contract recommendation.     The Yellville park board will meet after the city council meeting. WebReadyTM Powered by

Week in Review 9-4 to 9-10

Lawyers appointed to represent convicted killer     Two Mountain Home attorneys — John Crain and Justin Downum — have been appointed by Baxter County Circuit Judge Gordon Webb to represent Nicholas Ian Roos in his effort to obtain

Guynes to face more charges

    Eric Hall Guynes of Mountain Home pled not guilty to stealing a pickup truck during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday, and then heard that charges related to the theft of a second vehicle were

Cotter teacher wins prestigious award

         A local administrator has won a very prestigious award. Cotter School District Gifted Coordinator Monica Springfield was awarded the 2016 Arkansas Gifted Educator Administrator of the Year Award. This award recognizes an outstanding gifted educator administrator

3 arrested on drug charges in Baxter County

     A search by Baxter County Sheriff’s investigators at a residence led to the arrest of three individuals staying at the home. According to Sheriff John Montgomery, 41-year-old Michael Scudder, 46-year-old Scott Lynn Froit and 49-year-old Jana Jean

Sex offender accused of failing to register

     A local sex offender is accused of failing to comply with registration requirements. According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, 25-year-old Alton Bruce Cooke was arrested Friday by the Gassville Police Department and the Arkansas Department of

Outage affects nearly 2,300 Entergy customers

     Portions of Baxter County began experiencing a power outage Friday afternoon. According to Entergy Arkansas, nearly 2,300 of its customers are currently affected between Mountain Home and Cotter.      Entergy says the outage occurred just after three p.m.,

Local man faces several drug charges

         A Mountain Home man was arrested by the Arkansas State Police Wednesday on multiple drug related charges.      According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, 39-year-old David Barry Liner is charged with possession of meth or cocaine

West Plains man injured in 1-vehicle crash

     A Howell County man was involved in a single-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 50-year-old William Balfantz of West Plains was transported by ambulance to Ozarks Medical Center with moderate injuries.

NWAEDD to hold two meetings Wednesday

         The Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc. will hold two meetings Wednesday morning.      The Youth Committee Meeting will meet at 9:30.      The Northwest Arkansas Workforce Development Board meeting will be held at 11.      The meetings will

When does a traffic stop…stop?

    Evidence against Kevin Quinton of Mountain Home was thrown out by Judge Gordon Webb during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday after the judge ruled that the evidence was seized in violation of Quinton’s constitutional

Mobile home lost to fire Monday morning

         A mobile home was lost to fire Monday morning.      According to the Baxter County 911 Office, the mobile home, located at 2457 Wildcat Shoals Road in the Gassville area, was fully engullfed when first responders arrived.

Bond for Eaton denied

     A lawyer representing Shawn Eaton of Mountain Home, who faces several charges stemming from incidents in which he has exposed himself to young girls or imappropriately touched them, asked Judge Gordon Webb to consider setting a bond

Week in Review 8-28 to 9-3

Mother charged with Manslaughter in child’s death      A second arrest was made Friday in the beating death of a two-year-old child. The Flippin Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office took custody of 21-year-old Anastasia Weaver

Sunday hours to return to BXCO Library

     Sunday hours at the Donald W. Reynolds Library serving Baxter County will resume Sunday, September 11, from 1 to 5 in the afternoon, according to Library Director Kim Crow-Sheaner. She says the library board of directors recently

BXCO library closed for Labor Day

     The Donald W. Reynolds Library serving Baxter County will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. The library will re-open Tuesday with regular hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The library is open Monday, Wednesday,

Oakland woman killed in one-vehicle crash

     An Oakland woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday evening in Baxter County on Highway 202. According to Senior Corporal Mark Morton of the Arkansas State Police, 73-year-old Bertie Miller of Oakland was driving westbound when

Midway man in jail, again

         A Midway man, 37-year-old Christopher Richard Jorsch, is in the Baxter County Detention Center on a bevy of new charges.      Jorsch was charged Thursday with felony theft of property, commercial burglary, breaking or entering, criminal mischief

ID cards found in Douglas County arrest

     Two men face drug charges in Douglas County, and one is also accused of identity theft. According to Sheriff Chris Degase, 20-year-old Dalton Young and 26-year-old Jeremiah Kaberlein were recently arrested at a local monastery.      A deputy