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Destroyed pavilion at Patton Cemetery near Pyatt in Marion County. JEFF DEZORT / STAFF

Marion starts recovery after fatal storms

Early Sunday morning, a tornado entered Marion County after damaging several structures in southern Boone County, including the Boone County Law Enforcement Center. The EF-3 tornado brought winds up to 145 mph as it followed US highway 62 to the south, near Pyatt, where it committed extensive tree damage before tossing and destroying mobile homes on county road 4010.

Mark Mathis

"Cook of the Week" Mark Mathis

Mark Mathis loves to cook. Mathis moved to Holiday Island with a dream to open a restaurant in Eureka Springs but the plan fell through when COVID hit. "I was disappointed at first but I came to realize that my dream was really just to live here and opening a restaurant was just my excuse to relocate," shared Mathis.
Shelly Watson sings the National Anthem at Monday's Memorial Day event held at the Boone County Courtpark.

2024 Memorial Day Ceremony

The Boone County War Memorial Association presented the "2024 Memorial Day Ceremony" at the bandstand at the Boone County Courthouse Courtpark on May 27.

Tornado path described by NWS

This tornado started just to the west of Bellefonte road, near the intersection of Maxie Camp Road in Boone County, damaging trees and a few power poles as it crossed the road.

Baseball, Ozarks pastime

Baseball has been a favorite Ozarks spring and summer pastime for over 100 years, and it still is. The youth baseball and softball seasons being in full swing, this nostalgic look back to “simpler times” in the early 1950’s, shows that baseball was quite popular then as now. This information comes from the museum files as well as from the files of the Harrison Daily Times. Perhaps the reader may recognize some of the names.

Fayetteville population rises above 100,000

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its population estimates for 2023, and it showing the continued growth of the northwest portion of the state of Arkansas.

USACE park update, closings follow storm damage

ROGERS — Until further notice from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Beaver Lake Project Office, the Prairie Creek and Horseshoe Bend campgrounds and day use areas are closed. The boat ramps for both locations will remain open. Rocky Branch campground is also closed however, the day use area and boat ramp remain open.

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The Freeling Watkins Cemetery on Bellefonte Road had a tree fall onto the graves. The Sunday morning EF-3 Tornado began on Bellefonte Road and cut a 21.1 mile path of destruction while killing one in Boone County and two in Marion County. JEFF BRASEL / STAFF

Sunday morning tornado leaves one dead in Boone Co.

BELLEFONTE — The National Weather Service has issued preliminary reports on a tornado that ripped through Boone and Marion counties on Sunday.
Fred Woehl helps with the display of American Flags at last year's (2023) Memorial Day event held on the Boone County Courthouse Courtpark. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / LEE H. DUNLAP

Boone C. JP dies in accident

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — After a tornado, there is clean-up.
Boone County Deputies look at the debris blown across Hwy. 65 S. Sunday morning. This debris was from a trailer and signs from the Boone County Sheriff's Office. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / LEE H. DUNLAP

Boone County jail takes direct hit from tornado

BELLEFONTE — Being in jail is not where anyone wants to be.

Details released in Berryville Auto Zone shooting

BERRYVILLE — Chief of police, Robert J. Bartos, has released more information concerning a fatal shooting that occurred on Saturday, May 18, outside the Auto Zone on West Trimble in Berryville. Berryville Police Officers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 1:29 p.m. for a report of shots fired.
A house at 810 South Hickory is under consideration for condemnation by the city. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / LEE H. DUNLAP

Council hears from homeowners

Harrison City Council met in regular session on Thursday, May 23. The council resumed discussion of an item previously discussed at the May 9 committees meeting — condemnation requests for properties located at 810 South Hickory and 801 North Chestnut.

Boone County Senior Wellness and Activity Center menu

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Boone County Library Corner

The library will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day!

News from Lead Hill

Hope you all enjoy Memorial Day, observed Monday, commemorating all the men and women who have died while in military service. It’s so nice to see all the Flags hung throughout Lead Hill and Diamond City.

Memorial Day ceremony planned downtown

On Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m., The Boone County War Memorial Association will meet at the Historic Downtown Harrison Bandstand for their Memorial Day ceremony. Representatives from the Harrison VFW Post 2881, The American Legion Post 44 and the DAV Chapter 6 will present during the wreath ceremony. Honored guest speaker & veteran, Lionel Cantu, will also be present. Special performances by vocalist Shelly Watson, Caven Clark, and the 1st Baptist Church Choir will be given.  The War Memorial Association express gratitude for the help of Boy Scout Troop 60, Sandra Hilliard with the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Ozark Arts Council, Tempo Sound, the Boone County Quorum Court, the EMS Color Guard and Camp Jack.
Equity Bank staff members visit the Boone County Cattlemen's Association May meeting. L to R: Jessica Deterts, North Bank Branch Manager; Rachel Davis, Downtown Bank Branch Manager; Jeremy Dietsche, Commercial Lender; Ben Wilburn, Commercial & Ag Lender CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

May Cattlemen's Association meeting held

The Boone County Cattlemen's Association met on May 9 at the John Paul Hammerschmidt Center at North Arkanasas College. This month's meeting was sponsored by Equity Bank in Harrison. BCCA President John Muncy welcomed those in attendance and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Gerald King offered a blessing for the meal. Muncy recognized birthdays and anniversaries. We were treated to a meal of hamburgers and fixins', cowboy beans, coleslaw, condiments, assorted desserts, and water.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer confidence in the U.S. rose in May after three straight months of declines, though Americans are still anxious about inflation and interest rates.
LITTLE ROCK — Despite their differences, the Farm Bill proposals led by U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow both contain some first-in-a-decade updates to critical farm safety net programs.
The statewide gas price average in Arkansas was $3.11 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel on Thursday, according to the AAA Arkansas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is two cents less compared to that day last week and is flat compared to that day last year.
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Farmington outlast a frantic Pea Ridge comeback
CONWAY — Two out rallies are really fun to watch.
Har-Bers are crowned kings of 6A
CONWAY — The Springdale Har-Ber baseball game against Rogers completed an all Northwest Arkansas diamond sport finals in Class 6A.
Gosnell reigns supreme in Class 3A baseball
CONWAY — Thirty-four years is a long time between state titles.
FILE - Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) runs with the ball past New York Jets linebacker Quincy Williams (56) during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec 17, 2023, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Waddle has agreed to a three-year, $84.75 million contract extension with the Miami Dolphins, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.(AP Photo/Doug Murray, File)

Dolphins agree to 3-year, $84.75 million contract extension with WR Jaylen Waddle, AP source says

A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that wide receiver Jaylen Waddle has agreed to a three-year, $84.75 million contract extension with the Miami Dolphins. The deal includes $76 …
Russia's Daniil Medvedev plays a shot against Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, May 30, 2024. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

Aryna Sabalenka and Daniil Medvedev advance as rain continues to disrupt the French Open

Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka stayed out of the rain and moved into the third round of the French Open. The second-seeded Sabalenka beat Japanese qualifier Moyuka Uchijima 6-2, 6-2 on …
Real Madrid's head coach Carlo Ancelotti attends a press conference during a Media Opening day training session in Madrid, Spain, Monday, May 27, 2024. Borussia Dortmund will play against Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League soccer final in London. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Champions League final: Why a win for Real Madrid or Borussia Dortmund would defy the odds

Real Madrid is going for a record-extending 15th European Cup. Borussia Dortmund is aiming to pull off one of soccer’s biggest upsets in recent memory. Whoever wins Saturday’s Champions League …
Milwaukee Brewers' William Contreras rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Being an MLB catcher is grueling work. That's not slowing this year's best on offense

Catchers are finding a way to contribute as much at the plate as behind it while withstanding the challenges that come from playing the game’s most taxing position. Major league catchers have an …

Flippin state Fish Art Winners

Flippin High School art students won top awards in the Arkansas State Fish Art Contest, Senior High Division, held by the Wildlife Forever Organization in White Bear Lake , Minnesota.

Berries, so versatile!

The commercial strawberry season was a bit early this year, but home gardeners still are harvesting luscious, juicy strawberries. And, blackberry and blueberry seasons are fast approaching. The prime harvesting time for blackberries is June and July, and for blueberries, it begins in late June and runs through July.  

Birth announcements

Annson Wayne Cash

Should you aerate your fishpond?

Included is some information pertaining to the benefits of aerating the fishpond. One of the main limiting factors to aquatic life is dissolved oxygen. In commercial fish production, supplemental aeration is almost required to sustain large enough crops to keep the farm profitable.

Dan Dillard, NARMC Donor Relations and Grants Coordinator

“It’s easier than you might think to do more than you thought possible,” says Dan Dillard, Donor Relations and Grants Coordinator for North Arkansas Regional Medical Center. Responsible for securing funds vital to the hospital’s function, he understands the truth behind these words better than most. 

DIllard Quote

“It’s easier than you might think to do more than you thought possible,” Dan Dillard

Ancient manuscript gives glimpse into Christian history

An important piece of early Christian history, the Crosby-Schøyen Codex, is up for auction at Christie's in London. This codex is a mid-fourth century book from Egypt containing a combination of biblical and other early Christian texts.
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The Harrison 20th Century Club placed flags Thursday morning at the gravesites of Veterans at the Maplewood Cemetery, Maple Leaf Cemetery, and Rose Hill Cemetery located in Harrison. 1,730 flags were placed by the 20th Century Club members and volunteers for Memorial Day. 
We got a good soaking rain earlier this week here in Batavia. Although I was glad to see it I am always thankful for the sunshine.
It seems like every week that they call for bad weather. Again today I am not looking
The Boone/Newton County Retired Teachers and Support Staff Association met Tuesday, May 7, at Western Sizzlin' in Harrison. The meeting was called to order by President Lisa Bailey. Beverly Bear led the Invocation, and Wilma Finney led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Harrison Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Middle School Chapter competed at the FCCLA State Conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas April 9-11.

Green Forest April Kids with Character

The theme for Kids with Character for the month of April was "Responsibility".

VS board hires new girls’ basketball coach

VALLEY SPRINGS — At its regular monthly meeting Monday night, the Valley Springs School Board voted to approve the hiring of Dawson Yates to become the new head coach of the Lady Tigers basketball program.

Fatal shooting in Berryville

BERRYVILLE — A fatal shooting occurred on Saturday, May 18, near the Auto Zone on West Trimble in Berryville. Berryville Police Officers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 1:29 p.m. for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located an individual with gunshot wounds.

Green Forest grad interrupted

GREEN FOREST — A disturbance in the crowd briefly interrupted the Green Forest Class of 2024 graduation ceremony held Friday night. Near the end of the evening, during a speech being given by the class president — Pablo Moreno, a small group of members of the audience arose in the stands and began to argue and fight.