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A truck turnover in Marion County closes down a busy route along Highway 62 near Flippin on Friday, April 19. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Tanker wreck closes Marion roads

A tanker truck wrecked over onto its side Friday, slowing traffic in Marion County. Office of Emergency Management reported the tanker truck overturned in Flippin early Friday morning. The wreck closed roads to thru traffic at Hwy 62 and Hwy 202 all the way to Hwy 62 Business at Powell Feed in Flippin.

Earth Day 2024 focuses on plastics

OTTAWA, Ontario — Earth Day takes place on Monday, on April 22nd. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day has since become a global event that unites people from all walks of life in a shared mission: to protect and preserve our environment for future generations.
A crew cleans up following the wreck of a Chevy Silverado that ran into a Toyota Camry on Feb. 8. The driver of the truck is facing several charges, including DWI, and further charges may now follow after the death of the Toyota driver from injuries. LORETTA KNIEFF / STAFF

Further charges possible following auto wreck death

Terri Ginochio, 64, of Harrison, died at Cox South April 16 following a long hospitalization after an auto wreck that occurred in February. The two-vehicle wreck occurred on Lakeshore Drive, in Harrison, on Feb. 8. The wreck was located on the bridge crossing Crooked Creek near Wonder Willa Park. A 2003 Chevy Silverado pickup, driven by 37 year-old Alex Lynn Rocky Moore, impacted Ginochio's 2005 Toyota Camry when the Silverado crossed the center line while traveling Eastbound.

News from Yocum

Happy Taco Tuesday, well April 15 is tax day hope everyone got theirs done yesterday. It was pretty but today looks like rain.

News from Lead Hill

Today, the Diamond City Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Yard-Sale Fundraiser is ongoing till 4 p.m. at the Station. You don’t want to miss it!

Boone County Library Corner

Earth Day — April 22 “The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson

Camp Jack column: Paying our other national debt

We really need to do something about our national debt. No, I’m not talking about the nearly $35 trillion dollars Congress has borrowed over the years. I am discussing a more important debt. A debt born in blood, sweat and sacrifice. The saying “Freedom Isn’t Free” rings so true and the people who paid this steep price are called veterans. We owe them a massive debt that can never be repaid, but we can try to do a better job taking care of them.

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Bull Shoals Lake body identified

The Marion County Sheriff's office reported that at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, they were dispatched to Welcome Ridge boat launch area in northern Marion County after area residents located the body of an unidentified white female, floating just offshore in Bull Shoals Lake.

Tragic crime, 75 years ago

[Note: The tragic incident related here took place in Newton County on January 2, 1953. The Boone County jail in Harrison housed the suspect for a short time, and much of the investigation was also done in Harrison, led by Deputy Prosecutor Joe Villines. Information for this story was obtained from The Harrison Daily Times, The Arkansas Gazette, and the Springfield News Leader dated January 3-7 of 1953.]

Northark Signing Day announced

The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) in cooperation with North Arkansas College (Northark) is sponsoring the annual National CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day on Thursday, April 18, 2024. The local ceremony will be held in Pioneer Pavilion on the south campus, 1–3 p.m.
Special Olympics Athletes participate in Arkansas Area 2 Track and Field competitions at F.S. Garrison Stadium in Harrison on Friday, April 12. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / LEE H. DUNLAP

Special Olympics track events held

Special Olympics Arkansas Area 2 held their Spring Track and Field event at F.S. Garrison Stadium in Harrison on Friday, April 12. The events kicked off with a torch run featuring officers of the Harrison Police Department and Boone County Sherriff's Office at 8:30 a.m. The torch run began at the  Harrison City Hall and ended at the F.S. Garrison Stadium.

Team effort, planning, led to smooth eclipse weekend

Mayor Jerry Jackson told the audience at the City Council Committee meeting Thursday night that there had been no problems during the eclipse. Then, for emphasis, he repeated, “No problems at all.”
Suzanne Buhr

Buhr honored by ASPSF

For four years, Suzanne Buhr of Harrison has reviewed scholarship applications, interviewed students, and assisted with fundraisers for Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund.

Downtown revitalization forum April 24

The Downtown Harrison Revitalization Public Forum will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 6-7:30 p.m.

Boone County Library Corner

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the “Eclipse on the Street” last Monday. I hope everyone enjoyed the view. Thank you to our vendors for helping us make the event a hit. Thank you to everyone who came to the Friends of the Library Book Sale!

News from Lead Hill

This Saturday evening, VFW Post 10417 Awards Banquet takes place 6 p.m. in the Lead Hill School cafeteria. Scholarships will be awarded to the Patriots Pen Essay and Patriotic 3D Art contest winners. Come out and enjoy our talented students and more. Dinner is Free and served at 6 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Body found by Bull Shoals Lake

The Marion County Sheriff's office has reported that at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, Marion County deputies were dispatched to the Welcome Ridge boat launch area in northern Marion County after area residents located the body of an unidentified white female, floating just offshore in Bull Shoals Lake.
For the first time since voters passed the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016, more than 100,000 patients have been certified. On April 13, the Arkansas Department of Health posted the current medical marijuana patient count at 102,222. 
DALLAS — The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) recognized two member financial institutions for their commitment to community investment by naming them 2024 Community Area Revitalization Efforts (CARE) Award recipients. Bank of Anguilla in Anguilla, Mississippi, and Arvest Bank, headquartered in Bentonville were honored during FHLB Dallas’ annual member conference.
LITTLE ROCK — There’s good news for Arkansans looking forward to strawberry season: There’s no more waiting. This year’s strawberries arrived one to two weeks earlier this month, with the season expected to peak in late April or early May.
PITTSBURGH — U.S. Steel shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the company’s sale to Nippon Steel of Japan for $14.1 billion in cash, voicing unequivocal support for a combination that has drawn opposition from the Biden administration on economic and national security grounds.
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The East's Camie Moore (24) of Valley Springs has her shot blocked by the West's Savannah Ketchum (31).
Girls' All-Stars
More pictures from Monday night's North Central Arkansas Girls' All-Star Game played at North Arkansas College's Pioneer Pavilion. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS/LEE H. DUNLAP
The West's Chism Floyd (second from right) tries to score from the paint against a trio of East defenders from Valley Springs (from left) Levi Carey, Nate Helams and Blain Roberson plus Mountain Home's Braiden Dewey (33) during the first half of the North Central Arkansas Boys' All-Star Game played Monday night at North Arkansas College's Pioneer Pavilion. LEE H. DUNLAP/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
East boys dominate West in All-Star Game
A 48-23 run over the middle three quarters propelled the East squad to a big 72-55 victory over the West at the 16th annual North Central Arkansas Boys’ Basketball All-Star Game at North Arkansas College’s Pioneer Pavilion.
The West's Rubby Trammell (13) of Bergman tries to drive the lane against the East's Camie Moore (24) of Valley Springs during Monday's North Central Arkansas Girls' All-Star Game at North Arkansas College. Also defending for the East is Yellville-Summit's Abby Methvin (1). LEE H. DUNLAP/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
East girls edge West by single point
The 16th annual North Central Arkansas Girls’ All-Star Basketball Game was played Monday evening at North Arkansas College’s Pioneer Pavilion with the East holding off the West for a 59-58 victory.
From left to right, Winnipeg Jets center Gabriel Vilardi, center Morgan Barron and defenseman Logan Stanley confer in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Saturday, April 13, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Maple Leafs, Jets, Oilers and Canucks carry Canada’s Stanley Cup hopes with drought now at 30 years

Hockey fans across Canada are preparing themselves for the annual thrill and torment that arrives with the NHL playoffs. Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto are in the 16-team field. Canada’s …
Boston Celtics guard JD Davison (20) drives toward the basket as Washington Wizards forward Anthony Gill, center left, defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 14, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Things to know about the NBA playoffs, which start Saturday

The Boston Celtics had almost no trouble at all with the 14 teams that didn’t make the playoffs this season, going 35-4 against those squads. Against the teams that actually made the postseason, …
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car during qualifying at the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Saturday, April 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Verstappen takes pole for Chinese GP to extend F1 dominance. Hamilton 18th

Max Verstappen of Red Bull has completed the Formula 1 double. Verstappen has taken the pole for the Chinese Grand Prix just hours after winning the first F1 sprint of the season. Verstappen is the …
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands waves after winning the sprint race at the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Saturday, April 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Verstappen wins again. This time he takes first Formula 1 sprint race of the season

Max Verstappen has continued his dominance in Formula 1 and took the first sprint race of the season — the prelude to the full-blown Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday. Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton …

Influenza-related deaths reach 117

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) produces a Weekly Viral Respiratory Diseases Report for clinicians. The report provides information on Influenza, COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) activity in the state. The report also compares activities in Arkansas to the U.S. ADH receives reports of only a fraction of COVID-19 cases and flu cases since it only requires reports of flu hospitalizations, deaths, and outbreaks. RSV is not a reportable disease in Arkansas. Therefore, it is important to understand that the information in the weekly update is representative of the timing and location of activity, but it does not reflect the overall disease burden. It is presumed that there are many more people actually affected than the report shows. Clinicians and policymakers may find the report helpful in terms of communicating to colleagues and patients about the current status of viral respiratory diseases in the state and nationwide.

What to stream this weekend: Conan's travel show

This week's new streaming entertainment releases include Taylor Swift's eagerly anticipated album "The Tortured Poets Department," a family of ducks is coaxed into flying south for the winter in the kid-friendly animated movie "Migration" and Conan O'Brien makes himself the brunt of jokes in his new travel show "Conan O'Brien Must Go" for Max. Fresh off her Oscar nomination, Lily Gladstone stars in a new limited series for Hulu called "Under the Bridge" with Riley Keough, and writer-director Zack Snyder's "Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver" lands on Netflix.

DAR, SAR honor Vets

March 29 is the date set aside annually to honor Vietnam Veterans. This year the Arkansas Society and the Harrison Colony Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, partnered with the Jordan Milam Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, to honor their chapter members who were veterans of the Vietnam War and to properly welcome them home.

Ricketts dedicated to safety

Nobel Peace Prize winner in philosophy Albert Schweitzer once wrote, “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but the one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” This particular brand of community dedication is remarkable, and few resemble the sentiment such as Senior Corporal Justin Ricketts of the Arkansas State Police Department.

Walk at Lunch Day coming up

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield invites the community to join them for National Walk at Lunch Day on April 24. “The lunch hour is the perfect time to fit activity into your day,” said Kristen Lippencott, Arkansas Blue Cross manager of Well-being and Health Solution Strategies. “Just a short walk can help your body stretch and rejuvenate. It also breaks up your day and helps clear your mind so you can focus better when you return to work. Plus, you get an energy boost to avoid the 2 p.m. slump we always hear about.”

NAACP joins Central High students suing state

WASHINGTON — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has joined a high school teacher and two students who sued Arkansas over the state's ban on critical race theory and “indoctrination” in public schools, asking a federal judge to strike down the restrictions as unconstitutional.

Recipes I just had to try

Have you ever read or looked at a recipe and thought, "I have to try that?" Or, maybe you've eaten a dish and felt the need to ask for the recipe. Well, I do it quite often as I surf the Internet or browse Pinterest (yes, I have 8,000-plus recipes saved to my Pinterest account).
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Landon Curtis grew up in this area, graduating from Valley Springs High School before finishing his education at Missouri State University. His wife, Allie, is also a Harrison native, and Curtis says they’re thankful to be raising their two boys in this community. One of his favorite quotes from the couple’s oldest son is, “Daddy cooks, Mommy cleans.” Curtis works for Anstaff Bank and serves on the board of the Buffalo National River Partners.
Arvest Bank and Shred-it are excited to hold a free paper shredding event. Bring up to five boxes of your personal and financial documents to be shredded and recycled. Shredding will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at 401 North Walnut Street.
BRANSON — Quilts of Valor of the Ozarks (QOVO) held their first veteran quilt award ceremony on April 10, 2024 at the Branson Area Christian Women’s Connection luncheon. Mr. Richard Collins was honored for his service with the presentation of a Quilt of Valor by six members of the QOVO Chapter, from Kimberling City, MO.
The Oxford Handbook of Agricultural History, edited by Jeannie Whayne of the U of A Department of History, was recently published. Whayne says that agricultural history has enjoyed a rebirth in recent years, in part because of the way the agricultural enterprise promotes economic and cultural connections in an era that has become ever more globally focused.
The statewide gas price average in Arkansas was $3.24 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel on Thursday, according to the AAA Arkansas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is five cents more compared to that day last week and flat compared to that day last year.

School garden contest open

Entries are being accepted for the annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest, sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Farm Credit Associations of Arkansas. Applicants may be any school, early childhood education facility, or alternative learning environment that had a school garden during the 2023-2024 school year or is planning to start a garden in the 2024-2025 school year.

Lead Hill Elementary Honor Roll, 3rd Quarter

Kindergarten: Zoey Dotson, Asher Edmonson, Avery Jenkins, Octavia McPherson, Chase Ohler
Yulissa Ramirez, Jehimi Mendez, Wilmar Jeronimo, Shasilla Kiluwe, Peter Bustamante, Kayla Janer, Catherine Norris, Edward Perez, Gustavo Lopez, Juniper Widner

Green Forest Kids With Character March

Green Forest's Kids With Character theme for March was Sportsmanship. Students in Grades K–5 received certificates honoring their demonstration of good sportsmanship.

ATU experiences eclipse

RUSSELLVILLE — As the moment arrived at 1:50 p.m., there was a brief shriek of glee among the family, friends and strangers gathered on the greenspace outside Tucker Coliseum at Arkansas Tech University.