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Drought Conditions Continue Across The Four States

Drought conditions across the Four States area still show many locations in extreme levels. Little improvement has been made with the recent rainfall across Southwest Missouri but more rain chances by the weekend provide another relief opportunity across the area. Counties that did see a reduction in extreme drought to a severe level of drought were Barry, Newton, and Mcdonald counties and locations already under a severe level of drought remained unchanged. Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma are experiencing much more extreme drought than that of Southwest Missouri but the northern portions of the Four States have less drought conditions especially near Nevada and Fort Scott.
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Aurora-Marionville Police Department incident reports

• 12:45 a.m. – Suspicious activity, WB Olive, Aurora. • 1:03 a.m. – Out with subject, 35 E College, Aurora. • 1:21 a.m. – Accident, 800 block E Hadley St, Aurora. • 1:24 a.m. – Traffic stop, Elliot/Euclid, Aurora. • 1:24 a.m. – Threats, 300 block...

Through the years, Aug. 17

Aug. 23, 1972 Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wiley announced the sale of their Western Auto Store in Cassville to Mr. and Mrs. George Simpkins, of Springfield. Mr. Wiley, former Vo-Ag teacher in Cassville High School, and Mrs. Wiley have been in business in Cassville for the past 26 years, 15 of which have been with Western Auto Store.

Missouri police chase comes to a halt at dead end

JOPLIN, Mo. — An early morning police chase in south Joplin came to an end when the vehicle authorities were pursuing ran out of roadway. It started just after midnight on Tuesday (8/16), when officers with the Joplin Police Department (JPD) attempted to pull over a vehicle near 32nd and Schifferdecker. That vehicle didn’t stop […]

Revenue issues cause Beaver Lake Fire Department to lay off firefighters

ROGERS, Ark. — The Beaver Lake Fire Department lays off firefighters because of budget shortfalls. This comes after the department withdrew its petition to form a fire protection district which would’ve increased revenue. Four fire engine personnel will be laid off in the coming months. There were only six fire engine personnel ,to begin with, so come December there will just be two firefighters to serve 7,000 residents.
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Arkansas’ Graham sentenced to prison in Law. Co. DWI death, injury

A man who caused an automobile collision while driving drunk, resulting in the death of one woman and seriously injuring another, was sentenced to what amounts to a decade behind bars. Johnny Graham, 45, of Alpena, Ark., pleaded guilty to two felony counts on Tuesday, Aug. 9: driving while Intoxicated, causing death of another, and driving while Intoxicated, resulting in serious physical injury. Graham was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the first charge and seven years in the second. As part of his plea bargain, he will serve the sentences concurrently.

Chuck Terrill: That’s a lot of bull

I am blessed to have a loving relationship with my eight grandchildren. We often spend time together, and there is a good deal of laughter. We enjoy teasing each other, and there have been many practical jokes played, over the course of many years. Madeline, aged 7, recently asked, “What...

Schools getting prepped for new year

Larry Albers, with the help of wife Arlene Albers, serviced 30 sewing machines in the Cassville middle school’s family and consumer sciences classroom. Albers said he has worked on the school’s machines every summer for 25 years, except last year due to COVID-19. He added students now use high-quality machines, greatly improved over the years.

A year in photos: Cassville girls soccer

Editor’s note: Throughout the summer, the Cassville Democrat will feature the best unprinted photos from every local team photographed in the 2021-2022 athletics season. — KT.

Bentonville medical school beginning to staff up

Officials with the nonprofit Alice L. Walton School of Medicine in Bentonville announced several academic and medical hires Thursday (Aug. 18), ranging from faculty affairs, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), foundational sciences, educational technology and curriculum management. The appointments include Lisako McKyer, vice dean of faculty affairs and DEI; Yerko...

Aurora School District welcomes new teachers

The Aurora School District recently held an orientation and welcomed new teachers. At Pate, new teachers include Jessica Legan, Macy Brundage, Tara Ackerman and Faith Cline. Joining Robinson are Emily Johannes, Kallie Shreve, Lily Cline, McKenna Hagerman, Marissa Kendall, Nicole Blevins, Laura Brink, Kelly Schwalm and Caitlin Hemingway. At the junior high, new teachers are Heather Greninger, Morgan Waggoner, Lewis West, Kaitlin White, Laura Schulteis, Madeline Currey, Josh Johannes and Tanner Harding. And joining the high school are Karla Shiveley, Lena Rivera, Ashley Dummit, Annie Pope, Jason Cole, Tori Janacek, Paige Carr, Brandon Pitts, Taegan Hadlock, Elijah Schroeder, Sadie McMenamy, Tommy Lynch and Beth Price.

X-ray analyzer used to clear Post Office incident

More details have been released regarding the package that produced smoke at the Cassville Post Office Tuesday, leading to a closure of the office and use of an X-ray analyzer to identify a possible threat. Sgt. Donnie Privett, with the Cassville Police Department, said the incident, caused by strike-anywhere matches,...

Jessie James Days begin in Pineville, Mo.

PINEVILLE, Mo. — Many know Pineville as the beginning point of your canoe trip on Elk River. But there is much more to the McDonald County Seat. Jessie James Days is an annual small-town celebration held every August. This year like many others there is a carnival in town for the kids to enjoy. Purchase arm bands at City Hall...

The Road Ahead: Road work to pick back up in NWA

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — With fall just a few weeks away, that means construction season will soon be winding down, but officials are already looking ahead to next year and beyond. That means expect plenty of road work over the next several years. Believe it or not, according to AR-DOT,...