Kaylee Jo Guthrie of Melbourne, has been crowned as the 2016 Miss Arkansas National Teenager.
She was chosen based on academic scores, community service and leadership abilities. Now she will be competing for America’s National Teenager title.
The American National Teenage Scholarship Organization draws on a positive side of pageantry that focuses on a real girl not just her appearance. “It is an honor to be able to represent the beautiful State of Arkansas and the many wonderful people that live here. I would like to thank the many friends and family who have helped me grow up and shaped me into the person I have become today. Please join me on my journey,” said Kaylee Jo.
Kaylee Jo has been a member of 4-H, and for the past seven years she has been keeping a journal of the time, sweat, blood, and energy that has been spent doing 4-H related activities.
“I have kept track of hours used for various projects, money lost and gained with raising/showing animals, and time spent helping shape others around me. This was the first year I was able to compete in the 4-H State Record Book competition and I conquered my challenge,” she said. This year Kaylee Jo won in the Utilizing Science and Technology field with her Veterinarian Science project. “I encourage all youth to set and work toward a goal and give it everything you’ve got because eventually it will pay off,” said Kaylee Jo.
For Kaylee Jo it paid off big. “I will be receiving a $1,500 scholarship to the college of my choice, plus a trip to National Congress in Atlanta, GA in November,” she said.
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Kaylee Jo was able to represent three different organizations with one trip to Blanchard Springs Caverns in March. She was able to make a public appearance and spread the word about America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization. As a member of the Izard County Drug and Tobacco Coalition, she picked up cigarette butts around the park and educated others on the dangers of tobacco. As a 4-H’er she used her leadership abilities in team building activities. Above all else, she set a positive example for others to follow and wore her beautiful smile all day long.
“I had an amazing day at Blanchard Springs Caverns with close to 100 4-H’ers from several different counties. We went on the Dripstone Cave tour, picked up cigarette butts at the park, went on a hike, learned about water pollution, and made ice cream in a bag. I was glad I was given the opportunity to represent three major organizations in my life, 4-H, ANTSO, and the Izard County Drug Coalition team. I really enjoyed leading some of the group activities and setting a good example for those around me,” said Kaylee Jo.
ANTSO stands for American’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization and is the organization in which Kaylee Jo represents the State of Arkansas. This is the 46th year for ANTSO and is currently directed by Jenny Telar. ANTSO represents all 50 states and offers young ladies a pageantry that weighs heavily on academics, community service, and leadership abilities.
The 2016 America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization pageant will be held July 26 through August 1.
Kayle Jo stated, “As many of you know I will be competing for America’s National Teenager. One of the awards given is People’s Choice, the girl with the most likes and views on her video wins. I would really appreciate if you would open this link, watch my video, like it and then share it with your friends. Thank you all so much for all the support and encouragement I have received from all of you along the way.” Kaylee Jo’s video may be viewed at https://youtu.be/yBLpPgGW_rI. The more likes Kaylee Jo receives on her video, the more likely she is to win People’s Choice.
America’s National Teenager is the longest running premier pageant for teens in the United States. Founded in 1970, America’s National Teenager has graced the cover of magazines, television and national media as a role model of leadership, scholastic aptitude and service. Combining the elements of glamour, scholarship, style and service, ANTSO State and National Programs draw on a positive approach to pageantry that implements a scoring system focusing on a “real girl”. With no swimsuit or mandatory talent competition, ANTSO focuses on a typical teen in daily life. Contestants are judged in five categories: 30% Interview, 15% Evening Gown, 15% Personal Expression (contestants decorate a pair of blue jeans and model them, a trademarked category of ANTSO), 15% School (academics and school awards/excellence), 15% Activities (leadership, extra-curricular activities and community service), 10% Onstage Question.
ANTSO has awarded more than $102 million scholarships since its creation. America’s National Teenager continues to set high standards for excellence by awarding nearly $100,000 in scholarships at every state competition each year.
All National and State winners are awarded in-kind scholarships from sponsoring universities and the opportunity to serve as positive role models to teens across America. ANTSO holds to the highest standards of quality and integrity and conducts all competitions in a fair and unbiased manner.

Authorities have arrested two suspects that were involved in a theft of a church van in Horseshoe Bend plus additional thefts in Horseshoe Bend, Elizabeth, and Cave City.
Early Sunday morning, July 10, staff of the First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend reported to authorities that the church building had been broken into and that items including a guitar and the church van were stolen.
While Lt. Charles Melton, Sgt. Gabe Sanders and Horseshoe Bend assigned deputies were investigating, they developed at least two people of interest, located the guitar, and continued the investigation. During this investigation, it was reported that Doty Family Funeral Home of Horseshoe Bend had a van damaged. Someone had attempted to hotwire the vehicle that same night.
On July 11, Lt. Melton learned that his prime suspect had been arrested in Cave City. The suspect had fled from Cave City Police and had shot at them before wrecking the vehicle he was driving. Mac Ryan Chitwood, age 26 of Horseshoe Bend, currently in the Sharp County Jail, has been charged in Izard County in connection with the church and funeral home events. An Elizabeth man, 18 year old Dalton Michael Pflaumer, has also been arrested and incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center on felony charges related to the burglary of a private residence, vehicle thefts, and other thefts.
The events leading up to the arrest of Pflaumer came about in the early hours of July 11, when the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office was notified that officers in Sharp County had been involved in a vehicle pursuit with a 2001 Volvo V10 driven by Chitwood. It was determined that the registered owners of the vehicle involved in that pursuit reside in the St. Louis, Missouri area but have a vacation home in Baxter County on Diamond Bay Road. The owners were contacted and stated that their vehicle should still be parked at their residence on Diamond Bay Road, and indicated they had not been at that residence since July 5. Later that same morning, Corp. Kristofer Savino went to the residence on Diamond Bay Road and found that it had been burglarized. Items missing from the residence, in addition to their 2001 Volvo V10, were a handgun and a shotgun. It appeared that people had been squatting in the residence for a period of time. Entry had been made through the back door of the house.
Chitwood, who had been apprehended in Sharp County, told authorities there that he and another person had stolen a white van belonging to the First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend. He indicated the pair had travelled in the stolen church van to the Hand Cove area in Baxter County. They had concealed the stolen van in a heavily wooded area approximately one mile away from the residence they chose to burglarize.
Chitwood and Pflaumer parted company in the Brockwell area of Izard County after leaving the residence in the stolen Volvo. The vehicle pursuit involving Chitwood driving the stolen Volvo in Sharp County occurred afterwards.
The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office utilized its helicopter on the evening of July 11 to fly over the Hand Cove/Diamond Bay area in an attempt to locate the stolen and abandoned church van. After flying over the area for several minutes, the van was spotted from the air through dense foliage. The van was subsequently towed and removed for evidentiary processing.
In addition to the burglary investigation, the Sheriff’s Office had taken reports the previous day, July 10, that a private boat dock near Baxter CR 863, in the same area, had been entered and several items were stolen from the dock and from boats in the dock. These included speakers, binoculars, and fishing equipment. A cellphone was found on one of the boats. This cellphone was found to belong to Pflaumer. According to reports,

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Pflaumer was located on July 12, admitted to committing the crimes with the other suspect, and helped investigators locate and recover some of the stolen items.
As to the funeral home, both Chitwood and Pflaumer have been charged with breaking and entering, a class D felony; and criminal mischief, a class D felony. Relating to the church, both have been charged with commercial burglary and theft of property, both class D felonies. The pair have an Izard County Circuit Court date of August 10. Pflaumer remains in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

skidmoreSavannah Skidmore (r), 21-year old daughter of Jerry and Kim Skidmore of Calico Rock and a junior at the University of Arkansas, was selected as first runner-up in the 79th Annual Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs recently. The pageant featured 42 contestants from the state of Arkansas. The girls competed for $121,800 in scholarship funds. Skidmore received a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by Charles and Susie Morgan for being chosen as first runner-up in the competition. Skidmore tied with Savvy Shields, Miss Heart of the Ozarks, in Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Pictured (l to r) is Shields; Reigning Miss Arkansas, and Top 15 Miss America Semi-Finalist, Loren McDaniel; Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent award winner, Miss North Central Arkansas Rebecca Zurcher; and Skidmore.
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franksDanny Franks, age 39 of Blytheville, formerly of Melbourne, remains at large following a July 12 call to Fairview Street in Melbourne, in reference to a domestic violence complaint.
As Cpl. Richard Williams was responding, dispatch advised the officer that the alleged perpetrator had left the residence driving a small tan Toyota truck. Cpl. Williams attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Franks sped away and continued to Lacrosse Road, then west of Highway 56 to Johnsonview Road. He then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Deputies were unable to locate Franks, and his vehicle was towed and impounded.
On July 13, a Johnsonview Road resident reported that his truck was missing. Investigators learned that Franks was residing in Blytheville and a BOLO was issued on the stolen vehicle.
Mississippi County authorities advised local authorities that the stolen truck had been located by a farmer in a cornfield. They further advised that no one was in or near the truck and that the vehicle engine was still running.
Franks remains at large. Anyone having knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 870-368-4203.

On Sunday, June 12, Weston Burk, son of Joey and Cassi Burk of Salem and brother to Natalie, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, ALL. He is undergoing treatments at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. The entire community of Salem has pulled together for the Burk Family. Several fundraisers and raffles have been established. The Weston Burk Co-Ed Benefit Tournament was held last weekend.
Event coordinator Lena Smith of Salem stated, “I believe good things come to good people and you won’t find a better family than the Burks!”
Over $7,000 was raised on July 9 and July 10 during the tournament (t-shirts, raffles, entry fees, concessions and donations).
“Wow what a great showing of support, prayer, and fellowship at Salem yesterday. The Weston Co-ed Tournament was a huge success. Thank you to all 19 teams that stuck it out and worked throughout the day switching fields and keeping things on track and going. Thanks everyone that participated and helped with it all. I’m very glad to be a part of it and help bring it all together. What an incredible community we live in!” stated event coordinator Jake Smith of Salem.
“Today has just been absolutely amazing! Joey and I tried to make it around to everyone that came out to the tournament, but we know we missed some. So we are trying to reach out to everyone to tell you all how THANKFUL we are for everything. To the 19 teams that played, the umps, scorekeepers, concession stand workers, all the sponsors that donated food or money, the community that came out just to watch the games or eat, and to all the ones that had a helping hand in putting it all together, thank you. We know it was not an easy job and took a lot of hard work and time. We are so blessed to call you all our friends and family. Thank you again for everything you have done for our little boy and family, we love you all!” said Cassi Burk.
Sponsors of the Weston Burk Co-Ed Benefit Tournament were Sonic of Salem, Twin Lakes Packing and Processing, Town and Country of Ash Flat, Modern Woodmen – Trena Spears, Barker’s Funeral Home, Scribner’s Family Practice, Viola Hardware, Barker’s Hilltop Package Store, Janice Hensley and family, Salem Sweet Treats and Bakery, Cliff and Cheryl Pleasant, Gary Wayne and Lenisa Branscum, Terry Burk and North Arkansas Electic Cooperative. The Dirt Bags from Mt. Grove, Missouri, took first place in the tournament.dirtbags-001

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A woman was assaulted outside her home on Wednesday, July 13, located on Hwy. 9 South in Fulton County.
According to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the woman, in her late 60s, was attacked by a white or hispanic male, while she was working in her yard. The victim never heard the man approach, and was assaulted from behind as the attacker attempted to strangle her with a rope around her neck. According to authorities, the woman was able to fight her attacker by kicking him and he fled the scene.
The woman received treatment at a local hospital. Fulton County authorities and the Arkansas State Police are investigating the assault.

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The 25th Annual Greyhound Classic Two Person Scramble will be held on Saturday, August 6 at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend.
There will be a 8 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $100 per team (cart rental not included). The scramble is limited to the first 70 teams.
For more information or to enter contact Wendall Smith at 870-710-0711 or J.W. Blevins at 870-371-1038.

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The Music in the Mountains Show will be on Saturday, July 16 at the Music in the Mountains Theatre located on the lower level of the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend.
This month, we will be privileged to have Katy Miller and Allie Cone to sing our National Anthem. Both of these young ladies are nine years old and both of them attend Melbourne Elementary School.I know these young ladies are very excited about performing at the Music in the Mountains Show and are looking forward to performing our National Anthem. So come out and support our local youth.
Our guest for this month is Shane Metheny. Metheny is from Little Rock and spent six months in Nashville, TN working with Buddy Hyatt in his recording studio. He likes to sing southern gospel and country music. We know that everyone will enjoy his musical talent. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with burgers and dogs on the grill. The concession will have other goodies to delight your taste buds.
Tracy, Eric, Mitch, Junior and Doc will take the stage at 6 p.m. The Hwy. 289 Band will be doing a medley of country songs in the first half and a medley of classic rock in the second half.
I believe this is a “must come and see” show.
So make plans now to come out to the Music in the Mountains Show Saturday night for good food, good fellowship and good music. We hope to see you all there. And as always, admission is by donation.
Your generosity keeps our doors open. Thank you in advance to all that support the Music in the Mountains Theatre.

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THREE CAR COLLISION: Charles Southerland, of Horseshoe Bend, was driving his white Ford F250 Lariat through the road work on Hwy. 289 S. in Horseshoe Bend on Tuesday, July 5. According to reports, he rear-ended two parked vehicles at the stop light set up for road construction. Southerland hit a white GMC Sierra driven by Ronnie Ford of Mountain Home, which in turn caused it to hit a black Ford F150 truck driven by Robin Vasey of Horseshoe Bend. Izard County Deputy Mike Smith worked the accident. There were no injuries substained from the accident. Photos/C.Stafford