CLEANING UP: Prisoners from the Arkansas Department of Corrections North Central Unit in Calico Rock, were cleaning up the ditch lines along Lacrosse Road on Friday, January 20. Izard County Judge Eric Smith said he planned on having the prisoners clean up the roadway as long as he could. Photo/C.Stafford

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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The Ministerial Alliance of Calico Rock announced Holy Week services will be held daily at noon from March 21 through 25. Services will feature music and and the ministry of God’s Word by local pastors. Lunch will be provided following the services, which will be held at the United Methodist Church, 1611 Hwy. 56 in Calico Rock. Easter Sunday, March 27, Sunrise Service will be held at the water tower on the bluffs overlooking the White River at 6:30 a.m. weather permitting. Otherwise, the service will be held at the Calico Rock Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1007 Hwy. 56.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that following a week and a half trial in Melbourne that ended Wednesday, January 22, Donald Dickey of Calico Rock was convicted of arson and murder in the first degree.
The jury, after deliberating for two hours, announced they had found 77 year old Dickey guilty of the two charges. Again, after convening for about 15 minutes, this same jury announced a sentence of two life terms in the Arkansas Department of Correction. Lawrence said that Dickey was convicted of setting his Gorby home on fire while the victim, wife Mary Dickey, was inside the home.
The fire completely consumed the structure and burned a vehicle sitting nearby. Shortly after the fire was reported on this July 2010 day, Dickey was observed driving away from the residence and was located at Jordan Landing on the Norfork Lake.
It was reported at the time that Dickey had been observed washing some items, suspected to be his own clothing, and clothing was found hanging on his pickup truck drying. The partial remains of Mary Dickey were located in the burned debris by investigators two days later.
The Arkansas Crime Laboratory determined that much, if not all his clothing including shoes and his belt, contained a level of a flammable substance.
Circuit Judge Tim Weaver was the presiding judge.

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