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One person dead after boat capsizes

The Northwest Arkansas Times

Date: 8/7/2018 1:53:00 AM

One person died and three more were injured in a boating accident on Norfork Lake in north Arkansas on Sunday. Shortly after noon, the Baxter County sheriff's office received a report that a private b

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One person killed in boating accident on Norfork Lake; park rangers give boat safety tips


Date: 8/6/2018 4:32:00 PM

NORFORK LAKE, Ark . - Campers said Sunday was a typical day on the Norfork Lake, until they heard the ambulance sirens. Debbie Guemmer, from De Soto, Mo., said, "There were like two more ambulances, a

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One person dead after boat capsizes

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Date: 8/5/2018 11:53:00 PM

One person died and three more were injured when a boat capsized on Norfork Lake in north Arkansas on Sunday afternoon. Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Dan Noble said one of the

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Missouri woman dies when boat capsizes on Norfork

The Baxter Bulletin

Date: 8/5/2018 6:21:00 PM

A 71-year-old Missouri woman was killed and three people injured when a boat capsized shortly after noon Sunday on Norfork Lake. According a news release from Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, 71

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1 dead, 3 injured after boat capsizes on Norfork Lake

The Baxter Bulletin

Date: 8/5/2018 4:52:00 PM

MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — One person was killed and three others were injured when a boat capsized on a popular recreational lake in northern Arkansas. Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman

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• Surface Area: 22,000 Acres
In the late 1930's, before construction of the Norfork Dam had begun, the local economy of Baxter County, Arkansas was deteriorating. The yearly per capita income had fallen to between one-hundred and two-hundred dollars, and in 1940 alone more than six hundred small farms were abandoned. Those who remained looked forward with enthusiasm to any solution that promised relief from their economic problems. Mountain Home, Arkansas, then the largest community, was described as having no prospect for new business and very few paved roads. When construction of the dam finally began in the spring of 1941 it was said that, "before the first shovel of dirt was thrown, or the first tree dozed down, the Mountain Home people knew that a new era had dawned" United States, History of the Corps of Engineers. As the largest nearby community, Mountain Home was to derive the most spectacular benefit for the Corps projects in the area. Centrally located between both Norfork and Bull Shoals Dam, few of its citizens could foresee the economic change Norfork Dam would bring to the poor agricultural community (Messick).

Clyde T. Ellis, who defeated Claude Fuller in 1938 to become the representative for the third district, envisioned a smaller Arkansas version of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Ellis made Norfork Dam his personal project and fought for it until construction began in the spring of 1941. Having won the election with the promise of cheap hydroelectricity, he hoped the dams would give rise to industry and lift the region out of the depths of depression. Ellis firmly believed that if Norfork Dam was built then the other dams would follow. Authorization for construction of the dam was included as part of the flood control act of June 28, 1938. Norfork Dam was to be one of six dams built to accomplish flood control in the White River basin. The act was later revised in 1941 to include Bull Shoals and Table Rock.
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