MELBOURNE — Ozarka College in Melbourne will give the GED Test at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 5 and 13 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building.
The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations:
• Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Main Courtroom, Jan. 19; Annex Courtroom, Jan. 27;
• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, Jan. 10 and 24;
• Mountain View — Ozarka College, Jan. 11 and 18;
• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Jan. 11.
Batesville Pioneers Matthew Showalter and Jordan Childress were recently recognized by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette with postseason high school football awards.
In Sunday’s edition of the state newspaper, Showalter, a senior safety-wide receiver and kicking game specialist for the Pioneers, was named to the All-Arkansas team’s defensive squad. Childress was named to the Super Sophomore team’s offensive unit as a running back.
VILONIA — Vilonia sent Batesville’s varsity high school basketball teams home for the holidays on a sour note.
In nonconference contests Friday night, the Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Pioneers 43-35 and the Eagles thrashed the Pioneers 47-27.
Maggie Brewer scored 15 points and Catherine Puckett added 13 for Vilonia, The Lady Eagles improved to 11-1 on Saturday with a victory in a tournament in Greenbrier.
The Lady Pioneers fell to 6-5. They will not play again until next year when they host the Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins on Jan. 3.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The southern Utah site where Mormons massacred the members of a 19th century Arkansas wagon train is on its way to becoming a National Historic Landmark.
In November, a National Parks Service Advisory Board subcommittee voted unanimously to recommend a petition to elevate the Mountain Meadows Massacre site to landmark status, parks historian Lysa Wegman-French said.
The advisory board is scheduled to meet in April to decide whether to recommend the proposal to the U.S. secretary of the interior, she said.
A one-vehicle accident Friday morning sent a local teenager to a Little Rock hospital, according to a report from Arkansas State Trooper Jeremy Page.
Around 8 a.m. the teenager, who had a hardship license, was southbound on Highway 122 (Cord Road) headed to Newark in a 1997 Toyota T100 pickup. Page said the girl, whom he declined to identify since she is a minor, apparently drove off the road, hit a ditch and the embankment of a private driveway, causing her vehicle to become airborne, then landed in a ditch and overturned in a creek bed before finally coming to rest on its top.
Delinquent trash bills have to be paid in the Independence County Tax Collector’s Office, not the county judge’s office as reported in Friday’s Guard.
Tax Collector Janet Perkey said the county judge’s office only collects current bills. Once they become delinquent, bills are sent to her office to collect before property taxes can be paid.
Residents who need to pay their trash bills in Perkey’s office are those whose trash bills became delinquent as of Dec. 31, 2009.
Current 2010 trash bills must be paid at the county’s judges office before Nov. 1, 2011.
ASH FLAT — Two more people — one from Sharp County and one from Independence County — have been arrested as part of a drug sting that followed a lengthy investigation, said Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver.
Three others were arrested Dec. 6.
Vern Lee Schuldheisz, 45, of Williford and Ricky J. Rogers, 46, Sulphur Rock were arrested Dec. 11.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the 3rd Judicial Drug Task Force, the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department and the Ash Flat Police Department.
NEWPORT — Police are seeking the public’s help in solving a robbery.
Jordan’s No. 7 convenience store at 2720 Highway 367 North in Newport was robbed a gunpoint about 10 p.m. Thursday, said Lt. Patrick Weatherford of the Newport Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.
Weatherford said the store clerk reported that two black men entered the store, brandishing a handgun, and forced the clerk into the back room.
“The suspects then stole an undisclosed amount of money and merchandise,” Weatherford said. “The suspects then left the building and fled on foot.”
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Kroger Co. is recalling select packages of pet food in 19 states, saying the products might contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets.
The company said in a statement Saturday it is recalling select bags of Pet Pride Cat Food, Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food, Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food, as well as Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food and Kroger Value Cat Food. The products carry expiration dates of Oct. 23 and 24, 2011.