PANGBURN (AP) — State environmental regulators have fined an energy company $14,400 and ordered a cleanup of oil sludge and other materials at a waste dump in White County.
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality on Monday issued a consent order in which Poseidon Energy Services LLC agreed to the fine and to clean up oil sludge, other fluids and saltwater that had been improperly handled.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Officials from Ozarka College have announced plans for a ribbon cutting, dedication and donor recognition for the new Student and Nursing Education Center located on Ozarka College Drive in Mountain View. The event will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 11.
After the short ceremony, there will be a reception and facility tours available for those in attendance. The event is open to the public.
NEWARK — When fewer than 25 percent of its low-socioeconomic students failed to meet adequate yearly progress on test scores and it was placed on targeted school improvement in 2009-10, the Cedar Ridge High School sought help.
Less than a year later, Principal Danny Davis is seeing the benefits of working with JBHM Education Group of Jackson, Miss., a consulting firm that has been providing one-on-one, professional development with Davis and other instructors at Cedar Ridge.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes defeated swim clubs from Heber Springs and Pocahontas to take top honors at Saturday’s meet here.
Winning 36 of the 80 events, the Torpedoes combined to score a total of 547 points from the female and male divisions. Pocahontas finished second with 350 total points, and the host team took last place with 331.
LOCUST GROVE — Driver Gary Sallas was competing in the second heat of the front-wheel drive race at Batesville Motor Speedway Friday night when his car became engulfed in flames.
Sallas was attempting to maneuver around a car driven by fellow racer Ronnie Jones just before the explosion occurred, said wife Misty Sallas.
“His car went up against the wall, and that caused his fuel tank to rupture,” she said. “Sparks from his car rubbing up against the wall ignited the fumes causing a huge explosion. He looked like a big ball of fire when I saw him get out of the car.”
MARION — The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen ended their American Legion baseball season with an 8-5 loss to Searcy Crain Automotive in the Zone 2 Tournament Monday.
Coach Sean Coker said his starting pitcher performed well despite some miscues from the Highwaymen defense.
“Joey Barnett threw a really great game for us, but we made some errors behind him,” Coker said. “Those mistakes cost us the game because we were not able to overcome them.”
The Atlas offense showed promise early, but the Highwaymen were unable to take advantage.
SOUTHSIDE — Head Coach Kenny Simpson has announced plans to begin a youth football program at Southside for boys in grades third through sixth.
Four teams, one for each grade level, will be created, and they will compete against other teams of the same age. The program is open to any boy regardless of which school they attend.
Summer Ann Rogers and Robert Morris Dunivan were united in marriage June 11 at Brown Chapel on the campus of Lyon College in Batesville.
Bradley Cooper, uncle of the bride, performed the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Becky McCraw of Batesville. The groom’s parents are Jessie and Katie Dunivan of Jacksonport.
Sharon Miller, pianist, performed a program of nuptial music prior to the ceremony. Morgan Cheshier presided at the bride’s book. Hunter McCraw, Alex Cheshier and Julio Armanderez served as ushers. Photographer was Ed Strain.
MAGNOLIA — “Come looking for me if I’m not back this afternoon.”
Those were the last words Mary Jimmie “Bobo” Shinn, 26, said to a friend July 20, 1978, just before setting out to meet an unknown man who claimed to be interested in a house she had for sale in Magnolia. A third of a century later, Bobo’s friends and family are still looking for her, and investigators continue to follow leads in her case.
There aren’t many left to follow.
My 14-year-old nephew is a mystery.
Of course, I’ve never been a teenage boy so maybe that’s why I can’t relate, but he seems to give new meaning to “walking paradox.” For instance, he wouldn’t pick up a bug with his bare hand but wanted a python as a pet. He would eat cheese pizza by the truckloads but only from certain restaurants. He wanted a particular dog one weekend and when we finally found one the very next weekend, he’d changed his mind.
Are premium cigars next on the federal government’s hit list?
You see, as part of the 2010 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has the authority “to regulate marketing and promotion of tobacco products and to set performance standards for tobacco products to protect the public health.”
Though the law does not automatically apply to cigars, the FDA can issue new regulations that make cigars subject to the law.
Boy, does that have premium cigar advocates worried.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas shoppers can enjoy the state’s first sales tax holiday the weekend of August 6 and 7, when retail stores will not charge sales taxes on purchases of school supplies and articles of clothing costing less than $100.
Accessories under $50 also will be exempt from the sales tax. Shoes, boots and sandals will also be exempt if they cost less than $100.